It was a tough day in the Bronx off of the field on Wednesday, and it didn’t get much better on it.
After the Yankees spent the day dealing with the aftermath of the Alex Rodriguez-Brian Cashman controversy and announced that Mark Teixeira would have season-ending wrist surgery, the team came up short later that night in aN loss 8-5 to the Texas Rangers.
Lyle Overbay – who should be Teixeira’s replacement at first base for the reminder of the season, barring a trade – got the Yankees on the board first with a solo homer in the third, but Texas would respond in the third.
After Leonys Martin led off with a single and Ian Kinsler walked, Elvis Andrus laid down a sac bunt and reached safely on an error to load the bases. Nelson Cruz struck out, but Adrian Beltre and A.J. Pierzynski each followed with two-run doubles to give the Rangers a 4-1 lead.
The Yankees rallied in the sixth with four straight hits to start the inning. Brett Gardner reached on an infield single, which was followed by a double from Ichiro Suzuki . That prompted Texas manager Ron Washington to bring in lefty reliever Robbie Ross to face left-handed batters Robinson Cano and Travis Hafner, but both came through with RBI singles to cut the deficit to 4-3. The bases were reloaded when Zoilo Almonte walked with one out, but Jayson Nix grounded into an inning-ending double play.
With starter Andy Pettitte at 107 pitches and having allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings, Yankees manager Joe Girardi opted to go to Joba Chamberlain to pitch the seventh. The right-handed reliever couldn’t make it out of the inning, serving up a two-run homer to Nelson Cruz to allow the Rangers to regain a three-run lead.
Chamberlain has struggled mightily since returning from the disabled list in late May. In his last seven appearances, he has allowed at least one run in five of them.
After hitting a walk-off homer for the win on Tuesday, Ichiro came through again for the Yankees in the seventh-inning with a two-out, two-run homer to cut the Rangers’ lead to 6-5.
Texas would tack on two more in the ninth on an RBI single from Lance Berkman and a sac fly from Mitch Moreland.
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