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Yankees lose in extras on rare loss by Rivera

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Arlington, TX (Aug 10) – The New York Yankees lost to the Texas Rangers Tuesday night by the score of 4-3 in 10 innings. It was a tight game throughout with A.J. Burnett and C.J. Wilson both pitching well.

Burnett was coming off a back issue, which pushed his start back, a couple of days but he showed no ill effects from it. Burnett pitched seven innings giving up three runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Boone Logan continued to be impressive striking out the only batter he faced. Logan has retired 25 of the last 27 batters he has faced. Dave Robertson pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings with two walks and a strikeout. Mariano Rivera only recorded one out giving up three hits and one run to pick up the loss.

The Yankees offense was missing many key pieces. They were without the services of their first baseman Mark Teixeira who was with his wife as they celebrated the birth of their son yesterday, Jorge Posada had a hurt shoulder, and Robinson Cano was battling a head cold. The Yankees after falling behind 1-0 were able to get a RBI double off the bat of Nick Swisher to tie the game. The Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the sixth after a Francisco Cervelli RBI single but it was brief as Burnett gave up a two run home run to David Murphy in the bottom of the inning. The Yankees would tie the score at three in the eighth inning on a Alex Rodriguez solo home run.

The game remained tied until the tenth inning when Mariano Rivera came into the game. Rivera gave up an infield single, a Seeing Eye single; a bunt moved the runners up to second and third. The Yankees intentionally walked the batter to load the bases, put a force at any base, and have a chance at a double play. Murphy got ahead of the count 3-0, Rivera fought back to 3-2 and then gave up a game winning single.

The Yankees are now only one game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East as they have lost two in a row and the Rays have won two in a row. The AL East is so good that any losing streak can put you behind; you really have to win as many games as possible maybe even 100 to finish in first in the division.

The Boston Red Sox who everyone has been writing off won in Toronto and are now five games back of the Yankees. It is still unlikely but Boston is not out of the race just yet. Dustin Pedroia may be coming back next week and that is going to help them tremendously.

The Yankees are now facing Cliff Lee on Wednesday night with Javier Vazquez going up against them so they are in real danger of losing three straight especially without the services of Teixeira.

gmarchesej Posted by on August 11, 2010. Filed under News and Sports with Gary W. Marchese Jr.,Sports,US Sports,Yankees. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry