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The Yankees (10-8) were handed their second loss in as many days on Wednesday to the Texas Rangers (15-4) losing 7-3. Phil Hughes got hit hard in his brief outing.  He lasted only 2 2/3 innings gave up 4 runs on 5 hits. Rangers starting pitching held the Yankee offense in check for the second game in a row. Starting pitcher Scott Feldman went 3 1/3 innings, gave up 2 runs and 6 hits. The Ranger bullpen only gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings.

The Rangers got on the board in the second inning after Adrian Beltre blasted 441 foot solo home run to center field. In the third they tagged Hughes for 3 more runs. Following Mitch Moreland and Ian Kinsler base hits Elvis Andrus grounded out getting a run across. Josh Hamilton was hit by a pitch which lead to an Adrian Beltre RBI single and a Michael Young RBI double.

David Phelps was also tagged for 3 runs out of the Yankee bullpen. Mike Napoli hit a solo homerun in the 4th inning, his 7th of the season, and Mitch Moreland hit a homerun in the 6th off Phelps his 2nd. Later in the 6th the Rangers would add one more off an Adrian Beltre RBI single.

Raul Ibanez provided the only pop in the Yankees lineup. He picked up 2 hits including a RBI double in the 4th and a solo homerun in the 7th, his 3rd of the season. Derek Jeter had another multi-hit game, his two singles put his batting average at .420, third best in baseball.

The Yankees have Thursday off and will play again Friday in Detroit. The Yankees will start Ivan Nova (3-0 3.79) while the Tigers will start ace Justin Verlander (2-1 1.72). Pregame begins at 6:30, first pitch at 7:05 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.

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