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Cone loses again; record drops to 1-10

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Twins 9, Yankees 3

Right from the start, David Cone was in trouble — again.

Cone dropped his career-worst eighth straight decision and the New York Yankees lost at Minnesota 9-3 Thursday night.

A postseason ace in the past for the two-time World Series champions, Cone has struggled to find any success this year.

The AL East leaders have lost the last 12 times Cone (1-10) has started. He is winless in 14 starts since beating Toronto on April 28.

"I'm not giving up," said Cone, 37. "All athletes would like to go out on their own terms. I'm certainly going to try to do just that."

The first five Twins batters reached against Cone in a three-run first inning. Overall, he tied season highs by allowing eight runs, nine hits and five walks in five-plus innings.

"I've tried a lot of things, but nothing seems to work," Cone said. "I still believe I'm a damned good pitcher. In my heart of hearts, I believe that. It just doesn't look that way right now."

Denny Hocking, who had four hits, doubled to lead off the Twins' first and scored on Cristian Guzman's single. Matt Lawton walked, Ron Coomer hit an RBI single, David Ortiz walked and Corey Koskie had a sacrifice fly.

Lawton hit a two-run double in the fourth. Hocking's RBI double chased Cone in the sixth.

"When the Yankees come to town, you know two things will happen — there will be people in the stands and you will to need to bring your 'A' game to the park," Hocking said. "Fortunately, we got to Coney early tonight and swung the bats well."

DEVIL RAYS 8, ROYALS 5: Royals right fielder Jermaine Dye sustained a concussion when he backpedaled into the wall, and Kansas City lost at home.

Dye was trying to catch Jose Canseco's double when he hit his head and crumpled to the ground. The All-Star was down for a couple of minutes, driven off on a cart and taken to a hospital.

Dye was back in the clubhouse after the game. Manager Tony Muser said Dye would not play Friday night and was "50-50" for Saturday.

Gerald Williams had three hits and drove in three runs for Tampa Bay and Johnny Damon had four hits for the Royals.

BLUE JAYS 7, MARINERS 2: Jim Fregosi became the 46th manager to win 1,000 games in the major leagues and Esteban Loaiza posted his first victory for Toronto.

Pinch-hitter Todd Greene's two-run single keyed a five-run seventh inning. Toronto won without right-fielder Raul Mondesi, put on the 15-day disabled list because of ligament damage in his right elbow.

Seattle tied a season high with its third straight loss. The Mariners had won eight in a row against the Blue Jays.

WHITE SOX 6, ANGELS 5: Herbert Perry homered for the third straight game and Chris Singleton also connected as Chicago won at Anaheim.

The White Sox, who had lost five of six, finished with 18 hits. Carlos Lee had four hits and Brook Fordyce added three.

RED SOX 5, ATHLETICS 4 (10): Troy O'Leary singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and Boston won at Oakland.

The Red Sox tied it in the ninth when Bernard Gilkey singled and Jason Varitek doubled off Jason Isringhausen.

RANGERS 7, TIGERS 3: Juan Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in his return to Texas, though it wasn't enough for Detroit.

Gabe Kapler and Bill Haselman, acquired by the Rangers in the off-season deal that sent Gonzalez to the Tigers, both homered.