Gary Sheffield Photo by:Anthony J. Causi

The game had a feel, right from the beginning that it would be a high-scoring , 15-14 type game. The Yankees struck first in the top of the first for a run, then Texas answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. In the second inning it was the Yankees regaining the lead with two more runs, but then Sturtze took control. Sturtze retired 12 of the next 14 batters and took the Yankees into the sixth inning with a 3-2 lead. Quantrill, Gordon and Rivera then retired the next 12 batters in a row for the 4-2 win.

The story of the night was the bullpen. If the Yankees can find a way to get into the sixth or seventh inning with the lead it is going to be very tough to beat them. Quantrill thrives on work, after working two games in five days early in the season, Quantrill walked into Joe Torre's office and asked the manager if he had to go to the other clubhouse to get some work. Quantrill wants to work 4 out of five games. Right now, there is no concern that he is working too much. Gordon and Rivera on the other hand, may need to rest a little bit more in the next 8 weeks.

Derek Jeter hit a solo home run in the first inning. John Olerud and Miguel Cairo struck with RBI singles in the second inning and Bernie Williams had a sacrifice fly to score the fourth run in the seventh inning. Hideki Matsui was 1-2 with two walks and two runs scored. He has walked five times in the last two games.

From the training table, Gary Sheffield said that his shoulder hurts so much that he is considering retiring at the end of the year. Jason Giambi held a press conference yesterday where he didn't disclose much about his illness, but he did say he is feeling better and has begun working out again. Mike Mussina pitched three scoreless innings last night in Columbus and could re-join the Yankees rotation within ten days.

The Yankees finish the three game series with Texas tonight at 8:05pm before the head for Seattle. Orlando Hernandez (4-0, 2.25) will go for his fifth win tonight against Scott Erickson (0-2, 6.59).