NEW YORK (AP) — In a season they never quite envisioned, the New York Yankees broke loose for their biggest inning of the year in a way they didn’t imagine. Brett Gardner homered early, then got two hits during a seven-run burst in the sixth inning fueled by five walks that sent the Yankees past the Tampa Bay Rays 13-5 on Sunday. LINK | Tampa Bay area sports headlines The Yankees took their second straight weekend series with Tampa Bay and moved a half-game in front atop the AL East. The Rays had been alone in first place for 47 straight days before New York scored three times in the ninth for a 4-3 win in the series opener Friday night. With many of their stars still on the injury list, the Yankees continued to get major contributions from substitutes. “Coming into and out of spring training, there’s no way anybody could have foreseen these opportunities that have arisen,” Gardner said. “I think some of these young guys have done a great job of really stepping up, coming up here and doing their job.” Rookie Thairo Estrada had a pinch-hit, three-run double in the Yankees’ game-breaking inning. “Thairo to me… Read full this story
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