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Yanks pound KC for Wang

MAJOR LEAGUES Yankees starter Wang Chien-ming (5-2) set down his first 11 batters before Doug Mientkiewicz doubled with two outs in the fourth. He worked seven innings, allowing four runs and four hits. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter

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New York Yankees starter Wang Chien-ming pitches to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning at Yankee Stadium in New York, Saturday. Wang worked seven innings, allowing four runs and four hits as New York defeated Kansas City 15-4.

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American LeagueAlex Rodriguez homered twice, and Kelly Stinnett drove in four runs to lead the New York Yankees to a 15-4 hammering of the Kansas City Royals Saturday.

Miguel Cairo and Melky Cabrera also had three RBIs apiece for the Yankees, who jumped out to an 8-0 lead after three innings. Cairo tied a career high with four hits.

Tony Graffanino had two hits and drove in a run for Kansas City, which beat the Yankees on Friday to snap a 13-game losing streak.

Rodriguez enjoyed his first multihomer game of the season and the 41st of his career. He also moved into a tie with Dave Kingman for 33rd place on Major League Baseball's career list with 442 homers.

Yankees starter Wang Chien-ming (王建民, 5-2) of Taiwan worked seven innings, allowing four runs and four hits.

Jeremy Affeldt (2-5) took the loss.

Blue Jays 3, White Sox 2

At Toronto, Shea Hillenbrand homered in the 11th inning for the Toronto Blue Jays to edge the Chicago White Sox 3-2.

With one out, Hillenbrand homered to left off Jeff Nelson (0-1). It was Hillenbrand's seventh homer of the season.

Scott Schoeneweis (1-0) got the last out of the top of 11th for the victory.

Toronto closer B.J. Ryan blew his first save of the season in the ninth after converting his first 11 chances. Juan Uribe's infield single tied the game 2-2.

The White Sox wasted a fine start from Jose Contreras, who got a no-decision despite allowing just one run and five hits in seven innings.

Toronto rookie Casey Janssen also pitched well, allowing just one run and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. He lowered his ERA to 3.25.

Tigers 3, Indians 1

At Detroit, Justin Verlander pitched seven impressive innings and Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run homer to help Detroit win its eighth straight game.

It was the Tigers' 15th victory in its last 16 games. Detroit owns the major league's best record at 35-14. That win total is just eight less than Detroit had during the entire 2003 season, in which it lost 119 games.

Verlander (7-3) won his fourth-consecutive decision as he allowed a run and seven hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out five. He had his 20-inning scoreless streak halted by Grady Sizemore's home run leading off the fourth inning.

Fernando Rodney pitched the eighth and Todd Jones took over in the ninth for his 16th save in 17 opportunities.

Cleveland starter Paul Byrd (4-3) took the loss. He gave up two unearned runs and five hits in six innings.

Red Sox 6, Devil Rays 4

At Boston, Curt Schilling pitched seven up-and-down innings to become the 104th member of the 200-win club and give Boston a win over Tampa Bay.

Schilling (8-2) allowed four runs and eight hits while striking out seven for his fourth victory in five starts. When he left to a standing ovation after seven, he tipped his cap to the crowd and waved to his family, which was cheering him on from a radio booth upstairs.

It was the 11th birthday of Schilling's son Gehrig; during the second inning, the scoreboard displayed a picture of the two and "Happy Birthday" message. The family held up a sign that said, "Go Dad!"

Soon after Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 18 tries, Schilling came back out of the dugout to wave his hat and again acknowledge fans who chanted, "We want Curt!"

Twins 9, Mariners 5

At Minneapolis, Michael Cuddyer and light-hitting shortstop Juan Castro hit home runs and Minnesota turned the majors' second triple play in 13 days to end a serious threat in the eighth inning.

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