- Andrew Marchand, ESPN Senior Writer
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NEW YORK -- After 81 games, the New York Yankees (41-40) are barely a .500 team following their extra-inning loss Monday. They have now lost seven of their past nine games. It would feel even uglier if the AL East weren't so bad. The Yanks are 2½ games back of the Toronto Blue Jays.
No way, Jose: In the 12th inning, Jose Ramirez gave up the lead on Logan Forsythe's two-out single to center. After retiring the first two batters, Ramirez walked Brandon Guyer. Guyer stole second and scored on Forsythe's single.
Hard worker: Betances was out on the mound once again for Yankees manager Joe Girardi. After retiring the first two batters in the eighth, Girardi pulled him for Robertson. Betances threw 20 pitches for the second consecutive night.
I think it was because Ellsbury was worried that if left fielder Brandon Guyer fielded the ball cleanly, he could be thrown out at third. When the ball bounded away from Guyer, Ellsbury made it to third but did not score.
Arch-enemy: Rays starter Chris Archer has pretty much owned the Yankees in his short career. He entered 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA against the Yanks. Monday was not much different, as he went seven innings and allowed just two runs on five hits.
The Yankees' offense is awful, but Archer didn't help.
Captain 4-3: In each of Jeter's first four at-bats, he grounded out to second. Jeter made the final out of the game, a ground out to third, and finished the night 1-for-6 with an RBI.
Kelley comeback: Shawn Kelley, after an awful performance Sunday, put up a 1-2-3 10th. In the 11th, he loaded the bases but escaped by striking out Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce. Kelley left the mound with a Joba-like fist pump.
Phelps' line: The Rays don't hit well, but that's not David Phelps' fault. Phelps settled down, and besides allowing two solo homers, he gave up only two other hits and no runs in his 5 2/3 innings. Adam Warren had to clean up a two-on, two-out mess for Phelps in the sixth. Nonetheless, Phelps was good enough.
Time of game: Four hours, 35 minutes.
On Deck: At 10 a.m. Tuesday, I will have a post on Brian Cashman talking about young second baseman Rob Refsnyder, who might be asked to help turn around this offense. He entered Monday hitting .370 in 19 games at Triple-A.
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