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Rodriguez hit by line drive in 4th

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas starter Ricardo Rodriguez broke
his right elbow when he was struck by a line drive in the fourth
inning of the Rangers' 11-1 loss to the Anaheim Angels on Thursday.

Rodriguez was half-turned toward first base after throwing a
pitch to Anaheim's Robb Quinlan leading off the fourth. Quinlan's
liner hit the pitcher and ricocheted to third base. The
right-hander immediately dropped face-first to the ground writhing
in pain.

"I really feel for him," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said.
"He is not getting back what he's put into it right now.
Hopefully, he will get things straightened out and come pitch for
us again next year."

Rodriguez (3-1) entered the game with a streak of 15 1/3
scoreless innings, the longest by a Texas starter since 1998. He
had been a surprise, but the Rangers now must fill another spot in
the rotation for which All-Star left-hander Kenny Rogers has been
the only constant.

"The biggest loss is to know that Ricardo got pretty mangled
up," shortstop Michael Young said. "We've really grown to depend
on him heavily the last few starts."

Rodriguez's streak ended in the first when Jeff DaVanon drew a
one-out walk, stole second and scored on Garret Anderson's RBI
single.

The Angels built a 4-0 lead by scoring thee runs on four
straight two-out singles in the second.

Quinlan, who finished 4-for-5, led off the fourth with the hard
liner.

"Thank God it was below his chest and neck," Angels manager
Mike Scioscia said. "As the ball took off and it first hit him, my
first inclination was it was off his face or neck.

"It's a tough break, he had really battled back and was
throwing the ball well for them."

Rodriguez came to Texas in a trade from Cleveland last July, and
missed the rest of the season because of a hip injury. He started
the season at Triple-A Oklahoma, where he was sidelined for a month
and a half because of an appendicitis.