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A-Rod hits grand slam as Yankees crush Indians

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Crazy as it seems, teams still load the bases so they can pitch to Alex Rodriguez. On purpose.

For the second time this season, A-Rod made them pay in the worst way, hitting a grand slam that sparked the Yankees' six-run seventh inning and turned a pitching duel Andy Pettitte was winning into an 11-2 rout of the Cleveland Indians on Monday.

All-time HR leaders
PlayerTotal
1. Barry Bonds762
2. Hank Aaron755
3. Babe Ruth714
4. Willie Mays660
5. Ken Griffey Jr.630
6. Sammy Sosa609
7. Alex Rodriguez-y595
8. Frank Robinson586
9. Mark McGwire583
10. Harmon Killebrew573
11. Jim Thome-y572
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Both of Rodriguez's slams this season came after Mark Teixeira was intentionally walked ahead of him, and A-Rod is 5 for 5 with 18 RBI when teams intentionally pitch around Teixeira.

"I felt it coming, for some reason," Rodriguez said. "I would appreciate if we keep these numbers to ourselves, and not share them with any other managers."

Not that it's any big secret that Rodriguez, whose seventh homer this season gave him 590 in his career, is a tough out -- even without the bases loaded.

"The best thing for us to do in that situation, once he got behind 3-1 was to just put him on and try to get a double play," Indians manager Manny Acta said.

Even better would be avoiding the sort of situation in the first place, something the Indians failed at throughout the series.

The Indians' top left-handed reliever, Tony Sipp, had been brought in to face Curtis Granderson twice already in the series. Both times, he gave up doubles, so this time Acta called on Rafael Perez with one out, one on and, yep, Granderson due to bat.

Granderson singled, and a wild pitch allowed him and pinch-runner Ramiro Pena take a base, leading to an intentional walk of Teixeira before.

"The whole series, basically, turned on three at-bats," Acta said. Three times, we couldn't make pitches to Granderson. Forget about the home runs. He came in hitting .199 against left-handed pitchers and he was 3 for 3 against our guys."

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Cleveland starter Mitch Talbot (6-4) left with the Indians trailing only 2-1. He held down the Yankees' lineup, but the Indians couldn't get anything going against Pettitte (7-1), and by the time they came back up again in the top of the eighth, the Indians were seven runs behind.

Talbot was charged with three runs on nine hits. He struck out three without a walk, but hit two batters with pitches.

"At different times of the game, I was really locked in," Talbot said. "And then the next inning, I'd have to go out and find everything again. I'm happy with the overall performance. I battled and I battled without my best stuff."

Had the Indians' volatile bullpen not melted down again, Talbot might have been able to feel better about having hung with Pettitte, who tied Clay Buchholz and David Price for the AL lead in wins and improved his career record to 236-136, 100 games over .500.

Pettitte pitched seven innings, allowing three singles and Jhonny Peralta's 100th career homer, while striking out five without a walk. He retired his last 14 batters and improved to 6-0 with a 1.12 ERA in six day starts this year.

"I love day games," Pettitte said. "I'm not much of a night owl."

Rodriguez worked a 3-1 count before launching a no-doubter to straight away center field off Chris Perez, and, after Rodriguez took a curtain call on a sunny Memorial Day afternoon, Robinson Cano followed with a solo shot. He later added a two-run single that glanced off the heel of first baseman Matt LaPorta.

Rodriguez, who drove in six runs, has 20 grand slams, third in baseball history behind Lou Gehrig (23) and Manny Ramirez (21). He hit an RBI single in the first and added an RBI double in the eighth.

Monday was the 16th time in Rodriguez's career a batter was intentionally walked to load the bases for him, according to STATS LLC. The last seven occasions have been walks to Teixeira.

Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking single in the fourth inning. He had three hits and was thrown out twice trying to steal by Cleveland catcher Lou Marson.

The Yankees had a season-high 18 hits, nine off Cleveland's bullpen.

"This was a very close game until the seventh inning," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees scored 15 runs in the seventh innings of their three wins in the four-game series, while the Indians scored seven runs in the seventh inning of their win.

Mark Grudzielanek's single with one out in the third gave Cleveland its last baserunner until Travis Hafner worked a full-count walk with two outs in the ninth. Peralta followed with a single and Shelley Duncan drove home Hafner with another one off Chan Ho Park.

Notes

  • Yankees C Jorge Posada ran the bases and in the field before the game, as he rehabs a broken bone in his right foot. "Tomorrow's a big day. If that foot feels good, he's close," Girardi said.
  • New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was at the game, wearing a Yankees jersey in the TV booth.
  • LaPorta hit a pop foul to first on a 3-0 pitch to end the fourth inning.
  • Gardner was caught on a pitchout to end the fourth inning.
  • Derek Jeter was lifted for Pena in the seventh, with tightness in his left hamstring. He had been hit earlier there by a pitch.
  • Indians lefty-batting OF Shin-Soo Choo, hitless in his last 17 at-bats, got his first day off of the year.
 
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Alex Rodriguez's second grand slam of the season is the 590th home run of his career.  (US Presswire)
Alex Rodriguez's second grand slam of the season is the 590th home run of his career. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 6
Cleveland

J. Peralta
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cleveland Indians
Trevor Crowe, CF4000010 .258
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4020000 .283
Austin Kearns, LF4000012 .294
Travis Hafner, DH3100122 .269
Jhonny Peralta, 3B4121000 .241
Shelley Duncan, RF4011010 .333
Matt LaPorta, 1B4010012 .214
Lou Marson, C3000010 .216
Jason Donald, SS3000011 .256
Totals3326218  
Batting
HR - Jhonny Peralta (4, Pettitte)
RBI - Jhonny Peralta (22), Shelley Duncan (4)
2-OUT RBI - Shelley Duncan (2)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Shelley Duncan 1
E - Mark Grudzielanek (2, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Mitch Talbot (L,6-4) 6.1933030 3.78
Rafael Perez0122100 7.20
Chris Perez0333002 3.44
Jamey Wright 1.2533020 5.48
IBB - Teixeira by Rafael Perez
HBP - Jeter (by Mitch Talbot), Rodriguez (by Mitch Talbot)
WP - Rafael Perez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mitch Talbot 98-55, Rafael Perez 9-3, Chris Perez 21-12, Jamey Wright 38-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mitch Talbot 6-8
Batters Faced - Mitch Talbot 28, Rafael Perez 2, Chris Perez 3, Jamey Wright 10
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS3020000 .302
    Ramiro Pena, PR-SS1210000 .209
Curtis Granderson, CF5220025 .239
Mark Teixeira, 1B4210102 .221
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4136010 .294
    Kevin Russo, PR-3B0100000 .250
Robinson Cano, 2B5123003 .363
Nick Swisher, RF5220021 .317
Juan Miranda, DH-1B5010002 .227
Francisco Cervelli, C3011001 .320
Brett Gardner, LF4031001 .299
Totals3911181115  
Batting
2B - Curtis Granderson (5, Talbot), Alex Rodriguez (12, Wright), Nick Swisher 2 (10, Talbot, Perez)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (7, Perez), Robinson Cano (11, Perez)
SF - Francisco Cervelli (3)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez 6 (41), Robinson Cano 3 (40), Francisco Cervelli (23), Brett Gardner (16)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez (8), Brett Gardner (8)
CS - Brett Gardner 2 (4, 2nd base by Talbot/Marson, 2nd base by Talbot/Marson)
Team LOB - 8
New York Yankees
Andy Pettitte (W,7-1) 7411051 2.48
Chan Ho Park 2211130 7.43
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 90-58, Chan Ho Park 44-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 7-9, Chan Ho Park 3-0
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 25, Chan Ho Park 9
Game Information
Attendance - 44976
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Doug Eddings