ARLINGTON, TEX., JULY 26 -- The day after Nolan Ryan failed to get his 300th career victory turned into one of questions about when his next big day would be.

The Texas Rangers finally announced Ryan would get an extra day's rest and start Tuesday in Milwaukee. The team considered several options, including holding Ryan out a week so he could make his next start when Texas returns home next Thursday against Toronto.

"Being the cowboy that he is, he wants to get back up on that bronco as soon as possible," Rangers Manager Bobby Valentine said before Texas left for a three-game series in Toronto that begins Friday. "If you make Nolan wait eight days for no reason, then you feel like it's guaranteed win night. . . . I'd love for him to pitch the next one at home, but there's no possible way I can keep one of our best starters out of there."

The Rangers were concerned about appearances if they held Ryan out until the next homestand. "My concern would be the message the players and the fans would get from something like that," General Manager Tom Grieve said. "It would say we're more concerned with a full house than winning games. That's not right. We're here to win as many games as we can."

Ryan struggled against New York on Wednesday night before a capacity crowd of 41,954 at Arlington Stadium. He was trying to become the 20th major-leaguer to reach 300 career victories. Ryan gave up seven runs and 10 hits, both season highs, before being taken out after the eighth inning.

"I had my opportunity to pitch under the circumstances and didn't get it done," said Ryan. "We're in it to win as many games as we can. I had my chance. The whole point of the {Yankees'} game was you have an event like that and don't pitch well. I was disgusted with {my performance}. I haven't even started started thinking about 300 again."

Texas kept Ryan, who is 10-4, from absorbing a loss when it rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the Yankees, 7-7. Texas won in the 11th, 9-7, on a two-run homer by Rafael Palmeiro. Kenny Rogers, who relieved Ryan for the ninth, picked up the victory.

Ryan's 141-pitch effort was among his most-demanding this season, said pitching coach Tom House. Ryan normally pitches with five days' rest, but the Rangers' off day on Thursday will allow him and starter Bobby Witt an extra day of rest.

Although Ryan missed one milestone, he did set another record of sorts. ESPN registered its highest rating, 4.6, which translates into 2,581,000 viewers. The previous high was 4.0 on June 24 for Los Angeles and Cincinnati. ESPN will cut into its doubleheader Tuesday with updates of Ryan's start.

Milwaukee experienced a ticket boom today. "Orders are three times the ordinary amount," Brewers ticket manager John Barnes said. "I was watching the {Wednesday game} with mixed emotions. I wanted him to win, but it's nice to get the extra business."