The Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. - After years of suffering through tough seasons with Detroit, Dmitri Young feels good about the Tigers' future.
"We lost 119 games and we couldn't get anyone to play here," Young said. "Now we have the players and we're making it respectable."
Young hit a three-run homer and Wilfredo Ledezma made the early lead stand up Wednesday, giving the Tigers an 11-3 win over the Oakland Athletics and snapping a three-game losing streak.
A year after losing 119 games, the Tigers are 52-61 - and gaining respect for their turnaround.
"I feel fortunate," Young said. "I've been here for the worst and I will be here for the best."
Omar Infante drove in three runs and Rondell White homered. Ivan Rodriguez was the only Detroit starter who did not get a hit.
"They brought their hitting shoes today," A's manager Ken Macha said.
Ledezma (2-0) pitched 5 2/3 innings to earn his first win as a starter this season. His other came in relief July 25.
"From our standpoint, he definitely looks more poised and is pitching with more confidence," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "He looks like the real deal. He's not walking as many and not falling behind as many batters."
Royals 4, White Sox 2
CHICAGO - Darrell May didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning, and Mike Sweeney hit a two-run homer to help Kansas City ending its losing streak at five games. Chicago committed three errors in losing for the 13th time in 17 games.
Indians 3, Blue Jays 2
CLEVELAND - C.C. Sabathia pitched seven strong innings for Cleveland and rookie Grady Sizemore drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
Matt Lawton homered for the Indians, who have won three in a row and improved to 15-3 at home in one-run games. He left in the eighth inning after being hit on the right elbow by a pitch thrown by Justin Speier.
Red Sox 14, Devil Rays 4
BOSTON - Kevin Millar had four hits and four RBI in the first five innings for Boston.
Boston scored five runs in both the second and third innings for a 13-1 lead and cruised to its fourth win in five games. Tampa Bay lost for the 11th time in 12 road games.
Yankees 4, Rangers 2
ARLINGTON, Texas - Derek Jeter hit a solo homer, and Tanyon Sturtze pitched five strong innings in a spot start for New York. Sturtze allowed two runs on three hits in the first but held the Rangers scoreless from there.
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