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Yankees rout Indians, Braves win fifth straight


US sailors unravel a huge US flag across the field during opening day ceremonies before the San Diego Padres hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers in their MLB National League game in San Diego, California, on Tuesday.

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Robinson Cano hit one of New York’s five homers and drove in five runs as the Yankees romped to a 14-1 win over the Cleveland Indians, while the Atlanta Braves earned their fifth consecutive victory by beating the Miami Marlins 3-2.

The 40-year-old Andy Pettitte (2-0) pitched seven solid, allowing one run and five hits in his second strong American League start.

Cano hit a two-run double in the second off Carrasco (0-1) and connected for his third homer in two days in the fourth. Following Cano’s two-run homer, Carrasco, who just served a five-game suspension for throwing at a hitter in 2011, drilled Kevin Youkilis in the shoulder with a pitch and got tossed.

Youkilis and Brennan Boesch hit two-run homers, while Ichiro Suzuki and Lyle Overbay had solo shots for the Yankees.

Atlanta’s Kris Medlen allowed only an unearned run in seven innings as the Braves improved to 7-1 in the National League, their best start since 2007.

AL Most Valuable Player Miguel Cabrera hit his first homer of the season and drove in four runs, while left fielder Don Kelly made a home run-robbing catch as the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays. Cabrera, coming off his Triple Crown season, had four hits and scored three times.

Nick Tepesch pitched into the eighth inning in his major league debut and Lance Berkman had a key two-run single among three hits as the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1.

Tepesch retired 12 straight batters before hesitating to pick up a slow roller from Kelly Johnson that went for a one-out single in the eighth. The 24-year-old right-hander left to a standing ovation after Desmond Jennings followed with his second double of the game.

In other AL games, the Kansas City Royals downed the Minnesota Twins 7-4, the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-5 and the Houston Astros trounced the Seattle Mariners 16-9.

The Washington Nationals edged the Chicago White Sox 8-7 in the only interleague game.

In the NL, Michael Young and Ryan Howard homered, while Cliff Lee came within one out of a complete game as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 8-3.

John Mayberry Jr also went deep for Philadelphia and Young had three hits, missing the cycle by a double.

John Buck hit his fourth homer in eight games for the Mets, who fell to 5-3.

San Diego’s Will Venable homered and hit a bases-loaded triple for the Padres, who rebounded from a dreadful six-game trip to win their home opener against rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-3.

Venable equaled his career high with four RBIs. He homered in the first and his two-out triple highlighted a five-run eighth against three Dodgers relievers. The Padres sent 11 batters to the plate that inning, five of whom walked.

Nick Hundley also homered off Josh Beckett for the Padres.

In Chicago, pinch-hitter Scott Hairston had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and David DeJesus added a two-run single to lift the Cubs over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3.

Also, the St Louis Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 5-1, the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 9-6.

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