All is not well at Yankee Stadium, where New York's pitching problems might be a widening crack instead of a blip.
Detroit beat up New York pitching for the second straight game, and the visiting Tigers left town with a series win over the Yankees for the first time in seven years, pounding rookie Brad Halsey in a 10-8 victory yesterday.
"We've played poorly before," Derek Jeter said. "We've just got to come back."
Detroit, a 119-game loser last year, built a 10-3 lead by the sixth inning behind a three-run homer by Carlos Guillen, who had three hits.
The Tigers took two of three from the Yankees, who have lost five of six to the Mets and Tigers since sweeping the Red Sox last week.
Since then, the Yankees have allowed 49 runs in a six-game span for the first time since Aug. 26-31. Halsey (1-2) gave up seven runs -- five earned -- and nine hits in 41/3 innings, an outing that put even more pressure on the Yankees to trade for a veteran starting pitcher or activate Orlando Hernandez, who has been on a minor league rehabilitation assignment as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
"I'm not going to judge us on this small sample," General Manager Brian Cashman said. "The last few days is just a bad stretch, that's all."
* TWINS 12, ROYALS 0: Kyle Lohse threw host Minnesota's team-record third straight complete-game shutout. His six-hitter came after Brad Radke tossed a four-hitter and Johan Santana turned in a three-hitter to start the series.
The Royals, who lost their eighth straight and 13th out of 14, have one run in their last 37 innings. Rookie Joe Mauer had his first career four-hit game, and Minnesota's first five batters -- Cristian Guzman, Lew Ford, Mauer, Corey Koskie and Torii Hunter -- went 14 for 21 and scored all 12 runs.
* RED SOX 11, ATHLETICS 3: Pedro Martinez pitched seven strong innings to win his fifth consecutive decision and Boston once again pounded visiting Oakland.
Nomar Garciaparra, Manny Ramirez and Mark Bellhorn homered, letting Martinez coast in his final start before the all-star break.
Boston has scored 22 runs on 32 hits in the first two games of the series. Martinez (9-3) gave up three runs in the third before settling down and facing one batter above the minimum over the next four innings.
* ANGELS 12, WHITE SOX 0: Jarrod Washburn pitched a four-hitter for his first career shutout, and Jose Guillen homered twice and drove in five runs to lead visiting Anaheim. Angels catcher Bengie Molina grounded into a 5-4-3 triple play in the sixth inning. With runners at first and second, Molina hit a hard one-hopper to Joe Crede, who stepped on third and threw a strike to Juan Uribe at second. Uribe's relay to first easily beat Molina, one of the slowest players in the majors.
* RANGERS 9, INDIANS 8: Gary Matthews Jr. and Mark Teixeira hit two-run homers in the seventh inning as visiting Texas rallied against Cleveland's faulty bullpen.
* BLUE JAYS 12, MARINERS 4: Josh Phelps homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in a career-high seven runs to lead host Toronto over Seattle, which has lost five straight.