Major Leagues: American League roundup
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NEW YORK ó Derek Jeter stepped to the plate with the score tied in the eighth inning, turned on a fastball and sent it into the right-field seats. Mariano Rivera then finished off a New York Yankees win.
Some things didn’t change with the move across 161st Street.
New York had five homers in a game for the first time since 2007, winning its first game at the new Yankee Stadium as Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira, Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano also hit solo home runs Friday in a 6-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
“That’s Yankee Stadium,” Rivera said.
Cleveland had blown out New York 10-2 Thursday in the opener at the $1.5 billion palace and led 5-3 after five innings Friday.
“A lot of times it seems like the first one might be the most difficult to get,” Jeter said.
Jeter, the Yankees captain, led the club to four World Series titles and six AL pennants across the street. That his home run gave the Yankees their first win in their new home seemed appropriate.
“If anyone’s going to hit a game-winning home run for the first win at the new stadium, it’s going to be Derek,” Teixeira said.
Athletics 8, Blue Jays 5
TORONTO ó 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. ó 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.
Red Sox 10, Orioles 8
BOSTON ó 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.
Twins 11, Angels 9
MINNEAPOLIS ó 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 the Los Angeles Angels 11-9.
Royals 12, Rangers 3
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Gil Meche pitched into the seventh without allowing a run, Mark Teahen assumed his new role by going 5-for-6 with a homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 12-3.
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