Yanks Halt Skid, Beat Texas, 12-11

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — Brett Gardner got things started for the New York Yankees with a lead-off home run, then had three more hits after that.Despite all that and Mark Teixeira’s two-run homer in his return to the starting lineup, the Yankees sweated it out until the very end before Gardner caught a flyball near the warning track in left field with the bases loaded for a 12-11 victory at Texas and overcome a seven-RBI game by J.P. Arencibia on the night of July 29.“It was a strange game, but it was great to get out of here with a win,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “It would have been a bad one to lose.”The Yankees never trailed after Gardner reached base twice in a seven-run sixth inning. They led 10-4 before Arencibia, already with two doubles and a solo homer, hit a grand slam in the seventh.Texas scored twice off closer David Robertson, the fifth Yankees pitcher, and still had the bases loaded in the ninth after Elvis Andrus had a two-run single. Adrian Beltre hit a towering flyball that finally ended the game after 3 hours, 51 minutes.“It was about as bad as you can suck and still get one of the better hitters in the game out and not lose the ballgame,” said Robertson, who got his 27th save in 29 chances.“If you look into that sixth inning, I don’t think there were many people that thought we had a chance,” Manager Ron Washington said. “But we never quit, and we was one swing away with the right guy at the plate.”Arencibia struck out to start the ninth, but still was the first Texas player with four extra-base hits since Josh Hamilton’s four-homer game at Baltimore on May 8, 2012. The last player in the majors with at least seven RBIs in a loss was Jonathan Lucroy in 2012, when Milwaukee fell to the Cubs, STATS said.“Not enough,” Arencibia said when asked to describe his game.Brandon McCarthy (3-0) went six innings for the Yankees, who have won all four of his starts since getting the big right-hander in a trade from Arizona on July 6.Teixeira, in his first start in nine games after a back strain, homered in the eighth to make it 12-8. He also walked three times and scored two other runs.Gardner, who went deep twice July 28th off Yu Darvish, led off against rookie Nick Martinez (1-7) with his 13th homer. He added his second double to start the sixth and scored the first run in that rally.“He was hitting the ball hard before but getting outs,” Girardi said. “Now he’s hitting it out and hitting it down the lines.”(STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pep Guardiola sad and sorry for keeping Riyad Mahrez out of team

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has apologised to Riyad Mahrez for the winger’s lack of game time in recent weeks, saying the Algerian’s form is not to be blamed.Mahrez, who arrived at the Etihad Stadium from Leicester City for a club record 60 million pounds ($77.36 million) at the start of the season, has not started for City in the Premier League since the victory at Southampton on December 30.The 27-year-old has impressed Guardiola by making the most of his opportunities but the form of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva has prevented him getting an extended run into the side.”I am the reason [he has not played]. He is absolutely not guilty,” Guardiola told reporters. “I am sad because he is training incredibly.”We have incredible players, like for example Bernardo and Raz [Sterling] in top, top form and that is the only reason why. There’s no particular reason, like being upset or something like that.”He is a guy we are happy with but unfortunately I am not kind with him. In fact, I cannot give him the minutes he deserves, so I’m sorry. That’s all I can say.”Mahrez is set to be involved in City’s FA Cup fifth-round trip to Newport County on Saturday, where the winger will aim to add to his nine goals in all competitions this season.Guardiola expects Mahrez to get his share of regular first-team football during the season run-in, with City still fighting for four trophies.”Give him five or six games in a row playing and he is going to play at the level of Sterling or Bernardo, or the players who play,” the Spanish manager added.advertisement”Just keep going, not complain too much, move forward and fight more and more. His time is coming and I’m pretty sure he is going to play good.”Also Watch:last_img read more