The Yankees play home run derby en route to another 12-4 victory over the Texas Rangers. Mark Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate as he tied Jose Bautista and Curtis Granderson for the AL HR lead (21). The Bombers got offense from unlikely sources as Francisco Cervelli, Ramiro Pena, and Eduardo Nunez went 5 for 11 with two home runs. With the win, the Yankees improve to 38-28 on the season.

Birthday Boy Eduardo Nunez Going Deep

Recap

Ivan Nova got the start tonight and labored through 5.2 innings. He gave up four runs on seven hits, but the Yankee offense bailed him out as Nova picked up his sixth win of the year. Luis Ayala, Cory Wade, and Jeff Marquez came on to mop up the final 3.2 innings, giving away to only three hits. Ayala and his 1.25 ERA have been one of the bigger surprises for the Yanks. He’s gotta keep it up. Wade and Marquez were claimed off of waivers and made their 2011 debuts tonight. I found myself saying ‘who the heck is this guy?’ but Michael Kay quickly read off his notes and I felt at ease learning more about Cory and Jeff.

Offense was really the story for the Bombers. Teix sent a ‘message’ from each side of the plate. Both Pena and Nunez went deep (I don’t think that’s ever happened in the same game) while Robinson Cano added one for good measure in the ninth inning off closer, Neftali Feliz. Due to the lack of replacements for DJ and a lefty on the bump, Nick Swisher hit lead off tonight, going 1 for 3 with two walks. Good enough for me.

Rumors

Read a few rumors on Twitter tonight about Cashman having interest in the recently cut Scott Kazmir. Clearly, Kaz isn’t what he used to be, but what’s the downside to signing him to a minor league deal and seeing if he land as a long man in the Yankee pen? The Bombers need lefties and there’s virtually no downside to claiming him. If he doesn’t pan out, just let him go.

Key Stats

11: This was the eleventh game where Teixeira homered from both sides. This ties Eddie Murray and Chili Davis for the most all-time.

24: Happy 24th Birthday to Eduardo Nunez. Nunez went 2 for 4 with a jack and made some nice plays in the field.

60: Rafael Soriano was put on the 60-day DL to make room for Wade. He won’t be eligible to return until July 12.

What’s Next?

The Yankees will go for the sweep in the afternoon matinée before heading to Chicago to visit the Cubs.

1:05 PM: CJ Wilson (7-3, 3.09 ERA) vs. Brian Gordon (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

**Yes, I have no idea who Brian Gordon is. But what I can tell you is, he is 32-year-old and right-handed. He has only appeared in three games as a member of the Rangers in 2008. He was with the Phillies’ Triple A affiliate in Lehigh Valley, striking out 53 hitters in 51.1 innings this year. Let’s see what the hell happens and hope for the Yankee offense stays hot.

The Yankees have done well picking pitchers off the scrap heap (Colon and Garcia recently; Aaron Small from years back). Let’s see how this goes.