The Yankees responded quickly following George Steinbrenner's criticism.
Alex Rodriguez, Tino Martinez, and the Yankees broke out for 13 runs in a record-setting second inning on the way to a 19-8 rout of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays last night in New York.
One day after Steinbrenner lashed out at his $200 million team for its 4-8 start, the Yankees showed how powerful they can be when the offense is clicking.
Rodriguez homered twice, doubled twice, and finished with five hits. He drove in six runs and scored five times.
Martinez hit a grand slam and knocked in six runs.Bernie Williams had three hits and Jason Giambi scored three runs, giving the win to Jaret Wright (2-1) despite a poor outing.
It all started in the second, New York's biggest inning ever at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees sent 17 batters to the plate during an outburst that lasted 34 minutes. They got 11 hits, including seven in a row, and 10 consecutive hitters reached.
Angels 6, Mariners 1 -- Vladimir Guerrero and Darin Erstad homered to help Paul Byrd get his first victory of the season, and Los Angeles beat visiting Seattle. Byrd (1-2) scattered 11 hits over eight innings.
He struck out three, walked none, and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth by getting Randy Winn and Miguel Olivo on infield popups. Aaron Sele (1-1) allowed six runs and eight hits over four innings in his return to Angel Stadium. The righthander pitched three seasons in Anaheim.
White Sox 5, Twins 4 -- Carl Everett homered twice, including a tiebreaking two-run drive in the sixth that led host Chicago past Minnesota. Tadahito Iguchi singled leading off the sixth against Kyle Lohse (1-2), and Everett hit his fourth homer of the season on the next pitch.
Athletics 8, Rangers 5 -- Dan Haren pitched six solid innings and cleanup hitter Erubiel Durazo snapped out of a season-long slump with his first extra-base hits in Oakland's win over host Texas.The Athletics had a season-high 13 hits, eight in the first 4 1/3 innings off Chan Ho Park (1-1).
Tigers 13, Orioles 3 -- Dmitri Young went 3 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs, leading a 16-hit attack that carried Detroit past Baltimore at Camden Yards.
Indians 5, Royals 1 -- Casey Blake and Ben Broussard hit consecutive home runs and Cliff Lee blanked Kansas City on two hits over seven innings, leading visiting Cleveland.