Yankees shut out Devil Rays

Hernandez's arm leads Yankees to fourth straight victory

Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2002

NEW YORK -- Orlando Hernandez pitched one-hit ball over eight innings to win his first start of the season, Ron Coomer homered in his first at-bat with the Yankees and New York beat Wilson Alvarez in his return from a two-season layoff, topping the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3-0 Saturday.

Yankees manager Joe Torre got his 1,480th career victory, tying Earl Weaver for 18th place on the career list. The four-time defending AL champions have won four straight since losing their opener, even though their biggest offseason addition is scuffling.

Jason Giambi went 0-for-1 with two walks and a hit by pitch, dropping to 2-for-17 (.118) with no RBIs.

Twins 7, Blue Jays 5

TORONTO -- Jacque Jones hit his third home run and Doug Mientkiewicz and Jay Canizaro each had two RBIs as Minnesota beat Toronto.

LaTroy Hawkins (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the win. Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his fourth save in as many chances.

Mientkiewicz hit an RBI double off Scott Eyre (0-1) in the first inning and the Twins added five runs in the second.

Red Sox 4, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE -- Nomar Garciaparra hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to ruin a fine pitching performance by Scott Erickson and lift Boston past punchless Baltimore.

Erickson (1-1) blanked the Red Sox through six innings and allowed one run through seven. But with score tied at 1, the right-hander ran into trouble in the eighth after retiring the first two batters.

Rickey Henderson and Johnny Damon singled. Garciaparra followed with a liner to left that was gloved by a leaping Melvin Mora, but the ball fell into the seats after his mitt hit the top of the 7-foot wall.

Indians 5, Tigers 3

DETROIT -- Ellis Burks drove in two runs, Brady Anderson homered and Bartolo Colon was solid as Cleveland beat Detroit.

The Tigers (0-5) are baseball's lone winless team and are off to their worst start since losing the first six games in 1992.

Colon made few mistakes in his second outing of the season after becoming Cleveland's first pitcher in 34 years to throw an opening-day shutout. He gave up three runs, five hits, a walk and struck out four in 6 2-3 innings. Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his second save.

White Sox 14, Royals 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Magglio Ordonez had three hits, a homer, four runs and three RBIs and Paul Konerko also drove in three runs as Chicago posted its biggest shutout win in 15 seasons.

Mark Buehrle (2-0) went six shutout innings and raised his career record to 5-0 against Kansas City as the White Sox had their most lopsided shutout since a 17-0 win at Cleveland in 1987.

It was the worst shutout loss for Kansas City since falling 17-0 to Detroit in 1991.

Angels 6, Rangers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Troy Glaus homered twice, and Anaheim starter Ramon Ortiz tamed the powerful Texas lineup again.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Alex Rodriguez hit a long drive off Al Levine that was caught on the warning track in left field.

Ortiz (1-0) overcame early home runs by Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro to improve to 7-1 career against the Rangers. His five victories against Texas last season matched the most by a Rangers opponent.

Levine earned his second save in two days while filling in for injured closer Troy Percival.

Athletics 8, Mariners 3

SEATTLE -- Mark Mulder pitched into the seventh inning for his second victory, and Frank Menechino's tiebreaking homer lifted Oakland.

Miguel Tejada and Jeremy Giambi also homered off Freddy Garcia (0-2) as Oakland handed the Mariners their first loss since opening day.

Mulder (2-0) gave up three runs on five hits and four walks in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out four, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.

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