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.
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.