Originally created 04/08/00

Indians cruise past Devil Rays



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Omar Vizquel hit his fourth career grand slam, and Jim Thome and David Justice also homered during Cleveland's nine-run second inning as the Indians routed Tampa Bay 14-5 Friday night.

Travis Fryman added a three-run double for the Indians, 3-for-4 with 10 RBI when batting with the bases loaded. Six of those runs came off Juan Guzman (0-1) in the second when Cleveland sent 12 batters to the plate.

ORIOLES 14, TIGERS 10:

In Baltimore, Charles Johnson homered for the fourth time in three games as the Orioles beat Detroit in a slugfest that featured nine home runs.

Johnson's three-run homer highlighted a six-run fifth inning that put the Orioles ahead 11-7. The teams combined for five home runs in the inning, tying a major league record.

RANGERS 11, BLUE JAYS 5:

In Arlington, Texas, Royce Clayton hit two home runs and Ivan Rodriguez, Ruben Mateo and Rusty Greer also homered for Texas as the Rangers beat Toronto.

Mark Clark (1-0) won for the first time since May 24, allowing four runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He missed the final 2' months of last season because of a torn ligament in his right elbow.

ROYALS 10, TWINS 6:

In Kansas City, Mike Sweeney had two homers and four RBI, and Jermaine Dye added a three-run shot as the Royals rallied from a six-run deficit to beat Minnesota.

Minnesota led 6-2 before Dye's three-run homer in the seventh off Bob Wells. Sweeney then fouled off six two-strike pitches before tying the score with a solo homer. An inning later, the Royals went ahead on an error by catcher Matt LeCroy, who dropped a throw from Cristian Guzman on Dye's slow roller to short, allowing Carlos Febles to score for a 7-6 lead.

AROUND THE AL:

Three-time AL All-Star Ozzie Guillen, released by the Braves on March 31, joined the Devil Rays and outfielder Quinton McCracken, the team's most valuable player two years ago, was optioned to Triple-A Durham. ... Bernie Williams, the Yankees' All-Star center fielder bothered by a sore right shoulder, was back in the outfield Friday night against the Mariners. ... Cuban defector Adrian Hernandez said Friday he had agreed to a four-year contract with the Yankees.