New York Yankees At Texas Rangers: Jeter Powers Yankees To Victory

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Yankees 12, Rangers 5: Derek Jeter Homers Twice

So, anybody want to talk about Derek Jeter's inability to drive the ball today? Jeter smashed his first two home runs of the season Sunday and compiled four hits in all to power the New York Yankees to a 12-5 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Jeter finished 4-for-6 with three RBI, raising his batting average from .256 to .276. The Yankee shortstop, who came into the game with just three extra-base hits, homered in the fifth inning off starter Dave Bush and in the seventh inning off reliever Arthur Rhodes. The seventh-inning shot gave the Yankees their first lead, 5-4, and was followed by Curtis Granderson's league-leading 11th home run.

The Yankees put the game away with a six-run eighth inning, highlighted by a grand-slam home run by backup catcher Francisco Cervelli off Texas reliever Cody Eppley. Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer later in the inning.

Texas jumped to a 4-0 lead after two innings against Yankee ace CC Sabathia, but Sabathia settled down and the Yankees' bats roared back. Sabathia (3-2) ended up going six innings to earn the victory.

The Yankees are off on Monday before hosting the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.

Final - 5.8.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 6 0 12 16 4
Texas Rangers 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 8 1
WP: CC Sabathia (3 - 2)
LP: Arthur Rhodes (1 - 2)

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Rangers 7, Yankees 5: Michael Young Leads Texas

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Michael Young opened the scoring with a solo home run in the first inning and capped it with an RBI single in the sixth, as the Texas Rangers edged the New York Yankees, 7-5.

Young finished 4-for-4 for the Rangers, who dropped the opener of this three- game series, 4-1, on Friday. Texas won for just the third time in its last 10 games.

Julio Borbon drove in three Texas runs, while Mitch Moreland collected three hits and scored twice.

Rangers starter Derek Holland gave up four runs on four hits and walked five in three-plus innings. Brett Tomko followed Holland and yielded one hit -- a solo home run by Nick Swisher -- over 2 1/3 frames. Arthur Rhodes (1-1) recorded the final two outs in the sixth to earn the win.

Robinson Cano hit a three-run triple for New York, which has lost four of five.

"We're not getting a whole lot of hits on this trip," said New York manager Joe Girardi. "We had five runs tonight and most nights that's going to be enough to win, but tonight it wasn't."

Despite the loss, Derek Jeter set a major league record for the most games played at shortstop for one team on Saturday. Jeter played in his 2,303rd game at shortstop, passing Baltimore's Cal Ripken.

Bartolo Colon was tagged for five runs on nine hits in a 4 1/3-inning start for the Yankees. Boone Logan (1-2) surrendered two runs in one inning of relief to absorb the loss.

Young homered with two gone in the first inning, then David Murphy went deep to begin a four-run second by the Rangers.

Moreland hit a one-out single and Chris Davis walked before both runners scored on a triple by Borbon. Ian Kinsler followed with a sacrifice fly for a 5-0 Texas lead.

The Yankees countered with four runs in their next at-bat. All the damage occurred after Russell Martin grounded into a double play.

Jeter doubled, Curtis Granderson walked and Mark Teixeira singled home a run. After Alex Rodriguez walked to load the bases, Cano trimmed the deficit to one run by sending Holland's next pitch to the gap in left-center for a triple.

New York tied the game on Swisher's lead off home run in the sixth, but the Rangers quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the inning.

With men on the corners, Borbon dropped a squeeze bunt to score Moreland, who led off with a double and advanced to third on a Davis single, with the go- ahead run. Young delivered a two-out RBI single later in the frame to put Texas up 7-5.

Darren Oliver replaced Rhodes and tossed two scoreless innings before a returning Neftali Feliz pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his sixth save of the season. Feliz was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Friday. He hadn't pitched since April 20 because of right shoulder inflammation.

Final - 5.7.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 6 1
Texas Rangers 1 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 X 7 14 1
WP: Arthur Rhodes (1 - 1)
SV: Neftali Feliz (6)
LP: Boone Logan (1 - 2)

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Yankees 4, Rangers 1: Nova Brilliant As Yankees Win

Maybe Ivan Nova will turn out to be more than just a 'placeholder' in the New York Yankees' pitching rotation after all. Nova pitched 7.1 innings of two-hit baseball Friday, the longest outing of his major-league career, as the Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers, 4-1.

Nova (3-2) surrendered only an unearned run in the eighth inning. Rafael Soriano got the final two outs in the eighth inning and Mariano Rivera finished for his 12th save.

The Yankees had lost three straight games prior to starting the series against the Rangers, and have been struggling offensively. Curtis Granderson provided all the offense Nova, 24, needed Friday with a pair of home runs and three RBI. The Yankees held a 3-0 lead after just two innings, and Nova held on from there.

The Yankees and Rangers play again Saturday night (8:05 p.m.). New York will send veteran Bartolo Colon (2-1) to the mound, while Texas will pitch Derek Holland (3-1).

Final - 5.6.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 5 1
Texas Rangers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 1
WP: Ivan Nova (3 - 2)
SV: Mariano Rivera (12)
LP: Matt Harrison (3 - 4)

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