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It gets late early in the Bronx

Yankee Stadium is a tough place to win close and late. Can the Rays stand the heat?

Updated: May 19, 2010, 6:14 PM ET
By Mark Simon | ESPNNewYork.com

"Baseball Tonight" analyst and former New York Yankees manager Buck Showalter will frequently bring up on our show that the true measure of a closer is the ability to finish close games on the road, because those are the toughest games for a big league pitcher to try to end. It stands to reason that you could extend that to teams, as well. Winning tight games on the road is tough, as the Boston Red Sox found out the past two days.

Home teams do well in those games because they have ...

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