The Yankees once again have the best record in the American League. David Phelps pitched five strong innings and Nick Swisher hit a go-ahead grand slam, helping the Yankees to an 8-2 win against the Rangers in tonight’s series opener at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees now have a half-game advantage over Texas in the race for home-field advantage in the playoffs. Phelps allowed a run in the first inning and another in the second, but he settled in to pitch through the fifth, using his 78th and final pitch to retire Josh Hamilton. The Yankees trailed 2-0 before Swisher hit the 200th home run and sixth grand slam of his career. Curtis Granderson added a sac fly, Eric Chavez hit a long solo homer, Derek Jeter doubled in a run and Swisher drove in a run with a seventh-inning single, bringing his RBI total to five for the night.
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