Ichiro Suzuki switched teams in Seattle after a momentous trade and singled his first time up with the New York Yankees in their 4-1 victory over the Mariners on Monday.
In a surprising deal completed about three-and-a-half hours before the game, Seattle sent Suzuki to the Yankees for a pair of young pitchers.
Just like that, Suzuki went from last place in the American League West to first in the American League East and he helped New York beat his former club by going one-for-four with his 16th stolen base.
Hiroki Kuroda (10-7) allowed three hits over seven sharp innings to help the Yankees bounce back from a four-game sweep in Oakland, California.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 15th home run this season — the 644th of his career and his 299th as a Yankee — in the eighth.
WHITE SOX 7, TWINS 4
In Chicago, Adam Dunn hit his major league-leading 29th homer and Gavin Floyd pitched six innings after coming off the disabled list as the Chicago White Sox ended a five-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Paul Konerko and Alex Rios also homered off Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano (3-10) to help the White Sox win in their first home game following a 3-7 road trip after the All-Star break that knocked them out of first place in the American League Central.
Making his first start in 16 days after being sidelined by elbow tendinitis, Floyd (8-8) was not sharp, but he benefited from four double plays. He walked six, giving up six hits and three runs — two earned.
Addison Reed got his 16th save in 19 chances.
RANGERS 9, RED SOX 1
In Arlington, Texas, Scott Feldman, starting after Roy Oswalt was scratched with back tightness, threw seven strong innings to lead Texas to a victory over Boston.
Feldman (4-6) won his fourth straight decision and pitched his longest outing since throwing eight innings on June 2, 2010. He gave up one earned run and seven hits with five strikeouts.
Just before the game started, it was learned Texas starting pitcher Colby Lewis would miss the rest of the season because of a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow that requires surgery.
Ian Kinsler went three-for-four and Craig Gentry went two-for-four with an RBI for Texas.
Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli both had two RBIs in the Rangers’ first home game since July 8.
INDIANS 3, ORIOLES 1
In Cleveland, Ohio, Justin Masterson, backed by three double plays, pitched 7-1/3 strong innings to help Cleveland beat Baltimore and avoid a four-game sweep.
Masterson (7-8) struck out six as Cleveland broke a four-game losing streak. The right-hander gave up only one run and seven hits, improving to 5-2 over his past eight starts.
Choo Shin-soo put the Indians ahead 2-0 with a two-run homer in the third inning off Tommy Hunter (4-5).
Monday’s other result:
‧ Angels 6, Royals 3
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Bryce Harper homered in his first at bat in New York, then hit a tiebreaking single to key a six-run burst in the 10th inning on Monday that sent the Washington Nationals over the Mets 8-2.
Shortstop Ruben Tejada’s error on a potential double-play ball set up the big 10th. Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run double and Michael Morse added a two-run homer as the National League East-leading Nationals broke away.
The Mets lost for the 10th time in 11 games. A day earlier, they gave up five runs in the 12th inning and fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-3.