The New York Yankees thumped the Texas Rangers by a final score of 8-2 on Monday night, but on the same night, Yanks’ general manager Brian Cashman made it clear that the Rangers are still the team to beat in the American League, as the two-time reigning AL champs.
"Oh, Texas," Cashman said when asked if Texas or New York were the team to beat in the AL, per ESPN Dallas. "They're the two-time defending champs who just fell short in the World Series. They know how to turn it on, and until somebody takes them out in our league they're the team to beat and the team everyone else is gunning for."
Dempster looked like anything but an ace on Monday night, when the Yankees tagged him for nine hits and eight runs (all earned) over six innings of work, but Cashman still believes the Rangers are better off for having made the deadline move to acquire the veteran’s services.
"Texas is better with him," Cashman said, "and Dempster's a heck of a pitcher."