Alex Rodriguez homered and CC Sabathia won for the first time in a month as New York handed the hapless Baltimore Orioles their eighth straight loss, 6-3, yesterday at Yankee Stadium.
Juan Samuel, the Orioles’ third base coach, is expected to be named the interim manager when a move is made, the report said. The club declined comment to multiple media sources.
The Yankees finished their second three-game sweep of the Orioles this season. Baltimore has dropped 10 of 11. One more defeat and the Orioles will equal their longest skid of this season, a nine-game slide from April 9-17.
In addition to Rodriguez, Brett Gardner also connected and Robinson Cano had an RBI double off winless Kevin Millwood as the Yankees won their fifth consecutive game, all at home against last-place squads (Cleveland and Baltimore).
New York completed a 6-1 homestand.
Astros 6, Nationals 4 — Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Matt Capps after Houston tied it on Cristian Guzman’s error in right field as the Astros rallied past Washington.
Guzman gave the Nationals a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth off Astros closer Matt Lindstrom.
Michael Bourn started the comeback with a double to center. After Jeff Keppinger grounded out, Lance Berkman drove a sinking liner that dropped at Guzman’s feet and bounced away.
Braves 4, Dodgers 3 — Kris Medlen took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning and doubled home a run, Troy Glaus homered for the fourth time in five games, and visiting Atlanta won its ninth straight in beating Los Angeles.
Medlen (3-1) was charged with three runs — two earned — and six hits in a career-high 7 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking none in his ninth big league start.
Medlen departed with a 4-0 lead and the bases loaded before pinch-hitter Ronnie Belliard greeted Peter Moylan with an RBI single. Blake DeWitt followed James Loney to the plate after a wild throw by rookie right fielder Jason Heyward.
Angels 5, Royals 4 — Jered Weaver outpitched Zack Greinke in seven scoreless innings and Torii Hunter homered for the second straight game, helping visiting Los Angeles get by Kansas City.
Marlins 3, Brewers 2 — Josh Johnson pitching seven strong innings, and Ronny Paulino drove in two runs to help Florida edge Milwaukee in Miami.
Tigers 12, Indians 6 — Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera hit consecutive homers in a five-run seventh inning to lead host Detroit.
White Sox 4, Rangers 3 — Carlos Quentin, booed after committing an error that led to a Texas run, atoned with a two-run homer in the seventh inning to lift host Chicago.
Mariners 4, Twins 1 — Felix Hernandez snapped a personal four-game losing streak, allowing one run over eight innings, and Jose Lopez hit a three-run homer for host Seattle.