Orlando Hernandez gave the New York Yankees more than just an effective spot start. He looked good enough to help them win another championship.
The Cuban right-hander with the deceptive delivery reintroduced himself to the Yankees yesterday, pitching New York to a 10-3 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Devil Rays and a four-game sweep.
Tony Clark hit two of New York's five homers, and Jorge Posada homered and drove in two runs before leaving with a sprained ankle. Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield also connected.
Making a surprise start in place of an ailing Mike Mussina, Hernandez (1-0) held the Devil Rays to two runs and five hits over five innings in his first major league appearance since 2002. He struck out five; Hernandez missed last season because of shoulder surgery.
"I didn't even know they had him still," Tampa Bay's Aubrey Huff said.
* RANGERS 6, RED SOX 5: Eric Young went 5 for 5, and Alfonso Soriano homered and had a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to help the Rangers snap host Boston's five-game winning streak.
Kevin Mench and Mark Teixeira also homered for the Rangers, who enter the all-star break leading the AL West for the first time since 1999.
Doug Mirabelli and Johnny Damon hit back-to-back homers for Boston off Frank Francisco in the seventh.
* INDIANS 4, ATHLETICS 1: Cliff Lee outpitched Barry Zito, and Coco Crisp homered and drove in two runs to lead the Indians in Cleveland.
Lee (9-1) yielded one run and six hits in seven innings to improve to 6-0 in nine starts at Jacobs Field. He walked three and struck out five.
Crisp had three hits, including his fifth homer and an RBI double, to help Cleveland win for just the third time in eight games.
* ANGELS 5, BLUE JAYS 2: Adam Kennedy went 3 for 4 and fell a home run shy of the cycle, helping Anaheim complete a three-game sweep in Toronto.
John Lackey (7-8) improved to 4-1 in his last seven starts, allowing two runs on six hits in 52/3 innings. He struck out five and walked none.
* TIGERS 2, TWINS 0: Jason Johnson pitched a five-hitter and struck out a career-high 11 to lead Detroit on the road.
Johnson (7-7) threw his fourth career complete game, first by shutout. He threw 119 pitches -- 84 for strikes -- and walked one.
Eric Munson hit a two-run homer in the second, the only mistake by Minnesota's Johan Santana, who reached double-digit strikeouts for the fifth straight start.
* WHITE SOX 4, MARINERS 3: Freddy Garcia struck out seven in 62/3 innings against his former team, Jose Valentin hit a two-run homer and Chicago handed visiting Seattle its ninth straight loss.
Aaron Rowand and Juan Uribe both hit solo homers for the White Sox, who overtook Minnesota for first place in the AL Central.