It was a frustrating night in Arlington for the Bombers, as Kevin Brown couldn't hold a 4-1 lead, and the Rangers stomped their way to a 9-6 win. Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano both had two hits but were overshadowed by David Dellucci, who had four hits, including a home run. The square-jawed Laynce Nix--hey Alex Ciepley, is that a name right out of gay porn or what?--hit two bombs. Actually, many of the Rangers are square-jawed young sluggers.
The Yanks made a frantic comeback in the ninth inning, but came up short with the tying runs on base. During the rally, Jason Giambi sprained his ankle running around first base. The x-rays were negative but it appears as if Giambi is headed for the DL for the first time in his career.
The Texas crowd booed Alex Rodriguez in his first at-bat, but they weren't vicious. In fact, from what the YES cameras showed, many people were laughing as they were booing. For his part, Rodriguez shut them up with the quickness as he roped a 2-1 offering into the left field stands for a two-run homer. As he rounded the bases, many of the boos turned into cheers. Rodriguez was half-heartedly booed for the rest of the game, but it was nothing like he experienced when he first returned to Seattle in 2001.
The Yankees collected plenty of hits--Gary Sheffield and Jorge Posada each had three--but were unable to string together a rally until it was too late. Kevin Brown was lit up, and the newest Yankee Tanyon Sturtze was torched as well. It was Brown's first defeat of the season.
So what happens when the Yanks lose? That's right, the Sox win. Boston pounded the Jays last night in Boston and leap-frogged back into first by a half-a-game.
There wasn't much pitching in Arlington last night and with Jose Contreras throwing for New York later today, the Yankees better hope they can score some runs. As hot as Texas is, this could get ugly.