Scott Erickson wanted out of Minnesota for two years. He got his wish Friday when he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles.
On his way out of the Metrodome, he couldn’t resist taking a parting shot at his former team.
“I feel bad for the guys, it’s like the organization has given up on the team. It’s a joke,” said Erickson, who was traded a day after the Twins sent closer Rick Aguilera to Boston.
Baltimore, looking to bolster its starting rotation for a run at the A.L. East title, traded rookie starter Scott Klingenbeck and a position player to be named. Erickson will make his Orioles’ debut on Sunday against Chicago.
Clearing the bases
White Sox reliever Rob Dibble was suspended for three games for throwing at Milwaukee’s Pat Listach last week.
It was Dibble’s eighth major league suspension and second since joining the White Sox this spring.
He appealed to A.L. president Gene Budig, so the penalty won’t go into effect until after a hearing.. … Cleveland honored Eddie Murray for becoming the 20th major league player with 3,000 career hits….. Royals pitcher Dennis Rasmussen refused assignment to Triple-A Omaha and was released…. The Rangers will bring in Steve Buechele for a workout over the weekend. Buechele, recently released by the Chicago Cubs, played for the Rangers from 1985-91.
The Athletics placed outfielder Ruben Sierra on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right knee and recalled infielder Jason Giambi from Edmonton of the Pacific Coast League…. Angels infielder Spike Owen, bothered by an inflamed right shoulder, was placed on the 15-day D.L.
Tigers 3, Royals 1
David Wells won his sixth straight start and defeated Kevin Appier in an All-Star pitching matchup as Detroit beat Kansas City for its fifth straight win.
Red Sox 5, Twins 4
One night after being traded from Minnesota, Rick Aguilera got his first save for Boston. Aguilera entered in the ninth to a standing ovation in the stadium where he pitched from 1989. He picked up his 13th save when Matt Merullo lined out.
Orioles 5, White Sox 2
Chris Hoiles hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to give Baltimore the win. Kevin Bass singled to start the ninth and Jeffrey Hammonds walked on four pitches off Jim Abbott (4-4).
Rangers 10, Yankees 0
Bob Tewksbury pitched his first American League shutout with a six-hitter and Jack Voigt’s three-run homer keyed a five-run second inning for Texas.
Voigt, 2 for 32 in his previous 15 games as his average fell from .400 to .143, went 3 for 4 to pace the Rangers’ 15-hit attack.
Blue Jays 4, Athletics 2
Joe Carter homered and drove in four runs to spoil the first major league start of Cuban emigre Ariel Prieto as Toronto beat Oakland.
Brewers 9, Angels 3
B.J. Surhoff hit two three-run homers and Milwaukee rookie Steve Sparks earned the first complete game of his career with a four-hitter. Sparks (5-3) led the Brewers to their fifth win in six games by giving up two hits over the final eight innings.
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