7:05 PM ET, May 8, 2007
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
• Summary: Andy Pettitte pitched seven strong innings and Alex Rodriguez hit his 15th home run as the Yankees handled the Rangers.
• Hero: A-Rod's first homer in 15 days put the Yankees up 6-1 in the fifth inning.
• Goat: Jerry Hairston Jr. The center fielder had the only error of the game when he failed to catch Hideki Matsui's double to deep center field, allowing Derek Jeter and A-Rod to score.
• Unsung heroes: In the bottom of the third, Jeter doubled to deep left field to put the Yankees on the board and tie the game at 1-1. Robinson Cano doubled to deep right-center to put the Yanks up 7-1 in the fifth.
• Outside the lines: The Yankees have shuffled their lineup, moving the slumping Bobby Abreu down from the No. 3 spot to No. 7.• Quotable: "He takes young kids to school. He keeps boring in with that cutter. He may not be the Pettitte he was when he left New York for Houston, but he's got a lot of intelligence." -- Texas manager Ron Washington on Pettite
• Elias Says: Only one player in Yankees' franchise history reached the 15-homer mark in fewer team games than A-Rod.
-- ESPN.com news services
Yankees 8, Rangers 2
The Yankees clinched the season series for the fourth consecutive year and the eighth time in the past 10. ... Texas C Gerald Laird left in the seventh with a bruised left buttocks. ... The Rangers received five straight quality starts before Wood allowed eight runs -- six earned -- and nine hits in four-plus innings. ... Blalock has nine hits, including five doubles, in his last 16 at-bats.
Regular Season Series
|3rd||S Sosa singled to center, M Young scored.||1||0|
|3rd||D Jeter doubled to deep left, D Mientkiewicz scored.||1||1|
|3rd||H Matsui safe at first on error by center fielder J Hairston, D Jeter and A Rodriguez scored.||1||3|
|4th||D Jeter singled to left, D Mientkiewicz scored, J Damon thrown out at home.||1||4|
|5th||A Rodriguez homered to right center, J Giambi scored.||1||6|
|5th||R Cano doubled to deep right center, H Matsui scored, J Posada to third.||1||7|
|5th||D Mientkiewicz hit sacrifice fly to center, J Posada scored.||1||8|
|9th||C Stewart doubled to left, N Cruz scored.||2||8|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY|
|Attendance||50,705 (103.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||64 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Chris Guccione, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|