Yankees, Burnett stuff Orioles, 4-0
BALTIMORE — A.J. Burnett was so dominating against the Baltimore Orioles, all he needed from the New York Yankees' offense was one measly run.
Robinson Cano had other plans.
Burnett pitched eight innings of three-hit ball, Cano homered twice, and the Yankees cruised to a 4-0 victory last night.
Burnett (3-0) improved to 10-2 lifetime against the Orioles, 5-0 at Camden Yards. He struck out four and allowed only two runners past first base.
"I was so locked in. I knew I was in a groove," the right-hander said. "I had a good tempo and I repeated myself well tonight."
Burnett has been pitching in the majors since 1999, and this is the first time he's 3-0.
He received plenty of help from Cano, who got three hits to lift his AL-leading batting average to .407. Cano hit solo homers in the fourth and eighth innings, his sixth career multihomer game.
"When I grow up I want to be like him," teammate Nick Swisher said of Cano. "The dude's on fire. He's in a zone right now and not missing any pitches."
Cano has hit in eight straight games and is on a 16-for-24 tear.
"It feels good, but not because I'm having a good season," said Cano, who went 8 for 13 with three homers in the series. "I'm happy the team is winning and I'm contributing."
TIGERS 3, TWINS 0
Dontrelle Willis (1-1) pitched four-hit ball over six-plus innings and Austin Jackson and Don Kelly hit run-scoring singles to lift host Detroit over Minnesota.
WHITE SOX 7, RANGERS 5
Paul Konerko hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, a solo homer in the eighth and a two-run shot in the ninth to help visiting Chicago avoid a three-game sweep.
BLUE JAYS 6, ATHLETICS 3
John Buck became the first catcher to hit three home runs in one game in six years, and Travis Snider added a solo shot to lead host Toronto over Oakland.
RAYS 11, ROYALS 1
Matt Garza (4-1) gave up one run and five hits over six innings, and Jason Bartlett and Reid Brignac drove in three runs apiece to power host Tampa Bay past Kansas City.
DIAMONDBACKS 13, CUBS 5
Adam LaRoche drove in five runs with two homers and a double, and Kelly Johnson and Chris Snyder also connected to power visiting Arizona.
CARDINALS 10, BRAVES 4
Rookie David Freese homered, doubled and drove in six runs as host St. Louis completed a four-game sweep and handed Atlanta its ninth straight loss.
REDS 4, ASTROS 2
Bronson Arroyo (1-2) allowed six hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer to lead visiting Cincinnati over Houston.
PADRES 9, BREWERS 0
Wade LeBlanc (2-0) spaced eight hits in 6 1/3 innings, and also had three hits as host San Diego used seven straight singles in a five-run fifth to beat Milwaukee.
PIRATES 2, DODGERS 0
Brian Burres (1-1) allowed four hits over 5 1/3 innings and Ryan Doumit got two RBIs on a play in which Matt Kemp misplayed the ball into a triple as visiting Pittsburgh handed Los Angeles its fifth loss in a row.
Ordonez hits 2,000: Magglio Ordonez's single in the fourth inning of Detroit's 3-0 victory over Minnesota yesterday was the 2,000th hit of his career. He became the 260th player with 2,000 hits in the majors.
Mariners' Lee debuts: Cliff Lee will make his Seattle Mariners debut tonight at Safeco Field against Texas, his first start since Game 5 of the World Series on Nov. 2, when he beat the New York Yankees for the Philadelphia Phillies.