Now as Texas looks to take the series from New York in the rubber match at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Mother's Day, it'll be Dave Bush getting the ball.
Bush, who will oppose Yankees ace CC Sabathia, has made one start and three relief appearances for the Rangers this season, holding opponents to a .222 batting average in the process. During his lone start of the year on April 13, the 31-year-old right-hander notched three scoreless innings against the Tigers.
Bush is 2-1 with a 3.56 ERA in five career starts against the Yankees.
"He can pitch," Rangers manager Ron Washington said after his club's 7-5 win Saturday night. "He changes speeds, keeps the ball down in the zone and moves it around. He knows what he is doing. He may not be overpowering, but he competes."
The Yankees have now dropped four of their last five games, putting them in a first-place tie in the American League East with the surging Rays. New York has held at least a share of the lead in the division throughout the whole season, but this is the first time the club hasn't been alone at the top since April 13.
The Yankees split their eight games against the Rangers during the regular season last year, then, of course, dropped four of six in the AL Championship Series. This season, the Yanks have taken three of five.
For their final regular-season matchup Sunday in Texas, they'll be able to attack the Rangers without having to worry about Nelson Cruz, who was placed on the disabled list prior to Saturday's game with a strained right quad.
"He's another big bat in the middle of their order," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He splits up their order. He's hurt us on a pretty consistent basis, so I'm not going to miss him, sorry."
Yankees: Posada turning a corner?
Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada is batting only .146, but Girardi showed optimism prior to Saturday's game -- one that saw the veteran switch-hitter go 0-for-2 but also draw two walks.
"His at-bats have been really good," Girardi said. "I look at the last seven days, and in Detroit, he was outstanding. In any other ballpark, he probably would have had three home runs in Detroit -- he probably has a grand slam and two other home runs. He just happened to hit the ball 415 feet to the wrong part. He's been hitting the ball hard. I know it's frustrating for Jorgie, but I told him, 'Put those 70 at-bats behind you.'"
Rangers: Borbon providing a spark
Center fielder Julio Borbon has been producing at the plate lately.
And with Cruz now joining Josh Hamilton on the shelf, the Rangers -- a game back of the Angels for first place in the AL West after a 3-7 stretch -- need that to continue.
Borbon finished Saturday's game with a two-run triple, a run scored and a squeeze bunt that brought in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning. Over his last 14 games, the 25-year-old speedster leads the Rangers in batting average at .400 (14-for-35).
After missing Friday's game with flu-like symptoms, Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher talked his way into the lineup on Saturday and homered. ... The Rangers recalled outfielder Craig Gentry from Triple-A Round Rock to take Cruz's spot on the active roster.