Yankees-Rangers Preview

The Associated Press

The New York Yankees lead the majors with 27 homers, and the Texas Rangers are right behind them with 26.

Both power-packed lineups will be on display in Monday night's opener of a three-game set in Texas, where the Yankees may have the edge based on their history against Derek Holland.

New York (9-6) had its series finale in Boston on Sunday rained out, giving it a day off to savor a memorable comeback. The Yankees trailed by nine runs after five innings Saturday before hitting three homers as part of an astounding rally for a 15-9 win over the Red Sox.

"I know we have a great offense, but you don't see a comeback (like that) at any level very often, let alone professional baseball," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think it just shows you the kind of lineup we have, a lot of guys can do a lot of things, guys can hit the ball out of the ballpark."

Texas (13-3), of course, can also hit the long ball. Josh Hamilton leads the AL with seven homers and teammate Mike Napoli has six for the team with baseball's best record.

Both clubs are turning to left-handers Monday, with the Yankees using CC Sabathia (1-0, 5.59 ERA) opposite Holland (2-0, 3.10).

A 16-game winner a season ago, Holland is 0-4 with an 8.78 ERA in five career starts against New York. His 9.00 regular-season ERA versus the Yankees is his highest against any AL team.

Holland has pitched at least seven innings while yielding exactly two runs to win each of his last two starts, but he should face a major challenge Monday versus Mark Teixeira, who is 7 for 15 with three homers against him.

Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate for the 13th time in his career Saturday and drove in six runs. He's 11 for 27 over his last six contests.

"That was pretty cool,'' Teixeira said. "I've played a lot of games, and that may be the most fun regular-season game I've ever been a part of."

New York went 7-2 against Texas a season ago, outhomering the Rangers 22-4. Curtis Granderson went deep six times and hit .438 with 13 RBIs while Teixeira and Robinson Cano each added four homers.

Meanwhile, Hamilton went 3 for 13 in the season series and Napoli 1 for 10. Both failed to homer and were limited to three games last season against the Yankees.

Sabathia has limited Hamilton to a double in 13 regular-season at-bats while Napoli has enjoyed more success against him by going 4 for 14.

The Yankees ace yielded three runs over 7 1-3 innings Tuesday to earn his first win, 8-3 over Minnesota.

Sabathia's biggest nemesis Monday could be Michael Young, a .326 hitter against him. Young is off to a torrid start with a .414 average, and is 21 for 42 during a 10-game hitting streak.

The Rangers capped a 7-1 road trip with Sunday's 3-2, 11-inning win over Detroit. They won't return home with a healthy Adrian Beltre, who hurt his left hamstring in Saturday's first game of a doubleheader and has not played since.

"It will be a couple of days," Beltre told the Rangers' official website. "I'll get an MRI (Monday) and go from there."

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