W2W4: Yankees vs. Rangers

The Texas Rangers complete a six-game homestand with three against the New York Yankees starting Monday night.

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Derek Jeter’s farewell: Jeter, the Yankees shortstop, is making his final appearance in Arlington over the next three days. The Rangers will honor Jeter at 6:40 p.m. CT Wednesday. In his career, Jeter has produced a slash line of .326/.398/.513 against the Rangers. In Arlington, Jeter is batting .327 with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs in 70 career games. You might see a little history: Jeter needs just two hits to tie Carl Yastrzemski (3,419) for seventh place on the all-time hits list.

Yu Darvish seeks revenge: When the Rangers ace most recently faced the Yankees, rain and the Yankee Stadium grounds crew’s failure to get the tarp on the field forced the game to be called in the fifth inning after an hour-and-49-minute rain delay. Darvish, despite going 4⅓, was credited with a complete game. Darvish allowed two runs and four hits in 67 pitches against the Yankees in that meeting. His only mistake was a high fastball to Brett Gardner, which was hit into the right-field stands for a home run.

What’s up with the Yankees?: Well, there’s always something with them. After taking three of four from the Rangers this past week, the Bombers lost two of three to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees had held a lead in 21 consecutive games, a streak that was snapped Sunday. They trailed the Blue Jays the entire game before eventually losing 5-4. Two of the Yankees' better hitters, Carlos Beltran (.228 BA) and Brian McCann (.243), have been performing poorly.

What’s up with the Rangers?: Same old stuff. This team has lost seven of 10 to start the second half and is 4-19 in July; the most recent time this club suffered 19 losses in a month was May 2007 (9-20). With a 41-64 mark, the Rangers are 23 games under .500. We haven’t seen that since 1985, when the club finished with a 62-99 record and 37 games back of first place. You have to wonder if manager Ron Washington is thinking of some lineup changes. He pinch hit J.P. Arencibia in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game with Jim Adduci. Could we see Adduci more at first?