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Yankees Bury Ogando, Rangers Early In 12-4 Drubbing

Alexi Ogando has been nearly perfect in his starting debut in 2011, but if he has one bad memory it will be Yankee Stadium. Ogando has allowed more than three runs only three times so far, and two of those games have been in the Bronx. Monday’s was by far the worst of those starts, as Ogando allowed six runs without surviving the second inning. Remarkably, it’s the first time all season he’s failed to complete six innings, and it was his first loss of the season.

A Jeter-less Yankees lineup put the game out of reach before the Rangers could scratch against C.C. Sabathia, who won his eighth game.

LHP Derek Holland (5-1, 4.41 ERA) will look to build on a recent resurgence, facing off against RHP Ivan Nova (5-4, 4.30 ERA) in Wednesday’s game. Holland completed 16.1 innings in his last two starts and allowed four combined runs (all in his last start). He posted an impressive 15:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.