Yankees emerge like champions

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

CHICAGO -- Their hearts still heavy and their emotions churning, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox got back to baseball Tuesday night.

The Yankees, their city reeling from terrorist attacks, played like the champions they are, routing the White Sox 11-3 behind the strong pitching of Orlando Hernandez and three seventh-inning homers, including a grand slam from Jorge Posada.

And all through the night, the United States and New York were saluted, from the small flags handed out to fans, to signs like "Chicago Luvs N.Y.," "God bless America" and "Baseball Has Players, America Has Heroes," to a continuous flow of music over the public address system.

As firefighters and policemen ringed the infield and the teams lined up along the foul lines applauding them, managers Joe Torre and Jerry Manuel were presented candles by officers during a pregame ceremony.

Then it was time for baseball, for the Yankees their first game since Sept. 9 and first since the attacks two days later changed the world.

TWINS 8, TIGERS 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brad Radke took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and got 18 hits of support as Minnesota returned from an eight-day layoff with a win over Detroit.

Shane Halter's solo homer leading off the eighth broke up Radke's bid for his first no-hitter.

In his first start since Sept. 6, Radke (13-9) gave up two runs and two hits in 7 2-3 innings, striking out eight and walking none.

Minnesota won its fourth straight and remained six games behind AL Central-leading Cleveland.

Radke was working on a perfect game with one out in the seventh, but third baseman Corey Koskie threw wildly for an error after fielding Damion Easley's grounder.

INDIANS 11, ROYALS 2

CLEVELAND -- Travis Fryman hit a grand slam, Kenny Lofton homered twice and Cleveland came back from baseball's weeklong layoff to rout Kansas City.

Chuck Finley (7-6) had his second straight impressive outing, allowing one run and five hits in six innings.

Lofton homered leading off the first and again in the third off Chad Durbin (7-15).

RED SOX 7, DEVIL RAYS 2

BOSTON -- Hideo Nomo struck out 11, and Manny Ramirez hit his 40th homer for Boston.

It was just the second Red Sox win in 15 games over three weeks that saw them fall out of contention and then reminded them just how little that mattered.

BLUE JAYS 8, ORIOLES 5

TORONTO -- Alex Gonzalez hit two homers, including a tiebreaking three-run shot in the eighth inning off Jorge Julio (1-1), as Toronto sent the Orioles to their ninth straight loss and 15th in 16 games.

Dan Plesac (4-4) got two outs in the eighth, and Billy Koch pitched the ninth for his 32nd save.

Cal Ripken tied the game at 5 in the eighth with his 13th home run.

-- From wire reports

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