Joe Girardi said before the game that he didn’t know what to expect from Freddy Garcia after such a long layoff but Garcia showed hardly any rust at all. The veteran righty threw six shutout innings in his first start of the season and the Yankees beat the Rangers, 5-2, to even the three-game series.
Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer for the Yankees and added a sac fly, while Robinson Cano also homered and Andruw Jones and Nick Swisher had two hits apiece.
Joba Chamberlain worked the seventh, Rafael Soriano narrowly avoided disaster in the eighth (Adrian Beltre saw a would-be three-run homer go just foul) and Mariano Rivera finished off the win in the ninth for the Yankees on a brutally cold and windy day at the Stadium.
Back with more from the clubhouse in a bit.