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AL: Foes keep streaking apart

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April 11, 2003


DETROIT -- The Royals and Tigers are finding it hard to believe what has happened to them in the first 10 days of the season.

Kansas City extended its winning streak to seven games to start the season, getting a homer and three RBIs from Raul Ibanez in a 4-2 victory over winless Detroit on Thursday.

"This is a lot of fun," Ibanez said. "It is still early, so things are magnified if you are doing well or doing poorly, but when you can string a bunch of victories together like this, you are definitely going to enjoy it."

Miguel Asencio allowed one unearned run in five innings for the Royals, who remained the only undefeated team in baseball and extended their team record for the best start to a season.

"I didn't want to be the first one to lose," Asencio said. "Everyone played together today, and that's all we are doing this year. We stay together and we never let our heads get down."

The Tigers matched the 1962-63 Mets as the only teams to lose their first eight in back-to-back seasons. A loss today against the White Sox would make Detroit the only team with consecutive 0-9 starts. The Tigers went 0-11 last season.

"We knew we had some work to do, but this is not what we expected," rookie Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "Obviously, we want to get a win, but we aren't going to pack our tent because we are 0-8. We're just going to deal with it and try again."

RANGERS 5, A'S 4: Carl Everett and Mark Teixeira provided the power and the bullpen saved the day for host Texas.

Everett hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth and Teixeira hit his first major-league home run as the Rangers rallied from a four-run deficit.

"It was an entire team effort and the bullpen came through," Everett said. "With the type of team we have, even when we're four runs down we're within striking distance."

Francisco Cordero pitched a hitless eighth to pick up the victory. Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his third save to help the Rangers stop a three-game losing streak despite issuing 11 walks.

YANKEES 2, TWINS 0: So much for all those worries about David Wells being distracted.

Looking sharp as ever, Wells pitched a three-hitter and Hideki Matsui delivered a two-run double, sending host New York to its fourth straight victory.

"I'm not really thinking too much out there right now," Wells said. "I'm just throwing the ball."

The Yankees improved to 8-1, their best start since posting the same record to open 1988. New York sent the defending Central champions to their sixth loss in a row.

Wells pitched for the first time at Yankee Stadium this season, and the first time since he was fined $100,000 by the Yankees for writing his autobiography.

RED SOX 8, BLUE JAYS 7: Johnny Damon homered twice and Trot Nixon drove in four as visiting Boston snapped Toronto's five-game winning streak.

Nixon's tiebreaking two-run shot in the eighth off Cliff Politte gave Boston a 6-4 lead. Nixon went 3-for-3 with a walk for the Red Sox, who avoided a three-game sweep.

ANGELS 3, MARINERS 0: Jarrod Washburn pitched eight sharp innings and Brad Fullmer hit a two-run homer for visiting Anaheim.

Washburn held Seattle to five hits by maintaining a low pitch count each inning and keeping the Mariners out of scoring position almost all night. He bounced back from a loss at Oakland on Saturday, when he left in the seventh trailing 4-1.

WHITE SOX 7, INDIANS 2: Mark Buehrle wasted little time while shutting down Cleveland hitters for seven innings and Magglio Ordonez homered for Chicago.

Working quickly on another chilly night at Jacobs Field, Buehrle extended his scoreless streak to 18 innings before allowing a run with two outs in the sixth.

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