Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada each homered twice, and the surging New York Yankees routed the Detroit Tigers, 12-3, last night behind Mike Mussina to move three games over .500 for the first time this season.
Robinson Cano hit his first major league homer and Gary Sheffield also connected, showing his sore left hand is healthy enough for him to hit. The Yankees (24-21) finished with a season-high six home runs, four off starter Wilfredo Ledezma, and won for the 13th time in 15 games.
Mussina (5-2) allowed six hits in seven shutout innings, winning his fourth straight decision in a span of five starts.
Rodriguez was plunked near the hip by Franklyn German in the seventh. Paul Quantrill retaliated in the eighth, throwing behind Jason Smith and then hitting him with a pitch in the back. That brought the Tigers out of their dugout, but the Yankees never left their bench, and order was quickly restored. Quantrill and manager Joe Torre were ejected.
Orioles 3, Mariners 2 -- Jay Gibbons homered to break an eighth-inning tie, and host Baltimore rallied to spoil the return of former manager Mike Hargrove.
After Baltimore pulled even in the seventh, Gibbons hit a solo shot to center off J.J. Putz (1-1) to give the Orioles their first lead.
The Orioles lost catcher Javy Lopez, who is expected to miss six weeks with a broken bone in his right hand that was hit by a foul tip.
White Sox 2, Angels 1 -- Tadahito Iguchi hit a run-scoring single in the 11th inning and Carl Everett homered, leading visiting Chicago past Los Angeles. The victory improved Chicago to a major league-best 32-14, equaling the 1951 and 1957 White Sox for the best start in the franchise's history.
Twins 6, Indians 3 -- Justin Morneau dropped in a three-run double just out of center fielder Grady Sizemore's reach with two outs in the 11th inning, sending visiting Minnesota past Cleveland.
Rangers 4, Royals 3 -- Richard Hidalgo homered twice to back Ryan Drese, and host Texas beat Kansas City for its fourth straight win.
Devil Rays 5, Athletics 4 -- Josh Phelps homered and had three RBIs, helping host Tampa Bay beat Oakland.