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Thursday, June 16, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Yankees 3, Rangers 2 (12 innings)

WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees ended their homestand on a high note by sweeping the Rangers following a 3-2 walk-off win over the Rangers in 12 innings on Thursday afternoon. After being swept by Boston to start the 10-game homestand, the Yankees finished 6-1 in the final seven, with the lone loss coming in a 1-0 game to Cleveland.

HERO: Brett Gardner singled in the winning run with one out in the bottom of the 12th, hitting a ground ball right between first and second base. The rally started when Curtis Granderson singled to right and with one out, Robinson Cano reached when a pitch hit him on his hand. Gardner's single scored Granderson from second.

Corey Wade picked up the win in relief with two scoreless innings.

THE DEBUT: Brian Gordon’s Yankees debut had him leaving the mound to a standing ovation. Gordon, who the Yankees signed before the game, gave up two runs over 5.1 innings before being pulled with a man on first in the sixth. He received a no-decision.

Gordon cruised through the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth, giving up a RBI double to Ian Kinsler and forcing in the go-ahead run when he hit Adrian Beltre on an 0-2 pitch with the bases loaded and two outs. After giving up a long single to Taylor Teagarden in the sixth, Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled Gordon for Hector Noesi.

Gordon gave up seven hits and walked three, while striking out three.

THREE AND TO THE FOUR: Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada picked up his fourth hit against left-handed pitchers when he smacked a RBI double into the left-center gap to tie the game at 2-2 in the sixth. Posada had been 3-of-36 against lefties entering the at-bat.

MUSCLING UP: Yankees catcher Russell Martin returned to the lineup after missing the previous three games and seven of the last eight games and drove in a run in his first at-bat to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Martin had been just 2-of-31 and driven in one run since May 24.

MISSED CHANCE: The Yankees could have ended the game in the ninth as they loaded the bases with one out, but Granderson struck out on a 3-2 pitch that he chased out of the zone and Mark Teixeira grounded out.

WHAT’S  NEXT: The Yankees head to Wrigley field to take on the Cubs as the second wave of interleague play begins. Freddy Garcia (5-5, 3.60) faces Doug Davis (0-5, 5.90) on Friday at 2:20 p.m., A.J. Burnett (6-5, 4.09) battles Ryan Dempster (5-5, 5.48) on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. and CC Sabathia (8-4, 3.28) takes the mound Sunday night at 8:05 p.m. against Randy Wells (1-1, 5.63).