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A-Rod's perfect response in Texas: 5 for 5

May 25, 2009 - 11:48 PM By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas(AP) -- The only thing that felt awkward for Alex Rodriguez was wearing a red New York Yankees cap.

A-Rod certainly wasn't bothered by hearty boos he heard in his first game in Texas since admitting earlier this year that he used steroids while playing for the Rangers.

Even while insisting there was no extra motivation, Rodriguez had the perfect response: matching a career high with five hits and driving in four runs in New York's 11-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday.

"There's no panic. I know exactly what I'm capable of doing," Rodriguez said. "I'm feeling much better each and every day."

As for the red caps the Yankees wore for Memorial Day, Rodriguez called those "a little weird."

After singling in the eighth inning in his fifth at-bat, A-Rod was lifted for a pinch runner with New York already up 10-0. His first five-hit game since April 2005 raised his batting average 70 points - from .189 to .259. He had 10 hits his previous 16 games since being activated from the disabled list May 8.

"He looked great. He didn't try to do too much," manager Joe Girardi. "He pulled the ball, hit some balls in the gaps, some up the middle."

Phil Hughes (3-2) limited the Rangers to three hits over eight shutout innings, leaving after 101 pitches. He had allowed 17 earned runs in 15 2-3 innings since throwing six scoreless innings in his first start of the season April 28 at Detroit.

"The story for me was Phil Hughes," Rodriguez said.

Maybe on any other day.

Rodriguez was booed when introduced before the game and each time he batted, though cheers from a group of Yankees fans were more prominent by the time A-Rod trotted off the field in the eighth.

Rodriguez played for the Rangers from 2001-03, when he first became baseball's highest-paid player with a then-record $252 million, 10-year contract, and was traded to the Yankees prior to spring training in 2004. In an interview with ESPN in February, he blamed the pressures of that contract for his decision to use performance-enhancing drugs in Texas.

Rangers owner Tom Hicks, who said he felt "personally betrayed" after the slugger's admission, said he had no plans to talk to Rodriguez this week. A-Rod did call him to apologize in February.

"Texas is a place that has been really good to me," Rodriguez said after the win. "I have a lot of respect for the ownership here. I have a lot of good friends."

The Rangers (26-18) had their eight-game home winning streak snapped. They didn't score until Nelson Cruz connected against Alfredo Aceves in the ninth.

Mark Teixeira, the Rangers' former first-round pick, hit an RBI double off Matt Harrison (4-4) in the first before Rodriguez drove in a run with an infield single.

Teixeira was playing his first game in Rangers Ballpark with the Yankees, but had already returned playing for Atlanta and the Los Angeles Angels since being traded less than two years ago. Harrison was among the players Texas got when Teixeira was dealt to the Braves in July 2007.

Teixeira heard his share of boos, though not as loud as those for Rodriguez.

"We're Yankees, we get booed everywhere. It's great. That means people care," Teixeira said. "When you come into a visiting ballpark first game of a series, you want to make a statement."

The Yankees matched their most runs this season and had a season-best 19 hits while winning for the 11th time in 13 games. Teixeira had two hits for his fifth consecutive multihit game.

Rodriguez hit an RBI double before Robinson Cano's two-run triple in the third. A-Rod added a two-run double in the sixth.

Nick Swisher, 7 for 61 with five RBIs in his first 21 games in May, drove in three runs. He had an RBI groundout, a run-scoring single and a sacrifice fly in the eighth that capped the scoring.

All three hits allowed by Hughes were doubles, two of them leading off innings. But the Rangers didn't score until Cruz's 12th homer, his fifth in six games.

"We didn't execute when we had a chance with runners on ... We've been getting hits when we needed to, and we didn't today," Marlon Byrd said. "That made it tough."

Notes: Harrison allowed seven runs and 11 hits over five innings. ... New York extended its franchise-record errorless streak to 12 games. ... Yankees C Kevin Cash, who came into the game 1 for 17, had three hits. ... The sellout crowd of 48,914 was the second-largest of the season for Texas. The largest was opening day.






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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY YANKEES 2 0 4 0 1 3 0 1 0 11 19 0
    TEXAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: NYY - PHIL HUGHES, ALFREDO ACEVES (9TH) AND KEVIN CASH
    TEX - MATT HARRISON, KRIS BENSON (6TH), WARNER MADRIGAL
    (9TH) AND TAYLOR TEAGARDEN

    HOME RUNS: NYY - NONE
    TE

    May 25 4:43 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NELSON CRUZ (12) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    9TH OFF ALFREDO ACEVES.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 11, TEXAS 1
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: H BLALOCK (.247, 0-FOR-2, HBP)

    Yankees 11, Rangers 1  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 25 4:41 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY NICK SWISHER SCORED MARK TEIXEIRA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R CANO ON FIRST, A BERROA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 11
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R PENA (.250, 1-FOR-4)

    Yankees 11, Rangers 0  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 25 4:23 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ SCORED JOHNNY DAMON AND MARK
    TEIXEIRA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A RODRIGUEZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 10
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.313, 1-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Yankees 10, Rangers 0  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 25 3:44 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK TEIXEIRA SCORED DEREK JETER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M TEIXEIRA ON FIRST, J DAMON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 8
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: A RODRIGUEZ (.232, 3-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Yankees 8, Rangers 0  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 25 3:43 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NICK SWISHER SCORED ALEX RODRIGUEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N SWISHER ON FIRST, M CABRERA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 7
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R PENA (.242, 0-FOR-2)

    Yankees 7, Rangers 0  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 25 3:21 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY NICK SWISHER SCORED ROBINSON CANO.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 6
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R PENA (.246, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees 6, Rangers 0  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 25 2:52 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY ROBINSON CANO SCORED MARK TEIXEIRA AND ALEX
    RODRIGUEZ.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R CANO ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 5
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: M CABRERA (.326, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees 5, Rangers 0  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 25 2:50 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ SCORED JOHNNY DAMON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A RODRIGUEZ ON SECOND, M TEIXEIRA ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.311, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees 3, Rangers 0  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 25 2:48 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY YANKEES 2 2 4 0
    TEXAS 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - PHIL HUGHES
    TEX - MATT HARRISON

    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: I KINSLER (.284, 12 HR, 33 RBI)
    M YOUNG (.343, 7 HR, 18 RBI)
    J HAMILTON (.257, 6 HR, 20 RBI)

    Yankees 2, Rangers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 25 2:18 PM
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