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 Monday night.
In a surprising deal about 3½ hours before the game, Seattle sent Suzuki to the Yankees for a pair of young pitching prospects. After leaving the only major league team he'd ever played for, the 10-time All-Star held an emotional news conference and then joined his new teammates in the other clubhouse at Safeco Field.
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.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 15th home run this season — the 644th of his career and 299th as a Yankee — in the eighth. He also had a double in the fourth and scored twice.
Indians 3, Orioles 1 — Justin Masterson, backed by three double plays, pitched 7⅓ strong innings to help host Cleveland beat Baltimore and avoid a four-game sweep.
Masterson struck out six as Cleveland broke a four-game losing streak. The righthander 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.