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Game 43: Yankees vs. Rangers

CC SabathiaYANKEES (22-20)
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
John Ryan Murphy C
Slade Heathcott CF
CC Sabathia SP

LHP CC Sabathia (2-5, 4.67)
Sabathia vs. Rangers

RANGERS (19-24)
Delino DeShields CF
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Prince Fielder DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Mitch Moreland 1B
Elvis Andrus SS
Adam Rosales 2B
Carlos Corporan C
Jake Smolinski LF
Nick Martinez SP

RHP Nick Martinez (3-0, 1.88)
Martinez vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Starting to get a chilly, but the sun is shining. Can’t really complain too much.

UMPIRES: HP Brian Knight, 1B Toby Basner, 2B Larry Vanover, 3B Ron Kulpa

A-ROD IN COMPANY WITH YANKEE GREATS: Alex Rodriguez tied Babe Ruth for fourth place on the MLB all-time RBI list (1,992) last night and will look to pass him tonight. A-Rod is also one RBI shy of tying Lou Gehrig’s American League record.

BELTRAN STAYS IN LINEUP: Carlos Beltran extended his hitting streak to 12 games last night and gets another start in right field tonight. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said earlier this year that he would consider resting the 38-year-old on some day games following night games, but with Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) out and the streak on the line, the switch-hitter is back in there. Beltran’s .318 career average against Texas is his second-best against any team.

FAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS: Texas starter Nick Martinez played college ball at Fordham University, a mere five miles away from The Stadium. The right-hander tossed over five innings of shutout ball here last year. Texas has fared well with him on the bump, winning in seven of his eight starts.

UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Gregorius makes a nice sliding play behind second base, but throws it away trying a behind-the-back glove flip. Choo gets an RBI single the next at-bat, then Fielder plates two with the help of a blunder in right by Beltran. Texas now leads 3-0 in the third with no outs.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Two-run single by Andrus will do it for Sabathia. The lefty lasts just 2.1 IP as Esmil Rogers comes on in relief. Yankees trail 5-0. This game looks eerily similar to last night’s early trainwreck.

UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Rangers put up 10 runs in the third inning, one day after they scored seven in the third.

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: A-Rod with an infield single up the middle, the first Yankees hit of the game.

UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: Branden Pinder relieves Rogers, allows a sacrifice fly to Andrus. Rangers now lead 12-0, tying the most runs New York has allowed all season. We’re still in the top of the sixth.

UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: We have a new high. Yankees trail 13-0 entering the bottom half of the sixth thanks to an RBI single by Adam Rosales.

UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: Beltran puts one into the stands in right field, extending his season-high hitting streak to 13 games and ending the shutout.

UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Fielder blasts a two-run shot to right, his third of the series. Yankees now trail 15-1. It just keeps getting worse.

UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Gregorius hits his second homer in as many games. He had none in his previous 35 games with New York. The solo shot pulls the Yankees a (very, very, very) little bit closer.

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Posted by on May 23, 2015.

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