These no-name Yankees are making a name for themselves. Brennan Boesch and Lyle Overbay homered on knuckleballs from R.A. Dickey, and host New York rallied past the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-2, on Sunday for a four-game sweep.
Despite missing injured All-Stars Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson, the Yankees are 14-5 following a 1-4 start.
Boone Logan (1-1) pitched a one-hit seventh, David Robertson threw a 1-2-3 eighth, and Mariano Rivera finished with a perfect ninth for his ninth save in nine chances, extending his saves record to 617.
Dickey (2-4) pitched in New York for the first time since getting his 20th win for the Mets last September. Dealt to Toronto after going 20-3 and winning the NL Cy Young Award, Dickey already has lost more games this year than in all of 2012.
Rays 8, White Sox 3 — David Price (1-2) struck out nine in winning for first time this season, Ben Zobrist hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth, and visiting Tampa beat Chicago.
Price allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings. The Rays had lost all five of Price’s starts this year and were the second team to lose in the first five starts by a reigning Cy Young winner. The Twins lost in Frank Viola’s first seven games in 1989.
Tigers 8, Braves 3 — Miguel Cabrera’s three-run homer in the seventh inning broke the game open as host Detroit finished off a three-game sweep of Atlanta.
Austin Jackson and Omar Infante also homered for the Tigers, and Doug Fister (4-0) struck out eight in seven innings.
Pirates 9, Cardinals 0 — Rookie Jeff Locke (3-1) pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and Russell Martin had two of Pittsburgh’s four homers in a rout of host St. Louis.
Reds 5, Nationals 2 — Tony Cingrani (2-0) struck out a career-high 11 — including four in one inning — and pitched two-hit ball in six innings as Cincinnati beat host Washington to avoid a four-game sweep.
Dodgers 2, Brewers 0 — Clayton Kershaw retired 18 consecutive batters and struck out 12 in eight innings and Carl Crawford homered twice against Kyle Lohse (1-2) as host Los Angeles beat Milwaukee.
Kershaw (3-2) allowed four hits without a walk while lowering his ERA to 1.73.
Mariners 2, Angels 1 — Jason Bay and Michael Morse homered off Jason Vargas (0-3), lifting host Seattle over Los Angeles.
Padres 6, Giants 4 — Chase Headley, Nick Hundley, and Alexi Amarista homered off Ryan Vogelsong (1-2) as host San Diego completed its first three-game sweep of San Francisco since May 2010.
Phillies 5, Mets 1 — Ryan Howard snapped a seventh-inning tie with a pinch-hit double and Cole Hamels (1-3) got his first win of the season as Philadelphia beat host New York for a three-game sweep.
Royals, Indians split — Mike Aviles hit a three-run homer and had a career-high five RBIs, and Cleveland beat Kansas City, 10-3, to split the first day-night doubleheader in Kauffman Stadium history.
In the opener, won by the Royals, 9-0, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon homered, and Jeremy Guthrie (3-0) allowed six hits over 6⅔ innings for his 16th straight start without a loss, tying the KC record set by Paul Splittorff from Aug. 13, 1977-April 22, 1978.
Twins 5, Rangers 0 — Kevin Correia (3-1) pitched eight sharp innings and Justin Morneau homered as host Minnesota beat Texas. Correia has pitched at least seven innings in each of his five starts after going seven or more only three times last season.
Marlins 6, Cubs 4 — Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in four runs as host Miami beat Chicago to avert a four-game series sweep. Ricky Nolasco (2-2) gave up three runs in seven innings and retired the final 15 batters he faced.
Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 2 — Gerardo Parra tripled and scored twice, and Josh Wilson had a run-scoring double to help lead Arizona over Colorado in Phoenix.