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Game 16: Yankees at Rangers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 23, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (9-6)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez DH
Chris Stewart C

LHP CC Sabathia (1-0, 5.59)
Sabathia vs. Red Sox

RANGERS (13-3)
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Josh Hamilton LF
Michael Young 3B
Mike Napoli 1B
Nelson Cruz RF
Yorvit Torrealba C
Brandon Snyder DH
Craig Gentry CF

LHP Derek Holland (2-0, 3.10)
Holland vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9 and ESPN

WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s, dipping into the upper 60s, with none of the snowy, rainy nonsense that’s going on back home.

UMPIRES: HP Tim McClelland, 1B Ted Barrett, 2B Brian Runge, 3B Marvin Hudson

GOING DEEP (IN THE HEART OF TEXAS): The Yankees lead the Majors with 27 home runs and have homered in seven consecutive games. They have hit at least three home runs in each of their past three games, matching their longest such stretch over the past 55 years (ninth time since 1957).

BETTER THAN LAST YEAR: Nick Swisher leads the American League with 20 RBI and is tied for second with 10 extra-base hits. He’s reached base safely in 14 of 15 games. Last year Swisher did not record his 10th extra-base hit until May 29 (game No. 47), which is also the game he picked up his 20th RBI.

ON THIS DATE: On April 23, 2000, Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada became the first pair of teammates in Major League history to each homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.

UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Yankees strike first here in Texas. Two-out, two-run single by Granderson has the Yankees in front 2-0 in the first inning.

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Texas got one run in the first, but a Yankees double play limited the damage and it’s a 2-1 Yankees lead heading into the second.

UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Sabathia looks pretty sharp. His slider has been a legitimate weapon and he’s through three innings with just the one Rangers run on the board. Four of his past six outs have been strikeouts.

UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: After a Swisher sac fly and a Rodriguez three-run homer, the Yankees have a 6-1 lead with Sabathia still on the mound in the fifth. Sabathia has thrown just 48 pitches.

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Sabathia struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth, then back-to-back sixth-inning doubles — by Chris Stewart and Derek Jeter — gave the Yankees an additional run and a 7-1 lead.

UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: That’s Josh Hamilton’s eighth homer of the year. It’s now 7-2 in the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Gentry gets a double just past Teixeira and into right field, scoring two and pulling the Rangers within 7-4 with the top of the order coming up.

UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Sabathia gets the next two batters to get out of the seventh with a 7-4 lead intact.

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