New York is playing its best baseball of the season, with wins in nine of its last 10 games to move a season-high 2 1-2 games ahead of second-place Boston in the AL East. The Yankees are coming off a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, including a 5-2 victory on Thursday.
“We just feel like we can win every ballgame,” said New York’s Gary Sheffield. “Somebody is going to get the big hit.”
Sheffield, who drove in the go-ahead runs on Thursday with a two-run double, has been a big reason for the Yankees’ recent success. The right fielder comes in on a nine-game hitting streak, during which he has raised his average from .265 to .289.
“This is the best I’ve felt all year,” said Sheffield, who has six homers and 33 RBIs on the season.
The Rangers have also been playing well of late, sweeping the Indians this week in a two-game set. Texas posted a 5-3 win over Cleveland on Wednesday, giving it three straight road wins for the first time this season.
Soriano makes his first appearance at Yankee Stadium since he was traded for Alex Rodriguez in the offseason. Soriano was 4-for-13 with a home run against the Yankees when the Rangers took two of three in Texas two weeks ago.