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AL ROUNDUP

Posada, Yankees rally

Jorge Posada hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning, Gary Sheffield connected for his 400th career home run, and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Blue Jays, 7-4, last night in Toronto.

Orlando Hernandez became the latest Yankees starter with an injury, leaving after the second inning with tightness in his left hamstring. Mike Mussina and Kevin Brown are both on the disabled list, and Tanyon Sturtze injured his right pinky in the brawl with the Red Sox last Saturday.

New York managed just two hits through seven innings, but Toronto reliever Kerry Ligtenberg (1-3) allowed all three batters he faced to reach in the eighth.

Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter singled and Sheffield walked. Justin Speier relieved and Alex Rodriguez -- 0 for 8 with the bases loaded this year -- hit a sacrifice fly, tying it, 2-2.

One night after hitting a grand slam in Monday's victory, Posada homered off Speier, giving New York a 5-2 lead.

Vernon Wells and Eric Hinske homered for the Blue Jays. Rodriguez homered on his 29th birthday in the third, giving New York a 1-0 lead.

Wells homered off Juan Padilla in the bottom half, and Hinske gave Toronto the lead in the sixth with a homer off Felix Heredia. Hinske added a two-run triple in the ninth off Tom Gordon.

Twins 7, White Sox 3 -- Johan Santana pitched two-hit ball into the seventh as surging Minnesota whipped host Chicago to take a 2 1/2-game lead in the Central.

Cristian Guzman had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and Corey Koskie was hit by a pitch three times, tying a major league record, as the Twins won for the ninth time in 11 games.

Santana (9-6) walked two and struck out six, giving him an AL-best 161 strikeouts, in six innings plus.

A's 5, Mariners 3 -- Bobby Crosby and Eric Chavez each homered, Mark Redman won for the first time in six starts, and host Oakland dropped Seattle for its fourth straight victory and pulling it into a tie with the Red Sox in the wild-card standings.

Erubiel Durazo hit an RBI double and Eric Byrnes added a sacrifice fly as the A's sent Seattle to its 14th straight road loss, matching the club record set in 1988. Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a first-inning single to left.

Angels 2, Rangers 0 -- Bartolo Colon combined with two relievers on a one-hitter as Anaheim blanked visiting Texas.

Colon (9-8) pitched seven dominant innings to win his fourth consecutive start, allowing only a clean, ground single through the left side by Michael Young on a 3-1 pitch with two outs in the third.

Indians 10, Tigers 6 -- Coco Crisp, who wasn't in the original starting lineup, drove in a career-high five runs, helping Cleveland outlast Detroit at Jacobs Field.

He became a late replacement as the starter in left field, batting leadoff, when Travis Hafner was scratched with a sprained neck and Matt Lawton moved to designated hitter.

Devil Rays 6, Royals 2 -- Rocco Baldelli had an RBI double and threw a runner out at the plate, helping Tampa Bay end a six-game losing streak with a victory over Kansas City in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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