A-Rod powers Yankees
Alex Rodriguez's first hit at the new Yankee Stadium was a doozy.
Rodriguez belted a game-ending two-run homer in the 11th inning to give New York a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins yesterday.
Rodriguez hit a drive off Craig Breslow (1-2) into the seats in left after Mark Teixeira led off with a walk.
A jubilant Rodriguez threw his arms up as he rounded first, then discarded his batting helmet as he made it to the plate and was mobbed by teammates.
Teixeira tied a career high with four hits and had four RBIs for New York, which has won four straight. Alfredo Aceves (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning to earn the victory.
Justin Morneau hit his third homer in two games and Joe Mauer also connected for the second straight day for Minnesota, which absorbed its second consecutive difficult loss. The Yankees scored three times off All-Star closer Joe Nathan in the ninth inning of a 5-4 win Friday night.
Phillies sweep Nationals, 8-5, 7-5 - Brett Myers cranked out seven innings in the afternoon and emergency call-up Andrew Carpenter was credited with the win in his first major league start in a nightcap called in the sixth due to rain as visiting Philadelphia took two from Washington.
Raul Ibanez hit three long home runs, and the Phillies again battered the National League's worst pitching staff. Ibanez finished the day with 5 hits, 4 runs, and 7 RBIs. He is 19 for 33 with six homers and 16 RBIs against the Nationals this season.
Rays 4, Indians 2 - B.J. Upton homered for the second consecutive day, Matt Garza pitched six effective innings, and Tampa Bay beat Cleveland in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Hours after he completed the Rays' rally from seven runs down with a game-ending drive Friday, Upton put the Rays ahead, 1-0, with his second home run of the season, off Carl Pavano in the fourth.
Marlins 6, Dodgers 3 - Andrew Miller, activated from the disabled list before the game, won for the first time since June 16, and John Baker broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth with a two-run homer as host Florida snapped a five-game losing streak.
Mets 9, Giants 6 - Randy Johnson was denied career victory No. 299 as Carlos Beltran hit a pair of doubles and drove in three runs, and David Wright had a two-run double and three RBIs for visiting New York.
Blue Jays 2, White Sox 1 - Jose Bautista drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and host Toronto beat struggling Chicago to give rookie righthander Robert Ray his first major league win.
Diamondbacks 12, Braves 0 - Max Scherzer pitched six scoreless innings for his first major league win and Chris Snyder hit a grand slam in the ninth to cap visiting Arizona's rout.
Orioles 3, Royals 2 - Rich Hill came off the disabled list to pitch into the sixth inning, picking up his first victory in more than a year as visiting Baltimore beat slumping Kansas City.
Cubs 5, Astros 4 - Alfonso Soriano drove in Bobby Scales with the winning run in the ninth inning after Chicago had squandered a four-run ninth-inning lead to visiting Houston.
Brewers 1, Cardinals 0 - Jeff Suppan threw seven scoreless innings and Corey Hart hit his first homer in 27 games to lift Milwaukee over host St. Louis.
Pirates 7, Rockies 4 - Nate McLouth homered and Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young each had two hits and two RBIs for host Pittsburgh.
Tigers 9, Athletics 1 - Miguel Cabrera drove in four runs and Ryan Raburn hit a three-run homer as Detroit roughed up visiting Oakland.
Rangers 5, Angels 3 - Josh Hamilton hit two sacrifice flies and Michael Young had a tiebreaking RBI single in the fourth to lift host Texas.