Texas Rangers: CC Sabathia

Matchup: Derek Holland vs. CC Sabathia

April, 23, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have returned home to face the New York Yankees in a three-game series. They'll send lefty Derek Holland to the mound against left-hander CC Sabathia. The game is at 6:05 p.m. on ESPN, FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. Here's a look at the matchup:

Holland (2-0, 3.10 ERA): He has quality starts in his first three outings and is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA (five earned runs in 13 1/3 innings). ... Holland has won seven straight games and 12 of his last 13 decisions in the regular season. The last Rangers starter to win eight games in a row was Tommy Hunter (won first eight decisions of 2010 season). ... Holland has struggled in the regular season against the Yankees, going 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA in six career games, including an 0-2 mark and an 8.62 ERA with 12 walks and nine strikeouts in three starts in 2011. ... In his last start in Boston, Holland gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Sabathia (1-0, 5.59 ERA): The lefty's best start of 2012 was his most recent one. Sabathia allowed three runs on four hits in 7 1/3 innings in a win over Minnesota. He had seven strikeouts and one walk. It was his first win of the season after two no-decisions. ... Left-handed hitters are batting just .125 against Sabathia. ... The Rangers jumped on Sabathia last season. He had a 2-0 record despite a 5.12 ERA in three starts. He gave up 13 runs on 21 hits in 19 1/3 innings. ... Sabathia's only appearance in Arlington was a quality start. He gave up five runs (three earned) in six innings with four walks in a win.

Hitters: Michael Young is 15-for-46 with seven RBIs off Sabathia. ... Mike Napoli is 4-for-14 with a homer. ... Nelson Cruz (0-for-11) and Josh Hamilton (1-for-13) have struggled against him. ... Robinson Cano is 5-for-15 with a homer against Holland. ... Derek Jeter (5-for-12) and Mark Teixeira (7-for-15) have hit him well. ... Curtis Granderson is 1-for-6.

Up Next:

Tuesday vs. NYY: RHP Yu Darvish (2-0, 3.57 ERA) vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (1-2, 5.00 ERA), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/FSSW
Wednesday vs. NYY: TBA (likely Scott Feldman) vs. RHP Phil Hughes (1-2, 6.75 ERA), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/FSSW

Why Wilson, Price got picked over Sabathia

July, 3, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Minutes after the telecast announcing the 2011 All-Star team ended, AL manager Ron Washington was asked about not choosing Yankes pitcher CC Sabathia for his squad.

The players didn't put Sabathia in their top-5 starting pitchers, so it was up to Washington.

The manager chose his own pitcher, Rangers' left-handed starter C.J. Wilson, and Tampa Bay lefty David Price ahead of Sabathia. He did it despite Sabathia's 11 wins, tied for the most in the AL, and an ERA at 3.05, 15th in the AL.

But Washington has the advantage of seeing the entire player ballots. And he knew that Sabathia was sixth on the list. That puts him next in line to be selected to the game as a reserve if one of the other five pitchers starts the Sunday before the All-Star Game. The league has a rule that if you start the Sunday before the All-Star Game you are ineligible to pitch in the game and will be replaced by the next person on the player ballot.

Right now, Felix Hernandez, James Shields and Justin Verlander are scheduled to do just that. The chances that one of them ends up staying on rotation and making that start are very good.

Sabathia is also scheduled to pitch on Sunday. But as soon as one of those three pitchers in front of him throws a pitch, Sabathia makes the All-Star team. He would then be replaced if he pitches on Sunday. Still, he makes the team. He can go to Phoenix if he wants to and be introduced, he would get any bonus in his contract if there is one.

So why wouldn't Washington just pick him and then let him be replaced? Because he wanted Wilson and Price on the team and both guys may be too low on the player ballot to get in via replacement. He only needs one starter to become ineligible on that final Sunday to get Sabathia on the team. He may need a gaggle of them to get Wilson or Price.

“C.J. is very deserving," Washington said. "There wasn’t a whole lot of choices on left-handed relievers. C.J. had the experience of doing that. He’s deserving, as far as I’m concerned, of being on the All-Star team, so I chose him.”

Now that the team is picked, replacements are completely out of Washington's hands. Any injuries or Sunday starts by pitchers are replaced by guys voted on by the players.

Rapid Reaction: Yanks 12, Rangers 4

June, 14, 2011

NEW YORK -- Alexi Ogando didn't have it and the Rangers fell behind early and couldn't claw back, dropping the first of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium. New York poured it on in the middle innings and ended up with 12 runs on 12 hits. Texas has lost four of its first five games on this road trip. Some quick thoughts on tonight's game (more to come from clubhouse shortly):

* Ogando had his worst outing of the season Tuesday. His command was shaky, leaving too many fastballs up and the Yankee hitters took advantage. The 27-year-old was gone after just 1 2/3 innings, by far his shortest start of the season. In fact, Ogando had gone at least six innings in all 12 of his previous starts, 10 of those quality starts.

* The six runs allowed in those 1 2/3 innings were the most he's given up in any outing all season. He's only allowed more than two runs three times this season -- twice in Yankee Stadium. He gave up five runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings on April 17. So he's got a 12.38 ERA against New York this season (both starts at Yankee Stadium).

* It was the second inning that ruined Ogando's night. It started with a broken-bat single by Alex Rodriguez and ended with Rodriguez coming up and Michael Kirkman coming out of the pen. In between, the Yankees got five more hits, including doubles by Jorge Posada and Mark Teixeira. Posada's double put runners at second and third with one out. Ogando walked Nick Swisher on a 3-2 pitch and then gave up a single to left to Eduardo Nunez, who was hitting just .214 coming in. Ogando didn't get any luck either as Brett Gardner's didn't-mean-to swing hit allowed him to get just enough of the ball to put it in left field to score a run. Things were blown open by Curtis Granderson's two-RBI single and Teixeira's two-RBI double.

* The outing raised Ogando's ERA from 2.10 to 2.71. He was second in the AL in ERA before Tuesday's start.

* Michael Young's two-RBI single in the fourth extended his Yankee Stadium hitting streak to 16 games at new Yankee Stadium. He has a 19-game hitting streak in New York dating back to 2008 and the old stadium. Young is hitting .417 (20-for-48) at new Yankee Stadium in the regular season, the highest among players with at least 40 at-bats since the park opened in 2009.

* Young played in his 1,574th game for the Rangers, passing Rafael Palmeiro for the most games played in Rangers franchise history.

* Josh Hamilton is 2-for-16 in his last four games and has a .222 average in his last 15 games to go from .339 to .280. He did have a productive out in the fourth, moving the runners over on a squibber down the third-base line. That allowed Young to drive in both runs on a single in the next at-bat.

* Mitch Moreland's infield single off Sabathia's foot was enough to give the Rangers' first baseman a career-high 10-game hitting streak.

* Yorvit Torrealba extended his hitting streak to seven games. Torrealba is still red hot, hitting 10-for-18 in his last five games.

* Ian Kinsler came up with runners and second and third and no outs. The Yankees were playing to concede the run on a ground ball, but Kinsler popped up to right. Kinsler was frustrated as he walked back to the dugout. He returned to the lineup Saturday in Minnesota after being on MLB's Paternity List and is 2-for-12 on this road trip.

* Kirkman wasn't able to hold the Yankees at six runs. With two outs in the fourth, Kirkman hit Teixeira in the foot with two outs and then allowed a two-RBI double to Rodriguez. He gave up a double to Swisher with one out in the fifth and was replaced by Yoshinori Tateyama.

* Nelson Cruz made a nice diving catch to end the fifth inning on a Cervelli drive to right field. But Cruz is still struggling at the plate, going 0-for-14 with nine strikeouts the last four games (since an eighth-inning homer in Minnesota on June 9).

* Cruz's walk in the ninth was the first in 33 innings for the Rangers.

* Tateyama gave up home runs to Granderson and Cano, both left-handed hitters. The lefties were 3-for-5 off Tateyama on Tuesday and in 25 at-bats against left-handed hitters this season, Tateyama has allowed three homers. Lefties are 7-for-25 (.280) off Tateyama.

* We had a 41-minute rain delay before the game began.

* Derek Jeter was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a groin strain (Grade I). He's slated to return in late June and, depending on how things go, could end up getting his 3,000th hit against the Mets at CitiField.

* LHP Derek Holland (5-1, 4.41 ERA) goes up against RHP Ivan Nova (5-4, 4.30 ERA) in Wednesday's game. We'll be live in-game chatting when the game starts (hopefully at 6:05 p.m. Dallas time as scheduled).

Scouting the opponent: New York Yankees

June, 14, 2011
NEW YORK -- ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand, a closet Mavericks fan hoping to get some championship merchandise soon (his brother, Michael, and family just moved to Austin), gets you ready for this three-game series against the Yankees by answering a few questions about the boys in pinstripes. Here goes:

Q: What is this countdown like for Derek Jeter? Does he seem calm about it? Excited? Feeling any pressure? In your opinion, what does that achievement mean to do it all under the glare of the Yankee spotlight?

AM: Jeter is calm about such things. He doesn't get all unnerved like A-Rod did when he would hit his 500th and 600th homer. Since he will be the first Yankee ever to get to 3K, it is a pretty good accomplishment since the team has had some good players in the past. It will mean more to him if Durrett is in attendance when he does it.

Q: Why has Boston been so good against the Yankees this season? Are the Yankees surprised by how well Boston has responded after a rough start?

AM: The Red Sox are better than the Yankees. The Yankees aren't surprised the Red Sox recovered. They have too much talent not to.

Q: What has made Curtis Granderson so good this year and a guy who could start in the All-Star Game?

AM: He changed his swing with hitting coach Kevin Long in Texas last August. That has made the difference. He is a totally different player. They quieted his swing, eliminating the excess movement before the pitch.

Q: Since the last time the Rangers and Yankees played, who has been New York's MVP? Who's been disappointing?

AM: The MVP probably has been CC. Jeter still isn't great, but Russell Martin has sort of gone the other way.

Q: Give us a quick scouting report on the Yankee starting pitchers for the series.

AM: Ivan Nova is as inconsistent but pitched well his last time out. CC Sabathia is the best pitcher on the staff. We don't know yet who will start Thursday with big Bart Colon hurt.

Q: How has the Yankee bullpen performed over the last month?

AM: Hurt. Rafael Soriano and Joba Chamberlain are out. The bullpen has been OK, but they are thin.

Q: Anything else Ranger fans should know about the Yankees before this series gets going?

AM: The whole focus of the series is going to be if Jeter can get to 3K before the Yankees hit the road.

For more Yankees' coverage, log on to ESPNNewYork.com

Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. CC Sabathia

April, 17, 2011

NEW YORK -- The final game of this series, tonight on ESPN, features Yankees ace CC Sabathia against Alexi Ogando, who has yet to give up a run in two starts this season. A look at the matchup:

Ogando (2-0, 0.00 ERA): The 27-year-old impressed opponents, club officials and scouts with his ability to command his fastball and utilize an effective slider to keep hitters off-balance. He didn't back down, staying aggressive against hitters and getting ahead in the count. ... Ogando has four walks and eight strikeouts in 13 innings, and opponents are batting .095 against him. ... He's pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and no walks in his career against the Yankees.

Sabathia (0-1, 1.45 ERA): In three starts, the Yankees' ace has managed to give up just three runs, but his team is 1-2 with him on the mound. ... He was one out away from his third consecutive quality start when he was lifted after 5 2/3 innings against Boston. Sabathia surrendered nine hits and had four walks as his pitch count climbed to 118, yet he allowed just one run. ... He's 8-3 with a 4.29 ERA against the Rangers in his career. Sabathia made just one start against the Rangers in 2010, striking out nine Texas batters in six innings and giving up one run on three hits.

Hitters: The current group of Yankees have just six at-bats against Ogando with Eduardo Nunez as the only guy with a hit. Nick Swisher is 0-for-2. ... Michael Young has hit Sabathia well in his career (12-for-38, 5 RBIs), as has Mike Napoli (3-for-9, HR, 2 RBIs). ... Adrian Beltre (3-for-22) and Nelson Cruz (0-for-5) have struggled. Interesting note: Ian Kinsler is 2-for-9 off Sabathia, but both hits are homers.

Elvis Andrus trying to find rhythm at plate

April, 17, 2011
NEW YORK -- Elvis Andrus has good memories of Yankee Stadium. He was a big contributor in the club's ALCS wins here, including a 3-for-5 effort in Game 4, which gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead in the series.

But he arrived in New York this weekend in the middle of some struggles at the plate. He's hitting .174 on the season, the lowest batting average of any Rangers' starter. And on this road trip, he's 3-for-26 (.115).

Andrus had a hit on Saturday to drive in a run in the eighth, ending a hitless streak at 11 trips to the plate.

"I'm trying to work on shooting the ball up the middle," Andrus said. "I don't want to cut my swing. I just want to get my hands free. [Saturday] that felt good. I just had one hit, but I hit the ball pretty good a couple of times and that's what I'm looking for."

Andrus said it was the first time in a handful of games where he felt comfortable in the box the whole game.

"I think it feels like I got more from each at-bat," Andrus said. "It's just two weeks in the season. You have to be patient and keep working hard. It's a long season. You can't get frustrated. You want to do better. But I know how long a season this is. You're going to have slumps andyou're going to have good at-bats. I'll keep working hard and the hits will fall."

Andrus said part of what he's learned the past few seasons is that it's critical to separate what he's doing on offense with what he's doing on defense.

"I'm trying to get better at that every year," Andrus said. "If I have a bad at-bat, I can get mad, but then when I go on defense I don't think about it anymore.

Andrus faces CC Sabathia in tonight's game. The shortstop is 0-for-2 with a strikeout against him.

Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Freddy Garcia

April, 16, 2011
NEW YORK -- The second game of this three-game set features LHP Derek Holland and RHP Freddy Garcia. A quick look at the matchup:

Holland (1-0, 2.25 ERA): The Rangers have won both of Holland's starts this season, including his most recent effort against Baltimore. Holland pitched six shutout innings allowing five hits and walking two with six strikeouts. ...He returns to Yankee Stadium, a place where he pitched 3 2/3 innings in Game 4 to keep things close and eventually get the win, the only relief win in the franchise's postseason history.

Garcia (0-0, 9.00 ERA): He's making his first start thanks to rain. ...He's pitched one inning this season and gave up one run on one hit with one walk and one strikeout against Boston on April 10. ...Garcia was 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 innings against the Rangers in 2010. In his career versus Texas, Garcia is 7-5 with a 4.29 ERA in 21 starts.

Hitters: Holland has had difficulty with Derek Jeter, who is 4-for-7 off him. Mark Teixeira has two hits in seven at-bats against Holland, including a homer. ...Nick Swisher is 1-for-5 with two strikeouts against Holland. ...Michael Young is 12-for-41 off Garcia and Julio Borbon is 2-for-5. ...Ian Kinsler (1-for-10), Adrian Beltre (6-for-28) and David Murphy (0-for-6) have struggled against Garcia.

Upcoming Matchups:

Sunday: Alexi Ogando (2-0, 0.00) vs. CC Sabathia (0-1, 1.45 ERA)

Why I voted for Felix Hernandez

November, 18, 2010
Felix Hernandez earned 21 of the 28 first-place votes of the AL Cy Young Award. One of those came from me. It was not an easy decision and I waited until the very end of the season to send in my ballot. But after watching the candidates this season and balancing all of the statistics, my vote went to Hernandez. Here are some reasons why:

* I believe a pitcher's win-loss record is also a function of the team. Hernandez was just 13-12. That's clearly not a normal Cy Young record. But Seattle's lineup was awful this season and Hernandez got little run support. He allowed two or fewer runs in 12 starts that he did not win (David Price had five of those starts, CC Sabathia three). Think about that.

* By the numbers, Hernandez was a clear leader. He led the AL in ERA (2.27), innings pitched (249 2/3) and quality starts (30). He was just one strikeout behind Jered Weaver, who finished fifth in the voting. Hernandez dominated the peripheral stats as well, staying among the league leaders in WHIP (1.06) and in the fangraphs version of WAR (he was third). He had six complete games, one behind Cliff Lee. Opposing batters hit just .212 against him, better than anyone else who appeared on a Cy Young ballot (C.J. Wilson was second, BTW, at .217).

* But more than the sheer numbers was the fact that Hernandez had to be nearly perfect each time out in order to get a win. His team gave him 2.4 runs of support per start. The Mariners scored two runs or fewer in 15 of his 34 starts (44 percent) and he was 2-10 with a 2.84 ERA in those outings. He had nine no-decisions and sported a 1.92 ERA. That's just too good to ignore.

* Yes, I did take into account the idea that Hernandez didn't pitch in the pressure of a pennant race like Price and Sabathia did down the stretch. But I also can argue that there's no greater pressure than knowing you've got to be just about perfect every time out if your team is to win a game.

* I was also careful not to let what I saw Hernandez do against the Rangers impact me too much when it came time to vote. He was 2-3 with a 4.28 ERA in six starts against Texas, the top team in the AL West. But in his six starts against other playoff teams, Hernandez was 5-1 with a 1.08 ERA.

In the end, the AL Cy Young goes to the best pitcher in the league. And I believe that's Hernandez, regardless of the 13-12 record. In case you're curious, here was my entire ballot:

1. Felix Hernandez
2. CC Sabathia
3. David Price
4. Jered Weaver
5. Jon Lester

(It was tough to decide between Nos. 2 and 3, but I'm a believer in durability and Sabathia pitched 29 more innings than Price and was close on most of the other numbers. So that was one of several factors there. And I think Weaver is underrated). Interestingly, those five pitchers were all in the top-5 of the balloting released on Thursday, though not in the order that I had them.

Felix Hernandez wins AL Cy Young Award

November, 18, 2010
Seattle's Felix Hernandez has won the 2010 Cy Young Award in convincing fashion, garnering 21 of the 28 first-place votes.

Tampa Bay's David Price was second and New York's CC Sabathia was third.

Rangers starter Cliff Lee, who also pitched with Seattle in 2010, earned three votes -- one each for third, fourth and fifth in the voting.

For more, click here.

Rangers sending smart signal to Cliff Lee

November, 16, 2010
I think the Rangers are taking the smart approach on wooing Cliff Lee to Texas. We'll see whether it helps land the biggest fish in the free agent pool.

Rangers managing general partner Chuck Greenberg, club president Nolan Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels met with Lee, his wife Kristen and his agent Darek Braunecker for a few hours in Arkansas on Monday. It was the club's way of showing how serious they are about signing Lee to a long-term contract. You can't send better signals than the three top front office folks in the organization (including the guy writing the checks) going to meet Lee in his home state.

This entire process is still in the early stages. The Rangers did not offer Lee a contract yet. The meeting was about showing their interest and figuring out where Lee stands in all of this and what may drive his decision. The Rangers didn't need to introduce themselves like the Yankees did in their meet-and-greet session. Texas had the benefit of doing that for four months after the trade was made in early July.

During the season, Daniels made it clear that he didn't want to distract anyone by making a hard push on Lee or his agent. He reached out and let them know the club didn't simply trade for Lee's services for 2010 -- they wanted him longer than that. But in fairness to Lee's desire to test the market and take his time in making a decision, they waited until the season was over to get serious.

So just after the Yankees' visit to Arkansas that included GM Brian Cashman, the Rangers made their own journey to one of Texas' neighboring states.

I read my ESPNNewYork.com colleague's column (Ian O'Connor) that all things being equal, Lee should go to New York where the Yankees have made it a habit of playing in the postseason and are willing to spend whatever to do it. And that's not a bad argument.

But I think it would carry more weight if this Rangers team was a bunch of veterans built to make one World Series push. But it's not. Daniels has built a team from the ground up and has a good, young nucleus ready to make this a prolonged window of success in Arlington. Greenberg is ready to help supplement that will an increase in payroll. No, the Rangers won't become the Yankees in terms of their wallet size, but they aren't going into this fight unarmed, either.

Maybe the biggest advantage the Rangers have over the Yankees, besides the fact that Arlington is close to Lee's home and that Texas doesn't have any state income tax (meaning the Rangers could offer a little less salary but Lee could take home more), is that he played in Texas for four months. He got to test drive a possible future home. And while he's good friends with CC Sabathia, there would still be an unknown as to what it's like to play for New York.

That's not to say Lee won't take the leap and go. But he talked about how much he enjoyed the Rangers clubhouse and that it was the most fun he'd had in his career. And that Texas team beat the Yankees in the ALCS. Lee knows the Rangers have a bright future. He could be a part of that and build upon the relationships he forged with a tight group of players in Texas in 2010.

Texas must decide how many years they feel is fair for Lee and then see where the Yankees are on that scale. Lee must decide if he has similar offers if he'd rather play on the big stage in New York or closer to home for a team that appears ready to challenge the Yankees in the coming years for AL supremacy (and beat them in 2010). Should be an entertaining off-field contest to watch.

Where do you think Lee will end up? If the money and term were close to equal, do you think Lee would still bolt for the Big Apple or head to Texas?

Yankees meeting with Cliff Lee in Arkansas

November, 10, 2010
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is flying to Arkansas today to meet with Cliff Lee, his family and his agent as the Yankees try to convince Lee that he needs to play in pinstripes in 2011 (and beyond, of course), according to our colleagues at ESPNNewYork.com.

The story reports that Lee's agent is likely to ask for a similar deal to Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia, who got seven years and $162 million.

Cliff Lee not worried about long layoff

October, 24, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas -- By the time Cliff Lee takes the mound for Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday evening in San Francisco, eight days will have passed since he threw an eight-inning gem to beat the New York Yankees.

Click here for the whole story.

Rain shouldn't change Rangers rotation

October, 22, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Manager Ron Washington didn't commit either way when asked if the club would consider moving starter Cliff Lee up if rain moved tonight's Game 6 to Saturday. But the club would certainly look at all options if the game is moved. (And let me say, I think we'll get this game in).

At first glance, pitching Lee on normal rest in a Game 6 to go to the World Series might have some merit. But the more I think about it, the more I'd leave things alone. Why? A few reasons:

1. The Yankees would likely move Andy Pettitte up to Game 6 in that scenario, pitching him on normal rest. That would allow them to bring CC Sabathia back on short rest for Game 7. Sabathia is one of the few guys that has had success pitching on short rest in the postseason.

2. If I'm the Rangers, I still like my chances in a winner-take-all Game 7 with Lee going against Sabathia on short rest. And that's only if Colby Lewis doesn't win his Game 6 matchup.

3. Texas is up 3-2, so they can afford to wait as long as possible on Lee. If he's not needed to finish off this series, he can go in Game 1 of the World Series, potentially against Tim Lincecum or Roy Halladay.

4. The other thing to consider is if Lewis gets completely warm and something happens. Then maybe the club would feel better about giving him another day.

But I wouldn't let Mother Nature change my plan. Make the Yankees react.

Your thoughts?

How CC Sabathia beat Texas in Game 5

October, 21, 2010
The Rangers hit Yankees starter CC Sabathia on Wednesday, but they didn't score a bunch of runs. Here's a look at how Sabathia was able to get the victory (thanks to ESPN Stats & Information):

* Sabathia's offspeed pitches dominated the Rangers all game. Texas did not put one of Sabathia's 44 offspeed pitches in play, and they struck out five times against them -- all on sliders. It marked the first time this season an opponent did not put a single offspeed pitch in play against Sabathia. With the Rangers collecting all 11 of their hits against Sabathia on fastballs, his offspeed offerings, combined with the Yankees offense, were enough to get Sabathia a win.

Sabathia's offspeed stuff in Game 5: 44 pitches, 17 swings, 10 misses, 5 strikeouts, no balls in play.

* With runners in scoring position, Sabathia turned to his offspeed pitches, with 19 of his 34 pitches with RISP being of the offspeed variety. Sabathia's three strikeouts with runners in scoring position were all with sliders. Throwing offspeed pitches with runners in scoring position made his fastball more effective, as the Rangers were 1-for-8 total against Sabathia with RISP.

Record book: So many hits, so few runs

October, 21, 2010
NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers outhit the New York Yankees 13-9 in Game 5 Wednesday, but were outscored 7-2 as their edge in the ALCS was trimmed to 3-2.

Yankees starter CC Sabathia scattered 11 of those hits as the Rangers went just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The Rangers left eight men on base. Texas' inability to drive in runs reached historic proportions for a postseason game.

"CC found a way to get us out every time," Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz said.

According to ESPN Research, not since the 1920 Brooklyn Dodgers has a team had at least 13 hits and scored two or fewer runs in a playoff game. The 2008 Chicago White Sox, the 1959 White Sox and the 1931 St. Louis Cardinals all had 12 hits and scored two or fewer runs in a postseason game.

"Yeah, it's pretty rare," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "You're facing a guy who's very capable of shutting you down with runners in scoring position. He started using his offspeed pitches very effectively. Tonight, he was, honestly, kind of effectively wild. He really wouldn't give us anything in the middle of the plate and it was tough to get some runs off him."



Adrian Beltre
.324 19 77 79
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182