Game 31: Yankees at Rangers • 05.07.11
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
RHP Bartolo Colon (2-1, 3.00)
Colon vs. Rangers
Ian Kinsler DH
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 2B
Adrian Beltre 3B
David Murphy LF
Yorvit Torrealba C
Mitch Moreland RF
Chris Davis 1B
Julio Borbon CF
LHP Derek Holland (3-1, 4.66)
Holland vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Another warm night here in Texas. Ivan Nova said before the game that he loved pitching last night. Felt much more like being home for him.
UMPIRES: HP Jim Reynolds, 1B Mike DiMuro, 2B Andy Fletcher, 3B Tim Welke
RANGERS MAKE A MOVE: With Nelson Cruz going on the disabled list, the Rangers have called up Triple-A outfielder Craig Gentry. He stole 49 bases back in 2009 and has a little bit of big league time the past two seasons. Only hitting .239 in Triple-A this year.
MO AND NO(VA): According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ivan Nova’s win last night made him the second Yankees rookie in the past 25 years to get a win while holding an opponent to just two hits and no earned runs through 7-plus innings on the road. The last rookie starter to do it… Mariano Rivera on July 4, 1995 in Chicago.
BACK AT SHORTSTOP: Last night was Derek Jeter’s 2,323rd game, tying Charlie Gehringer for the 20th most games among players who played their entire careers with one team. It was his 2,302nd game at shortstop, tying Cal Ripken for the most games as the shortstop of one team (that’s from Elias). The only players who have played more games at shortstop in their career are Omar Vizquel (2,692), Luis Aparicio (2,583) and Ozzie Smith (2,511).
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: That’s Michael Young’s second home run of the season, enough for a 1-0 Rangers lead in the first inning.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Second inning, second home run for the Rangers. David Murphy just hit his third of the season, a leadoff shot for a 2-0 Texas lead.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Well this is something new, Colon looks pretty rocky so far. He’s given up three runs in the second inning with only one out.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Good relay throw from Cano and a bad bit of base running by Aybar helps Colon get out of the second inning, but it’s already 5-0 Rangers. Not a great start from a guy who the Yankees had already come to trust.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Little two-out rally has put the Yankees on the board, and Derek Jeter’s the only guy who hit a ball hard in the process. Jeter’s double off the wall, Granderson’s walk and Teixeira’s bloop RBI single have made the score 5-1 in the third. It was Jeter’s third double of the season.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: When Alex Rodriguez walked and Robinson Cano came to the plate, I turned to Pete Caldera and said, “Is this the guy you want to face with the bases loaded?” The answer was, no. Cano tripled to the wall, emptying the bases and pulling the Yankees within 5-4. If Colon can find himself during this extended break, the Yankees are very much back in this one.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Ugly swing and miss from Andruw Jones brings an end to the third inning, only after a four-run, two-out rally that left Holland yelling at himself as he walked off the field. He threw 45 pitches that inning.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Nice catch by Swisher helped the Yankees get out of the fifth, now he’s gone deep to tie the game in the sixth. That’s his second home run of the season, and it’s a pretty big one.
UPDATE, 10:04 p.m.: Brett Gardner has come in to play left field. Could be a regular upgrade. Could be that something’s wrong with Jones. Not sure at the moment.
UPDATE, 10:09 p.m.: Logan got the Yankees out of the fifth, but he couldn’t retire the first two lefties he faced in the sixth, and a suicide squeeze has given the Rangers a 6-5 lead.