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  • 25 Jul
    NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers have achieved numerous things this season.One thing they were not able to get due to a large bullpen collapse Wednesday was tie a club record with their 21st win in June.The Rangers will look to set that mark and rebound from their major league-leading eighth walk-off loss of the season Thursday afternoon when they conclude a four-game series with the New York Yankees.Texas was two outs away from being able to play for its record-setting 22nd win of June and its first four-game sweep in New York but let a 7-2 lead slip away and wound up with a 9-7 loss.Cesar Ramos gave up Brian McCanns first home run in the eighth and Sam Dyson allowed McCanns three-run home run in the ninth and Didi Gregorius game-winner.Obviously when you have your closer on the mound in a save situation, theyre very challenging, Texas manager Jeff Banister said. Four-run lead there in the 9th, and weve been really good at closing those games out.Even though the bullpen now has a 4.84 ERA, this has still been a good month for the Rangers. They are 20-7 this month and can equal the record for wins in a month set in Sept. 1978 (21-10) and matched in June 2010 (21-6).The Rangers also will be looking to go unbeaten in their last 13 series (13-0-1) and improved to 14-1-1 in its last 16. The only series loss was a three-game sweep by Oakland in mid-May but since then Texas is 29-9.The Yankees will be hoping the late dramatics can finally springboard them into marking a run as they will try to reach .500 for the seventh time since May 22.Probably the biggest win of the year, Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez said.New York has never been more than two games over and since getting to 31-30 June 10, the Yankees are 8-9.A win on Thursday will mean the Yankees dont head into July with a losing record for the first time since 2007. A win also means the Yankees will not face a double-digit through the end of June for the seventh time since divisional play began in 1969.Theres a sense of urgency, Girardi said. As days tick away, you start to run out of time, and you dont want to bury yourself. Baltimore is playing extremely well. Boston has run into a few bumps here, but theyve played well. Torontos played well. And so you cant mess around too long and expect to be there.A.J Griffin is 3-0 with a 3.08 ERA in seven starts this season and will be on the mound Thursday for Texas.Griffin made his first start off the disabled list and took a no-decision after allowing two runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings of Saturdays 10-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. He has held opponents to .200 average and allowed three earned runs or less in each start.The right-hander has had similar success in his career against the Yankees. He is 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA in four starts against New York, including April 26 in Arlington when he allowed one run and four hits in eight innings of a 10-1 victory.The Yankees will hope Michael Pineda can continue his decent stretch. Although Pineda is 3-7 with a 5.51 ERA, he is 1-1 with a 3.00 in four starts this month.Pineda leads the Yankees with 96 strikeouts and has at least eight strikeouts in four of five starts this month. The latest instance was Saturday when he took a no-decision and allowed one run and two hits in six innings against Minnesota.Pineda is 0-3 with a 5.04 ERA in four starts against Texas. The last time he faced the Rangers at home was May 22, 2015 when he allowed seven runs (four earned) and eight hits over six innings of a 10-9 loss. Jackie Robinson Womens Jersey . Thousands of fans at Mosaic Stadium will be cozying up to each other in an effort to stay warm in chilly temperatures and block the Prairie wind that locals say can knock your socks off. 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Hes not getting ahead of himself but Rhyan Grant is flattered his name is being thrown around as a potential solution to the Socceroos right-back problem.Grant continued his sterling A-League form with a man-of-the-match display in Sydney FCs controversial 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory on Saturday night.His workrate and attacking prowess earned the 25-year-old praise from fans and commentators, who suggested it was time Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou cast a closer eye over the former Olyroo.Postecoglou has openly admitted right-back is a troublesome position in the national team and several players have tried and failed to nail down the role as their own.Perths Josh Risdon and Germany-based Milos Degenek are his current picks for next weeks World Cup qualifier against Thailand, at the expense of China-based Ryan McGowan and Grants Victory counterpart Jason Geria.Yet Grant said hed never seriously considered such a chance for himself.Obviously as a youngster you want to get there but Ive never really chucked myself in the frame, Grant said.My sisters told me they heard it on commentary but Im not going to get ahead of myself.There are some great right-backs in the league and Rizzo (Risdon) is in there now and hes been killing it for a number of years.Its not an easy position to worrk your way into, but to get your name thrown around is a good thing for me and Ill take it on board.dddddddddddd.Grant wasnt convinced his career-best form had translated onto the pitch against Victory, feeling hed made too many mistakes and pointing out his hunger to improve.Its a desire he believes the entire Sydney team possesses despite their five successive A-League wins and nine in all competitions, with just one goal conceded.Though they rode their luck against Victory, the Sky Blues came from behind to triumph in a much-needed test of character as Graham Arnolds runaway leaders prepare to host the Glory on Sunday.Kenny Lowes side are fourth after being held to a late 2-2 draw by Western Sydney and will be out to inflict the same pain Sydney dealt by knocking them out of the FFA Cups round of 16.Perth are doing okay at the moment so it will be a tough game for us, but Im sure well be up for it and quietly confident we can get the win again, Grant said.We dont really talk about getting on a run, but when its pointed out that were five on the trot now you sort of do think, yeah, I wonder how far we can go.But its very early, the season is very long. 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