The Yankees and Rangers lead baseball in round-trippers. They play in the (slightly-less-than-Yankee-Stadium) homerific Ballpark in Arlington.
The unfortunate recipients will be Phil Hughes and lefty Matt Harrison.
Hughes has faced Texas just once in his career, back in 2007. I can't blame you if you've blocked it from your memory - it was the bittersweet, injury-shortened no-hitter in his second career start. Ironically, the batter he was facing at that moment is the current Yankee first-baseman.
Hughes has made five up-and-down starts this year. It began with a six-inning shutout in Detroit, then two poor games against Boston and Baltimore, then two mediocre games against Minnesota and Baltimore again (when he K'd a career-high nine).
Harrison has faced the Yankees also just once. He pitched well in an August game last year. Johnny Damon is the only current Yankee who got a hit off him (the others were Abreu, Nady and Sexson (remember him?).
05/25/09 2:05 PM EDT
|New York Yankees||Texas Rangers|
|Derek Jeter - DH||Ian Kinsler - 2B|
|Johnny Damon - LF||Michael Young - 3B|
|Mark Teixeira - 1B||Josh Hamilton - CF|
|Alex Rodriguez - 3B||Nelson Cruz - RF|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||Hank Blalock - DH|
|Melky Cabrera - CF||Marlon Byrd - LF|
|Nick Swisher - RF||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Ramiro Pena - SS||Taylor Teagarden - C|
|Kevin Cash - C||Elvis Andrus - SS|