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Martin, Yankees hold off Rays, keep AL East edge

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NEW YORK (AP) - Russell Martin's three-run homer highlighted an eventful early burst and the New York Yankees kept their AL East lead, holding off Tampa Bay 6-4 Sunday and ending a most damaging road trip for the Rays.

The Yankees won the last two in the three-game series. They began the day with a one-game division lead over Baltimore, which later played at Oakland.

Minus ejected manager Joe Maddon, the Rays fell five games behind the Yankees and trail the Orioles and Los Angeles Angels in the wild-card scramble. Cleanup man Matt Joyce also was tossed as Tampa Bay finished 1-5 on its visit to Yankee Stadium and Camden Yards.

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