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AL ROUNDUP

Yankees hold off Blue Jays

Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui, and Bernie Williams each homered and the New York Yankees held on for an 8-7 victory over the Blue Jays last night in Toronto. Esteban Loaiza failed to make it out of the fifth inning in another poor start since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox in a July 31 trade for Jose Contreras.

Loaiza, 0-2 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts for the Yankees, is expected to lose his starting job when New York goes back to a five-man rotation after Monday's off-day. He allowed four runs on seven hits.

Tanyon Sturtze (5-2) pitched 2 1/3 innings for the win.

With the win, New York maintained its 5 1/2 games lead over the second-place Red Sox in he AL East.

Rangers 6, Orioles 4 -- John Wasdin pitched six strong innings in his return from the minors, and host Texas handed Baltimore its 11th consecutive loss. Eric Young reached base in all four plate appearances, with two walks and two singles. He stole a base, scored Texas's first run and drove in the last two.

With their 11th win in 14 games, the Rangers remained two games behind the Red Sox in the wild-card race. They also beat the Orioles for the first time in 10 tries.

Miguel Tejada went 3 for 5, including his 25th homer, in Baltimore's latest loss. The season's longest losing streak follows a stretch in which the Orioles won 11 of 13, including a four-game home sweep of Texas.

Athletics 8, Devil Rays 7 -- Erubiel Durazo hit a two-run homer, and Eric Chavez also connected, as host Oakland rallied from a four-run deficit. Marco Scutaro also homered for the A's, who have won five straight and 10 of 11. They maintained their one-game lead over Anaheim in the West.

Justin Duchscherer (5-4) pitched five scoreless innings of relief for the win. He allowed four hits with no walks and struck out three.

Octavio Dotel got four outs for his 15th save in 19 chances with Oakland.

Angels 9, Twins 6 -- Adam Kennedy and Garret Anderson each hit a two-run homer and host Anaheim beat Minnesota for its ninth straight victory. Aaron Sele (8-1) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, improving to 17-4 in his career against the Twins while helping the Angels match their longest win streak of the season. Anaheim has won 17 of 21 overall to move a season-best 20 games over .500.

Minnesota's lead in the Central was reduced to seven games over Cleveland.

Indians 6, White Sox 3 -- C.C. Sabathia struck out 11 in six innings and Ronnie Belliard hit a three-run homer for host Cleveland. The Indians staked Sabathia to a 5-0 lead and went on to win for just the second time in 12 games.

The White Sox lost their seventh in nine games and fell one game back of second-place Cleveland in the Central.

Mariners 7, Royals 5 -- Bret Boone hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth, and Seattle had a season-high six homers in a victory over visiting Kansas City. In a matchup of the teams with the two worst record in the AL, the Mariners ended a four-game losing streak.

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