The Rays are looking to celebrate Independence Day with a sweep of their division rivals. The Rays' 7-4 win over the Yankees Tuesday night marked the team's ninth straight home win (beginning July 21, 2011) against the Yankees. The nine-game streak is the longest home winning streak against the Yankees in the last 20 years.
It's not just the team from New York, as the Rays have performed well against the AL East in general. They are 20-14 against divisional opponents, but for whatever reason struggle against the AL Central, going 4-12 so far this season.
The team needs the sweep and a strong finish going into the All-Star break. The Rays currently trail the Yankees by 5.5 games in the division but are right in the wild card hunt at the 81 game mark.