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The Tampa Bay Rays (20-11) and New York Yankees (16-14) will close out a three-game American League East series on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have established the Yankees as minus-145 home favorites, while the total is currently 8, but facing downward pressure in the market.

New York certainly learned that life without closer Mariano Rivera is going to have its up and downs after suffering a 4-1 loss on Wednesday, with former setup man David Robertson allowing four earned runs in the top of the ninth inning.

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (4-0, 4.15 ERA) will look to provide a lift for the clubhouse after a disappointing result, which is entirely possible due to his recent performance. The left-hander has garnered a vic...

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