Game 100 / 57-43 / 1st / +6G : After last nights 21-run outburst, Texas starter Colby Lewis cooled off New York bats while Masahiro Tanaka didn’t have it on the mound, resulting in a 5-2 Yankees loss snapping their 4 game win streak.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Rangers 5, Yankees 2
“Obviously it’s not what we want. He’s had some really good games and he’s had some tough games. He kept us in the game tonight, we just didn’t do a lot offensively. That’s what we ask our starting pitchers to do, give us a chance to win, and I thought he did that tonight. We know he’s capable of pitching better.” ‐ Joe Girardi on Masahiro Tanaka (h/t: Chad Jennings / LoHud)
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 2005, the Yankees claimed right-hander Hideo Nomo off waivers from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. New York signed Nomo to a minor league contract but never called him up to the big club. He was signed and ultimately released by the Chicago White Sox in 2006, and spent 2007 in the Venezuelan Winter League. After signing with the Kansas City Royals in 2008, Nomo faced the Yankees on April 10th — where he relieved in the 7th inning of a game New York was leading 4-1. He promptly loaded the bases, but retired countryman Hidecki Matsui to end the threat. In the 9th inning, Nomo was touched up for back to back home runs by Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada. He was released by the Royals on April 29th, and retired from MLB in July … (h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)
TRADE DEADLINE NOTES : With Cole Hamels going to the Rangers, the only sure thing in our estimate is that Hamels will not have any impact in the post-season. Ever. A ’10 and 5′ guy, at face value its curious Hamels accepted this trade. But Philly had to move him and if you consider how talks with the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees and others who held fast against giving away their top prospects, you have to wonder what the Rangers where thinking on this … And while Ca$hMoney is thankfully holding tight with the jewels of our farm (Sevrino, Judge, Bird and Mateo), there is still a buzz out there at this writing about Tigers ace David Price. The only way we’re down with that is if Detroit is good with lower level prospects and ca$h — and an extended deal can be agreed to without going nuts. The next 48 hours should be interesting …
FOOTNOTES : Chris Capuano Whacked! A rough season for the 11 year vet ended in being designated for assignment after a terrible outing in Texas last night where he was lit up for 5 runs in the first inning.
A Happy Birthday to Wilson Betemit who appeared in 124 games for the Yankees over the 2007-2008 seasons. Betemit turns 34 today…