The rain cascading down onto the Yankee Stadium turf in the eighth inning proved no match for the Rangers, who plated two in the frame on singles by Mark Teixiera and Hank Blalock. Texas starter Kevin Millwood went seven strong innings to earn the victory, and Antonio Osuka closed it out for the save.
Mike Mussina's brilliant 2006 took a slight detour, as he was unable to hold a two-run lead in the fifth. Kyle Farnsworth was touched up for two in the deciding eighth inning to break the tie. The depleted Yanks offense could only manage RBI singles from Robinson Cano and Bubba Crosby.