Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano provided the offense as the New York Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 5-2. Freddy Garcia pitched six scoreless innings and Jo-So-Mo finished it off as the Yankees move to 8-5 on the season.
As Michael Kay put it, “you cannot emphasize enough how important it was for Freddy Garcia to have a great start today”:
Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova have not been able to keep the Yankee bullpen rested, which was another huge benefit of Garcia’s game today. After Freddy finished up his six dominant innings, Joba Chamberlain came in to strike out two and allow one hit in the seventh frame. Rafael Soriano relieved Joba and did his best to blow another lead as he allowed a double, ground out, walk, RBI single, another RBI single to pull the Rangers within one before getting Adrian Beltre to hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Mariano Rivera entered in the final frame to earn his sixth save as he preserved the Yankee victory.
Mark Teixeira smoked his 5th home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning to right-center field. It was May 8th last year when Mark hit his fifth homer. He kept the scoring going in the third, hitting a sac fly to score Derek Jeter. Robinson Cano provided some insurance runs in the top of the 9th as he clanked a two-run home run off the top of the right foul pole.
3,000 Watch: Derek Jeter remains at 2,938 career hits after an 0-3 game with a walk and a run scored.
.500: After a 2-4 day with a double, Nick Swisher’s average batting right-handed this year is .500. Let’s hope the Yankees can face some more lefties so Swish can keep up the hot hitting.
24: Through 13 games, the Yankees have hit 24 home runs, which ties their franchise record set in 2003.
The Yankees and Rangers play their final game of the series on the bright lights of ESPN at 8 PM in the Sunday Night Game of the Week.
8:00 PM, ESPN: CC Sabathia (0-1, 1.45 ERA) vs. Alexi Ogando (0-0, 0.00 ERA)