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Texas adds to Yankees' woes with 10-2 thrashing

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Chan Ho Park looked as if his back problems were behind him. Jaret Wright's shoulder trouble is starting all over again.

Park pitched impressively into the seventh inning, while pain forced the oft-injured Wright to walk off the mound Saturday during the Texas Rangers' 10-2 victory over the Yankees.

Less than a month into his first season in New York, Wright is headed to the disabled list for the eighth time in his career, general manager Brian Cashman said.

"Pitchers are very fragile," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

Park and Wright are even more delicate than most.

Park has been on the disabled list six times. Wright has had two operations on his right shoulder.

"After what I've been through, it's not where I want to be," Wright said.

Texas roughed up Wright and five relievers for 19 hits. Mark Teixeira hit a pair of two-run homers and David Dellucci and Kevin Mench also connected. Laynce Nix tied a career high with four of the Rangers' 19 hits.

"I think everybody had some good at-bats at some time," Texas manager Buck Showalter said.

The Yankees dropped to 7-11 for their worst start since 1997, the last year they did not win the AL East.

Park (2-1) missed three months last season because of a back injury. He looked more than fine against the Yankees, holding them to three hits in 6 2/3 innings and working around five walks.

"I was happy with the win, but I threw too many pitches," Park said. "I had 10 3-2 counts. That's not too good."

Wright (2-2), lured from Atlanta as a free agent by a $21 million, three-year contract, started the day with a 10.05 ERA and again struggled. He tied career highs by allowing three home runs and 11 hits, and was trailing 6-1 with one out in the sixth when more serious trouble struck.

After he threw a pitch to Hank Blalock, Wright crouched down on the mound, bringing Torre and a trainer from the dugout. There was a brief discussion, and Wright left because of the pain.

"I kind of felt it in the second inning and it gradually got worse," he said. "It got pretty bad in the sixth."

Wright spent time on the disabled list every year from 1999-02.

"It kind of felt like '01," said Wright, who was on the DL twice that season.

Aware of Wright's history, the Yankees wanted to protect their investment in him.

Wright's contract provides for $7 million each season. But if he goes on the DL because of a shoulder injury for a combined 75 days or more in the first two years, the Yankees can opt out of the deal for 2007 and pay a $4 million buyout.

Cashman said Triple-A prospect Chien-Ming Wang will probably start next Saturday against Toronto. In the meantime, reliever Colter Bean will likely be promoted from Columbus.

Dellucci hit a solo homer in the second inning, and the Rangers broke it open in the third.

Michael Young had an RBI single with two outs for a 2-0 lead, Teixeira followed with a home run and Wright then bobbled Dellucci's tapper for an error. With the crowd of 44,731 booing him, Wright served up a homer to Mench. It took only five pitches for those four batters to do their damage.

Nix hit an RBI single and another run scored when right fielder Gary Sheffield dropped Alfonso Soriano's liner in the seventh for an error. Teixeira hit his fifth homer of the season in the eighth.

Notes

  • Teixeira had the fifth multihomer game of his career.
  • Yankees SS Derek Jeter tied a career high with three walks.
  • Yankees relievers had pitched 14 2-3 scoreless innings before Nix's RBI single.
  • On Friday night, Texas led 5-0 before New York got its first hit. On Saturday, the Rangers were ahead 6-0 when the Yankees got a hit.
 
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Chan Ho Park holds the Yankees to just one run in six-plus innings. (AP)
Chan Ho Park holds the Yankees to just one run in six-plus innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

M. Teixeira
AB 6
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Texas

C. Park
IP 6.2
H 3
ER 1
BB 5
K 6
 
Texas Rangers
Alfonso Soriano, 2B6020005 .284
    Mark DeRosa, 2B0000000 .200
Hank Blalock, 3B6000007 .250
Michael Young, SS5231112 .300
Mark Teixeira, 1B6224004 .241
David Dellucci, DH6221001 .293
Kevin Mench, LF5132001 .309
Gary Matthews Jr., RF4110122 .254
Sandy Alomar Jr., C4120101 .400
Laynce Nix, CF5141003 .444
Totals47101993326 
Batting
2B - Kevin Mench (2, Wright), Laynce Nix (1, Wright)
HR - Mark Teixeira 2 (5, Wright, F. Rodriguez), David Dellucci (3, Wright), Kevin Mench (2, Wright)
RBI - Michael Young (13), Mark Teixeira 4 (13), David Dellucci (10), Kevin Mench 2 (9), Laynce Nix (4)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young (11), Mark Teixeira 2 (6), Kevin Mench 2 (3), Laynce Nix (1)
Team LOB - 13
Texas Rangers
Chan Ho Park (W,2-1) 6.2311560 4.24
Doug Brocail 0.1000000 7.04
Carlos Almanzar 0.2111200 15.00
Ron Mahay 1.1100020 4.50
WP - Chan Ho Park (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chan Ho Park 122-66, Doug Brocail 1-1, Carlos Almanzar 27-15, Ron Mahay 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chan Ho Park 8-6, Doug Brocail 1-0, Carlos Almanzar 2-0
Batters Faced - Chan Ho Park 28, Doug Brocail 1, Carlos Almanzar 5, Ron Mahay 5
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS1000300 .338
    Rey Sanchez, SS1000010 .400
Bernie Williams, CF4120012 .279
Gary Sheffield, RF3011001 .319
   a- Bubba Crosby, PH-RF2110001 .200
Hideki Matsui, LF3000112 .292
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4010010 .269
Jason Giambi, DH2001210 .226
Jorge Posada, C3000123 .271
    John Flaherty, C0000000 .200
Tino Martinez, 1B3000001 .200
   b- Andy Phillips, PH-1B1000002 .000
Tony Womack, 2B4000010 .233
Totals312527812 
a-singled for Sheffield in the 8th
b-flied out for T. Martinez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Bernie Williams (2, Park)
SH - Bernie Williams (1)
RBI - Gary Sheffield (14), Jason Giambi (6)
2-OUT RBI - Gary Sheffield (3)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Jeter-Womack-T. Martinez
E - Gary Sheffield (1, Dropped fly), Jaret Wright (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
Jaret Wright (L,2-2) 5.11164133 9.15
Buddy Groom 0.1000000 0.00
Steve Karsay 1321100 6.35
Mike Stanton 0.1000000 2.70
Felix Rodriguez 1422101 4.70
Paul Quantrill 1100000 3.48
WP - Felix Rodriguez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jaret Wright 93-56, Buddy Groom 4-2, Steve Karsay 33-21, Mike Stanton 3-1, Felix Rodriguez 30-17, Paul Quantrill 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaret Wright 7-6, Buddy Groom 1-0, Steve Karsay 3-1, Mike Stanton 1-0, Felix Rodriguez 1-2, Paul Quantrill 1-2
Batters Faced - Jaret Wright 28, Buddy Groom 1, Steve Karsay 8, Mike Stanton 1, Felix Rodriguez 8, Paul Quantrill 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44731
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Lazaro Diaz, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Marty Foster