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Rodriguez hits 2-run shot in first at-bat

5/22/2004

ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Alex Rodriguez's return started
well but was spoiled by big swings from Laynce Nix and David Dellucci.

Rodriguez homered in his first at-bat, but Nix hit a pair of
two-run homers and Dellucci had four hits and drove in four runs
as the Texas Rangers rallied for a 9-7 victory over the New York Yankees.

Rodriguez spent three seasons with the Rangers before he was
traded to the Yankees for Alfonso Soriano and minor leaguer
shortstop Joaquin Arias on February 17. The reigning Most
Valuable Player was booed heavily in his first appearance here
in pinstripes but silenced the crowd with a two-run homer down
the left field line off Texas starter Joaquin Benoit (2-1).

The Yankees had a 4-1 lead before the Rangers erupted for four
runs off starter Kevin Brown (5-1) in the fourth inning.
Dellucci -- a former Yankee -- delivered a two-run single before
Nix homered deep to right-center field to give the Rangers a 5-4
edge.

Dellucci and Nix each hit two-run homers off reliever Tanyon
Sturtze in the seventh as Texas built a 9-4 cushion. It was the
second multi-homer game of the season for Nix, who has eight
homers in 30 games this season after homering eight times in 59
games in 2003.

The Yankees scored three runs in the ninth on singles by Jason
Giambi, Gary Sheffield and Jorge Posada. But Rangers closer
Francisco Cordero struck out the final two batters for his 14th
save.