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Baseball: Johnson Leads Yankees to Win Over Rangers


In major-league baseball, pitcher Randy Johnson of the New York Yankees struck out seven in leading his team to a 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers Monday.

Johnson pitched six innings, and allowed both Ranger runs.

The fans in Arlington, Texas, lustily booed former Ranger Alex Rodriguez, the American League's two-time Most Valuable Player. Rodriguez, who has been struggling in the field and at the plate this season, snapped an 0-for-11 streak with a single and later added an RBI double.

In other American League games Monday:

the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians, 9-7;

the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 8-4;

the Minnesota Twins downed the Chicago White Sox, 7-4;

the Boston Red Sox defeated the Oakland Athletics, 7-3; and

the Seattle Mariners won 7-3 over the Toronto Blue Jays.

In the National League, Chicago Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux snapped his six-game losing streak as the Cubs beat the New York Mets, 8-7, in New York.

Maddux, who has 8 wins and 11 losses on the season, allowed seven runs in six-plus innings but still earned his 326th career victory - tying him with Eddie Plank for 12th place on the career win list.

Aramis Ramirez and Jacque Jones hit consecutive home runs for Chicago in support of Maddux.

In other National League Games Monday:

the Atlanta Braves defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 10-8;

the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 12-8;

the Colorado Rockies shut out the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-0; and

the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in 11 innings, 7-6.

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