NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time since the days of Ruth and Gehrig, the New York Yankees have won four straight series to start a season.
Alex Rodriguez passed Mark McGwire for eighth place with his 584th home run, Derek Jeter also connected and A.J. Burnett pitched seven shutout innings Saturday to lead the surging Yankees over the Rangers 7-3.
After taking two of three against Boston, Tampa Bay and the Los Angeles Angels, the defending World Series champions swept the opening two games of a three-game set against Texas.
Not since 1926, the first year Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig started the season together, had the Yankees won their first four series. The only other year they achieved the feat was 1922, when they were still playing at the Polo Grounds.
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