NY Yankees leads 2-0 (as of 8/13)
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|Game 2: Tuesday, August 13|
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|Game 4: Thursday, August 15|
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7:05 PM ET, August 13, 2013
Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- A little bit of that Yankees bluster is back in the Bronx.
Alfonso Soriano homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs, Alex Rodriguez had a two-run double, and New York's bats bailed out a wild CC Sabathia for a 14-7 rout of the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
Vernon Wells homered against his former team, and leadoff batter Eduardo Nunez drove in four runs as New York equaled its highest run total of the season. The second-worst, run-producing offense in the AL won by more than three runs for the first time in 26 games.
"It feel more like the old days," said Soriano, who rejoined the Yankees by a trade with the Cubs on July 26 after playing for them from 1999-2003.
Jason Vargas (6-5) gave up two homers in his first start since having surgery to remove a blood clot from near his left armpit on June 26, including Soriano's go-ahead two-run drive in the fifth.
Soriano singled in a run in the Yankees' four-run sixth that broke open a sloppy game, and hit a three-run shot off Joe Blanton in the seventh.
A quick rain storm chased the players off the field with one out in the top of the eighth. But that didn't slow the Yankees, who had a season-best 19 hits. Nunez had a two-run single before Soriano flied out to left with a shot for a third homer.
Repeatedly kicking at the dirt on the mound, Sabathia (10-10) allowed three runs in six-plus laborious innings in which he walked six, including one to force in a run -- but yielded just three hits. Still, he reached 10 wins for the 13th time in a 13-year career.
"I felt like I had pretty good stuff," Sabathia said. "I got into some trouble and I was able to make the pitches and get outs but it was just a battle."
Soriano started the play when he caught Field's fly and made a strong throw home that was offline. Catcher Austin Romine immediately threw to third base to retire Nelson. Angels manager Mike Scioscia spent several minutes pleading his case to plate umpire David Rackley to no avail.
"I thought I was off the base on time. It was frustrating. I know I tagged up and I held my position," Nelson said. "We had momentum heading into that play and it took that away from us."
The Yankees then broke it open with four runs in the bottom half -- capped by A-Rod's hard-hit double to left-center -- to ease into their fourth win in five games.
"We got behind tonight and were able to come back, and we were able to tack on runs and put up 10 runs in three innings and that's something we haven't done a whole lot of this year," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It is encouraging."
Before his start against Seattle on June 17, Vargas noticed temperature differences in his pitching hand. It was caused by circulation problems due to the clot.
In his only rehab start, Vargas gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings for Triple-A Salt Lake last Thursday and wasn't much better against the Yankees.
He allowed eight hits and four runs, walked one and struck out three.
"I thought his stuff looked good. I think he threw the ball a little better than maybe some things are going to show," Scioscia said. "He's building into a little bit of stamina and he'll be better next time."
The sloppy Yankees did everything they could to give Los Angeles the lead from the start.
With flags whipping in the wind overhead in the first, Wells overran Trout's two-out foul ball into the tight right field corner. One pitch later, Trout walked to bring up Trumbo.
Trumbo homered to left field for his second hit in 27 at-bats.
Wells connected an inning later for his 11th homer. Wells' last long ball came when he was still wearing No. 12 on May 15 -- 208 at-bats earlier. He gave that number to Soriano, who came over in a trade with the Cubs in mid-July, and took 22.
The Angels opened a 3-1 lead in the third with help from fielding errors by third baseman Jayson Nix and another miscue by Nunez, who missed touching second base on a force play. The run scored when Nelson drew a bases-loaded walk.
Yankees SS Derek Jeter fielded grounders and took batting practice on the field for first time since going on the DL on Aug. 5. He will go to the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla., Thursday, and is eligible to return Sunday. ... Scioscia said OF Peter Bourjos (broken hand) isn't ready to return from the DL. "He was not as crisp last night," Scioscia said. Bourjos was 0 for 4 for Salt Lake on Monday night and is 4 for 21 overall on his rehab assignment.
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: Injured Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees has a laugh in the batting cage during...(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||M Trumbo homered to left (396 feet), M Trout scored.||2||0|
|2nd||V Wells homered to right (344 feet).||2||1|
|3rd||C Nelson walked, J Shuck scored, C Cowgill to third, M Trumbo to second.||3||1|
|4th||J Nix grounded out to shortstop, V Wells scored.||3||2|
|5th||A Soriano homered to left (400 feet), E Nunez scored.||3||4|
|6th||E Nunez grounded out to second, J Nix scored, L Overbay to third.||3||5|
|6th||A Soriano singled to right center, L Overbay scored.||3||6|
|6th||A Rodriguez doubled to deep left, A Soriano and R Cano scored.||3||8|
|7th||E Nunez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, C Granderson scored, A Romine out at second, L Overbay to third.||3||9|
|7th||A Soriano homered to right (339 feet), L Overbay and E Nunez scored.||3||12|
|8th||E Nunez singled to center, C Granderson and L Overbay scored, A Romine to second.||3||14|
|9th||J Shuck singled to right, T Field scored.||4||14|
|9th||M Trout homered to right (342 feet), J Shuck and K Calhoun scored.||7||14|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, New York, NY|
|Attendance||35,013 (69.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||77 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - David Rackley, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Brian Gorman|
From Elias: CC Sabathia gets his 10th win of season and becomes 5th pitcher in modern era (since 1900) with at least 10 wins in each of 1st 13 MLB seasons.
From Elias: The Yankees got a combined 10 RBI from the 1st and 2nd batters in the lineup (Eduardo Nunez and Alfonso Soriano). That is the most combined RBI by two Yankees teammates batting 1st and 2nd in the batting order since RBI became in official stat in 1920. The last MLB team to do that Toronto on July 1, 2005.
From Elias: With 12 runs so far, the Yankees break a streak of 58 consecutive home games scoring fewer than 10 runs. That was the 2nd-longest streak in a single season in team history. In 1984, they went 61 straight home games without scoring in double digits.
Alfonso Soriano: 34th career multi-HR game ... 4th this season, tying career high for such games in a season ... most multi-HR games in a season since 2007. 6 RBI are a career high.
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