Yankees’ dormant offense blanked again in concerning loss to Rays

Not even the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium could awake the Yankees from their recent slumber. 

Arriving home on Monday from a brutal road trip, it didn’t get any better in The Bronx as the Yankees were shut out for a second straight night in a 4-0 loss to the Rays. In front of an impatient crowd of 42,192, the Yankees (72-44) lost for the 10th time in their last 12 games. They have scored just eight runs over their last six games, including three shutouts, after scattering seven hits against five Rays pitchers on Monday night. 

“We’re getting shut down right now,” manager Aaron Boone said. “That needs to change. We gotta score. I can sit here and talk to you about it; we need to go do it. Be prepared, walk out there with some swagger and confidence and get it done.” 

Anthony Rizzo reacts after striking out to end the eighth inning.
Anthony Rizzo reacts after striking out to end the eighth inning.
Jason Szenes
Aaron Judge strikes out in the fifth inning.
Aaron Judge strikes out in the fifth inning.
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The back-to-back shutouts were the Yankees’ first since 2016. Both have come without DJ LeMahieu (toe inflammation) atop the lineup while the club is also missing Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles inflammation) and Matt Carpenter (broken foot). 

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