Texas (56-58) at New York (61-52)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 12, 2005
  • TV: KDFI, WWOR
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Chris Young is hoping his last start was indicative of how he’ll pitch down the stretch for the struggling Texas Rangers.

Young will look to build on his first victory in more than a month when the Rangers continue their four-game series with the New York Yankees.

Young, who picked the Rangers over a potential career in the NBA this past offseason, appeared to have made the right choice after going 8-4 with a 3.33 ERA through the end of June.

However, the 6-foot-10 right-hander went 0-2 with a 10.18 ERA in five July starts and got pounded for seven runs over 3 1-3 innings in his first start this month.

The skid ended Sunday against Baltimore as Young tossed seven scoreless innings of five-hit ball in a 9-3 victory, striking out three and walking one for his first victory since June 30.

“That’s why you want five guys like Chris, you trust they can get it done” Texas manager Buck Showalter said. “He had that look in his eye. He put on a real competitive front.”

Young said the key was getting ahead early in the count with his fastball.

“I was trying to be aggressive with my fastball,” he said. “All three of my pitches were working. I felt like I didn’t have to battle as much.”

The Rangers fell to 0-4 on their season-high 13-game road trip with a 9-8 loss in Thursday’s series opener.

David Dellucci went 4-for-5 with two solo homers against his former team, but the Rangers dropped 10 1/2 games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West, and nine behind wild card-leading Los Angeles.

Derek Jeter went 3-for-6 and hit what proved to be the game-winning homer in the bottom of the seventh as New York moved within 3 1/2 games of the Angels in the race for the wild card. New York is five games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.

Gary Sheffield had three hits, and rookie Robinson Cano, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada drove in two runs apiece for the Yankees, who improved to 2-2 on their seven-game homestand.

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C. Young KC vs. A. Leiter NYY
12-7 Record 7-12
4.26 ERA 6.13
137 K 97
45 BB 98
1.26 WHIP 1.77