By HOWIE RUMBERG AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Mark Teixeira hit two-run homers from each side
of the plate and Curtis Granderson homered for the fifth time in
seven games, powering the New York Yankees past the Texas Rangers
12-4 Wednesday night.
Youngsters Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena homered as New York
handed Texas its season-high fourth straight loss. Granderson also
connected Tuesday night when the Yankees routed the AL champion
Rangers by the exact same score.
In the second game without the injured Derek Jeter, Manager Joe
Girardi got creative with his lineup. Batting leadoff for the first
time since 2008, Nick Swisher reached base three times. Andruw
Jones, starting in left field for Brett Gardner with left-hander
Derek Holland on the mound, hit the tiebreaking RBI single in the
Granderson hit a three-run shot for his 22nd homer of the year.
Francisco Cervelli added a run-scoring hit and made a gymnastic
play at the plate filling in for catcher Russell Martin, out again
with a stiff back.
For the second night in a row, the Yankees humbled a Rangers
starter on a roll. They knocked around Alexi Ogando on Tuesday for
six early runs in handing him his first loss off the season. This
time, New York forced Holland to throw 103 pitches in giving up six
runs in five innings. Holland (5-2) last lost April 16 at Yankee
Stadium, 11 starts ago.
Rangers pitchers have given 70 runs in the last nine games, a
Teixeira homered from the right side in the first after Ivan
Nova (6-4) gave up two quick runs to Texas. He connected on a deep
drive to right from the left side off Mark Lowe in the sixth for
his 21st home run of the season.
The Yankees first baseman tied Chili Davis and Eddie Murray for
most times homering from both sides of the plate all-time with 11.
Nunez hit a tying homer in the fourth on his 24th birthday. Pena
led off the sixth with his first of the year. New York has hit a
major league-leading 103 homers. No other team entered Wednesday
Michael Young and Josh Hamilton had RBIs in the first to give
the Rangers the early lead. Ian Kinsler homered leading off the
third and Adrian Beltre had a sacrifice fly later in the inning to
make it 4-3.
The Yankees took the lead for good in the fifth. Alex Rodriguez
slid across home plate just ahead of catcher Yorvit Torrealba’s
sweep tag on Jones’ hit to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead. Rodriguez
tied Ted Williams for 16th all-time with 1,799 runs scored.
Cervelli then hit an RBI single but Nunez, who walked, was
thrown out third to end the inning. Home plate umpire Mike Winters
emphatically pointed at home several times to indicate Jones scored
before the third out while Torrealba stood nearby with his hands
up, questioning the call.
Granderson teamed up with Cervelli to protect the lead in the
sixth. Granderson fielded Elvis Andrus’ single to medium center
field and came up throwing. The strong throw was slightly off line
but Cervelli forced Torrealba to the outside by blocking the plate
with his left leg and he quickly dived backward to apply the tag
for the third out.
Granderson hit a soaring homer in the eighth off Rangers closer
Neftali Feliz, pitching for the first time in a week.
Nova gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.
NOTES: The Yankees signed RHP Cory Wade to a major league
contract and added him to the 25-man roster. New York had signed
Wade to a minor league deal on Monday. They transferred setup man
Rafael Soriano to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster.
Wade pitched a perfect inning of relief. … Rangers RHP Brandon
Webb (right shoulder surgery) threw 45 pitches of one-hit ball over
three innings for Double-A Frisco on Sunday. Rangers pitching coach
Mike Maddux said Webb was throwing 83-85 mph. He needs to be at
about 85-87 he said. The 2006 Cy Young Award winner hasn’t pitched
in the majors since April 6, 2009. He’s expected to make his next
rehab start Sunday for Frisco. … New York Giants coach Tom
Coughlin received a mix of cheers and boos when he was shown on the
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