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Johnny Damon leads Yankees charge

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL The former Red Sox star began the game with a home run against Boston as New York pounded Tim Wakefield in the early going

AP , BOSTONAP, CINCINNATI, OHIO

New York Yankees batter Johnny Damon connects for a solo home run during the first inning off Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday.

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American LeagueJohnny Damon hit a leadoff homer against his former team, Alex Rodriguez added a three-run shot and the New York Yankees roughed up Tim Wakefield before holding off the Boston Red Sox 7-5 on Tuesday night.

Jaret Wright (2-3) pitched five shutout innings for the Yankees, allowing four hits and leaving with a 3-0 lead. New York added one run in the sixth and Rodriguez's drive in the seventh made it 7-1 and chased Wakefield (3-6).

The knuckleballer gave up six earned runs on six hits and five walks, striking out five in 6 2-3 innings. The Yankees scored an unearned run in the sixth when Doug Mirabelli had three passed balls that allowed Rodriguez to reach, take second and, after advancing to third on a fielder's choice, score.

Manny Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the seventh to make it 7-4, then Kyle Farnsworth walked consecutive batters with one out in the eighth. Mariano Rivera got David Ortiz to pop up behind second base before Ramirez singled in one run to make it 7-5.

Trot Nixon fouled out to third base to end the inning. Rivera finished for his ninth save and New York's second victory in six games.

White Sox 9, Athletics 3

At Chicago, Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye hit consecutive homers in the first inning, and Jim Thome also connected to power the White Sox.

Javier Vazquez (5-3) pitched six effective innings, overcoming wildness to earn the win.

Konerko's two-run shot, his 12th, made it 3-0 and gave the slugger sole possession of third place on the team's career list with 215. He passed Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk. Dye's homer also was his 12th. Thome hit his AL-leading 18th homer.

Former White Sox slugger Frank Thomas went 0-for-1 with three walks for the A's and was hit by a pitch. Eric Chavez hit a three-run homer for Oakland, his 11th.

Kirk Saarloos (2-2) allowed six runs in 4 1-3 innings to get the loss.

Tigers 8, Royals 5

At Kansas City, Missouri, Curtis Granderson's double keyed a four-run eighth inning and lifted Detroit to the victory.

The Royals, who have lost 11 straight, led 5-3 in the eighth. Ambiorix Burgos struck out the first two batters in the inning but walked Craig Monroe, bringing in reliever Elmer Dessens (2-4).

Omar Infante and Brandon Inge both singled, making it 5-4. Granderson then delivered the two-run double into center.

Joel Zumaya (2-0) went 1 2-3 hitless innings for the win for the Tigers, who have won 11 of 12. Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 opportunities.

Mark Grudzielanek hit two home runs and Reggie Sanders and Emil Brown also homered for Kansas City.

Twins 6, Indians 5, 10 innings

At Minneapolis, Justin Morneau's sacrifice fly in the 10th inning lifted Minnesota to its first win over its AL Central rivals in seven meetings.

After Guillermo Mota (0-3) got Joe Mauer to fly out to start the inning, Torii Hunter walked for the third time in the game. He advanced to third on a single by Michael Cuddyer, and then scored when Morneau lifted a lazy fly to fairly deep center.

Grady Sizemore had two hits and two RBIs and Eduardo Perez homered for the Indians.

Joe Nathan (2-0) struck out five in two innings of perfect relief to pick up the win for the Twins, who beat the Indians for the first time since Sept. 4.

Angels 7, Rangers 6

At Arlington, Texas, Vladimir Guerrero homered and Tommy Murphy robbed Rangers slugger Mark Teixeira of a potential tying homer in the ninth inning.

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