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Game 67: Yankees vs. Rangers

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jun 16, 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. Robinson Cano 2B
5. Andruw Jones LF
6. Jorge Posada DH
7. Russell Martin C
8. Eduardo Nunez SS
9. Ramiro Pena 3B
Brian Gordon RHP

Rangers lineup
1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. Elvis Andrus SS
3. Josh Hamilton LF
4. Michael Young DH
5. Adrian Beltre 3B
6. Mitch Moreland 1B
7. David Murphy RF
8. Taylor Teagarden C
9. Endy Chavez CF
C.J. Wilson LHP

TV/Time: YES/1:08
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 82 degrees
Umpires: Mike Everitt HP, Chris Guccione 1B, Cory Blaser SS, Mike Winters 3B

Power infield: The Yankees are starting the same infield as last night when all four hit homers, with Teixeira belting two. It was only the second time in franchise history that happened. The last time was 1939.

Brooms out? The Yankees will be in pursuit of their fifth series sweep of the season and first of at least three games at home.

He can hit, too: Brian Gordon began as a minor-league outfielder before switching to the mound for the 2007 season. He had a career .275 average with 219 doubles, 65 triples, 119 homers and 590 RBI in 1,206 games.

Update, 1:11: A catcher who can throw to second base. Francisco Cervelli has been struggling, but Russell Martin is back from his back injury and he just gunned down Elvis Andrus.

Update, 1:12: Gordon gets through his first inning in good shape, hit Andrus with a curve and that was it.

Update, 1:20: The Yankees ran themselves out of their first inning. Swisher singled and was out when he overslid third after Granderson’s single. Then Granderson got caught stealing.

Update, 1:25: Gordon’s Yankees debut will not be a no-hitter. Beltre lines a single to center with one out in the second.

Update, 1:28: Two hits but no runs in the Texas second.

Update, 1:37: Martin makes his presence felt again, two-out RBI single to center, 1-0.

Update, 1:46: Gordon has the Rangers off-balance so far. He got Ian Kinsler swinging at a 68 mph curve here in the third. It’s 1-0 heading for the last of the third.

Update, 1:59: First and second with no outs and second and third with one out and the Yankees don’t score.

Update, 2:09: The Rangers have two singles in the fourth, both on 69 mph curves. First and third, two outs.

Update, 2:11: Nice play by Teixeira on a grounder. Side retired. Gordon has given up no runs and four singles through four.

Update, 2:18: 1-0, end of four.

Update, 2:24: Suddenly, we’re tied. Walk, infield hit, RBI double by Ian Kinsler. So it’s second and third, no outs.

Update, 2:27: Bases loaded, one out for the very dangerous Michael Young.

Update, 2:30: 71 mph curve and Young pops it up to Cano. Two outs, Beltre up.

Update, 2:34: Beltre was down 0-2, fouled off two pitches, and then Gordon hit him with a 68 mph curve in the left elbow area to force in the go-ahead run.

Update, 2:35: Gordon gets out of the jam now, leaving the bases loaded after Mitch Moreland flies to center. So it’s 2-1 going to the last of the fifth.

Update, 2:44: 2-1 heading for the sixth. Hector Noesi is warming in the bullpen.

Update, 2:51: Gordon’s day is over after a one-out single. Noesi is on. Gordon walked off to a nice ovation. So far he’s charged with two runs and seven hits in 5 1-3. The Yankees couldn’t have asked for much more from a 32-year-old journeyman making his first major-league start.

Update, 2:56: Noesi gets a fly ball and a grounder. So we head for the last of the sixth.

Update, 3:04: Jorge Posada is about to become a pinch hitter on the coming road trip to the NL, so Girardi gave him a start at DH today against the lefty. Posada has shown signs of life right-handed after the 0-for-27 start and there was another one, a tying RBI double to the left-center gap.

Update, 3:13: The Rangers had first and second, no outs in the seventh. After Andrus led off with a double, Girardi wisely order an intentional walk for Josh Hamilton. Michael Young then rapped into a 5-5-3 double play. Two outs, man on second. Boone Logan is warming.

Update, 3:16: Beltre flies to deep left-center, inning over.

Update, 3:24: C.J. Wilson has been good, now 2-2 heading for the eighth after a 1-2-3 last of the seventh. David Robertson will take the ball now for the Yankees.

Update, 3:40: Wilson is at 122 pitches with two outs and one on in the last of the eighth.

Update, 3:45: Posada goes down looking, so it’s 2-2, top nine. Mariano is on to pitch. Brett Gardner will replace Jones in left.

Update, 3:52: 1-2-3 for Rivera on three infield outs. Darren Oliver will come for the Rangers.

Update, 3:56: Martin rips a single to left to open the home ninth.

Update, 3:58: Nunez bunts the runner over. A-Rod will pinch hit for Pena, but he will get an intentional pass.

Update, 4:03: Swisher walks to the load the bases. Granderson is up.

Update, 4:06: Granderson goes down swinging, two outs, Teixeira up.

Update, 4:07: Yankees miss out on a great opportunity, Teixeira bounces to short.

Update, 4:15: One-hit 10th against Rivera. Lefty Michael Kirkman is coming on for Texas.

Update, 4:23: Gardner lines a one-out single into right-center.

Update, 4:27: Beltre gets a glove on Posada’s liner, catches it and turns it into a double play. 2-2, 11th inning. Cory Wade is coming on to pitch for the Yankees.

Update, 4:34: 1-2-3 inning for Wade, who’s off to a good start in his first two games here, had a perfect inning last night, too.

Update, 4:36: Amazing, Rocky clips still playing on the videoboard to pump everyone up 35 years after the fact.

Update, 4:41: One-out walk to Nunez. A-Rod up.

Update, 4:42: Liner to short, two outs. Swisher steps in.

Update, 4:44: Pop to center. On to the 12th. Wade will remain in the game.

Update, 4:51: Impressive work by Wade, another 1-2-3 inning, capped with a swinging strikeout by Josh Hamilton. Kirkman will stay in.

Update, 4:54: Leadoff bloop single to right by Curtis Granderson, his third single.

Update, 4:59: Kirkman hits Cano with a 93 mph fastball, although Ron Washington is arguing.

Update, 5:02: Brett Gardner walk-off single, Yankees win, 3-2. They sweep the series.

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