NEW YORK — Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer, Lyle Overbay added a grand slam and the New York Yankees snapped out of their offensive funk with an 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Ivan Nova delivered another impressive pitching performance and the Yankees. They watched two more players get banged up, though, when Travis Hafner bruised his foot and speedy Brett Gardner bruised his right leg.
The team said X-rays on both were negative and they were day to day.
Nova (4-2) yielded only four singles and a double in eight innings for his second win in three solid starts. Cano and Overbay both connected off Wade Davis (4-8).
Orioles 6, Rangers 1: In Baltimore, Wei-Yin Chen returned from the disabled list to pitch seven innings of three-hit ball, and the Orioles got a three-run homer from Nolan Reimold.
Manny Machado had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles.
Major league home-run leader Chris Davis went 0-for-3 with a walk and is hitless in his past 17 at-bats.
He hasn’t gotten a hit since Major League Baseball announced he was the leading vote getter in All-Star fan balloting.
Rays 4, Twins 3, 13 innings: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Ben Zobrist hit an RBI single with two outs in the 13th inning and Tampa Bay won its seventh straight game.
Zobrist lined a 1-2 pitch from Ryan Pressly (2-1) into the gap in right-center field, ending a 4-hour, 47-minute game that featured 35 strikeouts — 19 for Rays pitchers.
Tigers 8, White Sox 5: In Detroit, Prince Fielder homered, and Rick Porcello pitched six solid innings for the Tigers.
Detroit allowed 23 hits in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday, but it was the Tigers who did the slugging early on in this game.
Fielder lined a two-run shot to right field in the first inning for his 16th homer of the year.
Blue Jays 5, Indians 4: In Cleveland, Munenori Kawasaki hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning for Toronto.
Kawasaki, who broke an 0-for-18 slump, lined a 1-2 pitch from Joe Smith into left-center field to score two runs. A third run scored when center fielder Michael Bourn booted the ball for an error.
Angels 13, Cubs 2: In Chicago, Josh Hamilton hit two home runs, Albert Pujols also connected and the Angels went deep a season-high five times.
Mark Trumbo and Brendan Harris also homered for the Angels.
All five of the Angels’ home runs were no-doubters. They hit a pair during a five-run first inning and then followed with three more in a six-run fifth.
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