At this time last year, Alex Rodriguez was serving his Biogenesis suspension and it wasn't clear if the Yankees wanted him to play in 2015. When A-Rod showed up to spring training, no one knew what to expect from him, but he's turned out to be one of the steadiest components of the Yankees' lineup. Today he turned 40 years old, and to celebrate, Rodriguez launched a solo home run to right field as the Yankees went on to win the game 6-2.
In the second inning, Mark Teixeira was robbed of a home run on a ball caught at the top of the wall by Leonys Martin, but the offense was able to tie the game up in the third. Chase Headley hit a leadoff single, and Didi Gregorius followed with a home run to right field, making it 2-2. Remember when everyone had a mustache early in the season? Only Brendan Ryan is sporting one now, but maybe it's working for him because he hit a triple to left field tonight. Josh Hamilton fell down trying to make the play, and Ryan was safe sliding into third. Chris Young hit a sac fly to score the run and give the Yankees the lead.
Rodriguez tacked on another run in the sixth inning when he hit a solo shot to right. It was the sixth home run that he's hit on his birthday in his career, which is the most any player has hit on their birthday in MLB history. The Yankees added on two more runs in the seventh inning after Carlos Beltran worked a leadoff walk, then Headley doubled past a diving Shin-Soo Choo. Gregorius drove in the runs on a bloop hit to right.
The Rangers scored what turned out to be their only runs of the game off of Ivan Nova in the second inning. With two outs, Hamilton hit a blooper to second, and Elvis Andrus doubled to left to drive in the run. Martin followed with a base hit up the middle. Nova later worked his way into a bases-loaded jam with one out in the fourth inning when Mitch Moreland doubled, Hamilton walked and Andrus was hit by a pitch. Luckily, the Yankees got the force out at home on the next play, and Robinson Chirinos grounded out to end the inning. Nova only lasted five innings tonight and recorded three strikeouts along with two walks. Joe Girardi reportedly took him out of the game because "he was a little bit tired."
The Yankees turned to the bullpen for the sixth inning and on, and it was dominant per usual. In two innings of work, Chasen Shreve notched four strikeouts and walked just one batter. Justin Wilson took over in the eighth and also pitched a clean inning. It looked like we might see Nick Goody make his debut tonight, but Dellin Betances was called upon to get the last three outs of the game, which he did after allowing a leadoff walk.
Tomorrow night's starter was a mystery up until a few minutes ago, but the Yankees just announced that Chris Capuano will be getting the start tomorrow against Martin Perez. The game starts at 8:05 EST and you can find it on Fox Sports 1.