New York Yankees

The New York Yankees denied of their second series win in a row as the Texas Rangers prevail in the rubber-game of the three-game set. 

  • New York Yankees: 2 (8-12)
  • Texas Rangers: 3 (12-10)
  • American League, FINAL, Box Score
  • Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX

By Christian Kouroupakis

Alex Rodriguez went 3-for-3 with a home run and a walk for the New York Yankees  but it wasn’t enough as the Texas Rangers took the third game and the series 3-2 on Wednesday night.

New York got a decent start from CC Sabathia who, for his fourth straight start, allowed three runs and the second time he’s gone six innings in 2016. Tonight he only let up the three runs on five hits and struck out five while walking three.

Elvis Andrus got the big hit for Texas which was an RBI triple in the bottom of the sixth inning that got by Carlos Beltran and rolled to the wall. Rougned Odor managed to score from first to give the Rangers the lead.

Texas’ starter, Martin Perez, earned his first win of the season after allowing only two runs while striking out three. Jake Diekman and Shawn Tolleson pitched three innings of shutout relief to close out the game and the series in the Lone Star State.

With the exception of A-Rod and Starlin Castro (2-for-4, RBI), the Yankee offense went 2-for-25 with four strikeouts and as a whole went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position while grounding into two rally-killing double plays.

The Yankees have now lost seven of their last 10 games against the Rangers and will go into Fenway Park this weekend with the hope to get back on track.

A-Bomb And Milestone:

Rodriguez’s home run in the top of the fourth inning not only gave him his third home run on the season, but it gave him his 1,000 run scored in his Yankee career.

It was also A-Rod’s 100th home run in the place he spent the 2001-03 season. Wednesday night’s game was his 309th in Arlington, Texas and .327 there which is his highest batting average in any stadium in which he was played 100+ games. 

Not-So-Good Company:

The Yankees’ offense have scored three or fewer runs in 15 of 20 games this season and own a 3-12 record in those games.

The only two years the Yankees have scored three runs or less as much as they have this year was in 1966 and 1968. The ’66 Yankee team finished 70-89 and dead last in American League while the ’68 team finished fifth in the AL.

This Day In Yankees’ History:

The New York Yankees held “Babe Ruth Day” in front of a crowd of 58,000 to honor the ailing baseball icon. The Great Bambino made a speech in which he called baseball “the best game in the world” and it would be one of his last appearances at the house he built.

What’s Next:

The Yankees will head on up to Boston to renew their rivalry with the Red Sox. Masahiro Tanaka will take the ball for New York and will be opposed by Henry Owens.

Tanaka will be making his fifth start of 2016 and has allowed only two earned runs in each of his four outings. In his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays, he struck out a season-high seven batters while tossing seven innings. In his career against the Red Sox, Tanaka is 4-2 with a 5.13 ERA in seven starts.

The Bombers will face yet another lefty with Owens on the hill for Boston. In two starts against the Yankees a year ago, Owens went 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA.

Coverage will begin at six on the YES Network and first pitch will commence at 7:10 PM ET on YES and MLB network. Stay tuned to Elite Sports NY as we will bring you a full preview of the series with everything you’ll need to know.

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