Trachsel's Effort Stymies Yankees

Posted: May 12, 2000

Steve Trachsel doesn't pay any attention to his mound opponent until after the game is over.

"After the fact, definitely," said Trachsel, who extended his scoreless-innings streak to 17 as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the host New York Yankees and Orlando Hernandez last night, 1-0.

It was the second straight 1-0 victory for Trachsel (3-2), who gave up three hits, struck out five and walked one in seven innings. In his previous start Saturday, he beat Boston and Pedro Martinez with a complete-game shutout at Fenway Park.

Even though he has beaten Martinez and Hernandez, two of the best pitchers in the American League this season, Trachsel seemed more impressed by the environment.

"I'm glad I got a chance to pitch in these historic parks before they remodel them or start tearing them down," said Trachsel, who felt his confidence growing as the game progressed.

Trachsel threw 104 pitches, 69 for strikes, but told Devil Rays manager Larry Rothschild he felt a little tired. He was relieved by Albie Lopez, who allowed one hit the final two innings for his first save.

Fred McGriff, who had not homered in 67 at-bats, hit a 2-1 pitch from Hernandez (4-2) into the right-centerfield bleachers with one out in the seventh for the game's only run.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter strained an abdominal muscle and is listed as day-to-day.

In other games:

ANGELS 3, RANGERS 2

At Anaheim, Calif, Darin Erstad and Troy Glaus homered and Garret Anderson drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the eighth inning to lift the Angels. Shigetoshi Hasegawa (1-0) earned the victory with three innings of one-hit relief. Troy Percival got three outs for his 10th save.

RED SOX 11, ORIOLES 4

At Baltimore, Andy Sheets drove in the go-ahead run with his first hit of the season during a six-run sixth inning that lifted Boston over the Orioles.

Carl Everett, who entered the game in a 2-for-14 slump, went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI. Sheets replaced Nomar Garciaparra in the first inning when he aggravated a hamstring injury.

A's 7, MARINERS 6

At Oakland, Jason Giambi homered and drove in five runs in the Athletics' win over Seattle.

Giambi hit a three-run homer, a sacrifice fly and an RBI single and also tripled as the A's survived a three-run homer by Jay Buhner and solo shots by Alex Rodriguez and David Bell.

INDIANS 16, ROYALS 0

At Cleveland, Manny Ramirez's first-inning grand slam got the Indians rolling and Jaret Wright pitched 7 shutout innings in the rout. The shutout was Cleveland's most lopsided in 45 years, when the Indians beat the Red Sox, 19-0, on May 18, 1955.

In other news:

ORIOLES: Wren severance

The Orioles must pay at least $350,000 in severance to former general manager Frank Wren, according to news reports.

Commissioner Bud Selig ordered the Orioles to pay through binding arbitration, according to reports in the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post.

Wren was fired last Oct. 6, less than a year after he took over as GM. He was hired by the Atlanta Braves as assistant general manager. Baltimore had suspended payment of the balance of Wren's three-year, $1.35 million contract.

DEVIL RAYS: Ailing Alvarez

Tampa Bay lefthander Wilson Alvarez needs surgery for a rotator-cuff problem in his pitching shoulder, but hopes to delay the arthroscopic procedure until the end of the season.

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