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The Rangers have shown plenty of offense in the first two games against Yankees starters. They have scored 12 runs and today, added some insurance runs to help win.
Aggressive baserunning was the key for Texas against the Rays in the ALDS, and they utilized their speed early today. In the first inning, with runners on the corners and two outs, Elvis Andrus stole home as Josh Hamilton broke for second base. Yankees catcher Jorge Posada threw to second, as he should've looked Andrus back to third.
In the second, David Murphy hit a towering home run, and the Rangers added another run in the inning on a Michael Young double. Just like Sabathia last night, Phil Hughes didn't have his great stuff and was knocked out after four-plus innings.
The Rangers were ultra aggressive at the plate, swinging at virtually every pitch they saw. They added two more runs in the third and two more in the fifth against Hughes and Joba Chamberlain to extend their lead to 7-1.
Hughes was charged with all seven runs, as once again the Rangers failed to score against the Yankees bullpen, which hasn't allowed a run in the two games. That could become a problem down the line if Yankees starters stop giving up tons of runs.
But for now, the Rangers are scoring enough to the point they should be up 2-0 in this series.