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Rapid Reaction: Yankees 4, Rays 1

NEW YORK -- The Yankees continue to play good baseball and now are alone atop the AL East. Following Monday's 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, they are 12-8 and have won nine of 11 games, taking Monday's contest mostly behind Adam Warren and four relievers, including Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.

McCann can: With the score tied at 1, Brian McCann went yard in the sixth to give the Yankees the lead. It was McCann's second homer of the year and his first in his last 41 at-bats.

A-Rod watch: On Monday, Alex Rodriguez came short in his pursuit of Willie Mays' mark of 660 home runs. With a man on in the first, he popped out to first. Leading off the fourth, he grounded out to third.

In the fifth, Rodriguez came up with two outs and the bases loaded. With fans louder than in his previous at-bat, feeling A-Rod might get a good pitch to hit, Rodriguez bounced to third for an inning-ending forceout.

In the seventh, with one out and a man on second, A-Rod worked a 3-0 count before he was intentionally walked.

Warren G: Warren had a fine start, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing just one run on five hits, while striking out a career-high six. After the Yankees gave him a run in the bottom of the fifth, he allowed a run in his next inning, the top of the sixth.

David DeJesus had a leadoff single, then advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a fly out. Warren looked as if he had stopped the run from scoring when he got Asdrubal Cabrera to hit a ball right to Stephen Drew. But Drew, playing in at second, had trouble getting the throw off and fired it into the ground. McCann did a nice job, cleanly fielding the ball, but DeJesus outdid him with a nifty slide to touch the plate and tie the score.

On the board: The first run of the game came in the fifth when the Yanks put up a two-out rally on two walks sandwiched around a Didi Gregorius infield single. Rays starter Ryan Karns was removed and replaced by Brandon Gomes. With the bases loaded, Gomes walked Brett Gardner to bring home the game's first run.

Beltran-Drew double: After McCann's homer in the sixth, Carlos Beltran and Drew had doubles to produce another run to make it 3-1.

Big relief: Betances and Miller finished out the game. Miller notched his eighth save.

Is that the moon or the sun?: This was the Rays' first game outside all season.

On deck: Tuesday is Masahiro Tanaka bobblehead night, but Tanaka will not pitch. He originally was scheduled to, but the Yankees will give Tanaka an extra day off to allow Chase Whitley to make his first start of the year. He will be opposed by Jake Odorizzi.