Yankees shut out Mets

The Associated PressJune 21, 2010 

Sunday's highlights

CC Sabathia was dominant over eight innings in his rematch against Johan Santana, and Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam to help the New York Yankees beat the Mets 4-0 Sunday at Yankees Stadium to secure a Subway Series split.

Sabathia, denied a shot at his first shutout of the season by a 22-minute rain delay in the eighth, gave up four hits.

The win, combined with the Tampa Bay Rays' loss, moved the Yankees into sole possession of first place in the American League East for the first time since April 21.

Rangers 5, Astros 4 (10): Josh Hamilton tied a career high with five hits, including a tying single in the ninth inning and the go-ahead single in the 10th, to lift Texas over host Houston for its season-high eighth straight victory.

Hamilton increased his batting average to .337 as Texas swept the three-game series, extending Houston's losing streak to four games.

Athletics 3, Cardinals 2: Kevin Kouzmanoff had a season-high four hits, including a homer, and Trevor Cahill threw six strong innings to lead Oakland over host St. Louis.

Twins 4, Phillies 1: Carl Pavano pitched a four-hitter, and Justin Morneau and Denard Span homered as Minnesota beat Roy Halladay and host Philadelphia.

Marins 4, Rays 1: Josh Johnson outpitched David Price in a matchup of two of baseball's top starters, and Wes Helms hit a two-run homer as host Florida topped Tampa Bay.

Braves 8, Royals 5: Eric Hinske's two-run double broke an eighth-inning tie, Chipper Jones had three RBIs and host Atlanta won its fifth straight.

Padres 9, Orioles 4: Will Venable hit a three-run homer, dashing Jake Arrieta's bid to win his first three big league starts, and host San Diego Padres rallied from a four-run deficit in the first inning to beat Baltimore.

In the news

Tigers demote Porcello

The Detroit Tigers have optioned struggling right-hander Rick Porcello to Triple-A Toledo, the Tigers announced Sunday.

After going 14-9 as a 20-year-old rookie last year, Porcello is 4-7 with a 6.14 ERA this season.

The Tigers did not immediately announce who would replace Porcello on the roster or in the rotation. Because of an off-day, Detroit wouldn't need a fifth starter until June 29.

What they're writing

Fellers win Fame game

Fireballer Bob Feller's ceremonial first pitch bounced before it reached home plate.

That's OK, though. The 91-year-old Hall of Famer still received the only standing ovation at the Hall of Fame Classic on Sunday at Cooperstown, N.Y.

"I think I joined the politicians. They always bounce it," Feller said in his inimitable, teasing way. "No sport would be in existence without the fans. The fans make the game. They pay their way, pay the salaries.

"I appreciate being invited back. I hope to be here next year, but we'll take one year at a time."

Feller again made the 71/2-hour drive from Ohio with his wife to Doubleday Field, and this time he's staying a little longer than usual. He'll be in this picturesque village for five days to film portions of a documentary being made about his life.

Feller was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1962 following a stellar career with the Cleveland Indians.

The old-timers' Classic began last year on Father's Day, replacing the Hall of Fame Game that ended after nearly seven decades. The game drew a crowd of more than 7,000, with most of the seats at the old ballpark filled on a sunny day just right for baseball.

In his first game at Doubleday Field, Mark Whiten - who hit four homers and had 12 RBIs in a 1993 game as St. Louis Cardinal - had two home runs to lead the Fellers past the Killebrews 9-0.

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