Wang weathers the heat for 10th win; three errors for A-Rod

NEW YORK (ESPN.com news services) -- The New York Yankees are riding Mariano Rivera's
right arm during an impressive winning streak.

Now, they're hoping for good news about Alex Rodriguez's big

After making a career-worst three errors, Alex Rodriguez was lifted
in the eighth inning because of a sore left big toe. The star third
baseman fouled a ball off his toe in the fifth and plans to go for
X-rays on Tuesday morning.

"I've never done that before," he said. "It was nice icing on
a bad night."

Yankees manager Joe Torre wasn't sure if A-Rod would be able to
play Tuesday night. New York is already missing three injured
All-Stars in Gary Sheffield, Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano.

"I felt it getting a little bit worse as the night went on,"
Rodriguez said. "I hope that it's not broken. I hope that it's not
serious. But you never know if it's a small fracture or something.
We'll see."

-- Associated Press

Rivera wriggled out of another jam for his 401st save, Jason
Giambi homered and Chien-Ming Wang pitched around some sloppy
defense to lead the surging Yankees past the Seattle Mariners 4-2
Monday night.

Coming off a sweep of the World Series champion Chicago White
Sox, New York won its fourth straight and eighth in nine games to
move a season-best 18 games above .500.

Johnny Damon had three hits and an RBI, Miguel Cairo hit a
two-run single and the Yankees remained a half-game behind
first-place Boston in the AL East.

"That's what we're supposed to do. We're a team that's put
together to win every single day," Damon said.

After making a career-worst three errors, Rodriguez was lifted
in the eighth inning because of a sore left big toe. The star third
baseman fouled a ball off his toe in the fifth and plans to go for
X-rays on Tuesday morning.

"I've never done that before," he said. "It was nice icing on
a bad night."

The three errors raised Rodriguez's season total in that category to 16, his highest single-season total since 2001.

Wang (10-4) used his heavy sinker to overcome the errors by
Rodriguez, who was replaced at third by Nick Green.

New York took advantage of a key Seattle error, sending the
last-place Mariners to their ninth loss in 11 games.

"Sometimes you're going to win ugly. As long as you win, that's
the important thing," Derek Jeter said.

Following consecutive extra-inning losses in Toronto, the
Mariners got a solid start from fast-working Jarrod Washburn (4-10)
but couldn't capitalize on four errors overall by the Yankees in
the first meeting between the teams this season.

"We had our chances," manager Mike Hargrove said. "We made
three errors and they scored three runs off one of them. They made
four errors and we scored one run off them. All their runs came
with two outs. We just didn't get the big hit."

Rivera gave up a double and a single to start the ninth, putting
runners at the corners. Then he struck out pinch-hitter Eduardo
Perez, got Ichiro Suzuki on a popup and fanned Willie Bloomquist to
draw a roar from the sellout crowd of 53,444.

Wang allowed two runs and seven hits over seven strong innings
in 93-degree heat, improving to 7-1 in 11 starts at home. The
right-hander has gone at least seven innings in seven of eight

"He got everybody out of a lot of jams tonight," Torre said.
"You have to play better defense than that."

Mike Myers and Scott Proctor combined for a perfect eighth
against Seattle's 4-5-6 hitters. Rivera, who escaped two jams and
got six outs for save No. 400 on Sunday against Chicago, has
converted 22 of 24 chances this season.

Just like Wang, Washburn didn't get much help from his defense.
The Seattle starter yielded four runs -- one earned -- and nine hits
in 6 1/3 innings.

He dropped to 0-3 in six starts since his last win, a 4-1
victory over his former team, the Los Angeles Angels, on June 9.
But the lefty has pitched well in his past three outings, allowing
only four earned runs in 19 1-3 innings.

"It seems I've had a lot of these this year where you don't
give up very many runs, but you don't win, either," Washburn said.
"But what concerns me is that the team is losing. I don't worry
too much about my record, but it's depressing if the team is losing
these games."

Giambi drove his 28th homer into the right-field upper deck with
two outs in the fifth, giving New York a 4-1 lead. He leads the
team with 76 RBI.

Kenji Johjima hit an RBI single in the sixth for the Mariners,
but Yuniesky Betancourt grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Rodriguez's third error could have extended the seventh inning
for Seattle, but Bloomquist got trapped off second base and was
tagged in a rundown for the third out.

With two outs in the New York second, Melky Cabrera hit a hard
smash at the feet of big first baseman Richie Sexson. The ball got
by him and was scored a tough error, leading to three unearned runs
against Washburn.

Cairo followed with a two-run single and Damon added an RBI
single, making it 3-1 Yankees.

"A very, very costly error," Sexson said. "I feel sorry for
Wash. I had my glove down. I've made that play before. It's too bad
it had to lead to three runs."

Suzuki singled on the first pitch of the game and scored on Raul
Ibanez's sacrifice fly.

Game notes
Rodriguez has 16 errors. ... The Yankees became the first
team in the majors with three 10-game winners in Mike Mussina
(11-3), Randy Johnson (10-7) and Wang. ... Bloomquist started at
2B, giving All-Star Jose Lopez a rest.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.