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AL: Orioles win for new boss

By Associated Press
Published August 5, 2005

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Sammy Sosa, Rodrigo Lopez and B.J. Ryan made sure to stay focused after the Baltimore Orioles fired manager Lee Mazzilli.

Sosa picked up the listless Orioles with a two-run homer, Lopez rebounded nicely from his worst start of the season and Ryan got four outs in a 4-1 victory Thursday that snapped Baltimore's season-worst eight-game losing streak.

"I was surprised when I walked in here today and found out," Sosa said. "Mr. Mazzilli was great to me. I feel sad about what happened to him, and I wish him the best. But nobody's quitting in here. We're going to be all right."

It's been a miserable week for the Orioles, who lost star slugger Rafael Palmeiro on Monday after he tested positive for steroids. He still has six days left on his suspension.

But Sam Perlozzo won his first game after being promoted from bench coach to interim manager.

"It's a bittersweet day," said Perlozzo, reiterating one of his pregame remarks.

... At the same time, I'm happy that I have an opportunity and I hope to make the best of it. But the team needed a win more than I needed a win. Trust me. I guess I should go thank Sammy for the home run, shouldn't I?"

RED SOX 11, ROYALS 9: Matt Clement struggled in his first start since getting hit in the head by a line drive, but Jason Varitek's grand slam highlighted an eight-run fourth inning and helped host Boston rally for its eighth straight win.

Clement was hit behind his right ear by Carl Crawford's liner at Tropicana Field nine days earlier. He was wild in his return, issuing four walks in five innings, and allowed six runs on five hits before leaving with a 9-5 lead.

YANKEES 4, INDIANS 3: Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi homered off Bob Wickman in the ninth inning as New York avoided being swept in Cleveland for the first time since 1970.

Giambi also connected in the fifth for New York.

Rodriguez, who struck out in his first two at-bats and grounded into an inning-ending double play, tied it 3-3 with his 30th homer, a long shot into the left-field bleachers off Wickman. Giambi connected one out later.

ATHLETICS 5, TWINS 2: Eric Chavez's single drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to help Barry Zito win his eighth straight start, and visiting Oakland won for the 34th time in its last 42 games.

Zito hasn't lost since June 17 against Philadelphia.

The Twins have lost seven of eight and 11 of 14.

TIGERS 3, MARINERS 1: Sean Douglass pitched eight strong innings and Placido Polanco scored twice to lead host Detroit over Seattle, spoiling the debut of 19-year-old pitcher Felix Hernandez.

The highly touted Hernandez gave up two runs - one earned - and three hits in five innings in his major league debut for Seattle.

Hernandez became the youngest major league starter since Jose Rijo pitched for the New York Yankees in 1984.

WHITE SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 4: Tadahito Iguchi hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning as host Chicago avoided a three-game sweep.

After Toronto tied the score in the eighth on Russ Adams' RBI double off Damaso Marte, Iguchi lifted an 0-1 pitch from Justin Speier over the right-field fence leading off the bottom half.

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