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American League Roundup: A’s slug White Sox, 16-1

April 28, 2002

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— The homer-happy Oakland Athletics made Mike Fyhrie's job easy.

Scott Hatteberg, Terrence Long, Carlos Pena and Frank Menechino all homered in a seven-run third inning as Oakland routed Chicago, 16-1, Saturday.

Olmedo Saenz added another home run in the eighth inning. The A's have homered in 14 straight games and lead the majors with 40 home runs.

"We put it to them," Fyhrie said. "It's a lot easier to pitch with that than in a one-run, two-run game."

Fyhrie, called up to replace Mark Mulder in Athletics' rotation, allowed one run on four hits over a career-high seven innings for his first major league victory.

Fyhrie (1-1) made seven starts for Anaheim in 1999 but did not earn a win. He made 51 relief appearances between starts.

"I finally got it," he said, displaying the ball in his locker.

The four-homer inning matched a franchise record.

Hatteberg hit a solo home run, Long added a three-run shot to right and Pena hit another solo homer off Mark Buehrle (4-2). Menechino added a two-run home run on Michael Porzio's first pitch in relief to give the A's a 9-1 lead.

"It was a lot of fun to see everybody getting good at-bats over and over," Pena said. "You become a fan watching your teammates crushing the ball."

The White Sox have dropped eight straight against the A's dating to last season.

"Every now and then you run into somebody who has your number," Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said. "We haven't played well here. We haven't pitched. We haven't hit. We're happy we don't have to come here often."

Oakland's Jermaine Dye got his first hit since coming off the disabled list Friday, going 1-for-4. Dye, who was rehabbing a broken left leg, went 0-for-4 Friday night in a victory over the White Sox.

He fouled a ball off his leg in Game 4 of the playoffs last year against the New York Yankees.

Except for Dye, every batter in Oakland's lineup contributed an RBI. Collectively, the A's had 19 hits.

Buehrle, who won his first four starts of the season, allowed eight runs on nine hits through 223 innings.

Chicago's Paul Konerko doubled in the seventh inning, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games.

Mulder, who won 21 games for the A's last season, remained on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left forearm.

Tigers 5, Twins 1

Detroit Rookie Nate Cornejo pitched his first complete game in the major leagues, scattering nine hits as Detroit beat Minnesota.

Randall Simon homered and drove in three runs and Bobby Higginson drove in two runs and scored twice. The Tigers won for the third time in four games while Minnesota has lost four of five.

Cornejo (1-2) struck out eight and walked one in his third start in the majors this year and 13th of his career. Matt Kinney (1-1) allowed four runs on five hits and a walk in three innings.

Rangers 4, Indians 2

Arlington, Texas Rob Bell won his first start of the season and Alex Rodriguez drove in two runs, and Texas handed Cleveland its 10th loss in 12 games.

Bell (1-0), recalled before the game from Triple-A Oklahoma, allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He was 5-5 with a 7.18 ERA in 18 starts for Texas last year after he was acquired from Cincinnati. He was 3-0 with a 2.61 ERA in four starts for Oklahoma.

Frank Catalanotto went 3-for-4 and Calvin Murray was 2-for-3 for the Rangers, who won for just the fifth time in their last 14 games. Hideki Irabu got three outs for his fourth save in five chances.

Cleveland's Ellis Burks, who grew up in nearby Fort Worth, hit a solo homer in the eighth off Rudy Seanez, giving him home runs in 40 ballparks, the most in major league history. Fred McGriff and Mark McGwire homered in 39 ballparks.

The Indians have struggled since a 10-game winning streak improved the Indians to 11-1 on April 13. Danys Baez (3-2) allowed four runs and eight hits over seven innings.

Mariners 1, Yankees 0

Seattle Ted Lilly came close to pitching Saturday's second no-hitter in the major leagues but lost his bid and the game, too.

Desi Relaford singled with one out in the eighth inning, driving in the game's only run and giving Seattle its only hit in a 1-0 victory over New York.

Earlier Saturday, Boston's Derek Lowe pitched the major leagues' first no-hitter of the season, a 10-0 win over Tampa Bay. Only once in major league history have two no-hitters been thrown in one day.

Lilly (0-2), who had never pitched more than 623 innings as a starter in the major leagues, walked Dan Wilson with one out in the eighth inning, and pinch-runner Luis Ugueto took second on a wild pitch. Relaford then lined a single into right field.

Freddy Garcia (3-2) allowed five hits in eight innings, struck out eight and walked one, and Kazuhiro Sasaki finished for his seventh save in eight chances.

Derek Jeter singled with one out in the ninth and Robin Ventura walked with two outs, but Sasaki struck out Rondell White to end the game.

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