Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Fired Up Yankees Crush Rangers

Don’t Mess with Tex

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WP - Burnett (4-2) LP - Padilla (3-3)

The Yankees were playing a relatively flat game last night against the Texas Rangers last night and weren’t having much success off Rangers’ starter Vincent Padilla. Then with two men aboard in the 4th and the game tied 3-3, Padilla hit Mark Teixiera for the second time in the game.

An angry Teixeira, yelled some choice expletives at Padilla and implored him to throw the ball over the plate. With the bases loaded and one out, the next batter, Alex Rodriguez, hit a potential double play grounder to second baseman Ian Kinsler. Kinsler flipped to shortstop Elvis Andrus, but a fired up Teixeira took him out with a good hard, clean slide. Andrus couldn’t get enough on his throw to first base to complete the double play, enabling Derek Jeter to score the go ahead run and the 1,500th run of his major league career. The Yankees then stepped on the Rangers’ necks and won a 12-3 laugher in the first of the three game series.

A.J. Burnett battled his way through seven innings to earn his second straight victory and his fourth of the season. Staked to a 2-0 lead, he gave up a mammoth 3-run home to Nelson Cruz in the 3rd inning to put Texas ahead. But after the Yankees took the lead back, he settled down and limited the Rangers to two base hits over his final three innings. He also backed up his teammates by knocking down Cruz with a pitch up and in. Teixeira appreciated Burnett’s actions and was still fuming about Padilla after the game.

“There’s really no reason for it in baseball. You know, if you can’t get a guy out, don’t hit him. You know, if you don’t want to pitch to a guy, then, you know, put four fingers out there and walk him,” Teixeira said. “And, unfortunately, when I was a teammate, it happened a lot where he would hit guys, and the 3-4 hitters, those are the guys that got hit for retaliation, and I got hit plenty of times.”

Padilla faced only one hitter, Robinson Cano, after Teixiera’s take out, and allowed an RBI single. Derek Holland was greeted just as rudely by Jorge Posada with an RBI single of his own and Hideki Matsui broke the game open with a 3-run home run. Posada would later put an exclamation point on the evening with a 3-run home run into the upper deck in right in the 6th.

Game Notes

The Yankees errorless streak ended at 18 games when Andrus attempted to steal second base and Jorge Posada’s throw sailed high over the glove of Robinson Cano and into center field.

It was another memorable night in the career of Derek Jeter. The 1,500th run made him just the fourth player, along with Honus Wagner, Bill Dahlen, and Cal Ripken, to accomplish the feat while playing 1,500 games at shortstop. Jeter extended his hitting streak to 16 games and his 3-hit game was the seventh straight multi-hit game during the streak, matching his career high.

Mark Teixeira’s hittting streak came to an end at 15 games.

Andy Pettitte’s (5-1, 4.10) back feels good so he’ll make his scheduled start tonight against the Rangers Scott Feldman (4-0, 3.91). Game time is 7:05 p.m. ET.

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