Andy Pettitte threw only three pitches against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The third was a line drive that smacked him squarely on the back of his pitching elbow.
X-rays were negative, but Pettitte is expected to miss his next start.
"The best news on Andy is there's no damage," said Ted Lilly, who replaced the left-hander in the first inning and led the New York Yankees past the Devil Rays 5-1 Wednesday night.
The Yankees are scheduled to play Game 1 in the first round of the playoffs on either Oct. 9 or 10. In the event Pettitte is unavailable for the playoffs, manager Joe Torre considered several options.
"We have an experienced hand in Sterling Hitchcock," Torre said. "But it (Lilly's performance) gives you an option. Before this thing is over, we'll see if we can get him out there a time or two and see how consistent he can be," he said.
Shane Spencer homered, doubled and drove in three runs for the Yankees.
Lilly pitched into the eighth inning.
MARINERS 7, RANGERS 5: At Arlington, Texas, Bret Boone ran his RBI total to 135 with a two-run single as Seattle completed a three-game sweep.
The Mariners, who have swept a club-record 15 series this season, extended their AL record with their 57th road victory. The major league record of 60 by the 1906 Chicago Cubs is out of reach because Seattle has only two more road games.
Seattle trailed 4-1 before a five-run outburst in the fifth that included Boone's hit and a two-run double by Stan Javier. Carlos Guillen's run-scoring single capped the rally and chased Rob Bell (5-5).
Paul Abbott (16-4) worked five innings for the victory and is 14-2 in his last 21 starts.
ATHLETICS 3, ANGELS 1: At Oakland, Barry Zito won his seventh consecutive start and Eric Byrnes, Mark Bellhorn and Ramon Hernandez hit solo home runs as Oakland won its sixth straight. The A's won their 14th straight at home, extending a club record.
Zito (15-8) hasn't lost since Aug. 15 at Toronto and continues to dominate at home. He's 8-0 over his last 12 starts in Oakland with an ERA of 2.04. He allowed one run on four hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and five walks.
Jarrod Washburn (11-9) was the tough-luck loser after allowing the three runs on four hits. The Angels lost their season-high fifth consecutive game.
RED SOX 9, ORIOLES 6: At Boston, Doug Mirabelli went 3-for-4 with a homer and Casey Fossum (3-1) shut down Baltimore into the seventh.
A day after the Red Sox were eliminated from playoff contention, they got the solid pitching and timely hitting they've been missing all year. The Red Sox had 12 hits, six in a six-run third, to snap a four-game losing streak and win for just the fifth time in 23 games.
WHITE SOX 6, TWINS 3: At Chicago, Ray Durham hit a two-run double and drove in three runs, and Kip Wells (10-9) pitched well for six innings — aside from throwing four wild pitches. Chris Singleton drove in two runs for the White Sox, who won for only the third time in 15 games against the Twins.
ROYALS 8, TIGERS 6: At Kansas City, Carlos Beltran hit his 20th home run and the Royals took advantage of five errors to snap a five-game losing streak.
Blake Stein (6-8) overcame Randall Simon's first-inning grand slam to gain only his second victory since July 1.