For the third straight start, Ivan Nova (3-2) had pitched flawlessly and this time he has a win to show for it. He pitched a career high 7 1/3 innings with only 2 hits as the Yankees beat the Rangers 4-1.
3 of the 4 Yankee runs came on home runs by Curtis Granderson, a 2 run shot in the first inning and a solo home run in the 7th inning. The other Yankee run scored without a hit. Jorge Posada and Russell Martin both walked, but Brett Gardner bunted into a force play which got Posada out at third. Derek Jeter was on base when he grounded right back to Matt Harrison (3-4) but Harrison threw wildly, sending Martin home, Gardner to third and Jeter to first. The run was unearned.
The only Rangers run was unearned in the 8th inning when Mark Teixeira made a rare error, scoring Mike Napoli. The Yankees had secure there 18th win this season. Bartolo Colon takes the mount tonight against Derek Holland at 8:05 in the Ballpark in Arlington.
Note: Brett Gardner was scheduled to have the day off last night, but Nick Swisher was ill, giving Gardner his second start against a left hander; Eric Chavez was placed on the 15 day DL after breaking his pinky toe; Ramiro Pena was bought up from Triple A Scranton to take Chavez’s place on the roster; Kevin Russo was designated for assignment yesterday to make room for Jess Todd who they claimed on waivers from Cleveland.
A.J Burnett (4-2) pitched a whale of a game, giving up only two earned runs, but the Yankees committed too many mistakes which lead to their third straight loss.
Rick Porcello (2-2) was able to hold the Yankees to two runs even though he gave up a triple to Eric Chavez and a single to Eduardo Nunez. Chavez was forced to leave the game in the 4th inning, with Alex Rodriguez to pinch hit for him. Rodriguez along with Derek Jeter were scheduled for a day off today, but A-Rod’s turned into him working. The Yankees and Tigers were tied 2-2 until the 7th inning when Burnett’s stuff got erratic.
He had walked a batter, hit a batter and given up a single to load the bases with no outs. Brandon Inge sacrificed which made it a one run game. It would have stayed one run if Eduardo Nunez hadn’t committed a throwing error causing two runs to score. The Yankees were able to get one run back in the 9th when Brett Gardner had a base hit which brought home A-Rod but the Yankees rally was shut down when Nick Swisher struck out. The Tigers had won the series 3 games to 1.
What’s Next: The Yankees are flying to Texas for a three game series before coming home and taking an off day Monday. The Yankees would then play the Royals and the Red Sox. The Tigers are flying to Toronto to play against the Blue Jays for a four game home stand.
Note: Eric Chavez was taken out of today’s game in the fourth inning after he was limping towards third. Tests were done and Chavez had broken his pinky toe. He is taking a trip to the DL which will most likely send Jorge Vasquez up from the minor leagues; Brett Gardner was the lead off hitter this afternoon going 2 for 5 with an RBI, raising his average to .225; Nick Swisher is now batting .214 after going 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts; Derek Jeter’s hip wasn’t bothering him today but was a little shocked to not find his name on the lineup card today; This is the Yankees first series that they had lost.
As A.J Burnett (4-1) took the field, anybody could see that he was ready to take on the Toronto Blue Jays against Kyle Drabek (2-1).
Burnett had worked himself into some jams, starting with Rajai Davis getting to third base due to a miscalculation by Curtis Granderson though the Yankees were able to bounce back from the 1-0 deficit in the first.
Russell Martin had an RBI single and Derek Jeter hit a SAC Fly to plate Granderson in a 3 run second inning. In the third inning the bases were loaded and two runs scored on Eric Chavez and Brett Gardner’s RBI singles before Drabek was taken out in the third inning. Since then it was lights out pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The score was 5-4 in the 7th inning when Joe Girardi went to his bullpen. Joba Chamberlain pitched a perfect seventh inning with just 6 pitches, Rafael Soriano had a scoreless eighth and Mariano Rivera had a scoreless ninth to shut the door on the Jays. The Yankees had secured there 15th win this season.