The San Diego Padres dealt struggling slugger Greg Vaughn to the New York Yankees for Kenny Rogers and Mariano Duncan on Friday night in the second multi-player deal between the teams in 2-1/2 months.
The deal is contingent upon Vaughn and Rogers passing physicals today. The Yankees also get minor league pitchers Kerry Taylor and Chris Clark, and the Padres get minor-league pitcher Kevin Henthorne.
Vaughn returns to the American League, where he hit all but 20 of his 189 career home runs. Rogers and Duncan leave Yankees owner George Steinbrenner’s doghouse. The six-player exchange was executed on Steinbrenner’s 67th birthday.
Blue Jays 1, Yankees 0
Juan Guzman and Kelvim Escobar combined on a two-hitter and Orlando Merced homered in the sixth inning Friday night to give Toronto the victory over New York.
The victory was just the Blue Jays’ second in 10 home games and only their fourth win in 17 games against the Yankees at SkyDome.
White Sox 6, Red Sox 5
Heathcliff Slocumb hit a batter and threw two wild pitches in the ninth, allowing Chicago to beat Boston after Roberto Hernandez wasted a three-run lead in the top of the inning.
Orioles 4-8, Tigers 3-11
Brian Hunter hit his first career grand slam and Detroit ended an 11-game losing streak to Baltimore for a doubleheader split.
Lenny Webster singled to break a fifth-inning tie and three relievers combined for five shutout innings as Baltimore won the opener to stretch its winning streak to five.
In the second game, Detroit overcame 5-0 and 8-5 deficits to beat Baltimore for the first time since last Sept. 6.
Indians 7, Royals 6
Marquis Grissom’s tie-breaking infield single in the eighth gave Cleveland a victory over Kansas City.
Cleveland catcher Sandy Alomar was 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 29 games, tops in the majors and the longest by an Indians player in 95 years.
Twins 13, Brewers 1
Greg Colbrunn went 4 for 6 with a double, homer and four RBIs, and Minnesota got 23 hits as it handed plunging Milwaukee its fifth straight loss.
Rangers 7, Athletics 6
Lee Stevens came within a single of becoming the second Texas player to hit for the cycle as the Rangers beat Oakland for its third straight win.
Clearing the bases
Texas Rangers third baseman Dean Palmer was scratched from the starting lineup of the game against Oakland after cutting his nose while taking ground balls prior to batting practice… . White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas, saying he needs time to rest sore rib muscles, will not play in the All-Star Game, which takes place Tuesday.
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