Outfielder Nick Swisher smacked a grand slam and newly acquired Derek Lowe threw four innings of shutout ball to help the New York Yankees defeat the Texas Rangers. The matchup in the Big Apple pitted the two best teams in the American League against one another.
David Phelps started for the Yankees after receiving word on Sunday he would make a spot start. Lowe received a tour of Yankee stadium prior to the game and changed into his uniform in his new clubhouse. However, it did not matter, as the duo helped to shut down one of baseball’s most powerful offenses.
Phelps pitched five innings, a career high, and picked two Texas runners off base. Lowe was able to complete the Yankees win with his four scoreless innings of relief work in his debut in pinstripes.
Swisher, who hit a grand slam and had 5 RBIs said it was important to give relievers like Rafael Soriano and David Robertson complete days off without even having to get up and warm up, much less enter the game.
The two teams are meeting for an important four game series to see how they matchup. The two have the best two records in the American League and many believe they will meet at some point during the postseason, quite possibly in the American League Championship Series. The win by the Yankees was the sixth straight over the Rangers in Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees were also helped by a home run from Eric Chavez, a triple from veteran Ichiro Suzuki and a RBI double by the team’s leader Derek Jeter.
Swisher’s grand slam was the ninth of the season for the Yankees, which leads the major leagues.