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Yankees 12, Athletics 6

David Cone's winless streak went on for so long that he picked up eight new teammates along the way.

"It sure took a long time — too long," Cone said Thursday after the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 12-6.

Cone (2-10) gave up two runs and struck out eight in six innings, allowing eight hits, including Jason Giambi's two-run homer. Cone had lost eight straight decisions in a span of 15 starts, the worst skid of his career.

At New York, Jose Canseco made his first start for the Yankees and hit a three-run homer, doubled and hit two sacrifice flies. New York's Glenallen Hill and Oakland's Terrence Long and Matt Stairs also homered. Mark Mulder (6-8) took the loss.

BLUE JAYS 15, ROYALS 7: Tony Batista hit his 34th homer, leaving him tied with Chicago's Frank Thomas for the AL lead, and singled off Chris Fussell for an 8-7 lead in the fifth at Kansas City. David Wells, 17-4 this season but 2-2 since the All-Star break, failed to hold a 3-0 lead. He allowed seven runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. Chris Carpenter (8-10) won in relief, giving up two hits in 4 1/3 scoreless innings.

MARINERS 6, WHITE SOX 3: Joe Oliver and Mike Cameron hit two-run homers as visiting Seattle (68-47) won for the sixth time in seven games. Cameron was 3-for-4 to help spoil the first major league appearance of Rocky Biddle (0-1), called up from Double-A Birmingham. Aaron Sele (13-6) gave up three runs and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings, struck out five and walked nine. Kazuhiro Sasaki pitched the ninth for his 28th save.

DEVIL RAYS 10, TWINS 4: Aubrey Huff hit his first major league homer, a three-run drive in a five-run first, as Tampa Bay won for the fifth time in six games.

TIGERS 14, ORIOLES 3: Bobby Higginson had three hits and four RBIs, and Detroit knuckleballer Steve Sparks (2-2) allowed two runs and four hits with four strikeouts and a walk in 7 2/3 innings. Damion Easley hit a two-run homer and Juan Gonzalez was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.