Game 13: Yankees at Rangers
It’s another chilly day in the Bronx as the Yankees look to bounce back from last night’s 5-3 loss to the Rangers, playing under gray skies. Someone in the press box just said that this day feels colder than the Pinstripe Bowl because of the wind, which is blowing in from right field at 19 mph. Super.
Don’t tell Gustavo Molina, who’s finally making his Yankees debut behind the plate after being the only player on an Opening Day roster not to appear in a game yet, but there’s some threatening globs of green on the radar. The game has started on time, but there are no guarantees about playing uninterrupted from here.
Joe Girardi was asked about Texas during his pre-game press conference, speaking quite honestly about how Texas has “outplayed and outpitched” the Yankees over their last few meetings – including the 2010 American League Championship Series, which shouldn’t require any further recapping. There is a reason the Rangers went to the World Series last year, Girardi said.
“They’re athletic. They run the bases extremely well, they play very good defense and they’re strong up the middle,” Girardi said. “Their starters are power pitchers, they have a back end of the bullpen that’s power. They have finesse guys that throw three-quarters and breaking balls, those types of things. It’s a club with a lot of talent that has matured and understands how to play the game.”
Here are today’s lineups:
Ian Kinsler 2B, Elvis Andrus SS, Michael Young 1B, Adrian Beltre 3B, Nelson Cruz RF, David Murphy LF, Yorvit Torrealba C, Mitch Moreland DH, Julio Borbon CF
Pitching: Derek Holland LHP (2-0, 2.25)
Derek Jeter SS, Nick Swisher RF, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Andruw Jones LF, Jorge Posada DH, Curtis Granderson CF, Gustavo Molina C
Pitching: Freddy Garcia RHP (0-0, 9.00 ERA)