Who needs a Yankees-Red Sox rivalry — currently deader than the VCR — when you have a burgeoning Yankees-Rays rivalry?
Even if Sunday saw a turndown of Saturday’s heat that saw the ejection of Yankees manager Aaron Boone and his hitting coach Marcus Thames, tranquility hardly reigned. Instead, chirping, a staredown and post-game trash talk ran a thread through the Yankees’ 4-3 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field that gave Tampa Bay the series victory, three games out of four.
“It’s pretty frustrating to have them think that you’re not able to chirp and say anything back to them. They’ve been doing it the whole time and for us to not be able to do it back, it’s a little childish,” Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe said after the game. “You’ve got to wear it. If it’s going to happen, just wear it.”
Lowe hit the game-tying, seventh-inning, solo homer off Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton that prompted Boone to lift Paxton. As Paxton walked off the mound toward the visitors’ dugout on the third-base side, he stared daggers across the way at his opponents.
“I didn’t hear anything specific. I just heard some jawing back and forth,” Paxton…