Yanks' Jeter inches closer to 3,000 hits
CLEVELAND — CC Sabathia struck out 11 in seven shutout innings, Curtis Granderson homered twice and Derek Jeter moved closer to 3,000 career hits as the New York Yankees roughed up the Cleveland Indians 9-2 on Tuesday night.
Jeter went 2 for 6 with a two-run double and has 2,996 hits, leaving him four shy of becoming the 28th major leaguer — and first Yankee — to reach 3,000.
Sabathia (12-4) allowed five hits, walked two and overpowered the team that drafted him in 1998 and traded him 10 years later. 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 in Phoenix.
Granderson hit a two-run homer in the second and a solo shot in the fourth off Carlos Carrasco (8-5), who lasted just four innings. Granderson has 25 home runs this season.
Mariners 4, Athletics 2
At Oakland, Calif., Franklin Gutierrez scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by Athletics shortstop Cliff Pennington in the 10th inning and Seattle held on to beat Oakland after a stellar performance by All-Star Felix Hernandez.
Gutierrez singled off A's closer Andrew Bailey (0-1) leading off the inning and stole second with one out. Brendan Ryan then hit a soft grounder to second baseman Jemile Weeks, who flipped the ball to Pennington for the force at second before Pennington's relay sailed wide of first base.
Adam Kennedy followed with an RBI double to make a winner of Brandon League (1-4), who blew a save in the ninth.
Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 2
At Boston, Darnell McDonald threw out Edwin Encarnacion at the plate on a single to short left field for the final out and Boston held off Toronto.
Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer with nobody out in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon, who got his 18th save in 19 chances. Matt Albers (3-3) worked two scoreless innings for the win.
Rangers 4, Orioles 2
At Arlington, Texas, Elvis Andrus hustled home with the go-ahead run in the seventh, the same inning that he made two spectacular defensive plays, and Texas went on to beat Baltimore.
Tommy Hunter (1-0) worked an inning after taking over for starter Matt Harrison, his second relief appearance since being activated from the disabled list Friday.
Twins 3, Rays 2
At Minneapolis, Scott Baker had another impressive start cut short by injury before Glen Perkins bailed out struggling closer Matt Capps in the ninth inning again to help Minnesota Twins hang on against Tampa Bay.
Royals 5, White Sox 3
At Chicago, Felipe Paulino struck out nine in six innings for his first victory in more than a year and Kansas City defeated Chicago.
Alcides Escobar hit a two-run triple and Matt Treanor had a tiebreaking single for the Royals, who beat Jake Peavy (4-2) to win for the fifth time in 19 games.
Angels 1, Tigers 0
At Anaheim, Calif., Dan Haren pitched a two-hitter while outdueling Justin Verlander for his 100th career victory, and Los Angeles beat Detroit for its 10th win in 12 games.
Howie Kendrick scored from first base on Erick Aybar's second-inning double, and Haren was nearly flawless while the Angels ended Verlander's streak of nine straight wins. Haren (9-2) finished by retiring 15 straight batters.
Padres 5, Giants 3
At San Francisco, Cameron Maybin had three hits and three RBIs, Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs and San Diego beat San Francisco.
Maybin's triple highlighted a three-run sixth inning off Matt Cain that propelled the Padres past the NL West-leading Giants for the second straight day. San Diego has won seven of its last nine games and handed Cain (7-5) his first loss in more than a month.
Tim Stauffer (5-5) allowed three runs in six innings for his third straight victory. He allowed three hits and walked one.
Pirates 5, Astros 1
At Pittsburgh, Jeff Karstens allowed one run in seven-plus innings, Brandon Wood homered and Pittsburgh won its third consecutive game.
Phillies 14, Marlins 2
At Miami, Ryan Howard had four hits and four RBIs for Philadelphia.
Marlins manager Jack McKeon opted to walk Howard with a runner on first and the game tied 0-0 in the third. The Phillies scored five times in the inning and when the Marlins pitched to Howard an inning later, he hit his 18th homer.
Cardinals 8, Reds 1
At St. Louis, Matt Holliday homered twice hours after being picked to represent the National League in the Home Run Derby and Jaime Garcia had another stingy home outing for St. Louis.
The Cardinals activated Albert Pujols from the 15-day disabled list before the game but did not use him after putting the three-time NL MVP through an extensive pre-game workout.
Nationals 3, Cubs 2
At Washington, Second baseman Jeff Baker's incredibly wayward throw gave Washington two runs in the first inning, and Ross Detwiler won his season debut.
Braves 5, Rockies 3
At Atlanta, Freddie Freeman's third homer in two games gave Atlanta the early lead and Derek Lowe hit a three-run double.
Freeman, who had two homers in Atlanta's 4-1 win on Monday, hit his 12th homer off Jhoulys Chacin in the second inning.
Diamondbacks 7, Brewers 3
At Milwaukee, Arizona's Justin Upton homered after learning he had been snubbed for the Home Run Derby.
Gerardo Parra also homered for the Diamondbacks, who built a six-run lead early and improved to 3-2 on this 10-game road trip before hosting the All-Star game next Tuesday.
Mets 6, Dodgers 0
At Los Angeles, Jason Bay homered twice and drove in four runs, Carlos Beltran also went deep and Mike Pelfrey stranded seven runners in scoring position through six gritty innings, leading New York.
Pelfrey (5-7) scattered five hits and escaped bases-loaded jams in the fourth and fifth.