AL Roundup: Yankees rebound from losing Rivera with 6-2 win over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Derek Jeter hit a two-run homer, CC Sabathia went eight innings for the third straight time and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on an encouraging Friday night.

It began with closer Mariano Rivera’s announcement that he plans to return from a devastating knee injury rather than retire, and ended when David Robertson struck out the side in the ninth to give Sabathia (4-0) his fourth straight victory.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — David Price struck out 12 over eight strong innings and Jose Molina hit his first homer of the season to lead the Tampa Bay past Oakland for its sixth straight win.

Price (5-1) threw 106 pitches while allowing an earned run, three hits and a walk. He is the second AL pitcher to win five games this season, joining teammate James Shields, who got his fifth victory Wednesday.


BOSTON — Chris Davis drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the top of the 13th inning and Baltimore outlasted Boston.

Mark Reynolds, who hit his first homer of the season in the third, added a sacrifice fly in the 13th and Jim Johnson set down the Red Sox down in order to end the game after 4 hours, 37 minutes.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Henderson Alvarez pitched a six-hitter for his first major league shutout and Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer to help Toronto beat Los Angeles.

The Blue Jays handed Ervin Santana (0-6) his sixth loss in as many starts this season and kept slumping Albert Pujols homerless in a game that took just 2 hours, 10 minutes.

Alvarez (2-2) threw only 97 pitches, striking out three and walking one. The 22-year-old right-hander has won back-to-back starts after going winless in his previous nine.


CLEVELAND — Johnny Damon hit a two-run triple in his first home game with Cleveland and Jeanmar Gomez pitched seven strong innings against Texas.

Gomez (2-1) gave up seven hits and three runs as Cleveland won for the fourth time in five games. Texas has lost five of seven, but still leads the AL West.

Shin-Soo Choo and Jack Hannahan homered off Colby Lewis (3-1) to help the Indians take an early lead. Choo’s two-run shot snapped an 0-for-14 slump and was his first homer since Aug. 23.


DETROIT — Jhonny Peralta’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Detroit a win over Chicago.

The White Sox led 4-2 after Gordon Beckham’s tiebreaking, two-run shot in the seventh, but the Tigers got a run back in the eighth on an RBI single by Miguel Cabrera. After Alex Avila’s one-out single in the ninth, Peralta ended it with a homer to right-center off Matt Thornton (1-1).

Jose Valverde (2-0) pitched the ninth for the win. Avila also hit his fourth homer.