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AL roundup: Mark Teixeira’s 3 HRs propel Yankees

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Yankees' Mark Teixeira is congratulated after hitting a solo homer against Boston.

Yankees’ Mark Teixeira is congratulated after hitting a solo homer against Boston.

Elise Amendola, Associated Press

BOSTON — Mark Teixeira joined Lou Gehrig as the only Yankees to hit three home runs against the Boston Red Sox, and he and Francisco Cervelli drove in five runs each as New York clinched another series with a 14-3 win Saturday.

The Yankees have won nine of their first 10 series this season, a mark surpassed only twice in team history. They won 14 of their first 15 in 1928 and 11 of their first 12 in 1939.

Teixeira hit solo homers in the fifth and seventh, then hit a two-run shot far over the left field wall in the ninth off outfielder Jonathan Van Every, who last pitched on April 30, 2009, for Boston. He now has five homers this season after hitting three for the third time in his career.

Cervelli singled in a run that tied the score 3-all in the third, hit a two-run single in the fourth that put the Yankees ahead 6-3 — then capped a four-run eighth that made it 12-3.

Alfredo Aceves (3-0) relieved CC Sabathia with two outs in the bottom of the fifth after a rain delay of 1 hour, 14 minutes. Clay Buchholz (3-3) allowed six runs in five innings for Boston.

TIGERS 6, INDIANS 4: At Cleveland, Miguel Cabrera hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning to lead Detroit. Cabrera's bases-loaded line drive off Kerry Wood (0-1) broke a 3-3 tie and Detroit went on to win its 10th consecutive game against the Indians. The Tigers are 18-4 in the series over the past two years, outscoring Cleveland 116-79.

ORIOLES 7, TWINS 3: At Minneapolis, Nick Markakis drove in three of Baltimore's five two-out runs off Francisco Liriano, leading Baltimore past Minnesota in the first game of a split doubleheader. Justin Morneau hit his first Target Field homer after going deep six times on the road, a two-run shot that gave the Twins a first-inning lead against Jeremy Guthrie (1-4). But the Orioles still handed Liriano (4-1) his first loss with an abundance of well-placed singles.

ORIOLES 6,TWINS 1: At Minneapolis, Scott Baker threw eight strong innings and reigning AL MVP Joe Mauer saw his first action after missing eight games as the Minnesota Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 to split a doubleheader Saturday.

RANGERS 3, ROYALS 2: At Arlington, Texas, Ian Kinsler hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, driving in Michael Young and lifting the Texas Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

With the score even at 2, Royals starter Gil Meche (0-4) walked Young with one out in the eighth. Josh Hamilton followed with an infield single, and Young advanced to third on Vladimir Guerrero's flyout.

ATHLETICS 4, RAYS 2: At Oakland, Calif., Ben Sheets finally pitched like an ace, Daric Barton drove in a pair of runs and the Athletics handed the Rays their second road loss of he season.

WHITES SOX 7, BLUE JAYS 3: At Chicago, Jake Peavy pitched eight innings for his second straight victory, Paul Konerko hit his major league-leading 13th homer and the Chicago White Sox beat Toronto 7-3 Saturday night to snap the Blue Jays' six-game win streak.

ANGELS 4, MARINERS 3: At Seattle, Hideki Matsui became the ninth Japanese player to reach 1,500 career RBIs when he singled home Bobby Abreu in the top of the 10th inning, and Brian Fuentes got his first save in two weeks as the Los Angeles Angels beat the sinking Seattle Mariners.