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Yankees Pour It on Blue Jays, 17-6

April 30, 2006|From the Associated Press

Johnny Damon prepared for his return to Fenway Park with his first multihomer game for the New York Yankees.

The Yankees tied a team record by scoring in all eight innings in which they batted, and Damon scored a career-high five runs to go along with three hits and three runs batted in a 17-6 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday at New York.

Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer for New York, which overcame a 2-0 first-inning deficit and a poor start by Randy Johnson. The only other time the Yankees scored in every inning was in a 14-1 win over the St. Louis Browns at Yankee Stadium on July 26, 1939.

Damon, Giambi and Jorge Posada all hit upper-deck homers for the Yankees, and Giambi drove in four runs, giving him 25 RBIs this season.

Both teams received scares in the fifth inning when Gary Sheffield collided at first base with Shea Hillenbrand, and both players left the game. Sheffield, who drove in two runs with an infield single on the play, bruised his left knee and right wrist. Hillenbrand, hit on the back of the head, was scheduled for a CT scan.

Boston 9, Tampa Bay 6 -- Jason Varitek hit a tiebreaking single in a four-run ninth inning, and Manny Ramirez homered and tripled, leading the Red Sox at St. Petersburg, Fla.

Trailing 6-5, the Red Sox loaded the bases with none out in the ninth against Tyler Walker (0-1) on a single and two walks. He struck out Ramirez before Trot Nixon walked to tie it.

Jonathan Papelbon struck out all three batters in the bottom half for his 10th save in 10 chances. He became the first big league pitcher to get 10 saves in April after entering that season without a save.

Detroit 18, Minnesota 1 -- Carlos Guillen homered twice and drove in five runs at Detroit, leading the Tigers to their biggest blowout in 13 years.

Magglio Ordonez and Curtis Granderson also connected for Detroit. It was the most runs scored by the Tigers since a 19-6 victory at Texas on Aug. 8, 2001. The last time they won by 17 runs was a 20-3 win over Seattle on April 17, 1993.

Justin Verlander (3-2) cruised to the easy win, giving up one run and six hits in seven innings. The victory was the rookie's first at Comerica Park in three starts.

Seattle 8, Baltimore 6 -- Ichiro Suzuki got two hits in a six-run sixth inning, and Felix Hernandez earned his first win of the season to lead the Mariners at Baltimore.

Adrian Beltre and Carl Everett homered for the Mariners, and Yuniesky Betancourt came through with a go-ahead single in the sixth. Eddie Guardado worked the ninth for his third save in five chances.

Oakland at Kansas City, ppd. -- The game involving the Athletics and Royals was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Aug. 18.

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