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SEATTLE'S BLASTED BY BOSTON, TOO

Lou Piniella is in a threatening mood.

The Seattle Mariners' manager watched the Boston Red Sox pound his beleaguered pitching staff 10-1 Thursday night, and then said there are going to be some changes."These kids are getting a wonderful opportunity," Piniella said. "Some of them will grind it out and have a chance to have fine major-league careers.

"Others will fall by the wayside and will continue to struggle elsewhere when we get this thing back in shape like we want to. The opportunity is there. Somebody has got to seize it."

The Red Sox, who started the night 10 games under .500, seized it in the opening game of a four-game series. They collected four home runs, including the first two of the season by Milt Cuyler, who was hitting .169 at game time. They were Cuyler's first homers since July 30, 1994, and it was Cuyler's first two-homer game.

Salomon Torres (0-1) gave up eight runs in 5 1-3 innings and Scott Davison surrendered two more in completing the game. Each pitcher was tagged for two home runs.

Seattle's team ERA rose from 5.38 to 5.48. Only the Detroit Tigers have a worse ERA in the American League.

Indians 2, Brewers 0

In Milwaukee, it was much more than just another Brewers loss.

Center fielder Chuckie Carr appeared to be seriously hurt while making a sensational leaping catch of Julio Franco's deep fly ball in the fourth inning of Cleveland's victory.

"We're very worried about it," Brewers manager Phil Garner said. "I'm sure there's damage in there, how bad I don't know. It's ugly. It's unbelievable."

Carr was so high off the ground that when he came down, his right knee hyperextended and his right ankle buckled outward. X-rays didn't reveal any fractures, but he was to undergo a MRI test today.

Nagy (9-1) tied his career high with his sixth straight victory as the Indians snapped a three-game skid. He gave up six hits, walked two and struck out five in seven-plus innings.

"I was able to change speeds on them all night," Nagy said. "And I got them out on popouts and strikeouts when I needed them."

The Indians scored both their runs off Ricky Bones (3-8) in the second when Jim Thome walked, Eddie Murray and Manny Ramirez both singled, and Sandy Alomar doubled.

Cleveland second baseman Carlos Baerga also was taken to a hospital for X-rays, which proved negative. He was struck on the right hand by a pitch in the first inning.

White Sox 8, Tigers 2

Getting seven strong innings from pitcher Wilson Alvarez, Chicago overcame two home runs by Cecil Fielder to beat visiting Detroit and win for the 10th time in 12 games. The Tigers have lost 13 of 14.

Alvarez (6-3) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out six. In one stretch, he retired 13 straight batters.

Fielder homered in the sixth, cutting Chicago's lead to 3-1, then hit his 15th of the season in the ninth.

Omar Olivares (1-2), making his first start since being placed on the disabled list April 19 for a strained hamstring, took the loss.