The Yankees looked flatter than George Carlin's ass last night in a 7-1 loss in Tampa Bay. The Rays--led by spark plug Jonny Gomes, who was seemingly everwhere, running, sliding, high-fiving, all with a cloud of dust around him--looked like the varsity squad, while the Yanks appeared sluggish and old.
"Always, beating the Evil Empire is awesome," Jonny Gomes said. "They've been doing work on us for the last 10 years (a 115-58 advantage). Anyone in the AL East, we'll take our wins. But beating those guys is always a little more fun." (Marc Topkin, St. Pete Times)
"He came right after us," Damon said. "Before we knew it, he was jamming us and making us pop out. That's what happens when you're late on the fastball, and it seemed like we were late all day. It just seemed like we couldn't catch up to it."
Damon referred to Tuesday's opponent and said the Yankees could be in for another tough game: "I'm sure Edwin Jackson's taking notes, saying, 'These guys couldn't get through tonight.' And he has a harder fastball."