Most of the talk Tuesday entering Game 1 of the series
between the Texas Rangers and Yankees was about New York shortstop Derek
Jeter. A calf injury suffered in Monday's
1-0 loss to the Indians landed Jeter on the disabled list just as he was
closing in on his quest to become the 28th major leaguer to reach the 3,000-hit
As it turned out, CC Sabathia and the Yankees did just fine
without their captain in Tuesday's series opener, cracking three home runs in a
12-4 rout as -145 favorites.
The two clubs will get right back at it Wednesday evening
under the bright lights of the ESPN cameras (7:05 PM ET). A pair of 24-year-olds take the mound with
lefty Derek Holland slated for the Rangers opposite Ivan Nova.
The Yankees are -130, plus or minus a few pennies, on the
MLB money line with 10 runs for the total.
has won five of the first seven games played between the clubs this
season. The Yankees twice took two of
three from the Rangers, winning a home series in April and another on the road
in May. Four of the seven have jumped the number for totals bettors.
The win lifted the Yankees to within 1.5-games of the Red
Sox in the AL East Division after Boston saw its 9-game win streak halted in
Tampa. Texas maintains a 2-game lead atop the AL
West over the surprising Mariners.
It will be interesting to see how the Yankees perform
without Jeter for a couple of weeks. New York hits the interleague trail through Chicago this weekend followed by three in Cincinnati early next week. The Yankees coming to town always makes for
big press in those locales, and it would've been especially true while Jeter
chased the 3,000-hit mark.
Holland (5-1, 4.41) will be facing
the Yankees for a third time this season, and matching up against a third
different New York
starter. Against the Yanks for his
is 1-3 with a 6.98 ERA in four starts and three relief outings, including his
The first 2011 outing came the Bronx
on April 16 getting +110 at MLB betting shops.
Holland worked into the eighth, with Robinson Cano's 2-run homer in that
inning punctuating the evening's scoring in a 5-2 Yankees win
He just about let a 5-0 lead slip completely away in the
other start, May 7 at home as an even-money underdog. Again it was Cano who chased Holland with a sacks-full triple in the top
of the fourth. Texas held on to win the game, 7-5.
It will also be the third time this season for Nova (5-4,
4.30) to go up against the Rangers, accounting for the extent of his career
action vs. Texas (1-1, 3.86) The Dominican's previous starts came against
Rangers southpaw Matt Harrison, one here in New York and the other on the road.
The Yankees dropped the April home start as 130 chalk,
winning the outing in Texas
with the MLB odds a pick. The UNDER
cashed in both games.
Thursday's series finale is a matinee start in the Bronx (1:05 PM ET)).
CJ Wilson is scheduled for Texas with
Hector Noesi expected to draw the starting assignment for New York.
It's the last regular season for 2011 between the two ALCS combatants
from last October, and it's easy to imagine they'll see each other this