Bruney: His line was not particularly bad, but that’s mainly because Pudge grounded into an inning ending double play. Bruney’s control was lacking. He gave up back-to-back singles and walked the bases loaded before Pudge got him out of trouble.
Cano’s baserunning: Cano had a good game at the plate and made some nifty plays that New York fans have come to expect. The one part of his game which appears to need some improvement is his base running. Today he got picked off and caught stealing.
Pettitte: Andy put in a dandy performance, picking up his 11th win of the season and going seven innings strong. He only gave up five hits, two runs and three walks. New York needed a solid starting pitching performance and the veteran delivered.
Matsui/Cano: Both went 2-4 and scored a run.
Posada: Jorge’s three-run shot in the second was all the Yankees needed to win.
Hairston: Jerry had a homerun and walked twice. He also did his part in wearing down the Rangers’ pitching, forcing them to throw him over 30 pitches.
Pettitte: With tonight’s win Andy is now tied with Lefty Gomez for 3rd place on the Yankees all-time win list with 189 victories in Pinstripes.
RISP: The Yankees went 5 for 5 with runners in scoring position tonight.
Posada: In the eighth inning a foul-tip by Nelson Cruz deflected off Jorge’s glove hand. Molina replaced him. He’s been listed as day-to-day with a bruised ring finger.
In the On Deck Circle:
AJ Burnett (10-7, 4.08) gave up nine runs in five innings at Fenway last Saturday. Thursday afternoon he gets a chance to redeem himself in front of the home crowd. He has been successful against the Rangers this season, giving up three runs in thirteen innings. Dustin Nippert (4-2, 3.95) will take the mound for the Rangers. He has been solid in Texas, but away from the Lone Star State, Nippert is 1-2 with a 5.14 ERA. The Yankees will try for the series win in an afternoon game, with the first pitch coming at 1:05pm.