After David Bell's two-run double helped Cleveland beat Detroit, Brian Hunter of the Tigers jokingly blamed his manager for the loss.
"That's Buddy's fault," Hunter said. "He taught him how to hit too good."Buddy Bell watched his son get the tiebreaking hit in the sixth inning as the Indians beat the Tigers 7-4 Monday. David played against Buddy's team for the first time and became only the third player in major league history to face a team managed by his father.
"It was weird to see him in the other dugout," said David, who was claimed on waivers from St. Louis on April 14. "I caught myself looking over to their dugout too much. I was interested in watching what he does, but that's not good when you're trying to play a game."
The only other players to face their father's teams were Bump vs. Maury Wills and Moises vs. Felipe Alou. The sons now hold a 17-8 advantage over their dads.
"Once the game started, I didn't pay much attention to it," said Buddy, who played for and coached the Indians before managing the Tigers. "I didn't expect that I'd be able to do that."
David is batting .281 and playing solid defense since taking the second base job from Shawon Dunston.
"I'm very proud of him. It's a feeling I can't explain to anyone," his father said.
Manny Ramirez had three hits, including his eighth homer, and scored three runs for the Indians. Damion Easley hit two solo homers for Detroit, including a one-out shot in the ninth off Mike Jackson.
Charles Nagy (6-2) pitched seven solid innings to improve his career record against Detroit to 14-4. He allowed three runs and eight hits.
BLUE JAYS 7, RED SOX 5: Jose Canseco, Jose Cruz Jr. and Shawn Green homered at Fenway Park off Pedro Martinez, who had allowed only three homers in his previous 76 1/3 innings.
Martinez (5-1) allowed seven runs and 12 hits in 7 2/3 innings as his 1.74 ERA soared to 2.36.
Toronto has won six of seven, while Boston has lost three straight.
ATHLETICS 8, DEVIL RAYS 2: At Oakland, Mike Oquist won for the first time in nine starts this season, and Mike Macfarlane homered twice for the Athletics.
Oquist (1-3) allowed four hits in eight innings.
Scott Spiezio hit a solo homer for the Athletics, who are 3-0 against Tampa Bay. Matt Ruebel (0-1), called up from the minors to replace sore-shouldered Wilson Alvarez, allowed four runs and six hits in 41/3 innings.
YANKEES 12, WHITE SOX 0: Hideki Irabu (4-0), backed by a six-run first inning, pitched a six-hitter for his first career complete game and took over the major league ERA lead at 1.13.
New York batted around and chased Jaime Navarro (4-5) after one-third of an inning - his shortest appearance in 259 career starts.
ROYALS 6, ANGELS 4: Tim Belcher won despite a first-inning grand slam by Garret Anderson as Kansas City converted two errors by Anaheim's outfield into five fifth-inning runs.
Belcher (3-6) allowed seven hits in eight innings, struck out a season-high seven and walked two. Jeff Montgomery pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.
TWINS 9, RANGERS 3: Rookie Jon Shave had three hits, including his first major league homer, and Minnesota scored eight runs in the third inning off Darren Oliver (2-5) to win at Texas.
Ron Coomer had a two-run single, Paul Molitor had an RBI double, and Pat Meares and Denny Hocking each had RBI singles as the Twins matched their club record for the most runs in the third inning.
MARINERS 12, ORIOLES 4: Alex Rodriguez hit his AL-leading 19th homer and Russ Davis drove in four runs as Seattle beat Baltimore.
The Mariners tied a season high with 15 hits and won two straight for the first time since May 12. The visiting Orioles lost for the 10th time in 12 games to fall six games under .500.
In their first meeting since Baltimore beat Seattle in the AL playoffs in October, the Mariners tied a season high with 12 runs off five pitchers, including former Seattle closer Norm Charlton.