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Morton stifles Yanks as Tampa earns series split

 

To wrap up what has largely been a successful first half of the season, Tampa Bay turned to its most reliable starting pitcher in All-Star Charlie Morton, who did what he’s done all year long — win.

Signed as a free agent over the offseason, Morton pitched a solid 5 2/3 innings, striking out 10 and allowing just one run on five hits and a walk in the Rays’ 2-1 win over the Yankees on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

“[Morton] was outstanding, making big pitches to get out of a couple jams,” manager Kevin Cash said. “He’s got the stuff that’s capable to do that, and to do it against that lineup, which is as good as anybody in baseball, it shows how much he was on today.”

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