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AL: Angels pile it on the Yankees

By Wire services
Published May 13, 2004

NEW YORK - Aaron Sele's pitches kept the Yankees in check, but it was a throw by a rookie shortstop that had New York ticked off.

Jose Guillen and Adam Kennedy homered, leading Sele and the Angels to an 11-2 victory Wednesday night.

The Yankees lost star catcher Jorge Posada to a broken nose when he was hit in the face with Alfredo Amezaga's submarine relay while breaking up a double play.

"I don't think he should have gone underneath like that. I thought he could have just gone over the top," manager Joe Torre said. "I'm not saying he wanted to hurt him, but I thought it was unnecessary to do that."

Amezaga was upset about the injury and said he'd like to apologize to Posada.

"He was a little late with the slide and I couldn't go over the top," Amezaga said. "It's part of baseball. I wasn't trying to hit him."

Posada had surgery to set his nose and is expected to miss at least three or four games.

Casey Kotchman of St. Petersburg broke the game open with a three-run double in the eighth inning, and Anaheim scored five times for an 8-2 lead. The surging Angels have won 10 of 11 and have the best record in the AL at 23-11.

The Yankees lost for only the third time in 14 games.

INDIANS 6, RED SOX 4: Cliff Lee pitched six strong innings and Jody Gerut had three hits to help in visiting Cleveland's 1,000th victory over Boston.

Tim Laker homered for Cleveland, which took advantage of three Boston errors to win for the second time in eight games. The struggling Indians bullpen protected the lead - barely.

David Riske and Rick White each pitched a scoreless inning, and Rafael Betancourt struck out the side in the ninth, but not before giving up two runs.

Lee gave up two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out eight. He has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his seven starts.

Tim Wakefield allowed a season-high six earned runs on eight hits, a walk and hit a batter. He struck out six in six innings.

ATHLETICS 2, TIGERS 1: Rich Harden allowed one run in seven solid innings and Adam Melhuse homered for visiting Oakland.

Harden has won consecutive starts after giving up seven hits and striking out eight in helping the A's to their season-high third consecutive win.

Arthur Rhodes pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save, and first since Friday.

Bobby Kielty broke a tie at 1 in the seventh with a sacrifice fly. Bobby Crosby singled with one out, moved to third on Mark Kotsay's single and Kielty drove him in with a fly to right.

Jeremy Bonderman lost for the first time in three tries against his former team. He allowed two runs on four hits and five walks in seven innings.

TWINS 4, MARINERS 3: Brad Radke took a shutout into the ninth inning and host Minnesota held on after Edgar Martinez's 300th home run.

Doug Mientkiewicz hit a two-run homer to back Radke, who allowed back-to-back singles starting the ninth before Martinez's shot barely cleared the big wall in right.

Radke gave up 10 hits, struck out four and walked one. Joe Nathan got three outs for his ninth save in 10 tries.

Freddy Garcia, impressive through his first six starts this season, gave up four runs, three earned, and seven hits in 71/3 innings.

Seattle, which has won at least 91 games in each of its past four seasons, lost its fourth in a row and dropped 101/2 games behind West-leading Anaheim.

ROYALS 4, BLUE JAYS 3: Mike Sweeney's two-out, two-run double in the ninth skidded past third baseman Eric Hinske and gave host Kansas City the win.

Sweeney's winner off Terry Adams gave the Royals back-to-back victories for the first time since April 9-11, when they took three straight from Cleveland.

Adams, who blew a save for the first time in two opportunities, gave up a single to Desi Relaford to open the ninth but then retired Aaron Guiel and Angel Berroa on ground balls.

Carlos Beltran followed with a walk before Sweeney delivered. The ball got past Hinske's backhand try and down the leftfield line. Beltran raced home from first, easily beating the relay.

ORIOLES-WHITE SOX POSTPONED: The game in Chicago was called because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

[Last modified May 13, 2004, 02:20:18]


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