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Yankees keep on slugging

The New York Yankees are slugging their way back to .500, and the Oakland A's are taking most of the beatings.

Derek Jeter and Tino Martinez hit three-run homers, Alex Rodriguez added his major league-leading 12th homer, and the Yankees won their seventh straight, routing the A's, 15-6, last night in Oakland, Calif.

New York has beaten Oakland four times in the last eight days. The A's have lost a season-high seven straight.

Jorge Posada also homered, while Martinez had three hits and drove in five runs for the Yankees, who have scored 59 runs during their longest winning streak in more than a year. Hideki Matsui matched his career high with four of New York's 18 hits.

Kevin Brown (2-4) won his second straight start for the Yankees (18-19), who are back within a game of third-place Toronto in the AL East after their April struggles. New York demolished Joe Blanton and the A's early on: Every batter except Gary Sheffield had a hit by the fourth. New York sent 35 hitters to the plate in the first five innings, with Jeter and Tony Womack batting in each of the first four frames.

Blanton (0-4) yielded nine runs, seven hits, and three walks in 2{dbcomma} innings.

Martinez took reliever Tim Harikkala deep in the fourth (his sixth homer in seven games), and Posada added a two-run shot in the fifth. Oakland has allowed 35 runs in its four straight losses to the Yankees.

Brown's teammates staked him to a 4-0 lead before he threw a pitch, then gave him an eight-run cushion in the third and a 12-run margin in the fifth. Brown hardly needed to be sharp, but he allowed eight hits and three earned runs in six innings.

Rangers 5, Twins 0 -- Kenny Rogers pitched a six-hitter and ran his scoreless streak to 30 innings to guide Texas in Minneapolis.

Rogers (4-2) has won his last four starts and has not allowed a run since the sixth inning of a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay April 21. It is the longest streak in the majors since Minnesota's Johan Santana threw 33 straight shutout innings from Aug. 28 to Sept. 24 last season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It is also Rogers's longest run since his team-record streak of 39 innings in 1995. The 40-year-old lefthander threw 104 pitches and did not allow a base runner past first until the ninth.

Orioles 9, White Sox 6 -- Brian Roberts had three doubles, and Miguel Tejada doubled in the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh for visiting Baltimore.

Angels, 4-2; Tigers, 3-2 -- Brandon Inge hit a two-run homer and Craig Monroe had a solo shot for host Detroit, which split a doubleheader with Anaheim after Jeff DaVanon's suicide squeeze broke a seventh-inning tie in the opener.

Indians 3, Blue Jays 2 -- Jhonny Peralta homered to snap a seventh-inning tie and give host Cleveland its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Royals 6, Devil Rays 5 -- Emil Brown hit a go-ahead double in the eighth and left fielder Terrence Long made a leaping catch with two outs in the ninth to preserve a home win for Kansas City.

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