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Giambi returns with win

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason Giambi tried not to take it personally.

Showered with boos in his first trip to Oakland as a Yankee, Giambi doubled then scored on Jorge Posada's home run in the seventh inning as New York beat the Athletics 2-1.

''Yeah, there was a lot of booing, but it was done in a good way. They let their feelings go. That was OK,'' Giambi said. ''I understand, I guess.''

Orlando Hernandez (3-1) improved to 5-0 in seven starts against Oakland and helped the Yankees snap their six-game regular-season losing streak at the Coliseum.

Hernandez allowed one run on five hits and struck out 11 -- the fourth time in his career he's had 10 or more strikeouts.

Mariano Rivera retired pinch-hitter Greg Myers on a popup with runners on the corners and two outs for his sixth save in eight opportunities.

But all eyes were on Giambi, the 2000 AL MVP, who left the A's in the offseason when the Yankees gave him a seven-year deal worth $120 million.

Although he did get a smattering of applause, Giambi was mostly booed for each of his at-bats. One fan even threw back a foul ball.

But in the seventh, Giambi, who went 2-for-4, hammered a double into the gap in left-center off Tim Hudson (2-2). Posada then hit a 2-0 pitch over the right-field wall.

''I wouldn't be human if I said it didn't affect me,'' Giambi said about the boos. ''But it's just not personal and I don't want to take it personal.''

Hudson allowed the two runs on four hits in his eighth career complete game, and his first of the season. He has never been able to beat the Yankees, going 0-2 in four starts.

Facing Giambi was weird, Hudson said.

''He looked so serious up there,''' Hudson laughed. ''I'd never seen that side of him.''

The A's took an early lead with Miguel Tejada's solo homer to left-center off Hernandez in second. The homer, on a 2-1 pitch, was Tejada's third of the season.

White Sox 5, Indians 1

CLEVELAND -- Todd Ritchie made one bad pitch in eight innings Tuesday night as the Chicago White Sox handed Cleveland its first home loss this season with a 5-1 victory over the Indians.

Ritchie (2-1) was dominant throughout, allowing just three hits -- one a home run to Jim Thome -- while striking out a season-high eight in his longest outing of the year.

Tigers 3, Royals 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jeff Weaver pitched a five-hitter for his first career shutout, and Randall Simon hit a three-run home run to lead Detroit over Kansas City.

Orioles 7, Red Sox 5

BALTIMORE -- Geronimo Gil homered twice and drove in three runs as Baltimore ended Boston's six-game winning streak.

The Red Sox, who had won eight straight in Baltimore, fell to 8-1 on the road this season. Boston pitchers allowed 12 hits -- five for extra bases -- to a team that started the day with a major league-low .221 batting average.

Devil Rays 6, Twins 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Steve Cox homered and Randy Winn hit a two-run single to lead Tampa Bay over Minnesota.

The Devil Rays beat the AL Central leaders for the eighth straight time at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay is 11-2 against the Twins since Aug. 8, 2000, including a 6-1 mark last season.

Cox's solo homer off Brad Radke (2-2) snapped a 3-3 tie in the third inning.

Blue Jays 2, Rangers 1

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Eric Hinske hit an RBI double and scored Toronto's other run, giving the Blue Jays a victory over Texas.

Mariners 1, Angels 0

SEATTLE -- Ryan Franklin and three relievers combined for a four-hitter as Seattle beat Anaheim for its 14th victory in 15 games.

The Mariners are 6-0 against the Angels and 15-3 against the AL West. They've won four straight since being shut out by Kenny Rogers and the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field on Friday night.

The Angels, who have lost four in a row and six out of seven, are off to a franchise-worst 6-14 start.

Franklin (2-0), making his first career start, pitched 5 2-3 innings, giving up three hits, walking none and striking out two. Joel Pineiro, Arthur Rhodes and Kazuhiro Sasaki combined to pitch 3 1-3 scoreless innings for Seattle.

Ramon Ortiz (1-3) allowed four hits, walked one and struck out eight.



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