Derek Jeter got two hits, moving him within four of 3,000, and CC Sabathia took out any anger for being snubbed as an All-Star by striking out 11 in seven shutout innings, leading New York to a 9-2 win over the Indians last night in Cleveland.
Jeter’s ascent on becoming the 28th major leaguer - and first Yankee - to reach 3,000 hits has been difficult for the 37-year-old. His play has been scrutinized as never before, and the 12-time All-Star recently missed three weeks because of a calf injury.
“Hopefully I’m going to be able to enjoy it these next few days,’’ Jeter said.
Curtis Granderson homered twice for the Yankees, who had eight players with at least two hits.
Sabathia (12-4) gave up five hits and walked two in overpowering his former team. Despite leading the league in wins and going 9-1 in his last 10 starts, Sabathia was left off the AL roster for the July 12 All-Star Game.
Indians All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is day to day after leaving in the fourth because of a sprained right ankle.
Angels 1, Tigers 0 - Dan Haren (9-2) pitched a two-hitter while outdueling Justin Verlander for his 100th career victory as host Los Angeles won for the 10th time in 12 games. Verlander (11-4) was ejected while leaving the mound in the eighth after yielding seven hits and striking out eight.
Twins 3, Rays 2 - Scott Baker had another impressive start cut short by injury (mild elbow strain) before Glen Perkins bailed out struggling closer Matt Capps in the ninth again to help lift host Minnesota.
Pirates 5, Astros 1 - Jeff Karstens gave up one run in seven-plus innings, Brandon Wood homered, and host Pittsburgh won its third consecutive game to move four games above .500 this late in a season for the first time since 1992.
Phillies 14, Marlins 2 - An intentional walk to Ryan Howard with a runner at first backfired when the next four hitters singled, and Philadelphia went on to win in Miami. After Marlins manager Jack McKeon opted to walk Howard with the game scoreless in the third, the Phillies scored five times in the inning.
Padres 5, Giants 3 - Cameron Maybin had three hits and three RBIs and Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs to power visiting San Diego.
Mets 6, Dodgers 0 - Jason Bay homered twice and drove in four runs and Carlos Beltran also went deep to lead visiting New York.
Mariners 4, Athletics 2 - Franklin Gutierrez scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error in the 10th inning as visiting Seattle handed Oakland its ninth loss in 13 games.
Braves 5, Rockies 3 - Freddie Freeman’s third homer in two games gave Atlanta the early lead and Derek Lowe hit a three-run double to lift the host Braves.
Cardinals 8, Reds 1 - Matt Holliday homered twice hours after being picked to represent the National League in the Home Run Derby to power host St. Louis.
Diamondbacks 7, Brewers 3 - Justin Upton homered as Arizona handed Milwaukee consecutive losses at home for the first time this season.
Nationals 3, Cubs 2 - Second baseman Jeff Baker’s incredibly wayward throw gave host Washington two runs in the first inning and Ross Detwiler won his season debut to beat Chicago. Baker was only 30 feet or so from second when he fielded a routine grounder with the bases loaded and none out, but his throw sailed more than 10 feet wide of the bag and into left field.
Rangers 4, Orioles 2 - Elvis Andrus hustled home with the go-ahead run in the seventh, the same inning that he made two spectacular defensive plays, to spark host Texas.
Royals 5, White Sox 3 - Felipe Paulino struck out nine in six innings for his first victory in more than a year to lead visiting Kansas City.