The Yankees’ hole in the ALCS deepened more than one would imagine after last night’s 10-3 loss to the Texas Rangers.
They not only trail the series 3-1, but they lost Mark Teixeira in the fifth inning to a pulled right hamstring while hustling to first to beat a double-play relay. It is unknown when, or even if, Teixeira will play again in the postseason. If the Yankees decide to replace Teixeira on the roster, his postseason will be over even if they advance to the World Series.
Though Teixeira was 0-for-14 in the ALCS, missing the first baseman who hit 33 regular season homers can only weaken a batting order that has been outscored 30-11 this series.
Heading into the game, only Robbie Cano and Derek Jeter were hitting better than .250.
While Cano homered and Jeter had two extra-base hits, the Yanks’ other two runs scored on a Curtis Granderson’s infield single and Brett Gardner’s forceout.
In contrast, Bengie Molina, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz produced seven runs on four homers, three on Molina’s sixth-inning shot off starter A.J. Burnett. Hamilton hit two homers, giving him four for the series.
The right-hander lasted six innings, allowing five runs on six hits. Burnett, the picture of inconsistency during the regular season, pitched well overall. Before the homer, his only trouble came in the third, when the Rangers scratched out two runs against him on an RBI groundout and an infield single.
CC Sabathia, whom the Rangers hit hard in Game 1, will try to keep the Yankees from elimination this afternoon.