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AL: Tigers can only tie Mets

By Associated Press
Published September 28, 2003

DETROIT - The Tigers staved off history with a startling rally, coming from eight runs down to beat the Minnesota Twins 9-8 on a wild pitch in the ninth Saturday night.

Detroit was in danger of matching the modern major-league record of 120 losses set by the expansion 1962 Mets before pulling off its biggest comeback in 38 years.

After trailing 8-0 early, the Tigers scored three in the seventh and four in the eighth to tie.

In the ninth, former Devil Rays prospect Alex Sanchez walked with one out and stole two bases. Warren Morris then struck out on a wild pitch from Jesse Orosco as the ball went to the backstop.

Sanchez scored standing up as the Tigers streamed from the dugout and the sparse crowd cheered.

Detroit won for the fourth time in five games, this one against the Central champion Twins, who started eight regulars but pulled all before the eighth.

YANKEES 6, ORIOLES 2: Roger Clemens walked off a winner in the final regular-season start of his storied career, leading host New York.

Manager Joe Torre and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre sent Clemens to the mound before the seventh, with the Rocket thinking he was going to pitch one more inning.

When Clemens started firing warmup pitches, everybody on the bench got a good chuckle. Torre came out and lifted Clemens so he could walk off to a thunderous ovation.

Clemens earned his 310th victory and Juan Rivera homered twice for the Yankees, who reached 100 wins for the second straight season.

BLUE JAYS 5, INDIANS 4: Host Toronto's Roy Halladay became the only 22-game winner in the major leagues and set a team record for wins.

WHITE SOX 19, ROYALS 3: Carl Everett and Joe Crede each drove in four as visiting Chicago scored its most runs against Kansas City since the Royals joined the league in 1969.

MARINERS 7, A'S 4: Ichiro Suzuki hit a tiebreaking single and Rey Sanchez had a two-run double in the sixth for host Seattle.

RANGERS 12, ANGELS 3: Rafael Palmeiro drove in four and Gerald Laird hit his first major-league home run as visiting Texas snapped a five-game skid.

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