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AL: Royals top winless Tigers, stay unbeaten

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April 10, 2003

DETROIT -- Dee Brown and the Royals kept up their winning ways Wednesday. No such luck for the Tigers.

Brown hit his first career grand slam and Brent Mayne added a three-run shot as the unbeaten Royals downed the winless Tigers 9-6.

The 6-0 start is the best in Royals history.

"I'm not surprised we're winning, but I don't like talking about it," Brown said. "Just keep playing and doing what we've got to do."

At 0-7, Detroit became only the second team in major-league history to start successive seasons with at least seven straight losses. The Tigers were 0-11 last year.

The 1962-63 Mets were 0-9 and 0-8 in their first two seasons.

"We're 0-7, and I'm sure people are thinking it's the same old story, which I guess it is," first-year Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. "But the first thing is that we're not going to quit. We're going to keep battling and, hopefully, tomorrow is the day."

His team missed a chance to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth. Bobby Higginson, running from first, was hit by Carlos Pena's grounder for the final out.

Detroit doubled its run total for the season.

YANKEES 2, TWINS 1: Mike Mussina allowed no earned runs in eight innings to beat Minnesota for the 19th time in 21 decisions, and host New York got home runs from Jorge Posada and Raul Mondesi.

Mussina allowed one run and six hits in eight innings and improved his winning percentage against the Twins to .905 -- the best for any active pitcher against any team.

Mussina outdueled Kyle Lohse on a chilly night at Yankee Stadium where the ball didn't carry well.

Lohse retired the first nine and did not allow a hit out of the infield until Posada and Mondesi homered in the fifth.

That gave the Yankees 19 homers in their first eight games -- one shy of the AL record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Yankees set the record in 1932 and Seattle matched it five years ago. St. Louis set the major-league mark of 23 in 2000.

BLUE JAYS 10, RED SOX 5: Vernon Wells hit a grand slam as host Toronto rallied for its fifth straight victory.

Mike Bordick doubled twice and drove in three for the Blue Jays, who have not lost since dropping their first three games of the season to the Yankees.

Manny Ramirez extended his career-high hitting streak to 22 games with a three-run homer for the Red Sox, who have lost three of four.

Toronto starter Tanyon Sturtze won his second straight start.

ATHLETICS 13, RANGERS 5: Miguel Tejada and Scott Hatteberg homered and had three hits for visiting Oakland.

Rangers slugger Rafael Palmeiro hit his 493rd homer, tying Lou Gehrig for 19th on the career list.

Mark Mulder worked into the sixth for his seventh consecutive win in a span of 11 starts, giving up four runs on nine hits.

The A's have won five in a row for new manager Ken Macha and are 7-1, their best start since 1991.

ANGELS 5, MARINERS 1: Scott Spiezo went 3-for-4, including a home run, with three RBIs for visiting Anaheim, which ended a four-game skid.

Spiezo drove in Darin Erstad and Garrett Anderson with a single in the first, when the Angels scored three against Joel Pineiro. Spiezo then homered in the ninth to make it 5-1 and give Kevin Appier the win.

INDIANS 5, WHITE SOX 2: Brian Anderson won his first appearance with the Indians at Jacobs Field since the 1997 World Series.

Only 14,841 -- the smallest crowd in the Jake's 10-year history -- attended in nearly freezing temperatures. It was the fewest fans to see an Indians home game since Sept. 20, 1993, at Cleveland Stadium.

Anderson allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, and rookie Brandon Phillips hit his first career homer off Jon Garland.

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