Rapid Reaction: Yankees 3, Rangers 2

August, 15, 2012
8/15/12
11:55
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WHAT IT MEANS: The New York Yankees own the Texas Rangers at home.

The Yankees beat the Rangers for the eighth straight time at Yankee Stadium, 3-2, on Wednesday night and have a chance to sweep the four-game series between the two American League heavyweights on Thursday afternoon.

BIG CHIEF: Freddy Garcia was tremendous. In 6 2/3 innings, he allowed just two solo moon shots to Josh Hamilton (389 feet, 447 feet) -- four hits total -- and struck out six. Since returning to the rotation on July 2, the 35-year-old right-hander is 5-3 with a 3.69 ERA in nine starts. He has allowed three earned runs or less in eight of those nine starts. Boone Logan, David Robertson and Rafael Soriano (who struck out Hamilton with a nasty slider) combined to record the final seven outs without allowing a hit.

CHAVY: Eric Chavez continues to rake in Alex Rodriguez’s absence. On Wednesday night, he went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, and now has 14 hits in his past 23 at-bats. His batting average is .303.

SWISHALICIOUS: With his third-inning RBI double, Nick Swisher has driven in nine runs in his past four games.

AND SO IT CONTINUES: Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a second-inning single. Jeter now has an American League-high 157 hits.

THE GRANDYMAN CAN’T: Curtis Granderson went 0-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly and is now 1 for his past 21.

DELAYED: The game didn’t start until 8:50 p.m. because of a 105-minute rain delay.

NO CANO: Robinson Cano didn’t play because of a stiff neck.

UP NEXT: Ivan Nova (11-6, 4.70 ERA) looks to right the ship against Rangers southpaw Derek Holland (7-6, 4.92).

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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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