ARLINGTON, Texas — With the trade deadline looming, manager Joe Girardi believes his team can make a run even if it makes no moves.
"I do. I've seen this team play very well at times," Girardi said. "Our pitching has done a really good job considering (injuries). If we consistently score runs, we'll win a lot more games."
Therein lies the most pressing problem for the Yankees, who lost for the fourth time in five games, 3-2 to Texas, on Wednesday.
"It's hard to understand with the guys we're sending up there, but it is what it is," Girardi said. "We have to continue to work at it."
That doesn't mean Girardi is not an active observer of the trade rumors, particularly in regard to all the talk swirling around Boston left-handed pitcher Jon Lester. Speculation about him intensified when he was scratched from his start on Wednesday.
As of late Wednesday night, Lester was still a member of the Red Sox.
Reports surfaced earlier in the day that the Baltimore Orioles were the frontrunner to land Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA).
"It's an interesting scenario to watch," Girardi said. "Whatever happens, you deal with it."
STREAK: Lost one
NEXT: Friday -- Yankees (LHP Chris Capuano, 0-0, 3.00 ERA) at Red Sox (RHP John Lackey, 11-7, 3.60 ERA)
--RHP Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, 3.98 ERA) took the loss Wednesday as the Yankees fell 3-2 to the Rangers. Kuroda gave up three runs in the first and then shut down the Rangers the rest of the way. His line: Seven innings, nine hits, three runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Over his last 16 starts, he's 5-4 with 3.59 ERA. "Hiro did a pretty good job," manager Joe Girardi said. "He had a rough first inning and then shut them down. Gave us the distance we needed."
--LF Brett Gardner hit his second leadoff home run in as many days in the Yankees' 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday. The home run was the fifth leadoff shot of his career and fourth long ball in the three-game series against Texas. Gardner went 8-for-14 in the series for the Yankees, who dropped two of three.
--3B Chase Headley went without a hit in a game for the first time in nine games since joining the Yankees on July 22, going 0-for-3 with a walk in the Yankees' 3-2 loss to Texas on Wednesday. Headley, who has hits in 21 of his last 24 games, is hitting .294 since his trade from San Diego earlier this month.
--1B Mark Teixeira went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his second game since returning from back spasms. Teixeira snapped an 0-for-13 skid with a pinch-hit single on Monday and went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in his first full game back on Tuesday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's an interesting scenario to watch. Whatever happens, you deal with it." -- Manager Joe Girardi, on trade speculation regarding Boston LHP Jon Lester.
--1B Mark Teixeira (Grade I strain of lower lat) missed games July 21-27. He received a platelet-rich plasma shot from team doctor Chris Ahmad on July 21. Teixeira did some stretching and running July 26. He took 25 practice at-bats from both sides of the plate before the July 27 game, and he also fielded ground balls. He pinch-hit July 28 and was in the starting lineup July 29.
--OF/INF Kelly Johnson (Grade I left groin strain) went on the 15-day disabled list July 23.
--RHP Michael Pineda (right teres major muscle strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 6, and he was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL on June 3. He was suspended the previous 10 days after he was caught using pine tar on the mound. He played catch from 60 feet May 10. He threw a 25-pitch bullpen session May 18. He faced live hitters May 24 and threw 28 pitches. Pineda threw two innings May 27 in an extended spring training game. He was scratched from a simulated game June 1. He had a throwing session canceled after an MRI found some inflammation in his right shoulder. He played catch June 28 and June 30. He began playing catch from 90 feet July 5. Pineda threw a bullpen session in Tampa during the All-Star break. He threw live batting practice July 20, and threw in the batting cages July 24. He threw a simulated game July 29, and he is due to start a minor league rehab assignment Aug. 3.
--RHP Masahiro Tanaka (partially torn ligament in elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list July 9. The Yankees will try to rehab the injury, but if that fails, Tommy John surgery has not been ruled out. The first step in the rehab process was a platelet-rich plasma injection into the elbow July 14.
--LHP CC Sabathia (fluid in right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list May 11, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 1. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but the knee was swollen and causing Sabathia discomfort. He had the fluid drained from the knee, and he was given cortisone and stem-cell injections. Sabathia threw bullpen sessions June 18 and June 21. He threw 35 pitches in a simulated game June 24. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Tampa on June 28. Sabathia threw a bullpen session at Yankee Stadium on June 30, and he started for Double-A Trenton on July 2. He experienced renewed knee swelling July 3, and he underwent season-ending surgery July 23.
--RHP Ivan Nova (ulnar collateral ligament tear in right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list April 20, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 24. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery April 29.
RHP Hiroki Kuroda
RHP Brandon McCarthy
RHP David Phelps
RHP Shane Greene
LHP Chris Capuano
RHP David Robertson (closer)
RHP Dellin Betances
LHP Matt Thornton
RHP Adam Warren
RHP Shawn Kelley
LHP David Huff
RHP Chase Whitley
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Brian Roberts
SS Derek Jeter
3B Chase Headley
INF Zelous Wheeler
INF Brendan Ryan
LF Brett Gardner
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
RF Ichiro Suzuki
DH Carlos Beltran
OF Zoilo Almonte
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