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AL: Control woes can't stop K.C.

©Associated Press
April 23, 2003

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Even on a night when their pitchers struggled, the Royals kept on winning.

Joe Randa hit a three-run homer and Runelvys Hernandez overcame wildness to win his fourth straight decision as Kansas City beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 for its 15th victory in 18 games.

Kansas City pitchers walked a season-high 10, but the early 4-0 lead was just enough. Mike MacDougal allowed two runs in the ninth before completing the four-hitter.

"You just try to get them into some kind of rhythm," catcher Brent Mayne said. "Runelvys didn't have quite the control he's had the last three or four games. Neither did MacDougal. They still battled through it. Runelvys just kept going at it, mixing his pitches up."

Randa broke a scoreless tie with the third-inning homer off Kenny Rogers that followed a single by Carlos Febles and a walk by Michael Tucker.

Raul Ibanez added a run-scoring double in the inning as the Royals sent Minnesota to its fifth consecutive loss. Kansas City, which has won four straight, is off to the best start in the history of the franchise, which started play in 1969.

Hernandez gave up one run and three hits in 62/3 innings and walked a career-high six.

YANKEES 8, ANGELS 3: Six months later, New York took a big lead against Anaheim and held on.

On the 100th anniversary of New York's first game, the visiting Yankees defeated the team that knocked them out of last year's playoffs, beating the World Series champions behind Jeff Weaver.

Jorge Posada hit his sixth homer of the season, and New York's rotation improved to 15-0, the best beginning for starting pitchers in history. Weaver gave up three runs and nine hits in 61/3 innings.

After winning four straight AL pennants, and World Series titles from 1998-2000, the Yankees were eliminated 3-1 by Anaheim in the first round. New York led in every game of the series, including 6-1 in Game 3, which the Angels won 9-6.

RED SOX 5, RANGERS 4: Pedro Martinez allowed an unearned run and three hits in seven innings, overcoming a bout of wildness to lead visiting Boston. Manny Ramirez homered and had three hits for the Red Sox, who won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Martinez walked six, one short of his career high and his most since walking six Yankees on Sept. 8, 1998. He also had a season-high eight strikeouts.

MARINERS 8, INDIANS 5: Mike Cameron hit a grand slam off Danys Baez in the ninth to cap a five-run rally for host Seattle.

The Indians scored three times in the top of the ninth to take a 5-3 lead, but Seattle fought back against Baez. Randy Winn singled, Bret Boone walked, and Edgar Martinez singled home Winn.

John Olerud walked to load the bases, and Cameron followed with his fourth career slam.

WHITE SOX 3, ORIOLES 1: Esteban Loaiza took a three-hit shutout into the ninth and won his fourth straight start for visiting Chicago.

Loaiza was replaced after Jay Gibbons hit a homer in the ninth. Loaiza struck out eight, walked none and hit two batters in lowering his ERA to 1.24.

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