ARLINGTON, Texas(AP) The only thing that felt awkward for
was wearing a red
New York Yankees
A-Rod certainly wasn't bothered by hearty boos he heard in his first game in Texas since admitting earlier this year that
he used steroids while playing for the Rangers.
Even while insisting there was no extra motivation, Rodriguez had the perfect response: matching a career high with five hits
and driving in four runs in New York's 11-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday.
''There's no panic. I know exactly what I'm capable of doing,'' Rodriguez said. ''I'm feeling much better each and every day.''
As for the red caps the Yankees wore for Memorial Day, Rodriguez called those ''a little weird.''
After singling in the eighth inning in his fifth at-bat, A-Rod was lifted for a pinch runner with New York already up 10-0.
His first five-hit game since April 2005 raised his batting average 70 points - from .189 to .259. He had 10 hits his previous
16 games since being activated from the disabled list May 8.
''He looked great. He didn't try to do too much,'' manager
. ''He pulled the ball, hit some balls in the gaps, some up the middle.''
(3-2) limited the Rangers to three hits over eight shutout innings, leaving after 101 pitches. He had allowed 17 earned runs
in 15 2-3 innings since throwing six scoreless innings in his first start of the season April 28 at Detroit.
''The story for me was
,'' Rodriguez said.
Maybe on any other day.
Rodriguez was booed when introduced before the game and each time he batted, though cheers from a group of Yankees fans were
more prominent by the time A-Rod trotted off the field in the eighth.
Rodriguez played for the Rangers from 2001-03, when he first became baseball's highest-paid player with a then-record $252
million, 10-year contract, and was traded to the Yankees prior to spring training in 2004. In an interview with ESPN in February,
he blamed the pressures of that contract for his decision to use performance-enhancing drugs in Texas.
Rangers owner Tom Hicks, who said he felt ''personally betrayed'' after the slugger's admission, said he had no plans to talk
to Rodriguez this week. A-Rod did call him to apologize in February.
''Texas is a place that has been really good to me,'' Rodriguez said after the win. ''I have a lot of respect for the ownership
here. I have a lot of good friends.''
The Rangers (26-18) had their eight-game home winning streak snapped. They didn't score until
in the ninth.
, the Rangers' former first-round pick, hit an RBI double off
(4-4) in the first before Rodriguez drove in a run with an infield single.
Teixeira was playing his first game in Rangers Ballpark with the Yankees, but had already returned playing for Atlanta and
Los Angeles Angels
since being traded less than two years ago. Harrison was among the players Texas got when Teixeira was dealt to the Braves
in July 2007.
Teixeira heard his share of boos, though not as loud as those for Rodriguez.
''We're Yankees, we get booed everywhere. It's great. That means people care,'' Teixeira said. ''When you come into a visiting
ballpark first game of a series, you want to make a statement.''
The Yankees matched their most runs this season and had a season-best 19 hits while winning for the 11th time in 13 games.
Teixeira had two hits for his fifth consecutive multihit game.
Rodriguez hit an RBI double before
's two-run triple in the third. A-Rod added a two-run double in the sixth.
, 7 for 61 with five RBIs in his first 21 games in May, drove in three runs. He had an RBI groundout, a run-scoring single
and a sacrifice fly in the eighth that capped the scoring.
All three hits allowed by Hughes were doubles, two of them leading off innings. But the Rangers didn't score until Cruz's
12th homer, his fifth in six games.
''We didn't execute when we had a chance with runners on ... We've been getting hits when we needed to, and we didn't today,''
said. ''That made it tough.''
Notes: Harrison allowed seven runs and 11 hits over five innings. ... New York extended its franchise-record errorless streak
to 12 games. ... Yankees C
, who came into the game 1 for 17, had three hits. ... The sellout crowd of 48,914 was the second-largest of the season for
Texas. The largest was opening day.