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Rapid Reaction: Yankees 6, Rangers 5

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What it means: That these Yankees are more powerful than the 1932 Yankees, the Murderers' Row Yankees of Ruth, Gehrig, Dickey, etc. ... Not really, but three more homers gives them 27 in 14 games, three more than that '32 team had, and two more than the 2003 team that went to the World Series. Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson all went deep off Alexi Ogando, who came in 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and left with a 2.33.

The Good: Eric Chavez, who makes the most of every chance he gets to play, had two hits, including a clutch RBI single in the eighth to give the Yankees a 6-5 lead; Martin (two-run HR, single); Granderson (HR No. 4, a number he didn't reach last year until June 8 in AB No. 116); Rafael Soriano (a scoreless eighth despite pitching in the kind of cold, windy conditions he detests).

The Bad: Joba Chamberlain, who came in with bases empty and one out in the seventh and promptly gave away a 5-4 Yankees lead by walking Ian Kinsler and surrendering a ringing double to Michael Young, who hits in Yankee Stadium as if he were Babe Ruth.

The Ugly: Brett Gardner, who returned to the lineup after a two-day "rest.'' Dropped to ninth in the batting order -- the first time he hasn't led off against a right-handed starter this season -- Gardner hit in a DP and struck out before being lifted for pinch-hitter Andruw Jones in the seventh. Gardner's BA is .140, his OBP .222.

What's next: Off-day Monday, then a two-game series in Toronto. A.J. Burnett (3-0, 4.67) opens against TBA Tuesday night; Bartolo Colon (0-1, 3.97) makes his first big-league start since July 24, 2009, on Wednesday.