New York Yankees defeat Texas Rangers, 7-2

Following the Yankees' loss Tuesday night, Joe Girardi gathered his team in the clubhouse and delivered a message of optimism.

"We are a talented club; just go out, play your game, be aggressive and do what you do," Girardi told his players. "That was basically the message. Before we lost the three games in a row, we won four in a row. I said, 'Just look at tomorrow. Win a game tomorrow.' "

The Yankees did precisely that in their first do-or-die game under Girardi, h...