SEATTLE (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki switched teams in Seattle after a momentous trade and singled his first time up with the New York Yankees during their 4-1 victory over the Mariners on Monday night.
In a surprising deal completed about 3½ hours before the game, Seattle sent Suzuki to the Yankees for a pair of young pitchers.
Just like that, Suzuki went from last place in the AL West to first in the AL East. And he helped New York beat his former club by going 1 for 4 with his 16th stolen base.
Hiroki Kuroda (10-7) allowed three hits over seven sharp innings to help the Yankees bounce back from a four-game sweep in Oakland.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 15th home run this season — the 644th of his career and 299th as a Yankee — in the eighth.
Kevin Millwood (3-8) went seven innings, allowing nine hits and three runs.
WHITE SOX 7, TWINS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Dunn hit his majors-leading 29th homer, Gavin Floyd went six innings after coming off the disabled list and the Chicago White Sox ended a five-game losing streak.
Paul Konerko and Alex Rios also homered off Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano (3-10) to help the White Sox win in their first home game following a 3-7 road trip after the All-Star break that knocked them out of first place in the AL Central.
Making his first start in 16 days after being sidelined by elbow tendinitis, Floyd (8-8) wasn’t sharp but benefited from four double plays. He walked six, gave up six hits and three runs — two earned. Addison Reed got his 16th save in 19 chances.
RANGERS 9, RED SOX 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Scott Feldman, starting after Roy Oswalt was scratched with back tightness, threw seven strong innings to lead the Rangers to a victory over the Red Sox.
Feldman (4-6) won his fourth straight decision and pitched his longest outing since throwing eight innings on June 2, 2010. He gave up one earned run and seven hits with five strikeouts.
Just before the game started, it was learned Texas starting pitcher Colby Lewis will miss the rest of the season because of a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow that will require surgery.
Ian Kinsler went 3 for 4 and Craig Gentry went 2 for 4 with an RBI for Texas. Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli both had two RBIs in the Rangers’ first home game since July 8.
Felix Doubront (10-5) pitched five innings and gave up six runs and eight hits.
INDIANS 3, ORIOLES 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Justin Masterson, backed by three double plays, pitched 7 1-3 strong innings to help the Indians beat Baltimore and avoid a four-game sweep.
Masterson (7-8) struck out six as Cleveland broke a four-game losing streak. The right-hander gave up only one run and seven hits, improving to 5-2 over his last eight starts.
Chris Perez pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 29 chances.
Shin-Soo Choo put the Indians ahead 2-0 with a two-run homer in the third inning off Tommy Hunter (4-5).
ANGELS 6, ROYALS 3
ANAHEIM(AP) — Pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales delivered a rare three-run single in the eighth inning, helping the Angels beat the Royals.
Alberto Callaspo started the tiebreaking rally with a two-out single against reliever Greg Holland (4-3). Maicer Izturis bounced a double over the head of first baseman Eric Hosmer and down the line.
Third base coach Dino Ebel, respecting the strong arm of right fielder Jeff Francoeur, held Callaspo at third. Peter Bourjos, batting .223, drew a walk and zipped around the bases when Morales drove a 1-1 pitch to right-center while batting for Bobby Wilson.
Kevin Jepsen (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings of two-hit relief for the win.