Yankees look for the sweep against the Rangers and another double digit scoring output

Brian Gordon (0-0, 0.00, 0.00 WHIP) makes his first career start against C.J. Wilson (7-3, 3.09, 1.20 WHIP)
Yankees 38-28 (22-17 at home)
Nick Swisher RF .229
Curtis Granderson CF .278
Mark Teixeira 1B .257
Robinson Cano 2B .286
Andruw Jones LF .221
Jorge Posada DH .227
Russell Martin C .232
Eduardo Nunez SS .250
Ramiro Pena 3B .500
Rangers 36-33 (16-20 on the road)
Ian Kinsler 2B .236
Elvis Andrus SS .278
Josh Hamilton LF .292
Michael Young DH .306
Adrian Beltre 3B .262
Mitch Moreland 1B .303
David Murphy RF .242
Taylor Teagarden C .000
Endy Chavez CF .361
The Yankees signed Gordon earlier this week because Bartolo Colon went on the 15-day disabled list because he injured himself covering first base.  Hopefully, this will be his only start, as Colon has had a spectacular start to the season and could be back after his 15 days on the DL.  This is only Gordon’s fourth career major league appearance and his three previous ones were out of the bullpen for the Rangers.  In the minor leagues, he was an outfielder who hit .275 for the Diamondbacks or Astros, and never got called up.  While playing for Houston he asked to be converted to be a pitcher.  Gordon had those three brief appearances out of the bullpen and will now be getting his first start in the MLB after 15 years mostly toiling in the minors.  He is probably tired of all those long bus rides.  It seems like it would have made more sense to call up Adam Warren or David Phelps, who are having very productive seasons at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but we will see how productive Gordon can be.  Hector Noesi will probably come in from the bullpen if Gordon does not make it very far.
It is a positive sign that Russell Martin is back starting at catcher after his strange injury that caused him to have soreness in his back while weight lifting before the game against the Red Sox, earlier in the home-stand.  He has only played in one game since the 6-4 loss to the Red Sox on the 7th.
The Yankees have played well since being swept by the Red Sox, and with a win this afternoon they will go 6-4 on the 10 game home-stand.  Impressively, they have also had two straight games where they defeated the Rangers by the score of 12-4.  They will have nine straight games in National League ballparks and Jorge Posada will be affected because he will not be able to DH.  Hopefully he is able to stay sharp so that he continues his resurgence when they return home against the Brewers.  Posada’s average is all the way up to .227 after being well under the Mendoza line at .169 on June 4th.
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