NEW YORK - Mark Teixeira sparked the Yankees with a takeout slide at second after being hit with pitches twice, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada hit three-run homers, and New York beat the Texas Rangers, 12-3, last night to claim the best record in the American League.

Derek Jeter became the fourth active player with 1,500 runs when Teixeira sent shortstop Elvis Andrus tumbling on Alex Rodriguez's fourth-inning grounder. A-Rod beat out the relay to avoid an inning-ending double play as Jeter scored for a 4-3 lead, keeping alive what would turn into a seven-run inning.

Robinson Cano chased Vicente Padilla (3-3), making his first start after a stint on the DL, with an RBI single, and Posada followed with another run-scoring single off Derek Holland.

Matsui then homered over the fence in right-center for a 9-3 lead - he also homered off Holland last week in Texas.

Posada homered against Warner Madrigal in the sixth as the Yankees (31-21) defeated Texas (30-21) for the third time in four meetings this season and set a season high for runs. New York has won 16 of 20 to reach 10 games over .500, a mark the Yankees didn't achieve until their 100th game last year.

A.J. Burnett (4-2) beat Texas for the second time in a week, allowing three runs and eight hits in seven innings and striking out eight. He threw a pitch over the head of Nelson Cruz in the fifth that sent the cleanup hitter sprawling, prompting plate umpire Doug Eddings to warn both dugouts. Cruz had put the Rangers ahead, 3-2, with a three-run homer in the third.

Padilla hit Teixeira on an arm in the second and on the buttocks in the fourth, just after Johnny Damon's RBI single had tied the score at 3-3.

Texas 003 000 000 – 3 8 0

New York 020 703 00x – 12 13 1

Texas AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      New York AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Kinsler 2b 5   0   1   0   .277      Jeter ss 4   1   3   0   .319

M.Young 3b 3   1   1   0   .333      Swisher 1b 0   0   0   0   .236

1-Vizquel pr-3b 0   0   0   0   .333      Damon lf 3   1   1   1   .301

Blalock dh 4   1   1   0   .258      Teixeira 1b 2   0   0   0   .279

N.Cruz rf 4   1   1   3   .295      a-R.Pena ph-ss 1   0   0   0   .239

Dav.Murphy lf 4   0   2   0   .237      A.Rodriguez 3b 3   2   0   1   .250

Byrd cf 4   0   1   0   .302      b-Berroa ph-3b 1   0   0   0   .133

Boggs cf 0   0   0   0   ---      Cano 2b 5   2   2   1   .310

C.Davis 1b 4   0   0   0   .189      Posada c 5   2   3   4   .313

Salt'macchia c 4   0   1   0   .255      H.Matsui dh 5   2   2   3   .268

Andrus ss 3   0   0   0   .277      Me.Cabrera rf 4   1   1   0   .314

Totals 35   3   8   3         Gardner cf 2   1   1   1   .270

Totals 35   12   13   11      

a-flied out for Teixeira in the 7th. b-grounded out for A.Rodriguez in the 7th.1-ran for M.Young in the 7th. E: Posada (2). LOB: Texas 7, New York 8. 2B: Blalock (11). HR: N.Cruz (15), off A.Burnett; H.Matsui (8), off Holland; Posada (7), off Madrigal. RBIs: N.Cruz 3 (39), Damon (32), A.Rodriguez (20), Cano (32), Posada 4 (25), H.Matsui 3 (22), Gardner (9). SB: Kinsler (11), Murphy (3), Andrus (7). S: Gardner. RLSP: Texas 4 (N.Cruz, Saltalamacchia, C.Davis, M.Young); New York 4 (Cano, A.Rodriguez 2, Damon). RA: M.Young, Me.Cabrera.

Texas walk (1): M.Young.

New York walks (6): Jeter, Damon 2, A.Rodriguez, Me.Cabrera, Gardner.

Texas strikeouts (9): Kinsler, Blalock, N.Cruz 2, Murphy, C.Davis, Saltalamacchia 2, Andrus.

New York strikeouts (4): Damon, Posada 2, H.Matsui.

Texas IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Padilla (L) 32/3   7   7   7   4   1   89   5.57

Holland 11/3   3   2   2   0   1   23   6.33

Madrigal 1   3   3   3   2   1   39   10.13

Benson 1   0   0   0   0   0   11   8.10

Guardado 1   0   0   0   0   1   15   4.05

New York IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

A.Burnett (W) 7   8   3   3   1   8   111   4.69

Tomko 1   0   0   0   0   1   11   3.38

Veras 1   0   0   0   0   0   18   6.65

W: Burnett, 4-2. L: Padilla, 3-3.

IR-S: Holland 2-2. HBP: by Padilla (Teixeira, Teixeira), by A.Burnett (Andrus). Balk: Padilla. Umpires: Home, Doug Eddings; first, Hunter Wendelstedt; second, Brian Knight; third, Dana DeMuth.

T: 3:08. A: 43,948 (52,325).

nolead begins

Blue Jays 6, Angels 4

TORONTO - Roy Halladay struck out a career-high 14 to win his major league-leading ninth game, Alex Rios backed him with a home run, and Toronto won.

Halladay (9-1) threw his second complete game of the season, allowing four runs, no walks and seven hits to win his sixth straight decision.

Halladay faced just one batter over the minimum through six innings but ran into trouble in the seventh, when Bobby Abreu and Vladimir Guerrero led off with singles. After Halladay loaded the bases with a four-pitch walk to Torii Hunter, Kendry Morales followed with an RBI single. Guerrero scored on a wild pitch before Maicer Izturis and Mike Napoli both hit sacrifice flies.

Los Angeles 000 000 400 – 4 7 2

Toronto 001 203 00x – 6 9 0

Los Angeles AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Toronto AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Figgins 3b 4   0   1   0   .295      Scutaro ss 4   0   0   0   .299

Abreu rf 4   1   1   0   .294      A.Hill 2b 4   0   0   0   .328

Guerrero dh 4   1   1   0   .246      Rios rf 4   1   1   1   .276

Tor.Hunter cf 3   1   0   0   .308      V.Wells cf 4   0   0   0   .261

K.Morales 1b 4   1   2   1   .285      Lind dh 4   1   1   0   .287

M.Izturis ss 3   0   1   1   .262      Rolen 3b 4   2   2   0   .308

Napoli c 2   0   0   1   .270      Millar 1b 4   1   2   2   .277

Matthews Jr. lf 3   0   0   0   .262      Overbay 1b 0   0   0   0   .274

Kendrick 2b 3   0   1   0   .227      Barajas c 4   1   2   1   .290

Totals 30   4   7   3         Bautista lf 2   0   1   1   .274

Totals 34   6   9   5      

E: Matthews Jr. (2), K.Morales (3). LOB: Los Angeles 2, Toronto 5. 2B: Rolen (16), Millar (6). 3B: Bautista (1). HR: Rios (7), off Saunders. RBIs: K.Morales (31), M.Izturis (13), Napoli (20), Rios (26), Millar 2 (18), Barajas (27), Bautista (9). SB: Lind (1). CS: Figgins (4). SF: M.Izturis, Napoli. RLSP: Los Angeles 1 (M.Izturis); Toronto 2 (A.Hill 2). DP: Toronto 1 (Bautista, Millar).

Los Angeles walks (1): Tor.Hunter.

Toronto walks (1): Bautista.

Los Angeles strikeouts (14): Figgins, Abreu 2, Guerrero, Tor.Hunter 3, K.Morales, M.Izturis, Napoli, Matthews 3, Kendrick.

Toronto strikeouts (6): A.Hill, Rios, V.Wells, Rolen, Barajas, Bautista.

Los Angeles IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Saunders (L) 51/3   9   6   6   0   4   92   3.77

R.Thompson 12/3   0   0   0   1   1   25   1.80

Bulger 1   0   0   0   0   1   12   4.64

Toronto IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Halladay (W) 9   7   4   4   1   14   133   2.77

W: Halladay, 9-1. L: Saunders, 6-4.

IR-S: R.Thompson 1-0. WP: Saunders, Halladay. Umpires: Home, Jim Reynolds; first, Angel Hernandez; second, Bill Welke; third, Tim Welke.

T: 2:22. A: 26,809 (49,539).

nolead begins

Rays 6, Royals 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Matt Joyce hit a tiebreaking two-run double and added a two-run homer, and Andy Sonnanstine allowed two runs in 62/3 innings to lead Tampa Bay past Kansas City.

Joyce made it 4-2 on his two-out double during the sixth off reliever Horacio Ramirez. He extended the Tampa Bay advantage to 6-2 on his third homer of the season in the eighth.

Sonnanstine (4-5) gave up six hits and had three strikeouts, rebounding from a start last Wednesday at Cleveland when the righthander allowed eight runs and nine hits in three innings.

Kansas City 010 010 000 – 2 6 0

Tampa Bay 000 202 02x – 6 6 1

Kansas City AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Tampa Bay AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Maier cf 4   0   1   0   .278      B.Upton cf 3   0   2   0   .212

Callaspo 2b 4   0   0   0   .300      Crawford lf 3   0   0   0   .319

Butler 1b 4   0   0   0   .284      Longoria dh 3   0   0   0   .322

Jacobs dh 4   0   0   0   .242      a-Gross ph-dh 1   0   0   0   .244

J.Guillen rf 4   1   1   1   .269      C.Pena 1b 3   0   0   0   .228

Teahen 3b 4   0   0   0   .279      W.Aybar 3b 2   2   0   0   .257

DeJesus lf 3   0   1   0   .238      Zobrist 2b 3   3   1   2   .305

Olivo c 3   1   2   1   .250      Joyce rf 4   1   3   4   .353

Pena Jr. ss 3   0   1   0   .071      Navarro c 4   0   0   0   .206

Totals 33   2   6   2         Brignac ss 2   0   0   0   .227

Totals 28   6   6   6      

E: Zobrist (2). LOB: Kansas City 4, Tampa Bay 5. 2B: B.Upton (9), Joyce (1). HR: J.Guillen (5), off Sonnanstine; Olivo (5), off Sonnanstine; Zobrist (9), off Davies; Joyce (3), off R.Colon. RBIs: J.Guillen (23), Olivo (16), Zobrist 2 (28), Joyce 4 (6). SB: B.Upton (16), Crawford (31). CS: Crawford (2), Brignac (1). RLSP: Kansas City 3 (Pena Jr. 2, Callaspo); Tampa Bay 3 (W.Aybar, Navarro, Gross). RA: Crawford. GIDP: Callaspo. DP: Tampa Bay 1 (Brignac, Zobrist, C.Pena).

Tampa Bay walks (7): B.Upton, Crawford, C.Pena, W.Aybar 2, Zobrist, Brignac.

Kansas City strikeouts (8): Maier 2, Butler, J.Guillen, Teahen 2, Olivo, Pena.

Tampa Bay strikeouts (8): Longoria, C.Pena 3, W.Aybar, Zobrist, Joyce, Brignac.

Kansas City IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Davies (L) 52/3   3   4   4   6   7   114   5.20

Ho.Ramirez 11/3   2   0   0   0   1   16   6.86

R.Colon 1   1   2   2   1   0   23   5.40

Tampa Bay IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Sonnanstine (W) 62/3   6   2   2   0   3   91   7.07

Balfour (H) 11/3   0   0   0   0   3   21   5.18

Howell 1   0   0   0   0   2   11   2.36

W: Sonnanstine, 4-5. L: Davies, 2-5. H: Balfour, 6.

IR-S: Ho.Ramirez 2-2. WP: R.Colon, Sonnanstine, Balfour. Umpires: Home, Charlie Reliford; first, Larry Vanover; second, Dan Iassogna; third, Sam Holbrook.

T: 2:36. A: 13,604 (36,973).

Red Sox 5, Tigers 1

DETROIT - Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched five strong innings to win for the first time this season, and manager Terry Francona earned his 500th victory as Boston beat Detroit.

Francona became the third Boston manager to reach that plateau with the Red Sox, joining Joe Cronin (1,071) and Mike Higgins (560).

Matsuzaka (1-3) allowed just one run and six hits with three walks. He matched a season-high with six strikeouts, and the Red Sox helped him with three double plays.

Boston 102 002 000 – 5 9 0

Detroit 100 000 000 – 1 9 2

Boston AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Detroit AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Pedroia 2b 4   1   1   1   .325      Thomas rf 3   1   0   0   .273

J.Drew rf 5   1   2   1   .253      Polanco 2b 4   0   1   0   .255

Youkilis 1b 3   0   0   1   .358      Ordonez dh 4   0   1   0   .279

Bay lf 5   1   1   2   .286      Mi.Cabrera 1b 4   0   2   1   .358

Lowell 3b 5   0   0   0   .300      Granderson cf 4   0   3   0   .267

D.Ortiz dh 5   0   1   0   .186      Inge 3b 4   0   1   0   .269

Varitek c 3   1   2   0   .248      J.Anderson lf 4   0   0   0   .265

Ellsbury cf 3   0   2   0   .304      Laird c 2   0   1   0   .229

N.Green ss 3   1   0   0   .290      a-Larish ph 1   0   0   0   .246

Totals 36   5   9   5         Santiago ss 3   0   0   0   .296

Totals 33   1   9   1      

a-struck out for Laird in the 9th. E: Santiago (3), Porcello (1). LOB: Boston 10, Detroit 8. 2B: Pedroia (16), Varitek (10). HR: Bay (16), off Porcello. RBIs: Pedroia (21), J.Drew (24), Youkilis (32), Bay 2 (51), Mi.Cabrera (38). SB: Ellsbury (22), Granderson (9). RLSP: Boston 6 (Pedroia 3, Bay 2, N.Green); Detroit 6 (Inge 2, Thomas, Ordonez, Santiago 2). RA: N.Green, Santiago. GIDP: Youkilis, D.Ortiz, Ordonez. DP: Boston 3 (Matsuzaka, Pedroia, Youkilis), (Pedroia, Youkilis), (J.Drew, Pedroia, Youkilis); Detroit 2 (Inge, Polanco, Mi.Cabrera), (Mi.Cabrera, Santiago, Mi.Cabrera, Inge).

Boston walks (5): Pedroia, Youkilis, Varitek, Ellsbury, N.Green.

Detroit walks (3): Thomas, Laird, Santiago.

Boston strikeouts (5): Bay, Lowell, D.Ortiz 3.

Detroit strikeouts (10): Thomas 2, Polanco, Ordonez, Inge 3, J.Anderson, Larish, Santiago.

Boston IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Matsuzaka (W) 5   6   1   1   3   6   96   7.17

Delcarmen 1   0   0   0   0   1   14   1.17

Okajima 11/3   0   0   0   0   0   15   2.31

R.Ramirez 2/3   0   0   0   0   0   10   1.35

Papelbon 1   3   0   0   0   3   35   2.35

Detroit IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Porcello (L) 41/3   7   3   3   1   2   84   3.70

Perry 1   1   2   2   3   1   36   3.38

Lyon 22/3   1   0   0   1   1   42   5.70

N.Robertson 1   0   0   0   0   1   10   4.20

W: Matsuzaka, 1-3. L: Porcello, 6-4.

IR-S: Perry 1-0, Lyon 3-1. IBB: off Lyon (Ellsbury). HBP: by Lyon (Youkilis). WP: Matsuzaka. Umpires: Home, Tim Tschida; first, Bob Davidson; second, Jeff Nelson; third, Mark Carlson.

T: 3:14. A: 25,914 (41,255).

Athletics 5, White Sox 0

CHICAGO - Vin Mazzaro pitched into the seventh inning to win his major- league debut, and Matt Holliday hit a three-run double in Oakland's victory.

Mazzaro allowed three hits, walked four, and struck out one in 61/3 innings. Jack Cust homered for Oakland, which won for just the second time in seven games.

Mazzaro, who had his contract purchased from triple-A Sacramento before the game, helped end Chicago's season-high four-game winning streak and handed the White Sox their fourth loss in 14 games.

Oakland 100 130 000 – 5 8 0

Chicago 000 000 000 – 0 5 1

Oakland AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Chicago AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

O.Cabrera ss 3   1   1   0   .233      Podsednik lf 4   0   1   0   .287

Kennedy 2b 3   0   0   0   .360      Al Ramirez ss 4   0   0   0   .247

Cust dh 3   2   1   2   .253      Dye rf 4   0   2   0   .285

Holliday lf 5   0   2   3   .278      Thome dh 3   0   0   0   .257

Giambi 1b 3   0   1   0   .218      Konerko 1b 3   0   0   0   .298

1-Crosby pr-1b 1   0   0   0   .202      Pierzynski c 3   0   0   0   .299

K.Suzuki c 4   0   2   0   .283      Betemit 3b 2   0   0   0   .200

R.Sweeney cf 4   0   0   0   .246      Wise cf 1   0   0   0   .172

R.Davis cf 0   0   0   0   .146      a-Andrsn ph-cf 1   0   0   0   .269

Cunningham rf 4   1   1   0   .107      J.Nix 2b 3   0   2   0   .220

Hannahan 3b 3   1   0   0   .179      Totals 28   0   5   0      

Totals 33   5   8   5      

a-struck out for Wise in the 8th.1-ran for Giambi in the 7th. E: Betemit (5). LOB: Oakland 9, Chicago 6. 2B: O.Cabrera (7), Holliday (8). HR: Cust (8), off B.Colon. RBIs: Cust 2 (28), Holliday 3 (33). SB: Kennedy (6), Podsednik (4). S: O.Cabrera, Kennedy. SF: Cust. RLSP: Oakland 6 (R.Sweeney 2, Giambi, Kennedy 2, Crosby); Chicago 2 (Konerko, Podsednik). GI DP: Podsednik, Thome, Betemit. DP: Oakland 3 (Kennedy, O.Cabrera, Giambi), (Hannahan, Kennedy, Crosby), (Kennedy, O.Cabrera, Crosby).

Oakland walks (5): O.Cabrera, Kennedy, Cust, Giambi, Hannahan.

Chicago walks (5): Thome, Konerko, Pierzynski, Betemit, Wise.

Oakland strikeouts (8): Kennedy, Cust, Holliday 2, Giambi, Crosby, Cunningham, Hannahan.

Chicago strikeouts (2): Ramirez, B.Anderson.

Oakland IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Mazzaro (W) 61/3   3   0   0   4   1   105   0.00

Breslow 2/3   0   0   0   0   0   6   4.98

Ziegler 2   2   0   0   1   1   29   3.57

Chicago IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

B.Colon (L) 51/3   6   5   2   3   4   81   3.75

Gobble 11/3   1   0   0   1   2   23   9.45

Carrasco 11/3   1   0   0   0   0   13   2.45

Whisler 1   0   0   0   1   2   18   0.00

W: Mazzaro, 1-0. L: Colon, 3-5.

IR-S: Breslow 1-0, Gobble 2-0, Carrasco 1-0. IBB: off B.Colon (Cust). WP: Whisler. Umpires: Home, Tom Hallion; first, Jerry Crawford; second, Dan Bellino; third, Phil Cuzzi.

T: 2:33. A: 20,519 (40,615).

Twins 4, Indians 3

MINNEAPOLIS - Joe Mauer homered and had three RBIs to help Kevin Slowey win again in Minnesota's victory over Cleveland.

Slowey (8-1) won his fourth consecutive start pitching six strong innings. The Twins needed a good pitching performance to make up for the absence of two sluggers.

Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer missed the game with a strained right index finger, and Joe Crede sat out with a swollen left knee.

Cleveland 000 000 210 – 3 9 1

Minnesota 002 020 00x – 4 10 0

Cleveland AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Minnesota AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

A.Cabrera ss 1   0   1   0   .316      Span rf 3   2   2   1   .305

J.Carroll 3b-2b 3   0   1   0   .297      Mauer c 3   1   3   3   .431

B.Francisco lf 5   0   1   0   .265      Morneau 1b 4   0   2   0   .345

V.Martinez 1b 4   1   2   1   .351      Kubel dh 4   0   0   0   .309

Choo dh 4   0   1   0   .299      B.Harris ss 4   0   2   0   .281

JhPeralta 3b-ss 4   0   0   0   .260      Delm.Young lf 4   0   0   0   .230

DeRosa rf-3b 4   0   1   0   .261      Buscher 3b 4   0   0   0   .176

Valbuena 2b 3   1   1   0   .196      Gomez cf 3   0   0   0   .214

a-Garko ph-rf 1   0   0   0   .250      A.Casilla 2b 2   1   1   0   .168

Crowe cf 3   1   0   0   .171      Totals 31   4   10   4      

Shoppach c 4   0   1   2   .206

Totals 36   3   9   3      

a-grounded out for Valbuena in the 8th. E: V.Martinez (3). LOB: Cleveland 8, Minnesota 6. 2B: DeRosa (10), Shoppach (4), Morneau (16), A.Casilla (2). HR: V.Martinez (9), off Mijares; Mauer (12), off D.Huff. RBIs: V.Martinez (38), Shoppach 2 (12), Span (23), Mauer 3 (35). SB: Span (12). S: Span. RLSP: Cleveland 3 (Jh.Peralta, B.Francisco, Garko); Minnesota 3 (Kubel 2, Morneau). GI DP: Morneau 2. DP: Cleveland 2 (Jh.Peralta, J.Carroll, V.Martinez), (Jh.Peralta, V.Martinez).

Cleveland walks (2): J.Carroll, Crowe.

Minnesota walks (2): Mauer, A.Casilla.

Cleveland strikeouts (7): B.Francisco, V.Martinez, Choo, Jh.Peralta, Valbuena, Crowe 2.

Minnesota strikeouts (7): Kubel 2, Delm.Young 2, Buscher,

Gomez 2.

Cleveland IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

D.Huff (L) 5   9   4   4   0   5   98   9.77

Sipp 21/3   0   0   0   2   1   29   3.12

Aquino 2/3   1   0   0   0   1   14   4.00

Minnesota IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Slowey (W) 62/3   6   2   2   2   5   102   3.97

Guerrier (H) 1/3   0   0   0   0   1   6   3.55

Mijares (H) 2/3   2   1   1   0   0   16   2.60

Nathan (S) 11/3   1   0   0   0   1   20   2.18

W: Slowey, 8-1. L: Huff, 0-2. S: Nathan, 10. H: Mijares, 7.

H: Guerrier, 9.

IR-S: Guerrier 2-0, Nathan 1-0. IBB: off Sipp (Mauer). WP: Slowey, Nathan. Umpires: Home, Paul Schrieber; first, Chad Fairchild; second, Joe West; third, Paul Nauert.

T: 3:01. A: 26,530 (46,632).