AL roundup: Yankees get first win in new stadium

NEW YORK (AP) " Derek Jeter broke an eighth-inning tie with the Yankees' fifth solo home run, and New York beat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 Friday for its first win at the new Yankee Stadium

Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira, Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano also connected as New York avoided dropping the first two games at its new home. Cano become the first player to reach the new stadium's second deck.

Jeter led off the eighth against Jensen Lewis (1-1) with his third homer of the season. All five of New York's home runs went to right field.

A crowd of 45,101, about 7,000 short of the listed capacity, saw Brian Bruney (2-0) win in relief of Joba Chamberlain, who threw just 46 of 93 pitches for strikes and gave up five runs, six hits and five walks in 4 2-3 slow-moving innings.

Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth to convert his third save in three chances.

Athletics 8, Blue Jays 5

TORONTO (AP) " Matt Holliday hit a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning, Bobby Crosby drove in three runs and Oakland beat Toronto.

Andrew Bailey (2-0) struck out four in two scoreless innings to earn the win. Michael Wuertz and Santiago Casilla each got three outs before Brad Ziegler worked the ninth for his third save.

Oakland scored four times in the fourth to tie it at 5 and went ahead for good in the seventh. Orlando Cabrera led off with a walk and scored on Holliday's one-out double to center off Brandon League (1-1).

Rays 6, White Sox 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) " Ben Zobrist hit a pinch-hit grand slam and Carlos Pena homered for the fifth time in six days to help Tampa Bay past Chicago.

Right-hander James Shields (2-1) recovered after giving up sixth-inning home runs to Carlos Quentin and Jermaine Dye to win for the second time since an opening-day loss. He allowed five runs and seven hits, struck out four and walked two in 7 1-3 innings.

Zobrist hit his slam off Matt Thornton (0-1) after the Rays loaded the bases with two outs against White Sox starter Bartolo Colon. The shot into the left-field stands wiped out a 5-2 lead that Chicago took when Quentin hit a solo homer and Dye followed with a two-run shot.

Red Sox 10, Orioles 8

BOSTON (AP) " Jason Bay and J.D. Drew homered to help Boston overcome a seven-run deficit.

Bay broke an 8-8 tie with a sacrifice fly off Danys Baez (0-1) in the eighth inning. Drew's two-out triple in the fifth sparked a three-run rally in which Nick Green's two-run double tied the score at 8-8.

Ramon Ramirez (1-0), one of five Boston pitchers who combined for six scoreless innings in relief of starter Brad Penny, earned the victory with 1 2-3 innings. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his third save.

Nick Markakis went 2-for-5 with five RBIs to provide much of the offense for the Orioles, including a second-inning grand slam that gave the Orioles a 7-0 lead.

Royals 12, Rangers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) " Gil Meche pitched into the seventh without allowing a run, Mark Teahen went 5-for-6 with a homer and Kansas City beat Texas.

Meche (1-0), who had an 8.10 ERA his previous eight starts at Rangers Ballpark, held Texas to six singles, including a bunt by Ian Kinsler. The Rangers were held scoreless until Hank Blalock and Marlon Byrd hit back-to-back homers in the eighth that cut their deficit to 10.

Teahen, taking over as the primary third baseman with Alex Gordon out for at least 10 weeks after hip surgery Friday, led off the second with his first homer. Coco Crisp added a three-run homer in the inning to make it 4-0 against Matt Harrison (0-2).

The Royals, who entered the game with a majors-worst .216 batting average, had 19 hits.

Twins 11, Angels 9

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) " Jason Kubel completed the ninth cycle in Twins history with a dramatic go-ahead grand slam to cap a seven-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning, lifting Minnesota past Los Angeles.

Matt Guerrier (1-0) picked up the victory in relief after having a hand in a five-run, two-out rally by the Angels in the seventh that gave them an 8-3 lead. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Jason Bulger (0-1) served up the upper-deck shot to Kubel, who singled, doubled and tripled in his first three at-bats before striking out with a runner on third in the seventh.

Mariners 6, Tigers 3

SEATTLE (AP) " Felix Hernandez survived early struggles and surging Seattle used a five-run fifth inning to win for the seventh time in eight games.

The Mariners, who lost 101 games last season, improved to an AL-leading 8-3 and tied the franchise's best 11-game start.

Seattle was scoreless and hitless through four innings while taking pitches from Justin Verlander (1-1), who had allowed 11 runs in his first two starts. Then Seattle changed its approach and it paid off with a big inning.

Hernandez (2-0) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. Brandon Morrow finished the ninth for his third save.

Adrian Beltre doubled twice, the second of which went off the wall in left-center field and scored 39-year-old Ken Griffey Jr. from first in the eighth.


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