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LOTS OF ACTION, BUT THINGS STAY STATUS QUO FOR WEEKEND

For all that happened on a wild wrapup to a wet weekend, a lot stayed the same in the American League.

Toronto and Milwaukee both won Sunday, leaving the Blue Jays 2 1/2 ahead of the Brewers in the AL East going into the final week.Oakland lost and Minnesota won, leaving the Athletics' magic number at one for clinching their fourth AL West title in the last five years.

George Brett went hitless, leaving him four hits shy of 3,000. And, the league record for strikeouts by a left-hander was left intact, despite a determined effort by Randy Johnson.

Johnson struck out 18 batters in only eight innings, matching the mark for AL lefties set by Ron Guidry of the Yankees on June 17, 1978, against California.

Johnson, leading the league with 233 strikeouts, fanned 16 in the first six innings. He asked to be taken out after eight innings, having thrown 160 pitches.

"I didn't want to go out for the ninth. I was getting pretty tired. I still have another start and didn't want to abuse my arm," he said.

Blue Jays 12, Yankees 2

Jack Morris became Toronto's first-ever 20-game winner as the Blue Jays overcame bad weather and the Yankees to win in New York.

The game was delayed for two hours in the top of the fifth inning, five outs before it was official. Toronto led 9-0 at the time.

Morris (20-6) returned after the rain delay, and went on to pitch six innings. He gave up three hits, and became a 20-game winner for the third time.

Brewers 5, Athletics 3

Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep at home, winning the last two on home runs by Greg Vaughn.

Vaughn's two-run shot in the third inning put the Brewers ahead for good at 3-2. On Saturday, his solo homer was the final run in a 2-1 victory.

Twins 4, Royals 0

John Smiley pitched a five-hitter as Minnesota mathematically remained in the AL West by shutting out the visiting Royals.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 1

Joe Hesketh, subbing for injured Roger Clemens, pitched eight strong innings as Boston eliminated Baltimore from AL East contention.

The Orioles, who were in second place from June to mid-September, lost for the 13th time in 20 games.

Tigers 13, Indians 3

Sparky Anderson became the winningest manager in Detroit history with his 1,132nd victory as Cecil Fielder, Rob Deer and Mickey Tettleton homered.

White Sox 3, Angels 2

Frank Thomas drove in his 110th run of the season with a game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th inning.