Yankees, Rangers open three-game series tonight
Here is a selection of the official game information for tonight’s contest between the Yankees and Rangers:
AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play the first game of a three-game series vs. the Texas Rangers tonight… is their third opponent of a nine-game, 10-day homestand that began with a split in Wednesday’s day-night doubleheader vs. the Dodgers and a four-game series split with Tampa Bay… following this series, embark on a seven-game road trip to Baltimore (three games) and Minnesota (four games).
Ø Have gone 40-30 (.571) since 4/7 after starting the season 1-4, the third-best mark in the AL over the stretch behind Texas (41-30, .577) and Boston (42-31, .575).
SEEKING 600: Yankees Manager Joe Girardi is two wins shy of reaching 600 victories in his managerial career (78 w/FLA, 520 w/NYY)… will become the 15th current manager to reach the plateau.
STREEEEETCH: Tonight’s game begins a stretch in which the Yankees are scheduled to play 20 straight days with games and no off days heading into the All-Star break… is their longest stretch of the year.
SMALL BALL: The Yankees are 9-21 this year when they don’t hit a home run… is two more wins than their total amount from all of last season in games in which they didn’t homer (7-24 in 2012).
Ø The Yankees have been held homerless in each of their last two games and four of their last five contests…have homered just four times total over their last 15 contests since 6/7, with no multi-homer games.
AL BEAST: All five teams in the AL East will begin today above .500… the Yankees are 18-13 (.581) vs. the AL East this season, the second-best interdivision record in the AL East behind Boston (20-14, .588)… have gone 23-21 (.523) against the rest of Baseball.
Here are the pitching matchups for the series:
Tues., 6/25 vs. Texas
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (7-5, 2.78) vs. RHP Yu Darvish (7-3, 2.84)
7:05 p.m. MY9 / MLB Net.
Wed., 6/26 vs. Texas
LHP Andy Pettitte (5-5, 4.20) vs. RHP Justin Grimm (6-5, 5.57)
7:05 p.m. YES / ESPN2
Thu., 6/27 vs. Texas
RHP Phil Hughes (3-6, 5.09) vs. LHP Derek Holland (5-4, 3.43)
1:05 p.m. YES / MLB Net.