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Derek Jeter saves the day

PRO BASEBALL Returning from a two-day absence because of a hand injury, Jeter went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs, the New York Yankees finished with 12 hits

AP , BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki dives safely back to first base as Kansas City Royals first baseman Doug Meintkiewicz fields the pickoff attempt in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Seattle, Washington, Friday. Seattle defeated Kansas City 4-0.

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American League

Derek Jeter singled in the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees got homers from Andy Phillips and Jason Giambi to defeat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 Friday.

Returning from a two-day absence because of a hand injury, Jeter went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. The Yankees finished with 12 hits, giving them nine straight games with at least 10 for the first time since July 1958, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

With the score 5-all, Johnny Damon hit a one-out single in the ninth off Chris Ray (1-1). With two outs, Damon tried to steal second and was called out when tagged by Brian Roberts, but the second baseman was charged with an error when the ball popped from his glove.

Jeter followed with an opposite-field single to right, assuring the Yankees their sixth win in seven games.

Miguel Tejada, Ramon Hernandez and Javy Lopez all had three hits for the Orioles.

After Luis Matos hit a RBI double off former Oriole Scott Erickson in the eighth, Kyle Farnsworth (2-3) entered with the bases loaded and one out. Melvin Mora drove in the tying run with a groundout. Farnsworth, who had blown two straight save chances, worked a perfect ninth.

red sox 3, tigers 2

At Detroit, Kevin Youkilis' two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning pushed the Boston Red Sox past the Detroit Tigers 3-2.

It was the second loss in four days for closer Todd Jones.

With Detroit leading 2-1, Jones (0-3) retired the first two batters in the ninth. But Mike Lowell singled and Youkilis drove an 0-1 pitch into the bullpen in left for his sixth homer.

On Tuesday, Jones allowed five runs in the 11th inning of a 11-6 loss to the New York Yankees.

Rudy Seanez (1-0) got the win with a scoreless inning of relief, and rookie Jonathan Papelbon pitched the bottom of the ninth for his 20th save in as many tries.

Kenny Rogers allowed one run and five hits in seven innings for the Tigers. He struck out a season-high seven and walked one.

Curt Schilling allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings for Boston. He struck out eight without walking a batter.

Angels 10, Indians 3

At Cleveland, Los Angeles rookie Jered Weaver took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning and won his second start in the majors.

He allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings, walked two and struck out eight. Cleveland managed to get just one runner to second base before the seventh when Casey Blake singled and scored on Ben Broussard's double.

Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run homer off Cleveland starter Jason Johnson (3-5) in the first, Dallas McPherson connected for another one off Guillermo Mota in the sixth and Garret Anderson hit a three-run shot in the seventh.

Blue Jays 13, Devil Rays 4

At St. Petersburg, Florida, Reed Johnson homered twice, including a three-run shot to cap Toronto's nine-run ninth inning.

Johnson, who came in with just one home run this season, had his second career multihomer game.

Frank Catalanotto had a RBI triple to start the ninth-inning outburst, and Aaron Hill added a two-run single to help Toronto stretch its lead to 13-3.

Johnson hit a leadoff homer in the first and Shea Hillenbrand had a solo shot one inning later as the Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead. Hillenbrand had an RBI double and Gregg Zaun a sacrifice fly to put Toronto ahead 4-1 in the sixth.

Casey Janssen (4-3) gave three runs and three hits over 5 1-3 innings.

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