Originally created 07/06/06

Yankees return favor in victory



CLEVELAND - Rookie Melky Cabrera hit his first career grand slam in New York's eight-run fourth inning, helping the Yankees bounce back from a historic loss with an easy win, 11-3 over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.

One day after a 19-1 pummeling by Cleveland, tying the second-most lopsided defeat in their famed history, the Yankees looked much more like themselves.

In addition to matching their highest-scoring inning this season off Paul Byrd (6-6), the Yankees stole six bases and starter Mike Mussina (10-3) showed no ill effects from a slight groin pull.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the right-hander is the only pitcher in AL history to win at least 10 games in 15 consecutive seasons.

However, New York's win might have come with a price as center fielder Johnny Damon left in the third inning with a sore muscle in his right side. The Yankees were being overly cautious, but with two star outfielders - Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui - already on the DL, they can't take any chances on losing Damon.

DEVIL RAYS 5, RED SOX 2

In St. Petersburg, Fla., speedy Carl Crawford put on a dazzling offensive show to support the pitching of Tim Corcoran, leading Tampa Bay to a victory over Boston, its third in a row over the Red Sox.

Crawford singled twice, drove in two runs and stole three bases - including home in the fourth inning - to became the eighth player in major league history with 200 steals before age 25.

Corcoran (3-0) allowed two runs and four hits in 6w innings, holding the Red Sox to Jason Varitek's solo homer in the second and Kevin Youkilis' sacrifice fly in the fifth. The right-hander struck out two.

TIGERS 10, ATHLETICS 4

In Oakland, Calif., All-Star Kenny Rogers won his seventh consecutive decision against his former club and Craig Monroe hit a two-run homer, leading Detroit over Oakland to avoid a three-game sweep.

Brandon Inge added a solo homer for the Tigers, who have the best record in baseball.