NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 16: Ivan Nova #47 of the New York Yankees on the mound after he was hit by a batted ball in the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium on August 16, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Yankees Vs. Rangers: New York Falls, 10-6, In Series Finale

Yankee pitching couldn't hold the Rangers' bats at bay in the fourth game of the four-game set on Thursday in a 10-6 loss. New York won the first three games of the series.

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Yankees Vs. Rangers Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

The Rangers came into Yankee Stadium having scored the most runs in the MLB, but strong starting pitching from the Yankees has tamed Texas' bats, meaning they might not leave the Bronx with the distinction of being the league's most powerful offense.

What the Yankees' staff has been able to do against Texas has been impressive. David Phelps gave up two runs in his first two innings Monday before he and Derek Lowe combined for seven scoreless. Hiroki Kuroda pitched a two-hit shutout Tuesday. And although Josh Hamilton took Freddy Garcia deep twice, those were the only two runs Texas could muster, as the Rangers fell 3-2. Texas still leads the majors with 582 runs scored, but the Yankees are a close second at 580. If Ivan Nova can continue the work his rotation mates have started New York might pass the Rangers in that category. Oh, and they also might pull off a four-game sweep against the team with the second-best record in the American League.

Nova had one of his best outings of the year, a 7.1 inning, 10-strikeout performance against Toronto where he only allowed two runs. He'll face off against Derek Holland, who the Yankees lit up for seven runs in six innings back in April.

Although the Yankees' bats haven't been blistering hot, they haven't needed much run support in the past three games. They'll hope to perform better against Holland on getaway day.

Current Series

Yankees win the series 3-0

Mon 08/13 WP: David Phelps (3 - 3)
SV: Derek Lowe
LP: Ryan Dempster (1 - 1)
8 - 2 win
Tue 08/14 WP: Hiroki Kuroda (11 - 8)
LP: Matt Harrison (13 - 7)
3 - 0 win
Wed 08/15 WP: Freddy Garcia (7 - 5)
SV: Rafael Soriano
LP: Scott Feldman (6 - 8)
3 - 2 win

Texas Rangers
@ New York Yankees

Thursday, Aug 16, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

Derek Holland vs Ivan Nova

Sunny. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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Garcia, Yankees Down Rangers, 3-2

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Freddy Garcia gave up a pair of homers to Josh Hamilton, but pitched into the seventh inning and the New York Yankees held on for a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Nick Swisher had an RBI double as part of a three-run third inning, as the AL East leaders won for the seventh time in eight contests. Eric Chavez went 3- for-3 with a run-scoring single.

Garcia (7-5) allowed four hits and fanned six over 6 2/3 innings to win his third consecutive start. He's undefeated over his last seven starts versus the Rangers.

Hamilton homered in the fourth and sixth innings, but was silenced in his at- bat leading off the ninth against Rafael Soriano by striking out.

"It's not really what you want in a one-run game with him coming up knowing what he's capable of doing and seeing some of the displays he's put on at Yankee Stadium," New York manager Joe Girardi said of Hamilton. "Soriano did a tremendous job on him."

Nelson Cruz reached first on Chavez's two-out throwing error, even though it looked as if Swisher was on the base when he scooped the ball out of the dirt. David Murphy grounded into a force play to seal Soriano's 29th save of the year.

The AL West-leading Rangers tied a franchise record with their eighth straight loss at Yankee Stadium, equaling the mark set in 1996. They'll try to avoid the four-game sweep Thursday.

Scott Feldman (6-8) yielded seven hits, walked four and struck out seven over six innings.

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 45 minutes due to rain.

Jayson Nix singled and stole second before making it to third on Derek Jeter's base hit to begin the third inning. Swisher then hit a bloop double to left field and Curtis Granderson made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly to center field.

With two outs, Chavez singled to left field for a three-run cushion. Chavez has an RBI in five straight games and has driven in seven in that span.

"I just tried to keep the team in the game from there and we almost pulled it out at the end," Feldman said.

Hamilton belted a line-drive homer to the second deck in right field with one out in the fourth inning. The Rangers loaded the bases later in the frame, but Geovany Soto grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Nix was upended at second base by David Murphy's takeout slide, and the throw to first nearly pulled Swisher off the base, but he stretched to hold on before tumbling to the ground.

In the sixth, Hamilton smacked a one-out shot to right for his 34th homer of the year. Hamilton continued his recent binge at the plate. In his last eight games, he has five homers and 11 RBI. The five-time All-Star upped his RBI total to 101 this season.

Game Notes

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano missed the game due to a stiff neck ... Hamilton's 34 homers is a career-best, eclipsing the 32 he hit in 2008 and 2010 ... Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler was ejected from the game in the eighth inning by home plate umpire Vic Carapazza for arguing a called third strike on the inside corner ... Rangers infielder Michael Young was given the night off.


Yankees Vs. Rangers Final Score: Hiroki Kuroda Shuts Out Rangers, Yankees Top Texas, 3-0

Behind a complete-game shutout from pitcher Hiroki Kuroda and back-to-back homers from Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher, the New York Yankees topped the Texas Rangers, 3-0, Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Kuroda no-hit the Rangers through six innings, but infielder Elvis Andrus’ infield single to lead off the seventh broke up Kuroda’s no-hit bid. Kuroda would give up one more hit to Michael Young in the eighth inning.

Rangers starter Matt Harrison was strong in his 6 1/3 innings pitched, and was only credited with one earned run. Reliever Alexi Ogando surrendered the back-to-back blasts to Teixeira and Swisher in the bottom of the seventh inning after Jeter reached to chase Harrison.

Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers pitched a scoreless eighth inning to hold the Yankees’ lead at three, but the Rangers were unable to score against Kuroda.

The Yankees have now taken the first two games in a four-game set in the Bronx. The series continues Wednesday as the Rangers’ Scott Feldman and the Yankees’ Freddy Garcia square off at 7 p.m.

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Final - 8.14.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas Rangers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
New York Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 X 3 8 0
WP: Hiroki Kuroda (11 - 8)
LP: Matt Harrison (13 - 7)

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Yankees Vs. Rangers Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

If the New York Yankees want to claim home-field advantage in the American League playoffs, they made a nice step forward Monday with a 8-2 victory against the Texas Rangers. The Yankees (68-47) will look to improve their cushion Tuesday, when Game 2 of the four-game series against the Rangers (67-47) will commence at Yankees Stadium (7:05 p.m. ET on YES Network).

Veteran Hiroki Kuroda (10-8) will take the mound for New York and oppose Texas' Matt Harrison (13-6). Recently, Kuroda has been a sure thing for the Yankees, as he's compiled a 1.82 ERA in his last five starts. Meanwhile, Harrison will try to improve his career 2-2 record and 4.76 ERA against New York.

Next Game

Texas Rangers
@ New York Yankees

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

Matt Harrison vs Hiroki Kuroda

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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For more on the Yankees vs. Rangers series, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream. Meanwhile, for all your Yankees news, visit the SB Nation blog Pinstripe Alley.


Yankees Vs. Rangers: Yankees Win 8-2 Behind Nick Swisher's Grand Slam

Nick Swisher hits a grand slam and Derek Lowe works four scoreless innings as the Yankees crush Ryan Dempster and the Texas Rangers.

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