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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Postgame notes: Five things to know

By Wallace Matthews

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The New York Yankees won this one in the first five innings, lost it in the sixth, and took it back again in the ninth. It was only the fourth time this season, out of 45 opportunities, that they were able to rally to win a game they were trailing after eight innings.

Here are five things you need to know in the aftermath of the Yankees' 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers:

1. Brett Gardner called it the biggest win of the year. "Right now every game is important. Very important," he said. Gardner had a busy night in center field, making eight putouts, including a spectacular diving catch to end the eighth that might have set the Rangers up for an insurance run if he hadn't gotten to it.

Brett Gardner
Brett Gardner made a couple spectacular catches Tuesday.
2. Luis Cruz is probably headed to the DL with a right knee injury suffered in Monday night's game. He stayed in the game after making a catch that caused him to snag a spike in the turf, but the knee swelled overnight and it was immobilized in a large brace after Tuesday's game. Cruz said he was told he likely had an MCL injury but will not know for sure until he has an MRI after the team returns home on Friday. Assuming he is disabled, Cruz would be the 17th Yankee to have gone on the DL so far this season.

3. Derek Jeter took BP, fielded some grounders, practiced the double play and did some moderate sprinting in the outfield before the game, but manager Joe Girardi did not sound optimistic about his chances to return on Saturday, the first day he is eligible to end his latest DL stint. "I'm not sure," Girardi said. "We're not pushing him a whole lot yet. He still has to be able to run the bases, and he hasn't done that. So we'll take it day-by-day."

4. Although Phil Hughes pitched well (5 2/3 innings, 0 ERs), Joba Chamberlain was in the right place at the right time -- pitching the bottom of the eight before the Yankees came up with two runs in the top of the ninth -- and wound up with the win. Joba is now 2-0; his ERA 4.97.

5. In his first major league start, Melky Mesa had a double in his first at-bat and scored the first run of the game on Austin Romine's RBI double. He also handled his only two chances in left flawlessly.