Yanks outslug Rangers, 8-6

NEW YORK (AP) - New York's Melky Cabrera hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Yankees today beat the Texas Rangers 8-6.

The Yankees overcame yet another poor start by Chien-Ming Wang to rally from a 5-1 deficit.

It was another game of home run derby at the new Yankee Stadium.

Johnny Damon started it with a leadoff shot for New York, Ranger Nelson Cruz finished Wang in the fifth with a long drive and Ian Kinsler's solo homer for Texas in the sixth made it 6-all.

David Robertson (1-0) threw one pitch and got the win, retiring Elvis Andrus on a fly ball to end the eighth.

Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances. With runners at the corners, he struck out Cruz and retired David Murphy on a popup to end it.

C.J. Wilson (3-3) relieved to begin the eighth and issued a leadoff walk to Robinson Cano. One out later, Cabrera launched a drive over Murphy's leap in left field.


-- Texas Rangers radio play-by-play man Eric Nadel (nay-DEL') had surgery in New York to repair two tears in the retina of his right eye. He called his 3,176th straight game last night. Nadel returned to Dallas. More surgery might be needed and it's uncertain when he'll return to the booth. He had not missed a game since 1989.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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