Familiar formula in Yankees' loss
Wright, NY get off on wrong foot in another defeat to Texas
NEW YORK -- Jaret Wright was roughed up yet again on Saturday, as the Rangers handed the Yankees a 10-2 loss at Yankee Stadium.
But New York may have lost more than a game, as Wright left in the sixth inning with a shoulder injury and was placed on the disabled list.
"Pitchers are very fragile," said manager Joe Torre. "We'll just keep our fingers crossed."
The Yankees gave up a season-high 19 hits to the Rangers, who blew the game open with a five-run third inning. New York is now 7-11 on the season, the first time the team has been at least four games under .500 after 18 games since 1991, when it was 6-12.
"Right now, you feel like you're Pig Pen with that dirt cloud following you," said general manager Brian Cashman. "Nothing is going right. You're not hitting, you're not pitching, you're not fielding and you're not staying healthy. Right now, we have to turn the page."
"We're just struggling all at the same time," said Jason Giambi. "Sometimes you pitch well and don't hit, or you hit and don't pitch, but we're struggling collectively as a team. We'll turn it around. When all goes good, hopefully it will all be good."
Wright opened the game with a 1-2-3 first inning, but David Dellucci drilled a solo homer in the second to put the Rangers on the board. After allowing a pair of singles to start the third, Wright got Hank Blalock to ground into a double play, and it looked like the right-hander would work his way out of the jam.
But like Kevin Brown on Friday night, Wright fell apart.
Michael Young singled in a run, then Mark Teixeira crushed a two-run shot to right field. Wright committed an error on a Dellucci grounder, setting up Kevin Mench's two-run homer as Texas jumped to a 6-0 lead.
Wright later revealed that he felt some tightness in his shoulder during his pregame bullpen warmup. That tightness turned into pain in the second inning, but Wright decided to try pitching through it.
"I've pitched through a lot of stuff, and you're not always going to feel good," Wright said. "I understand that."
Chan Ho Park, who had a 6.30 career ERA against the Yankees, took the run support and ran with it. Park allowed a run in the third on a Bernie Williams double and a single by Gary Sheffield, but the right-hander gave up just one more single through 6 2/3 innings, striking out a season-high six.
"I think they're just frustrated," said Torre of his hitters. "You certainly don't want to get into a situation where you don't think you can win, even if you're down five or six runs. If somebody else scores that many runs, you can do it, too."
Wright escaped a jam in the fourth, retiring three consecutive batters after putting runners on second and third with no outs. Wright got through the fifth with no problems, but after allowing two one-out singles in the sixth, he was removed from the game after complaining of pain in his right shoulder.
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Weight: 230 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
"I kind of felt it in the second and it gradually got worse. It got pretty bad in the sixth," said Wright, who will have an MRI exam on his shoulder on Monday. "I'll try to stay positive until we do the tests, but after what I've been through, it's definitely not where I want to be."
Steve Karsay allowed two runs in the seventh and Felix Rodriguez served up two more in the eighth, snapping the bullpen's streak of 15 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings.
The Yankees will turn to Randy Johnson on Sunday to salvage the series finale, while Texas sends Pedro Astacio to the mound. Johnson, who hasn't won since Opening Day, will be trying to get the Yankees to 8-11 -- the same record they had after 19 games last season.
"You have to work hard, take your lumps, go out there and keep working at it," Torre said. "You can't let it pile up in your mind, emotionally, or it becomes an impossible task. You have to keep dismissing what happened the day before. It's a long season. If you start doing some good things, get some good results, you can erase those memories."
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.