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Rays surpass Yankees as MLB’s gold standard, Mike Francesa says, despite injury

The New York Yankees wake up Tuesday to see themselves in fourth place in the American League East, nine games behind the first-place Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays picked up their fourth straight win Monday and look like they are serious about defending the division title and American League pennant.

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And that has former WFAN host Mike Francesa officially passing the torch, which he did overnight on Twitter: “There is no team, in any sport, run any better than the Tampa Bay Rays. Superb ownership and management.”

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However the Rays’ hit a bit of a speed bump Monday, as ace Tyler Glasnow left the win over the Chicago White Sox after four innings with right elbow inflammation.

Glasnow allowed two runs on three hits and left with Tampa Bay leading 3-2. The Rays went on to win 5-2 in a matchup of teams that entered with the two best records in the majors.

The 6-foot-8 right-hander said he planned to get an MRI on Tuesday.

Glasnow said he sensed something wasn’t right in the elbow as he tossed his final pitches in the fourth. He told the coaching staff and was replaced by Ryan Thompson to start the fifth.

“The last couple of pitches I felt just a little tug,” Glasnow said. “I didn’t want to go out and chance it. The velo was still there, it just felt not right.”

Glasnow walked one and struck out six, throwing 40 of 53 pitches for strikes.

“We’re excited about the win, but we want to see what the doctors say and probably get some imaging on it,” manager Kevin Cash said.

The 27-year-old Glasnow is 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA this season and is 10-2 over his last 21 starts dating to Aug. 12, 2020.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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