Blue Jays shut down Yankees

Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2001

NEW YORK -- Chris Michalak pitched 5 1-3 scoreless innings for his first major league win, and Shannon Stewart and Jose Cruz Jr. hit home runs as the Toronto Blue Jays held off the New York Yankees 3-2 Saturday.

Jorge Posada hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Yankees. New York put runners on first and second with two outs, but Derek Jeter struck out against Billy Koch to end it.

Jeter was in the Yankees' lineup for the first time this season, going 1-for-5 with an infield single. He was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game after being sidelined with a strained right quadriceps.

Orioles 4, Indians 2

CLEVELAND -- Fernando Lunar bounced a disputed two-run double over the bag at first in the 11th inning, lifting the Baltimore Orioles over the Cleveland Indians.

With one out and runners at first and second, Lunar hit a grounder toward first off Steve Reed (0-1) that hopped over the base. Umpire Brian O'Nora immediately ruled it was fair, although it landed in foul territory after crossing the bag.

Jay Gibbons and Melvin Mora both scored on the play before Indians manager Charlie Manuel came out to complain. However, after consulting with the rest of his crew, O'Nora's call stood.

Tigers 5, White Sox 3

CHICAGO -- Chris Holt made his Detroit debut a winning one with eight strong innings and Dean Palmer hit a two-run homer as the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox.

Palmer, who'd been on the disabled list with a sore right biceps, was activated before the game. He homered off Mark Buehrle (0-1) in a three-run fourth as the Tigers broke a 2-2 tie and sent Chicago to its third straight loss.

Royals 5, Twins 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Joe Randa's home run broke an 0-for-15 skid and Carlos Beltran delivered a two-run single that carried Kansas City past Minnesota, keeping the Twins from their first 4-0 start since 1987.

The victory was the first in five games this season for the Royals. The Twins were the last unbeaten team in the AL while Kansas City was the last winless club.

Athletics 4, Angels 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Hudson struck out 11 and the Oakland Athletics took advantage of Anaheim's sloppy fielding to beat the Angels.

Hudson (1-0) gave up three hits in eight innings and tied his career high for strikeouts.

Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his first save.

With the score tied at 2, Olmedo Saenz singled off Al Levine (0-1) to open the Athletics' eighth. Eric Chavez's grounder was overthrown by third baseman Troy Glaus, putting runners at second and third.

Red Sox 6, Devil Rays 2

BOSTON -- Rookie Paxton Crawford struck out a career-high nine and allowed one walk and four hits in seven innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Trot Nixon's two-run homer and Shea Hillenbrand's first major league homer, a solo shot, highlighted Boston's 14-hit attack.

Crawford (1-0) gave up John Flaherty's RBI single in the second and Steve Cox's first homer of the year in the third. That was the last hit he allowed as he retired the last 13 batters he faced.

Mariners 6, Rangers 5

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Brett Boone had three RBIs, two with a single that keyed a three-run fifth inning as Seattle rallied to overcome Alex Rodriguez and hand Texas its third straight defeat.

Former Mariner Rodriguez saved a run with an outstanding play at shortstop, and had three doubles and his first RBIs for the Rangers. He knocked in two as the Rangers made it close in the ninth.

Ryan Franklin (1-0) pitched three innings of two-hit shutout relief for the Mariners to pick up his first big league victory. Kazuhiro Sasaki pitched the ninth for his third save.

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