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Friday's American League Capsules

Friday's American League Capsules

Games played April 12, 2013

April 12th, 2013 in News

NEW YORK (AP) - The Yankees turned a triple play at home for the first time in 45 years, Adam Jones dropped Vernon Wells' fly ball while blowing a bubble for a tiebreaking three-run error and New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Friday night for its fourth straight win.

CC Sabathia (2-1) allowed two runs - one earned - and eight hits with nine strikeouts and no walks. Mariano Rivera finished for his second save as New York (5-4) moved over .500 for the first time this year.

Jones - a Gold Glove center fielder - ranged back for Wells' fly ball and closed his glove too early. Then in the eighth, Manny Machado hit a sharp low liner that second baseman Robinson Cano pick up on a hop, starting New York's first triple play in the Bronx since June 3, 1968, against Minnesota.

Miguel Gonzalez (1-1) was the loser.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Josh Donaldson homered with one out in the 12th inning, lifting Oakland over Detroit for its ninth straight victory.

Donaldson's opposite-field drive to right off Brayan Villarreal (0-2) was his first career game-ending hit.

Prince Fielder homered and had four hits for the Tigers, who beat Oakland in the playoffs last season on their way to the World Series.

Ramon Santiago hit a two-out triple in the top of the 12th before Chris Resop (1-0) retired Austin Jackson on a fly to center.

The A's improved to an AL-best 9-2, just the third time in Oakland history the club has opened at least 9-2. Only the Atlanta Braves at 9-1 have a better record than Oakland.

Fielder hit a three-run shot and Max Scherzer struck out 11, but the Tigers didn't get enough from the bottom of their batting order. The last five hitters went a combined 2 for 25.


CLEVELAND (AP) - Justin Masterson (3-0) pitched a five-hitter for the first complete game in the AL this year, and Nick Swishe hit a two-out RBI single in the ninth off Jesse Crain (0-1).

Masterson, who has three of Cleveland's four wins, extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to a career-high 19.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Toronto's Jose Reyes drove in a pair of runs before getting carted off in the sixth inning with a sprained left ankle.

Reyes was attempting to steal second when he started his slide late. The four-time All-Star's left ankle twisted awkwardly beneath him as he slid over the bag, and trainers from both teams ran out to help as Reyes screamed in pain on the infield dirt.

He was carted off the field and taken to a hospital for an MRI. The results were not immediately known.

J.A. Happ (2-0), Toronto's only starter to win this year, gave up three runs on 41 pitches in the first inning, but survived through five innings.

Luis Mendoza (0-1) allowed eight runs - seven earned - seven hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings.


SEATTLE (AP) - Kyle Seager had a two-run double, Hisashi Iwakuma made it stand with 6 2-3 strong innings and Seattle beat Texas to end a three-game skid.

Iwakuma (2-0) got the better of countryman Yu Darvish in the seventh pitching matchup between the two, both in Japan and the majors. Darvish (2-1) holds a 4-3 advantage when they face each other on the mound.

Raul Ibanez hit an RBI single in a three-run first for the Mariners.

Iwakuma kept the Rangers' bats silent until the fourth inning when Ian Kinsler led off with a homer. That proved to be the extent of the Rangers' offense as Iwakuma and three relievers combined to shut down Texas.

Tom Wilhelmsen pitched the ninth for his fourth save.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Bud Norris pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, Rick Ankiel drove in three runs and Houston defeated Los Angeles in their first meeting as AL West rivals.

Justin Maxwell hit his first home run of the season, helping the Astros win their third in a row after six straight losses. Norris (2-1) struck out five and walked two.

Rookie manager Bo Porter used three relievers in the ninth to clinch the combined four-hitter.

The Angels, coming off a three-game sweep by Oakland, have lost five straight. Singles by Brendan Harris, Mark Trumbo and Hank Conger were their only hits against Norris.

The Angels are off to a 2-8 start, matching the worst in franchise history. The inaugural 1961 club also lost eight of its first 10.

Tommy Hanson (1-1) threw 108 pitches through five innings, giving up five runs, eight hits and two walks.



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - John Buck kept up his powerful start with a grand slam, his fourth home run in the last four games, and New York beat Minnesota as snowflakes fell at Target Field.

Buck became only the fourth major league player in at least 92 years to reach 19 RBIs in the first 10 games of a season, according to STATS research dating to 1921. Chris Davis did it for Baltimore this year, Manny Ramirez for Cleveland in 1999 and Lou Gehrig for the Yankees in 1927.

In his first two weeks with the Mets after being traded twice during the offseason, Buck already has six homers. His career high is 20.

Jonathon Niese (2-0) lasted only five innings in frigid weather, ending his streak of 22 consecutive starts of six or more that dated to last June. That was the longest current run in the majors. He threw 101 pitches, giving up five hits, five runs (four earned) and four walks.

David Wright drove in four runs and missed the cycle by a home run, Daniel Murphy had four hits and four RBIs and the Mets didn't let the wintry conditions hurt their offense in any way. They overwhelmed Twins starter Vance Worley (0-2), who got three outs and gave up nine runs.