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Game 45: Bad memories

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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?).


New York Yankees @ Texas Rangers

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