Yankees Ride Out Rain, With Their Future Suddenly Looking Bright

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Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hit a solo home run during the third inning Friday.

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At 11:17 p.m., with Yankee Stadium emptying and one out in the ninth inning, the rain again became too much to bear. The Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays had already withstood two delays, each just 21 minutes long — more nagging intrusions than debilitating storms — and this was the worst one yet. A game that was dragging into its fifth hour came to another halt.

For the Yankees it was a reminder that as hot as they have run over the last three weeks, sprinting back into the postseason chase, patience was their biggest obstacle Friday night. They waited out three stoppages that lasted over an hour and a half in total and roughed up the Rays’ shoddy pitching for a 7-5 win.

When Dellin Betances recorded the final out, at 12:11 and with hardly anyone left as witnesses, it put the Yankees just a game back from the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers for the final wild-card spot, and only two games behind Toronto for the top wild card. The…

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