Champion New York Yankees not in Kansas City anymore


NEW YORK, AP

The New York Yankees aren’t in Kansas City anymore. The World Series champions, struggling against any team other than the Royals, lost their fourth straight Wednesday night, falling to rookie Chris Michalak and the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2. The Yankees are 6-0 against Kansas City so far this season and 2-7 against AL East rivals Toronto and Boston. Michalak (3-0) beat New York for the second time this season. Making his third career start, the 30-year-old rookie allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. Jose Cruz and Tony Batista homered for the Blue Jays. Toronto has won its first six series of the season for the first time in the franchise’s 25-year history. The host Blue Jays scored four runs in the second off Orlando Hernandez (0-2). Cruz hit his fifth homer, Brad Fullmer singled and Batista followed with his fourth homer. Shannon Stewart’s RBI double gave Toronto a 4-0 lead. Hernandez allowed four runs on six hits in three innings and left. Alex Gonzalez had three hits and drove in two runs for the Blue Jays. Rangers 8, Mariners 6 Alex Rodriguez wound up with one win in his return to Seattle, doubling and driving in a run as Texas avoided a sweep. The Rangers stopped Seattle’s four-game winning streak and beat the Mariners for the second time in six games this season. Rodriguez went 3-for-12 in the three-game series. The crowd of 43,823 again booed him, but not with the fervor it had the previous two nights at Safeco Field. Angels 3, Athletics 2 Adam Kennedy singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning for Anaheim as the Angels averted a three-game sweep by visiting Oakland. Kennedy went 3-for-3 and scored twice. His broken-bat single off Jason Isringhausen came after Troy Glaus and Garret Anderson opened the inning with singles off Jim Mecir. Red Sox 9, Devil Rays 1 Brian Daubach and Darren Lewis homered during Boston’s nine-run eighth inning as the visiting Red Sox ruined Tampa Bay’s debut under manager Hal McRae. McRae, hired as the Devil Rays’ bench coach in November, replaced Larry Rothschild, who was fired earlier in the day.

Twins 5, Royals 3 Bobby Kielty hit a contested go-ahead double as Minnesota scored four times in the eighth inning. Royals manager Tony Muser was ejected by umpire Eric Cooper after arguing that Kielty’s chopper down the third-base line went foul. Kielty later scored on a wild pitch by Tony Cogan (0-1) to give the Twins a 5-3 lead. White Sox 6, Tigers 4 Jose Valentin hit a three-run homer off Chris Holt (1-2), and Chicago ended a four-game losing streak by winning at Detroit. The White Sox defeated Detroit for the first time in five games this season. Indians 4, Orioles 1 Bartolo Colon allowed four hits in eight innings, and Cleveland scored two key runs following a misplayed popup. Colon (2-1) struck out six, walked two and permitted only one runner past second base. He outpitched Pat Hentgen (0-2), who remained winless in his first season with the Orioles.