Rangers third baseman Dean Palmer deserves special recognition.
He required only three pitches for his fifth-inning home run.
That shot matched the Rangers’ entire offensive production this season in 357 pitches against Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Roger Clemens.
The three-time Cy Young Award recipient silenced the Rangers’ lineup for the third time this season during the Blue Jays’ 9-1 victory Thursday night before 46,239 at The Ballpark in Arlington.
Clemens allowed only five hits and three walks during his 124-pitch performance en route to his fifth complete game of the season.
Clemens earned his major-league-best 15th victory in 18 decisions and lowered his American League-best earned-run average from 1.66 to 1.62.
The Rangers have produced two runs on 11 hits with 21 strikeouts in 23 innings against Clemens this season.
Red Sox 12, Orioles 9
Mo Vaughn had three hits, including a tie-breaking homer in the eighth, and drove in four runs as Boston beat Baltimore for a sweep of the two-game series.
Geronimo Berroa hit a three-run homer and tied a career high with five RBIs for the Orioles, who have lost eight of 10.
Yankees 4, White Sox 2
Wade Boggs, who had asked to be traded before Cecil Fielder went on the disabled list, went 4 for 4 and Tino Martinez drove in another run to lead New York over Chicago.
Indians 3, Brewers 2
Orel Hershiser pitched six solid innings and Sandy Alomar homered to lead Cleveland over Milwaukee.
The Indians have won six of seven and 11 of 14. Cleveland defeated Cal Eldred for the seventh straight time to win the season series from Milwaukee, 8-4.
Athletics 11, Royals 3
Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer and Scott Brosius added a two-run shot, both in the Athletics’ six-run third, as Oakland defeated Kansas City.
Angels 9, Tigers 4
Anaheim won its 10th straight game, its best streak in 18 years, as Tony Phillips hit a leadoff homer and drove in four runs in a win over Detroit.
Yankees eye Canseco
Facing life without Cecil Fielder for at least the next eight weeks, the Yankees have talked to the Oakland Athletics about the availability of designated hitter Jose Canseco. They are also interested in another Oakland slugger - major-league home run leader Mark McGwire - but it is uncertain whether McGwire would want to play in New York.
Yankees general manager Bob Watson spoke with Oakland general manager Sandy Alderson, and a person familiar with the conversation said Canseco was the primary topic.
McGwire is the more impressive power hitter. A baseball official said the Yankees, in addition to talking to the A’s about McGwire, had sent out feelers to the first baseman to gauge his interest in coming to the Bronx. Watson did not concede that, and McGwire’s agent said the matter had not been discussed.
It’s more likely that Canseco is the Yankees’ focus for now, especially since their pursuits of McGwire, Colorado’s Dante Bichette and Boston’s Wil Cordero have been futile.
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