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Saturday, 04 August 2007 19:26
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 NEW YORK (AP) -Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player in major league history to hit 500 home runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 16-8 on Saturday.
After more than a week of watching his teammates hit a lot of home runs, it was A-Rod's turn. He connected on the first pitch he saw, sending a shot down the left-field line. After pausing at the plate to see if it was fair, he trotted around the bases with a wide grin on his face as the sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium cheered wildly.
Rodriguez homered eight days after his 32nd birthday and surpassed Jimmie Foxx (32 years, 338 days) as the youngest player to reach 500. A-Rod is the 22nd player to reach the mark, the second this season behind Frank Thomas.
Rodriguez hugged Jeter and Bobby Abreu, who both scored on the landmark home run, and blew a kiss toward the stands after completing his trip around the bases. His teammates were already on the field and he embraced several of them on his way back to the bench.
Robinson Cano tied a career high with four hits and Bobby Abreu scored four runs for New York, which has won five of its last six to improve to a season-best 10 games over .500. Mike Myers (3-0) got the last out of the fifth to earn the win.
Davies lasted just three innings in his first start for Kansas City, which acquired him from the Braves on Tuesday for reliever Octavio Dotel. He gave up five runs and six hits in his first career appearance against the Yankees. John Bale (0-1) got the loss.
Red Sox 4, Mariners 3
SEATTLE (AP) - Daisuke Matsuzaka continually wiggled out of trouble, Jason Varitek drove in two runs and the Red Sox snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Mariners in Seattle.
Matsuzaka (13-8) pitched seven innings, matched his season-high with 10 strikeouts and allowed just a pair of solo home runs.
Eric Gagne pitched the eighth in his second outing with the Red Sox and gave up a two-out single to Ben Broussard, who then stole second. Kenji Johjima followed with a line-drive RBI single off the wall in left field.
Jose Lopez dumped a double into left field, advancing pinch-runner Willie Bloomquist to third and putting the go-ahead run at second. But Gagne got Yuniesky Betancourt to ground back to the mound, and Jonathan Papelbon escaped a jam in the ninth for his 25th save in 27 chances.
Jarrod Washburn (8-8) pitched 6 1-3 innings, giving up four runs and eight hits.
Blue Jays 9, Rangers 5
TORONTO (AP) - Frank Thomas hit two home runs to pass Eddie Murray for 20th place on the all-time home run list, and Shaun Marcum won his third straight start for the Blue Jays.
Thomas hit a three-run homer in the first and added a solo homer in the third, giving him 505 in his career. It was his second multihomer game of the season and the 31st of his career.
The Blue Jays extended their home winning streak to seven games, and have outscored opponents 50-14 over that span.
Texas has lost six of eight following a season-high four-game winning streak.
Marcum (8-4) allowed three runs - two earned - on eight hits over six innings. He walked none and struck out five.
Willie Eyre (3-4) gave up six runs and seven hits over 2 1-3 innings, walking two and striking out two.
Athletics 2, Angels 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Pinch hitter Travis Buck hit a two-out, tie-breaking single in the seventh for Oakland.
Joe Blanton (9-8) ended a personal four-game losing streak, allowing eight hits in seven innings. He gave up one run, did not strike out a batter and walked two.
Huston Street pitched the eighth and Alan Embree pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.
Kelvim Escobar (11-6) lost his third straight start despite allowing one earned run and two hits over seven innings. He matched his career high with seven walks and struck out two.
With the score tied at 1 in the seventh, Escobar walked Mark Ellis and Marco Scutaro around Mark Kotsay's fly out. Donnie Murphy lined out to Chone Figgins at third base before Buck came on and lunged for a pitch, hitting it to right where it fell just in front of Reggie Willits.
Twins 3, Indians 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Joe Nathan finished off five scoreless innings by the Minnesota bullpen and Michael Cuddyer drove in two runs.
Cuddyer also made a leaping catch in right field to help Minnesota beat Cleveland for only the third time in 10 matchups this season. The Twins moved within 5 1/2 games of the Indians, who began the day in first place in the AL Central.
Minnesota starter Matt Garza labored through four innings, but Ramon Ortiz (4-4), Dennys Reyes and Matt Guerrier picked him up. Nathan notched his 25th save in 27 tries by pitching a perfect ninth.
Cleveland starter Aaron Laffey (0-1) made his major league debut, but he didn't quite get enough hitting help. Laffey allowed six hits, three runs, and one walk while striking out three.
Devil Rays 9, Orioles 2
ST. PETERBURG, Fla. (AP) - Scott Kazmir won his third-straight home decision, and Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer for the Devil Rays.
Kazmir (8-7) allowed one run and seven hits, with two walks and nine strikeouts over seven innings. Prior to his last four starts, the 23-year-old lefty had gone winless in 14 home starts, not winning at Tropicana Field since July 3, 2006.
Pena hit his 26th homer of the season off Brian Burres (5-5) to put the Devil Rays up 2-0 in the first. Pena is one home run shy of his career-high 27, with Detroit in 2004.
Delmon Young had three RBIs to help the Devil Rays snap an eight-game losing streak against Baltimore. Tampa Bay has won four of its last six games.
White Sox 7, Tigers 5
DETROIT (AP) - Jim Thome and A.J. Pierzynski each homered Saturday and Chicago hung on to win its third straight.
Javier Vazquez (9-6) went seven innings and gave up three runs and six hits with six strikeouts. Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 36 opportunities. Jenks has retired 29 straight batters.
Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman (10-4) lost his third straight start after giving up six runs and 10 hits in seven innings. The Tigers, who had baseball's best record two weeks ago, have lost four straight and 10 of their last 12.
The loss kept them a half game behind AL Central leader Cleveland.
Bonderman got two outs in the first before the White Sox broke through with three straight RBI hits. Pierzynski started with a run-scoring single to right. Dye followed with a two-run double, drawing the ire of the home crowd. Bonderman heard a smattering of boos as Dye made his way to second. Podsednik then drove in Dye with a two-out single to make it 4-0.
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