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Game 118: Yankees vs. Rangers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Aug 16, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (70-47)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Andruw Jones LF
Casey McGehee 3B
Russell Martin DH
Jayson Nix 2B
Ichiro Suzuki CF
Chris Stewart C

RHP Ivan Nova (11-6, 4.70)
Nova vs. Rangers

RANGERS (67-49)
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 2B
Josh Hamilton DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
David Murphy LF
Geovany Soto C
Mitch Moreland 1B
Criag Gentry CF
Mike Olt RF

LHP Derek Holland (7-6, 4.92)
Holland vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Feels really nice out, actually. And clear skies, which is a welcome sight after last night.

UMPIRES: HP Marty Foster, 1B Tim Timmons, 2B Jeff Kellogg, 3B Vic Carapazza

LEANING LEFT: The Yankees are 25-15 (.625) against left-handed starters this season, the best such winning percentage in the American League and the fourth-best in the Majors.

HOME ON THE RANGERS: The Yankees are 11-1 in their last 12 regular season games against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium, winning each of their last eight since April 16, 2011. That?matches their longest-ever home winning streak vs. Texas (also April 4, 1994 through April 12, 1996.

IN THE END: The Yankees are 24-13 in series finales and have won five of their last seven finales at home.

UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: Hamilton’s double was the big hit. Beltre’s bloop, two-run single in the one that did the damage. Rangers are up 2-0 after one inning. Yankees went down in order in their half.

UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Huge strikeout for Nova, and Stewart goes running off the field pumping his fist. Nova leaves the bases loaded in the third inning and keeps the Rangers lead at 2-0.

UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: Really nice play by Beltre to end the bottom of the third. He snags what might have been an RBI double into the corner and turns it into the final out, leaving a runner stranded at second.

UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Nova looks a little shaken up after making an awkward play for the final out of the fourth. Hard to tell what exactly he might have done. He walked off the field on his own, but he was clearly a little worried. No activity in the Yankees bullpen, so they must think he’s alright.

UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Andruw Jones clearly lost the ball in the sun. It fell for a ground rule double. Jones just fell.

UPDATE, 2:41 p.m.: Another rocky start for Nova, who leaves with the bases loaded in the sixth. He’s walked four and allowed seven hits through 5.2 innings. The Yankees trail 4-0. Here comes Cody Eppley.

UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: Singles by Ichiro, Jeter and Swisher have pulled the Yankees within 4-2 in the sixth. Teixeira coming up as the tying run.

UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: Teixeira struck out, but clean-up man Jones hit his 13th homer of the season to tie the game at 4.

UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: Olt has played a total of three professional games in the outfield. He’s really a corner infielder, and his dropped fly ball has left McGehee at second base with two outs in the sixth.

UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: And now the Yankees are in the lead, 5-4, on Russell Martin’s RBI single. This is a five-run inning for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 3:16 p.m.: A 3-1 slider, then a 3-2 slider, and Logan strikes out Hamilton. Now he’s staying in to face Beltre.

UPDATE, 3:21 p.m.: Well, Hamilton seemed to be the pivotal out, but Beltre followed with a single and Murphy doubled in the tying run. Now Chamberlain is coming in to face Soto with the go-ahead run at third base.

UPDATE, 3:29 p.m.: Much like Logan, Chamberlain got a big strikeout, then gave up a pivotal hit. Gentry’s two-run single has the Rangers back in front 7-5.

UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Teixeira narrowly avoids grounding into a double play. One run scores, now Jones is up again, this time with the Yankees down one and the tying run a third base.

UPDATE, 4:03 p.m.: Jones couldn’t do it again, and now Joba is hearing some boos after letting the Rangers add two more runs and pull ahead 9-6.

UPDATE, 4:23 p.m.: Feel like Cano could have scored on that, but either he wasn’t expecting to go home or Thomson didn’t do enough to send him. Both seemed to be a little bit in between decisions.




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