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Baseball: Yankees Sweep Rival Red Sox


Major League Baseball's New York Yankees have completed a five-game sweep in Boston of their perpetual rivals, the Red Sox.

The Yankees' first four wins were marked by booming bats and high scores, but they took the finale, 2-1, in a pitchers' duel on Monday.

New York's Cory Lidle threw six scoreless innings and got the win; Boston's David Wells gave up just six hits and pitched into the eighth inning, but was charged with both Yankee runs.

The New Yorkers now lead Boston in their American League East division by 6.5 games.

The American League's Tigers, Athletics and Devil Rays also won on Monday.

In the National League, Barry Bonds hit the 725th home run of his career in the San Francisco Giants' 5-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Noah Lowry pitched a two-hit complete game for San Francisco.

Other National League winners were the Braves, Marlins, Reds, Phillies and Padres.

In Detroit, the Tigers defeated the White Sox, 7-1, and increased their Central Division lead to six and one-half games; the Tigers had lost nine of their previous 12 games. The Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 12-10, in a game marked by a confrontation between Toronto manager, John Gibbons, and starting pitcher Ted Lilly, after Lilly gave up seven runs and Gibbons brought in a reliever. In Florida, the Devil Rays scored a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers.

In San Diego, the Padres cut the Dodgers' West division lead to three games, by beating Los Angeles 4-2. The game featured six strong innings of pitching by Tim Stauffer, an emergency replacement for the Padres' ailing Chan Ho Park. The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cubs 6-5 in Chicago. In Cincinnati, Rich Aurilia had a home run and three other hits in the Reds' 4-3 win over the Houston Astros. The Florida Marlins beat the last-place Washington Nationals, 3-1 in Miami, and the Atlanta Braves blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0.

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