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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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