New York Yankees defeat Texas Rangers, 7-3

On the day Alex Rodriguez went deep for the first time this season, Brett Gardner's effect on Saturday's 7-3 win was felt more in the opposing clubhouse.

"Well, the Yankees have themselves another Ichiro," Texas manager Ron Washington said after Gardner legged out three infield singles, scored two runs and stole a base in the first five innings. "You definitely have to play for his speed."

Even A-Rod — whose first homer of the year and 584th of his career snapped a t...

It is not the way a Silver Slugger award winner wants to start his season. And if Mark Teixeira had his way at the plate he would not have had two 0-for-17 droughts during the first two weeks of the season.

He was deep into that second 0-for-17 slump when he came to the plate with the bases loaded and two out in the second inning against the Rangers at the Stadium Saturday. Teixeira, who had struck out looking in the first inning, watched Rangers starter Scott Feldman's...

The Yankees already had a six-run lead by the time Alex Rodriguez sent a high drive soaring toward the right-field stands Saturday. A few years ago, A-Rod might have been criticized for hitting another cosmetic blow in a blowout, but Saturday's shot perhaps sent a message to the rest of the American League.

The Yankees, who have won despite a sluggish start from their biggest hitter - and less than that from their No. 3 batter, Mark Teixeira - could be even better than ...