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Yankees sweep Rays in doubleheader

POWER SURGE Alex Rodriguez hit his 497th homer and drove in four runs, Hideki Matsui homered in both games and Johnny Damon also drove in four runs for New York


The New York Yankees' Jorge Posada, right, is tagged out by Tampa Bay Devil Rays third baseman Ty Wiggington during the second inning of the first game of their doubleheader on Saturday at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees won both games.


At New York, Shelley Duncan's first major league homer capped New York's five-run sixth inning in the first game of a day-night doubleheader as the Yankees won 7-3.

Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking single and New York got a solid effort from shaky starter Kei Igawa. Andy Phillips added a two-run single.

B.J. Upton hit his third homer in two days and Ty Wigginton also went deep for Tampa Bay. All-Star left fielder Carl Crawford of the Devil Rays departed in the fifth with a sprained left ankle.

Luis Vizcaino, Kyle Farnsworth, Scott Proctor and Mariano Rivera each got three outs for the Yankees.

Jae Kuk Ryu (1-2) allowed five runs and four hits in one-and-two-thirds innings.

Alex Rodriguez hit career homer No. 497 and drove in four runs and Hideki Matsui homered in both games.

Johnny Damon drove in four runs and made two great catches during a rare start in left field for New York. Vizcaino (8-2) got the win in each game, the first Yankee to do that since Lindy McDaniel on May 24, 1970.

J.P. Howell (1-4) gave up seven runs and 10 hits in five innings for Tampa Bay, which recalled him from Triple-A Durham between games.

The Yankees won the second game 17-4.

Red Sox 11, White Sox 2

Kason Gabbard allowed three hits in seven innings and Coco Crisp drove in five runs as the Boston Red Sox routed the Chicago White Sox for the second straight day, 11-2 on Saturday.

Both players stayed on a roll -- Gabbard (4-0) by allowing three or fewer hits in his fourth straight start and Crisp by matching his career high in RBIs one day after his three-run triple put Boston on top to stay in a 10-3 victory.

Saturday's outcome was in doubt until Boston put together its biggest inning of the season by scoring seven runs in the seventh, thanks to the wildness of Chicago's relievers and timely hitting.

Blue Jays 1, Mariners 0

At Toronto, Josh Towers outpitched Jeff Weaver in a fast-paced game and Aaron Hill hit an RBI single in the second inning for Toronto.

Three Blue Jays relievers combined for two-and-one-third perfect innings to complete the three-hitter. Jeremy Accardo earned his 15th save in 18 opportunities, ending a game that took just more than two hours.

Weaver (2-8) was the hard-luck loser in this one, allowing four hits over seven innings. He walked none and struck out four. Seattle lost for only the fourth time in 12 games.

Twins 5, Angels 2

At Minneapolis, Joe Mauer hit a three-run, inside-the-park homer in the eighth inning to break a 2-all tie and help Minnesota stay within striking distance in the American League Central.

With the score tied and runners on the corners with one out, Mauer drove a 3-2 pitch from Scot Shields over the head of center fielder Gary Matthews Jr, who tried desperately to make a circus catch but slammed into the left-center wall. Left fielder Garret Anderson came over to retrieve the ball, but it was too late. Mauer scored standing up without a throw home.

Tigers 10, Royals 8

At Detroit, Brandon Inge's two-run homer in the 10th inning salvaged a game Detroit nearly let slip away.

Sean Casey singled with one out before Inge lined the first pitch he saw from reliever Joakim Soria (1-3) over the left-field fence for his 12th homer of the season.

Chad Durbin (7-3) got the win by pitching a perfect 10th for the Tigers.

Craig Monroe drove in four runs, including a three-run homer, for Detroit, which led 7-3 in the fifth before Kansas City came back. Ryan Raburn hit his first major league home run, and Placido Polanco also homered for the Tigers.

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