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Yankees’ Fill-In Eric Chavez Makes Rangers Pay

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Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli, left, bobbles the throw from right fielder Nelson Cruz as New York Yankees' Eric Chavez slides safely back to first during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 17, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (credit: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli, left, bobbles the throw from right fielder Nelson Cruz as New York Yankees’ Eric Chavez slides safely back to first during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 17, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (credit: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Eric Chavez has 230 home runs and a wealth of experience obtained during 13 major league seasons.

That’s not a bad bat to have ready on the bench.

Chavez, filling in for an ailing Alex Rodriguez, singled home the tiebreaking run off left-hander Arthur Rhodes in the eighth inning for the Yankees on Sunday night. The Yankees won, 6-5.

“When I made the decision to come here, I knew what it was going to be. Obviously, Alex is going to play a ton of games and when I get in there I’ve just got to be ready to play,” said Chavez, in his initial season with the Yankees after spending his first 13 in Oakland. “I’m going to keep the same approach the whole year.”

Mark Teixeira drew a one-out walk from Rhodes (0-1) in the eighth and Nick Swisher singled with two outs. Chavez, in a lefty-on-lefty matchup, lined a single up the middle and Teixeira scored with a slide ahead of the looping throw from center fielder Julio Borbon.

Rangers manager Ron Washington was comfortable with the matchup. It just didn’t work out in his favor.

“Arthur was the right guy,” Washington said. “You’ve got to give credit to Eric Chavez.”

Chavez is 7 for 15 (.467) with three RBIs this season.

“It was a good pitch, man. It was down and away,” Rhodes said. “You’ve got to tip your hat to the guy when you make a good pitch and he hits it. That was it.”

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