Rasner chased in Yankees win
August 4, 2008
NEW YORK ” After a wild win over baseball’s top team, Xavier Nady and the New York Yankees hit the road with some timely momentum.
Nady homered and had a career-high six RBI, rallying New York past the sloppy Los Angeles Angels 14-9 in a back-and-forth game Sunday.
Chone Figgins had four hits and Aybar drove in three runs for Los Angeles, which chased Carson High School and former Nevada star Darrell Rasner after four innings. Dan Giese kept New York in the game with three scoreless innings.
Facing John Lackey, the Yankees were down by five runs early as Rasner struggled with his command, possibly pitching himself out of New York’s rotation. Poor baserunning by Bobby Abreu also cost the Bombers a fourth-inning run, as the normally fundamentally-sound outfielder was thrown out at third base attempting to tag on a potential sacrifice fly.
Leaning on Giese for three scoreless innings that kept the game close, the Yankees still trailed after Lackey held the lineup to four runs through the first six innings. New York busted out with a four-run rally in the seventh against Jose Arredondo, opening as center fielder Gary Matthews lost Derek Jeter’s fly ball for a two-base error.
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With Giese’s strong outing and Ian Kennedy pitching well in the minors, Rasner’s starting spot could be in jeopardy.
“We talk about a lot of things, but right now Raz is in the rotation,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.