ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. That commanding AL East lead the New York Yankees held not so long ago has officially been razed.
Welcome to the hottest division in baseball: A first-place deadlock between New York and the Baltimore Orioles with the Tampa Bay Rays suddenly 1.5 games behind both teams and a month of baseball still to play.
Who could have imagined this back on July 18 when Tampa Bay trailed the first-place Yankees by 10.5 games?
Well, maybe the Rays themselves a team that surged from 9.5 games back last September to reach the post-season.
The small but elated crowd of 17,652 inside Tropicana Field Tuesday night had plenty to cheer about in a 5-2 victory over the Yankees and the only gathering pulling for Tampa Bay just as hard was north of the border in the Orioles' dugout.
While the Rays were riding a sensational pitching effort by Alex Cobb to a second straight win over New York buoyed by back-to-back homers from Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton at the top of the or...