Don’t let the new uniform fool you. It was the same old Roger Clemens on the mound at Fenway Park.
In his first game in Boston as a visitor, the Rocket (14-3) attacked his former teammates and the record books with equal vigor Saturday, fanning a club-record 16 in eight innings to lead Toronto to a 3-1 victory over Boston.
Angels 6, A’s 3 Oakland, Calif.
Chuck Finley pitched six effective innings as surging Anaheim defeated Oakland for the ninth consecutive time.
Although Anaheim didn’t homer for the first time in 10 games, it won its fifth game in a row to move within 3-1/2 games of first-place Seattle in the A.L. West.
Troy Percival got four outs for his 11th save.
Yankees 6, Tigers 2 New York
David Cone pitched four-hit ball over seven innings and New York beat Detroit for the 10th straight time.
Paul O’Neill drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning for the Yankees, who won their third straight.
Brewers 3, Orioles 2 Baltimore
David Nilsson and Jose Valentin homered on successive pitches and Milwaukee held on to hand Baltimore its season-high fifth straight loss.
The victory was the 400th for Milwaukee manager Phil Garner, who ranks second on the team’s career list behind Tom Trebelhorn (422 wins).
The Orioles’ loss, combined with New York’s victory over Detroit, cut Baltimore’s lead in the A.L. East to 4-1/2 games.
Indians 7, Twins 2 Minneapolis
Jim Thome hit his 25th homer - a 455-foot shot into the Metrodome’s right-field upper deck - and had two of Cleveland’s season-high seven doubles as the Indians beat Minnesota.
Orel Hershiser (8-5) pitched six strong innings, allowing seven hits for his first victory in three weeks.
White Sox 11, Royals 7 Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City tied a club record with its 11th consecutive loss, falling to Chicago and Frank Thomas, who hit a three-run homer for the second consecutive night.
The streak, longest in the A.L. this season, matches the 11-game slide the Royals endured from June 27-July 8, 1986. Tony Muser is 0-3 after being hired Wednesday to replace fired manager Bob Boone. Muser was the Chicago Cubs’ hitting coach when they started the year 0-14.
Clearing the bases
Baltimore gave former All-Star infielder Kelly Gruber his unconditional release. … Joe Carter was ejected from Toronto’s game against Boston after arguing with an umpire about a fan-interference call down the left-field line.
Detroit’s Brian Hunter stole second base in the sixth inning for his 45th steal of the season, the most by a member of the Tigers since 1979 when Ron LeFlore had 78. …By working through the fifth, Anaheim’s Chuck Finley broke Nolan Ryan’s club record for innings pitched. Ryan, who played for three other teams, pitched 2,181-1/3 innings with the Angels.
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