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, A, 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: Cruz, N (8, 3rd base off Hughes,
P/Cash), Blalock (1, 2nd base off Hughes, P/Cash).
HBP: Teixeira (by Benson), Blalock (by Hughes, P). Pitches-strikes: Hughes, P 101-65,
Aceves, A 8-7, Harrison, M 96-61, Benson 60-35, Madrigal 16-10. Groundouts-flyouts: Hughes, P 6-7,
Aceves, A 1-1, Harrison, M 6-5, Benson 3-3, Madrigal 2-0. Batters faced: Hughes, P 29, Aceves, A 4,
Harrison, M 26, Benson 18, Madrigal 4. Umpires: HP: Tom Hallion. 1B: Jerry Crawford. 2B: Mike Muchlinski.
3B: Phil Cuzzi. Weather: 84 degrees, sunny. Wind: 6 mph, Out to CF. T: 2:35. Att:
48,914. Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. May 25, 2009 May 25, 2009
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner