Look what Brown can do for Yankees

Posted: Thursday, April 08, 2004

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Kevin Brown pitched seven sharp innings for his 199th victory and Jason Giambi snapped a sixth-inning tie with an RBI single Wednesday, helping the New York Yankees beat Tampa 3-2.

A day after hitting his first homer for the Yankees, Alex Rodriguez drove in a run as the Yankees strung together four consecutive hits in the sixth off Paul Abbott (0-1), who held the defending AL champions hitless for five innings.

White Sox 4, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Miguel Olivo, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Lee homered, and Chicago White beat Kansas City to give Ozzie Guillen his first victory as a major league manger.

In their opener Monday, the Royals scored six runs in the ninth to win 9-7, the largest ninth-inning comeback in an opener in 103 years.

Rangers 2, Athletics 1

OAKLAND, Calif. Colby Lewis and the Texas bullpen outpitched Barry Zito, and the Rangers snapped a nine-game losing streak against Oakland.

Zito lost to Texas for the first time in 18 career starts, allowing seven hits and four walks over eight innings. The 2002 AL Cy Young winner had been 11-0 with a 2.40 ERA against the Rangers.

Red Sox 10, Orioles 3

BALTIMORE Johnny Damon went 5-for-5 with two RBIs, and Boston used a seven-run second inning to cruise past Baltimore.

David Ortiz homered and Kevin Millar had three hits for the Red Sox, who have won two straight after losing to Baltimore on opening night.

Tigers 6, Blue Jays 3

TORONTO Eric Munson hit a three-run homer, and Detroit beat Toronto to open the season with a three-game winning streak for the first time in 19 years.

Rondell White also homered for the Tigers, who are off to their best start since 1985, when they won their first six games. Detroit started last season 0-9 en route to an AL-record 119 losses.

Indians 11, Twins 4

MINNEAPOLIS Matt Lawton and Victor Martinez homered, and Cleveland avoided a season-opening sweep by beating banged-up Minnesota.

Reliever Chad Durbin (1-1) worked 4 2-3 innings for the win, giving up two runs and five hits. The Indians finally held onto a lead that was too big for their exhausted bullpen to blow.

Angels 10, Mariners 7

SEATTLE Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run homer and Garret Anderson connected twice, leading Anaheim over Seattle.

Guerrero hit a 428-foot shot to center off Joel Pineiro (0-1) in his second at-bat, his first homer with the Angels after leaving Montreal to sign a $70 million, five-year contract in the offseason.

The All-Star slugger went 3-for-4 and scored three times, finishing a triple short of the cycle. He drew a two-out walk in the fourth before Anderson's first homer.

Jarrod Washburn (1-0) was handed an 8-0 lead, but he lasted just 5 1-3 innings. Troy Percival pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.

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