|Written by Michael|
Bet on the MLBThe Rangers depart the wide expanses of Texas and head for the big city to face the New York Yankees tonight in the first of a four game set. This series will be a showdown for the best record in the American League. The first pitch is scheduled to be thrown in Yankee Stadium at 7:05ET and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
The Rangers spent the weekend at home where they took two of three from the Men from Motown. That series got off to a shaky start when Texas dropped the opener to Detroit on Friday.
That first game included two home runs. A 3 run blast off the bat of Prince Fielder and then an inside the park roundtripper by Austin Jackson. Nelson Cruz made an attempt at a diving catch in the seventh inning that he was unable to come up with, while Jackson streaked around the bases.
Josh Hamilton homered for Texas in the 6-2 loss, tying him with Chicago's Adam Dunn for the MLB lead at 31. Cruz was a factor offensively in the Rangers coming back to take game two Saturday 2-1. He scored the winning run on Mike Olts pinch hit, walk off single in the bottom of the 9th after two were out.
Texas made it two in a row yesterday behind Josh Hamilton's 32nd home run to lead the majors and 3 RBI'S giving him 99, also tops in MLB. The Rangers emerged victorious in this one 8-3 to make it 2 in a row heading for the Bronx.
The Yankees spent the end of the week across the border, winning two of three from Toronto, but they dropped the series finale 10-7 on Sunday.
Texas (67-46) sits atop the AL West with a 6.5 game lead over Oakland. New York (67-47) leads the Tampa Bay Rays by 5 in the AL East.
Tonight's pitchers are righthander, Ryan Dempster (6-5, 2.65 ERA), making his third start for Texas after being acquired from the Cubs and righty, David Phelps (2-3, 2.42 ERA), filling in for CC Sabathia who was sent to the DL on Sunday, nursing a sore throwing elbow.
The Yankees are a home favorite from Betroyal.com sportsbook at -$110, while Texas is a +$100. The over/under is 10 total runs on a $120/$100 moneyline.
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