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Red-Hot Yanks Take Third Straight From Texas

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Eric Chavez #12 of the New York Yankees follows through on a third inning RBI single against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium on August 15, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 15: Eric Chavez #12 of the New York Yankees follows through on a third inning RBI single against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium on August 15, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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By HOWIE RUMBERG
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) _ Freddy Garcia worked around two homers by Josh
Hamilton to remain undefeated against Texas for eight years and the
New York Yankees beat the Rangers for the third straight night, 3-2
on Wednesday.

Hamilton became the second player to reach 100 RBIs this season
_ Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera was first _ with his career-high 33rd
homer, a line drive to right in the fourth inning. His majestic
drive in the sixth was all Texas could muster in their eighth
straight loss in the Bronx.

Nick Swisher gave the Yankees the lead with an RBI double off
Scott Feldman in a three-run third inning. Swisher put the Yankees
ahead in the first two games, too. He hit a grand slam Monday and a
two-run shot Tuesday night in a matchup between the teams with the
best records in the AL.

Garcia (7-5) matched David Phelps and Hiroki Kuroda with another
stellar start for the Yankees. He followed up Kuroda’s two-hitter
Tuesday by giving up four hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Garcia has not lost to the Rangers since 2004, going 4-0 with a
1.75 ERA in six starts coming in.

A well-rested bullpen then finished for the Yankees’ seventh win
in eight games.

Boone Logan got one out. David Robertson struck out two in a
perfect eighth, and Rafael Soriano struck out Hamilton leading off
the ninth and worked around a throwing error by Eric Chavez for his
29th save.

With second baseman Robinson Cano getting a night off because of
a stiff neck, Mark Teixeira serving as the designated hitter. Alex
Rodriguez out with a broken hand, Derek Jeter was the only regular
in the infield, and the Rangers tested the group in the fourth
inning.

After Hamilton’s homer, Adrian Beltre singled. Nelson Cruz then
hit a grounder to Chavez, who chose to try for the force at second
but his throw was late. Fill-in second baseman Jayson Nix’s relay
to Swisher, the substitute first baseman, was late, putting runners
on first and second.

David Muprhy walked but Garcia got Geovany Soto to hit a
grounder to Jeter. Swisher fell while stretching to keep his foot
on the base and completed the 6-4-3 double play.

Feldman (6-8) pitched out of trouble in the fourth, fifth and
six innings, working around three walks and two hits. In six
innings, he allowed seven hits and four walks. He struck out seven.

Hamilton pulled the Rangers to 3-2 in the sixth, launching a
mega-homer way up the bleachers in right. It was his third
multihomer game this season.

Ian Kinsler was ejected by home plate umpire Vic Carapazza in
the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes. He is 0 for 11 in
the series.

NOTES: Rangers RHP Koji Uehara (strained right lat muscle) threw
20 pitches in batting practice without problems at Double-A Frisco.
The plan is for him to throw 30 in a BP session Saturday. …
Rodriguez (broken left hand) will have another X-ray on Sunday. He
said the results will help set the next steps in his
rehabilitation. … Hamilton had a four-homer game this season at
Baltimore on May 8. … Jeter has an 11-game hitting streak. …
Rangers INF Michael Young was given a day off from the starting
lineup. He flied out in the seventh as a pinch-hitter and played
second base in the ninth as Texas lost its DH spot. … Rain
knocked out the TV signal in the press box with one out to go in
Seattle ace Felix Hernandez’s perfect game.

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

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