As if there were any lingering doubts, Jose Canseco showed Ken Griffey Jr. and everyone else at The Ballpark that he's still Jose Canseco.
Canseco hit three homers and drove in a career-high eight runs Monday night and the Texas Rangers - despite Griffey's grand slam and career-best six RBIs - trounced the Seattle Mariners 17-9.Canseco went 5-for-6 and set a team record with 14 total bases. He also hit a 480-foot home run, the longest in Arlington since the Rangers began measuring distances in 1987.
The power show - his homers traveled an estimated 1,282 feet - gave Canseco 19 home runs, 62 RBIs and a .318 average, along with 12 stolen bases. Not bad, considering many thought Canseco was finished last summer after he tore up his elbow trying to pitch and missed most of the season.
"This makes me much more excited. It means all the work in the off-season has paid off," he said.
Griffey connected in the sixth inning for his 26th home run of the season and his sixth career slam. He added a two-run single in the seventh.
Bruce Hurst (2-1) took an 11-0 lead into the sixth inning.
Indians 7, Blue Jays 3
Cleveland won its 12th in a row at Jacobs Field and Mark Clark won his sixth straight decision.
The Indians' home winning streak is their longest since a 13-game run in 1965 at Cleveland Stadium.
White Sox 1, Athletics 0
Jason Bere struck out a career-high 14 and allowed only two hits in eight innings as Chicago won at home.
Bere (8-1) worked around six walks. Terry Steinbach had a pair of leadoff singles for Oakland.
Yankees 3, Orioles 1
Melido Perez stopped Baltimore on six singles in eight innings and New York stopped the Orioles' four-game winning streak.
Perez (4-3) retired 13 straight batters in the middle innings as the Yankees won the opener of a four-game series at Camden Yards.
Royals 12, Angels 7
Pinch-hitter Hubie Brooks connected for his eighth career grand slam, capping a seven-run rally in the eighth inning that led Kansas City over visiting California.
Twins 5, Red Sox 2
Chip Hale went 3-for-3 and extended his hit streak to eight as Minnesota beat Boston at Fenway Park.
Mo Vaughn of the Red Sox left the game in the third inning after being hit below the right elbow by a pitch from Jim Deshaies (3-6). The next inning, Roger Clemens (6-3) hit Hale with a pitch and both teams were warned against further trouble.
Expos 10, Pirates 2
Jeff Fassero, a converted reliever who was thrust into the starting rotation last season, lost a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning Monday night when he failed to catch Carlos Garcia's line drive in the Expos' 10-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
After dominating the Pirates for 8 2-3 innings, Fassero had a 1-2 count when Garcia hit a waist-high drive back to the mound. Fassero stuck out his glove to the right side, but the ball bounced out and rolled toward third base.
Fassero (5-4) quickly recovered and made a strong throw to first baseman Randy Milligan, but Garcia slid head-first and barely beat the play.
"I think the (ball) hit my thumb," Fassero said. "I lost it for a second when I looked into my glove, because I thought I had caught it."
Mets 4, Phillies 3
At New York, Bret Saberhagen pitched five-hit ball for seven innings and helped his cause with a pair of timely bunts.
Saberhagen (7-3) has won three of his last four decisions.
Rockies 7, Braves 2
At Atlanta, former Braves pitcher Marvin Freeman helped Colorado end its 16-game losing streak against Atlanta.
Freeman (6-1) signed as a free agent with the Rockies this winter after 31/2 years with the Braves. He allowed one run and eight hits in seven innings.
Giants 5, Astros 4
At San Francisco, Matt Williams hit his NL-leading 23rd homer and William VanLandingham and three relievers combined on an eight-hitter.
The Giants, who totaled five runs in being swept by San Diego last weekend, also got a home run from Todd Benzinger in ending a four-game losing streak.
Cardinals 2, Marlins 1
At St. Louis, Tom Pagnozzi singled in Ray Lankford with one out in the ninth inning, handing the Marlins their sixth loss in seven games.
Dodgers 5, Reds 4
At Los Angeles, Ramon Martinez won his sixth straight decision with eight strong innings.
Martinez (6-2) allowed eight hits, struck out eight and walked three before leaving after 126 pitches. The right-hander is 6-0 in 11 starts after dropping his first two outings this season.