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Lee rushes to Texas but can't save Rangers from loss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Newly acquired All-Star slugger Carlos
Lee arrived in Texas and got a police escort to the stadium so he
could play right away for his new team.

Only about 45 minutes after arriving in the Rangers clubhouse
for the first time Friday, Lee stepped on the field and singled
through the middle in his first at-bat. He had another single in
his second at-bat.

Still, his debut wasn't nearly enough to keep the Rangers from
extending their losing streak to five games with an 11-3 loss to
the Kansas City Royals.

"It was a rough day out there. It's over. Let's see what
happens tomorrow," said Lee, who finished 2-for-4. "The first
at-bat, I just tried to hit the ball up the middle. I had a plan
and executed it. They got me here to help."

Lee, traded to the Rangers from the Milwaukee Brewers in a
six-player deal earlier Friday, batted fourth as the designated
hitter behind Michael Young and Mark Teixeira.

"Carlos got off to a good start after a hectic day," said
manager Buck Showalter, who plans to use Lee primarily as an
outfielder. "We've got a good idea about how Carlos will fit on
our club offensively."

Mark Teahen had three hits, including a solo home run to cap
Kansas City's five-run second and an RBI single that chased Vicente
Padilla (10-7) in the fourth. Andres Blanco had a pair of RBI hits,
and Emil Brown a two-run single.

Luke Hudson (3-3) struck out seven in six innings in his fourth
start since being moved into the rotation from the bullpen. The
right-hander allowed two runs and seven hits, and is 2-0 with a
3.42 ERA as a starter.

"He hasn't had a bad start yet," manager Buddy Bell said. "A
team in our position, we need to have good things like that happen
for us."

The losing streak matched the longest of the season for the
Rangers (51-52), who fell below .500 for the first time since April
28. Kansas City (36-66), with the worst record in the major
leagues, won for only the fifth time in 17 games.

While still wanting to add pitching before Monday's non-waiver
trade deadline, and hoping to make a run for their first playoff
appearance since 1999, the Rangers got an impact bat for the middle
of their lineup.

"We can't sit back and wait for the organization to go get
players," catcher Rod Barajas said. "We have to take care of
business ourselves, Carlos is a great acquisition for us. Now we
have to start winning games, and then we can go from there."

Milwaukee traded Lee, who has 28 home runs and 81 RBI, after it
became apparent that the outfielder wasn't interested in staying
there after this season when he can become a free agent. On
Thursday, he turned down a four-year extension reportedly worth $48
million.

The Rangers sent reliever Francisco Cordero and outfielders
Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix, and minor league left-hander Julian
Cordero -- no relation to Francisco -- to Milwaukee. Minor league
outfielder Nelson Cruz also went to the Rangers, and was added to
their major league roster.

Kansas City went ahead to stay with its five-run second, when
outfielders overran balls on consecutive plays. Still, all the runs
were earned.

With two runners on and the score tied 1-all, Blanco was
credited with an RBI double even though right fielder Mark DeRosa
let the ball bounce under him. Center fielder Gary Matthews Jr.
chased the ball down, and his relay throw was bobbled by second
baseman Ian Kinsler for an error that allowed the second runner to
score.

David DeJesus then grounded an RBI single up the middle, but
charging All-Star Matthews missed the ball. It rolled to the wall
and DeJesus scored on a three-base error. Teahen's 12th homer made
it 6-1.

"It was an ugly night," Showalter said.

Padilla allowed seven runs on a season-high nine hits over 3 2-3
innings. He lost consecutive starts for only the second time this
season.

DeRosa had an RBI double in the eighth, only his third hit in 30
at-bats the last eight games.<
^Notes: The Rangers played their 1,000th game at Ameriquest Field,
which opened in 1994, and are 548-452 at the stadium. ... Lee has a
.349 career batting average (38-of-109) in Arlington, with eight
homers and 23 RBI in 28 games. ... Cruz struck out on three
pitches while pinch-hitting in the ninth.