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Rays at Yanks Recap: Quality Start

From 1978-2000, a team whose starter lasted 6 innings allowing 3 or fewer runs got the win 70% of the time.

Joba Chamberlain managed to provide the Yankees with a quality start today: 6IP, 5 hits, 1 BB and 4Ks.

It's easy to think that Matt Garza was the better pitcher today: 5IP, 4 hits, 2BB against a pair of Ks.

Garza's only run was on a 3rd inning solo shot by Nick Swisher, while Joba loaded the bases in the 6th and allowed a pair to score on a Gabe Gross single.

But bullpen ace Alfredo Aceves pitched 2 scoreless innings, recording 4Ks.  

On the Tampa side, JP Howell came into a bases loaded jam and allowed all three inherited runners to score, walking two and surrendered the go ahead run on a could-have-been double play.

Good teams win series, and the Yankees will take on the Rays tomorrow in the conclusion of this rain shortened set.  Those of us who live outside the Yanks usually broadcast area will get to watch Monday Night Baseball.