Sun, Apr 19, 2009 - Page 19 News List

Yankees win at new stadium

SOLO PERFORMANCE Robinson Cano became the first player to reach the stadium’s second deck as New York beat Cleveland in front of a small crowd


Cincinnati Reds shortstop Alex Gonzalez throws to first after diving to field a ball hit by the Houston Astros’ Miguel Tejada during the fourth inning of their game in Houston, Texas, on Friday. Tejada was safe at first on the play.


Derek Jeter broke an eighth-inning tie with the Yankees’ fifth solo home run as New York beat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 on Friday for its first win at the new Yankee Stadium.

Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira, Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano also connected as New York avoided dropping the first two games at its new home.

Cano become the first player to reach the new stadium’s second deck.

Jeter led off the eighth against Jensen Lewis (1-1) with his third homer of the season. All five of New York’s home runs went to right field.

A crowd of 45,101, about 7,000 short of the listed capacity, saw Brian Bruney (2-0) win in relief of Joba Chamberlain, who threw just 46 of 93 pitches for strikes and gave up five runs, six hits and five walks in four-and-two-thirds slow-moving innings.

Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth to convert his third save in three chances.


At Toronto, Matt Holliday hit a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning and Bobby Crosby drove in three runs as Oakland beat Toronto.

Andrew Bailey (2-0) struck out four in two scoreless innings to earn the win. Michael Wuertz and Santiago Casilla each got three outs before Brad Ziegler worked the ninth for his third save.

Oakland scored four times in the fourth to tie it at 5 and went ahead for good in the seventh. Orlando Cabrera led off with a walk and scored on Holliday’s one-out double to center off Brandon League (1-1).


At Boston, Jason Bay and J.D. Drew homered to help Boston overcome a seven-run deficit to beat Baltimore.

Bay broke an 8-8 tie with a sacrifice fly off Danys Baez (0-1) in the eighth inning. Drew’s two-out triple in the fifth sparked a three-run rally in which Nick Green’s two-run double tied the score at 8-8.

Ramon Ramirez (1-0), one of five Boston pitchers who combined for six scoreless innings in relief of starter Brad Penny, earned the victory with one-and-two-thirds innings. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his third save.

Nick Markakis went two-for-five with five RBIs to provide much of the offense for the Orioles, including a second-inning grand slam that gave the Orioles a 7-0 lead.


At St Petersburg, Florida, Ben Zobrist hit a pinch-hit grand slam and Carlos Pena homered for the fifth time in six days to help Tampa Bay past Chicago.

Pitcher James Shields (2-1) recovered after giving up home runs in the sixth inning to Carlos Quentin and Jermaine Dye to win for the second time since an opening day loss. He allowed five runs and seven hits, struck out four and walked two in seven-and-one-third innings.


At Arlington, Texas, Gil Meche pitched into the seventh without allowing a run and Mark Teahen went five-for-six with a homer as Kansas City beat Texas.

Meche (1-0), who had an 8.10 ERA in his previous eight starts at Rangers Ballpark, held Texas to six singles, including a bunt by Ian Kinsler. The Rangers were held scoreless until Hank Blalock and Marlon Byrd hit back-to-back homers in the eighth that cut their deficit to 10.


At Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jason Kubel completed the ninth cycle in Twins history with a dramatic go-ahead grand slam to cap a seven-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning as Minnesota beat Los Angeles.


At Seattle, Washington, Felix Hernandez survived early struggles as surging Seattle used a five-run fifth inning to beat Detroit for its seventh win in eight games.

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