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White Sox clean up in Los Angeles

PRO BASEBALL Chicago swept the three-game series with the Angels while New York manager Joe Torre and Toronto skipper John Gibbons were ejected for arguing balls and strikes with MLB plate umpire Adam Dowdy

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Neal Cotts of the White Sox pitches in the ninth inning against the Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, on Sunday. The White Sox defeated the Angels 6-5.

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Pablo Ozuna scored the go-ahead run on Scot Shields' ninth-inning wild pitch, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 on Sunday for a three-game sweep of the team they defeated in last year's Major League Baseball AL championship series.

Chris Widger singled off Shields (1-2) leading off the ninth and drove in two runs for the defending World Series champions, who swept a regular-season series in Anaheim for the first time since August 1994. Chicago also tied a franchise record with its 17th victory in April.

Cliff Politte (1-1) got two outs, and Neal Cotts pitched a perfect ninth for his first MLB save.

Devil Rays 5, Red Sox 4

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Scott Kazmir (3-2) struck out 10 in seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits in his second win over Boston this year.

Seeking to join Babe Ruth (1917) and Pedro Martinez (2000) as the only Red Sox pitchers to win five games in April, Curt Schilling (4-1) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings and struck out nine.

Yankees 4, Blue Jays 1

In New York, Jason Giambi hit a two-run homer, and Mike Mussina (4-1) allowed one run and seven hits in six innings, striking out seven.

Johnny Damon had three hits for the second consecutive day as he prepared for his return to Fenway Park with his new team. Andy Phillips also homered for the Yankees, who took two of three in the series and finished 6-3 on their first long homestand of the season.

New York manager Joe Torre and Toronto skipper John Gibbons were ejected for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Adam Dowdy.

Tigers 6, Twins 0

In Detroit, Kenny Rogers (4-2) and Todd Jones combined on a two-hitter, with Jones pitching a perfect ninth.

Vance Wilson hit a three-run double and Marcus Thames hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who outscored Minnesota 33-1 and completed a three-game sweep of the Twins for the first time since April 2002. Detroit (16-9) had its most April wins since 1993, the last year the Tigers finished over .500.

Mariners 4, Orioles 3

In Baltimore, Carl Everett hit a go-ahead, two-run double off Rodrigo Lopez (1-3) in a three-run fifth that erased a 3-1 deficit.

Jamie Moyer (1-2) improved to 17-3 against his former team. The 43-year old left-hander allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Athletics 13, Royals 6

In Kansas City, Missouri, Nick Swisher hit his 10th homer and drove in four runs. Eric Chavez and Dan Johnson also homered for Oakland, which won its 12th straight at the Royals.

Joe Blanton (3-2) gave up five runs -- four earned -- six hits and a career-high five walks in five innings. Luke Hudson (0-3) pitched to four batters in the sixth, didn't retire any and allowed four runs.

Rangers 8, Indians 4

At Cleveland, Michael Young and Phil Nevin each drove in two runs during Texas' six-run seventh inning.

After Young's single tied the score, Mark Teixeira doubled home the go-ahead run against Jason Davis (1-1), who came on with two on and none out and failed to protect a 4-2 lead.

Vicente Padilla (3-1) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings for the win. C.J. Wilson worked a scoreless seventh, Antonio Alfonseca got out of bases-loaded jam in the eighth and Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth.

Kevin Mench had two singles, extending his career-high hitting streak to 14 games for Texas. Victor Martinez had a career-high three doubles, extending his streak of reaching base safely to 40 games since Sept. 17.

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