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American League Roundup: Dialed-in Lee baffles Royals

September 8, 2008

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— Cliff Lee won his 10th straight decision, the longest winning streak in the majors this season, and Cleveland beat Kansas City, 3-1, on Sunday.

Lee, who leads the majors with 21 wins, is 10-0 in 11 starts since a July 6 loss at Minnesota. In those 11 starts, Lee has a 1.84 ERA. He lowered his major-league-leading ERA to 2.28.

"I really don't think about it that much," Lee said. "I think about preparing each day and doing everything I need to do to get ready for my next start. I don't really reflect back on previous outings and what I've done or look too much ahead of today. That's been a key to me being successful this year. I'm going to continue to have the same mind-set."

Angels 3, White Sox 2

Chicago - Joe Saunders flashed his All-Star form while earning his first win in over a month, and the Angels rallied to beat the White Sox to avoid a three-game sweep.

Saunders (15-7) earned his first win since July 30, holding AL Central-leading Chicago to two runs and four hits. He struck out four and walked one after going 0-2 in his previous six starts - exactly what the Angels needed after the bullpen worked 15 innings in the previous two games.

Red Sox 7, Rangers 2

Arlington, Texas - David Ortiz hit his first home run in 20 games, Paul Byrd won his fourth straight decision, and the Red Sox moved within 11â2 games of the AL East lead.

The Red Sox (84-58) are the closest they've been to division-leading Tampa Bay since July 28. Six of their next nine games are against the Rays, starting tonight at Fenway Park.

Tigers 7, Twins 5

Minneapolis - Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez and Dusty Ryan homered for Detroit.

Ryan, a rookie catcher, hit a two-run homer in his first major-league start for the Tigers.

Blue Jays 1, Rays 0

Toronto - David Purcey pitched eight shutout innings, and Toronto completed a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay, extending its winning streak to eight games.

Mariners 5, Yankees 2

Seattle - In the third inning, Derek Jeter singled under the glove of Yuniesky Betancourt to tie Babe Ruth for second on the Yankees' all-time hit list. It was Jeter's 2,518th hit.

Lou Gehrig has the New York record with 2,721 hits.

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