NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez, Bernie Williams and Chien-Ming Wang did their part to step up for the New York Yankees on the first day after Hideki Matsui’s injury.
Rodriguez and Williams homered, and Wang pitched three-hit ball for eight innings in New York’s 2-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
Matsui had surgery Friday to repair his left wrist, broken Thursday night when he tried for a diving catch against Boston.
Before the game, Yankees manager Joe Torre and center fielder Johnny Damon said New York’s other players would have to bear down and focus.
Rodriguez, booed in his first two at-bats after striking out, pulled an off-speed pitch from Barry Zito (2-3) over the wall in left-center, near the 399-foot sign.
Tigers 5, Indians 4
CLEVELAND – Kenny Rogers won his third straight start, and Craig Monroe and Marcus Thames hit home runs to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.
Monroe snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run homer in the seventh inning off Cliff Lee (2-4). Ivan Rodriguez had an RBI double later in the inning.
Casey Blake homered twice for Cleveland, which lost its fourth straight.
Devil Rays 4, Blue Jays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Seth McClung pitched seven strong innings and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays held off the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Friday night to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month.
Jonny Gomes and Julio Lugo drove in runs off rookie right-hander Casey Janssen (1-3), who also hurt his chances by allowing one runner to score from third on a balk and another to race home on a wild pitch.
McClung (2-4) gave up a third-inning RBI single to Vernon Wells, but was barely threatened after that.
Orioles 6, Royals 5
BALTIMORE – Corey Patterson homered, had four RBIs and scored the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, leading the Baltimore Orioles past the Kansas City Royals 6-5 Friday night.
Patterson hit a three-run homer in the second inning and drove in a run in the sixth with a groundout before leading off the eighth with a single against Elmer Dessens (2-3).
He stole second as Kevin Millar struck out and went to third on a grounder before scoring on single by rookie Brandon Fahey.
Todd Williams (1-0) pitched two innings of one-hit relief and Chris Ray got three outs for his ninth save.
Twins 10, White Sox 1
MINNEAPOLIS – Johan Santana is rolling, and so are the Minnesota Twins.
Santana struck out 10 in seven innings and the Twins hit three home runs in a 10-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
Justin Morneau, Tony Batista and Joe Mauer homered for the Twins, who have won three straight and five of six as they try and climb out of a big hole left by a 9-15 April.