The weather wasn’t great and neither is Freddy Garcia‘s fastball, but it didn’t matter as he pitched the Yankees to a 5-2 victory against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium.
Garcia faced 21 batters in total and retired 18 of them allowing just two hits and one walk as he shutout the Rangers over six innings. After that the Yankees went to the bullpen that got zeros from Joba Chamberlain in the 7th and Mariano Rivera in the 9th. In the 8th Rafael Soriano allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in one inning.
Derek Holland pitched a pretty good game except for a two-run homer in the 1st by Mark Teixeira and a two-run homer by Robinson Cano in the 8th. Teixeira was the hitter of the game going 2-for-3 with the home run and another run scored. Nick Swisher went 2-for-4 and Andruw Jones went 2-for-3.
Alex Rodriguez was lifted after the 6th inning and replaced with Eric Chavez. It was probably due mostly to the cold, but the Yankees said they took him out with stiffness in his lower back and oblique. At this time they have no plans for him to have an MRI. After the game manager Joe Girardi said it was something that he was dealing