(2006) Yankees Sweep 3-Game Series in Texas

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The Yankees came into Texas for a 3-game week-end series with the hot, first-place Rangers and won all 3 games, by scores of 8-7, 6-1, and 8-5, the finale having been played yesterday. Yankees Blow Big Lead But Hold on to Win on Friday Night

This was an ugly win. Mike Mussina, as precise and in control as ever, took an 8-1 lead into the 8th inning. He gave up a lead-off hit, departed, and watched the bullpen – namely, Aaron Small, Kyle Farnsworth, and Mariano Rivera – nearly give the whole lead away. The Rangers scored 6 runs in the 8th inning to creep to within 1 run of the Yankees, but Rivera held Texas scoreless in the 9th, and the Yankees won, 8-7.

Mike Mussina the Star of the Game

Easily the Yanks MVP so far this year, Mussina was excellent once again on Friday night. He had allowed only 2 hits (no walks) and 1 run when he took the mound in the 8th. When he departed, after the lead-off hit, he had thrown only 86 pitches. He earns +.50 for his very strong effort and for providing the bullpen with such a large cushion, which, as it turned out, was a cushion completely necessary in preserving the victory.

Derek Jeter was an Offensive and Defensive Hero

Derek Jeter received points for both his offensive (+.10) and defensive (+.05) contributions. At the plate, he went 2 for 5, scored 2 runs, and had 2 RBI’s. He also made a typically clutch Jeter-like play in the field late in the game in a key situation when he fielded a tough grounder and got a force-out at second base.

Johnny Damon and Alex Rodriguez Produce Offensively

Along with Jeter, the biggest offensive stars were Johnny Damon (+.10), who reached base 3 times, scored 2 runs, and had 1 RBI, and Alex Rodriguez (+.10), who also reached base 3 times, including a double, and had 3 RBI’s. Other offensive contributors were Jason Giambi (+.05), who had 2 walks and 1 RBI; Hideki Matsui, who had a double, 2 walks, and a run scored; and Bernie Williams (+.05), who walked and scored 2 runs.

Game points were distributed as follows:
Mike Mussina +.50
Derek Jeter +.15
Johnny Damon +.10
Alex Rodriguez +.10
Jason Giambi +.05
Hideki Matsui +.05
Bernie Williams +.05

Yankees Beat Texas on Saturday Night Behind Shawn Chacon, Bullpen, and Outfield Defense

On Saturday night, the Yankees beat Texas, 6-1, as Shawn Chacon (+.30) went 6 1/3 innings and allowed only 1 (earned) run. He walked 4 batters, and wasn’t as precise as Mussina was on Friday, but Chacon also had not pitched in 8 days. Chacon ran into trouble in the 1st inning, with 1 run scoring and 2 runners on base, but centerfielder Johnny Damon (+.05) saved Chacon with a spectacular catch, and Chacon escaped the inning with minimal damage. Later in the game, rightfielder Bubba Crosby (+.05) made a great catch with runners on base, too.

(2006) Yankees Sweep 3 Game Series in Texas

Tanyon Sturtze and Scott Proctor Do Well in Relief

After Chacon departed, the bullpen was excellent. Tanyon Sturtze (+.05) recorded the final 2 outs in the 7th inning, and Scott Proctor (+.10) pitched the final 2 innings, not allowing a run and saving Joe Torre from needing to use Kyle Farnsworth and/or Mariano Rivera, who both pitched Friday night.

Jason Giambi and Alex Rodriguez Are the Big Hitters

Jason Giambi (+.15), who reached base 3 times, was involved in both innings in which the Yankees scored. His 1st-inning homer gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the 6th, with the score tied, 1-1, Johnny Damon (+.05) beat out an infield hit, stole second, and went to third on a throwing error. Derek Jeter (+.10) broke the tie with a run-scoring single, and Giambi walked. Alex Rodriguez (+.15) then smashed a 3-run homer, putting the Yankees ahead, 5-1. Crosby later in the inning singled home the final run.

Game points were distributed as follows:
Shawn Chacon +.30
Jason Giambi +.15
Alex Rodriguez +.15
Johnny Damon +.10
Derek Jeter +.10
Scott Proctor +.10
Tanyon Sturtze +.05
Bubba Crosby +.05

Yankees Beat Texas on Sunday Afternoon Behind Chien-Ming Wang and Hideki Matsui

The Yankees fifth straight victory, all achieved on the road, was an 8-5 triumph and secured the series sweep in Texas. This was a total team effort, as 12 players received points for their roles in the victory. The major contributors were Chien-Ming Wang (+.20) and Hideki Matsui (+.20). Wang pitched solidly, allowing 3 runs in 6 innings pitched, and Matsui, who went 2 for 2 with 3 walks, delivered the biggest hit of the game, a 3-run homer in the 4th inning to snap a 1-1 tie.

Bernie Williams and Scott Proctor Deliver Big Games

Bernie Williams (+.10) and Scott Proctor (+.10) were in the second wave of game stars. Williams, playing right field for the injured Gary Sheffield, went 2 for 5, knocked in 2 runs, and scored 1 run. Proctor came into a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the 7th inning, with the Yankees ahead, 8-3, and allowed only 1 run to score (a run charged to Tanyon Sturtze). Thus, Proctor rose to the occasion in the most important half-inning of the game.

Johnny Damon and Other Contributors

Johnny Damon was 1 of 8 players who each received +.05 for their respective contributions. Damon got 1 hit and 1 RBI. Jason Giambi walked twice and scored 1 run. Alex Rodriguez had 2 hits and 2 runs. Robinson Cano had 2 hits and 1 run. Bubba Crosby had 1 hit and 1 run. Kelly Stinnett had 2 hits and capped a 5-run, 4th-inning rally with a 2-run single. Kyle Farnsworth pitched a scoreless 8th inning. And Mariano Rivera nailed down the win in the 9th inning, allowing 1 (unearned) run.

Game points were distributed as follows:
Chien-Ming Wang +.20
Hideki Matsui +.20
Bernie Williams +.10
Scott Proctor +.10
Kyle Farnsworth +.05
Mariano Rivera +.05
Johnny Damon +.05
Jason Giambi +.05
Alex Rodriguez +.05
Robinson Cano +.05
Bubba Crosby +.05
Kelly Stinnett +.05

The Yankees are now 18-11 for the season. Points earned for the season to date are as follows:
Mike Mussina +.1.65
Jason Giambi +1.15
Johnny Damon +.95
Alex Rodriguez +.85
Derek Jeter +.80
Shawn Chacon +.55
Hideki Matsui +.50
Jorge Posada +.45
Randy Johnson +.35
Mike Myers +.30
Ron Villone +.25
Bernie Williams +.20
Kyle Farnsworth +.10
Miguel Cairo +.05
Andy Phillips +.05
Kelly Stinnett +.05
Mariano Rivera +.05
Bubba Crosby 0.00
Gary Sheffield -.05
Scott Proctor -.05
Tanyon Sturtze -.10
Aaron Small -.15
Robinson Cano -.20
Chien-Ming Wang -.20
Jaret Wright -.55

Points for the season add up to +7.00, reflecting the Yankees current record (18-11) being 7 games above the .500 mark.