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Monday, July 22, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 3, Yankees 0

By Wallace Matthews


ARLINGTON, Texas -- They might be on pace to win 10 fewer games than they did last season, and likely to miss the playoffs for only the second time in the past 19 seasons, but in one sense, the 2013 Yankees have surpassed the 2012 AL East champion Yankees. With tonight's 3-0 loss to the Texas Rangers, the Yankees have now been shut out eight times this season, one more than last season. And there are still 63 games left to play.

What it means: That since resuming the season after the All-Star break, the Yankees have lost three of four games, and five of their past six. The good news? Boston also lost tonight, which means the fourth-place Yankees remain seven games back in the AL East.

Darvish Dominant: Yu Darvish held the Yankees hitless for four innings and allowed just two singles, both by Lyle Overbay, one of which was a bloop into short left leading off the fifth. Even without his best stuff -- Darvish walked two, hit one (Brett Gardner) and struck out just four -- he ran his record to 9-4 and lowered his ERA to 2.86.

And Ichy makes three: Ichiro Suzuki's ninth-inning single off closer Joe Nathan was the Yankees' third hit of the night, and first by a player other than Overbay.

Ivan second-best: Ivan Nova was pretty good -- seven innings, seven hits, three runs, including a long home run by Nelson Cruz, but with no backing from the feeble Yankees lineup, he was no match for Darvish. Nova falls to 4-3.

Jeter hits: On a day when Joe Girardi cancelled pregame batting practice due to the heat (99 degrees at first pitch) and the Yankees' late, early-morning arrival from Boston, one player eagerly headed to the indoor cage: Derek Jeter, who took his first swings since he left in the eighth inning of his one and only game of the season, on July 11 with a strained left quad. Jeter hopes to be playing this weekend when the Tampa Bay Rays come to Yankee Stadium for three games.

What's next: Game 2 of this four-game series, Phil Hughes (4-9, 4.57) vs. RHP Alexi Ogando (4-2, 2.93), first pitch at 8:05 p.m.