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Game 66: Yankees vs. Rangers

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jun 15, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees lineup
1. Nick Swisher RF
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez DH
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Andruw Jones LF
7. Eduardo Nunez SS
8. Francisco Cervelli C
9. Ramiro Pena 3B
Ivan Nova RHP

Rangers lineup
1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. Elvis Andrus SS
3. Josh Hamilton LF
4. Michael Young DH
5. Adrian Beltre 3B
6. Nelson Cruz RF
7. Mitch Moreland 1B
8. Yorvit Torrealba C
9. Endy Chavez CF
Derek Holland LHP

TV/Time: YES/7:09

Weather: Fair, 80 degrees

Umpires: Mike Winters HP, Mike Everitt 1B, Chris Guccione 2B, Cory Blaser 3B

Roster move: The Yankees just announced a move within the last hour, signing 28-year-old righty Cory Wade to a major-league contract and sending righty Kevin Whelan back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Wade had been in Triple-A in the Rays’ system before he was given his release earlier this month and signed with the Yankees. He was 2-1 with a 1.21 ERA in 21 relief outings at Durham and went 1 2/3 scoreless in his one Scranton/Wilkes-Barre outing. He will wear No. 53. Rafael Soriano was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster.

Update, 7:11: Cervelli can’t throw to second base these days, another throw into center. But Ian Kinsler held, getting the steal even on a pitchout.

Update, 7:14: Bad beginning for Nova, single, steal, walk, RBI single for Josh Hamilton after Nova fell behind 2-0. Michael Young just brought in the second run when the Yankees couldn’t turn two.

Update, 7:24: It’s tied with one swing. No. 20 for Teixeira, belting a 2-1 fastball to the left-field seats after Holland had hit Granderson.

Update, 7:30: Double steal with A-Rod on the front end, second and third, one out.

Update, 7:32: The bases were loaded with one out, but Nunez grounded into a double play.

Update, 7:39: 1-2-3 second for Nova.

Update, 7:46: Single for Ramiro Pena, double for Nick Swisher, and it’s second and third, one out.

Update, 7:48: RBI groundout for Granderson, 3-2 Yankees.

Update, 7:53: Solo homer for Kinsler, 3-3 in the third.

Update, 7:55: There’s been on carryover from Nova’s strong start against Cleveland. Hamilton just hit a ground-rule double, sailing it over Granderson before it bounced over the center-field fence.

Update, 7:57: Infield hit for Young, first and third, one out.

Update, 7:59: Now it’s 4-3 Texas. Curtis Granderson just managed to catch a sinking liner by Adrian Beltre, so it was a sac fly.

Update, 8:08: 1-2-3 third for Holland.

Update, 8:17: This Cervelli throwing problem has to be a concern. There was another bad one down to second on a wild pitch. He’s just messed up mechanically right now.

Update, 8:25: Nova escapes a first-and-third, two-out jam. But his command is obviously off, unlike his last two times out.

Update, 8:28: Joe Girardi has talked about Eduardo Nunez’s offensive upside. There went the tying homer to the left-field seats from him here in the fourth.

Update, 8:40: Nunez is going to have to make the plays defensively, though. He let Hamilton’s sinking liner skip by him for an error leading off here in the fifth, his seventh. Five have been on throws.  Nova followed up with a walk to Young.

Update, 8:42: Hector Noesi is warming. If he comes in, that almost assuredly will mean Brian Gordon gets the start tomorrow. Nova is at 76 pitches.

Update, 8:46: Nova gets out of it with a double-play ball.

Update, 8:55: Andruw Jones drives in A-Rod with a single for the 5-4 lead in the fifth, Rodriguez’s 1,799th run scored, which ties him for 16th with Ted Williams.

Update, 9:03: Cervelli contributes, lines an RBI single to right-center for the two-run lead. But Nunez is out trying to go to third.

Update, 9:09: Nova is done, gets a nice hand, I guess for keeping the Yankees in the game, because he had only one clean inning. There are two outs in the sixth. Luis Ayala is coming in.

Update, 9:13: Boone Logan is warming. Ayala just walked Kinsler on four pitches.

Update, 9:16: Great one-hop strike by Granderson to Cervelli to cut down the runner at the plate on the Elvis Andrus single to center. Mark Lowe is coming on to replace Holland for the sixth.

Update, 9:23: Home run for Ramiro Pena, 7-4. He had gone 166 at-bats without one dating to 2009.

Update, 9:29: Another homer for Teixeira, a two-run shot deep to right. It’s his 31st career multi-homer game, his second of the season. It’s his 11th time homering from both sides of the plate, tying the record held by Chili Davis and Eddie Murray. It’s 9-4. The bats are back, second straight big night.

Update, 9:42: Darren Oliver will pitch the seventh for Texas, still 9-4.

Update, 9:53: Two steals for Nunez here in the inning, another dimension he provides. But he was just thrown out at the plate on a grounder to third.

Update, 9:58: End of seven, 9-4. Cory Wade will now make his Yankees debut.

Update, 10:08: Nice first impression in a scoreless eighth. Wade was 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 82 relief outings with the Dodgers in 2008 and 2009. He was set back by shoulder surgery in March 2010. The Rays’ organization released him on Sunday and he signed as a minor-league free agent with the Yankees on Monday.

Update, 10:16: Three-run homer by Cano to the second deck in right, 12-4 for the second straight night.

Update, 10:21: Jeff Marquez will try to close it out. You would think his roster spot could be in danger with Brian Gordon coming tomorrow, but we’ll see.

Update, 10:27: Yankees win, 12-4, again.

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