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Gameday Post #12: Texas Rangers at Yankees

After providing A.J. Burnett with more than enough run support Wednesday night, the Yankees offense and bullpen finally picked up a struggling Phil Hughes in last night’s 6-5 victory against the Orioles. Hughes labored through 4 1/3 innings and rarely topped 90 mph on his fastball, allowing five earned runs. Bartolo Colon, Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera picked up the right-hander with a combined 5 2/3 shutout innings. Chamberlain made the play of the game with an excellent cover of home plate on a wild pitch, blocking Felix Pie from scoring. Jorge Posada hit the game-tying HR in the ninth inning and Nick Swisher earned the team’s first pie of 2011 with the walk-off sacrifice fly that scored Mark Teixeira.

Tonight on Jackie Robinson Day, Ivan Nova will take the hill looking to extend the Yankees’ win streak to three. He will open the three-game set vs. the Rangers’ Matt Harrison.

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A.L. EAST STANDINGS

NEW YORK……….7-4

Baltimore…………6-5 (1.0 GB)

Toronto…………..6-6 (1.5 GB)

Tampa Bay……….4-8 (3.5 GB)

Boston…………….2-9 (5.0 GB)

DATE: Friday, April 15 (Jackie Robinson Day)

TIME: 7:05pm EST

TV/RADIO: YES, MLBN, WCBS 880, WADO 1280 (Spanish)

PITCHING PROBABLES

TEX: Matt Harrison (2-0, 1.29 ERA)

NYY: Ivan Nova (1-0, 6.10 ERA)

PITCHING PREVIEW (from MLB.com)

Matt Harrison (TEX): Harrison won his first two starts and both times allowed one run in seven innings. Opponents are hitting .143 off him. Harrison is 1-1 with a 7.53 ERA in two starts and three relief appearances vs. the Yankees but has never pitched in the Bronx.

Ivan Nova (NYY): Nova allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Red Sox in his last start. The 24-year-old rookie has never faced the Rangers.

LINEUPS

Rangers (9-3)

TBD

Yankees (7-4)

Jeter SS

Swisher RF

Teixeira 1B

Rodriguez 3B

Cano 2B

Jones LF

Posada DH

Martin C

Granderson CF

MILESTONE TRACKER

Derek Jeter: 1-5, R — 64 hits from 3,000

Mariano Rivera: 1 IP, W — 36 saves from 600, 38 saves from all-time record

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