Twins defeat the Rangers

Associated Press

Minnesota 5, at Texas 4: Denard Span hit a tying double before sliding past Ivan Rodriguez with the go-ahead run in the sixth inning. Rodriguez was making his first start for the Rangers since the final game of the 2002 season.

New York 3, at Oakland 2: Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer and Chad Gaudin pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings against his former club in his first start for the Yankees.

at Tampa Bay 3, Baltimore 1: Rookie Jeff Niemann gave up one run over 7 1/3 innings for his 11th win of the season, and Pat Burrell, Ben Zobrist and B.J. Upton hit solo homers.

Seattle 3, at Detroit 1: Ichiro Suzuki homered to back Ian Snell's best start with the Mariners.

at Chicago 4, Kansas City 2: Jose Contreras won for the first time in six weeks, making a strong bid to save his job in the White Sox's rotation.

Angels 3, at Cleveland 0: Jered Weaver pitched a seven-hitter.

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