Tonight was a tough, disappointing loss for the Yankees in Arlington, falling to the Texas Rangers 3-2. Amidst the loss, Brett Gardner continues to be a very surprising source of power, hitting his career high 14th home run to lead off the game. Jacoby Ellsbury added an RBI in the 3rd. The Rangers did all their damage in the 1st against Hiroki Kuroda, who suffered a loss and evened his record to 7-7. Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre and Leonys Martin each had RBI's in that 1st inning. Following that damage, Hiroki settled down quite nicely scattering 9 hits over 7 innings. Colby Lewis, who had not gone 7 innings in a game since 2012, went (guess what) 7 innings tonight against the Yanks, allowing just 2 runs and 4 hits over that span.
The Yankees have the day off tomorrow as they travel to Boston to begin a 3 game series against the Red Sox, and if you know baseball you know that despite standings and records, Yankees - Red Sox is always a battle. Tomorrow also marks the MLB non-waiver trade deadline. Several big names, including two of Boston's hurlers, Jon Lester (who was scratched from his start on Wednesday) and John Lackey (who is scheduled to start the series opener against the Yanks on Friday) are among a plethora of players supposedly on the move. By Friday, the Yankees and Red Sox might be fielding new players. One thing's for certain, the intensity will be alive in Beantown.