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TEIXEIRA POWERS YANKS TO SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Yankees got started early, instead of waiting for their final swing.

Mark Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate, combining with Alex Rodriguez for back-to-back drives in a six-run first inning against Glen Perkins, and New York beat the visiting Minnesota Twins, 7-6, on a chilly Monday night to complete a four-game sweep.

After stringing together three straight walk-off wins for the first time since 1972, the Yankees overcame a 2-0 first-inning deficit and hung on to extend their winning streak to a season-high six.

Blue Jays 3, White Sox 2: : Alex Rios hit a go-ahead triple in the eighth inning and host Toronto defeated Chicago to complete a four-game sweep. After Jim Thome tied it in the top of the eighth with his 548th career home run, Toronto bounced back against Octavio Dotel (1-1). The Blue Jays own the AL's best record at 27-14. Chicago lost its season-high fifth in a row and has dropped 10 straight at Toronto.

Rays 13, Athletics 4: : Jason Bartlett drove in a career-high five runs to help host Tampa Bay beat struggling Oakland for a season-best four-game winning streak.

National League

Pirates 12, Nationals 7: : Washington made four errors - all on routine plays - and the bullpen had another lead-blowing implosion in a loss to visiting Pittsburgh. A five-run sixth inning led Pittsburgh to its third straight win and ended an eight-game road losing streak.

Rockies 5, Braves 1: : Jason Marquis out-dueled Derek Lowe, and Dexter Fowler drove in one run and scored another in visiting Colorado's victory over Atlanta. Marquis (5-3) scattered five hits and allowed one run in eight innings to end a two-start losing streak. He struck out three and walked three. Lowe (5-2) was attempting to become the NL's first six-game winner. He allowed two runs, three hits and one walk in eight innings, losing for the first time in five starts.

Off the field

Mets: : Carlos Delgado needs surgery on his right hip, and there's no immediate word on when he might return to the lineup. The NL East leaders announced that Delgado has a bone spur and a torn labrum in his hip. He will have surgery Tuesday. Delgado was put on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. The first baseman is hitting .298 with four home runs and 23 RBIs.

Brewers: : Second baseman Rickie Weeks will miss the rest of the season because of a tear in his left wrist. Weeks hurt himself while striking out Sunday in St. Louis. He had a magnetic resonance imaging Monday in Arizona, and it revealed the injury. The oft-injured Weeks was hitting .272 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs.

Angels: : Manager Mike Scioscia said Vladimir Guerrero is on track to begin a short, minor league rehabilitation assignment Thursday or Friday and could be activated to return to Los Angeles' lineup as soon as Memorial Day. Guerrero was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 18 with a torn right pectoral muscle.

Reds:: The club said dizziness prompted first baseman Joey Votto to skip the team's flight home from California and seek precautionary medical testing in San Diego.

Athletics: : Oakland put pitcher Dan Giese on the 15-day disabled list and recalled left-hander Gio Gonzalez from Triple-A Sacramento. Giese has a nerve problem near his right elbow. He is 0-3 with a 5.32 ERA in seven games, including one start this season.

Yankees: : Ready to return from the disabled list, reliever Brian Bruney blamed an 8 1/2 -minute wait during an umpires' video review for causing a strained flexor muscle in his right elbow. Bruney went on the disabled list April 25, six days after he was warming up in the bullpen during the seventh inning when umpires checked video before upholding a home run by teammate Jorge Posada. Bruney then entered in the eighth and got three outs.

Mariners: : Manager Don Wakamatsu had slumping slugger Adrian Beltre out of the lineup for the first time this season Monday night. Beltre is hitless in his past 13 at-bats and is batting .211 overall.

World Series: : After record-low ratings for last year's World Series between Philadelphia and Tampa Bay, Major League Baseball and Fox are moving up the start times this year. Weeknight games in the World Series and American League Championship Series will begin at 7:57 p.m., more than a half-hour before last year's first-pitch times, Fox said.

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