Cabrera delivers for Yankees
Melky Cabrera spoiled Angels manager Mike Scioscia's strategy, hitting a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning that led the Yankees over Los Angeles, 7-4, last night in New York for their third straight win.
With fog and drizzle blowing into the ballpark, further emptying the expensive seats lining the field, the Yankees stopped the Angels' three-game win streak.
Coming off a tough year that saw him sent to the minors last August, Cabrera sat behind speedy Brett Gardner when the season opened. But when Gardner slumped, Cabrera stepped in.
"I watched his effort in spring training, and I watched his work ethic right after I told him he wasn't going to be the center fielder. And he told me, 'I'll be ready to play any time,' " Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Cabrera hit a game-ending home run in the 14th inning against Oakland to finish the Yankees' first homestand of the year. This go-ahead hit raised his average to .327.
After an intentional walk to Nick Swisher loaded the bases with one out, Cabrera hit an RBI single on the first pitch from Justin Speier (0-1) for a 5-4 lead. Ramiro Pena followed with a two-run double for his first RBIs in the majors.
Damon and Mike Napoli became the latest hitters to launch shots over the inviting right-field wall at Yankee Stadium. The 28 home runs overall - 19 to right - are the most in the first seven games of a new park, one more than at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati in 2003, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
Phil Coke (1-1) pitched a perfect eighth for the win. Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his fifth save in six chances.
The loss left the Angels at 9-12 in April, ending their run of 15 straight months at .500 or better. That was longest active streak in the majors.
Royals 8, Blue Jays 6 - John Buck tripled twice and drove in five runs, and host Kansas City turned six double plays and took three of four from Toronto.
Toronto, for the first time in team history, had started the year by winning six consecutive series of at least three games.
Buck hit a two-run triple off Brian Burres (0-2) in the second inning, a sacrifice fly in the third, and another two-run triple off Bryan Bullington in the fifth.
Athletics 4, Rangers 2 - Dallas Braden pitched five scoreless innings and Ryan Sweeney made a game-saving catch to boost visiting Oakland.
The Rangers had two on in the eighth when Ian Kinsler hit a towering fly ball to straightaway center. Sweeney retreated, leaped, and stuck his glove above the 8-foot wall to make the play.
Dodgers 8, Padres 5 - Manny Ramirez and Orlando Hudson hit back-to-back homers, and Los Angeles scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on an error by catcher Nick Hundley to beat San Diego and improve to 7-0 this season at Chavez Ravine.
Marlins 8, Cubs 2 - Jorge Cantu hit a three-run double in the 10th inning after Florida tied it on a throwing error by Carlos Marmol in the eighth, and the visiting Marlins beat Chicago.
Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 1 - Host Milwaukee jumped on the Arizona bullpen for a four-run seventh after being shut out for six innings by Max Scherzer, then held on for the win.
Cardinals 9, Nationals 4 - Albert Pujols hit his eighth home run, Rick Ankiel hit a tiebreaking RBI double in a five-run ninth inning, and visiting St. Louis beat Washington for its eighth victory in 10 games.