Sunday, April 27, 2003

AL: Angels get lift from Shields



ANAHEIM, Calif. - Scot Shields gave the Anaheim Angels just what they needed - an excellent outing in an emergency start.

Shields, coming out of the bullpen to make his second major league start, pitched shutout ball for the first five innings in place of injured Kevin Appier as the Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 Saturday night.

Shields (1-0) was charged with a run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out five and walking none. The right-hander's other start was last Sept. 27 against Seattle, when he allowed two runs and four hits in three innings.

"I was taking it as a relief appearance - trying to get one out at a time and see how far I could take it," said Shields, who made 68 starts in the minors. "I was a little shaky early on and had to get through some things. But as the game went on I started feeling better and more comfortable. I was hoping I'd start, but I figured I would be pitching in some form tonight, whether it was starting or relieving."

David Eckstein hit a two-run single for the Angels.

Shields, given the start because of his ability to make a lot of pitches in an emergency role, was lifted after giving up a double to Todd Walker on his 78th delivery. Walker scored on Manny Ramirez's double off Ben Weber, trimming Anaheim's lead to 3-1 with two outs in the sixth.

Troy Percival followed Brendan Donnelly out of the bullpen and got three outs for his third save in as many attempts.

John Burkett (1-2) went the distance, allowing nine hits. The right-hander walked one and struck out five, including the side in the third inning on 13 pitches. Burkett dropped to 6-3 lifetime against the Angels. He was 4-0 with a 0.58 ERA and 26 strikeouts in four previous starts at Edison Field.

Scioscia and pitching coach Bud Black thought Burkett was doing something illegal to the baseball in the eighth inning and asked plate umpire Jeff Kellogg to investigate. Kellogg instructed Burkett to hand over his glove, then checked his hands and asked him to pull his pockets out. But Burkett passed inspection.

"I don't know if they were trying to shake me up in the eighth inning, or what," Burkett said. "I was able to get good sink on the ball and was able to cut it - not with sandpaper, but with finger pressure. Sometimes hitters think that, if you're doing it well. And tonight was one of those cases.

"I think it's kind of funny. I played against Sosh and I played with Buddy Black, who was kind of my mentor in San Francisco. I think Buddy would know that I'm not cheating. He never taught me to."

Tigers 6, Mariners 4

SEATTLE - Shane Halter homered and scored three times as punchless Detroit won for only the third time in 22 games this season, ending Seattle's five-game winning streak.

The Tigers tied season highs with six runs and 11 hits. Detroit has scored only 49 runs this year (2.2 per game), by far the fewest in the majors.

Craig Monroe went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored for the Tigers, while Halter also had three hits.

Halter broke a streak of 22 scoreless innings by the Tigers when he led off the fourth with the team's eighth home run of the season.

Matt Anderson got three outs for his third save, retiring Mark McLemore on a fly ball with runners at second and third to end it.

Jamie Walker (1-0) got the victory with 1 2-3 innings of scoreless relief.

Ryan Franklin (1-2) started for Seattle and went 6 1-3 innings, giving up five runs - four earned - on nine hits.

Yankees 7, Rangers 5, 10 innings

ARLINGTON, Texas - Alfonso Soriano homered and doubled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning as New York became the first team to reach 20 wins.

Jason Giambi also homered for the Yankees (20-4), who won for the ninth time in 10 games and beat former manager Buck Showalter for the second straight night.

Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez and Ruben Sierra homered for Texas. Palmeiro's home run was the 497th of his career.

Soriano extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. He hit his AL-leading ninth homer in the second inning, a two-run shot.

Chris Hammond (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning to earn the victory. Juan Acevedo worked the 10th for his fifth save of the season, striking out Rodriguez with a runner on to end it.

Ugueth Urbina (0-1) took the loss.

White Sox 7, Twins 4

CHICAGO - Magglio Ordonez hit two home runs and Jon Garland pitched well before he was ejected as Chicago beat Minnesota in a heated game that saw three players get tossed.

Frank Thomas and Carlos Lee homered off Twins starter Kyle Lohse (2-3). The benches cleared after Minnesota's Doug Mientkiewicz was hit by a pitch for the second straight night.

A.J. Pierzynski, Corey Koskie and pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer homered for the Twins.

Garland (1-2) was thrown out in the sixth after plunking Mientkiewicz, two batters after Koskie homered. Mientkiewicz pointed his bat toward the mound.

The benches emptied for several minutes and there was some pushing and shoving in the infield, but no major fighting between teams that have been trading barbs since spring training.

Minnesota reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who was not in the game, and Chicago center fielder Armando Rios were also kicked out, White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said.

Ordonez was also hit by a pitch for the second straight game.

Mientkiewicz, who last week suggested that Chicago should lose its role as host of the All-Star game after a fan ran on the field and attacked an umpire, was booed loudly for the second straight game.

Devil Rays 10, Orioles 7

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Aubrey Huff homered, doubled and had four hits as Tampa Bay overcame a five-run deficit to beat Baltimore.

Rocco Baldelli, Rey Ordonez and Marlon Anderson had two RBIs for the Devil Rays, who have come back to win after trailing by at least three runs six times this season - all at home.

Orioles manager Mike Hargrove returned after missing the previous six games to be with his mother, who was hospitalized in Perryton, Texas, with an infected gallbladder.

Reliever Victor Zambrano (1-2) and allowed one hit over two scoreless innings. Lance Carter worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

Rick Helling (1-2) lasted just 3 2-3 innings, giving up seven runs and 11 hits.




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