The New York Yankees hit into six double plays tonight as the Texas Rangers came out victorious 5-3. Matt Harrison went eight supreme innings and Ivan Nova could not make it out of the fifth. With the loss, the Yanks move to 7-5 on this young season.

Derek Inches Closer to 3,000, one infield single at a time. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Recap

The usually accurate Ivan Nova had a tough time finding his control tonight. He had a career high five walks:

IP H R ER K BB
Nova 4.1 4 5 5 3 5
Harrison 8 7 2 1 3 3

Ivan Nova’s struggles were illuminated in the 5th inning, an inning that usually causes him great trouble (career 13.50 5th inning ERA). He walked two, hit a batter, and threw a wild pitch. David Robertson replaced him, and he threw a walk and two wild pitches.

On the offensive side of the ball, Nick Swisher started the scoring, knocking in Curtis Granderson in the third inning with an RBI single. Curtis Granderson continued the scoring in the 8th inning with a towering home run into the Bleacher Creatures in right-center field, but Matt Harrison was simply too much tonight. So far, he is 3-0 on the season and has pitched at least seven innings each time out.

Key Stats

42: Today was Jackie Robinson Day in honor of being the first African American to play in Major League Baseball on this date 64 years ago. The New York Yankees and the rest of Major League Baseball would not be where they are today if it weren’t for his courageous efforts in the 1940’s.

2,938: Derek Jeter hit two singles tonight in his search for #3000. Next up? Frank Robinson, the only player to ever win MVP in both the American and National League, with 2,943 career hits.

MLB Debut: Lance Pendleton, called up for the DL’ed Phil Hughes, made his Major League debut tonight in the sixth inning. In his debut, he struck out the first batter he ever faced (Elvis Andrus) and retired the next eight batters in order for a perfect three innings to start out his career. Great job Lance, you were certainly the bright spot on the field tonight for the Yankees.

6: Number of double plays the Yankees hit into tonight. It’s pretty hard to sustain any sort of offensive rally with that number higher than 3, let alone 6. That number tied the most ever for an American League team in a nine-inning contest.

What’s Next?

The Yankees will play the Rangers again tomorrow in a matinee performance, as Freddy Garcia will make his first start for the pinstripes. The game can be viewed on the YES Network.

1:05 PM, YES: Freddy Garcia (0-0, 9.00 ERA) vs. Derek Holland (2-0, 2.25 ERA)