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Rangers' Rogers sends cameraman to hospital in tirade

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers shoved two cameramen yesterday, sending one to the hospital in a videotaped tirade that included throwing a camera to the ground and threatening to break more.

Rogers, who missed his last start with a broken pinkie on his right hand he suffered during an outburst earlier this month, erupted at the cameramen as they filmed him before last night's game against the Angels. The Rangers won, 7-6, in 11 innings.

The 40-year-old lefthander first shoved Fox Sports Net Southwest photographer David Mammeli, telling him: ''I told you to get those cameras out of my face."

Rogers then approached a second cameraman. He wrestled a camera from Larry Rodriguez of Dallas-Fort Worth television station KDFW, threw it to the ground, and kicked it.

The 6-foot-1-inch, 210-pounder saw two cameramen recording from the Rangers' dugout but did not make contact with them.

''I'll break every . . . one of them," Rogers said before he was escorted to the clubhouse by catcher Rod Barajas. The Rangers sent Rogers home an hour later.

KDFW news director Maria Barrs said paramedics took Rodriguez to an Arlington hospital. Rodriguez was treated and released.

Footage shot by Dallas-Fort Worth station KTVT shows Rogers pushing Rodriguez's camera, which goes over the photographer's head and falls to the ground. As Rodriguez puts the camera back on his shoulder, Rogers approaches again, pushing the lens away and having words with the photographer.

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