Facing the Texas Rangers in the postseason continues to bring
out the best in the New York Yankees.
After rallying to win Game 1, the Yankees look to take a 2-0
lead in the AL championship series back to the Bronx with an 11th
straight postseason victory over the Rangers on Saturday.
Texas is 0-7 all-time at home in the postseason. The Yankees are
responsible for five of those defeats, including a stunning 6-5 win
“At some point, we’ll finally get a win,” Rangers manager Ron
That might not come against New York, which has won 10 straight
playoff games against Texas since losing 6-2 in Game 1 of the 1996
AL division series.
Trailing 5-0 Friday, New York scored a run in the seventh inning
and five in the eighth for its fifth consecutive postseason
victory. Former Ranger Alex Rodriguez had a two-run single in the
eighth. Robinson Cano followed with a game-tying single before
Marcus Thames’ broken-bat hit gave the Yankees the lead.
“We just trust what we got,” said Cano, who went 3 for 4 with a
The Yankees are the first team to win a postseason game after
trailing by at least four runs in the eighth since Houston came
back from a 6-1 deficit in a 7-6, 18-inning win over Atlanta in
Game 4 of the 2005 NL division series.
New York had 48 comeback wins during the regular season, and has
three in four playoff games.
“We have a veteran clubhouse that knows how to react to whatever
situation we are in,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We look forward to
After totaling career highs with 29 homers and 109 RBIs this
season, Cano is 7 for 16 in the playoffs.
Rodriguez, who is still getting paid by the Rangers after
waiving his no-trade clause in 2004 to join the Yankees, hit .360
with eight RBIs against his former team in the regular season.
Josh Hamilton’s three-run, first-inning home run gave the
Rangers a 3-0 lead in their first-ever ALCS contest. Despite the
homer, Hamilton is 3 for 22 in six postseason games.
The three runs in the first were one more than Texas totaled in
the 1998 and 1999 division series against New York.
Though Friday’s loss certainly stings, Washington has faith his
team can rebound.
“They usually recover when things go bad,” he said. “We’ll come
back and fight just as hard. Hopefully we’ll get different
Rangers third baseman Michael Young had a two-run double Friday,
but is 5 for 25 in the postseason. He is 0 for 7 against scheduled
Game 2 starter Phil Hughes, who has not allowed a run while winning
his only two previous starts at Texas.
The right-hander didn’t allow a hit in 6 1-3 innings before
suffering a rib injury at Texas in his second career start May 1,
2007. He gave up three hits and struck out six in eight innings of
an 11-1 win on May 25, 2009 in Arlington.
“I feel pretty comfortable here,” Hughes said. “I’m not sure
what it is, the ballpark, or what it is. I’m looking forward to it,
and excited for the challenge.”
Hughes also is aware that facing the potent Rangers lineup in
the postseason has the potential to present a bigger challenge than
“They have a lot of power and they are aggressive on the base
paths and you want to minimize that,” Hughes said. “For me, I just
try to execute my game plan and attack the zone early and throw
Hughes did that in his first postseason start, allowing four
hits and striking out six in seven scoreless innings of New York’s
6-1 ALDS clincher against Minnesota last Saturday.
Texas’ Colby Lewis looks to build on a strong effort from his
first postseason appearance when he takes the ball Saturday.
The right-hander, who spent the past two seasons pitching in
Japan, gave up two hits in five scoreless innings of a 6-3 loss to
Tampa Bay in Game 3 of the ALDS last Saturday.
“Get the first one out of the way and then we’re in the ALCS and
get another opportunity,” Lewis said. “Now I know what to expect my
The Yankees, however, might not know what to expect from Lewis,
who has not faced them since his first stint with Texas in 2003. He
is 0-2 with a 6.89 ERA in three starts versus New York.
“You’re going to have to pick and choose your spots just like
any other start to be a little more aggressive at other times and
mainly just get ahead of guys and try to get them out,” Lewis said
of the Yankees’ lineup.
New York’s Mariano Rivera worked the ninth Friday for his 42nd
career postseason save, extending his major league record. Rivera,
who has allowed one earned run over his last 21 playoff appearances
overall, has not yielded a run in 12 innings while converting all
five postseason save chances versus Texas.