- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- Boone Logan was nowhere to be found in the clubhouse after failing to retire the only batter he faced in the New York Yankees’ 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, leaving his batterymate, Chris Stewart, to answer for him.
The lefty specialist surrendered a two-run single to James Loney with two outs in the seven inning, allowing the Rays to split the four-game series between the two American League East rivals.
“It was a slider,” Stewart said. “He just left it up and over the middle of the plate. He’s gonna come back, hopefully against a lefty [Tuesday], and hopefully he gets him.”
Logan has now allowed 10 of the 28 runners he’s inherited to score.
• The Yankees’ offense was stifled by Chris Archer (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) and three Rays relievers, who combined to allow only a single hit. The Yankees went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.
“We’re having good at-bats, we’re just not getting the big hit every single night. That’s to be expected,” Stewart said. “You’ve gotta give credit to their guy out there. He did a good enough job to keep us off the board, and sometimes it happens.”
Zoilo Almonte didn’t have any trouble, however, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. In three starts in left field, the rookie sensation is hitting .600 with three extra-base hits -- including a homer -- and four RBIs.
“This is a team with a lot of tradition, so it feels good that I’m up here and I’ve been able to have success so far,” he said through a translator.
• Manager Joe Girardi explained his decision to push Phil Hughes' next start to Thursday.
“We’ve had so many off days here,” Girardi said. “We’re trying to keep everyone closer to [their] regular turn and get a couple extra bullpen sessions for him.”
Hughes is 3-6 with a 5.09 ERA, and has to step it up if he wants to keep his place in the rotation.
Nova (6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 K) was very effective in spot-start duty Sunday, while Michael Pineda is slated to make another rehab start for Double-A Trenton on Tuesday night.
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