On a night when rumors spread that Randy Johnson was about to be traded to New York, the Yankees could have used Seattle's pitching star.
Garret Anderson went 4-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to an Anaheim-record 26 games as the Angels pounded Orlando Hernandez and the Yankees 10-5 on Wednesday night.After the game, the Yankees denied that any trade was imminent. The trading deadline is Friday night.
"I know nothing about it," New York manager Joe Torre said. "I have no knowledge about it. I think they would let me know."
The Mariners are reportedly interested in right-hander Hideki Irabu, while New York is reportedly seeking reliever Mike Timlin along with Johnson.
ANGELS 10, YANKEES 5: At Anaheim, Anderson had two hits during the Angels' eight-run fourth inning, which featured a club-record seven straight hits. Hernandez (5-3), who entered the game with a 2.43 ERA, allowed 13 hits and 10 earned runs in 3 1-3 innings.
INDIANS 8, MARINERS 7: At Seattle, Jim Thome hit his 29th homer of the season in the eighth inning to lift Cleveland over the Mariners. Thome's homer off Greg McCarthy (0-1) gave the win to reliever Chad Ogea (4-2), who worked three scoreless innings. Mike Jackson pitched the ninth for his 27th save.
ORIOLES 14, TIGERS 2: At Detroit, Chris Hoiles hit a pair of two-run homers and drove in six runs, and Cal Ripken hit his first triple in almost two years. Brady Anderson homered and scored three runs and B.J. Surhoff had three RBIs for the Orioles, who are 16-3 since the All-Star break.
RANGERS 9, BLUE JAYS 6: At Toronto, Ivan Rodriguez drove in three runs and Darren Oliver avenged two early-season losses to the Blue Jays as Texas snapped a four-game losing streak.
Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and walk. His bases-loaded double in the third off Chris Carpenter (6-5) put the Rangers ahead for good, 4-3.
TWINS 5, ROYALS 3: At Kansas City, Eric Milton took a no-hitter into the sixth inning as Minnesota won its fifth straight. Milton (6-7) had a no-hitter until Terry Pendleton singled with one out in the sixth. Mike Sweeney then hit a three-run homer to chase Milton, who had walked Dean Palmer to lead off the inning.
DEVIL RAYS 7, WHITE SOX 2: At Chicago, Bubba Trammell had three hits, including a solo homer, and Randy Winn hit his first major league home run as Tampa Bay won for the sixth time in seven games. Trammell singled in the second, hit a two-run double in the sixth and added his fifth homer of the season.
RED SOX 10, ATHLETICS 2: At Oakland, Mo Vaughn, Nomar Garciaparra and Scott Hatteberg homered as Boston handed the Athletics their ninth straight loss. The losing streak is the longest for the A's since they lost their last nine games of the 1995 season. Boston is 7-0 against Oakland this season.
BRAVES 11, REDS 5: Bobby Cox and John Smoltz were ejected, and Mark Wohlers would have been better off if he had been tossed, too. Still, the Braves rallied after Smoltz and Cox were ejected Wednesday night, batting around in the next two innings and hitting three homers for the victory at Cincinnati.
Smoltz and Cox were ejected in rapid succession during an argument with umpire Hunter Wendelstedt over a call at third base in the fourth inning, when Cincinnati led 1-0.
The NL East leaders made it the turning point by piling up four runs with two outs in the fifth off Steve Parris (3-0). They then pulled away with three homers: Tony Graffanino's three-run shot and two-run homers by Andruw Jones and Javy Lopez.
Wohlers, who hasn't recovered his form since tearing a muscle in his side in May, had another wild outing one night after he threw only 10 strikes in 31 pitches.
METS 7, PADRES 6: At New York, Luis Lopez, making just his 10th start of the season as a replacement for injured shortstop Rey Ordonez, drove in two runs, including a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. Lopez hit a sacrifice fly off Donne Wall (4-3) in the seventh to score Carlos Baerga and break a 6-6 tie. Baerga singled with one out and advanced to third on a single by Bernard Gilkey.
ASTROS 10, MARLINS 6: At Houston, Moises Alou hit his fourth homer in as many games and Craig Biggio and Derek Bell had three hits as the Astros sent Florida to its 14th loss in 16 games.
BREWERS 2, CARDINALS 1: At St. Louis, Steve Woodard, who got a chance to start when Jose Mercedes went on the disabled list, struck out a season-high 11 batters. Jeff Cirillo provided the offense for the Brewers with a two-run, home run.
CUBS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 3: At Phoenix, Mark Grace homered into the Bank One Ballpark swimming pool for the second time this season and doubled in another run. The Cubs improved to 18-8 in July for their most victories in any month since September 1993.
EXPOS 6, GIANTS 0: At Montreal, Vladimir Guerrero hit his 24th homer and scored three times, Brad Fullmer drove in three runs, and Dustin Hermanson (9-8) and Mike Maddux combined on a five-hitter.
PHILLIES 8, DODGERS 3: At Philadelphia, Doug Glanville and Gregg Jefferies had three hits apiece and the Phillies dealt Dave Mlicki (5-5) his first loss since being traded to Los Angeles on June 4.
PIRATES 12, ROCKIES 1: At Denver, Al Martin had four RBIs, Jose Guillen drove in three runs and Pittsburgh had 19 hits. Chris Peters (5-8) pitched a five-hitter and struck out seven for the first complete game of his career.