Yankees, Rays play down hostilities before ALDS

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Marly RiveraESPN Writer


Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.

The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays are playing nice… for now.

The Yankees-Rays rivalry has moved to October with an AL East showdown in the American League Division Series that starts Monday at Petco Park in San Diego. But do not expect their regular-season animosity to rear its ugly head in the best-of-five division series.

At least that is what both clubs are saying before the first pitch.

“I think our players have shown time-and-time again that they handle — whatever outside factors are present — they handle their business on the field really, really well, and our focus is going to go to win a series,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said on a video call Friday. “Find a way to win a series against a very good team that has gotten healthier here as of late.”

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