Derek Jeter, Alfonso Soriano, combine to help Yankees walk-off 6-5 versus Rays

Today was a trip in the way back machine. Derek Jeter made his second return from the DL. This time things went better than before. Jeter swung at the first pitch he saw in the first inning and put it in the people. It was a classic Derek Jeter shot to right. The Captain established that he’s back and the Yankees were up one to nothing.

The Yankees would put two more runs on the board in the first inning, on a Vernon Wells sacrifice and an Ichiro Suzuki single. Unfortunately Phil Hughes wasn’t up to the task of holding the lead. Hughes lasted just four innings, allowing five runs.

Wil Myers did the damage for the Rays. Myers had two home runs off Hughes, knocking in four of the Rays runs. The second homer, a solo shot, was the worst. The Yankees were up 5-4 at the time, after an Alfonso Soriano homer in the third. Myer’s shot tied the game.…

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Yankees 2, Rangers 0: #HIROK

Now, that’s a way to end a series.

After dropping last night’s game, the Yankees were looking to rebound and salvage a split with the Rangers. Lucky for them, they had their ace on the mound and he pitched like one. And that’s not to take anything away from the other guys in the rotation who have actually been pitching well enough to win lately but who have unfortunately been victimized by their offense’s lack of scoring.

Today, two runs were plenty for Hiroki Kuroda who held the Rangers to six hits (all singles) in seven innings of work. He struck out three and walked one batter in one pitches. Truthfully, one run would have been enough for Kuroda.

The hitting star of the day for the Yankees was Austin Romine who finished the day 3-4 with two doubles. It was the first three-hit game of his career. Eduardo Nunez and Brent Lillibridge knocked in a run each and the Yankees scored both runs against Derek Holland who pitched 7.1 innings.…

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Rangers 3, Yankees 1: The Yankees didn’t listen to me

I asked them to win again but did the Yankees listen to me? Of course not.

Instead, they couldn’t hit and because of this, Andy Pettitte gets saddled with the loss when he only gave up two earned runs. Pettitte pitched six innings and gave up those two runs on eight hits. He also struck out two and walked one.

Shawn Kelley didn’t strike anyone out and he gave up a home run in two innings of work.

The Yankees were lucky to score their lone run and only did because Ron Washington was silly and didn’t walk Robinson Cano who hit an RBI single to tie the game at one in the top of the sixth.

Unfortunately for the Yankees and Pettitte, A.J. Pierzynski put the Rangers ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth on a solo shot to right. David Murphy hit a tack on home run in the eighth off of Kelley.

Matt Garza, Texas’ newest acquisition, won his first game as a Ranger by pitching 7.1 innings, giving up one run (unearned) on five hits and striking out five.…

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Yankees 5, Rangers 4: The “give up the lead then stage a comeback” kids

I know my recap title is a bit snarky but this is a happy recap because the Yankees won tonight. Hooray! And not only did they win but they were able to score against Texas’ closer Joe Nathan in the ninth. Coming into tonight’s game, the Rangers were 51-0 when leading after...

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Helpless Yankees lose at Fenway, 4-2

A lineup that included Brent Lillibridge at third base–the Yankees 78th third baseman this season–got in a three-run hole after two innings thanks to a solo home run by Jacoby Ellsbury to lead off the game and a two-run homer by Jonny Gomes in the second (off of Yankees’...

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Guthrie shuts down Yankees, wins 5-1

Here is some logic for you. All Yankees except Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano will have a four day vacation next week. But the Yankees were concerned about the team getting overtired and so they activated Travis Ishikawa to give Lyle Overbay a day off. Vernon Wells got a start against a right-handed pitcher to give Ichiro Suzuki a break. Austin Romine got a start to rest Chris Stewart and Alberto Gonzalez started in place of Eduardo Nunez because he had played three games in a row. When the bottom four guys in your lineup would not look good even in a Spring Training game, Jeremy Guthrie looks like Greg Maddux.

Here is more logic. The short porch in Yankee Stadium is right field. So Phil Hughes and Romine decided to throw Billy Butler an outside fastball so he can hit the ball to right field. Gee, a Hughes-allowed homer. How novel.

In fairness to Hughes, he did not get a chance to get a quality start.…

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