Series: Game 1 of 3

Texas leads 1-0 (as of 5/21)

Game 1: Friday, May 21
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Game 2: Saturday, May 22
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Game 3: Sunday, May 23
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Yankees 7

(24-17, 11-10 away)

Rangers 9

(24-17, 15-8 home)

8:05 PM ET, May 21, 2004

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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W: J. Benoit (2-1)

L: K. Brown (5-1)

S: F. Cordero (14)

Rodriguez hits 2-run shot in first at-bat

ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Alex Rodriguez's return started well but was spoiled by big swings from Laynce Nix and David Dellucci.

Rodriguez homered in his first at-bat, but Nix hit a pair of two-run homers and Dellucci had four hits and drove in four runs as the Texas Rangers rallied for a 9-7 victory over the New York Yankees.

Rodriguez spent three seasons with the Rangers before he was traded to the Yankees for Alfonso Soriano and minor leaguer shortstop Joaquin Arias on February 17. The reigning Most Valuable Player was booed heavily in his first appearance here in pinstripes but silenced the crowd with a two-run homer down the left field line off Texas starter Joaquin Benoit (2-1).

The Yankees had a 4-1 lead before the Rangers erupted for four runs off starter Kevin Brown (5-1) in the fourth inning. Dellucci -- a former Yankee -- delivered a two-run single before Nix homered deep to right-center field to give the Rangers a 5-4 edge.

Dellucci and Nix each hit two-run homers off reliever Tanyon Sturtze in the seventh as Texas built a 9-4 cushion. It was the second multi-homer game of the season for Nix, who has eight homers in 30 games this season after homering eight times in 59 games in 2003.

The Yankees scored three runs in the ninth on singles by Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield and Jorge Posada. But Rangers closer Francisco Cordero struck out the final two batters for his 14th save.

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