Yankees Blast Indians
New York Yankees' Robinson Cano watches his two-run double off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco in the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Indians catcher Yan Gomes is at left. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland — Robinson Cano hit one of New York’s five homers and drove in five runs, Andy Pettitte pitched seven solid innings and the Yankees romped to a 14-1 win last night over the Cleveland Indians, who had starter Carlos Carrasco ejected from his first appearance since 2011.
The 40-year-old Pettitte (2-0) allowed one run and five hits in his second strong 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 shot, 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.
Rangers 6, Rays 1
Arlington, Texas — Nick Tepesch pitched into the eighth inning in his major league debut, Lance Berkman had a key two-run single among three hits and Texas Rangers beat Tampa Bay.
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.
Braves 3, Marlins 2
Miami — Kris Medlen allowed only an unearned run in seven innings Tuesday night, and the Braves earned their fifth consecutive victory.
The Braves improved to 7-1, their best start since 2007. The Marlins fell to 1-7 with their fourth consecutive defeat, and they’re off to their worst start since the 1998 team began the season 1-11.
Phillies 8, Mets 3
Philadelphia — Michael Young and Ryan Howard homered, Cliff Lee came within one out of a complete game and Philadelphia beat New York.
John Mayberry Jr. also went deep for Philadelphia and Young had three hits, missing the cycle by a double.
Padres 9, Dodgers 3
San Diego — 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 at reconfigured Petco Park.
Venable tied 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.
Cardinals 5, Reds 1
St. Louis — Lance Lynn struck out 10 in six sharp innings and rookie Matt Adams connected for his first career pinch-hit homer as St. Louis beat Cincinnati.
Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (1-1) retired the first 15 batters. The Cardinals broke through in the sixth, with Adams hitting a two-run homer and Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran also driving in runs.
Nationals 8, White Sox 7
Washington — Adam LaRoche ended an 0-for-15 start to the season with homers in consecutive at-bats, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond also homered, and Washington opened an early interleague series by edging Chicago.
Werth and LaRoche hit two-run shots off Jake Peavy in the sixth, an inning after Desmond went deep. LaRoche added a solo homer off Matt Thornton in the eighth.
■ Los Angeles Angels right-hander Jered Weaver will be out for at least a month after the ace broke a bone in his left elbow.
The Angels put Weaver on the 15-day disabled list, and the durable 20-game winner’s non-throwing arm was in a blue sling while his teammates took batting practice before their Angel Stadium opener against Oakland.
■ Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann will have season-ending shoulder surgery after deciding rest wouldn’t be enough to get him back to full strength.
Niemann went 2-3 with a 3.08 ERA in eight starts in 2012. He broke his right leg last May and returned Sept. 1, only to leave that game with shoulder problems. Tampa Bay placed Niemann on the disabled list Friday with right shoulder soreness.