Wednesday, September 29, 2004

AL: Red Sox continue gaining on Yankees

The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Boston Red Sox crept closer to the New York Yankees in the AL East on Tuesday night, beating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-8 on Kevin Millar's two-out, two-run homer in the 11th inning.

Boston, which clinched a playoff spot Monday night, moved within 2 1/2 games of the Yankees in the division. New York was rained out and will make up its scheduled game with Minnesota as part of a doubleheader today.

The Red Sox matched their win total for last season and have won 95 in consecutive seasons for just the third time in franchise history. They also did it in 1977 (97) and 1978 (99), in addition to 1948 (96) and 1949 (96).

Angels 8, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas - Vladimir Guerrero homered twice and drove in five runs while going 4-for-5, and the Anaheim Angels continued their push in the AL West.

Anaheim (89-68) began the day just a game behind AL West-leading Oakland, which was home against Seattle late Tuesday night. The Rangers (86-71) dropped to three games behind Anaheim with five games left.

Yankees-Twins, ppd.

NEW YORK - A week before the playoffs begin, the New York Yankees are worried about the health of another starting pitcher. This time, it's Orlando Hernandez.

A tired right shoulder was going to prevent El Duque from making his scheduled start Tuesday night, but New York's game against Minnesota was postponed by rain.

Now Hernandez, who had surgery on the shoulder in May 2003, is not expected to pitch again until Thursday or Friday. If he's still ailing heading into the postseason, an already shaky Yankees rotation could be in major trouble.

Tigers 6, White Sox 4

DETROIT - Eric Munson hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning to lead Detroit.

Bobby Higginson reached base in all five plate appearances with a homer, double and three walks, and Omar Infante also homered for the Tigers.

Indians 5, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ryan Ludwick, Ronnie Belliard and Casey Blake homered to power Cleveland past Kansas City, the Royals' 100th loss of the season.

The 100 losses by the Royals ties the team record set in 2002.

Orioles-Blue Jays, ppd.

BALTIMORE - The remnants of Hurricane Jeanne caused Tuesday night's game between Toronto and Baltimore to be postponed by rain. The Orioles' ninth rainout of the season will made up as part of a doubleheader today.

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