By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Robinson Cano hit a grand slam in a seven-run
third inning, and New York sent Zach Britton to another shellacking
at Yankee Stadium in a 12-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on
Wednesday that stopped a four-game losing streak.
With Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on hand and sitting
with the Bleacher Creatures at the start, Derek Jeter had three
hits and three RBIs on a rainy afternoon and Joba Chamberlain
returned from elbow and ankle injuries that had sidelined him since
June 5 last season. Phil Hughes (11-8) pitched homerless ball for
only the fifth time this year.
A night after wasting a five-run, first-inning lead in an 11-5
defeat, New York won for just the fourth time in 13 games and
restored a 61/2-game lead in the AL East. The Yankees avoided what
would have been their first five-game losing streak this year.
In his first outing at Yankee Stadium, Britton (1-1) retired
just one batter during a 12-run first inning in a 17-3 loss last
July 30. He got a no-decision in September and allowed seven runs
over 2 2-3 innings in this one, leaving him with a 24.00 ERA in the
Hughes allowed nine hits but just one run in six innings, and
Chamberlain entered to a big ovation in the seventh, healed from
ligament-replacement surgery on his right elbow and an operation on
his right ankle that followed a spring-training trampoline
J.J. Hardy homered on Chamberlain’s second pitch, and Endy
Chavez hit an RBI double in the eighth. Chamberlain threw 28
pitches, allowing four hits and one walk.
Ichiro Suzuki played his first game in left field for the
Yankees, who acquired him from Seattle on July 23, and made a
leaping catch of Mark Reynolds’ drive near the top of the wall in
Casey McGehee made his Yankees debut, a day after he was
obtained from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline. His beard shaved
off to comply with team rules, McGehee started at first base and
went 0 for 2 with two walks, two runs and an eighth-inning
Sotomayor, a Bronx native, joined the Bleacher Creatures for
their first-inning Roll Call, and it didn’t take the Yankees long
to move in front.
Curtis Granderson hit his 29th homer in the first and Andruw
Jones added a sacrifice fly. Chavez had an RBI groundout in the
second, and RBI singles by Jeter and Nick Swisher opened a 4-1 lead
in the bottom half.
Jayson Nix’s RBI double chased Britton in the third as rain
started to fall, and Jeter greeted Kevin Gregg with a two-run
single. Cano, in a 1-for-17 slide entering the series finale, hit a
drive to right for his second slam this season and the ninth of his
NOTES: Baltimore’s Matt Wieters started behind the plate in a
day game after catching a night game for the third time this year.
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