Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Lance Berkman DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Ramiro Pena SS
Francisco Cervelli C
RHP A.J. Burnett (10-13, 5.15)
Burnett vs. Rangers
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
David Murphy LF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz RF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Mitch Moreland 1B
Matt Treanor C
Julio Borbon CF
RHP Tommy Hunter (12-3, 3.99)
Hunter vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m. / YES Network and MLB Network
UMPIRES: HP Ted Barrett, 1B Alfronso Marquez, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Dale Scott
WEATHER: Pretty much the same as last night — temperatures in the high 80s with the wind blowing in — but this time there’s a chance of rain at about 10 p.m. local time.
WHAT GOES AROUND: After the Yankees walked off with a win on Wednesday, the Rangers walked off with a win against the Yankees on Friday. It was the first time this season that the Yankees walked off and were walked off against in back-to-back games. It happened to them twice last season.
PLENTY OF PRODUCTION: The Yankees have baseball’s only set of teammates — Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano — with 90 runs and 90 RBI apiece. They are the only team in the Majors with five players who have scored at least 80 runs this season (Cano, Teixeira, Gardner, Jeter and Swisher).
NEW EXPERIENCE: The Yankees have a total of 12 career at-bats against Tommy Hunter. Curtis Granderson (3-for-4) is the only player in the Yankees lineup with more than two at-bats against him.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: A walk and a two-out single. That’s enough for a 1-0 Rangers lead after one.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Back in his home state, Lance Berkman just singled in Robinson Cano to tie the game at 1.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: It’s like April all over again. Francisco Cervelli’s big RBI single gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead before Nick Swisher struck out to end the second innings with the bases loaded.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Kevin Russo and Juan Miranda have been called up. They’ll be here tomorrow.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Hey look, the Yankees got Julio Borbon out.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: An inning ago, there was action in the Rangers bullpen. Now Tommy Hunter has four straight strikeouts, including the side in the third inning when he burned through Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Another walk comes back to hurt Burnett. Guerrero drives in the run and ties the game at 2 after three innings.
UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Rough couple of nights for Brett Gardner, who stranded eight last night — five in the first three innings — and just struck out with two on to end the fourth inning.
Also, while the Yankees were taking the field for the bottom of the fourth, the video board showed members of the National Guard who are guests at tonight’s game. The crowd cheered and the Yankees stopped what they were doing to turn and cheer. Burnett was seriously on the mound clapping. Teixeira stopped short of the infield to do the same. Pretty neat.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Well that’s just bad luck. Cano lined out to second, and Mark Teixeira was doubled off to end the fifth inning. Still tied at 2.
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: It’s starting to rain. A lot of the crowd is retreating.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Rain delay. Most of the Yankees are staying in the dugout. That seems to be a good sign.
UPDATE, 10:33 p.m.: The tarp is coming off the field. Play is supposed to resume around 11 Eastern.
UPDATE, 10:52 p.m.: Chad Gaudin getting loose in the pen.
UPDATE, 11:05 p.m.: Another outfield assist for Gardner, Guerrero is out stretching and Gaudin is through a scoreless fifth.
UPDATE, 11:15 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli has reached base seven straight times.
UPDATE, 11:16 p.m.: Something must be wrong with Gardner. Austin Kearns is coming into pinch hit.
UPDATE, 11:25 p.m.: As Ring of Fire plays at the stadium, Boone Logan is coming in with no outs and runners at the corners.
UPDATE, 11:34 p.m.: It’s last night all over again. Here comes Robertson with the bases loaded. Let the quick pitching changes begin.
UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.: Nice play by Robinson Cano helps the Yankees end the sixth inning, but two runs scored on a sac fly and a two-out single off Robertson. Texas has taken a 4-2 lead.
UPDATE, 12:02 a.m.: Pedro Strop is the same Rangers reliever who walked Mark Teixeira with the bases loaded last night. Tonight he’s come in with the bases loaded again, and this time he’s allowed a run on a wild pitch and walked Curtis Granderson to reload the bases. Now Jorge Posada is pinch hitting for Ramiro Pena.
UPDATE, 12:08 a.m.: Of course, Posada grounds into a double play. The Yankees have loaded the bases in three innings, and they’ve put two on in two innings. They have three runs to show for it. Eduardo Nunez now playing shortstop for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 12:22 a.m.: A two-out walk and a two-out single have pushed the Texas lead to 5-3 and chased Robertson from the game. Here comes Albaladejo. There is nothing else I can add that you don’t already know.
UPDATE, 12:40 a.m.: The Yankees have now loaded the bases three innings in a row, and in four of eight innings overall.
UPDATE, 12:42 a.m.: Finally a Yankee gets a big hit in Arlington. Rodriguez doubled down the line, clearing the bases and giving the Yankees a 6-5 lead.