Never hard for the Rays to get hyped to face the Yankees

Rays at Yankees. Need we say more?

When the Rays head to the Bronx for Monday’s opener of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium, there’s little need for buildup. There’s well-documented bad blood between the teams — dating back a few seasons — and the heat of an American League East division race only accentuates the urgency.

“A lot of it has to do with their attitude toward us … they hate us,” Rays reliever Ryan Thompson said. “It’s easy for us to get more excited to play those guys, just how they’ve behaved in the last couple of years with us pitching inside (then) their throwing at our guys.

“We don’t have any reservations about it. We just go out there like we’re going to beat those guys. They can talk all the talk they want. They can throw at our guys. We’re going to beat them. The last two years, we have definitely done that.”

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