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6-7 MLB News and Game Recaps Posted Thursday, June 7, 2001 by monte
** Switching Sweeney helps end Royals' offensive swoon

(AP) - A small tweak in the batting order sure did enliven Kansas
City's slumbering offense. After Endy Chavez switched from ninth
to leadoff, the Royals erupted for a 12-6 victory over Chicago on
Wednesday night, with Mike Sweeney hitting two homers and driving
in five runs. The victory snapped a four-game losing skid and
kept the Royals (21-37), who hit a season-high four homers, from
matching their worst record after 58 games. "To me, it doesn't
matter where I hit," said Sweeney, who moved from third to fourth
and had an RBI single, an RBI double, a two-run homer and a solo
shot. James Baldwin gave up 10 hits and seven runs in just three
innings as the White Sox saw their five-game winning streak
halted. A. J. Hinch and Dee Brown also homered for Kansas City.
It was only the second loss in 12 outings for the White Sox, who
also had won five in a row on the road.


In other AL action, Jorge Posada lined a pinch-hit grand slam in
the eighth inning that lifted the New York Yankees to a 7-4 win
over Baltimore. It was Posada's first career pinch-hit homer, and
the first of the season for the Yankees. Posada hit a 2-1
delivery from Mike Trombley over the right-field wall for his
11th homer and second grand slam of the season. Roberto Alomar
hit a bases-loaded triple in the ninth inning, and three
relievers closed with 3 1/3 perfect innings to lead Cleveland
past Minnesota 5-2 and back into first place in the AL Central.
Cleveland has won two of the first three in the four-game series.
Dave Mlicki pitched seven-plus innings as Detroit ended a
six-game losing skid with a 7-3 win over Boston, while Joe
Kennedy won his major league debut as Tampa Bay defeated Toronto
6-2 and stopped a six-game losing streak.

In NL action, Curt Schilling pitched a six-hitter to become the
major leagues' first 10-game winner as Arizona beat Los Angeles
4-1. Schilling struck out eight and didn't walk a batter in his
major league-leading fourth complete game. Damian Miller drove in
two runs with a homer and a double, and Jay Bell also homered for
the Diamondbacks. Amaury Telemaco pitched his first career
complete game, shutting out the Mets until the ninth inning as
Philadelphia ended its three-game losing streak with a 6-1 win
over New York. Elsewhere, John Burkett allowed two hits in 7 2/3
innings and Rico Brogna homered as Atlanta beat Montreal 2-0 for
its season-best fifth straight win. Mike Lowell homered and drove
in three runs as Florida beat Pittsburgh 7-2, and San Francisco's
Rich Aurilia hit a two-run homer, helping send San Diego to its
eighth straight loss in a 6-4 win.

*** Red Sox inch closer to sale deal

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Red Sox executives say they will sell the
team to the highest bidder even if the new owner wants to move
out of Fenway Park. Justin Morreale, a lawyer for the Yawkey
Trust, which owns a 53 percent controlling interest in the Red
Sox, said Wednesday he expects the Sox to fetch the highest price
in baseball history. While the current record is the $323 million
sale of the Cleveland Indians last year, the New York Yankees
were evaluated at about $650 million when they formed YankeeNets
with the NBA's New Jersey Nets in 1999. Morreale would not say
how many potential buyers have submitted bids, but claimed the
Red Sox have received 2-to-3 times as many offers as any other
team in modern baseball history. "We have received an
unprecedented number of expressions of interest," Morreale said.
"This sales process should be the most competitive bidding
process in the history of baseball franchise sales."

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