Friday, August 09, 2002

AL roundup

The Associated Press

        NEW YORK — Alfonso Soriano, Raul Mondesi and Robin Ventura homered to account for all the Yankees' runs, and Mariano Rivera returned from the disabled list Thursday to close out New York's 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.

        The crowd of 55,142 stood when Rivera trotted in from the bullpen to pitch the ninth. Activated before the game after recovering from a strained right shoulder, Rivera pitched a perfect inning for his 25th save in 29 chances.

        The Yankees boosted their home run total to 172, most in the majors. The AL East leaders sent Kansas City to its 14th loss in 16 games.

        The homers provided plenty of support for Andy Pettitte (7-4). He won his third start in a row, pitching into the eighth inning.

        Paul Byrd (14-8) was tagged for all three homers.

        Orioles 4, Twins 1

        BALTIMORE — Chris Richard and Jeff Conine drove in two runs each to back Travis Driskill as Baltimore completed a three-game sweep of Minnesota.

        It was the fourth straight defeat for Minnesota, matching its longest skid of the season (April 8-11). Jacque Jones had three hits for the Twins, just 11-40 against the Orioles since July 1996.

        Driskill (8-5) allowed one run and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings to outpitch Brad Radke (4-3), who gave up four runs and five hits in seven innings.

        Devil Rays 4, Indians 2

        CLEVELAND — Paul Wilson won his third straight start and Tampa Bay scored all its runs with two outs as the Devil Rays defeated Cleveland.

        Wilson (5-7) won for the first time in nine road starts since April 10. He allowed one run on six hits, striking out four in eight innings.

        He has yielded just four earned runs in his last 22 innings and has an ERA of 2.58 since the All-Star break.

        Tampa Bay went 8-for-14 with two outs over the first six innings against Danys Baez (8-9).

        Tigers 2, Rangers 1

        DETROIT — Jose Lima allowed nine hits in 5 1-3 innings and Detroit scored twice in the fourth inning to defeat Texas.

        Lima (3-5) allowed one run and walked none, throwing 53 of 71 pitches for strikes. Three relievers finished for the Tigers with Juan Acevedo getting three outs for his 20th save in 24 opportunities.

        Texas loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Acevedo retired Alex Rodriguez on a groundout to end the game.

        Rangers starter Ismael Valdes (5-9) allowed both Detroit runs and only four hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out eight and walked three.

        Mariners 3, Blue Jays 1

        TORONTO — Jamie Moyer took a shutout into the eighth inning and Jeff Cirillo had three hits as Seattle beat Toronto.

        Edgar Martinez had a two-run single in the third and Cirillo hit a run-scoring double in the sixth for the Mariners, who have won 15 of their last 18 games at SkyDome. Seattle hasn't lost a series in Toronto since 1999.

        Moyer (12-4) allowed one run and six hits in 7 2-3 innings. The 39 year-old left-hander, who hasn't lost to Toronto since 1999, struck out four and walked two to improve 7-1 on the road this season.

        Red Sox 4, Athletics 2

        BOSTON — Derek Lowe became the American League's first 16-game winner, outdueling Barry Zito with seven strong innings as Boston beat Oakland.

        The matchup of two of the AL's three pitchers with 15 wins met expectations as Lowe (16-5) allowed five hits and Zito (15-5) gave up seven in eight innings. Boston's Pedro Martinez is 15-2.

        Miguel Tejada's solo homer in the sixth made the score 3-1, and ended Lowe's scoreless streak at 29 2-3 innings, longest in the majors this season and the longest since Greg Maddux's 39 1-3 innings in September 2000. This year's previous longest streak was 27 innings by Mark Guthrie of the New York Mets.

        White Sox 3, Angels 2

        CHICAGO — Jim Parque won for the first time in nearly two years, leading Chicago past Anaheim.

        Parque, in his first outing since May 2, allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings for his first win since Sept. 23, 2000, at Minnesota. Parque underwent shoulder surgery in May 2001 and made three relief appearances earlier this year before going to Triple-A Charlotte on a rehab assignment.

        Rocky Biddle, Kelly Wunsch, Keith Foulke and Damaso Marte combined on 3 2-3 scoreless innings of relief with Marte getting five outs for his fifth save.

        Frank Thomas hit his 19th home run and Carlos Lee hit his 18th off Aaron Sele (8-8) for Chicago.

        Benji Gil homered for the Angels, who fell 3 1/2 games behind first-place Seattle in the AL West. Anaheim's wild card lead over Boston was trimmed to a half-game.


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Notes from Thursday's games

Kitna relaxed, confident for first start
Bengals, Simmons near common ground
Justin Smith working to improve upon impressive rookie season
Bills' backup tight end battling for roster spot
Bills' revamped O-line faces first test
Browns ban sales of plastic bottles of beer
Jets 16, Steelers 6
Titans beginning to make tough decisions
It's a hazing day of summer for rookie
NFL preseason gets into full swing
Xavier completes women's basketball staff
Masters in demand, ATP chief says
Where are you going? Roddick: Final 8
Hardcourt's best players ready for faceoff
'Mosquito' Ferrero stings Dent in 3 sets
Moya making most of comeback
Schuettler makes fans sit up, pay attention
Tennis Channel to test fans' interest
Delay aside, Switzer happy to enter Hall
Klecko following in father's footsteps
Miami hungers for 2nd No. 1
New Mexico State football player in critical condition
Two-year Purdue starting RB has no lock on spot
Lineup, new format announced for Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
New contract will keep Jurich at U of L through 2016
Back on track, in car and in life
Gordon eyes road course as chance for first win
Prince Andrew to visit U.S. Grand Prix in Indy
Hand surgeon fined, suspended for giving horse Prozac
Third horse dies in Kentucky from West Nile
Tiger 2 strokes back at Buick
Harding sentenced to 10 days in jail
Last chance for UC-OSU tickets
Poll puts St. Xavier on top again

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