Ryan Dempster has an 8.31 ERA in three starts with the Rangers, but don't look for Dempster or the Rangers to push the panic button.
He started Monday strong with two perfect innings, but then ran into trouble in the third inning. The Yankees put together a rally, as Russell Martin and Raul Ibanez singled. Derek Jeter then drew a walk, and Nick Swisher roped a grand slam into the second-deck at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees loaded the bases later in the inning, but scored only once on a sacrifice fly by Curtis Granderson.
Dempster, acquired by the Rangers from the Cubs at the trade deadline, dismissed any notion that there could be an adjustment period going from the National League to the American League. He also said his outing had nothing to do with a jet stream similar to Rangers Ballpark at Yankee Stadium, where the ball flies out to right-center. Finally, Dempster echoed the same line when asked if there was more pressure now that he's in a pennant race.
“You’ve got to go out there and execute pitches,” Dempster said. “It’s a simple formula and I’ve got to do a better job of that.”
Said Ron Washington about Dempster: "Nope. I’m not concerned. If he kept the ball down like he did in the first two innings, it might be a different story. But that’s what they do. They take advantage of mistakes and they do it very well.”
Here are a few other postgame notes:
* The Rangers were picked off twice on the base paths early in the game. Ian Kinsler was caught too far off first in the second inning, and then Elvis Andrus was thrown out at second in the third inning. The Andrus pick off might have been more costly, as there were runners at first and second with one out and Nelson Cruz at the plate. Cruz had an RBI single in the first. "We don't like to get guys picked off, but it happens," Ron Washington said. "We were trying to make something happen and they picked us off. We tried to make something happen yesterday, and it was all beautiful."
* David Murphy led off the second with a solo home run, snapping a streak of 104 at-bat homerless stretch.
* Josh Hamilton extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the eighth inning. ... Nelson Cruz is on an eight-game hitting streak, as he went 2 for 4.
-- Drew Davison