Monday, April 19, 2010

Yanks sweep Rangers

Opponent: Texas Rangers
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Overall Record: 9-3
Series MVP: Derek Jeter
Honorable Mention: Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia
Quote of the series: comes from first baseman Mark Teixeira who hit his first home run of the season on Sunday
“My teammates have been picking me up so far,” Teixeira said. “Now it’s time for me to start picking them up.”
The New York Yankees are off to their best start since the days of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.  The Bombers have not won their first four series since 1926.  Their fast start is pretty rare considering how slow of a start the team has had over the past decade.

During Satuday's game, second baseman Robinson Cano and shortstop Derek Jeter became the first Yankee teammates to hit safely in all of their first ten games.  It's quite remarkable given the Yankees history that they were able to set that record.

Friday's game was shortened to six innings due to a large thunderstorm that hit the East Coast.  The Red Sox were forced to suspend their game on Saturday in the ninth inning due to the storm.  Anyways, back to the more important team, Sabathia was remarkable against the Rangers, his lone mistake was giving up a home run.  Catcher Francicso Cervelli claimed Sabathia was in better form then in his start against the Rays where he had a no hitter going into the eighth inning.

Saturday's game brought AJ Burnett back to the mound.  Though he was a bit wild he learned to settle down quickly and gave the Yankees control of the game.  Jeter was actually pulled early from the game in the 7th inning due to what Joe Girardi is calling a "head cold".  Jeter did not play in Sunday's series finale for the same reason.  Girardi claimed the WFAN beat writer Sweeney Murti was the cause of the cold.  The Yanks still won regardless, 7-3.

In Sunday's game, Andy Pettitte returned to the mound.  He continued his amazing start to the season allowing only two runs over 8 innings.  Not too bad for a 39 year old lefty is it?  The offense came to life with Brett Gardner having three infield singles and three stolen bases. The final score was 5-2.

Next Up: The Yankees begin their first west coast trip with a series at the Oakland Athletics

- Courtney

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