Rapid Reaction: Yankees 12, Rangers 5

May, 8, 2011
5/08/11
5:44
PM ET

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What it means: That hitting coach Kevin Long can sleep easy tonight. The Yankees' offense, comatose all week, comes alive with five HRs, two by Derek Jeter (you read that right), and a grand slam by Francisco Cervelli (you read that right, too).

What's good: Jeter, Jeter, Jeter, Jeter. Four hits, two home runs, 3 RBIs and a batting average all the way up to .276, third-best among Yankee regulars. Cervelli, who hit his second career home run, a line shot to dead-center, on a 3-2 pitch in the eighth inning to bust open a tight game in the six-run eighth inning. Curtis Granderson (No. 11) and Mark Teixeira (No. 9) also went yard in this homerfest.

What's not so good: CC Sabathia, who was only charged with three earned runs but labored throughout, walked four batters, made two errors and was lucky to escape with a win. The Yankees' fielding was atrocious all day, four errors, plus misplays by Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez that were not scored errors. A game as sloppy as a street fight and just as brutal.

What I got: A column on Jeter, of course, and whatever assorted goodies come out of the postgame clubhouse, although I'm sure the Yankees will be racing for the exits after this one.

What's next: Off-day Monday, three-game series with the Royals at Yankee Stadium beginning Tuesday night, Freddy Garcia (1-2, 2.88) vs. RHP Kyle Davies (1-4, 7.32).
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146