x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Abreu is the hero for the Yankees

The New York Yankees edged the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 in a close encounter to complete a two-game sweep.

The New York Yankees  Bobby Abreu (right) celebrates with teammates after the win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
The New York Yankees Bobby Abreu (right) celebrates with teammates after the win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

NEW YORK // The New York Yankees edged the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1in a close encounter to complete a two-game sweep and slow the momentum of the American League East leaders. Bobby Abreu delivered a game-winning RBI double in the 10th inning to cut Tampa Bay's (55-35) advantage over New York (49-42). The Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi said: "You definitely want to win the games against the teams that are ahead of you."

Abreu drove a pitch from Grant Balfour to score Derek Jeter, who scored both of the Yankees' runs. Tampa Bay has now lost three in a row after winning seven consecutive games. The Rays' Cliff Floyd said: "This is not adversity, this is just a couple of games we have lost." * Reuters