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Bobby Abreu doubled and the next four batters also reached base off reliever Warner Madrigal (0-1), who was making his big league debut. By the time Gardner drove in Robinson Cano, the Yankees had gone back on top 11-7.
Gardner, starting in place of slumping center fielder Melky Cabrera, swiped second and scored on Damon's base hit. Abreu walked to reach base for the second time in the inning, and A-Rod lined a shot to right that never got much higher than the outfield wall.
Warner wound up with a debut to forget: one-third of an inning, six runs, five hits and a walk.
Kinsler, who leads the American League in batting, singled and scored in Texas' three-run third to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.
Ponson, the rotund right-hander from Aruba whom the Rangers let go early last month because of off-field problems, gave up seven runs and nine hits in five-plus innings in his second start for New York.
Notes: Rangers SS Michael Young left the game after the third inning with a mild left groin strain. He was listed as day to day. ... Cabrera, hitless in a career-high 19 at-bats, got a night off. ... Boggs started in LF for Texas in place of struggling David Murphy. ... Rangers RHP Scott Feldman will skip a turn in the rotation and start Tuesday against the Angels, manager Ron Washington said. ... Rangers 1B Chris Shelton, designated for assignment last Friday, cleared waivers.
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