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American League Roundup: Damon, Mussina lift Yanks

May 4, 2008

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Yankees 6, Mariners 1

New York - Johnny Damon homered and doubled twice to help Mike Mussina win his third straight start in New York's victory over Seattle.

One day after co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner said he was "disappointed with the way the season has gone," the Yankees (16-16) rapped out 13 hits and beat Seattle for the second consecutive day following a three-game sweep by the Detroit Tigers in New York.

Derek Jeter had three hits, Damon scored three times and Mussina (4-3) outpitched Felix Hernandez, 17 years his junior, for his 254th win.

The slumping Mariners have lost four in a row, managing only seven runs during that stretch, and eight of 10 overall.

Rangers 6, Athletics 3

Oakland, Calif. - A.J. Murray made the most of his chance in the Texas starting rotation, allowing two earned runs in 51â3 innings.

Twins 4, Tigers 1

Minneapolis - Craig Monroe hit a two-run homer off Justin Verlander, and Brian Bass picked up his first major-league win in relief of injured starter Scott Baker.

Bass (1-0) allowed three hits in four scoreless innings, Pat Neshek and Jesse Crain combined to work the eighth, and Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

Blue Jays 5, White Sox 2

Toronto - Vernon Wells drove in three runs, Marco Scutaro homered, and Toronto beat Chicago. Right-hander Jesse Litsch (4-1) gave up two runs and five hits in 71â3 innings for Toronto, which has won three straight after losing eight of nine. Wells went 3-for-5 with three singles.

Litsch was perfect through four, but Paul Konerko singled off the glove of second baseman Aaron Hill to begin the fifth. Litsch, who has won back-to-back starts, struck out three and walked none.

Scott Downs got two outs in the eighth and B.J. Ryan worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Angels 3, Orioles 1

Anaheim, Calif. - Jon Garland pitched three-hit ball for eight innings, Gary Matthews Jr. drove in two runs, and Los Angeles beat Baltimore.

Only four Orioles reached base against Garland (4-3), who allowed one run and retired 18 of his last 19 batters.

Red Sox 12, Rays 4

Boston - Manny Ramirez singled in two runs in the first inning to end his longest RBI drought with Boston, and Josh Beckett pitched eight innings to help the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay.

Ramirez also had an RBI double and threw out a runner at the plate. Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz each had three hits and Jason Varitek drove in three runs for Boston.

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