July 5, 2012 12:00 AM
" Over their previous nine games with the Rays in Tampa, the Yankees tried all sorts of things to win games without any success.
They built up huge leads early and then frittered them away with relievers competent and otherwise. They fell behind early before mounting futile comebacks and they had games where they barely showed up long enough to keep your attention on the game.
Nine games provided them with nine ways to lose and turned the Trop from an eyesore to a pain in the other end of the body as the Yankees kept failing to find ways around their divisional rivals. That finally changed on Wednesday afternoon and Kyle Farnsworth was the secret to their success.
That's not a sentence that was ever written when Farnsworth pitched for the Yankees, even if the rest of his performance was pretty familiar to anyone who watched him hand away leads when he was part of the bullpen in the Bronx. Farnsworth has had greater success since arriving in Tampa, but there must have been something about seeing those Yankee road grays that made him want to come up with a vintage performance "
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