SB Nation Dallas
Stay connected for news and updates Follow @sbndallas
Like us to subscribe
The tests keep getting tougher for the Texas Rangers, yet the victories keep coming, this time at the hands of the New York Yankees.
Adrian Beltre looked completely healthy, putting up three hits and beginning the scoring with a home run that carried nearly all the way up Green's Hill. Ian Kinsler also had three hits, and Mike Napoli and Mitch Moreland each added a home run, as Texas pounded New York pitching for 11 hits, four walks, and just three strikeouts towards seven runs scored.
After an early exit from Scott Feldman -- who allowed two earned -- the Texas bullpen turned in another dominating performance. Robbie Ross, Neftali Feliz, Mike Adams, and Joe Nathan combined pitched five and two-thirds innings with five strikeouts and just two baserunners allowed. The run came on a meaningless home run off Feliz, putting in light work with a skipped start coming up. Ros moves to 4-0 in his rookie season.
The emphatic win gives Texas their sixth straight series victory to start the season.
With the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim losing 3-2 to the Rays, the Rangers are up 8.5 on the team expected to give them a run for the division, and are up 5.5 on the second place Oakland Athletics. Their run differential sits at +55, still by far the best in baseball.
The Rangers scored a run in the second off a deep Adrian Beltre home run, and scored another three in the third to give Scott Feldman an early 4-0 lead. Feldman struck out three against one walk, but failed to turn a double play in the fourth thanks to a broken bat flying at his legs. He managed an out, but was chased after allowing a run with runners at second and third. Replacement Robbie Ross allowed an inherited run on a sacrifice fly, but put out Feldman's fire, and has retired each of the eight batters he's faced, with two strikeouts.
A Mike Napoli home run started off what looked headed toward a big fourth inning, making it 5-2, but with two on, Elvis Andrus bunted to give up an out, followed by an intentional walk of Josh Hamilton to load the bases. Adrian Beltre and Michael Young each failed to bring even a run home.
Texas's relentlessly aggressive offense and superb bullpen seems to be on its way to yet another dominating performance of a quality opponent as we start the seventh. Neftali Feliz is in the game in relief.
For the Yankees, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira have two hits in the game and Robinson Cano and Raul Ibanez have one with Ibanez and Erci Chavez both driving in runs. The Yankees have already gone through three pitchers in the ball game.
Stay tuned for further updates at the end of the game.
With Neftali Feliz's next start being skipped, and Feldman being used to fix up the rotation, Feliz is available in the bullpen. Feldman will have to get through a lineup of four lefties. Teixeira and Swisher will both also be batting from the left side, but it's worth noting each hits better against left-handed pitching.
An in-depth look at how Yu got out of a bases loaded jam in the third inning with Curtis Granderson and then Alex Rodriguez up to bat.
A day after Yu Darvish won a classic pitching duel against fellow countryman Hiroki Kuroda, Scott Feldman will take the hill for Texas, as the Rangers' rotation takes a hiccup after a Sunday doubleheader.
Feldman was a 17 game winner just two seasons ago, but was sidelined by a knee injury and is still fighting to recover.
Texas is off to the best start (14-4) in franchise history and is tied for the best 18-game start of any AL team since 2000. The Rangers are already a comfortable 5.5 games ahead of the rest of the pack in the AL West, the largest margin in the majors.
Date / Time: Wednesday, April 25 7:05 p.m. CT
Location: Rangers Ballpark In Arlington, Arlington, Texas
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: 103.3 FM ESPN
Starting Pitchers: Phil Hughes (1-2) vs. Scott Feldman (0-0)
Travis Goldman of Pinstripe Alley stops by to answer five questions about the Yankees, as the Rangers and Yankees get ready for the rubber game of their three-game set on Wednesday night.
Yu Darvish has now at least proven that he can be special.
Darvish gave up seven hits and struck out 10 Yankees to move to 3-0 on the season. Of Darvish's 119 pitches, 82 were thrown for strikes. Joe Nathan threw a perfect 2/3 of an inning to pick up the save.
The Rangers struck early when Ian Kinsler led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run. Kinsler went 1-for-3. Texas' second run came on an RBI single from Josh Hamilton in the bottom of the third inning to score Elvis Andrus. Hamilton went 1-for-4.
No Ranger had multiple hits, but Darvish held the Yankees in check all night. New York did load the bases with no outs in the top of the third, but Darvish got a strikeout and double-play to leave without any damage. Darvish would only allow two runners to reach second base for the rest of the game.
Tonight's match-up between the Texas Rangers and visiting New York Yankees isn't just the All-Japanese contest between Hiroki Kuroda and Yu Darvish. It's simply the most entertaining game available to watch tonight. A game between the Yanks and Rangers is quite possibly a preview of the ALCS, and it feels like playoff baseball already in April. As the teams prep for another game in the tight series, here's tonight's starting line-ups.
NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Derek Jeter (R) SS
2. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
4. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
6. Nick Swisher (S) RF
7. Raul Ibanez (L) LF
8. Eric Chavez (L) 3B
9. Russell Martin (R) C
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
3. Josh Hamilton (L) CF
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
5. Michael Young (R) DH
6. Nelson Cruz (R) RF
7. David Murphy (L) LF
8. Mike Napoli (R) C
9. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B
The Texas Rangers are ranked No. 1 in the Sports Illustrated Major League Baseball Power Rankings. Texas, along with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has the league's best record at 13-4 even after losing to the New York Yankees on Monday night.
This week's rankings, though, were written by Ben Duronio with all stats through Sunday. Here is what Duronio had to say about the Rangers:
"Josh Hamilton's quasi Babe Ruth impression has powered the Rangers offense, which is currently the third best in baseball. But Texas also boasts the third-lowest starting pitcher ERA and the third-fewest hits allowed on balls put in play, a promising sign for its defense. Factor in an AL-best 2.39 bullpen FIP, and it's easy to see why the Rangers are on top. Ranking among the league's best at pitching, offense, and defense will do that."
Texas faces the Yankees again today in the second of the three-game series. One of Evan Grant's observations from the loss to the Yankees was that three of the losses have come when the opponent started a former Cy Young winner; the other when the opponent merely had a former ERA champion on the mound.
Tuesday should be an extremely interesting day at the Ballpark, as Yu Darvish takes on Hiroki Kuroda in an all-Japanese matchup sure to excite the throng of Japanese reporters who have been covering Darvish all season.
Here is a look at the game schedule and television information:
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 7:05 p.m. CDT
Location: Yankee Stadium
TV: Fox Sports Southwest and MLB Network
Online streaming: MLB.TV
Two of the top lineups in the American League scored early in the game. Curtis Granderson hit a two-out single with the bases loaded to score two runs in the top of the first. Texas answered with one run in the bottom of the inning with an RBI groundout from Josh Hamilton.
The Yankees pulled away with four runs in the top of the sixth, as Nick Swisher hit a sac fly and Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer. The Rangers scored the final three runs of the game in the sixth and seventh innings, but it was not enough.
Derek Holland got the start and gave up seven earned runs over six innings, picking up the loss. Elvis Andrus went 2-for-4 as the only Ranger with multiple hits. Craig Gentry went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Despite that 8-1 record on the road, the Rangers are just 5-3 at home this season.
Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez announced his retirement from baseball Monday, ending the career of one of the greatest catchers in baseball history.
Rodriguez held a press conference Monday in Arlington announcing the decision. The catcher played a record 2,427 games behind the plate, with the first 12 of his 21 Major League seasons being played with the Texas Rangers. He played for six teams in his Major League career.
Along with the press conference, Rodriguez was scheduled to throw out the first pitch before the Rangers' game against the Yankees. But Rodriguez decided to do something different. Instead of throwing from the pitching mound to second baseman Michael Young behind the plate, Pudge moved behind home plate and fired the ball down to Young at second base — as if he was throwing out a baserunner.
You can watch video of Rodriguez's creative "first pitch" at MLB.com here.
After taking three of four games from Detroit, the Rangers return home to host the Yankees in a battle of 2011 division winners.