Now that they're back at the break-even point, the Tampa Bay Rays want to keep going and going.
Alex Cobb pitched neatly into the eighth inning and the Rays became just the fourth team in major league history to reach .500 after falling 18 games under in the same season, beating the New York Yankees 5-0 Friday night.
"Really proud of the boys," manager Joe Maddon said. "It was not easy."
The Rays won their third in a row and sent New York to its fifth straight loss.
Tampa Bay also accomplished the comeback feat in 2004 when known as the Devil Rays. The 1899 Louisville Colonels and 2006 Florida Marlins have also gotten back . 500 after dropping 18 under.
The Rays, now 61-61, were 24-42 on June 10. They are trying to become the first club to finish with a winning record after being so far under.
"It started with Joe and not letting us believe that we were that team," Cobb said. "It's mind-boggling that we went through the stretch we did, but we're back on track now."
Boxberger has allowed just one hit in 56 at-bats against left-handed hitters since May 21.
"I don't want (to talk about it)," Maddon said of the right-hander's success. "Let them figure it out."
Jeter, who is retiring after the season, had two singles in four at-bats after getting a partial standing ovation before his first at-bat.
Rays LHP Drew Smyly (7-10) and Yankees rookie RHP Shane Greene (3-1) are Saturday's scheduled starters. Smyly will make his first home start since being obtained from Detroit in a three-team deal July 31 that sent Tampa Bay ace David Price to the Tigers.
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