Thursday, April 10, 2003

AL Games

Angels wounded but winning

The Associated Press

SEATTLE - The Anaheim Angels are running out of players right in front of manager Mike Scioscia's eyes. Tim Salmon, Anaheim's right fielder, felt a twinge in his left groin in the fifth inning of the Angels' 5-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

"It wasn't a pop or a pull, but it just got a little sore," said Scioscia, who replaced Salmon in the field in the bottom of the sixth. "He told us so we could get him out of there so we could turn this into a one- or two-day deal instead of a three- to four-week deal."

Salmon was hurt on a day when third baseman Troy Glaus sat out with a tight left hamstring and second baseman Adam Kennedy was put on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Glaus had to come out of Tuesday's game.

Scioscia said he's not sure when Salmon will be able to play again.

"It doesn't look like it's anything serious right now," he said. "He'll be day-to-day."

Salmon hurt himself running hard to first base after hitting a little chopper down the third-base line that was fielded by pitcher Joel Pineiro.

Pineiro threw Salmon out on a close play.

"It was a swinging bunt and I felt my groin kind of tweak on me getting out of the box," Salmon said.

He went back into the outfield in the bottom of the fifth, but decided he didn't want to chance hurting himself any more on a cold night.

"In that situation if we didn't have the lead, I might have pushed it," he said. "But maybe we were fortunate we had the lead and I didn't have to push it. A groin, you don't want to be messing with that."

Kevin Appier pitched six strong innings, and Scott Spiezio homered and drove in three runs as the Angels snapped a four-game losing streak.

The 35-year-old Appier (1-1) ended a personal four-game skid, winning for the first time since beating Tampa Bay on Sept. 4 last season. He gave up one run and six hits, improving his career record to 16-7 against the Mariners.

After shutting out the Angels 5-0 in their home opener Tuesday, the Mariners sent Pineiro to the mound for his first start since becoming a father for the first time Monday.

Pineiro (0-1) pitched seven innings and allowed four runs on five hits and three walks.

Royals 9, Tigers 6

Dee Brown hit his first career grand slam and the Royals stayed unbeaten, downing winless Detroit. At 6-0, the Royals are off to the best start in franchise history.

"I'm not surprised we're winning, but I don't like talking about it," Brown said. "Just keep playing and doing what we've got to do."

At 0-7, Detroit became only the second team in major league history to begin successive seasons with at least seven straight losses. The Tigers were 0-11 last year.

The 1962-63 New York Mets were 0-9 and 0-8 in their first two seasons.

"We're 0-7 and I'm sure people are thinking it's the same old story, which I guess it is," Trammell said. "But the first thing is that we're not going to quit. We're going to keep battling and, hopefully, tomorrow is the day."

Athletics 13, Rangers 5

Miguel Tejada and Scott Hatteberg each homered and had three hits to lead Oakland over Texas.

The visiting Athletics beat the Rangers for the ninth straight time. Mark Mulder earned his first win of the season.

Rangers star Rafael Palmeiro hit his 493rd homer, tying Lou Gehrig for 19th on the career list.

Yankees 2, Twins 1

Mike Mussina picked on a familiar victim and New York sent Minnesota to its fifth straight loss.

Mussina beat the visiting Twins for the 19th time in 21 career decisions. His .905 winning percentage is the highest for any active pitcher against a team.

Mussina did not allow an earned run in eight innings. Jorge Posada and Raul Mondesi homered off Kyle Lohse.

Indians 5, White Sox 2

Brian Anderson won his first game with the Indians at Jacobs Field since the 1997 World Series.

The 14,841 fans were the fewest in the 10-year history of the Jake. With near-freezing temperatures, it was the smallest crowd for an Indians home game since Sept. 20, 1993, at Cleveland Stadium.

Anderson improved to 2-0 for the Indians. He got a save in Game 4 against Florida in the '97 Series.

Cleveland rookie Brandon Phillips hit his first career homer and doubled. Paul Konerko homered for the White Sox, who had won four in a row.

Blue Jays 10, Red Sox 5

Vernon Wells hit a grand slam and Toronto rallied past Boston at SkyDome for its fifth straight win.

Mike Bordick doubled twice and drove in three runs. The Blue Jays have not lost since dropping their first three games of the season to the Yankees.

Manny Ramirez extended his career-high hitting streak to 22 games with a three-run homer for the Red Sox, who have lost three of four.

Devil Rays 10, Orioles 7

Rocco Baldelli hit a tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh inning and Tampa Bay once again came back to beat Baltimore.

Down 4-0 in the second, the Devil Rays rallied. On Tuesday, Tampa Bay overcame a 6-0 deficit to beat the Orioles.

Tony Batista hit a pair of two-run homers for Baltimore.

Earlier in the day at Tropicana Field, John Rocker worked out for the Devil Rays. The former star reliever is a free agent, and a couple of teams are interested in signing him.

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