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AL: Twins still helpless against Yankees

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April 22, 2003

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins were glad to see the New York Yankees leave town Monday.

Alfonso Soriano hit a grand slam and Nick Johnson homered twice to give David Wells more than enough support as the Yankees completed their second straight season sweep of the Twins 15-1.

"We got lambasted," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We're a long way from being in their league, from what I saw out there."

The Yankees won all four games this weekend and have beaten the Twins 13 straight times the past two seasons, out-homering them 31-2 in that span.

"I'd like to give you my glove and let you try to face that lineup," Minnesota starter Rick Reed told reporters after giving up a career-high 11 runs.

Wells, who pitched a perfect game against Minnesota in 1998, ran the rotation's record to 14-0, the longest winning streak to start a season since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

In this series, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina and Wells struck out 26 in 291/3 innings, giving up 23 hits and six runs.

"It comes down to starting pitching," said Bernie Williams, who hit a two-run homer in the ninth off J.C. Romero. "It just gives our offense a good chance to get something going. It is a luxury we are experiencing right now."

Wells pitched a seven-hitter for his second complete game of the season, both against the Twins. Dustan Mohr spoiled the shutout bid in the eighth with his second home run of the season.

Erick Almonte had a career-high three hits and Raul Mondesi also went 3-for-4 for the Yankees, who had 14 hits and lead the majors with 39 homers.

"Our confidence is sky high right now," manager Joe Torre said.

New York has more homers than Detroit has runs (34).

"Everything we threw up there, they whacked," Gardenhire said.

BLUE JAYS 11, RED SOX 6: Chris Woodward didn't call time and step out of the box as the crowd cheered and the roar of F-15 fighter jets approached to signify the start of the Boston Marathon.

Instead, he hit a two-run homer.

Woodward's homer keyed a 17-hit effort as Toronto recovered from blowing a five-run lead one day earlier.

Greg Myers homered and drove in four runs as the Blue Jays snapped Boston's seven-game winning streak.

With the Blue Jays in the middle of a five-run third and leading 5-0, Woodward hit John Burkett's pitch into the seats above the Green Monster as the sound of the jets echoed through Fenway Park.

"It was kind of neat. It was kind of cool," Woodward said. "I couldn't really hear the crack of the bat. I heard the crowd cheer. I heard them coming. I was going to call timeout, but he was in his stretch."

INDIANS 9, WHITE SOX 2: Ellis Burks and Karim Garcia each homered twice as visiting Cleveland set a season high in runs and won its second in a row.

Carlos Lee went deep in his fifth straight game for Chicago, matching a club record. But it wasn't enough to catch the Indians, who have won two straight for the first time since the season-opening series at Baltimore.

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