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Jeter breaks Devil's hold

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL The Yankees' shortstop broke a deadlock with Tampa Bay after he cracked a three-run double on Old-timers' Day at Yankee Stadium


Former Yankees and Hall of Fame members Phil Rizzuto, left, Yogi Berra, center, and Whitey Ford tip their caps to baseball fans during the 58th Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium in New York, Saturday. The old timers game was played before New York met the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.


Derek Jeter's three-run double snapped a seventh-inning tie, Alex Rodriguez homered into the left-field upper deck and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-3 on Saturday.

"It's remarkable how far Derek Jeter has come in the last six, seven weeks," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He handles pressure better than any player I've ever been around."

Jon Lieber (7-5) gave the Yankees their best start in more than two weeks, pitching seven solid innings to win his second consecutive outing. New York has beaten Tampa Bay three straight times after dropping five of six against the New York Mets and Detroit.

"I think the command was a little bit better, and that was the key to the ballgame," Lieber said. "That, and keeping the ball down. The slider was up a little bit in that first inning. I think I was overthrowing at times."

Tom Gordon allowed a run in the eighth, but Mariano Rivera needed just five pitches to get three outs for his AL-leading 32nd save in 33 chances in front of 54,680 on Old-timers' Day at Yankee Stadium.

Dewon Brazelton (2-2) took the loss for the Devil Rays, who lost for the ninth time in their last 10 games at Yankee Stadium and fell to 4-7 in July after going 20-6 in June. It's only the second series they've lost in their past 15.

Angels 11, Blue Jays 2

In Toronto, Bengie Molina hit a grand slam during a seven-run seventh inning and Kelvim Escobar had nine strikeouts against his former team.

Tim Salmon got his first hit against a left-hander this season by doubling off Ted Lilly in the fifth -- ending an 0-for-40 stretch.

Escobar (5-5) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in 5 1-3 innings.

Lilly (7-6) didn't allow a baserunner until Garret Anderson singled with two outs in the fourth, but he ended up giving up six runs on six hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Orioles 7, Royals 2

In Baltimore, Daniel Cabrera allowed three hits over seven innings and Rafael Palmeiro hit his 541st career home run, leading the Orioles past the Royals.

Luis Lopez had a season-high three hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Orioles, who snapped a three-game skid to avoid falling 12 games under .500 for the first time this season.

Starting in place of an injured Sidney Ponson, Cabrera (6-3) didn't allow a runner past first base in beating Kansas City for the second time in 11 days.

Mike Wood (1-2) took the loss for the Royals, who have dropped 14 of 16 while being outscored 110-39. Their lone wins during that span were against Baltimore.

Red Sox 14, Rangers 6

In Boston, Manny Ramirez hit two of Boston's five home runs and the Red Sox used a season-high 21 hits to rout the Rangers for their fifth straight victory.

Nomar Garciaparra, Mark Bellhorn and Jason Varitek also homered for the Red Sox, who roughed up Kenny Rogers, who entered leading the majors with 12 wins.

The Red Sox's Nos. 1-4 hitters -- Johnny Damon, Bellhorn, Garciaparra, and Ramirez -- went a combined 15-for-21 with four homers and 10 RBIs. Bellhorn, Garciaparra and Ramirez each had four hits.

Derek Lowe (7-8) got off to a rough start, allowing six unearned runs in the second inning -- including Hank Blalock's grand slam. But the Red Sox scored five runs off Rogers (12-3) in the bottom of the second.

It was the shortest start of the season for Rogers, who gave up eight runs over just 1 2-3 innings and snapped a career-high personal eight-game winning streak.

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