Travis Fryman hit a three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning, giving the Detroit Tigers a 4-2 win and a split of their Sunday doubleheader with the visiting Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox ended a three-game losing streak in the opener, overcoming an early 7-0 deficit for an 11-8 victory in 12 innings.
Fryman, who hit an 11th-inning home run off Roberto Hernandez in the first game, again victimized the White Sox closer for the game-ending homer. Hernandez wound up with a win and a loss for the day.
After Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth on Darren Lewis’ squeeze bunt, Deivi Cruz drew a leadoff walk from Hernandez (1-1) in the bottom half.
Brian Hunter walked and Jody Reed popped out on a bunt try. Fryman followed with his drive to left - his second home run of the day and of the season.
Former Spokane Indians right-hander A.J. Sager (1-0) was the winner. He gave up Lewis’ squeeze bunt, which came after a double by Norberto Martin and a sacrifice.
Yankees 3-4, A’s 2-7
Scott Brosius’ two-run single sent Oakland to a split of its doubleheader with New York.
The Yankees won the first game behind the pitching of Andy Pettitte (3-0) and home runs by Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter.
In the second game, Oakland scored four times in the third inning for a 5-0 lead against Ramiro Mendoza (0-1), called up from the minors when Dwight Gooden was put on the disabled list.
Brewers 3, Blue Jays 2
Fernando Vina’s no-out ninth-inning single off Tim Crabtree gave Milwaukee its victory over Toronto.
Gerald Williams led off the ninth with a bloop to right-center that he stretched into a double. Jesse Levis sacrificed him to third and reached base safely himself when second baseman Carlos Garcia pulled his foot off the first-base bag.
Royals 6, Twins 1
Kansas City, Mo.
Johnny Damon and David Howard each drove in three runs as Kevin Appier and Kansas City beat Minnesota.
Appier (1-0) gave up five hits in eight innings. He struck out seven and walked three in his third start of the year.Angels
Angels 8, Indians 3
Mark Langston cooled off Cleveland’s hot bats and Anaheim roughed up Jack McDowell again.
The teams, rained out Saturday, played through intermittent rain and snow flurries. The wind-chill readings were in the 20s. Langston (1-1) neutralized the Indians’ left-handed hitters and pitched out of jams in the fourth and fifth.
Orioles 9, Rangers 0
Jimmy Key pitched a six-hitter for his first shutout since May 28, 1993, and Jeffrey Hammonds hit two solo homers as Baltimore beat punchless Texas.
Cal Ripken and Chris Hoiles also homered, and Rafael Palmeiro went 4 for 5 as the Orioles improved to 4-1 this season against Texas. Baltimore, which won both games of the rain-abbreviated series, was 3-10 against the Rangers last year.
Key (2-0) walked one and struck out seven in lowering his ERA to 1.29 over three starts.
Clearing the bases
Toronto ace Roger Clemens was scratched from his start tonight against Kansas City as a precaution against aggravating a mild groin strain… . Milwaukee shortstop Jose Valentin didn’t get around quickly enough on a bunt attempt and it’ll cost him three weeks on the Milwaukee Brewers bench. The former Spokane Indians infielder fractured and bloodied his left middle finger when he fouled a fastball off his left hand.
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