Rangers Fall To Yankees 12-5

Matt Harrison takes the mound for the Rangers as they take on the New York Yankees - who haven't played in Arlington since losing the 2010 ALCS.

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Yankees Vs. Rangers: Texas Looks To Get Back To Series Winning Ways

New York Yankees (18-13) at Texas Rangers (18-16)
Probable Starting Pitchers: C.C. Sabathia (2-2, 2.68 ERA), Dave Bush (0-0, 1.46 ERA)

The Rangers can win their first series since sweeping the Royals back on April 24, but to do it they’ll have to beat the Yankees with C.C. Sabathia on the mound and with fill-in starter David Bush going. Bush will start because Alexi Ogando’s blister issue continues to plague him after receiving a temporary fingernail. Bush will be making his second start of the season. His first lasted just three innings, but he did make a 4.1 inning appearance one week ago.

The Rangers jumped out to a five-run lead behind home runs by Michael Young and David Murphy and a triple by Julio Borbon, but Derek Holland (3 IP, 4 R) helped blow the cushion, before a sixth inning rally plated two runs to rebuild their lead. Neftali Feliz returned to close his first game since April 20.

The seven runs were a bit of an outburst for the Rangers, who scored just one in the first game of the series, as Ivan Nova pitched seven strong innings and Curtis Granderson homered twice. Texas had not scored more than five runs yet in May.

The Rangers enter the finale in second place of an American League West where one game separates first and second, second and third, and third and fourth.

First pitch is 1:05 CDT in Arlington. The game can be seen nationally on TBS.

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Yankees Vs. Rangers: Derek Holland Takes On Bartolo Colon, Yankees

New York Yankees (18-12) at Texas Rangers (17-16)
Probable Starting Pitchers: Bartolo Colon (2-1, 3.00 ERA), Derek Holland (3-1, 4.66 ERA)

Derek Holland looks to get the Texas Rangers back on track on Saturday night as the Rangers play host to Bartolo Colon and the New York Yankees. Texas has lost seven of their last nine games, including dropping the series opener last night to New York. 

Holland will take the mound for Texas, looking to improve on his 3-1 record. Holland has received two consecutive no decisions, one coming in a five inning start on April 27 against the Blue Jays and the most recent one occurring on May 2 against the Oakland A's, when Holland pitched seven innings and allowed only two runs. 

Texas' offense will look to wake up from their recent slump tonight as well. This week in six games thus far, Texas has scored only 21 runs - good for 3.5 runs per game. 

The suddenly born-again Bartolo Colon will look to keep Texas' bats quiet. Colon has pitched astonishingly well for New York so far this year, striking out 33 batters in 33 innings to go along with a 3.00 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. EDT, 7:05 p.m. CDT.

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Yankees Vs. Rangers: Granderson Homers Twice, Yanks Win 4-1

(Sports Network) – Curtis Granderson belted two home runs to support a solid outing by Ivan Nova, as the New York Yankees beat Texas, 4-1, in the opener of a three-game series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Nova (3-2) was charged with an unearned run in 7 1/3 innings, helping the Yankees avoid a fourth consecutive loss. The right-hander scattered two hits and walked one.

The struggles continued for Texas starter Matt Harrison (3-4), who absorbed his fourth straight loss after surrendering three runs on four hits and walked five over six innings.

Texas has dropped seven of nine overall.

Derek Jeter opened the game with a single to right field and Granderson followed with a blast to right-center for a 2-0 New York lead. Jeter sat out Thursday’s setback in Detroit after leaving the previous contest with a sore right hip.

Harrison walked both Jorge Posada and Russell Martin to begin the second. Two batters later, Jeter hit a bouncer up the middle that deflected off Harrison. The left-hander’s errant throw to first allowed a runner to score.

Granderson’s one-out shot to right in the seventh off Ryan Tucker put the visitors up 4-0.

After Mike Napoli drew a one-out walk in the eighth, New York first baseman Mark Teixeira booted a ball hit by Mitch Moreland. Rafael Soriano replaced Nova and struck out Chris Davis before Julio Borbon grounded an RBI single to right. Ian Kinsler flied out to end the inning.

Mariano Rivera closed the door in the ninth for his 12th save of the season.

Game Notes

Jeter played in his 2,302nd career game at shortstop for the Yankees, matching Cal Ripken’s mark for most games at the position with one team…Granderson leads the club with 10 home runs this season…New York placed infielder Eric Chavez on the 15-day disabled Friday with a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot and recalled infielder Ramiro Pena from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes- Barre…The Rangers reinstated closer Neftali Feliz (shoulder inflammation) from the 15-day DL on Friday and optioned catcher Taylor Teagarden to Triple-A Round Rock…New York won two of three at home

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Yankees Vs. Rangers: Matt Harrison, Texas Look To Get Back On Track

The Texas Rangers must be happy to return home to Arlington. The defending American League champions' most recent road trip did not go so well - the Rangers dropped three of four to Oakland before losing two of three to Seattle. After the 2-5 road trip, the Rangers return home and send Matt Harrison to the mound to take on the AL East leading New York Yankees.

Harrison has been terrible in his last two starts, only pitching 4.2 innings combined between them, giving up 14 hits, five walks and 11 runs. Harrison pitched well in his first four starts of the year, but needs to start stringing together quality starts to prove that the first four starts were not a mirage. 

Texas' offense will face New York righty Ivan Nova. Nova hasn't pitched well overall on the year, owning a 5.14 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and .275 BAA - but has pitched well recently. Nova has pitched 6.1 innings in each of his last two starts, allowing only three runs between the two starts. Still, despite the recent turn around for Nova, he's walked 15 batters on the year and has struck out only 17 - not exactly a good ratio. 

The trip to Arlington will be the first for the Yanks since losing Game 6 of the 2010 ALCS to the Rangers.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT. 

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