There was no word from George Steinbrenner about Joe Torre's job status after the Yankees' latest loss, 7-4, to the Boston Red Sox yesterday at Yankee Stadium, completed a 9-14 April.

Yankees captain Derek Jeter defended his manager.

"It's unfair," Jeter said. "There's no way he's responsible for us performing. He's not hitting for us. He's not pitching for us. He puts the best players out there on the field. We're just not doing the job. That's the bottom line."

Home runs by David Ortiz, Alex Cora and Manny Ramirez gave the Red Sox a 5-1 record against New York this season, and a 6 1/2-game lead in the standings.

"I just spoke to George, and he's not going to have any comment today," Yankees spokesman Howard Rubenstein said.

Torre, whose steady demeanor rarely changes, said he wasn't concerned. "That's out of my control. I do what I can do," he said. GM Brian Cashman couldn't say whether Torre's job is in jeopardy. "That's the nature of the beast," he said. "We've hit a rough spot and when you hit a rough spot, especially here, it's rougher and louder."

In other games:

* At Chicago, Maicer Izturis and Vlad-imir Guerrero hit back-to-back homers and the Los Angeles Angels topped the White Sox, 5-2.

* At Detroit, Brandon Inge, hitting .122 before the game, homered leading off the ninth inning to give the Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

* At Oakland, Rocco Baldelli and Elijah Dukes hit back-to-back home runs in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' 5-3 victory over the Athletics.

* At Cleveland, Fausto Carmona pitched into the ninth inning and Casey Blake homered as the Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles, 6-1.

* At Toronto, Alex Rios homered and Tomo Ohka pitched seven innings as the Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers, 7-3, in the first game played this season under an opened dome at the Rogers Centre.

* At Seattle, Cha Seung Baek took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, and Willie Bloomquist's tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh lifted the Mariners to a 5-1 win over Kansas City.


* Angels infielder Chone Figgins (two broken fingers) will be activated today, and third baseman Brandon Woods optioned to Triple A Salt Lake City. *