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Jeter suffers broken hand

AMERICAN BASEBALL Yankees All-Star Derek Jeter was hit by a pitch from Tampa Bay's Victor Zambrano on Tuesday, causing a minor fracture

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Inspite of a pouring rain, Sammy Sosa, left, of the Cubs, hits a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Reds at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Wedneasday. Sosa's home run broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Cubs a 5-4 win. Reds catcher Jason LaRue, right, and home plate umpire Brian Runge look on.

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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has a small fracture in his right hand that kept him out of Wednesday night's game, yet he does not need surgery and will not wear a cast.

Jeter was hit by a pitch from Tampa Bay's Victor Zambrano on Tuesday. As to when Jeter will return to the lineup, "it could be as early as tomorrow," New York general manager Brian Cashman said after a 10-3 win over Toronto.

Jeter had an MRI and X-rays in New York, and the team announced the test results after the victory. The Yankees' captain is day-to-day with non-displaced fracture in a bone above his wrist.

"He told me, `I could be playing right now,'" Cashman said. "It could've been worse, but it's not good, either."

Jeter is hitting .278 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs. The All-Star has gone 31 games without making an error, the longest streak by an active AL shortstop.

Jeter was banged up earlier this season when he hurtled headfirst into the stands at Yankee Stadium after making a catch against Boston. Despite a bruised face and shoulder, he started the next day.

Slugger Jason Giambi, however, isn't sure exactly when he'll play again.

Bothered by an intestinal parasite earlier this season, Giambi has been slowed by fatigue. A new set of doctors is trying to determine what's wrong, and Giambi said he was checked for cancer on Wednesday -- nothing was found.

Giambi will be examined for infectious diseases on Thursday.

"Hopefully, we'll get some answers," he said. "I'm kind of lost in limbo land. It's kind of frustrating.

"I had that light at the end of the tunnel, but now it seems to be fading away," he said. "I'm not going anywhere. It's like a stalemate."

Giambi did not start in eight straight games from June 26 to July 4. The 2000 AL MVP was hitless on Tuesday at Tampa Bay and is in an 0-for-18 slump.

Giambi is batting .224 with 11 homers and 36 RBIs.

"I've been playing, not very good," he said.

Mark Buehrle retired his first 19 batters and faced the minimum 27 to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 14-0 victory Wednesday night over the Cleveland Indians.

Buehrle (10-3) didn't allow a runner until Omar Vizquel lined a 3-2 pitch out of the reach of shortstop Jose Valentin with one out in the seventh inning. Buehrle struck out four, walked none and was aided by two double plays in his first complete game since last Aug. 8.

"It was the most impressive outing against us all year," said Cleveland first baseman Lou Merloni. "He didn't have to make many pitches to get us out. He got an early cushion and then was throwing strike after strike."

Carlos Lee homered twice and Valentin added a two-run shot for the White Sox, who blew open the game with a six-run fifth. Chicago had lost nine of its previous 15 games.

Cliff Lee (10-2) allowed seven runs in four innings, losing for the first time in nine starts.

"They put it to me pretty good," Lee said. "I wasn't that bad, they were that good. They hit any pitch in any count."

Rangers 3, Angels 2

In Arlington, Texas, Ryan Drese pitched seven innings in another impressive home start, and Michael Young's go-ahead double gave Texas the victory over slumping Anaheim.

Alfonso Soriano homered for the American League West-leading Rangers (54-38), who have their best record through 92 games. They are a season-high 16 games over .500 and 5-1 since the All-Star break.

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