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AL: Red Sox blank, sweep Yankees

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Published April 26, 2004

NEW YORK - Pedro Martinez held the lead and left Yankee Stadium a winner. Derek Jeter, of all people, was booed loudly by New York fans.

Six months later, a whole lot has changed.

Martinez and Scott Williamson shut down the Yankees with a four-hitter, and Manny Ramirez hit a two-run homer off Javier Vazquez for a 2-0 Boston win Sunday that completed a weekend blowout in the Bronx.

With its first series sweep of New York since 1999, Boston improved to 6-1 against the Yankees for the first time since 1913 - when the Red Sox were defending World Series champions.

Martinez (3-1), using a biting breaking ball, allowed four hits, walked one and struck out seven, five of them called third strikes.

Pitching on three days' rest for the second time in his career, Vazquez (2-2) struck out eight in six innings and allowed four hits but dropped to 0-3 against Boston.

In addition to jeers for New York, chants of "Let's Go Red Sox!" could be heard from the crowd of 55,338.

"The booing is directed at a lot of people, and it should be," said Jeter, hitless in a career-high 25 at-bats after going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. "We haven't played well. It shows that people care."

Even Jeter's mother and father aren't waiting for him after games.

"When my parents walk out on me, you're not doing too well," he said. "They're probably getting booed, too."

BLUE JAYS 15, ORIOLES 3: Roy Halladay cruised and Chris Woodward had a career-high four hits for visiting Toronto.

Carlos Delgado and Eric Hinske each had three RBIs, and Vernon Wells and Woodward drove in two runs apiece for the Jays, who roughed up Sidney Ponson and won their second straight game for the first time.

Halladay (2-3) allowed three runs - two earned - and seven hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out three, improving to 10-2 against Baltimore.

Toronto, which set season highs for runs and hits (17), has won three of four. But the Blue Jays' 6-12 start still matches the worst in franchise history.

TWINS 4, ROYALS 2: Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer in his first game since coming off the disabled list for visiting Minnesota. Hunter, out since April 7 with a strained right hamstring, capped the Twins' four-run third. Carlos Silva (3-0) gave up one run and nine hits in seven innings. He struck out two and walked none.

ANGELS 4, ATHLETICS 3: Tim Salmon broke out of a slump in a big way, hitting a three-run homer to lift visiting Anaheim to a three-game sweep. Salmon, hitless in his previous 13 at-bats, erased a one-run deficit in the sixth and sent the A's to their first home sweep since May 2002, a span of 49 series. Ramon Ortiz (1-2) allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings. He lowered his ERA from 12.66 to 9.76.

RANGERS 14, MARINERS 6: Laynce Nix, Rod Barajas and rookie Adrian Gonzalez hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning to match a team record, and host Texas swept Seattle. Nix also hit a leadoff homer in the fourth and had a career-high five RBIs. Kevin Mench had a homer and a triple among his career-best four hits and tied a team record with five runs scored. Bret Boone had three hits for Seattle.

INDIANS 3, TIGERS 2: Jake Westbrook dominated host Detroit for the second time in a week, allowing two runs on two hits in his first start. Westbrook (1-1), who pitched seven perfect innings of relief against the Tigers on Monday, had retired 27 straight batters over three appearances before Carlos Pena homered with two outs in the second.

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