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ERICKSON TOSSES 2-HITTER AS TWINS BLANK YANKEES

Scott Erickson is a manager's dream, a fielder's delight and a hitter's nightmare.

Erickson completed his first full year as a major leaguer with a flourish, pitching a two-hitter for his 12th straight victory as the Minnesota Twins beat the New York Yankees 5-0 on Monday night."You couldn't pitch too much better than that," Twins manager Tom Kelly said after Erickson (12-2) held the Yankees without a hit following Matt Nokes' leadoff double in the second. "What more can a manager ask than that?"

The Twins are 23-3 in their last 26 games after winning three of four games in New York and extended their AL West lead over Oakland to 31/2 games.

Angels 9, Royals 4

Dave Winfield, a major leaguer since 1973, hit for the cycle for the first time in his career and wound up 5-for-5 as the Angels romped at Royals Stadium.

Chuck Finley (11-3) allowed four hits in eight innings for California. Hector Wagner (1-1) was the loser.

White Sox 6, Mariners 2

Frank Thomas hit his first career grand slam and added a run-scoring double for his second five-RBI game of the season as Chicago beat the visiting Mariners.

Blue Jays 4, Indians 3

Toronto completed a four-game sweep at the SkyDome when Pat Tabler's sacrifice fly broke a seventh-inning tie.

National League

Padres 4, Cardinals 1

At St. Louis, Adam Peterson allowed three hits over seven innings to help give San Diego its third straight win. Peterson, 3-1, struck out four and walked two.