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Rays Top Yankees 15-8, Colon/Proctor Hammered

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13:  Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Yankees stands between pitches against the Boston Red Sox during their game on May 13, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Yankees stands between pitches against the Boston Red Sox during their game on May 13, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Bartolo Colon didn't have it. Neither did Scott Proctor. In fact, almost every pitcher outside of Tampa's Matt Moore "didn't have it." We saw a total of 23 runs on 31 hits and 12 walks.

On the bright side, the loss brings Tampa half a game closer to Boston and we got to see two-thirds of the Killer B's - Andrew Brackman and Dellin Betances - make their big league debuts. Brackman threw 1.1 scoreless innings but Betances really struggled with command, walking four batters and hitting another. 

As for Moore, he looked almost like a carbon copy of David Price: lefty, mid-high 90's fastball, good secondary pitches. It was a spectacular first ML start for him: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 11 K, 1 BB. In fact, it was the most strikeouts against the Yankees in five innings or less... ever.

Play of the Game: Matt Joyce's first inning, bases-loaded single that gave Tampa a 2-0 lead (-11%).

Thoughts:

Colon - another poor outing. If Garcia has even a decent start tomorrow night, he'll probably be the no. 3 starter in the playoffs. And as Jack Curry noted, Girardi could go with a three-man rotation in the LDS where Sabathia would pitch game 4 on short rest but presumed no. 2 starter Nova would be able to pitch game 5 on regular rest.

Posada - he had a great moment last night, but that's probably all it was, a moment. He returned to non-division-clinching-games-type play: 1-5 with a Golden Sombrero.

Brackman - I liked that everything moved: cutter (up to 93 MPH), slider, curve. I didn't see a four-seamer though (maybe he doesn't throw one). But, of course, he walked a batter and uncorked a pitch behind Sean Rodriguez.

Betances - not a pretty debut: four walks and a hit batter.

Jesus - he caught and went 3-3 with a double and two walks? Unheard of.