Thursday, August 12, 2010

Yankees show moxie with Texas comeback

After a devastating loss with Mariano Rivera on the mound Tuesday night, the New York Yankees could have easily folded against the Texas Rangers after being down five runs in the fifth inning. Instead, they showed moxie by mounting a comeback against staff ace Cliff Lee and the Rangers' vaunted bullpen.

If the Rangers had any illusions that the Yankees were going to fold for them like the rest of the American League West has, those illusions were shattered by the fierce rally and Mo slamming the door shut after allowing a leadoff triple in the ninth inning.

Marcus Thames has proven to be incredibly clutch in his limited playing time. Replacing Mark Teixeira in the three hole, Thames had five hits in 10 at-bats in Texas. He drove in one run with a monster blast and eventually knocked in the winning run.

Thames and his Yankee teammates knew how big last night’s game was. "There's no quit," Thames said of his team’s comeback, right before acknowledging "we really needed that one."

Yes, they did. The Yankees needed to prove they were no pushovers, that they could bounce back from a crushing defeat with their Hall of Fame closer on the mound. They passed the test.

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