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Sabathia better as Yankees beat Orioles

Saturday, April 11, 2009

By The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- CC Sabathia rebounded smartly from his disappointing Yankees debut, and Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher drove in three runs apiece Saturday night in New York's 6-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Sabathia, signed to a $161 million, seven-year contract in the offseason, gave up only six singles in 7 2-3 scoreless innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.

It was a far cry from opening day in Baltimore when the 6-foot-7 lefty lasted just 4 1-3 innings. He allowed six runs, eight hits and five walks against the Orioles, throwing two wild pitches in a 10-5 loss.

Sabathia (1-1) did not have a strikeout that day for the first time in almost four years, but he fanned Coco Crisp in the first inning Saturday.

Kansas City's Horacio Ramirez (0-1) gave up six runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.

Blue Jays 5, Indians 4

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Not even Cliff Lee could stop Cleveland's slide.

The reigning Cy Young Award winner lost his second consecutive start and the Indians, expected to contend this season, remained the AL's only winless team, losing to Roy Halladay to fall to 0-5 for the first time in 24 years.

Halladay (2-0) held Cleveland to one run and five hits in seven innings.

Desperate for a clutch hit, the Indians finally got one in the ninth on Mark DeRosa's two-out, three-run double off B.J. Ryan to make it 5-4. But with the potential tying run at second, Jason Frasor struck out Victor Martinez for his first save.

Lee (0-2) gave up four runs and seven hits over five innings.

Aaron Hill had two RBIs for Toronto, which improved to 5-1 -- its best start since 2001.

Orioles 6, Rays 0

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Melvin Mora's third career grand slam capped a five-run first inning against Tampa Bay rookie Jeff Niemann, and Baltimore got six shutout innings from Jeremy Guthrie.

Nick Markakis had two hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who have won two straight over the defending AL champions to clinch their first series win against Tampa Bay since Aug. 3-5, 2007.

Baltimore, which opened the season by taking two of three from the New York Yankees, is 4-1 for the first time since 2000.

Guthrie (2-0) allowed five hits and walked none in lowering his ERA to 2.25.

Evan Longoria went 2-for-4 for the Rays to up his batting average to .455. But his run of four straight games with at least one RBI ended. Niemann (0-1) gave up six runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Red Sox 5, Angels 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jason Bay homered twice and drove in three runs for Boston, helping Brad Penny win his American League debut.

Mike Lowell added a two-run shot for the Red Sox, who ended a nine-game regular-season losing streak against Los Angeles. It's been a different story in the postseason, however, with Boston eliminating the Angels in the first round of the playoffs three times since 2004.

Jonathan Papelbon, who got the final four outs, gave up a leadoff homer to Torii Hunter in the ninth. The Angels then loaded the bases with two outs before Papelbon retired Howie Kendrick on a tricky line drive to right fielder Rocco Baldelli.

It was Papelbon's second save.

Penny (1-0) gave up three runs and five hits, two of them homers by Mike Napoli.

Joe Saunders (1-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in seven innings for Los Angeles.

White Sox 8, Twins 0

CHICAGO (AP) -- Bartolo Colon pitched six strong innings and Carlos Quentin homered, leading the White Sox to the victory.

After a rough spring training, Colon (1-0) handled the Twins' lineup with relative ease. He allowed just three hits with two walks and two strikeouts, helping Chicago end a three-game skid.

Francisco Liriano (0-2) was tagged for five runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings for Minnesota. He struck out three and walked four.

Tigers 4, Rangers 3

DETROIT (AP) -- Placido Polanco hit a tiebreaking double and five Detroit pitchers combined on a two-hitter.

Nate Robertson (1-0) earned the win with two shutout innings, and Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth for his first save. Detroit's bullpen didn't allow a baserunner in four innings of work.

Tigers starter Justin Verlander needed 97 pitches to get through five innings. He allowed three runs -- one earned -- and two hits. He walked four and struck out eight.

Hank Blalock homered and Josh Hamilton drove in two runs for the Rangers, who have lost seven straight at Comerica Park. Matt Harrison (0-1) allowed four runs, nine hits and five walks in 5 2-3 innings.

Polanco's two-out double off Harrison in the sixth scored Adam Everett from first base and gave Detroit a 4-3 lead.

Mariners 8, Athletics 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Kenji Johjima had a two-run single in a four-run eighth inning and Seattle rallied twice to earn the win.

Russell Branyan homered and Franklin Gutierrez and Jose Lopez each drove in two runs for the Mariners, who won their third straight.

Seattle's eighth-inning rally began when Bobby Crosby, making his debut at third base, mishandled Mike Sweeney's grounder leading off. Adrian Beltre singled and Santiago Casilla (0-1) walked Branyan to load the bases.

A's closer Brad Ziegler took over and gave up Lopez's two-run double and Johjima's two-run single.

Miguel Batista (1-0) got the win and Brandon Morrow recorded three outs for his second save.

Jack Cust hit a two-run homer for the A's, who lost their second straight.

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