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© St. Petersburg Times, published May 3, 2001


Fans sully Twins' victory

MINNEAPOLIS -- This was not the kind of fan support the Twins were looking for.

Angry with Chuck Knoblauch, the crowd nearly cost Minnesota a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

Metrodome fans threw objects, including golf balls, hot dogs and plastic beer bottles, toward the former Twin, causing umpires to pull the Yankees off the field for 12 minutes in the sixth inning. The game also was delayed in the eighth for about 5 minutes.

"We were close to calling that game," crew chief Dan Morrison said. "But it didn't get to that point. It's a gut feeling. When I feel fans are totally out of hand, then I call the game. It's not that black-and-white."

Fans finally calmed down, and Minnesota beat New York as Doug Mientkiewicz went 4-for-4 with two RBI and Torii Hunter drove in two runs.

"If you want to boo Knoblauch, that's fine. I can't blame everybody for what a few people were doing," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "But there's no place for this."

Knoblauch didn't speak to reporters after the game.

Fans threw quarters Monday at Knoblauch, playing left in his former home stadium for the first time. Knoblauch, booed throughout the series, was dealt to New York in February 1998 after he asked for a trade.

Wednesday, the game was delayed for 12 minutes with two outs in the sixth and the Twins leading 4-1 after Mientkiewicz's two-run single chased Orlando Hernandez.

During the delay, Minnesota manager Tom Kelly strolled out to leftfield, pleading with fans to stop.

Metrodome public address announcer Bob Casey lectured the crowd. "Please stop throwing things," Casey said. "This is an important game! Now quit this!"

Mike Stanton relieved Hernandez in the sixth, minutes before the Yankees were sent to the dugout.

MARINERS 5, RED SOX 1: Aaron Sele became the major leagues' second five-game winner and Edgar Martinez drove in host Seattle's first three runs.

Sele matched Minnesota's Brad Radke at 5-0.

Martinez had a run-scoring double in the fourth off Hideo Nomo and a two-run single in the fifth.

In a duel between two of Japan's top players, Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-2 against Nomo but helped his team break a tie at 1 in the fifth by getting hit in the back.

A'S 6, BLUE JAYS 0: Miguel Tejada homered twice and drove in four runs to lead Oakland.

Mark Mulder pitched a three-hitter for his first complete game in 33 career starts. The A's had lost four straight overall and eight in a row at home, their worst skid in Oakland since 1994.

Frank Menechino also homered for the A's, who still have the worst home record in the majors at 2-9.

Esteban Loaiza allowed six runs in five innings, the worst of his six starts. He had not allowed more than three runs in any start going in and had given up one home run.

INDIANS 8, ROYALS 4: Marty Cordova hit a three-run homer for the second straight night, backing rookie C.C. Sabathia for Cleveland.

Juan Gonzalez drove in two runs, giving him 31 RBI in 25 games, as the Indians won their fourth in a row for the first time this season.

Roberto Alomar was 4-for-5 for the Indians, who have won seven of their past eight road games.

TIGERS 8, RANGERS 4: Juan Encarnacion and Dean Palmer each hit two-run doubles as visiting Detroit scored the first seven runs.

Detroit starter Chris Holt, a Dallas native who grew up a Rangers fan, pitched into the seventh to win in his first appearance against his hometown team. Matt Anderson allowed one run in three innings for his first save in three opportunities.

ATHLETICS 12, WHITE SOX 5: Adam Kennedy homered and drove in four runs, and Bengie Molina had three RBI for host Anaheim. Scott Spiezio drove in two runs to help fuel a season-high 16-hit attack that sent the defending AL Central champs to their 13th loss in 17 games.

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