Amid trade rumors, Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer fell to 5-14 after losing Tuesday. LOS ANGELES – Sometimes it’s no more than a few inches across 100 pitches or more, “This close,” Chris Archer was saying, holding his thumb and forefinger the breadth of one of those inches, not that that excuses anything that’s gone on for the Tampa Bay Rays or, for that matter, Chris Archer. It’s late Tuesday night and he’s given up a couple unearned runs and one very long home run, those dovetailing with the Rays’ fourth consecutive loss, all by one run, and his 14th loss, not that those fairly represent where he’s been or, perhaps, where he’s going.
The Yankees have been surprisingly good since the All-Star break. They’ve won eight of their last 12 games and have Masahiro Tanaka starting on Wednesday.