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Fans Boo Chamberlain As Yankees Fall to Rangers

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Elvis Andrus, Russell Martin (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) _ Joba Chamberlain took a few steps off the mound
and exhaled. The crowd at Yankee Stadium also let loose.

Once a fan favorite, Chamberlain got jeered Thursday after yet
another shaky outing for the New York Yankees, this time in a 10-6
loss to the Texas Rangers.

“Honestly, I didn’t hear it,” Chamberlain said. “I would boo,
too.”

“It didn’t hurt my feelings,” he said. “My own son booed me,
so I guess that keeps it in perspective.”

Craig Gentry turned a spot start into a tiebreaking hit off
Chamberlain in the seventh inning and Texas avoided a four-game
sweep in a matchup of AL division leaders.

Texas had lost eight straight at Yankee Stadium overall. The
hard-hitting Rangers had done little in this series, too, totaling
only four runs before the finale.

Chamberlain gave up four hits while getting four outs. He has a
9.00 ERA in six games for New York, allowing 13 hits in six
innings.

The Yankees and their fans had high hopes when the hard-throwing
reliever rejoined the team after an injury-interrupted season. He
began the year recovering from Tommy John surgery, then dislocated
his ankle during spring training in a trampoline accident with his
5-year-old son.

“It’s frustrating,” Chamberlain said.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi says inconsistency is Chamberlain’s
biggest problem and that “right now I don’t have any plans to make
any changes.”

“We said all along when we brought him back that he would be a
factor in September,” Girardi said.

Texas took a 2-0 lead into the sixth before both teams broke
loose with the bats. It was a seesaw after that, with the Yankees
rallying for a 5-4 lead before the Rangers came back with three in
the seventh.

David Murphy hit a tying RBI double off Boone Logan (4-1) and,
after an intentional walk that loaded the bases, the speedy Gentry
lined a tiebreaking single up the middle.

Gentry started for the first time in two weeks and tied a career
best with three RBIs. Adrian Beltre also drove in three runs while
Josh Hamilton doubled twice and scored three times.

Ichiro Suzuki got three hits for the Yankees, who had won seven
of eight.

Ivan Nova wound up with a no-decision that left him with just
one win in his last seven starts. In trouble early, he struck out
Hamilton on three pitches with the bases loaded and no outs in the
third and escaped that jam without allowing a run.

Nova tweaked his groin fielding Gentry’s comebacker to end the
fourth, and stayed in the game.

“I think he’ll make his next start. We’ll see,” Girardi said.

The Yankees closed to 7-6 in the bottom half on Mark Teixeira’s
RBI grounder. Reliever Michael Kirkman struck out Andruw Jones,
who’d homered the previous inning, with runners at the corners to
prevent further damage.

Beltre added a sacrifice fly and Geovany Soto hit an RBI single
in the eighth, finishing Chamberlain.

Down 4-0, the Yankees once again picked on Derek Holland while
rallying for five runs in the sixth.

Batting cleanup for the first time this season, Jones tied it
with a two-out, two-run homer that umpires confirmed on video
review. Texas third baseman Beltre pointed foul the whole time
Jones rounded the bases, but the replay showed the ball clearly
landed several feet inside the left-field foul pole.

Rookie right fielder Mike Olt dropped Casey McGehee’s fly for a
two-base error and Russell Martin met reliever Tanner Scheppers
with a go-ahead single.

Holland began the afternoon 0-5 with a 9.26 ERA against the
Yankees in regular-season play, though he has beaten them in relief
during the playoffs.

Scheppers (1-0) won his first big league decision.

NOTES: Yankees 2B Robinson Cano didn’t start for the second
straight day because of a stiff neck. He walked as a pinch hitter
in the eighth and pulled into third on a double by Suzuki _ some
fans thought Cano could’ve scored on the play. … Derek Jeter’s
RBI single in the Yankees sixth extended his hitting streak to 12
games. … Yankees RHP Phil Hughes starts Friday night at home
against Boston.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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