Notes: Thanks to Mike Dougherty for calling in the lineup. … OF Justin Christian was optioned down. … This will be the major league debut for Brett Gardner. He was their third-round pick in 2005. Here’s how he was doing with Scranton. … Texas slugger Josh Hamilton (.312/.362/.565) has cooled off a fair amount. He’s at .277/.343/.468 this month. He has gone 36 at-bats since his last home run. He has never faced any of the Yankee pitchers. … The Yankees are 20-6 against the Rangers the last three seasons but five of those losses have come in the Bronx.
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UPDATE, 6:02 p.m.: Johnny Damon is just getting a day off, by the way. He’s fine. … AAA catcher Chris Stewart was DFA’d to make room for Gardner on the 40-man.