Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C
RHP Phil Hughes (1-2, 6.75)
Hughes vs. Rangers
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 Scott Feldman (0-0, 0.00)
Feldman vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: One last night in nice, warm Texas.
UMPIRES: HP Brian Runge, 1B Marvin Hudson, 2B Tim McClelland, 3B Ted Barrett
IT GETS BETTER: The Yankees are 23-7 in games immediately following shutout losses since the start of the 2008 season. They’ve won each of their last six games immediately following a shutout.
THE CAPTAIN KEEPS THE HITS COMING: Derek Jeter leads the Majors with 32 hits. It’s the most ever by a Yankee through the team’s first 17 games (Jeter’s previous best was 27 hits through 17 games in 1999). He has the most hits through any Major League team’s first 17 games since the Angels’ Darin Erstad also had 32 in 2000.
GOING DEEP: The Yankees and Rangers are tied for the Major League lead with 28 home runs. The Yankees were held homerless last night, snapping their streak of homering in eight consecutive games.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Beltre goes deep on the first pitch of the second inning and the Rangers have a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Two hits in Jeter’s first two at-bats. Amazing how hot he is right now.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: RBI double by Kinsler and a two-out RBI single by Beltre have given the Rangers two more runs here in the third inning. Hughes is at 48 pitches.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: The hits keep coming. Michael Young just hit an RBI double to left-center and it’s now a 4-0 Rangers lead as Larry Rothschild goes to the mound. Not the outing the Yankees were hoping to see from Hughes.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Hughes is finished after 2.2 innings. That’s ugly. His last four batters were a hit by pitch, a single, a double and another hit by pitch.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Rapada bailed out Hughes by leaving the bases loaded in the the third, but Hughes final line is still ugly: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP. He threw 52 pitches, 36 for strikes.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Raul Ibanez has his second double of the season, this one putting the Yankees on the board to pull within 4-1 in the fourth. There are still two runners on with one out and the Rangers are dipping into their bullpen (this was only a spot start for Feldman).
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Phelps is in and gave up a solo homer to the first batter he faced — Mike Napoli — to put the Rangers in front 5-2.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: The Rangers had the bases loaded with one out, but Phelps got out of the fourth inning with only the one run scoring. It’s still 5-2 Rangers.
UPDATE, 10:09 p.m.: That’s all from Phelps. After an RBI single from Beltre, Phelps’ night is finished. He allowed five hits and walked three through 2.1 innings. Now Cody Eppley is in with two on and one out in the sixth. It’s 7-2 Rangers.
UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Eppley gets Young to ground into a double play to end the sixth without further damage.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: That’s a pretty deep shot by Ibanez, a solo homer to leadoff the seventh and pull the Yankees within 7-3.