KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Javier Vazquez pitched the New York Yankees to their second consecutive shutout, and Derek Jeter homered and doubled twice Wednesday in a 3-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Tony Clark also connected for the Yankees. They entered the day with a four-game lead over Boston in the AL East and have a day off before beginning a three-game series against the Red Sox on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
Jason Giambi went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his second game back from the disabled list. He is hitless in his last 28 major league at-bats, the longest slump of his career.
Vazquez (14-9) allowed just three hits and four walks, striking out seven for his first win in six starts since beating Toronto 11-4 on Aug. 6. He was 0-3 with a 9.99 ERA in his previous five outings.
Twins 6, White Sox 1
MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Silva pitched one-hit ball into the sixth inning before leaving with a bruised right ankle, and Minnesota won its eighth in a row, beating the Chicago White Sox.
Minnesota reduced its magic number to six for clinching the division. The AL Central leader has a 12 1/2-game cushion over second-place Chicago with 17 games left.
Red Sox 8, Devil Rays 6
BOSTON -- Manny Ramirez hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly, and Kevin Millar and Mark Bellhorn had two-run homers to lift Boston over Tampa Bay.
The Red Sox, who remained four games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East, avoided losing three straight for the first time since July 2. They began the day with a 4 1/2-game lead over Anaheim in the wild-card race.
With the score tied at 6 in the sixth, Boston loaded the bases with no outs on walks by Doug Mirabelli, Kevin Youkilis and Johnny Damon. One batter later, Ramirez lined out to right, scoring pinch-runner Adam Hyzdu.
Indians 5, Tigers 3
CLEVELAND -- Ben Broussard's two-run double sparked a three-run eighth inning, sending Cleveland past Detroit.
Broussard pulled the first pitch from Esteban Yan (2-4) just inside the first-base bag with two outs to put Cleveland ahead 4-3. Ryan Ludwick followed with an RBI double that was inches fair down the left-field line to make it 5-3.
Blue Jays 3, Orioles 0
TORONTO -- Ted Lilly pitched eight scoreless innings, and Toronto ended a four-game losing skid with a win over Baltimore.
The Orioles' Matt Riley took a one-hopper off his jaw and collapsed after his second pitch of the game. Riley (1-4) laid on the mound for a few minutes, but stayed in the game, allowing two hits and seven walks in seven innings.
Rangers 10, Athletics 3
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer off Mark Mulder, and Texas beat Oakland for the second time in three nights.
Hank Blalock had a homer and a two-run double, and Alfonso Soriano also homered and drove in two runs for the Rangers.
The Rangers' playoff hopes seemed dead last week, but they moved within four games of the A's, who remained two games ahead of second-place Anaheim.
Mariners 1, Angels 0
SEATTLE -- Ryan Franklin ended an 11-game losing streak, outpitching John Lackey to lead Seattle over Anaheim.
Franklin (4-15), who hadn't won in 17 starts since June 5, tied a career best by allowing just two hits. He walked two and struck out four while throwing his second career shutout and third complete game.
The Angels fell 5 1/2 games behind Boston in the American League wild-card race.
Lackey (12-12) pitched 7 2-3 innings, allowing one run on five hits and two walks. He struck out a career-high 10.
Seattle's run came on Raul Ibanez's RBI single off Francisco Rodriguez with two outs in the eighth.
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