Series: Game 1 of 3

New York leads 1-0 (as of 7/29)

Game 1: Monday, July 29
New York 9Final
Texas 2
Game 2: Tuesday, July 30
New York 9Final
Texas 6
Game 3: Wednesday, July 31
New York 6Final
Texas 17

Yankees 9

(66-38, 33-21 away)

Rangers 2

(44-61, 25-28 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 29, 2002

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: O. Hernandez (6-3)

    L: K. Rogers (11-6)

    El Duque fires five shutout innings in win

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Orlando Hernandez is determined to remain in the New York Yankees' rotation.

    Orlando Hernandez

    Hernandez pitched six impressive innings, and Rondell White hit a two-run homer as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 Monday night.

    With Roger Clemens nearly ready to come off the disabled list and the addition of Jeff Weaver to the staff, there's a numbers crunch in the New York rotation.

    El Duque pitched as if he wants to retain one of those spots.

    "There are a lot of things going on here and he wants to show he can pitch,'' Yankees catcher Jorge Posada said. "He wants to show what he's all about.''

    Posada homered, drove in two runs and reached base four times for the Yankees, who have won 16 of their last 22 games at The Ballpark in Arlington.

    Hernandez (6-3) threw five shutout innings before Carl Everett's solo homer in the sixth. He allowed five hits, struck out five and walked none -- throwing 93 pitches.

    Hernandez also showed some toughness, taking Alex Rodriguez's line drive off his right shin in the fourth inning. Hernandez grimaced in pain but stayed in the game.

    "It got me pretty good,'' he said through a translator. "There was a little swelling, but that's baseball. That's the second time I've been hit there in my last three starts. But I wanted to stay in the game.''

    Hernandez, mentioned in trade rumors since spring training, wants to stay with the Yankees.

    "I don't think about that,'' he said. "I just try to be positive and support my teammates.''

    Ramiro Mendoza worked two innings, and Sterling Hitchcock pitched a scoreless ninth in his first appearance since coming off the disabled list Sunday.

    Rangers starter Kenny Rogers (11-6) got off to a shaky start against his former team and lost his sixth straight decision to the Yankees.

    Rogers gave up hits to the first four batters and trailed 3-0 after the first inning. Jason Giambi and Bernie Williams had RBI singles, and Giambi scored the third run when Rogers threw wildly to first on a pickoff attempt for an error.

    The Yankees added a three-run fourth to extend their lead to 6-0. Posada hit his 18th homer, a solo shot, and after Robin Ventura's one-out single, White added his 11th homer on an 0-2 pitch.

    Rogers was chased in the fifth after Raul Mondesi's RBI single. Posada added an RBI single off rookie Joaquin Benoit to make it 8-0.

    For the Yankees, patience is the key against Rogers.

    "We had good at-bats,'' manager Joe Torre said. "We made Kenny throw strikes and benefited from it.''

    Rogers, the Texas ace who turned down a trade to Cincinnati last week, had won four of his last five decisions. But he was knocked around by the Yankees for eight runs and nine hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    "I've still got to go out and do my job and compete, and tonight I didn't do a very good job of competing,'' Rogers said. "Tonight was as bad as I've pitched all year.''

    Everett broke up Hernandez's shutout bid with a one-out solo homer in the sixth, his 10th of the season and fourth in his last four games.

    Ventura's RBI single in the seventh stretched the lead to 9-1. Everett hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

    Game notes

    About half of the crowd of 44,006 was cheering for the Yankees. ... Rangers manager Jerry Narron replaced Rodriguez, Ivan Rodriguez and Juan Gonzalez after the seventh. ... Benoit was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma earlier in the day after RHP Dave Burba was released. ... Hitchcock went on the DL on June 28 with a sprained lower back. ... Texas has allowed 21 runs in the last two games.

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