ARLINGTON -- The Yankees were not shocked to learn Friday that the Rangers opted to add a pair of left-handed relievers to their bullpen, looking to provide manager Ron Washington with additional late options.
Southpaws Clay Rapada and Michael Kirkman were added to the bullpen, replacing infielder Esteban German and right-hander Dustin Nippert.
"It allows them to do a lot of matchups," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Against righties, we separate our lefties more, so it makes it more difficult. They might bring in one lefty to face Robbie [Cano] and then go to a righty, and then bring a lefty in to face Gardy [Brett Gardner] and Grandy [Curtis Granderson]. We're OK with that."
Granderson is the only Yankee with more than one at-bat against Kirkman, with a hit in two trips. Cano has the most at-bats against Rapada and is 0-for-3.