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MLB: Yankees Overpower Visiting Indians


In Major League Baseball action, the New York Yankees used two home runs by Jason Giambi to rally past the visiting Cleveland Indians for a second straight night in a 10-4 victory.

The Yankees opened a four-game lead over second-place Boston in the American League East division, while star pitcher Roger Clemens earned his 302nd career win.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox dropped a 4-1 decision to the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston.

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki hit a grand slam home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Mariners to a 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Baltimore's Tony Battista had a first-inning grand slam, and a tie-breaking solo homer in the eighth to give the Orioles a 6-5 win over the visiting Anaheim Angels.

The other American League winners Friday were the Devil Rays, White Sox and Twins.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays doused the visiting Texas Rangers 2-0. The host Chicago White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-5. And the Minnesota Twins edged the visiting Oakland Athletics 3-2.

In the National League, Atlanta's Gary Sheffield had two home runs among his five hits to lead the Braves to an 11-4 rout of the visiting New York Mets.

The Braves have won 11 of their last 12 games, and are off to their best 95-game start ever. Atlanta's record of 63 wins against 32 losses is the best in the majors.

The other National League winners Friday were the Expos, Astros, Pirates, Marlins, Diamondbacks, Giants and Dodgers.

The Montreal Expos got by the Phillies 3-1 in Philadelphia. The Houston Astros downed the Reds 5-3 in Cincinnati. The Pittsburgh Pirates had little trouble with the visiting Milwaukee Brewers in a 7-2 outcome. The Florida Marlins shut down the Chicago Cubs 6-0 in Miami. That was also the score in the Arizona Diamondbacks' win over the Padres in San Diego.

Another shutout saw the San Francisco Giants cruise by the visiting Colorado Rockies 7-0. And the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 8-5 with the help of veteran Ricky Henderson's first homer since returning to the majors.