Roger Clemens keeps firing blanks.
Clemens pitched a two-hitter for his third straight shutout and 12th consecutive win as Toronto beat Minnesota 6-0 Sunday.The 36-year-old right-hander is unbeaten in his last 17 starts and hasn't lost since May 29.
"I was talking the other day about the five toughest pitchers I've faced in 21 years, and Roger's name was on that list," Minnesota's Paul Molitor said. "When you give him the lead with the way he's pitching, you can pretty much bank it in."
Clemens (17-6), who pitched three-hit shutouts over Seattle and Kansas City in his two previous starts, kept his scoreless streak alive even though he didn't have his best stuff.
"It was one of those days when my arm felt heavy," said Clemens, who walked three and struck out seven. "It was just real hard to get my arm into a good slot consistently today, but when you get that type of run support, it makes it pretty easy."
MARINERS 13, YANKEES 3: Ken Griffey Jr. hit his AL-leading 46th and 47th homers, giving him five in eight games, as Seattle won in a rout at Yankee Stadium.
Griffey, who drove in five runs, may be making a late bid to rejoin Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in pursuit of Roger Maris' home run record. McGwire and Sosa are tied for the NL lead with 54, seven short of Maris' mark.
A day after the Yankees became the first team to clinch a postseason spot, they looked nothing like a playoff club. A crowd of 55,341 watched New York fall behind 10-0 in the fifth inning and saw its four-game winning streak stopped.
ROYALS 3, ORIOLES 2: Kansas City completed its first sweep of Baltimore since 1991 and stretched the Orioles' losing streak to seven games.
Mendy Lopez had two RBIs in a three-run fifth inning that lifted the visiting Royals to their ninth win in 11 games.
The Royals' third straight one-run victory gave them their first three-game sweep of Baltimore since June 1991, the year before the Orioles moved to Camden Yards.
ANGELS 8, RED SOX 6: Garret Anderson homered and drove in three runs as Anaheim won its second straight series against a possible playoff opponent.
The Angels, who took two of three games at Boston after winning three of five in New York earlier in the week, built a 7-2 lead with two runs in the second, four in the third and one in the fourth.
Mo Vaughn hit a three-run homer, John Valentin had a two-run homer and Nomar Garciaparra added a solo shot for Boston.
DEVIL RAYS 10, TIGERS 5: Rolando Arrojo pitched seven shutout innings for his first win since July 16 and Bobby Smith homered as Tampa Bay won at Detroit.
Aaron Ledesma had four RBIs for the Devil Rays, who won three of four from Detroit to move 11/2 games ahead of the Tigers in a race to avoid the AL's worst record.
Arrojo (12-11) allowed three singles, walked four and struck out five before leaving with a 6-0 lead after seven innings. The 30-year-old rookie was 0-5 in his previous seven starts.
INDIANS 9, ATHLETICS 4: Rookie Richie Sexson hit his first grand slam as Cleveland beat Oakland for the first time in 10 games.
Sexson, batting .413 since replacing injured All-Star first baseman Jim Thome, hit a shot into the left-field bleachers in the bottom of the seventh inning, his third homer in two days and fifth this season.
Charles Nagy (12-9) had a season-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings, and Mike Jackson pitched 1 1-3 innings for his 34th save. It was Cleveland's first win over the Athletics since winning a suspended game at Oakland on April 8. The Athletics lead the season series 9-2.
WHITE SOX 5, RANGERS 3: Jeff Abbott drove in two runs as Chicago beat struggling Todd Stottlemyre and the Texas Rangers.
Abbott hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning and an RBI double in the fifth for the host White Sox, who have won five of seven games.