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AL: Yanks muscle past Tigers

Associated Press
Published May 25, 2005


NEW YORK - Maybe the Detroit Tigers just got tired of seeing Alex Rodriguez tee off against Wilfredo Ledezma.

Rodriguez and Jorge Posada each homered twice, and the surging Yankees routed Detroit 12-3 Tuesday night behind Mike Mussina to move three games over .500 for the first time this season.

Both of Rodriguez's home runs came off Ledezma, giving him four in four career at-bats against the left-hander.

"I think it's pretty obvious that he's comfortable against him," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.

Rodriguez, who leads the majors with 16 homers and 46 RBIs, was plunked near the hip by Franklyn German in the seventh, a pitch that appeared to be intentional.

"You have to pitch inside. It was a sinker that moved too much. I didn't want to hit him. What can you do?" German said.

Rodriguez jogged to first without a problem but was removed from the game just as several other Yankees regulars had been.

"I don't want to talk about it, so many good things happened tonight," Rodriguez said. "It feels like I got stung pretty good."

Paul Quantrill retaliated in the eighth, throwing behind Jason Smith, then hitting him with a pitch in the back. That brought the Tigers out of their dugout, and Quantrill egged them on, gesturing for them to come out for a fight.

"If they want to come out on the field and chirp, then just come out to the mound," Quantrill said. "When guys get wild when our guys are having a fantastic day at the plate, that leads to tension. The guy pitching for the Tigers, whatever his name is, it must have been the rain, the ball was slippery."

The Yankees never left their bench, and order was quickly restored with no punches thrown. New York manager Joe Torre and Quantrill were ejected.

"I lost a lot of respect for him," Detroit's Rondell White said. "You don't throw, trying to hit somebody up near his head, and then do that. It was terrible. We wanted him to know we didn't like it."

Robinson Cano hit his first major-league homer and Gary Sheffield also connected, showing his sore left hand is healthy enough.

BLUE JAYS 9, RED SOX 6: Reed Johnson homered twice, including a tiebreaking three-run drive in the ninth for host Toronto.

With the score tied at 6, Orlando Hudson singled with one out in the ninth off Alan Embree, John McDonald walked and Johnson hit the Blue Jays' first game-ending home run of the season.

ORIOLES 3, MARINERS 2: Jay Gibbons homered to break an eighth-inning tie, and host Baltimore rallied to spoil the return of former manager Mike Hargrove.

Melvin Mora had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who stranded 13 but got the clutch hits they needed late in the game.

TWINS 6, INDIANS 3 (11): Justin Morneau dropped in a three-run double just out of centerfielder Grady Sizemore's reach with two outs in the 11th, lifting visiting Minnesota.

Twins starter Joe Mays was four outs from his first career win against Cleveland when the Indians rallied to tie it at 3 in the eighth with an unearned run off Juan Rincon.

WHITE SOX 2, ANGELS 1 (11): Tadahito Iguchi doubled in Joe Crede with two outs in the 11th for visiting Chicago. The score had been tied at 1 since the fourth, when Anaheim's Garret Anderson drove in Chone Figgins with a double.

RANGERS 4, ROYALS 3: Richard Hidalgo homered twice to back Ryan Drese, and host Texas won its fourth in a row. Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 15th save in 17 chances, helping the Rangers move five games over .500 for the first time this season.