The Rangers look to complete a three-game sweep of Rodriguez and the New York Yankees at Ameriquest Field in Arlington.
The Rangers have won the first two games of the series in dramatic fashion, coming back from a three-run deficit for a 9-7 win on Friday and a two-run, eighth inning deficit for a 4-3 victory Saturday.
Catcher Rod Barajas capped the Rangers’ comeback Saturday with a game-winning home run in the ninth.
The wins in the first two games have delighted the sellout crowds that have come to see Rodriguez. The former Rangers All-Star has been booed lustily thus far in his first trip to Texas since being traded to New York in the blockbuster deal for second baseman Alfonso Soriano in February.
The Rangers have already sold out Sunday’s game, giving them a record total of nearly 150,000 fans for the three-game series.
“It’s electric out there right now, a playoff atmosphere,” Barajas said. “With the packed houses, it definitely makes it nicer.”
Losing in Arlington is nothing new for Rodriguez, who led the Rangers to three straight last-place finishes during his tenure with Texas. Rodriguez is 3-for-9 with a home run in the series. Soriano is also 3-for-9 with a homer in the two games.
This weekend’s setbacks have slowed a great month for the Yankees, who had won 12 of 17 in May and 16 of 21 overall before coming to Texas. New York fell out of first place in the AL East with the losses, dropping 1 1/2 games behind the Boston Red Sox.
New York also got bad news regarding slugger Jason Giambi on Saturday. The first baseman went on the disabled list for the first time in his career after twisting his ankle Friday night.