Derek Jeter led off Monday's game with a double off Matt Harrison. (LM Otero/AP)
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
The Yankees never looked back after the first four batters of the game collected a hit, taking pressure off rotation fill-in Phil Hughes, who silenced the Rangers with eight shutout innings for his third win. Alex Rodriguez had his first five-hit game since 2005, and Mark Teixeira raised his average to .273 with two hits.
BATTING 2B: Cruz, N (9, Hughes, P), Hamilton (4, Hughes, P), Teagarden (2, Hughes, P). HR: Cruz,
N (12, 9th inning off Aceves, 0 on, 1 out). TB: Hamilton 2; Cruz, N 6; Teagarden 2. RBI: Cruz, N (32). Runners
left in scoring position, 2 out: Teagarden 2; Byrd; Kinsler. Team RISP: 0-for-8. Team LOB: 5.
BASERUNNING SB: Blalock (1, 2nd base off Hughes, P/Cash), Cruz, N (8, 3rd base off Hughes, P/Cash).
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