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AMERICAN LEAGUE ROUNDUP : Whitaker’s Grand Slam Ends Indians’ Streak

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From Associated Press

Lou Whitaker, who just missed extending the Detroit Tigers’ home-run streak to a major league-record 26 games on Monday night, started a new streak for the Tigers on Tuesday night with one of the most dramatic home runs of his career.

Whitaker hit a grand slam that capped a six-run rally in the ninth inning at Detroit, giving the Tigers a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians that ended the Indians’ 10-game winning streak.

“They are riding high right now, and they thought they had us beat, but they just couldn’t put us away,” Whitaker said.

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After Jason Grimsley limited the Tigers to one unearned run on four hits in eight innings, Manager Mike Hargrove replaced him with rookie closer Paul Shuey.

“We had a four-run lead, and our closer needed some work,” Hargrove said. “Jason had pitched really well, but he had been up in the strike zone and a little erratic in the eighth. If I had to do it over, I’d do the same thing.”

Kirk Gibson drew a leadoff walk in the ninth from Shuey, Mickey Tettleton walked with one out and Alan Trammell hit a run-scoring single. Pinch-hitter Juan Samuel greeted Derek Lilliquist (1-3) with a single that loaded the bases and Tony Phillips walked, forcing home a run that cut the Tigers’ deficit to 5-3.

Whitaker followed with a drive into the upper deck in right field for his 10th home run.

Boston 13, Toronto 1--Mo Vaughn doubled twice and drove in three runs during a 10-run first inning at Toronto.

The Red Sox combined seven walks and six hits, including two-run doubles by Scott Cooper and John Valentin and a run-scoring double by Mike Greenwell, in the 41-minute first inning.

Boston sent 16 batters to the plate against Brad Cornett (0-2) and Scott Brow. Cornett gave up six runs on three hits and three walks while getting only one out in his second major league start.

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Blue Jay shortstop Dick Schofield was taken off the field on a stretcher, his neck and head immobilized, after being hit just above the left ear with a fastball by Aaron Sele in the fifth inning. Schofield appeared to be knocked unconscious by the pitch.

Kansas City 2, Oakland 0--Four Royal pitchers combined on a one-hitter and Felix Jose hit a two-run homer against Ron Darling in the ninth inning at Oakland.

Only three batters reached base for the A’s, who had a six-game winning streak ended.

Chicago 5, Texas 4--Frank Thomas hit two solo home runs for the White Sox and Ozzie Guillen singled home the winning run in the 10th inning at Chicago.

New York 6, Minnesota 4--Jimmy Key won his 10th consecutive decision, becoming the majors’ first 11-game winner at New York.

Baltimore 6, Milwaukee 1--Mike Mussina improved to 10-4 and Harold Baines homered and had a season-high four runs batted in at Baltimore.

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