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MLB Tuesday Texas Rangers at New York Yankees Preview: Start Time, Odds, Free Pick

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Tuesday night baseball and we will see the Texas Rangers take on the New York Yankees in game 2 of a big 4 game series from New York. The game is scheduled for a 7.05 (ET) pm start time and it will be televised live on Fox Sports Southwest (Texas) and YES (New York). Currently the odds have New York favored at -126while Detroit is dogs of +119. The total for the game sits at 9 runs.

Free Analysis: The New York Yankees seek to continue their home dominance of the Texas Rangers in Tuesday’s second contest of a four-game set between the American League’s top two squads. The Yankees (68-47) won the opening game of the series for their sixth straight home win over the Rangers and also jumped Texas for the AL’s best record. Based on the way Hiroki Kuroda has thrown the ball of late, the right-hander might be the last pitcher the Texas Rangers want to see as they try to end their skid at Yankee Stadium. Kuroda is 2-1 with a 1.82 ERA in his last five starts. He's also allowed three runs in 21 1-3 innings while going 1-1 in his last three at home. Kuroda gave up three runs - the most he's allowed during the last five starts - and 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings while not factoring in the decision of a 4-3 win at Detroit on Thursday. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts against the Rangers, but he surrendered two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 2-0 loss at Texas on April 24. Derek Jeter is batting .372 during a nine-game hitting streak, while Nick Swisher, who has two grand slams this season, is batting .367 (11 for 30) with eight RBIs in his last seven games. He is 4 for 10 against scheduled Texas starter Matt Harrison (13-6, 3.31). Though the left-hander leads the Rangers in wins, he is 1-2 with a 5.55 ERA in his last four starts. Harrison is feeling much better than he did Wednesday, when he battled a virus while giving up five runs, eight hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings of a 10-9 win at Boston on Wednesday. He is 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA as a starter against the Yankees. Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has an 11-game hitting streak, but Texas infielder Michael Young went hitless in the opener to end a 15-game regular-season hitting streak at Yankee Stadium. Nelson Cruz and David Murphy each had two hits with an RBI for the Rangers, who had two runners picked off Monday. Cruz is batting .448 (13 for 29) in the last eight games but is 1 for 6 versus Kuroda. The Rangers have won just once in their last 10 regular-season games in New York. 

Free Pick: Gonna go with the Yanks in this one. Last night they had a really good game vs a Rangers team that just hasn't played well vs teams above .500 of late. The Rangers are just 5-11 as a dog and 7-19 as a dog of +110 to +150. Matt Harrison gets the ball for the Rangers tonight and he was a dominant pitcher for most of the year, but the long year may be catching up with him as he has a 5.54 ERA in his last 4 starts. He does have a 9-3 mark with a 3.24 ERA on the road, but he is just 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA in his last 3 starts away from home and tonight he will be facing a Yankees team that hits left-handed pitching well. The Yanks are 54-26 in their last 80 games vs lefties and they hit .270 and score 5.23 rp/9 innings off of them at home. Hiroki Kuroda takes the hill for NY and he has been solid at home, with a 7-4 mark and a 2.55 ERA, while in his last 5 overall he is 2-1 with a 1.81 ERA, so he is really pitching well right now. New York also gets up for the big games as they are 44-20 in their last 64 home games vs a team with a winning record and they have won their last 6 here vs the Rangers. Look for New York to continue their streak at home vs the Rangers tonight.  

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