The Minnesota Twins had only one reserve for yesterday's game in Toronto. It was enough.
Pinch hitter Matthew LeCroy hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to give the Twins a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Torii Hunter, Michael Ryan and Henry Blanco singled off Toronto closer Terry Adams (3-3) before LeCroy came to the plate in place of Alex Prieto. He sent his first homer of the season over the center-field wall to put Minnesota ahead.
"It's amazing because I was ready in the eighth inning, when we had the top of the order up," said LeCroy, who watched the inning fizzle quickly with only a two-out single to show. "It's just amazing how it worked out. Henry beat out that infield hit. Torii started it all off. . . . It's amazing."
"What was amazing about it, was that I was the only guy left on the bench because everybody was hurt," LeCroy said.
In fact, their starting lineup included two players who were in the minors when the season started and four who were reserves.
Minnesota left fielder Shannon Stewart missed the game because of a left foot injury, first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz is sidelined with a hyperextended lower back and Luis Rivas has a sore groin.
"They just kept battling," said Minnesota Manager Ron Gardenhire, who played down the effects of his ever-diminishing list of regulars. "I didn't feel any effects of it. The only effect you feel is when you look down the bench and see a bunch of guys with no jerseys on."
* YANKEES 4, ANGELS 2: Jon Lieber pitched into the eighth inning, Jason Giambi hit a two-run homer in his return to the lineup and New York won on the road.
New York Manager Joe Torre was ejected in the sixth for arguing a called strike on Alex Rodriguez. With the bases loaded, Rodriguez stepped away from the plate shaking his head after plate umpire Tim Timmons called strike two on a pitch that Rodriguez thought was low. Rodriguez then went down swinging.
Torre apparently was yelling at Timmons when he was tossed for the first time this season.
* WHITE SOX 15, INDIANS 3: Frank Thomas had five RBI and Paul Konerko added four to back Scott Schoeneweis in Cleveland.
Thomas busted out of a 2-for-19 slump by going 3 for 4 with two walks as the White Sox opened a big lead and then poured it on by scoring six times in the eighth.
* RED SOX 4, DEVIL RAYS 1: Curt Schilling yielded one run in seven innings, and Manny Ramirez hit a two-run homer for visiting Boston.
Schilling (5-3) gave up five hits, walked one and struck out five. With 2,603 strikeouts, he moved within seven of tying Chuck Finley for 19th on the career list.
* ROYALS 5, RANGERS 3: Juan Gonzalez hit a three-run homer against his former team, and Kansas City's Jimmy Gobble pitched 61/3 innings in Arlington, Tex.
Gobble (2-2) yielded three runs and six hits and got additional support from Angel Berroa and Ken Harvey, who added homers.
* ATHLETICS 6, TIGERS 2: In Oakland, Bobby Kielty hit two home runs and drove in four runs, and Jermaine Dye also homered.
Mark Redman (3-2) pitched five innings in his eighth start of the season.