Apr 19, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (47) watches from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Recap: Yankees Pummeled In Loss To Rays

Thought it couldn’t get any worse after last night’s 11-5 loss to the Rays? Think again. Ivan Nova started today’s 16-1 defeat, and let’s just say he was anything but “SuperNova.” Nova went four innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits, before being removed due to an apparent injury.

The Yankees later revealed Nova was suffering from elbow soreness, and diagnostic tests will be conducted. Four of the hits were home runs, two of them hit by Ryan Hanigan, the other two by Wil Myers, and Evan Longoria. Four home runs is the most Nova has given up in a game in his career. The loss dropped Nova to 2-2 on the year, and raised his ERA to a startling 8.27.

The Yankee offense was stifled all night long, thanks in large part to a brilliant pitching performance by Rays’ starter Chris Archer, who has become known as a Yankee-Killer, due to his dominance seemingly whenever he faces them. Archer went 6.2 innings, allowing only 3 hits, and 1 run en route to earning the victory.

Things got so bad for the Yankees in fact, they were eventually forced to use infielder Dean Anna to pitch in relief. Anna came on in the eighth, and allowed one run on three hits. The loss dropped the Yankees to 10-8, and improved the Rays to 9-9. So far this has been a series to forget for the Yankees, who have an off day Monday, and more than likely can’t wait for it to arrive.

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