A-Rod breaks out of slump to lead Yanks

New York's Alex Rodriguez hits a home run during the seventh inning against Detroit at Yankee Stadium.

The Associated Press
Published: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez snapped out of a 1-for-24 slump with three hits, including his 27th home run, backing Randy Johnson and leading the New York Yankees over the Tigers 6-4.
Rodriguez connected leading off the seventh inning and was called out of the dugout for a curtain call by Yankee fans, who have booed him for much of the season. Robinson Cano followed with a double and scored on a single by Bernie Williams, who had two RBIs.
Bobby Abreu hit a two-out, two-run single that broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning, and scored another run on a two-out hit by Rodriguez in the third.
Johnson (15-10) allowed four hits in 8 innings, but three of them were homers.
Mariano Rivera finished for his 33rd save in 36 chances.
Rivera had an MRI exam on his right forearm before the game. The scan showed no structural damage but full results were not yet available.
New York, which won five of seven from the Tigers this year, began the day a season-high eight games over second-place Boston, its largest AL East lead since August 2004. Detroit, which had a 4-game lead over second-place Chicago in the AL Central, has lost six of eight.
Jeremy Bonderman (11-7) gave up four runs and 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Ordonez put the Tigers in front leading off the second with his 18th home run. He had been batting .242 since the All-Star break and had a stretch of 119 at-bats without a homer from July 9 through Aug. 16.
The Yankees tied it in the third on a double by Abreu and a bloop RBI single by Rodriguez, who was 0-for-10 before Thursday's game.
An inning later, the Yankees loaded the bases with two out on hits by Melky Cabrera and Johnny Damon and a walk to Derek Jeter. Abreu delivered a single, driving in Cabrera and Damon. Rodriguez opened the fifth with a double and scored on a single by Williams for a 4-1 lead.
Infante got that run back for Detroit with a leadoff homer in the sixth, his third of the season.
  • DEVIL RAYS 5, WHITE SOX 3 (10): Jorge Cantu hit a two-run single in the 10th inning, and visiting Tampa Bay beat the White Sox to keep Chicago from pulling within 3 games of first-place Detroit in the AL Central.
    Chicago led 3-2 before Dioner Navarro's eighth-inning homer off Matt Thornton.
    Delmon Young led off the 10th against Brandon McCarthy (3-5) with his fourth hit of the game, took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on Carl Crawford's groundout. Greg Norton was intentionally walked and Navarro walked on four pitches, loading the bases for Cantu, who singled to left.
    Ruddy Lugo (2-2) pitched the ninth, and Seth McClung got three straight outs for his third save. Tampa Bay stopped a six-game losing streak overall and a 12-game skid on the road.
  • TWINS 3, ROYALS 1: Johan Santana dominated at the Metrodome, striking out 11 in seven innings to help the host Twins end a three-game losing streak.
    Rondell White homered for the Twins, who moved within five games of first-place Detroit in the AL Central.
    Esteban German's just-barely home run was the only score against Santana (16-5), who leads the league with a 2.95 ERA and is 7-0 in the second half. He walked one, gave up five hits and threw 109 pitches.
    Royals starter Jorge De La Rosa (1-2) gave up two runs, six hits and three walks while striking out three and pitching into the sixth.
  • RED SOX 6, BLUE JAYS 4: Alex Rios gave the Red Sox an unusual lift that stopped host Boston's six-game losing streak.
    Trying to catch Alex Cora's seventh-inning fly about 10 feet from the right-field fence, Rios juggled the ball and accidentally knocked it over the wall for a two-run homer that boosted the reeling Red Sox over Toronto.
  • RANGERS 7, ORIOLES 5: Gary Matthews Jr. led off with a disputed home run to end Daniel Cabrera's scoreless streak and host Texas went on for a victory.
    Mark Teixeira homered in his third straight game for Texas.
    Carlos Lee had a home run and an RBI double, but was also charged with an error when he knocked a ball out of Matthews' glove in the outfield that led to an unearned run.
    Nick Markakis had a double and his 10th home run in August, the most by an Orioles rookie in a month. Markakis is 30-for-74 (.405) his last 19 games.
    Adam Eaton (4-4) had a season-high seven strikeouts in five innings. Joaquin Benoit pitched 3 2-3 innings, giving up an RBI single to Melvin Mora with two outs in the ninth. Akinori Otsuka then gave up a two-run single to Markakis before getting the final out for his 29th save in 32 chances.
    Cabrera (7-9) also struck out seven and walked four in five innings. The rookie right-hander hadn't allowed a run his previous two starts, but his streak of 16 scoreless innings ended when Matthews hit a full-count pitch to center field.
    Matthews' ball hit the yellow line on top of the wall and bounced back onto the field. Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo came out for an extended conversation with the entire umpire crew after second base umpire Larry Vanover signaled home run.
    After a nearly five-minute delay, Cabrera walked the next two batters. Lee followed with a double before Cabrera struck out three straight batters in a 37-pitch inning. Teixeira scored on a passed ball for a 3-0 lead.
    Teixeira's 24th homer, a two-run shot in the sixth, put the Rangers up 7-2.
    Markakis led off the fourth with his 14th homer, and Miguel Tejada hit a hard single through Teixeira's legs at first before Jay Gibbons hit a flyball to left-center. Matthews had the ball in his glove, but Lee kept coming and knocked it loose from the all-star centerfielder. David Newhan followed with an RBI groundout.
    Lee led off the fifth with his 32nd home run, but only his fourth in 33 games since being traded from Milwaukee on July 28.
    Newhan was in center field because Corey Patterson has a sprained shoulder from slamming into the wall on a catch against Matthews on Tuesday night. Newhan robbed Lee of a hit with a diving catch to end the second after Michael Young's sacrifice fly.
    Notes: Perlozzo doesn't expect Patterson to play this weekend in Oakland. ... It was the first leadoff homer this season for Texas. ... The Rangers finished August with 17 wins, their most in a month this season. They still go into September nine games behind AL West-leading Oakland. ... The passed ball was against Danny Ardoin, who filled in for injured Ramon Hernandez (strained ribcage) in his first start since being claimed off waivers this week from Colorado. The ball didn't roll far from the plate, but Ardoin's throw to Cabrera covering was wide.

    Twins acquire Phil Nevin

    MINNEAPOLIS - The Twins acquired first baseman Phil Nevin and cash from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named.
    The 35-year-old Nevin was already dealt once this season, moving from the Texas Rangers to the Cubs on May 31 for Jerry Hairston Jr. He was batting .274 with 12 homers and 33 RBIs in 179 at-bats for Chicago.
  • RED SOX: David Ortiz said he is in good health after experiencing heart palpitations and expects to return to the lineup Saturday.
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