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Jeter stays hot as Yanks thump Halos

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NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter and the rest of the Yankees hitters made it easy for Ivan Nova to prolong his impressive winning streak.

Jeter hit a three-run homer to extend his fast start and Nova won his 14th straight decision, leading New York to an 11-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night.

Raul Ibanez added a titanic homer and Jeter also doubled during a four-run rally to help the Yankees take two of three in an early series between high-priced teams expected to challenge for the American League pennant.

"I think everybody in here already knows what we can do," Nick Swisher said. "I think tonight was just an explosion for us at the plate. It was great."

The prime-time crowd for a nationally televised game included Tim Tebow and Dwyane Wade, who sat side by side wearing Yankees caps in the third row next to the Los Angeles dugout. The new backup quarterback for the New York Jets, Tebow was mostly booed when he was shown on the giant video board -- but he cracked a smile anyway.

New York spoiled the season debut of Jerome Williams (0-1), chased in the third inning, while sending Albert Pujols and the Angels to their sixth defeat in eight games. The $240 million slugger went 1 for 5 with an RBI single in the seventh that cut it to 8-5, but David Robertson retired Mark Trumbo on a bases-loaded fly to end the inning.

"No one's ever happy when you start off slowly. No one's saying no big deal," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "But you also have to understand the need for some guys to get into their game. Some guys are going hit stride right out of spring training, hit the ground running. Some guys are going to need some innings or some at-bats."

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Pujols is still looking for his first home run with his new team. He's gone nine games without one, his longest drought to start a season.

Howie Kendrick had his second consecutive three-hit game for the Angels and nearly hit for the cycle. Needing a home run to do it -- the longtime Yankees nemesis hit one Saturday -- he almost got it with a drive that barely sliced foul in the eighth. On the next pitch, Kendrick grounded out.

Fighting a cold and fever, Nova (2-0) struck out eight over six innings. Often the beneficiary of big run support, the 25-year-old right-hander hasn't lost in the regular season since the Angels beat him 3-2 on June 3.

"The guy has great stuff," Kendrick said. "He's got an electric fastball, he throws his breaking balls for strikes and he knows how to pitch."

Nova's winning streak ties Hall of Famer Whitey Ford and Steve Sundra (1938-39) for the second-longest by a Yankees pitcher since 1920. Roger Clemens won 16 straight in 2001.

Nova was actually demoted to the minors during his winning streak -- where he lost twice for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last July. He finished 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA as a rookie last season.

"I'm not worried about a winning streak," he said. "I just want to take the ball every five days," Nova said. "I don't pay attention to that stuff."

Jeter made it 8-1 when he connected off Hisanori Takahashi in the fourth, sending a drive to the short porch in right for his second homer of the season. The 37-year-old captain is 15 for 41 (.366) with six extra-base hits.

"He looks really good," teammate Robinson Cano said. "I'm happy for that guy because people always criticize, his age and stuff like that, so I'm happy to see him have a good start."

New York has won five of six after opening 0-3.

Tebow and Wade were gone by the seventh, when Swisher hit an RBI single and Ibanez greeted Jason Isringhausen with a two-run drive into the suite level between the second and third decks at new Yankee Stadium.

Hunter, standing in right field after the ball soared over him, was caught on camera mouthing, "Wow."

"That's one of the farthest ones I've seen," Jeter said.

Ibanez's second homer with New York made it 11-5, and the designated hitter finished with three RBI. Cano, named for Jackie Robinson, scored three runs and reached safely four times 65 years to the day after the Brooklyn Dodgers star broke baseball's color barrier.

"It's a special day. We enjoy this day," Jeter said.

Chris Iannetta homered for the second consecutive day, a two-run shot, and Trumbo also went deep for the Angels. Maicer Izturis had an RBI double in the sixth but third baseman Alex Rodriguez made a diving play to get Nova out of the inning with an 8-4 lead.

Notes

  • Angels pitchers Jered Weaver and Dan Haren both flew back to California before the game to get some extra rest for their upcoming starts. Weaver goes Monday night at home against Oakland, followed by Haren on Tuesday.
  • Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte tossed four scoreless innings of two-hit ball in his second start with Class-A Tampa.
  • Freddy Garcia starts Monday night against ex-Yankee Carl Pavano when New York opens a four-game series with Minnesota.
 
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Nick Swisher (left) congratulates Raul Ibanez after hitting a two-run homer in the seventh inning. (US Presswire)
Nick Swisher (left) congratulates Raul Ibanez after hitting a two-run homer in the seventh inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Jeter
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Los Angeles

C. Iannetta
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Erick Aybar, SS4100123 .219
Howard Kendrick, 2B5030011 .324
Albert Pujols, 1B5011022 .243
Torii Hunter, RF4000133 .250
Vernon Wells, CF5010013 .229
Bobby Abreu, LF4000122 .231
Mark Trumbo, DH3211103 .375
Maicer Izturis, 3B3131100 .500
Chris Iannetta, C4122002 .348
Totals375115511  
Batting
2B - Howard Kendrick (3, Nova), Maicer Izturis (1, Nova)
3B - Howard Kendrick (1, Nova)
HR - Mark Trumbo (2, Nova), Chris Iannetta (2, Nova)
RBI - Albert Pujols (4), Mark Trumbo (3), Maicer Izturis (3), Chris Iannetta 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Trumbo (1), Maicer Izturis (1)
SB - Maicer Izturis (3, 2nd base off Robertson/Martin)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Kendrick-Pujols
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jerome Williams (L,0-1) 2.2555310 16.88
Hisanori Takahashi 2333101 10.38
David Carpenter 2122210 6.00
Jason Isringhausen 1.1311111 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Jerome Williams 47-28, Hisanori Takahashi 50-34, David Carpenter 36-17, Jason Isringhausen 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jerome Williams 4-2, Hisanori Takahashi 3-3, David Carpenter 3-1, Jason Isringhausen 2-1
Batters Faced - Jerome Williams 15, Hisanori Takahashi 10, David Carpenter 8, Jason Isringhausen 8
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS5223000 .366
Curtis Granderson, CF4011110 .194
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5111011 .222
Robinson Cano, 2B3320200 .263
Mark Teixeira, 1B4021112 .222
Nick Swisher, RF3112003 .250
Raul Ibanez, DH4123002 .217
Russell Martin, C2100202 .182
Brett Gardner, LF3210101 .318
Totals3311121173  
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (4, Williams), Robinson Cano (4, Isringhausen), Mark Teixeira (3, Williams)
HR - Derek Jeter (2, Takahashi), Raul Ibanez (2, Isringhausen)
SF - Nick Swisher (1)
RBI - Derek Jeter 3 (6), Curtis Granderson (5), Alex Rodriguez (2), Mark Teixeira (2), Nick Swisher 2 (11), Raul Ibanez 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher (9), Raul Ibanez 2 (3)
SB - Robinson Cano (1, 2nd base off Carpenter/Iannetta), Mark Teixeira (1, 2nd base off Takahashi/Iannetta)
CS - Curtis Granderson (1, 2nd base by Carpenter/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Teixeira-Jeter
PB - Russell Martin (1)
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ivan Nova (W,2-0) 6844282 4.15
Rafael Soriano 0.2211200 3.00
David Robertson (H,2) 1.1100000 0.00
Boone Logan 1000130 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Ivan Nova 102-66, Rafael Soriano 21-11, David Robertson 25-18, Boone Logan 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ivan Nova 5-4, David Robertson 1-3
Batters Faced - Ivan Nova 27, Rafael Soriano 6, David Robertson 5, Boone Logan 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41055
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - James Hoye