White Sox LHP Mark Buehrle called the Rangers cheaters yesterday, claiming that the team signals pitches to batters through a high-tech light system in center field.

Buehrle suggested Monday night that the Rangers knew what he was throwing during Chicago's 7-5 loss in Arlington, Tex., and he repeated the accusation before yesterday's doubleheader.

"I've heard rumors, so it's not just me saying this," Buehrle said. "Something's going on because they hit so good at home."

Texas entered yesterday batting .285 with 125 homers at home, compared to .256 with 86 homers on the road. The Rangers dismissed the allegations -- in some cases with a chuckle.

"It's crazy and it's funny," said Rangers home run leader Mark Teixeira, who hit two homers in the first game of a doubleheader yesterday. "It's an outrageous comment, an outrageous claim."

Texas DH Phil Nevin jokingly asked Manager Buck Showalter why the lights weren't working when he went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts on Monday night.

Buehrle, who allowed nine hits and seven runs -- four earned -- in seven innings, said he suspected the Rangers knew the pitches in advance by how they reacted in their at-bats.

"Certain pitches you throw, they lay off them like they knew it was coming," Buehrle said.

* BELLHORN TO YANKS: Mark Bellhorn switched sides, signing with the Yankees after winning the World Series with the Red Sox last season.

The infielder was put on unconditional release waivers by Boston on Friday after he refused to accept a minor league assignment. He had been designated for assignment on Aug. 19.

The 31-year-old Bellhorn met with the media before last night's game with the Seattle Mariners wearing a Yankees cap and a Yankees T-shirt.

"It was kind of weird to look in the mirror the first time I tried my hat on," Bellhorn said with a grin.

He was in the lineup yesterday, batting eighth and playing third base in place of Alex Rodriguez, who was the designated hitter

* TIGERS-INDIANS, PPD.: The game in Cleveland was postponed because of rain before it started.

-- From News Services