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AL Roundup

September 23, 2000

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Yankees lose again

New York Paul O'Neill was so frustrated that he didn't even sound angry.

"It was embarrassing tonight," he said. "Right now, anything that can possibly happen that can go wrong is going wrong."

Hideo Nomo matched his season high with nine strikeouts and Deivi Cruz drove in three runs as the Detroit Tigers sent New York to its first six-game losing streak in three years, beating the Yankees 9-6 Friday night.

O'Neill returning to the lineup after a week off to rest his injured right hip, went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and a sacrifice fly. Tino Martinez also was 0-for-4, leaving his hitless streak at a career-high 28 at-bats.

"We have to start winning some games," Bernie Williams said. "There's no doubt about that."

The two-time defending World Series champions, who last lost six straight to Philadelphia and Baltimore from Sept. 1-6, 1997, haven't even led in 54 consecutive innings.

Jorge Posada is 4-for-25 with 11 strikeouts and Chuck Knoblauch is 4-for-28 although he did walk three times against Nomo (8-11), who allowed three runs and four hits in six-plus innings.

White Sox 5, Twins 4

Minneapolis Ray Durham took a few awkward steps and collapsed, falling face first onto the artificial turf. What followed were some of the most scary moments in this very memorable season for the Chicago White Sox.

The All-Star second baseman lay dazed and confused at the Metrodome as his teammates, trainer Herm Schneider, manager Jerry Manuel and a Twins team doctor went quickly to his side Friday night. Not until after they beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 did they know their friend was OK.

Durham was carted off the field and taken to a hospital, where X-rays and a CT scan were normal, Schneider said.

The diagnosis was bruised ribs from a head-first home plate slide and collision with Twins catcher A.J. Pierzynski minutes before his collapse.

After returning to the clubhouse following the game, Chicago's leadoff hitter sat on a training room table, still looking woozy.

"I don't know what I did. I'm all right now, I'm just a little sore," Durham said, adding he'll need a few days to get right again.

"All that is sore is my ribs. Everything else is OK."

Durham wasn't sure what happened.

"For a moment there I was kind of out of it," he said. "I was talking and they kept talking to me and asking me questions. Good thing I answered the questions right."

In the top of the third, Durham slid head-first into the plate to score a run.

Back on the bench, he rubbed his midsection.

In the bottom half, Durham had taken warmups he had just thrown a ball over Konerko's head at first base when he took a few steps toward the dugout.

"I was running off the field and I just felt like I had heavy legs. It's happened before, but it was a long time ago," he said.

Orioles 3, Red Sox 1

Boston Sidney Ponson pitched a four-hitter and Greg Myers hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning.

Ponson (9-12) struck out three and didn't allow a runner past first in the final six innings of his sixth complete game of the season.

Myers gave Ponson all the runs he'd need when he pulled a fastball from Ramon Martinez (10-8) into the right field stands for a two-run homer that broke a 1-all tie in the fifth.

Devil Rays 3, Blue Jays 2

Toronto The Tampa Bay Devil Rays stopped their 10-game losing streak the longest in the AL this season as Greg Vaughn hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning to beat the Blue Jays.

Tampa Bay rookie catcher Toby Hall rapped his first major league hit in the second inning, and hit his first major league home run in his next at-bat in the fifth.

Tony Batista drew a leadoff walk from Roberto Hernandez in the ninth.

After Darrin Fletcher singled for his fourth hit of the game, Jose Cruz Jr. sacrificed the runners into scoring position.

Angels 2, Rangers 1

Arlington, Texas Rookie Bengie Molina had three hits for the fourth time in eight games, and played a part in both Anaheim runs.

Molina, who scored a run and drove in the other, has an eight-game hitting streak in which he is hitting .500 (16-for-32). His 66 RBIs are the most by an Angels' catcher since Lance Parrish had 69 in 1990. Texas' Rafael Palmeiro went 0-for-3 to snap a 10-game hitting streak and remained one home run shy of becoming the 32nd major leaguer with 400 career homers.

A's 8, Mariners 3

Seattle The Athletics took over the wild card lead and tightened the AL West race, getting two-run singles by Eric Chavez and Jeremy Giambi in a five-run first inning. The Athletics closed within one game of Seattle for the division lead. They also moved one game ahead of Cleveland, a 3-2 loser to Kansas City, for the wild card spot. The A's won for the seventh time in eight games.

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