Yankees, Jeter tip Rangers
Derek Jeter is hitting the way he did in his prime and CC Sabathia looks more like his old self with each outing.
No wonder the New York Yankees are starting to get on a roll.
Jeter had four hits to stretch his hitting streak to 13 games, Sabathia (2-0) pitched a season-high eight innings, and Alex Rodriguez belted a three-run homer - No. 632 in his career - in a 7-4 victory over the Rangers Monday night in Arlington, Texas.
“I keep kidding him that it’s like 1999 again - three hits every day. He’s amazing,’’ Rodriguez said of the 37-year-old Jeter.
The Yankees have won 10 of 13 since being swept in three games at Tampa Bay to start the season.
Giants 6-7, Mets 1-2 - Madison Bumgarner pitched seven neat innings, Pablo Sandoval homered to match a team mark set by Willie Mays, and San Francisco completed a doubleheader sweep of New York at Citi Field. The Giants took the opener, 6-1, as Tim Lincecum posted his first win of the season despite another uneven performance.
Sandoval hit a three-run homer in the first inning to back Bumgarner. The burly slugger has a 16-game hitting streak, tying the San Francisco record at the start of a season set by Mays in 1960, according to STATS LLC.
Blue Jays 4, Royals 1 - Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer as visiting Toronto completed a four-game sweep of bumbling Kansas City. The Blue Jays improved to 6-1 on the road, while Kansas City lost its 11th straight to complete a winless 10-game homestand.
Dodgers 7, Braves 2 - Juan Uribe tied a career high with four hits and drove in three runs, and Chris Capuano pitched out of trouble for seven innings to help host Los Angeles improve to an NL-best 13-4.
Cubs 3, Cardinals 2 - Joe Mather’s two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning lifted host Chicago to the comeback victory.
Brewers 6, Astros 5 - Ryan Braun snapped out of a 2-for-20 slide with a homer and three hits and Zack Greinke improved to 13-0 in 18 starts at Miller Park as Milwaukee held on to win. John Axford earned his 46th consecutive save and third this season with a scoreless ninth.
Diamondbacks 9, Phillies 5 - Justin Upton burst out of a slow start to the season with two RBIs, including his first home run, and host Arizona won behind fill-in starter Wade Miley (2-0).
White Sox 4, Athletics 0 - Jake Peavy pitched a three-hitter and Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko hit back-to-back homers to lift visiting Chicago. Two days after teammate Phil Humber pitched the 21st perfect game in major league history, Peavy gave up only a 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.
Monday night’s game between the Pirates and Rockies in Pittsburgh was postponed by inclement weather. The game will be made up Wednesday as part of a doubleheader.