In the first game of the three-game series, the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers by a score of 5-1. The game lasted only six innings and was called after a rain delay that lasted 1:05.

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Initial Reaction:

Again, the Yankees came to play tonight, although they only finished 2/3 of the game. After giving up a single, double, and a sacrifice fly in the first inning, CC Sabathia really dialed in. In the six innings before the rain delay, he allowed three hits, one earned run, walked none, and struck out nine. I texted this line to owner Matt Vereb, and replied one word that summed up the outing: “Ace”. The hitting was good in spots, and for tonight, that was more than enough.

Positives From The Game:

Marcus Thames: As much as I like to trash Thames for not being Brett Gardner, he has two hits in each of his last two games.

Strike!: CC Sabathia was on fire tonight. He was so accurate, he threw 58 of his 73 pitches for strikes.

Cervelli Gettin’ in Work: Francisco Cervelli went 2 for 3 with an RBI. If he keeps hitting and hustling like this, then he may start catching for someone besides Sabathia.

Negatives From The Game:

Rain Delays: There really can’t be anyone out there that likes them. Besides the meteorologists that predict them.

Mark Teixeira: I hate putting him here, but the man hasn’t done anything yet this year.

Interesting Facts:

6: Between the 1st and 3rd innings, CC Sabathia struck out six Rangers in a row.

10: With Robinson Cano’s 4th inning infield single, Derek Jeter and Cano became the first pair of Yankee teammates to start off the season with a hit in the team’s first ten games.

Game Length: Joe West won’t have much to complain about. If it were up to him, all Yankee and Red Sox games would last six innings so he could get to his dinner reservations.

What’s Next:

The Yankees have a day game tomorrow against the Rangers at 1:05. Hopefully the weather isn’t an issue again.

Projected Starters:

Scott Feldman (1-0; 2.57 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (1-0; 3.57 ERA)