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Game 12: Yankees vs. Rangers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 15, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (7-4)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF

RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 6.10)
Nova vs. Rangers

RANGERS (9-3)
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Nelson Cruz RF
David Murphy LF
Yorvit Torrealba C
Mitch Moreland 1B
Julio Borbon CF

LHP Matt Harrison (2-0, 1.29)
Harrison vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Colder than last night, but not quite as bad as Wednesday night. Wind is blowing in a little bit, but mostly just blowing from right to left.

UMPIRES: HP Gary Cederstrom, 1B Lance Barksdale, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Adrian Johnson

CELEBRATING JACKIE: Today is Jackie Robinson Day. All MLB players, coaches and umpires will wear No. 42. The Yankees are celebrating with an on-field ceremony including Rachel Robinson — Jackie’s wife — along with their daughter Sharon, two scholars from the Jackson Robinson Foundation and members of the Tuskegee Airmen.

ONE AND DONE: Ivan Nova has faced only one current member of the Rangers. He faced Adrian Beltre twice last season and held him hitless.

MORE THAN ONE: Eight of Alex Rodriguez’s 14 hits this season have been extra-base hits, four doubles and four home runs. Five of Jorge Posada’s seven hits have been extra-base hits, all five homers.

ONE WITHOUT FOUR: The yankees have scored at least four runs in 10 of their 11 games this season. The White Sox are the only other team with so many four-run games this year. The Yankees also lead the majors with 21 home runs. According to Elias, the total is tied for the most home runs through 11 games in franchise history. The Yankees also had 21 homers through 11 games in 1932.

UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: The Rangers take a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but Nova has done a nice job of getting ground balls when he’s needed them. When Nova’s getting the ball on the ground, that’s usually a good sign that his fastball is going where he wants it.

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Nova is still throwing some fine pitches, but the Rangers came away with another run in the third inning an it’s now 2-0. Meanwhile, the Yankees caught a break with the leadoff error in the bottom of the third. Granderson is at second with no outs.

UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: The Yankees turned the error into a run on Nick Swisher’s RBI single. It’s now 2-1 heading into the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: So far the Yankees really haven’t done much against Matt Harrison. They have three hits and scored their only run thanks to an error. It’s still 2-1 Rangers after four.

UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Wonder if the cold is affecting Nova. He’s walked a batter, hit a batter and thrown a wild pitch this inning. The Rangers have taken advantage with a run for a 3-1 lead. It’s gotten really cold and I can’t help wondering if Nova’s having a hard time gripping the ball.

UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Here’s Robertson to relieve Nova with one out in the fifth. Either the cold got to him, or this was just one of those Nova starts where the wheels came off after four innings.

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Robertson is having control problems of his own. He just allowed a run on a wild pitch before finally getting out of the inning with the Rangers up 5-1. Hector Noesi is getting loose. Not a great night for a big league debut, but this might be the time to use a long man to eat some innings.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: The Noesi experience will have to wait. Here’s Boone Logan in the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Here’s Lance Pendleton. Kind of amazing that he went from pretty much a non-prospect to pitching at Yankee Stadium. Not that he was ever a bad pitcher, but he was completely buried in the Yankees organization, then he had a nice year last year and got himself on the radar. Good for him.

UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Another Granderson home run against a lefty and it’s now 5-2 Rangers. Pendleton, meanwhile, has been outstanding through his first two major league innings.

UPDATE, 9:42 p.m.: The Yankees have tied an American League record by grounding into six double plays tonight.

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