ST. PETERSBURG Elliot Johnson's face still bears the bruises and scrapes from an ill-fated slide into home last weekend. But the lingering marks were nothing compared to the hurt he felt on the inside Wednesday night or the painful loss he ultimately caused the Tampa Bay Rays.
It was a triple-frown performance.
Three costly miscues one with his bat, one with his glove and one with his arm added up to a 6-4 loss to the New York Yankees and kept the Rays from gaining valuable ground in the mad dash for the AL East title.
When the dust settled, the Yankees had moved back into sole possession of first in the East with a record of 77-59, with Baltimore one game back at 76-60 and the Rays 2.5-games out of the lead at 75-62 trailing the O's and Oakland A's by 1.5 games in the Wild Card hunt.
Johnson's solemn expression and quiet words told the story as stood by his locker facing a crowd of reporters and cameras in an otherwise silent clubhouse and recollecting a game he'd just as ...