Game 113: Yankees at Rangers

11:54: Vlad bounces to a-Rod and an incredible game comes to an improbable end. Yankees come back for a 7-6 win in 3:45

11:52: Mo goes to 2-0 on Hamilton, then gets lucky as one-hopper comes right back to him. Tow out, Vlad Guerrero representing the last hope for Texas

11:51: Kearns, who just moved from left to right, snowcones Young's blooper for the first out, Andrus has to hold at third

11:50: Andrus starts it off wiht a drive into the nook in right-center field, legs it fo a triple as Kearns bobbles it

11:49: Mo on to try and nail it shut, will face Andrus, Young and Hamilton

11:46: Cano joins the K Krew, strikes out to end the ninth and run the Yankees total to an incredible 17 for the game. They've struck out 10 times since the sixth inning but scored six runs to take the lead

11:41: Yankees have now struck out 16 times tonight as A-Rod flails at a 3-2 fastball. That's it for Ogando; LHP Matt Harrison coming to to face Cano with two out

11:40: With Yanks in lead, Mariano Rivera warming up to pitch bottom of the ninth

11:36: Thames singles past third baseman Young to plate go-ahead run and after having been behind 6-1, Yankees have crawled all the way back to take the lead

11:31: Swisher Ks for the fourth time tonight; that;s 15 Ks for Yankees tonight. Feliz coming out, Alexi Ogando coming in to pitch to Thames

11:29: Jeter bouncer up middle threads the needle between Francisco and Andrus, single scores the tying run, sends Gardner to third

11:28: With Jeter showing bunt, Francisco throws one to the backstop, both runners move up

11:25: Gardner slices one inside LF line for a single, Yankees have two on, none out for Jeter trailing by a run in the ninth

11:19: Good, patient at-bat by Berkman to draw a leadoff walk; Granderson, who can;t hit, can still run, goes in to PR for Berk

11:14: Rangers down in the eighth, closer Neftali Feliz coming on to close out vs. Berkman, Gardner, Jeter

11:01: Just when Rangers were on the ropes, Yankees let them off again as Kearns raps into inning-ending DP

10:57: Posada gets a break on 1-2 pitch from HP ump Paul Emmel, then works out a walk, Yanks have first and second, one out and Kearns coming up

10:52: Cano walks and Posada, fitting himself for the sombrero, comes up

10:49: A-Rod fans and that's 14 Ks for the Yankees tonight

10:47: Thames crushes Francisco's 1-2 FB deep into the LF seats and it's a 6-5 ballgame

10:46: Cano and Berkman are the only two Yankees who have not struck out tonight. Posada and Swisher 3X each

10:43: Jeter turns a neat 6-4-3 DP to end the inning; RHP Frank Francisco coming on to pitch the eighth for Texas, will face Thames, Rodriguez, Cano with a two-run lead

10:41: Guerrero singles to left and Rangers have two on, one out for Cruz

10:40: Hamiton picks up his third hit of the ninth with a one-out single off Wood

10:35: Kerry Wood coming on to pitch for the Yankees in the bottom of the seventh

10:34: The Other Darren strikes out Swisher and that does it for the seventh. Yankees have struck out 13 times tonight.

10:29: Jeter practically slams his bat down in frustration after striking out; O'Day departs, LHP Darren Oliver coming in to face Swisher with two out

10:27: Gardner steals second and suddenly, the tying run is in scoring position

10:21: Gardner singles up the middle, scoring Kearns, Berkman holds at third and it's now 6-4 Rangers, Lee coming out of the game after 6-1/3, incredibly, his shortest outing of the year. RHP O'Day coming on to pitch to Jeter

10:18: Texas outfield lets Lee down as Cruz and Hamilton allow Berkman's long fly to drop between them on the track, scoring Cano, 6-3, but ball bounces into seats, keeping Kearns at third

10:16: Kearns singles, Cano to third, Berkman coming up. Lee is at 97 pitches and Darren O'Day warming in the pen

10:13: Posada strikes out for the third time tonight, first time swinging

10;11: Cano leads off the seventh with a double to right

10:07: The combination of Cliff Lee and his future teammates sells out the Ballpark at Arlington, 48,676 in the house tonight

10:07: A 1-2-3 sixth for Mitre

10:02: Lee has struck out 5 of the last 7 batters he's faced

10:00: Yankees have to settle for one as Lee strikes out the next three batters, Swisher, Thames and Rodriguez, to give him 10 for the night

9:55: Jeter scores on a wild pitch to Swisher, 6-2 Texas

9:54: Jeter leads off the sixth slicing a triple into the RF corner

9:53: Vazquez' 4-1/3 IP is his shortest outing as a starter since May 1 vs. CWS

9:49: Mitre needs two pitches and one great throw by Swisher to end the inning on a DP, 9-5, Cruz was out by at least a yard trying to go form second to third on Molina's fly out to right

9:45: Murphy singles up the middle, Rangers get two more runs and we get Sergio Mitre coming on in relief of Vazquez. 6-1 Texas with one out in the fifth and runners on first and second

9:43: Yankees botch a rundown on Cruz' grounder to A-Rod--Posada held the ball too long before firing to Jeter, too late to tag Young--and Rangers have bases loaded, one out for Murphy

9:42: Guerrero grounds out to the pitcher and the runners have to hold'

9:41: Hamilton smokes one past Berkman and it's 4-1 Rangers, runners at second and third with none out for Vladdy

9:38: Young singles to center, andrus goes t third, Hamilton up with none out

9:37: Andrus leads off the fifth with a single to right, whch came off a Vazquez fastball clocked at a disturbing 86 MPH

9:33: Another 1-2-3 for Lee, incl. two more Ks, one looking at a fastball by Gardner.

9:24: Two runs score as Berkman can't keep Moreland's smash from going through the infield, 3-1 Rangers

9:22: Vazquez unintentionally walks Molina and Rangers have the bases loaded for Moreland

9:18: Vazquez gets the next two outs but Yanks opt to walk David Murphy and pitch to Bengie Molina

9:15: Josh Hamilton leads off the fourth with a double off the base of the centerfield fence

9:11: Lee closes out the fourth by catching Posada looking at a curve for his second looking K of the night. Lee has 5 Ks, four of them looking

9:05: Much to the displeasure of the crowd, A-Rod doubles over the head of CF Josh Hamilton, Thames scores, game tied at 1

9:01: Lee had retired 10 straight before Thames singles with one out in the fourth

8:56: Vazquez pitches his first 1-2-3 inning of the game

8:47: Lee pitches another 1-2-3 with help from RF Cruz, who makes good running catch to flag down Gardner's liner into the gap

8:41: Vazquez allows a leadoff single to Nelson Cruz but sets down the next three batters, including a looking K of Mitch Moreland on a 3-2 breaking ball

8:31: Lee pitches an overpowering second, catching Posada and Kearns looking at 1-2 fastballs

8:25: Vazquez gets through the inning without further damage but an ominous sign is that several of his fastballs clocked at just 85 MPH

8:21: Rangers take a 1-0 lead as Michael Young smacks Vazquez' 3-1 fastball and tucks it just inside the RF foul pole for a one-out HR

8:16: A-Rod bounces out and that's the inning

8:13: Lee catches Thames looking at a beautiful curve

8:12: Lee fires a fastball past Swisher for the first out

8:09: Jeter lines the second pitch in front of Nelson Cruz in right for a leadoff single

8:08: Cliff Lee's first pitch is a ball to Jeter in 99 degree weather

Pre-Game Chatter: Robinson Cano is back in the lineup after a one-game respite with a head cold, but when I asked him if he was better, he said, none-to-convincingly, "A little bit.'' Jorge Posada, on the other hand, says his throwing shoulder, which Joe Girardi described as "irritated'' Tuesday night, is "fine, no problem.'' He returns behind the plate. Marx Teixeira, who left the team for the birth of his son, will return tomorrow night in in Kansas City. And Curtis Granderson is not in the lineup despite being a career .300 hitter against Rangers starter Cliff Lee for reasons explained in depth in my story on the website. . . . Alfredo Aceves "was not sharp'' in pitching 2/3 of an inning (2 walks, one K) Tuesday night for Triple A Scranton. Aceves, on the DL since May 12 wiht a lower back strain, will throw again on Friday . . . Andy Pettitte (groin strain) is scheduled to throw tomorrow and then pitch in some sort of a rehab game either Monday or Tuesday of next week.

Here are tonight's lineups, first pitch at 8:05 p.m.:


Jeter SS

Swisher RF

Thames DH

Rodriguez 3B

Cano 2B

Posada C

Kearns LF

Berkman 1B

Gardner CF

Vazquez P


Andrus SS

Young 3B

Hamilton CF

Guerrero DH