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BASEBALL TURNS THOUGHTS TO MANTLE

The flags were flown at half-staff at Fenway Park, a video tribute was shown on the scoreboard at Comiskey Park and there was a moment of silence at Kauffman Stadium.

All over baseball, Mickey Mantle was on the minds of players, team officials and fans Sunday. At Yankee Stadium, where he became a Hall of Fame hero, the New York Yankees wore black armbands to honor him and the mention of his name prompted a two-minute, standing ovation.Then the games went on.

The Yankees, perhaps inspired by Mantle's legend, beat Cleveland 4-1. In Boston, meanwhile, Tim Wakefield added to his new-found legacy by pitching the Red Sox past Baltimore 3-2 for their 11th straight win.

Wakefield (14-1) held the Orioles hitless for 6 1-3 innings and won his 10th in a row. A year after going 5-15 for Triple-A Buffalo in the Pittsburgh system, the knuckleballer leads the majors with a 1.65 ERA.

"I felt a little under the weather," Wakefield said. "I just didn't feel very good. But I seem to pitch better when I'm sick because I don't care about anything and I just go out there."

Jose Canseco hit a three-run homer in the first off Rick Krivda (0-2), and Wakefield made the lead hold up with late help from Stan Belinda.

Rafael Palmeiro got the Orioles' first hit, a solo home run with one out in the seventh. Wakefield twice has taken no-hitters into the eighth inning this season.

"He's flirted with those things three or four times before. He bothers me with it," catcher Mike Macfarlane said. "If he's going to do it, do it."

Yankees 4, Indians 1

David Cone did his best to give the fans something to cheer about, improving to 4-0 since the Yankees got him in a trade from Toronto.

Cone (13-6) struck out nine in his first complete game for New York, allowing six hits and only three after the second inning.

Angels 2, Twins 1

On a day when Minnesota honored former first baseman Kent Hrbek at the Metrodome, the Twins could have used his bat.

Jim Abbott made his third strong start in four games since being traded from the White Sox to the Angels. He pitched seven-plus innings and has a 2.42 ERA while with California.

Before the game, Hrbek joined Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew and Tony Oliva as the only players in the Twins' 35-year history to have their numbers retired.

Rangers 6, Blue Jays 1

Will Clark reached a couple of milestones in Texas, doubling in the first inning for his 1,500th career hit and connecting the next inning for his 200th homer, a three-run shot.

Kevin Gross (6-11) won consecutive games for the first time this season. He stopped Toronto on six hits, walked none and struck out six in his third complete game.

Royals 6, Mariners 3

Tom Gordon became the latest Royals pitcher to shut down Seattle. The Mariners, who arrived in Kansas City with a five-game winning streak, scored just seven runs in losing two of three during the weekend.

Gordon won for the first time in a month and improved to 11-3 lifetime against the Mariners, the team he's beaten more than anyone.

Brewers 8, Tigers 3

B.J. Surhoff wound up with a three-run single when he tripped rounding first base and Greg Vaughn and Mike Matheny hit more conventional two-run doubles for Milwaukee.

Surhoff's odd hit put the Brewers ahead 6-0 in the second inning at County Stadium. Ricky Bones (7-8) shut out Detroit until Travis Fryman hit an RBI single with two outs in the seventh, bringing Rob Dibble in from the bullpen.

White Sox 8, Athletics 7

Tim Raines hit a two-run homer - not that he knew it - for an 8-6 lead in the seventh inning at Chicago.

Raines took off when he hit his drive and was still running when he reached second base. As he hit the bag, though, he noticed the ball was on the grass and saw that the Oakland fielders weren't chasing it. He asked an umpire, who said the ball had cleared the fence and bounced back.