Mondesi feels right at home with new spot in Yanks outfield

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 3, 2002

Raul Mondesi had no trouble adjusting to the New York Yankees' winning ways.

Mondesi reached base in all four of his at-bats, drove in a run and scored twice Tuesday night as the Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 10-5 in his debut in pinstripes.

''Now, I know I'm going to play for something,'' Mondesi said before the game. ''Now, I know I have a good chance to play for a champion team. I don't want to say anything bad against the Blue Jays, but every game we played, the first few innings, we were losing 5-0, 6-0.''

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Mondesi was hitting just .224 for the Blue Jays when the Yankees acquired him Monday for Double-A reliever Scott Wiggins. But he showed a glimpse of what he is capable of right from his first at-bat, when he walked and was caught stealing. Mondesi also was hit by a pitch, reached on an error and singled in a run during the Yankees' seven-run seventh inning.

Jorge Posada hit his fourth career grand slam in the seventh to help the Yankees overcome Jim Thome's record-setting homer off Roger Clemens, which put Cleveland up 3-0 in the first. Thome became the first Indians player to homer in six straight games.

Clemens left after five innings with cramps in his right leg. He has not won in his last four starts and still has 288 career victories.

Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1,

1st game

Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 4,

2nd game

Spot starters Tim Wakefield and Sunny Kim lifted Boston to a doubleheader sweep of Toronto. The Red Sox have beat the Blue Jays eight straight times.

Kim (2-0) pitched six scoreless innings in the nightcap then ran into trouble in the seventh before the Red Sox held for the win. Wakefield also pitched six shutout innings in the day game. Lou Merloni's two-run triple in the seventh rallied Boston to victory.

Brian Daubauch had three hits, two runs and two RBIs in the night game as the Red Sox improved to 27-8 against the AL East.

White Sox 17, Tigers 9

Magglio Ordonez and Sandy Alomar each homered twice as Chicago and visiting Detroit tied a major league record by combining for 12 home runs. Both teams hit six home runs and matched the record they set together on May 28, 1995.

Kenny Lofton and Jose Valentin also homered for the White Sox. Dmitri Young homered twice for Detroit. Robert Fick, George Lombard, Wendell Magee and Damion Easley also homered.

Rangers 3, Devil Rays 1

In Arlington, Texas, Rafael Palmeiro tied Dave Winfield for 22nd place on the career home run list with 465th homer, and Kenny Rogers (9-4) allowed three hits over seven innings as Texas beat Tampa Bay.

Juan Gonzalez homered for Texas, which snapped a four-game losing streak.

Royals 7, Mariners 5

Mike Sweeney homered to break a tie in the ninth inning and Raul Ibanez homered two batters later for his second of the game as visiting Kansas City beat Seattle.

Kazuhiro Sasaki (2-3) has allowed only five earned runs all season, four in his past two outings. He lost Sunday when the Colorado Rockies came back to win 4-3.

Paul Byrd (11-5) allowed five runs and 10 hits in eight innings, walking three and striking out three.

Orioles 3, Angels 0

Rodrigo Lopez and three relievers combined on a four-hitter, and Jay Gibbons homered twice to lift Baltimore to a win at Anaheim.

Lopez (7-3) scattered four singles in his 19th career start, striking out five, walking five and hitting a batter in seven innings.

Rookie Jorge Julio got three outs for his 17th save in 21 chances after following Buddy Groom and Willis Roberts out of the bullpen.

Athletics 4, Twins 3

Olmedo Saenz hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, giving host Oakland a come-from-behind win over Minnesota.

Eric Chavez doubled of Eddie Guardado (1-2) to start the A's ninth. Jermaine Dye struck out but Saenz, pinch-hitting for John Mabry, homered on an 0-2 pitch to left field. It was Guardado's third blown save this season. The Associated Press