Dee Brown and the Kansas City Royals kept up their winning ways yesterday in Detroit. No such luck for the Tigers.

Brown hit his first career grand slam and Brent Mayne added a three-run shot as the unbeaten Royals downed the winless Tigers, 9-6.

The 6-0 start is the best in Royals' history.

"I'm not surprised we're winning, but I don't like talking about it," Brown said. "Just keep playing and doing what we've got to do."

At 0-7, Detroit became only the second team in major league history to start successive seasons with at least seven straight losses. The Tigers were 0-11 last year.

The 1962-63 New York Mets were 0-9 and 0-8 in their first two seasons.

"We're 0-7 and I'm sure people are thinking it's the same old story, which I guess it is," first-year Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. "But the first thing is that we're not going to quit. We're going to keep battling and, hopefully, tomorrow is the day."

His team missed a chance to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth. Tigers star Bobby Higginson, running from first, was hit by Carlos Pena's grounder for the final out of the game.

"I was just stealing and didn't even look back," said Higginson. "I assumed that we were taking. . . . I didn't even peek in to look, so it hit me. I've never been hit by a ball like that before."

* YANKEES 2, TWINS 1: Mike Mussina allowed no earned runs to beat visiting Minnesota for the 19th time in 21 decisions and New York got home runs from Jorge Posada and Raul Mondesi.

Mussina (2-0) allowed one run and six hits in eight innings and improved his winning percentage against the Twins to .905 -- the highest for any active pitcher against any team.

"We've been scoring a lot of runs and hitting a lot of homers," Mussina said. "It was important to show we can win low-scoring [games]."

* INDIANS 5, WHITE SOX 2: Brian Anderson won his first appearance with the Indians at Jacobs Field since the 1997 World Series.

Only 14,841 -- the smallest crowd in the Jake's 10-year history -- attended in near-freezing temperatures.

"I didn't feel real good," Anderson said. "It was a battle, mentally and physically."

Anderson (2-0), who earned a save in Game 4 against Florida in the '97 Series in his first stint with the Indians, allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings.

* BLUE JAYS 10, RED SOX 5: Vernon Wells hit a grand slam as host Toronto rallied for its fifth straight victory.

Manny Ramirez extended his career-high hitting streak to 22 games with a three-run homer for the Red Sox, who have lost three of four.

* ATHLETICS 13, RANGERS 5: Miguel Tejada and Scott Hatteberg each homered and had three hits in Oakland's road win.

Terrence Long and Mark Ellis hit home runs in the third inning to put Mark Mulder and the Athletics ahead to stay. It was Oakland's ninth straight victory over Texas.

Rangers slugger Rafael Palmeiro hit his 493rd homer, tying Lou Gehrig for 19th on the career list.

* ANGELS 5, MARINERS 1: Kevin Appier pitched six strong innings, and Scott Spiezio homered and drove in three runs as visiting Anaheim snapped a four-game losing streak.

The 35-year-old Appier (1-1) ended a personal four-game skid, winning for the first time since beating Tampa Bay on Sept. 4 last season. He gave up one run and six hits.