The Yankees struggles continued in the final game of the opening series in Tampa Bay.  Their pitching, starters or bullpen did not looked sharp in the first two games. Sunday saw the offense struggle.


Sunday, the Yankees sent right hander Phil Hughes to the hill, the Rays started Jeremy Hellickson. Hughes did not pitch terribly, but only lasted 4 2/3 innings. He finished giving up two earned runs with five strikeouts on 99 pitches. On the other side Hellickson shut the Yankees down going 8 2/3 innings only surrendering three hits with 4 strikeouts.

Carlos Pena had another big game going 2-4 with a double and a solo home run. He went 6-12 with two home runs and seven RBI in the series. Evan Longoria chipped in with two hits. He finished the series going 6-10 with a home run.  Jeff Keppinger added a solo home run of his own in the sixth inning.

The Yankees did not have much to show offensively only gathering three base hits. A-Rod, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher all had a double a piece.

The Yankees look to turn things around tomorrow starting a three game series at Baltimore. The Yankees send Ivan Nova to the mound; the Orioles will send Brian Matusz. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30, first pitch at 7:05 here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.