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AL ROUNDUP

Yankees falter again

Wright (shoulder) leaves game early

Chan Ho Park pitched impressively into the seventh inning while Jaret Wright left early with yet another shoulder problem, and the Texas Rangers beat the Yankees, 10-2, yesterday in New York.

Mark Teixeira hit a pair of two-run homers and David Dellucci and Kevin Mench also connected for Texas. Laynce Nix added four of the Rangers' 19 hits.

The Yankees dropped to 7-11, their worst start since 1997, the last year they did not win the AL East.

Park (2-1) missed three months last season because of a back injury. He looked more than fine against the Yankees, holding them to three hits in 6 2/3 innings and working around five walks.

Wright (2-2), lured from Atlanta as a free agent by a $21 million, three-year contract, started the day with a 10.05 ERA. He tied a career high by allowing three home runs, and was trailing, 6-1, with one out in the sixth when more serious trouble struck.

After he threw a pitch to Hank Blalock, the righthander crouched down on the mound, bringing manager Joe Torre and a trainer from the dugout. There was a brief discussion, and Wright left the game.

Wright has had two operations on his right shoulder, and spent time on the disabled list every year from 1999-02. He has not been sidelined since.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 1 -- Erik Bedard pitched seven scoreless innings and Brian Roberts hit a leadoff homer in Baltimore's victory at Toronto. Bedard, of Nevan, Ontario, pitched one of the best games of his career while his parents watched from the stands. The 26-year-old lefthander scattered seven hits and matched a career high for innings pitched. Bedard (1-1) struck out six and walked one.

White Sox 3, Royals 2 -- Aaron Rowand singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th and visiting Chicago beat Kansas City for the best 18-game start (14-4) in its 104-year history. The White Sox have won a season-high six straight and eight of nine. They are 8-2 on the road, best in the American League and their best start since the 1973 team went 9-2.

Angels 9, A's 5 -- Vladimir Guerrero and Chone Figgins each drove in two runs and Los Angeles rode a six-run fifth inning to a victory over Oakland in Anaheim, Calif. Rookie Jake Woods (1-0) recorded his first major league win in relief of starter Paul Byrd, getting the final out of the fifth inning and the first two outs of the sixth while giving up one hit. Esteban Yan and Brendan Donnelly held Oakland to one hit the rest of the way.

Indians 5, Mariners 2 -- Cliff Lee pitched seven scoreless innings and Victor Martinez had a two-run double in a three-run seventh, helping visiting Cleveland beat slumping Seattle. . . .
The Tigers' game in Detroit against the Minnesota Twins was postponed because of snow. The game will be made up tomorrow afternoon.

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