Since clinching a postseason berth, the New York Yankees have looked nothing like a playoff team.
New York made three errors and allowed all but one of visiting Tampa Bay's runs to score with two outs as the Yankees lost their third straight to the Devil Rays, 10-6, last night.
"The fine-tune button fell off our machine," Yankees Manager Joe Torre said. "We still have work to do. Obviously, we stunk as a team tonight. We will have to turn it around as a team as well."
Fred McGriff and Bubba Trammell homered, and Dave Martinez drove in three runs for the Devil Rays. Tampa Bay had lost 17 of their first 18 games to New York -- including all nine at Yankee Stadium -- before winning the final three games of the four-game series.
The Yankees rallied to win the opener, 4-3, in 11 innings Friday on rookie Alfonso Soriano's homer and clinched their fifth straight playoff berth when Oakland lost that night.
Since then, they've looked sluggish, losing three straight to the last-place Devil Rays.
RANGERS 3, MARINERS 2: In Arlington, Tex., Lee Stevens drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly as AL West champion Texas won its fourth straight game.
The Rangers (93-63) moved 30 games over .500 for the first time in team history.
John Wetteland set a club record with his 43rd save, breaking the mark he set last year. He also tied his career high, accomplished twice.
Juan Gonzalez doubled with one out in the eighth off Steve Sinclair (0-1), and Rafael Palmeiro was intentionally walked.
Todd Zeile drew a walk from Jose Mesa, the third Seattle pitcher, to load the bases. Stevens lifted a fly ball to left and Gonzalez scored ahead of Brian Hunter's throw.
Tim Crabtree (5-1) threw 1 2/3 perfect innings for the victory. Wetteland worked a hitless ninth.
Rangers Manager Johnny Oates continued to start his top players as Texas tries to finish with the league's best record and secure home-field advantage in the playoffs.
WHITE SOX 3, TWINS 1: Brook Fordyce hit a two-run double in the ninth inning to lead Chicago on the road.
Chris Singleton doubled with two outs off Bob Wells (8-2). Wells then walked Paul Konerko, and reliever Eddie Guardado walked Brian Simmons to load the bases. Fordyce followed with his double off Mike Trombley.