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Yankees' lumber is in a slumber

Mark Buehrle kept the New York Yankees in their post-Japan slump.

The lefthander shut down New York on three singles over eight innings, and Magglio Ordonez and Jose Valentin homered to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Yankees yesterday, 7-3, in the Bronx.

New York's star-laden lineup has scored just 16 runs in five games since its season-opening Tokyo trip. Hideki Matsui exemplified New York's sluggishness on the sunny spring afternoon, running into trouble on the bases for the second straight day.

A day after he was picked off at second, Matsui hit what he thought was a foul dribbler up the first base line in the seventh inning. Matsui didn't run initially, but the ball kicked back fair. By then, it was too late and he was tagged out at the bag by first baseman Paul Konerko.

Buehrle (1-0) left Monday's opener at Kansas City with a 7-3 lead, but his bullpen failed to hold it. Making his first career start in Yankee Stadium, he allowed only a pair of unearned runs caused by two throwing errors by Valentin in the first. Buehrle held tough, striking out Alex Rodriguez with two outs and two on in the fifth.

Billy Koch allowed another unearned run in the ninth, making a throwing error and giving up an RBI single to Jorge Posada before completing the four-hitter.

Orioles 11, Devil Rays 3 -- Melvin Mora and Larry Bigbie each homered and drove in three runs, leading Baltimore over host Tampa Bay. Javy Lopez and Mora had four hits apiece. Mora hit a two-run homer in the fifth and an RBI single during a four-run sixth. Bigbie had a two-run single in the sixth and an eighth-inning solo homer.

Rafael Palmeiro and Lopez each had two RBIs for the Orioles. Reliever Rick Bauer (1-0) got the win by giving up one hit in five scoreless innings.

Twins 10, Tigers 5 -- Minnesota set a Comerica Park record with six home runs, including two by light-hitting catcher Henry Blanco, and the Twins handed Detroit its first loss of the season. Luis Rivas, Corey Koskie, Jose Offerman, and Lew Ford also connected for the Twins, giving starter Brad Radke plenty of support.

A's 2, Mariners 1 -- Tim Hudson pitched a four-hitter for the first complete game in the majors this season and host Oakland sent Seattle to its fifth straight loss. Marco Scutaro had two hits, an RBI, and scored a run for the A's, who have won the AL West the last two seasons and are off to a strong start this year at 4-1.

Rangers 12, Angels 6 -- Kenny Rogers won in his return to Texas, and the Rangers hit three home runs in a win over visiting Anaheim Angels. Mark Teixeira, Michael Young, and Hank Blalock all homered in Texas's third straight win. Brad Fullmer had an RBI double and two RBI singles.

Royals 7, Indians 6 -- Aaron Guiel's two-out RBI single in the 10th gave host Kansas City the victory over Cleveland, which blew a three-run lead in the ninth.

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