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Verlander, Tigers thrash Yanks

BEAT-DOWN The Detroit starter allowed just three hits in seven innings as his team outhit New York 20-3, sending the Yankees to the fifth loss in seven games


Justin Verlander shut down the New York Yankees while the Detroit Tigers roughed up Mike Mussina and a couple of relievers in their highest-scoring game this season, a 16-0 win on Monday.

Verlander (14-5) gave up just three hits over seven innings and Placido Polanco was one of three Tigers with at least three hits, including his homer after Mussina was chased.

The Tigers, who outhit the Yankees 20-3, took three of the four games and won a series for the first time since sweeping Minnesota from July 17-19. New York, meanwhile, has lost five of seven games and fallen eight games behind American League East-leading Boston.

Mussina (8-10) might have pitched himself out of the rotation, lasting just three innings and giving up six runs, nine hits and a walk. Mussina has allowed 19 earned runs in nine innings -- an ERA of 17.69 -- in his last three starts, his season ERA rising from 4.50 to 5.53.

Indians 8, Twins 3

At Cleveland, Paul Byrd beat Minnesota once again, Victor Martinez homered and Cleveland turned a triple play in slowing Minnesota's climb in the AL Central.

Byrd (13-5) allowed three runs in six innings to move to 4-0 this season and 10-3 in his career against the Twins.

With runners at first and second in the top of the seventh, Indians reliever Rafael Perez came on and got Mike Redmond to hit a hard grounder to third baseman Casey Blake, who fielded it and quickly stepped on the bag. Blake then threw to second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, whose relay to first baseman Victor Martinez easily beat the slow-footed Twins catcher.

Angels 6, Mariners 0

At Seattle, John Lackey pitched his second straight seven-hit shutout against the Seattle and Los Angeles increased its lead in the AL West to three games.

Garret Anderson homered and had three RBIs as the Angels improved to 9-4 against Seattle this season.

White Sox 5, Devil Rays 4

At Chicago, Jose Contreras got his first win as a starter in two months and rookie Josh Fields put the White Sox ahead with Chicago's fourth homer of the seventh inning.

Contreras (7-16), who leads the major league in losses, had dropped nine straight starts since beating Florida on June 18. He allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings, improving to 5-0 in his career against Tampa Bay.

Blue Jays 6, Athletics 2

At Oakland, California, Troy Glaus' run-scoring double off the wall highlighted Toronto's four-run rally in the 12th inning as Toronto sent Oakland to its fourth straight loss.

Oakland tied it in the eighth on Dan Johnson's RBI single and the Athletics' bullpen retired 11 straight batters before Vernon Wells and Frank Thomas singled to lead off the 12th against Alan Embree (1-2).

Glaus then crushed a line drive off the top of the extended wall in left-center and Aaron Hill followed with an RBI single off Ruddy Lugo. Gregg Zaun and Reed Johnson drove in additional runs for the Blue Jays.

Chase Utley had three hits, including a solo homer, in his first game since having hand surgery one month ago as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 9-2 in the National League on Monday.

J.D. Durbin had a career-high six strikeouts in six innings, Pat Burrell and pinch-hitter Tadahito Iguchi hit two-run homers and Jayson Werth was 4-for-4 for the Phillies.

Durbin (6-3) allowed two runs and six hits. Mets starter Brian Lawrence (1-2) gave up five runs and 10 hits in four innings.

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