Saturday's American League Capsules
Sunday, April 3, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — A.J. Burnett took a steady first step as he aims to bounce back from a wobbly season and Mark Teixeira hit his second three-run homer in two games, sending the New York Yankees to a 10-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
Russell Martin also smacked a three-run shot, Alex Rodriguez hit No. 614 and Derek Jeter began his march toward 3,000 hits with his first two of the season.
Rodriguez drove in Jeter with a first-inning double off Brad Penny (0-1), an early bust in his Detroit debut, and New York opened a 6-0 cushion after two. Burnett (1-0), fighting a bad head cold this week, was in control from the start and made it through five effective innings.
Mariano Rivera retired Miguel Cabrera on a grounder with two on for his second save.
Victor Martinez hit his first home run for the Tigers, a two-run shot off Luis Ayala in the eighth. Austin Jackson had a solo drive off Burnett in the third.
Penny lasted 4 1-3 innings, giving up eight runs, seven hits and four walks.
Blue Jays 6, Twins 1
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Drabek pitched seven innings of one-hit ball to earn first major league win, and Jose Molina and Jayson Nix hit solo home runs for Toronto.
Drabek (1-0) didn’t allow a hit until Denard Span’s one-out single to left in the sixth. He allowed one run, walked three and struck out a career-high seven.
Shawn Camp pitched the eighth and Marc Rzepczynski worked the ninth for the Blue Jays.
Toronto chased Francisco Liriano (0-1) in the fifth. He was charged with four runs and four hits with five walks and three strikeouts, becoming the second Twins starter in as many days to fail to pitch out of the fifth. Carl Pavano went four-plus in Friday’s 13-3 loss to the Twins.
Orioles 3, Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Chris Tillman held Tampa Bay hitless for six innings and Nick Markakis made a leaping catch at the wall in the ninth to preserve the win for Baltimore.
Tillman lost his bid for a no-hitter when manager Buck Showalter lifted him after the 22-year-old right-hander threw 101 pitches. B.J. Upton lined a two-out single off Jeremy Accardo (1-0) for Tampa Bay’s first hit with two outs in the seventh.
Brian Roberts snapped a scoreless tie with a three-run homer in the eighth off Jake McGee after Mark Reynolds singled and J.J. Hardy walked against Rays starter James Shields (0-1).
With two runners on base, Ben Zobrist hit a drive to right and Markakis, taking a running leap into the padded wall, made the game-ending catch.
Tillman walked three and struck out five, and Kevin Gregg earned his first save.
White Sox 8, Indians 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Edwin Jackson extended his mastery of Cleveland, and Gordon Beckham and Carlos Quentin had two RBIs apiece for Chicago.
Jackson, 8-0 in his last nine starts against Cleveland, allowed two earned runs and five hits in six innings. He had one shaky frame, and that wasn’t all his fault as two errors on one play by third baseman Brent Morel helped the Indians score two in the second.
Chicago jumped out to a 5-0 lead in two innings against Carlos Carrasco (0-1), who recovered and hung around until the seventh.
Travis Hafner homered for Cleveland.
Royals 5, Angels 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Getz had three hits, including an RBI single for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to help Kansas City rally.
Rookie Aaron Crow (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the victory, his first as a major leaguer. Kevin Jepsen (0-1) took the loss as the Angels’ bullpen faltered for the third straight day.
Crow, in two appearances, has thrown three scoreless innings and struck out five.
The Royals trailed 4-3 in the eighth when they put runners on first and second with one out. Wilson Betemit hit a sharp grounder up the middle and shortstop Erick Aybar made a great diving stop and, on his knees, flipped the ball to second baseman Maicer Izturis for the force. But Izturis couldn’t turn the inning-ending double play. Matt Treanor’s RBI single tied it 4-all and Getz followed with his second RBI single.
Torii Hunter hit his second homer and Vernon Wells had a run-scoring single for Los Angeles.
Mariners 5, Athletics 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki had two infield hits to become Seattle’s career leader, including a bouncer in the ninth that drove in the go-ahead run.
Suzuki reached on an infield single in the third, then did it again with his record-breaking hit off Brian Fuentes (0-1) that drove in Jack Wilson and made it 3-2 Mariners.
Suzuki has 2,248 hits, one better than Edgar Martinez’s previous club record. The milestone came on the 10th anniversary of Suzuki’s major league debut.
Chris Ray (1-0) earned the win despite giving up the tying run, and Brandon League pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.