Postgame notes: O-for-Texas

July, 23, 2013
7/23/13
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Quick, who was the last right-handed Yankees hitter to get a hit off the Texas Rangers?

Hint: He's not a regular.

[+] EnlargeIvan Nova
Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY SportsIvan Nova pitched well enough to win, but didn't get support in his first loss since June 23.
Hint No. 2: It happened nearly a month ago.

The answer is Austin Romine, who singled off Derek Holland in the third inning of a game at Yankee Stadium back on June 27. The Yankees lost it, 2-0.

That was the middle of a three-game span -- the Yankees have lost all three -- over which the Yankees have been held scoreless for the last 20 innings played between the two teams. That includes Monday's 3-0 loss to Yu Darvish, a 2-0 complete game shutout thrown by Holland in the Bronx, and the last two innings of an 8-5 Yankees loss on June 26. And in the 15 innings played between the Yankees and Rangers since that Romine single, the Yankees have managed a total of four hits, two by Lyle Overbay and two by Ichiro Suzuki. They have also managed four other baserunners -- three on walks, and one on a hit batsman, when Brett Gardner was plunked on the shoulder by Darvish leading off the game.

Also:

-- Ivan Nova threw what looked like a pretty good game: 7 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, one on a homer by Nelson Cruz, and a season-high 112 pitches -- but he was not pleased with his performance. Said Nova: "I didn't really like it. Even though it was only three runs, I didn’t throw enough strikes, you know? I can’t command my curveball really good today, my fastball was off. I don’t have a feeling for my changeup. I warm up really good in the bullpen, but it just don’t carry into the game."

It was Nova's first loss since June 23.

--Brett Gardner's at-bats continue to be a good time to visit the fridge, or wherever your in-game urges call you. In the wake of his 15-pitch at-bat in the ninth-inning of Sunday night's 8-7 loss to the Red Sox, Gardner took Rangers closer Joe Nathan on a 13-pitch ride before flying out on the 14th pitch for the first out of the ninth inning.

--Overbay's two-hit game was his fourth multi-hit game in the past seven, and he is hitting .386 (10-for-26) over that stretch.

--Robinson Cano went 0-for-4 to snap a 12-game hitting streak.
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
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAB. Gardner .283
HRM. Teixeira 18
RBIM. Teixeira 50
RB. Gardner 68
OPSB. Gardner .816
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135