American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, July 22nd
(All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (52-46) at Texas Rangers (54-44), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Ivan Nova (4-2, 3.63)
Texas - Yu Darvish (8-4, 3.02)
(Sports Network) - The seemingly snake-bitten New York Yankees expected to
have Alex Rodriguez back in the lineup for the first time in 2013 on Monday in
Instead the embattled Yankees third baseman suffered another setback and New
York will arrive in north Texas for the opener of a four-game set against the
Rangers without the three-time AL MVP.
The Yankees announced Sunday that Rodriguez is dealing with a Grade 1 strain
of his left quad and he is now scheduled to return to Tampa for further
This latest injury came in the midst of a minor league rehab stint and comes
on the heels of the surgery performed in January to repair a torn labrum in A-
Rod's left hip, something that caused the 14-time All-Star to miss the entire
season to this point.
Rodriguez's time away from the Yankees has not been without controversy
either, with the 37-year-old headlining a list of MLB players linked to
Biogenesis of America, a Miami-based anti-aging clinic suspected of supplying
performance-enhancing substances, and is currently under investigation by the
"He's going to be out for a while," Yankees manger manager Joe Girardi said.
"So we'll just deal with it and continue to play."
Rodriguez is dealing with one of many injuries that have derailed the Yankees
so far this season. Stars Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter
have combined to play in just 24 games this season and New York has
floundered, especially offensively, coming into Monday's action as a fourth-
place club in the AL East, seven games behind division-leading Boston after
dropping the rubber match of a three-game set against the Red Sox at Fenway
Park on Sunday.
Boston's Mike Napoli belted a walk-off homer in the 11th inning on that one to
give the Red Sox a thrilling 8-7 victory over their long-time rival.
Napoli also crushed a three-run homer earlier in the four-hour, 46-minute
affair, but bounced into a double play with the bases loaded to end the eighth
with the game tied. It stayed 7-7 until Napoli sent Adam Warren's offering
into the second row of seats in center field for Boston's ninth walk-off win.
The Yankees, who received three hits and a pair of RBI singles from Robinson
Cano, have lost four of five overall.
Warren (1-1) took the loss behind CC Sabathia, who turned in a forgettable
performance on his 33rd birthday, yielding seven runs on nine hits and two
walks over five-plus frames.
Texas, on the other hand, is coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of
Baltimore and has lost four consecutive overall after Sunday's 4-2 setback to
The Orioles knocked around Martin Perez early in that one as Baltimore
finished off the sweep.
Perez (3-3) surrendered all four runs between the second and fourth innings,
giving up nine hits over 6 1/3 frames. Adrian Beltre had a home run in the
ninth and Ian Kinsler had two hits and knocked in a run for the Rangers, who
have lost five straight to the Orioles and are three games behind Oakland in
the AL West race.
"It was very uncharacteristic baseball (for us)," Rangers manager Ron
Washington said. "Plays that we usually take pride in making, we didn't make
Yu Darvish returns from the disabled list to make his first start in 16 days
for the Rangers tonight. The Japanese star is 1-0 with a sterling 1.98 ERA in
two career starts against the Yankees. However, the right-hander has struggled
recently and is just 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in his last four starts.
In Darvish's most recent outing he allowed five runs in six-plus innings
during 9-5 loss to Houston on July before making his first career trip to the
DL with a strained back.
"I think (the break) was good for me," Darvish told the Rangers' website
through an interpreter. "I was able to rest and do everything I had to do."
Opposing Darvish will be Ivan Nova, who has excelled since a trip to the
minors. The Dominican righty has compiled a gaudy 2.28 and has fanned 24 in 23
2/3 innings during his three starts since returning to the Yankees' rotation.
Nova, who has a 2-1 career mark against Texas, punched out six and surrendered
one run over eight innings in his final start before the All-Star break, an
8-1 triumph over Kansas City back on July 10.
"Getting him back on track was really important to us," Girardi told the
Yankees' official website. "We've seen him pitch really well. He got out of
whack the second half (of 2012) and struggled a little bit at the beginning of
the year, but he's back."
The Rangers took two of three from the Yankees in the Bronx back in June.
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