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Cessa can’t contain Rays as Yankees fall to Tampa

Although the Yankees have drawn much attention for their strong bullpen at the beginning of the season and for the number of home runs they hit game after game, much of the team’s success in 2018 has been largely dependent on the quality of outings it receives from its starting pitching.

The Yankees hold a Major League-best 47-6 record when their starter tosses at least six innings, but in place of an injured CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa was unable to provide the team the length it needed for a victory, as New York fell to Tampa Bay, 6-1, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. After the game, Cessa was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with the Yankees expected to recall right-hander Tommy Kahnle.

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