ST. PETERSBURG -- Playing on artificial turf is difficult for a road team that's not necessarily used to it. But the biggest challenge at Tropicana Field may be the reason for that field surface -- the roof.
On certain occasions, as Tuesday night's 3-2 loss showed, it can be tough to pick up fly balls off the white tarp that covers the Rays' home ballpark.
"Sometimes on fly balls, I look up and I can't find them, either," catcher Russell Martin said. "As soon as it's up, if you lose it for a second, you can look back up and you may not find it."
That happened to Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson on Tuesday, when he lost a fly ball during a seventh inning that turned the game in the Rays' favor.
Said Granderson after that game: "I'm not sure if it was the roof or the catwalk, but it blended in real well."
Since the roof can be very similar to the color of a baseball -- though it does darken a bit when the sun goes down -- it has a tendency to camouflage the ball, which could prevent a serious problem for outfielders.
"It is what it is," Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner said. "It's obviously easier for guys that play here every day, but I'm sure from time to time, guys who play here lose it, too. It's definitely not easy sometimes, but it just depends on where the ball is hit and the height of it, that kind of thing."