Rangers Fall To Yankees, Lose Series

The Texas Rangers head to the Bronx for the first time in 2011 as they take on the New York Yankees in a rematch of the 2010 ALCS.

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Rangers Vs. Yankees: Eric Chavez's Single Leads Yanks Past Rangers

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Eric Chavez started for an injured Alex Rodriguez and delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning, lifting the Yankees to a 6-5 victory over the Rangers in the finale of a three-game series.

Chavez also got the final out in the ninth, charging an Elvis Andrus grounder at third base and throwing out the speedy shortstop by a step to end the game and give New York a 2-1 series win.

Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson belted two-run homers for the Yankees and Robinson Cano had a solo blast. CC Sabathia remained winless on the season after giving up four runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Sabathia left with a 5-4 lead, but the Rangers tied the game against Joba Chamberlain in the seventh.

Instead, Rafael Soriano (1-0) earned the win in a scoreless inning of relief, while Mariano Rivera worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his seventh save of the season and the 566th of his career.

Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Rangers and Michael Young hit the game-tying RBI ground-rule double off Chamberlain in the seventh.

Rodriguez missed the game after leaving Saturday’s 5-2 victory with low back and oblique stiffness.

Chavez, batting sixth in the order, went 2-for-4 with a run scored in A-Rod’s absence. He lined a 2-2 pitch just over the glove of Arthur Rhodes (0-1) and into center field, scoring Mark Teixeira from second base to make it 6-5 with two outs in the eighth.

Teixeira had drawn a one-out walk and moved up when Nick Swisher singled. Rhodes intentionally walked Jorge Posada after Chavez’s single and Pedro Strop came in to get Martin on a grounder, ending the inning.

Rivera coaxed a pop-up from Mitch Moreland and struck out Ian Kinsler in the ninth. Chavez double-clutched on Andrus’ bouncer before firing to first for the last out, moving the Yankees to 4-1 in their last five games.

Sabathia struck out six and walked two, but his ERA jumped from 1.45 to 2.52 as he failed again to post a winning decision. He retired Julio Borbon on a strikeout to start the seventh, but was replaced by Chamberlain. Kinsler walked, moved to second on Andrus’ ground out and scored on Young’s knock to right field to make it 5-5.

But the Rangers only put one more baserunner on, losing for the fourth time in their last five games since opening the season 9-1.

Texas starter Alexi Ogando entered the game with a 2-0 record and 0.00 ERA after giving up just four hits in 13 shutout innings. But he went 6 1/3 innings and yielded New York’s first five runs on Sunday — Cano’s homer in the second and two-run shots by Martin and Granderson in the fifth and sixth.

Game Notes

Rangers first base coach Gary Pettis was ejected for arguing that Andrus was safe on his ground out in the seventh inning. Replays appeared to show Andrus was out by a small margin on a bang-bang play…The Yankees are headed to Toronto for a two-game set Tuesday and Wednesday…The Rangers are going home for a three-game series against Anaheim that starts Monday.


Rangers Vs. Yankees: Alexi Ogando Draws Rubber Match Start On Sunday Night Baseball

Texas Rangers (10-4) vs. New York Yankees (8-5)
Starting Pitchers: Alexi Ogando (2-0, 0.00 ERA), C.C. Sabathia (0-1, 1.45 ERA)

Alexi Ogando will look to earn his third win in as many starts tonight when the Texas Rangers take on the New York Yankees and C.C. Sabathia on Sunday Night Baseball. Tonight's game is the rubber match of the series as well with the two teams having split the first two games of the three-game set.

Ogando has been nothing short of spectacular in his first two major league starts, pitching 13 innings between the two starts without allowing a run. Ogando has only surrendered four hits and issued three walks and has struck out eight batters in the 13 innings of work. Ogando, who normally pitches out of the bullpen, was given a chance to start thanks to Tommy Hunter's injury sending him to the disabled list. 

Ogando's toughest test will be tonight as he not only is taking on the New York Yankees' lineup, but he'll be matched up against New York ace C.C. Sabathia. Even further, tonight will be a national broadcast on Sunday Night Baseball. 

First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST, 7:00 p.m. CST. Televised coverage can be found nationally on ESPN.


Yankees Vs. Rangers: Garcia, Yankees Top Rangers 5-2

Freddy Garcia earned his first win as a member of the New York Yankees on Saturday as the Yankees topped the Texas Rangers 5-2 on a cold, rainy day in New York.

Garcia pitched well, pitching six innings without allowing a run. Garcia allowed just two hits and a walk and struck out just one batter. 

The Yankees jumped out to an early lead when Mark Teixeira homered off of Derek Holland in the first inning, giving New York a 2-0 advantage. Teixeira would strike again in the third inning with a sacrifice fly, putting New York ahead 3-0.

The score would remain 3-0 until the eighth inning when Rafael Soriano entered the game for New York. Elvis Andrus delivered an RBI single to cut the score to 3-1 before Michael Young reached on an infield single, which scored Ian Kinsler, bringing the Rangers within a run. Soriano would escape the jam, getting Adrian Beltre to ground into a double play with runners on first and second.

Ron Washington elected to keep Holland in for the bottom half of the eighth inning, despite his pitch count being over 100. Holland would eventually serve up a two-run homer to Robinson Cano, giving New York a 5-2 lead.

Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth inning to earn his sixth save of the season.


Rangers Vs. Yankees: Derek Holland, Rangers Take On Freddy Garcia, Yanks

Texas Rangers (10-3) at New York Yankees (7-5)
Probable Starting Pitchers: Derek Holland (2-0, 2.25 ERA), Freddy Garcia (0-0, 9.00 ERA)

So far, so good for Texas in their first trip to the Bronx since the 2010 ALCS. Matt Harrison improved to 3-0 last night for Texas as the Rangers topped the Yankees 5-3. Today, Derek Holland will look to become Texas' second lefty to start out the season 3-0 as Holland draws the start against Freddy Garcia and the New York Yankees.

Holland has pitched six innings in each of his first two starts, allowing three runs in his first start against Seattle and allowing no runs in his most recent start against Baltimore. Holland has given up 12 hits on the year and has walked just three batters while striking out 11 so far in 2011.

Garcia will be making his first start for the Yankees. He's pitched only one inning in relief in 2011 thanks to New York's schedule allowing them to skip their fifth starter. Garcia went 12-6 with a 4.64 ERA for the White Sox last season. 

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. EST, 12:05 p.m. EST.


Matt Harrison Improves To 3-0, Rangers Top Yankees 5-3

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Yankees set a team record they’d like to forget, hitting into six double plays Friday night in a 5-3 loss to the Rangers.

Matt Harrison (3-0) was the beneficiary of the solid defense, as the Texas lefty allowed seven hits, including a solo homer to Curtis Granderson, over eight innings. His ERA stands at 1.23 this season.

The six double plays hit into were not only the most for the Yankees over a nine-inning game, but the same number turned by Texas equaled the overall American League mark, one shy of most ever in the majors for a nine-inning contest.

“You want some ground balls, you want some action,” Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said. “Today was a pretty good game for the infield. I think the outfield was a little mad today.”

Ivan Nova (1-1) gave up four hits, five walks and five runs over 4 1/3 innings for the Yankees, who had won their previous two games.

“It has to come from different starters,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of getting his pitchers deeper into games. “You run out of innings. Your bullpen can only throw so many innings throughout the course of the season.”

Texas, which had lost by single runs at Detroit the previous two contests, had to hold on in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Eric Chavez singled up the middle to drive in Alex Rodriguez, who doubled earlier in the inning. Brett Gardner then pinch-ran and took second base before Jorge Posada walked. Russell Martin flied out to right field, giving Neftali Feliz his fifth save of the year.

Up 2-1, the Rangers padded their lead with three runs in the fifth, thanks in part to some shoddy pitching. Mitch Moreland walked, Julio Borbon was hit by a Nova offering and the runners advanced on a wild pitch. Ian Kinsler then hit an RBI groundout before Andrus walked. Michael Young’s single to left made it 4-1, and Nova exited in favor of David Robertson.

Another wild pitch moved Young into scoring position, and one out later Robertson’s ball in the dirt, the third wild pitch of the inning, expanded the difference to 5-1.

Granderson homered to right field in the eighth.

This was the first meeting between the teams since Texas defeated New York in six games in the 2010 American League Championship Series.

The Rangers went ahead in the second inning. Adrian Beltre doubled and Nelson Cruz singled before David Murphy was out on a double play, but that accounted for the first run.

Young broke the Rangers doubles record the following inning. Andrus reached via fielder’s choice for the second out, and Young then doubled off the wall in center to provide the 2-0 lead. The double was the 353rd in his career, moving Young alone past Ivan Rodriguez and into first place on the Rangers’ all-time list.

The Yankees cut the deficit in half in the bottom portion of the inning. Granderson’s fly ball to right field caromed off the heel of the glove of Cruz, resulting in an error. Granderson moved to third on Derek Jeter’s fly ball to center, and then scored on Nick Swisher’s base hit up the middle.

Game Notes

Earlier Friday, the Yankees placed starting pitcher Phil Hughes on the 15-day disabled list with a case of dead arm. Veteran Bartolo Colon will take Hughes’ spot in the rotation, while pitcher Lance Pendleton was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill Hughes’ roster spot. Pendleton then threw three perfect relief innings in his MLB debut, from the seventh through the ninth frames…The Rangers placed righty Colby Lewis on the major league paternity list because his wife Jenny gave birth to a girl on Wednesday. Texas also recalled left-handed pitcher Michael Kirkman from Triple-A Round Rock…Before the game, Major League Baseball commemorated the eighth annual Jackie Robinson Day and launched a new online campaign ‘IAM42.com’ with the Robinson family. All players and on-field personnel wore the number 42 in recognition of Robinson.


Yankees Vs. Rangers: April 15 Lineups

The Rangers are in the Bronx tonight taking on the Yankees on Jackie Robinson Day - the opening game of a three game set in New York. The lineups for tonight's game are as follows:

Texas Rangers

Ian Kinsler, 2B
Elvis Andrus, SS
Michael Young, DH
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Nelson Cruz, RF
David Murphy, LF
Yorvit Torrealba, C
Mitch Moreland, 1B
Julio Borbon, CF

Matt Harrison, SP

New York Yankees

Derek Jeter, SS
Nick Swisher, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Andruw Jones, LF
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C
Curtis Granderson, CF

Ivan Nova, SP


Texas Rangers Vs. New York Yankees: Texas Heads To New York In 2010 ALCS Rematch

Texas Rangers (9-3) at New York Yankees (7-4)
Starting Pitchers: Matt Harrison (2-0, 1.29 ERA), Ivan Nova (1-0, 6.10 ERA)

For the first time this year, the Texas Rangers are on a losing streak. The Rangers dropped the final two of their three game set against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Still, Texas owns the best record in the American League and are taking that best record to New York on Friday in a rematch of the 2010 ALCS.

Matt Harrison draws the start on Friday for the Rangers. Harrison has pitched surprisingly well for Texas so far, earning a win in each of his first two starts. On the year thus far, Harrison has pitched 14 innings - seven in each of his starts - allowing just seven hits and three walks while striking out 11. 

Texas will of course be without the reigning American League MVP, Josh Hamilton, who was injured on Tuesday's game. Hamilton suffered a nondisplaced fracture in his shoulder after diving head first into home plate attempting to tag up and score on a foul ball next to the third base dugout. 

The rest of the Texas offense will have to pick up the slack against New York starting pitcher Ivan Nova tonight. Nova, a 24 year old righty, couldn't escape the fifth inning against the Red Sox last Saturday, allowing four runs on seven hits while walking three in just four and a third innings of work. 

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EST, 6:05 p.m. CST.

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