Rays send message to aging Yankees

Young and restless, Tampa Bay primed to replace Red Sox as Bombers' biggest rival

Updated: May 20, 2010, 10:35 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The Rays were driving balls all over the Bronx, and running the bases as if the Yankees were locked in a perpetual state of defensive indifference, when Brian Cashman was reminded of a prediction he never wanted to pan out.

"You were the first guy who saw the Tampa Bay Rays as a gathering storm in the distance," I wrote in a text to the Yankees' general manager.

"Unfortunately," Cashman texted right back.

The GM fired the warning shot over his own franchise's head ...

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