Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/6/12
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The “master plan,” said Alex Rodriguez, is back “in order." A pre-game team meeting, a hard-fought win and an aggressive style of offense apparently did wonders for the New York Yankees on Wednesday, as they salvaged the final game of a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-4 at Tropicana Field and retook sole possession of first place in the American League East. Russell Martin homered and knocked in three runs and New York exploited a rare defensive breakdown by Tampa Bay to steady itself after blowing a 10-game division lead since July 18. With the win, New York opened a one-game lead on Baltimore, which lost at Toronto, and a 2.5-game bulge on the Rays. Tampa Bay had won four consecutively while New York, which held a players’ meeting before the game, had dropped 10 of its last 14. “Any night we win it’s a relief. If we’re 0-0 and we win it’s a relief,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “It’s a good feeling, but they know we have a lot of busin
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