The result pleased the decidedly pro-Yankees crowd of 15,327 that took advantage of $25 tickets in the lower bowl of the stadium usually occupied by the New York Mets.
Sabathia didn't factor into the decision last Tuesday after surrendering five runs over 5 1/3 innings as the Yankees fell 7-6 to the Orioles in Baltimore.
Reminders of the unusual arrangement - some amusing and some poignantly underscoring the intersection between baseball and real life - were present.
However, Mets manager Terry Collins knows it won't be as odd for the teams, particularly the Rays, as it was the last time the Mets' home stadium hosted a Yankees game. The Rays scored their run on an Adeiny Hechavarria RBI triple in the second.
The loss hurt Tampa Bay's play-off hopes.
The Rays' displacement is taking place two weeks after Tropicana Field hosted a series between the Astros and Rangers, who couldn't play in Houston because of Hurricane Harvey.
The Tampa Bay area did not receive the direct hit that was feared from Irma, and Tropicana Field could re-open in time for the Rays to host the Boston Red Sox as scheduled on Friday. "We're just praying for them and hopefully everybody comes out safe and sound". And the two teams were playing against the backdrop of the somber, 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Citi Field won't be an entirely unfamiliar venue to the players this week.
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"I kind of felt like that was the game in a sense right there", Girardi said. "It's an honor to be here on a tough day in our country, but (one) turned into a day of remembering". Didi Gregorius' sacrifice fly to right scored Judge and it was 1-all.
Sanchez raced home when Matt Holliday's two-out grounder skipped under the glove of Trevor Plouffe for a two-base error.
When the Yankees traveled home from Texas, they had pillows and blankets with the face of Frazier.
"I told Ellsbury we're going to take a picture and send it to Pete and say, 'This record is his, you can't have this one, '" Frazier said with a grin. He worked 3-2/3 innings, allowing the five runs on three hits and three walks, striking out five while throwing 94 pitches.
The Red Sox's interleague games all will be against NL East teams.
Judge went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and two walks. He flied out to the warning track in right in the eighth.
Tampa Bay entered the day four games behind the Minnesota Twins in the race for the American League's second wild card. "The Islanders and Devils are great franchises with great histories and important parts of the league", said Bettman, "but this is also a nationally televised game, and there are a variety of considerations that we had to weigh". OF Clint Frazier, sidelined since August 9 by a left oblique strain, was activated from the DL. He missed more than a month due to a strained left oblique.
"Look, I'm not comparing us to the Cleveland Indians", Rays manager Kevin Cash said hours before the Indians extended their winning streak to 18 games Sunday night.