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Everett feels twice as good in win
07/27/2002 12:36 AM ET
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Injuries and a slow start put Carl Everett on the bench and on the verge of becoming history.

On Friday against Oakland, he made history.

Everett, in the lineup as the team's designated hitter, hit two home runs during a nine-run seventh inning to propel the Rangers past the A's, 12-4, in front of 34,585 at The Ballpark in Arlington.

He is the first player in the history of the Texas franchise to hit two home runs in one inning. The nine runs scored in an inning is a season-high for Texas.

"I'm happy for him. He really got after it and worked hard."

    Carl Everett   /   OF
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 215
Bats/Throws: B/R

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The night was especially special for Everett considering he had not started since July 15 and was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his only appearances in six games on the road. He entered the game hitting .175 with one home run and three RBIs since coming off the disabled list with a pulled left hamstring on July 2.

Everett, who is hitting .202, missed 16 days earlier this season with a pulled right calf. He was acquired via trade with Boston to be the team's everyday center fielder, but has made only 21 starts at the position all season.

"Anybody who says I can't play is pretty much an idiot."

-- Carl Everett

"Anybody who says I can't play is pretty much an idiot," Everett said. "It feels good. If it doesn't, then something is wrong.

"This team is full of talent and all we have to do is put it together. We have in spurts."

The Rangers led 3-1 after six innings, but Oakland responded with three runs, in the top half of the seventh to take a 4-3 advantage. Their lead did not last long.

Everett led off the bottom half of the seventh with a home run off of Oakland starter Mark Mulder to tie the game 4-4, and center fielder Ruben Rivera followed with a home run of his own, his second of the year, to push the Rangers ahead, 5-4.

Mulder (11-6) was replaced by Chad Bradford after giving up six hits and five runs in six strong innings. The Rangers tagged Bradford and Mike Venafro for seven runs for an eight-run lead before Jeff Tam recorded the final two outs to end the marathon inning. Not surprisingly, the teams combined to use eight pitchers in the seventh inning, an American League record.

"We finally put together an inning like we wanted to," Gonzalez said. "This feels good. We really opened up the game in the seventh."

Hideki Irabu saw a vascular specialist in Dallas on Friday. He will undergo further testing next week to determine the cause of the blood clots in the arteries in his lungs. ... Francisco Cordero made his fourth appearance on rehab for Oklahoma on Thursday. He is back in Texas and could be activated during the next few days. ... Jeff Zimmerman will undergo surgery on Tuesday in Inglewood, Calif. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum with assistance from Dr. John Conway. ... Ismael Valdes left after seven innings on Tuesday with a sore left knee. He threw in the bullpen on Thursday and is expected to make his turn on Sunday. ... John Rocker threw on flat ground in Arlington on for the second time Wednesday and reported improvement in his left shoulder. He will throw from 120 feet on flat ground today and hopes to throw off a mound on Saturday. ... Mark Teixeira has been selected as the Florida State League Player of the Month for June by Minor League Baseball and Topps, In his first month of pro ball, Teixeira batted .327 with seven homers and 28 RBIs at Charlotte. ... On Saturday, the Texas Rangers Wives Association will be holding a Clean Sweep Donation Drive at The Ballpark in Arlington from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to bring used clothing, furniture, and household items to the collection area at Parking Lot B at the corner of Randol Mill Road and Ballpark Way.

Saturday vs. Oakland (7:05) -- Aaron Harang (3-2, 2,84) vs. Chan Ho Park (3-5, 6.75)
Sunday vs. Oakland (7:05) -- Barry Zito (14-3, 3.04) vs. Ismael Valdes (5-7, 3.74)

Jesse Sanchez covers the Texas Rangers for He can be contacted via email at story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.