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AL: Rangers rookie nabs memorable first win

By Associated Press
Published June 6, 2004

NEW YORK - Buck Showalter shouted at the television, cheering for Smarty Jones with everybody else.

The popular horse came up short in his Triple Crown bid, costing Texas' manager a few "tokens," he said. But Showalter also gambled Saturday on a rookie pitcher at Yankee Stadium - and that one paid off big.

Juan Dominguez shut down the Yankees for eight innings, earning his first major-league win and leading the Rangers to an 8-1 victory.

"He was outstanding. It was a big day for the young man," said Showalter, who interrupted his postgame interview to watch the race at nearby Belmont Park.

"We talked where we are as an organization, and we wanted to expose him to this environment. He really responded."

Brad Fullmer homered and scored a career-high four runs. Mark Teixeira also connected and drove in three runs as Texas teed off on Jon Lieber, handing the Yankees their second loss in 12 games. Fullmer homered leading off the second, then doubled, singled and walked to reach safely in his first four plate appearances. He had two RBIs and is 9-for-15 (.600) with three homers lifetime against Lieber.

Fullmer and Teixeira combined to go 6-for-8 with five RBIs and five runs scored.

Dominguez (1-1), called up from Triple-A Oklahoma on May 29, allowed only Ruben Sierra's fifth-inning home run. Facing a lineup missing Derek Jeter, he gave up five hits, struck out five and walked one. The rookie retired 11 in a row during one stretch.

Dominguez became only the second Rangers rookie to earn his first career win at Yankee Stadium. Aaron Myette also did it on Aug. 2, 2001.

"I'm really proud. I'm working hard," Dominguez said via a translator. "I felt no pressure."

The 24-year-old was 0-3 in his first seven big-league appearances. This was his fifth start. Carlos Almanzar finished the six-hitter.

A'S 4, BLUE JAYS 0: Tim Hudson pitched an eight-hitter to give host Oakland a needed win from a starting pitcher. Scott Hatteberg hit a three-run homer in the third inning off Pat Hentgen and Bobby Crosby added a home run in the fourth.

That was more than enough for Hudson, who improved to 69-2 in his career when getting at least four runs of support.

Hudson's win snapped a seven-game run of no-decisions for Oakland's starters, which tied the major-league record. The starters had pitched well in the stretch, posting a 1.84 ERA, but spotty relief and a lack of hitting hurt Oakland.

Hudson made sure none of that mattered, pitching his seventh career shutout to earn just the second win from one of Oakland's starters in the past 13 games. He walked one, struck out five and didn't allow a runner to reach third base until the ninth inning.

RED SOX 8, ROYALS 4: David Ortiz, Mark Bellhorn and Kevin Youkilis hit two-run home runs to help visiting Boston snap a four-game skid.

Curt Schilling (7-3) gave up a 445-foot home run to Mike Sweeney on his ninth pitch of the game, then shut out the Royals until Benito Santiago's sacrifice fly with one out in the seventh. Winning his third straight decision, he gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings. Mike Timlin pitched a hitless eighth and Keith Foulke allowed Santiago's homer in the ninth.

Darrell May (2-8) gave up all three Boston homers, putting him in the league lead with 17 home runs allowed. He was charged with seven runs on 10 hits, including Boston's first back-to-back triples in almost five years, and became the first eight-game loser in the majors this season. May's ERA climbed to 6.14.

TIGERS 6, TWINS 0: Gary Knotts pitched a three-hitter into the eighth inning and Craig Monroe drove in four runs, leading visiting Detroit. Ivan Rodriguez went 4-for-5 with four singles, and Carlos Guillen and Carlos Pena each homered for Detroit, which snapped a two-game skid. Steve Colyer and Ugueth Urbina finished the three-hitter, the Tigers' fourth shutout of the season.

MARINERS 4, WHITE SOX 2: Bret Boone ended a 1-for-19 slump with a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the fifth and Ryan Franklin pitched seven innings for host Seattle. Boone hit his ninth homer with one out in the fifth. The 438-foot home run landed in the second deck in leftfield.

[Last modified June 6, 2004, 01:35:11]

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