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Yanks in first place: Beat O's 2-1

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Randy Johnson came up big with a dominating eight innings of work and Matt Lawton's two run HR in the second were all the Yanks needed to win the game and take over sole possession of first place from the Red Sox. Lawton who has struggled since coming over to the Yanks from the Cubs got a surprise start and made the most of it with two hits (raised his average to a whopping.136) and the big knock.


Randy Johnson was his old self, glaring and pointing. The Big Unit not only made it into the late innings, he pitched the New York Yankees into first place. Johnson limited the Baltimore Orioles to three hits over eight innings in his first start since a second-inning ejection last week.

Rivera shut the door for his forty first save, but his control has been a little off lately which has put him in some tougher spots than he normally likes.

Tampa Bay who has been "David" against the two Goliath's from the east, pounded Mike Timlin in the eight and scored five runs to knock Boston out of first.