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A-Rod returns to form in win over former club

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alex Rodriguez looked more like himself in his return to Texas.

The slumping two-time AL MVP had two hits, scored the go-ahead run and was error-free in the field in the New York Yankees' 6-2 victory over the Rangers on Monday night.

"He had good at-bats, he hit good pitches. He had a good night," manager Joe Torre said. "Now the key is just to put something together. And it doesn't have to be hits. The quality of the at-bats is something he's looking to have right now."

Lustily booed by the fans of his former team -- the one that gave him the record $252 million contract -- Rodriguez snapped an 0-for-11 streak with a single in the fourth and then scored the go-ahead run.

"I liked the seventh better," Rodriguez said, referring to his RBI double. "I've been feeling better. I've was swinging a little too hard in Toronto, trying to do too much. It was nice to contribute to win."

Rodriguez finished 2-for-5. He has only six hits his last 32 at-bats, and on Saturday he struck out four times in a game for the first time since 1995.

Randy Johnson (11-8) struck out seven to win the matchup of the last two pitchers to throw no-hitters. Like Kevin Millwood (10-6), Johnson pitched only six innings.

Johnson threw 101 pitches, allowing two runs and seven hits with two walks. The 42-year-old threw 129 pitches in his last start Wednesday, when he struck out a season-high 11 in a loss to Seattle.

"Tonight was the residual of that game. My slider wasn't as effective," Johnson said. "I gave up too many hits. ... It's a game I'm glad is over. Getting through today was the biggest thing."

There have been more than 5,700 major league games since Johnson's perfect game for Arizona against Atlanta on May 18, 2004. Millwood threw his no-hitter for Philadelphia against San Francisco on April 27, 2003.

Millwood allowed five runs, two earned. He struck out two and walked two.

"I'm not very satisfied," Millwood said. "I felt like there were some opportunities if I made one pitch, I get out of the inning."

Rodriguez, the converted Gold Glove shortstop who had five errors in a five-game stretch at third base last week, cleanly fielded the three balls hit his way by the Rangers -- two of them infield singles.

"He looked very comfortable," Torre said. "Maybe it's just being familiar in this ballpark."

A-Rod played in Texas from 2001-03, winning the AL MVP for a last-place team his final season before being traded to the Yankees just before spring training in 2004. Rodriguez is in the sixth season of his 10-year contract.

Buck Showalter missed his second consecutive game, a precaution advised by a team doctor after the Texas manager sat out a game in Chicago and spent a night in the hospital for dehydration. Showalter had said two hours before the game that he planned to be on the bench.

Mark Teixeira led off the Texas second with his 14th home run, a 420-foot line shot that hit the top of a scoreboard in left field. He had an RBI single in the fifth, but made the third out on the same play when he overslid second base.

Melky Cabrera, moved from eighth to leadoff in the Yankees batting order after Johnny Damon was scratched because of a sore back, went 3-for-4 with a triple, double, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base.

"Put him in the spotlight and he seems to really enjoy being the guy you can count on. He got us off to a good start," Torre said. "It was a good night all the way around."

Derek Jeter had an RBI triple and a double, and Aaron Guiel hit his fifth homer for the Yankees, who had lost four of their previous five games.

Rodriguez started the fourth with a single, and scored on a two-run double by Miguel Cairo that made it 3-1. Bernie Williams reached on a fielding error by first baseman Teixeira, making both runs unearned.

An inning later, Rodriguez reached on a fielder's choice, a grounder to third. Mark DeRosa threw home trying to prevent a run, but short-hopped the throw for an error. Cabrera, who led off with a double, scored another unearned run to make it 4-1.

The Yankees got their first run in the third after consecutive triples by Cabrera and Jeter.

Rodriguez caught a foul pop in the fifth, and an inning later made a clean pickup of an unexpected bunt by Gerald Laird, the speedy catcher who beat out the throw with a headfirst slide. A-Rod also fielded a slow, high-hopping infield single by DeRosa in the eighth.

Notes

  • Johnson has 4,493 strikeouts, third on the career list behind Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Roger Clemens (4,529).
  • SS Michael Young, in the Rangers' first home game since he was the All-Star game MVP, was 2-for-5 and made a nifty defensive play, sprinting into short center and catching a popup with his back to the infield.
  • The switch-hitting Teixeira has seven homers against left-handed pitchers, seven against right-handers.
  • Both teams had 10 hits and left 10 runners on base.
 
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Randy Johnson has thrown 230 pitches with 18 strikeouts in his past two trips to the mound.  (AP)
Randy Johnson has thrown 230 pitches with 18 strikeouts in his past two trips to the mound. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Johnson
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 2
K 7
Texas

M. Teixeira
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
New York Yankees
Melky Cabrera, LF4230110 .284
Derek Jeter, SS4121001 .346
    Nick Green, SS0000000 .172
Jason Giambi, 1B3000103 .256
    Andy Phillips, 1B1000002 .239
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5121011 .279
Jorge Posada, C3000102 .285
Bernie Williams, DH3100211 .276
Aaron Guiel, RF5111014 .219
Miguel Cairo, 2B4012000 .241
Bubba Crosby, CF4010001 .217
Totals3661055415 
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (11, Millwood), Derek Jeter (23, Corey), Alex Rodriguez (15, Corey), Miguel Cairo (6, Millwood)
3B - Melky Cabrera (2, Millwood), Derek Jeter (3, Millwood)
HR - Aaron Guiel (5, Millwood)
SH - Derek Jeter (6)
RBI - Derek Jeter (59), Alex Rodriguez (72), Aaron Guiel (10), Miguel Cairo 2 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter (21), Miguel Cairo 2 (11)
SB - Melky Cabrera (8, 2nd base off Millwood/Laird), Bernie Williams (2, 2nd base off Wilson/Laird), Bubba Crosby (3, 2nd base off Littleton/Laird)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1
E - Randy Johnson (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
Randy Johnson (W,11-8) 6722271 4.80
Scott Proctor 1100010 4.06
Kyle Farnsworth 1200030 3.97
Mariano Rivera 1000010 2.03
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Johnson 101-61, Scott Proctor 20-14, Kyle Farnsworth 25-17, Mariano Rivera 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Johnson 5-6, Scott Proctor 1-1, Mariano Rivera 2-0
Batters Faced - Randy Johnson 27, Scott Proctor 4, Kyle Farnsworth 5, Mariano Rivera 3
Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF5120000 .325
Ian Kinsler, 2B4000120 .297
Michael Young, SS5020012 .312
Mark Teixeira, 1B4122003 .271
Kevin Mench, RF3010100 .284
Mark DeRosa, 3B4020011 .317
Gerald Laird, C4010034 .342
Brad Wilkerson, DH4000036 .233
Jerry Hairston Jr., LF4000024 .206
Totals37210221220 
Batting
2B - Gary Matthews Jr. (32, R. Johnson), Michael Young (34, R. Johnson)
HR - Mark Teixeira (14, R. Johnson)
RBI - Mark Teixeira 2 (61)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (25)
SB - Gary Matthews Jr. (7, 2nd base off R. Johnson/Posada)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - DeRosa-Teixeira, Teixeira
E - Mark DeRosa (4, Wild throw), Mark Teixeira (3, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (L,10-6) 6752221 4.53
Bryan Corey 0.1211000 2.60
C.J. Wilson 1100110 4.57
Wes Littleton 1000110 1.23
Ron Mahay 0.2000100 2.90
IBB - Williams by C.J. Wilson
HBP - Posada (by Wes Littleton)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 97-61, Bryan Corey 12-7, C.J. Wilson 21-12, Wes Littleton 27-15, Ron Mahay 6-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 14-3, C.J. Wilson 1-1, Wes Littleton 2-0
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 28, Bryan Corey 3, C.J. Wilson 5, Wes Littleton 5, Ron Mahay 2
Game Information
Attendance - 43206
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 94
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Larry Vanover