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Jeter connects with four as Yankees down Rangers

AP, ARLINGTON, TEXAS

Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees, left, singles to center field to score two runs as Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba looks on in the first inning of their American League game in Arlington, Texas, on Monday.

Photo: Reuters

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Derek Jeter had four hits to stretch his hitting streak to 13 games and Alex Rodriguez belted career home run No. 632 as the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 7-4 on Monday.

C.C. Sabathia (2-0) struck out eight over eight innings for his 11th career win against two-time defending American League champions the Rangers, who won their first five series this season.

The big left-hander was pitching with an extra day of rest after the Yankees’ scheduled series finale in Boston was rained out on Sunday night, a day after New York overcame a 9-0 deficit for a 15-9 win over the Red Sox.

Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

New York have won 10 of 13 since being swept in three games in Tampa Bay to start the season.

Josh Hamilton homered for the Rangers.

BLUE JAYS 4, ROYALS 1

In Kansas City, Missouri, Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer and Kelly Johnson also went deep as Toronto beat Kansas City to complete a four-game sweep.

The Blue Jays improved to 6-1 on the road this season, while Kansas City lost their 11th straight to finish up a winless 10-game homestand. The Royals became the first team to lose their first 10 at home since the Chicago Cubs dropped 12 in a row at Wrigley Field in 1994.

Eric Hosmer homered for Kansas City. Otherwise, Brandon Morrow (1-1) took care of the struggling Royals lineup for 6-2/3 innings. Francisco Cordero got some help from a double-play groundout in the ninth for his second save.

The four-game sweep was the Blue Jays’ first since May 2009 and their first ever in Kansas City. The last time they swept four on the road was in 2003 against the Yankees.

RED SOX 6, TWINS 5

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cody Ross homered twice, tying the game with a two-run shot in the seventh inning and giving Boston the lead with two outs in the ninth as the Red Sox beat Minnesota to snap a five-game losing streak.

Daniel Bard (1-2) recorded two critical outs in the eighth after the Twins put the leadoff runner on third. Alfredo Aceves picked up the save, his third in five tries, and all was right with the reeling Red Sox for at least one night.

Ross put the Red Sox in front with his drive off Matt Capps (0-1). Jon Lester allowed six hits, five runs and four walks over seven innings. He struck out four, but wasted a 3-0 lead.

WHITE SOX 4, ATHLETICS 0

In Oakland, California, Jake Peavy pitched a three-hitter, while Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko hit back-to-back homers as Chicago beat Oakland.

Two days after teammate Phil Humber pitched the 21st perfect game in major league history, Peavy allowed only a leadoff single to Jemile Weeks in the fourth inning, a double to Yoenis Cespedes in the seventh and a single to Coco Crisp in the ninth. He walked two and faced only four batters more than the minimum.

Alex Rios added three hits for Chicago, while Brent Morel had two hits and scored a run.

Oakland starter Bartolo Colon scattered seven hits over seven innings.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, NEW YORK

Madison Bumgarner pitched seven neat innings and Pablo Sandoval homered to match a team mark set by Willie Mays as the San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets 7-2 for a doubleheader sweep.

The Giants took the opener 6-1 as Tim Lincecum posted his first win of the season, despite another uneven performance.

Slightly more than 1,000 fans bundled up in the stands when the opener began on a windy, raw afternoon better suited for the Bay Area. The crowd later picked up, but Citi Field was nearly empty for the final out. A rainout Sunday forced the doubleheader.

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