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By George! Yanks back on track

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2005

 

  New York Yankeees' Alex Rodriguez is greeted at home plate by Gary Sheffield after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Monday, April 18, 2005 at Yankee Stadium in New York. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

New York Yankeees' Alex Rodriguez is greeted at home plate by Gary Sheffield after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Monday, April 18, 2005 at Yankee Stadium in New York.

AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez, Tino Martinez and the Yankees broke out for 13 runs in a record-setting second inning Monday night on the way to a 19-8 rout of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

One day after owner George Steinbrenner lashed out at his $200 million team for its 4-8 start, the Yankees quickly showed just how powerful they can be when the offense is clicking.

Rodriguez homered twice, doubled twice and finished with five hits. He drove in six runs and scored five times. Martinez hit a grand slam and knocked in six runs. Bernie Williams had three hits and Jason Giambi scored three runs, making a winner of Jaret Wright (2-1), who allowed eight runs in 5 1-3 innings.

Red Sox 12, Blue Jays 7

BOSTON — Curt Schilling labored through five innings to earn his first win since ankle surgery last November and Manny Ramirez hit two home runs for Boston.

Schilling (1-1) threw 118 pitches, allowing 10 hits, two walks and three earned runs. He struck out 10.

Ramirez hit two homers over the Green Monster to drive in five runs and lost two balls in the sun for a double and a two-base error. It was his second two-homer game in three days and 41st multiple homer game of his career.

Tigers 13, Orioles 3

BALTIMORE — Dmitri Young went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs, leading a 16-hit attack for Detroit.

Omar Infante also homered for the Tigers, who cruised to their first win against Baltimore since May 7, 2003. Every Detroit starter except Carlos Pena got at least one hit.

Jason Johnson (2-1) was the beneficiary of the Tigers' most productive offensive showing of the season. The former Oriole gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings.

Indians 5, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Casey Blake and Ben Broussard hit consecutive home runs and Cliff Lee blanked the Kansas City Royals on two hits over seven innings. Lee (1-0) walked two and struck out five. Rafael Betancourt allowed one hit over the final two innings to complete the three-hitter.

White Sox 5, Twins 4

CHICAGO — Carl Everett homered twice, including a tiebreaking two-run drive in the sixth inning Monday night that led the Chicago White Sox over the Minnesota Twins 5-4.

Joe Crede also hit a two run-homer for Chicago, which overcame a 3-1 deficit.

Luis Vizcaino (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Shingo Takatsu pitched the ninth for his fourth save, allowing a solo homer to Joe Mauer.

Athletics 8, Rangers 5

ARLINGTON, Texas — Dan Haren pitched six solid innings and Erubiel Durazo went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.

Eric Chavez hit his second homer of the season in the fifth, and Mark Kotsay drove in three runs.

The Athletics had a season-high 13 hits, eight in the first 4 1-3 innings off Chan Ho Park (1-1).

Haren (1-1) allowed three hits and two runs. He struck out seven and walked five.

Angels 6, Mariners 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Vladimir Guerrero and Darin Erstad homered to help Paul Byrd get his first victory of the season.

Byrd (1-2) scattered 11 hits over eight innings. He struck out three, walked none and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.

Ichiro Suzuki, who set a major league single-season record with 262 hits and won his second AL batting title, was 0-for-5. The Mariners' only run came on an RBI single in the eighth by Raul Ibanez.

Former Angel Aaron Sele (1-1) allowed six runs and eight hits over four innings.



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