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Unknown Bibens-Dirkx Pitches Rangers Past Yankees

Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched seven dazzling innings in his first shot at the New York Yankees after 12 seasons in the minors, and Carlos Gomez homered for the Texas Rangers in their 8-1 victory Saturday.

Robinson Chirinos also went deep and Elvis Andrus had a pair of run-scoring hits for the Rangers, who rebounded quickly from a difficult defeat that ended at 12:19 a.m. The teams were back on the field less than 13 hours after New York rallied to win the rain-delayed series opener 2-1 in 10 innings, and Bibens-Dirkx (3-0) lulled the Yankees' bats to sleep.

The 32-year-old rookie, promoted to the majors last month for the first time, allowed only Aaron Judge's major league-leading 26th home run in his fourth big league start. Filling a spot in Texas' injury-depleted rotation lately, the right-hander scattered five hits and walked one while striking out three on 93 efficient pitches.

Not a bad Yankee Stadium debut for a guy who was pitching in the independent Atlantic League last year and bounced all around the minors before finally getting his chance.

Fittingly, his unusual name is misspelled in the player development section of Texas' media guide, missing the "x" in Bibens-Dirkx.

New York, which began the day leading the AL East by a percentage point over Boston, has dropped nine of 11. Texas has won 10 of 15.

Luis Cessa (0-2) flashed sharp stuff in his 11th major league start and second this season. Pitching in place of injured CC Sabathia, the right-hander struck out eight in five innings. He was charged with three runs and three hits.

Gomez hit a two-run shot off Cessa in the fourth and Texas broke it open with four in the ninth against struggling reliever Tyler Clippard, including a two-run double by Shin-Soo Choo.

Gomez also scored on a wild pitch from Clippard, booed heartily by the crowd of 40,225.

Up Next

Rangers: Coming off a terrific performance in a win over Toronto, RHP Nick Martinez (2-3, 4.33 ERA) starts the series finale Sunday. Martinez played his college ball in the Bronx at nearby Fordham, where he was primarily a second baseman. He has made three previous starts at Yankee Stadium, going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

Yankees: The 71st annual Old Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium is scheduled to feature Hall of Famers Whitey Ford, Goose Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Joe Torre and 2017 inductee Tim Raines, who will be recognized during a special ceremony. In addition, longtime catcher Jorge Posada plans to make his Old Timers' Day debut. Once the former players are done, RHP Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.56) takes the mound for New York. Pineda is 6-1 with a 1.92 ERA in eight home starts this season but 0-3 with a 4.35 ERA in five career games against Texas.

Carter Demoted

Chris Carter's Yankees' career came to an abrupt halt early Saturday when he was designated for assignment. Tyler Austin was called up from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and likely will be in the starting lineup against the Rangers this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Last August, Austin and Aaron Judge both homered in their first big league game. In 31 games. Austin hit .241 with five homers and 12 RBI.

Carter, 30, may have sealed his fate after going 0-for-four with three strikeouts in the Yankees' 2-1 victory over the Rangers in 10 innings. The Yankees won as Ronald Torreyes hit a game-winning single with two outs in the 10th after midnight. Brett Gardner lined a tying home run with one out in the New York ninth to force extra innings.

Carter failed in his attempt to replace Greg Bird, who was coming off shoulder surgery in 2015 and had a rough start at the plate before landing on the disabled list with a foot and then ankle injury.

Carter was a big power hitter with the Brewers last season, hitting 41 home runs with 84 RBI. With the Yankees, he hit just eight homers with 23 RBI and struck out 70 times in 167 at-bats. He was averaging .209. The Yankees gave him a one-year deal for $3 million.

Austin, 25, started a rehabilitation assignment in Double A on May 20. He was elevated to Triple A on May 26 where, in 32 games, he was hitting .316 with four homers and 22 RBI.

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