Rangers 7, Yankees 1

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—Kevin Brown felt terrible before he even took the mound, and Gary Sheffield winced with pain almost every time he swung the bat.

The New York Yankees were hurting, and the Texas Rangers eagerly seized the opportunity to pounce on their ailing foe.

Ryan Drese pitched seven shutout innings and former Yankee Alfonso Soriano doubled twice and scored three times, leading the Rangers over New York 7-1 Tuesday night.

“Certainly the stars were aligned for us tonight,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said.

David Dellucci, another former Yankee, and Mark Teixeira both hit two-run homers to help the Rangers end a season-high four-game losing streak.

Brown (9-2) lost for the first time in six starts, turning in his worst performance since returning from the disabled list on July 30.

Brown, who’s been bothered by a back injury and an intestinal parasite this season, allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings against his former team, one start after pitching eight shutout innings against Oakland. Both his losses this year have been to the Rangers.

The Yankees’ ace said he felt weak during warm-ups and never got any better the closer it got to gametime.

“I was drained. I never had any energy,” Brown said. “It’s not the first time I’ve felt cruddy and it probably won’t be the last.”

Yankees manager Joe Torre noticed early on that Brown was laboring heavily at the game’s start.

“It didn’t look like it was easy for him,” Torre said. “It looked like he was fidgeting. He was fighting it all night long.”

Sheffield was taken out of the game in the bottom of the eighth after complaining of pain in his left shoulder. He said the discomfort started after striking out in the sixth and got progressively worse.

“I reached out for a pitch, and my hands got away from my body. Sometimes you can’t avoid it,” said Sheffield, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. “Sometimes in the middle of the game you get a stab.”

Sheffield, who’s had bursitis in his shoulder all season, said he might consider having another cortisone shot.

“I have to think about it. The last shot didn’t help. Maybe they have to up the dosage,” he said.

Drese (9-6) allowed five hits and three walks against the Yankees, who lost their second straight after winning five in a row. Drese, who has the second-lowest home ERA in the AL at 2.15, is 5-0 in his last six starts.

“We definitely needed to win tonight,” Drese said. “We played pretty well. I got out of some jams.”

Frank Francisco completed the six-hitter, allowing an RBI single to John Olerud with two outs in the ninth.

Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts and drew a chorus of boos each time he came to the plate in his latest trip back to Arlington.

New York, beginning a nine-game trip, was forced to rework its rotation because Javier Vazquez can’t start Wednesday due to pink eye. He’ll be replaced by Tanyon Sturtze.

Soriano, traded to Texas for Rodriguez in February, was walked in his first at-bat, then scored on a groundout by Michael Young for the game’s first run.

Soriano doubled to lead off the third and Dellucci followed with a 406-foot shot that just cleared the center-field fence for a 3-0 lead. Texas added another run later in the inning on Brian Jordan’s sacrifice fly to left that scored Young, who narrowly beat Hideki Matsui’s throw to home plate.

Young’s run-scoring single in the fourth gave the Rangers a five-run lead, and Teixeira homered off Scott Proctor in the seventh.

Texas played a complete game against the AL East leaders after an embarrassing sweep at Baltimore. The Rangers hadn’t shut out the Yankees since August 2000.

“You get up a little big for the Yankees,” Dellucci said. “If this is a team that’s going to make the playoffs, you have to beat teams like that. The Baltimore series was a real gut check.”


Laynce Nix struck out in the eighth but reached on a wild pitch by C.J. Nitkowski. … Teixeira (27) and Dellucci (11) each set a career highs for homers. … Soriano made a fantastic diving grab of Olerud’s hit in the fourth, quickly scrambled to his feet and threw Olerud out. … Yankees SS Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to a season high 11 games.

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