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Down 5-0, Yankees Rally With 21 To Rout Rangers



From May 22 through May 25 the Texas Rangers outscored New York 30-15 in a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium. So the Yankees entered this four-game series at Globe Life Park looking for a little bit of payback.

On Tuesday night they got exactly that  –  and then some.

After yielding five runs in the first inning, New York erupted to score 11 runs in the second en route to a crushing defeat of Texas in front of a national TV audience on FOX Sports 1.

Chris Young led the assault with his second grand slam of the season and he knocked in a career-high five runs. Brett Gardner also homered and he joined Didi Gregorius and Brendan Ryan in driving in three runs apiece as the Yankees put up the most runs in a game since they scored 22 against the Oakland Athletics on Aug. 25, 2011.

Rookie right-hander Diego Moreno (1-0), who was just called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier in the day, pitched 5 1/3 innings of no-hit relief to earn his first Major League victory.

Moreno came in relief of left-hander Chris Capuano, who was making a spot start to allow Masahiro Tanaka to get an extra day of rest. But Capuano was unable to make it out of the first inning after walking Delino DeShields and retiring Rougned Odor and Adrian Beltre on routine flyouts.

Capuano walked Prince Fielder, Elvis Andrus followed with an RBI single and Mitch Moreland drew a walk to load the bases. Then Ryan Rua hit a bloop two-run single and Shin-Soo Choo followed with an RBI double.

The 36-year-old veteran than walked Robinson Chirinos to reload the bases and DeShields notched an RBI by drawing Capuano’s fifth walk of the inning.

Capuano gave way to Moreno after giving up five runs on three hits and five walks in a disastrous 42-pitch outing.

However, in the second inning the Yankees were able to tee off on left-hander Martin Perez (0-2), who was making only his third start after undergoing Tommy John surgery last season.

Young led off with a double and scored on Chase Headley’s RBI single. John Ryan Murphy singled and Perez loaded the bases by hitting Gregorius with a pitch.

Ryan followed with a two-run double and Jacoby Ellsbury and Gardner stroked consecutive RBI singles before Alex Rodriguez blasted a RBI double high off the left-field wall to give the Yankees a 6-5 lead.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister replaced Perez with veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. After Rodriguez struck out Mark Teixeira, Young walked and Headley laced his second RBI single of the inning.

After Murphy struck out, Gregorius cleared the bases with a three-run triple and Ryan capped the 11-run explosion with an RBI double.

Perez was charged with eight runs on seven hits and he struck out one in his one-plus inning.

Rodriguez, however, was not much better because the Yankees opened the third inning by loading the bases singles by Gardner and Rodriguez and a walk to Teixeira. Young then blasted a 3-1 offering into the first-row of the left-field bleachers for his 12th home run of the season to extend the lead to 15-5.

After Rodriguez walked Headley he was replaced by right-hander Phil Klein having yielded seven runs on six hits and three walks in one inning.

Gardner completed the Yankees’ onslaught in the ninth with a two-run homer, his 11th of the season, off infielder Adam Rosales, who was used a pitcher in a mop-up role by the Rangers for the second time this season.

Adam Warren pitched three perfect innings to earn his first save of the season and the fifth of his career.

The 11 runs the Yankees scored in the second inning were the most runs the team has scored in an inning and the most they scored in any inning since they scored 12 runs in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles on July 30, 2011. The most runs the Yankees have scored in an inning was the 14 they scored in the fifth inning against Washington on July 6, 1920.

With the victory the Yankees increased their Major League-best July record to 16-5 and they are 57-42 on the season They also maintained their seven-game lead over the second-place Orioles in the American League East.

The Rangers are 47-52.


  • Young, 36, has been bashing left-handers all season and he did it again on Tuesday. He was 3-for-6 with two doubles, a home run, scored four runs and drove in five. Young is 36-for-97 (.371) with seven homers and 19 RBIs against lefties this season and he is batting .263 with 12 homers and 33 RBIs overall.
  • Gregorius, 25, had another record-breaking night after he drove in a career-high four runs on Monday. He was 4-for-5 with three singles, a double, two runs scored and three RBIs. It was the first four-hit game of his career. In the first two games of the series, Gregorius is 7-for-9 with a homer and seven RBIs. He is now batting .257 on the season.
  • Moreno, 28, was one of two players the Yankees acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in February, 2012 in a trade for right-hander A,J. Burnett. He was making only his third Major League appearance. He did not give up a hit and only walked Choo with two outs in the third. He struck out five and recorded six groundball outs. Unfortunately, he likely will be sent back down on Wednesday so the Yankees can call up another fresh arm from Scranton.


  • Why should there be a negative after a 21-5 victory? Consider this: The decision to rest Tanaka an extra day by manager Joe Girardi was odd enough. The decision to start Capuano was even odder because Warren was much better as a starter. But Capuano finally proved that he may need a fork stuck in him because he is done. After this outing, Capuano is 0-4 with a 6.97 ERA. There is simply no excuse for walking five batters in an inning. He has got to go.


In order to make room on the 25-man roster for Moreno, the Yankees optioned right-hander Nick Goody back to Scranton. Goody, 24, was just called up to the team on July 25 and he did not appear in a game for the Yankees in that span. Moreno was 3-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 26 games at Scranton.  . . .  After leaving Monday’s game after 75 pitches with arm fatigue, right-hander Ivan Nova told reporters that he will not miss his next scheduled start on Sunday. Nova was concerned about his arm because he was making only his sixth start after coming back from Tommy John surgery last season.


The Yankees have already clinched a series tie and they can claim a victory in the four-game series against the Rangers on Wednesday.

Tanaka (7-3, 3.64 ERA) will start for the Yankees, The Yankees have won his past five starts and he is 3-0 in that stretch. He yielded three runs on five hits and struck out seven in 7 2/3 innings to beat the Orioles on Thursday.

The Rangers will start right-hander Colby Lewis (10-4, 4.49 ERA). Lewis held the Angels to two runs on five hits and one walk with nine strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings in a victory on Friday.

Game-time will be 8:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast by the YES Network.


Jeter, Posada Blast 3 Into Orbit To Ground Astros  9-3


With Mark Teixeira struggling and Alex Rodriguez out with an injury,  manager Joe Girardi had to be wondering where he was going to get any power in the New York Yankees’ lineup.

Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada provided the answer at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

Jeter hit a three-run home run and a solo shot and Posada provided a grand slam homer as the pair combined for  three longballs and eight RBIs to defeat the Houston Astros 9-3 to give the Yankees their fifth series victory in their last six.

The home runs boosted Javier Vazquez (6-5) to his fourth victory in his last five starts. Vazquez gave up three runs on six hits walked none and struck out six batters in seven innings.  Wandy Rodriguez (3-9), the victim of the barrage, took the loss.

With the victory the Yankees pushed their record to a season-high 16 games over .500 at 39-23. They remain just a single game in back of the first-place Tampa Bay Rays in the A.L. East. The Astros fell to 25-38.


  • Jeter’s solo home run came on the third pitch of the game and was Jeter’s 24th career leadoff home run, which ties him with Rickey Henderson for the club lead.
  • Jeter, who was 0-for-4 and committed what could a have been a very costly error in Friday’s game, made up for it by sparking a rally with the team down 2-1 in the third inning. He drew a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Humberto Quintero. He then scored the tying run on a Nick Swisher single. 
  • Three batters later Posada drilled an 0-1 pitch into right-center for his 250th career home run and his eighth career grand slam.  Posada entered the game in a 2-for-29 slump (.069).
  • Jeter closed the scoring in sixth inning with a three-run home run to right-center off Jeff Fulcino with one out after Rodriguez had walked Francisco Cervelli and Curtis Granderson to begin the inning. It was the ninth multiple home run game of Jeter’s career. 
  • Though Vazquez gave up solo home runs to Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee, he coasted behind the run support and managed to record a quality start.  Entering his May 12 start against Detroit, Vazquez was 1-4 with a 9.78 ERA. Since then he is 5-2 with a 3.90 ERA.

  • Vazquez is still having trouble with giving up the longball. The two home runs he gave up Saturday give him 13 gopher balls in 53 innings pitched.  That is a home run every 4 2/3 innings. In a 200-inning season that would be 43 home runs.
  • Kevin Russo, starting at third base for the first time in place of Rodriguez,  came into the game mired in a terrible slump. Batting .294 on May 26, Russo had only two hits in his last 16 at-bats (.125). He also was 0-for-3 in Saturday’s game until he singled with one out in the eighth inning. Russo is now hitting an even .200.
  • Granderson looked overmatched in his first two at-bats against the left-hander Rodriguez. He struck out twice. Granderson has now struck out 32 times in 129 at-bats.  That is a strikeout once in every four at-bats.
  • Though Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to six games he did not get a ball out the infield in any of his four at-bats. He also grounded into a double play in the fifth inning after Teixeira had singled.

With his 250th home run, Posada became only the fifth catcher in major-league history to reach 250 home runs, 1,500 hits and 350 doubles in a career.  The other four are Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench and Johnny Bench (who are in the Hall of Fame) and Ivan Rodriguez (who is active and is a shoo-in to make the Hall of Fame).  . . .   Girardi said he did not plan to start Rodriguez at third and he was unsure if he would use him as a pinch-hitter in Saturday’s game. Rodriguez, who has not played since leaving Tuesday’s game with a left hip flexor strain, is still listed as day-to-day.  . . .  Posada is close to returning to catching duties. He awaiting clearance from the team doctors. Posada has started 10 consecutive games at DH since being activated off the disabled list after suffreing a broken right foot.  . . .  Marcus Thames, who started the game in left field, left the game in the fifth inning with a strained right hamstring. An MRI taken after the game was negative. Brett Gardner, who has been nursing a sore left thumb for a week, was inserted into the lineup in place of Thames. Girardi said Gardner will start Sunday’s game. Thames is day-to-day.  

The Yankees will for a series sweep of the Houston Astros on Sunday and they will have Phil Hughes on the mound.
Hughes (8-1, 2.71 ERA) is coming off three consecutive wins in his last three starts.  Hughes gave up three runs on nine hits in six innings on Tuesday against the Orioles. Hughes walked none and struck out four. Hughes has never faced the Astros. He is 0-1 with a 2.77 ERA in six interleague appearances (one start) in interleague play.
Hughes will be opposed by right-hander Brian Moehler (0-2,6.12 ERA). Moehler allowed three runs on nine hits and three walks in six innings against the Colorado Rockies last week.  It was his first quality start of the season. He has no record against the Yankees.
Game-time will be at 1:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast by the YES Network.