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Posada recovering from broken nose

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL The New York Yankees catcher was injured by a throw while trying to break up a double play on Wednesday against the Anaheim Angels

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Dodgers pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii throws to a Reds batter during the first inning in Los Angeles, Friday. Ishii (5-2) allowed two runs, one hit and seven walks in four innings.

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Jorge Posada had the bandage removed from his broken nose on Friday and much of the swelling to his face had subsided, but he remained out of lineup for the New York Yankees' game against Seattle.

The catcher, who was injured by a throw while trying to break up a double play on Wednesday against Anaheim, said he expected to sit out today's game, too.

"Maybe, Sunday," he said of a possible return to action. "Most likely Tuesday."

Posada said he was still having headaches, but was feeling better two days after surgery.

He said he could be available to pinch hit today or tomorrow, but the decision probably will be made by team doctors and manager Joe Torre.

"They're going to try to keep me out," Posada said.

Torre said he'll be cautious with the four-time All-Star.

"With an off day Monday, we're not going to push the envelope," he said.

The Yankees play at Anaheim on Tuesday.

David Parrish, who was called up to give New York a third catcher, will remain with the team until Posada is back in the starting lineup, Torre said. John Flaherty replaced Posada behind the plate for a second straight game.

Posada was batting .302 with a team-leading eight homers and 23 RBIs.

Meanwhile, first baseman Jason Giambi was also out of New York's starting lineup on Friday. He left Thursday's game early.

Giambi, who has a nagging left knee injury, was out with a sore left hip. Torre said he planned to have the All-Star back at first base for Saturday's game.

"It's nothing serious," Torre said.

Tony Clark started at first, and designated hitter Ruben Sierra was inserted in Giambi's usual cleanup spot.

Yankees 9, Mariners 5

In New York, Mike Mussina labored through six innings, but New York took advantage of a wild night by Seattle's pitchers.

Tony Clark drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth for the Yankees and Bernie Williams broke open the game with a two-run double in the seventh. The first four Seattle pitchers combined for 10 walks -- four with the bases loaded -- made two errors and a run-scoring wild pitch.

Mussina (4-4) allowed 11 hits and five runs in the first 3 1-3 innings, then shut down the Mariners. Ron Villone (3-2) took the loss, a season-high sixth straight by Seattle.

Tigers 7, Rangers 1

Gary Knotts did not allow a hit until the fifth inning in his first start of the season, and Brandon Inge and Omar Infante hit consecutive homers in the second for the Detroit Tigers in a 7-1 win Friday night over the Texas Rangers.

Knotts (1-0) retired the first eight batters he faced, and Esteban Yan didn't allow a hit in four innings for his second save. Knotts allowed a run on two hits while striking out five and walking one. Ivan Rodriguez added a two-run homer.

Joaquin Benoit (1-1) allowed five runs on six hits in 6 1-3 innings for Texas.

Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 3

In Toronto, Brian Daubach hit a tiebreaking double in a six-run eighth inning to lead Boston over Toronto.

Boston, which had lost four of its previous five games, sent 10 batters to the plate in the eighth. Kerry Ligtenberg (1-1) didn't get an out in the inning, allowing five straight batters to reach.

Alan Embree (2-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings in relief of Derek Lowe.

Indians 8, Devil Rays 7, 10 innings

In Cleveland, after Julio Lugo hit a tying, two-run homer for Tampa Bay in the ninth inning, Casey Blake homered in the 10th for Cleveland.

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