Cano Leads Yankees
New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, right, turns a double play over Los Angeles Dodgers' Juan Uribe during the fifth inning of the baseball game at Citi Field, Thursday, April 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York — With Derek Jeter making his first visit to the Bronx this season, Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer and the New York Yankees used a flurry of early long balls to outslug the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 last night.
Vernon Wells homered again against Mark Buehrle, and Francisco Cervelli also connected for New York in its third win over the Blue Jays in a week. The Yankees took two of three in a weekend series in Toronto.
Derek Jeter, out until probably mid-July because of a broken ankle, watched a no-frills New York lineup improve to 12-9. The Yankees captain said he was meeting some of his teammates for the first time.
Royals 8, Tigers 3 (10)
Detroit — Alex Gordon’s grand slam highlighted a five-run 10th inning for the Royals, who rallied against the Detroit bullpen after Tigers ace Justin Verlander left with a thumb injury.
George Kottaras put the Royals ahead 4-3 with a bases-loaded walk off Phil Coke (0-3). Darin Downs came on for Detroit after that, but Gordon broke the game open one out later with his homer over the center-field wall.
Verlander is day-to-day with what the team said was cracked skin on his throwing thumb. The right-hander allowed two runs — one earned — in seven innings and left with a 3-2 lead. Bruce Rondon gave up the tying run in the eighth in his major league debut.
Rangers 2, Twins 1
Minneapolis — Nick Tepesch pitched six strong innings for his second win while Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz each drove in runs to lead Texas over Minnesota.
The first-place Rangers have won six of their last seven games.
Tepesch (2-1) allowed five hits in 6 2-3 innings. He shut the Twins out through six before Josh Willingham homered in the seventh inning to make it 2-1.
Nationals 8, Reds 1
Washington — Gio Gonzalez allowed just one hit in eight innings, and Denard Span and Danny Espinosa drove in three runs each to lead Washington over Cincinnati.
Gonzalez, who allowed 12 runs in his previous nine innings, retired the first 11 Reds batters before Joey Votto homered with two outs in the fourth. He struck out seven and walked two.
By the time Votto homered, Gonzalez (2-1) had a 6-0 lead.
Cubs 4, Marlins 3
Miami — Luis Valbuena hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the ninth inning to lift Chicago over Miami.
Shawn Camp (1-1) pitched the eighth and Carlos Marmol got the final three outs for his second save in four opportunities.
Nate Schierholtz doubled and homered for Chicago, which scored the final three runs of the game.
Valbuena put the first pitch he saw from Steve Cishek (1-3) into the Marlins bullpen in right-center field with two outs in the ninth breaking a 3-all tie.
Pirates 6, Phillies 4
Philadelphia — Gaby Sanchez homered and drove in three runs, and Garrett Jones hit a go-ahead, two-run double to lead Pittsburgh over struggling Philadelphia.
Justin Wilson (2-0) pitched two hitless innings in relief of James McDonald and the Pirates, won their third straight and 10th in of 13 games. Taking the four-game series gave Pittsburgh its first series win in Philadelphia since April 4-6, 2003 at now demolished Veterans Stadium.
Dodgers 3, Mets 2
New York — Andre Ethier hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and Los Angeles, boosted by a sharp outing from Hyun-Jin Ryu, defeated New York.
After Ryu and Mets starter Jeremy Hefner each threw seven impressive innings and left with the score 1-all, the Dodgers won a game decided by the bullpens.
The left-handed Ethier put the Dodgers ahead with his hit, and Juan Uribe drove in another run with an infield single for a 3-1 lead.