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Yankees blast three three-run homers, clobber Angels

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees held their own home run derby Sunday.

Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano hit three-run homers and the Yankees hammered their way into the All-Star break, routing the Los Angeles Angels 12-0.

Rodriguez leads the majors with 30 home runs and 86 RBI. Still recovering from a strained left hamstring, he'll sit out Monday's Home Run Derby in San Francisco but play in the All-Star Game the next night.

"I'm never satisfied," he said. "There's always a lot of room for improvement."

Chien-Ming Wang (9-4) threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings for his sixth straight victory. Despite winning five of seven, the Yankees headed into the break under .500 for the first time since 1995. At 42-43, they're 10 games behind Boston in the AL East.

"We're playing with a lot of heart right now and it's unfortunate we have to take a two-, three-day break here," Rodriguez said.

The AL West-leading Angels matched their most-lopsided shutout loss in 20 years, and fell for the eighth time in 12 games. They trailed 10-0 by the fourth inning, and manager Mike Scioscia soon pulled outfielders Vladimir Guerrero and Gary Matthews Jr. on the 92-degree afternoon.

"We've haven't played well. There's no sugarcoating it," Scioscia said.

The Angels also lost 12-0 at Detroit in May. The California Angels lost 14-0 to Seattle in 1987.

Rodriguez raised his arms after launching his 494th home run, moving him past Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff into 22nd place on the career list.

A-Rod's homer total is the highest for a Yankees player at the All-Star break since Roger Maris hit 33 in 1961. Rodriguez also had an RBI single and boosted his average to .317.

"Phenomenal," manager Joe Torre praised. "Knowing him, it's not something he's going to be satisfied with until he puts together the other half.

"I'm happy for him, knowing how tough last season was for him."

Matsui's shot into the upper deck in right field made it 4-0 in the first against Ervin Santana (5-10). After the next batter walked, Scioscia took off his sunglasses and went to the mound himself -- he usually sends pitching coach Mike Butcher -- for an eye-to-eye talk with Santana.

Cano connected off Santana in the fourth and Rodriguez homered later in the inning against reliever Chris Resop. Five pitches later, Resop left because of irritation in his right elbow. The six-run inning matched the Yankees' biggest of the year.

Santana had been 5-0 lifetime against the Yankees, including a win in the 2005 playoffs. But he quickly fell into his strange home-road pattern: he is 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA at Anaheim this season, and 1-8 with an 8.59 ERA elsewhere. He wound up with his fourth straight loss, matching a career worst.

"It is frustrating. Our confidence is still strong with Ervin," Scioscia said. "The results are obviously 180 degrees from what we need."

Wang gave up five singles and remained unbeaten in eight starts since losing to the Angels in late May. He beat them for the first time -- he'd been 0-3, including a postseason loss.

Wang rarely was in trouble, especially once he got his sinker working. None of the first eight batters hit the ball on the ground, then the next seven did. Coming off seven shutout innings against Minnesota on Tuesday, he boosted his team-leading win total.

"Once things began to unravel, Wang got tougher," Scioscia said.

Reliever Mike Myers, Scott Proctor and Ron Villone finished the five-hitter.

Miguel Cairo pinch hit for All-Star Derek Jeter in the seventh and lined a two-run double. Rodriguez followed with a long fly to center that excited what remained of the crowd of 53,921 before it was caught on the warning track.

Notes

  • Rodriguez has 1,433 RBI, moving him past Yogi Berra into 55th place on the career list.
  • Wang has not given up an unearned run in his last 39 starts. That's the longest such string by a Yankees pitcher since the AL began charting unearned runs in 1913, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
  • The Yankees were flawless in the field, a day after making five errors, their most in a game since 2002.
  • Resop will be examined Monday in Los Angeles.
  • Next year's All-Star Game will be at Yankee Stadium.
 
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Alex Rodriguez smacks a three-run homer and leads the majors with 30 home runs.  (Getty Images)
Alex Rodriguez smacks a three-run homer and leads the majors with 30 home runs. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Wang
IP 6.1
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 3
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Los Angeles Angels
Reggie Willits, LF2000201 .312
Chone Figgins, 3B-2B4000021 .304
Orlando Cabrera, SS3000010 .328
    Kendry Morales, RF1000001 .275
Vladimir Guerrero, RF3010000 .325
    Robb Quinlan, RF-3B1000011 .280
Gary Matthews Jr., CF2010101 .279
    Nathan Haynes, CF1000000 .250
Casey Kotchman, 1B4000012 .291
Garret Anderson, DH3020000 .285
   a- Jeff Mathis, PH-DH1000010 .000
Maicer Izturis, 2B-SS3010002 .255
Jose Molina, C3000002 .227
Totals3105036  
a-struck out for G. Anderson in the 9th
Batting
CS - Reggie Willits (4, 2nd base by Wang/Posada)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Izturis-Kotchman
E - Maicer Izturis (2, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana (L,5-10) 3799222 5.97
Chris Resop 0.2111101 4.15
Chris Bootcheck 2.1100210 4.91
Darren Oliver 1320010 5.79
Dustin Moseley 1000020 2.60
HBP - Posada (by Ervin Santana), Phillips (by Chris Bootcheck)
WP - Chris Bootcheck (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 80-47, Chris Resop 11-5, Chris Bootcheck 44-25, Darren Oliver 22-14, Dustin Moseley 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 3-4, Chris Resop 2-0, Chris Bootcheck 5-0, Darren Oliver 1-2, Dustin Moseley 1-0
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 19, Chris Resop 4, Chris Bootcheck 10, Darren Oliver 7, Dustin Moseley 3
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, DH3100200 .245
Melky Cabrera, CF4110004 .275
Derek Jeter, SS4110012 .336
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH-SS1012000 .263
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5224002 .316
    Wil Nieves, 1B0000000 .120
Hideki Matsui, LF3113220 .273
Jorge Posada, C3100112 .325
Bobby Abreu, RF3120001 .263
   b- Kevin Thompson, PH-RF2000020 .200
Robinson Cano, 2B4223002 .274
Andy Phillips, 1B-3B3220000 .316
Totals3512121256  
a-doubled for Jeter in the 7th
b-struck out for Abreu in the 7th
Batting
2B - Miguel Cairo (6, Oliver), Robinson Cano (24, Oliver), Andy Phillips (3, Santana)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (30, Resop), Hideki Matsui (11, Santana), Robinson Cano (6, Santana)
SH - Melky Cabrera (6)
RBI - Miguel Cairo 2 (10), Alex Rodriguez 4 (86), Hideki Matsui 3 (53), Robinson Cano 3 (40)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cairo 2 (7), Alex Rodriguez 3 (46)
Team LOB - 7
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang (W,9-4) 6.1500230 3.36
Mike Myers 0.2000000 2.59
Scott Proctor 1000120 3.59
Ron Villone 1000010 3.26
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 88-55, Mike Myers 4-4, Scott Proctor 16-10, Ron Villone 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 10-5, Mike Myers 2-0, Ron Villone 1-1
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 25, Mike Myers 2, Scott Proctor 4, Ron Villone 3
Game Information
Attendance - 53921
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Derryl Cousins