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History repeating? Rangers chase Hughes, just like they did CC

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Let's see: A Texas Rangers offense gets to a New York Yankees starter early, tags him for seven runs and 10 hits over four innings and chases him from an ALCS game at Rangers Ballpark.

Yeah, that sounds familiar.

Just like they similarly did with CC Sabathia in Friday's Game 1, the Rangers offense beat up Phil Hughes(notes) to take a 7-1 lead in Saturday's in-progress ALCS Game 2. Hughes was replaced with Joba Chamberlain(notes) with no outs in the top of the fifth inning .

The early offensive surge, which featured a home run and RBI double from David Murphy(notes), a two-RBI double by Michael Young(notes) and seven two-strike hits, killed the theory that the Rangers would be too depressed after Friday's meltdown to mount any kind of attack.

It has, however, let us wonder if the Yankees are again waiting for the eighth inning to make their move. Hey, after Friday night, how can you not?

"Our bats have been good," Joe Girardi said in an in-game interview on TBS. "We'll just continue chipping away."

Rangers starter Colby Lewis(notes) has pitched well through four innings and it's hard to imagine Texas would implode in such spectacular fashion for the second time in 24 hours.

Still, I wouldn't go anywhere if I were you. While we wait for the eighth, let us ponder Dave Brown's theory that Hughes is the love child of two Florida quarterbacks — Tim Tebow and Rex Grossman. Looks plausible to me.

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