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Hernandez returns to old form

Posted: Monday, July 12, 2004

NEW YORK Orlando Hernandez reintroduced himself to the Yankees on Sunday, pitching New York to a 10-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and a four-game sweep.

Tony Clark hit two of New York's five homers, and Jorge Posada homered and drove in two runs before leaving with a sprained ankle. Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield also connected.

Making a surprise start in place of an ailing Mike Mussina, Hernandez (1-0) held the Devil Rays to two runs and five hits over five innings in his first major league appearance since 2002. He struck out five and walked three, throwing 51 of his 88 pitches for strikes.

Aubrey Huff homered and Hall had three hits and two RBIs for the Devil Rays, who scored only 11 runs in the series.

The Yankees got six consecutive two-out hits in the third off former NBA player Mark Hendrickson (6-7) to take a 5-0 lead.

Rangers 6, Red Sox 5

BOSTON Eric Young went 5-for-5, and Alfonso Soriano homered and had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly off Keith Foulke (2-2) in the eighth inning as Texas snapped the Red Sox's five-game winning streak.

Kevin Mench and Mark Teixeira also homered for the Rangers, who enter the All-Star break leading the AL West for the first time since 1999.

White Sox 4, Mariners 3

CHICAGO Freddy Garcia struck out seven in 6 2-3 innings against his former team, Jose Valentin hit a two-run homer and the White Sox handed Seattle its ninth straight loss.

Aaron Rowand and Juan Uribe both hit solo homers for Chicago, which won its fourth straight to overtake Minnesota for first place in the AL Central.

Angels 5, Blue Jays 2

TORONTO Adam Kennedy fell a home run shy of the cycle and Anaheim completed a three-game sweep of Toronto.

Kennedy went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Angels, who swept the Blue Jays for the first time since April 26-28, 2002.

John Lackey (7-8) improved to 4-1 in his last seven starts, allowing two runs on six hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

Indians 4, Athletics 1

CLEVELAND Cliff Lee outpitched Barry Zito, and Coco Crisp homered and drove in two runs to lead the Indians over Oakland.

Lee (9-1) gave up one run and six hits in seven innings to improve to 6-0 in nine starts at Jacobs Field.

In the ninth, the A's had runners on first and second with two outs and Eric Chavez up as the tying run, but David Riske got him to fly out for his fourth save in 10 chances.

Tigers 2, Twins 0

MINNEAPOLIS Jason Johnson pitched a five-hitter and struck out a career-high 11 to lead Detroit.

Johnson (7-7) threw his fourth career complete game, first by shutout. He threw 119 pitches 84 for strikes and walked one.

Eric Munson hit a two-run homer in the second inning, the only mistake by Minnesota's Johan Santana, who reached double-digit strikeouts for the fifth straight start.

Santana (7-6) fanned 11 in eight innings, allowing just two hits and two walks. He retired his last 18 batters after bobbling a grounder by Omar Infante for an error in the third inning.

Royals 11, Orioles 7

BALTIMORE (AP) Mike Sweeney had two homers and three RBIs, keying a 17-hit attack that carried Kansas City past the Orioles.



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