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The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers have been trying to shore up their injury-depleted starting rotations for much of the season.

While Miles Mikolas has yet to come through for Texas, New York's Shane Greene has shined since getting called back up two weeks ago.

Set to make his home debut, Greene tries to win a third consecutive start Monday night in the Yankees' first meeting of the season with the major league-worst Rangers.

With Ivan Nova, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and All-Star Masahiro Tanaka all sidelined, Greene (2-0, 1.32 ERA) is getting a chance to prove himself.

"Any time guys go down to injury, it gives other guys opportunity," captain Derek Jeter told MLB's official website. "When you have those opportunities, you need to make the most of it. (Greene's) done that. He's come out and thrown strikes and put us in a position to win every time he's pitched."

The right-hander allowed two runs over six innings to win 5-3 at Cleveland on July 7, then struck out nine over 7 1-3 innings of four-hit ball in last Saturday's 3-0 victory at Baltimore.

"We were really excited about him in spring training and what he could possibly do for us," manager Joe Girardi said. "We felt that he could help us at some point this year, and the time is now."

Mikolas (0-2, 10.05), meanwhile, has yet to find his form since getting called up July 1. The right-hander has been helping fill in for injured starters Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and Martin Perez.

Mikolas surrendered one run through five innings before giving up four more in the sixth last Saturday in a 5-2 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels.

"He's got to figure out a way to get through that," manager Ron Washington said of Mikolas' disastrous sixth inning. "You just got to minimize the damage."

Things aren't about to get any easier for Mikolas against the Yankees (50-47), who are coming off a three-game sweep of Cincinnati. Jacoby Ellsbury went 4 for 4 and scored the winning run in Sunday's 3-2 walkoff victory after the Reds appeared to lose Brian McCann's popup in the sun.

"He can do anything on the baseball field. He showed all his tools today," McCann said of Ellsbury. "He does this on a nightly basis."

Ellsbury is batting .382 with five extra-base hits - two homers - over an eight-game stretch. He went 8 for 19 against Texas with Boston last year.

The Rangers (39-59) own a 4-24 record since June 17 after dropping 10 of 11. They are 20 games below .500 for the first time since finishing the 2003 season 71-91.

Texas saw its woes continue in Sunday's 9-6 loss at Toronto despite a season-high four RBIs from rookie outfielder Dan Robertson. Leonys Martin added three hits and scored twice.

"I'm not upset with the way we're playing," Washington said. "Those guys put us in a position to be able to win some ballgames. We've just got to pitch better."

Shin-Soo Choo, hitless in his last 21 at-bats with 11 strikeouts, should be back in the lineup after getting a day off to clear his head. He's a career .220 hitter versus New York, his lowest mark against any AL club aside from Houston.

It's looking like fellow outfielder Alex Rios will miss a second consecutive game with a sprained right ankle. Rios has hit safely in 11 straight against the Yankees, batting .370 with eight RBIs and five stolen bases.

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