Rangers 14, Yankees 2
Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time to make this update with, but there's a few notes that bear mentioning.
Great win yesterday afternoon, and one which snapped an eight game losing streak to the Yankees dating back to 2006. Brandon McCarthy was effective, surrendering just one run in 5.1 innings, and threw more breaking stuff than he did in his last start against Toronto. He's now 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his two May starts, so there's definitely signs of him turning the corner.
The offense came to life in the last five innings of the game, scoring 13 runs in that timespan. Leading the way was Mark Teixeira, who went 4 for 5 with three doubles. His red hot bat has risen his OPS to a respectable .845. Sammy Sosa and Gerald Laird also chipped in with three hits apiece, and Victor Diaz put the game away with a pinch-hit grand slam in the 8th inning. Very, very nice, and hopefully things continue to improve.
Robinson Tejeda's next scheduled start will be pushed back at least one day, as the right-hander struggled mightily on Wednesday night in the Bronx, surrendering 6 runs in just 3.2 innings. Even though he hit 98 MPH later in his outing, Tejeda said "I don't know" when asked if he was healthy or not. Kevin Millwood will probably make Robinson's scheduled start on Monday, and Tejeda could be pushed back all the way to next Friday.
Michael Young is available for tonight's series opener against the Angels, after missing Thursday's game with a sore hamstring. It was the first game Young had not played in since June 23rd, 2005, when he was attending the birth of his son, Mateo.
The next four games are a huge test for the Texas Rangers. A split is absolutely necessary, and a series win would be a major step in the right direction.
Vladimir Guerrero has a lifetime 1.297 OPS in Arlington, and 1.300 OPS against the Rangers total. Can we please try not pitching to this guy for once?
Friday, May 11th Game Preview
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Texas Rangers
John Lackey (4-3, 2.60 ERA) vs. Vicente Padilla (1-4, 4.93 ERA)
7:05 PM CST in Arlington, Texas (Rangers Ballpark in Arlington)
TV: FSNSW | Radio: KRLD 1080 AM