Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/16/12
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees have followed a consistent formula in turning their showdown series against the Texas Rangers into a chance at a four-game sweep. Nick Swisher again had a big hit, Freddy Garcia gave the Yankees another strong start and Eric Chavez continued his hot hitting as the Yankees beat the Rangers 3-2 in a game delayed one hour and 45 minutes by rain Wednesday. The Yankees beat the Rangers for the third straight time to open a 2 1/2-game lead over them for the American League's best record. Josh Hamilton smacked two home runs for the Rangers, setting a new career high with 34 for the year. Hamilton, who had twice hit 32 homers in a season, also passed the 100-RBI mark for the third time. But, as has been the case through the series, the Rangers struggled on offense beyond Hamilton's homers. "Very surprised," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of dropping three straight. "I wasn't expecting that, but once again pitching stops everything." Garcia (7-...
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