Kenny Rogers has the most wins in baseball, and he's hurting.
Pitching with a badly pulled right hamstring, Rogers became the first 12-game winner in the major leagues, and the Texas Rangers roughed up all-star C.C. Sabathia in an 8-5 victory over the Indians last night in Cleveland.
Rogers (12-2) fought off pain with each delivery after injuring himself while shagging fly balls in the outfield two days earlier. The left-hander said his 19th start of the season was a struggle from start to finish.
"It made it hard to throw a pitch," Rogers said. "I really didn't have a clue of where the ball was going. Not even close. I was lucky to make it through five" innings.
Other than dealing with his injury, Rogers didn't encounter much trouble until the sixth, when the Indians closed to 8-5. Rogers allowed five runs and seven hits in 51/3 innings.
* YANKEES 10, TIGERS 3: Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield, Bernie Williams and Ruben Sierra hit home runs at home for New York.
Swept by the New York Mets over the weekend, the Yankees bolted to a 7-0 lead in the second inning. Jason Giambi, who hadn't started since June 26 because of intestinal parasites, put the Yankees ahead with an RBI single.
Jon Lieber (6-5) pitched shutout ball into the seventh and sent Detroit to its fifth straight loss. The Tigers lost their temper, too -- reliever Esteban Yan was ejected for throwing over Rodriguez's head.
Rodriguez hit his 20th homer, a three-run shot off Nate Robertson (7-4) in a six-run second.
The next time up, Rodriguez needed to duck away from Yan's fastball. Plate umpire Mark Wegner immediately tossed Yan, who did not put up much of an argument.
* TWINS 9, ROYALS 0: In Minneapolis, Brad Radke (5-4) pitched a four-hitter for his first win since May 22. He struck out four and walked none in Minnesota's first complete game since he beat the Chicago White Sox last Sept. 11
Jacque Jones and Nick Punto hit two-run homers for Minnesota, which has won three of four. Lew Ford went 3 for 4, and Joe Mauer had two doubles and two RBI.