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Tigers end even in series with Yankees

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Detroit, which split the four-game series against the defending AL champions, are 44-47, surpassing their win total for all of last season


Ugueth Urbina of the Tigers pitches in the ninth inning against the Yankees in Detroit, Michigan, yesterday. Detroit won 4-2.


The Detroit Tigers surpassed their 2003 wins total with 2 1/2 months left in the season, beating the New York Yankees 4-2 Sunday behind the pitching of Nate Robertson and the hitting of Carlos Pena.

Detroit, which split the four-game series against the defending AL champions, improved to 44-47. Last year, the Tigers set an AL record for losses by going 43-119. The Tigers won the season series from New York 4-3.

"It's fun when you can crush somebody and land your punches, to use a boxing analogy," said Pena, who was 3-for-3, including a solo homer.

The Tigers easily set a record for fewest games needed to surpass their wins total from the previous year, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The previous mark of 106 was set by the 1962 Philadelphia Phillies (48-58 after going 47-107) and the 1989 Baltimore Orioles (55-51 following a 54-107 season).

"I'm not going to go celebrate," Detroit manager Alan Trammell said.

Before a sellout crowd of 40,132, Robertson (9-4) allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings. Ugueth Urbina finished for his 15th save in 17 chances.

Ruben Sierra hit a two-run shot for New York.

Red Sox 6, Angels 2

In Anaheim, California, Curt Schilling won his fourth straight decision, David Ortiz homered and drove in four runs and Boston beat Anaheim for a split of their four-game series.

Schilling (12-4) allowed one run and three hits in eight innings. He struck out seven and walked none, retiring 17 of his last 19 batters.

Pitching on nine days' rest after sitting out the All-Star game because of a sore right ankle, the six-time All-Star improved to 9-1 with a 2.04 ERA this season when pitching with more than four days off between starts. Schilling and Pedro Martinez have combined to go 14-1 since May 19.

Ortiz hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and had an RBI single that raised his league-leading RBIs total to 83. Gabe Kapler also homered off John Lackey (7-9).

Athletics 5, White Sox 3

In Oakland, California, Mark Mulder pitched three-hit ball into the ninth inning to become the first 13-game winner in the majors, and Bobby Crosby's two-run homer sent Oakland past Chicago.

Mulder (13-2) won his 11th consecutive decision, outpitching Esteban Loaiza (8-5) in a matchup of All-Stars. The left-hander struck out eight, walked two and hasn't lost in 14 starts since April 28.

Jermaine Dye had two RBI doubles, and Octavio Dotel got his fifth save with the A's.

Crosby's sixth-inning home run glanced off the glove of center fielder Aaron Rowand, giving Oakland a 4-3 lead. Jose Valentin and Aaron Rowand homered off Mulder.

Looking for an outfielder with some pop, the White Sox acquired switch-hitter Carl Everett from Montreal for minor league pitchers Jon Rauch and Gary Majewski earlier in the day.

Roger Clemens won his first game in three weeks, a 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday that stopped the Astros' four-game losing streak and gave Phil Garner his first win as Houston's manager.

Clemens (11-3), rocked for six runs in the first inning during Tuesday's All-Star game in Houston, had been 0-1 in three starts since beating Pittsburgh on June 24.

"I felt fine Tuesday ... there were a lot of distractions, but I had no excuses," Clemens said. "I don't concern myself with things like that. I was showcasing the city, and I would do it again. I have no regrets on that."

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