Gordon does his job, Yanks beat Rangers in 12 innings

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on June 16, 2011 at 4:30 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Journeyman Brian Gordon kept the Yankees close in a most unlikely start, then Brett Gardner hit a winning single in the 12th inning that sent New York past the Texas Rangers 3-2 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

The Yankees became the first team to sweep AL champion Texas this year. New York won for the sixth time in seven tries and sent the Rangers to their season-worst fifth loss in a row.

Gardner's one-out hit off Michael Kirkman (1-1) ended an afternoon that began with baseball's latest feel-good story.

Needing a starter for their banged-up staff, the Yankees reached into the grab bag and plucked out the 32-year-old Gordon, a converted outfielder whose only prior big league experience came in three relief appearances for Texas in 2008.

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