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Game 17: Yankees at Rangers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 24, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (10-6)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (1-2, 5.00)
Kuroda vs. Rangers

RANGERS (13-4)
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Josh Hamilton CF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Michael Young DH
Nelson Cruz RF
David Murphy LF
Mike Napoli C
Mitch Moreland 1B

RHP Yu Darvish (2-0, 3.57)
Darvish has never faced the Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Seriously not a cloud in the sky. Wind blowing in from right field.

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

FOLLOW THE CAPTAIN: Derek Jeter leads the Majors with 30 hits, the most ever by any Yankee through the team’s first 16 games. It’s the eighth time he has collected at least 30 hits in the season’s first month, and he’s just five hits shy of his most April hits (he had 35 in 2006).

SCORING OPPORTUNITIES: The Yankees are batting .289 with runners in scoring position, the fourth-highest such mark in the Ameircan League. They have hit .380 with runners in scoring position in their past eight games. When the went 4-4 in their first eight games, they were hitting .200 with runners in scoring position.

ON A ROLL: The Yankees have gone 10-3 after starting the season 0-3. They have won six consecutive road games, marking their longest road winning streak since 2010 (they last had a road winning streak of more than six games in 2009) The Yankees have also won five straight regular season games — and eight of the last nine — against the Rangers.

UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: After allowing a leadoff home run, Kuroda has retired six of the last seven Rangers. It’s 1-0 Texas heading into the third.

UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Darvish expects Moreland to field the Jeter bunt, instead no one fields it and Jeter has a hit to load the bases with no outs and Granderson coming to the plate.

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Granderson goes down looking at a backdoor curveball and Rodriguez grounds to third base for an inning-ending double play. That’s a huge opportunity wasted.

UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Two-out walk and a two-out RBI single. The Rangers have another run on the board and a 2-0 lead in the third. Josh Hamilton is a fun guy to watch.

UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: Double play gets Kuroda through the fifth without another run. It’s still 2-0. Darvish has been able to get out of trouble consistently, and that’s the difference so far. Kuroda hasn’t been bad, but Darvish has been better.

UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: Josh Hamilton just keeps flinging bats all over the place. He lost one into the stands yesterday, and now he’s flung two toward right field.

UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Back-to-back strikeouts for Kuroda to end the sixth inning. It’s still 2-0. Darvish is nearing 90 pitches as he opens the seventh.




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