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Brown is bagged by Texas

Yankees pitcher hit hard early on

It took all of seven pitches for the home crowd to start booing Kevin Brown last night, when the Texas Rangers beat up the maligned Yankee starter, 5-3, in New York.

Perplexing the Yankees with a 72-mile-per-hour breaking ball on a chilly night, Chris Young (2-1) prevented New York from extending a winning streak to three for the first time this season. A 6-foot-10-inch former All-Ivy basketball player at Princeton, Young allowed at least three runs in each of his three previous starts this season.

But New York's only run off the 25-year-old righthander came on Hideki Matsui's RBI double in the fourth. Young gave up 4 hits in 5 2/3 innings with 7 strikeouts and 2 walks.

Francisco Cordero got two outs for his major league-leading eighth save. He gave up an RBI double to pinch hitter Jorge Posada, then struck out Derek Jeter and retired Bernie Williams on an easy fly to end it.

Brown (0-2) gave up four runs in the first inning against his former team, yet still managed to lower his ERA from 9.00 to 8.25, which isn't even the highest among Yankees starters -- Jaret Wright is at 10.05. Brown allowed five runs and 11 hits in six innings, with New York's defense limiting the damage by turning two double plays.

Indians 6, Mariners 1 -- C.C. Sabathia pitched seven strong innings and Ronnie Belliard hit a three-run homer, leading Cleveland at Seattle. The Indians handed Sabathia (1-0), a two-time All-Star making his second start of the season, a 5-0 lead in the first.

The 6-foot-7-inch Sabathia, who is listed at 290 pounds, limited the Mariners to one run on five hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.

Orioles 13, Blue Jays 5 -- Jay Gibbons homered and drove in five runs as Baltimore bounced back from consecutive shutout losses to the Red Sox with a victory over host Toronto. Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada, and Javy Lopez also homered for the Orioles. Gibbons ended a 22-inning scoreless streak with a broken-bat RBI single in the second and made it 13-5 with a three-run shot off Vinnie Chulk in the ninth.

The Orioles broke out for 17 hits and set a season high for runs.

Athletics 4, Angels 3 -- Scott Hatteberg's two-run single off Francisco Rodriguez with two outs in the ninth inning lifted visting Oakland. Scot Shields escaped his own bases-loaded jam in the seventh by retiring Mark Ellis on a ground out, then pitched a hitless eighth to make it 22 consecutive scoreless innings by the Angels' bullpen. But the streak ended in the ninth.

Tigers 5, Twins 4 -- Ivan Rodriguez homered leading off the 10th inning, lifting host Detroit. Rodriguez lined a 2-and-1 pitch from Terry Mulholland (0-1) into the right-center stands to end Detroit's three-game losing skid and give the Tigers their first win in six one-run games this season.

Troy Percival (1-1) got the win with two innings of relief despite blowing a save in the ninth when Justin Morneau homered to tie it. The Tigers are 0 for 6 in save situations.

White Sox 8, Royals 2 -- Freddy Garcia (2-1) pitched seven strong innings and Juan Uribe had three hits as visiting Chicago defeated Kansas City to stretch its winning streak to five games. Joe Crede also had three hits and scored three times, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games -- the longest active streak in the majors.

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