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 NEW YORK (AP) -Gary Matthews Jr. lined a two-run triple that gave the Los Angeles Angels yet another fast start and Kelvim Escobar made the early lead stand up, beating the New York Yankees 3-1 Saturday.
Los Angeles won for the eighth time in 10 games and did it without manager Mike Scioscia, who was back in California for his son's high school graduation. Bench coach Ron Roenicke ran the team, and will do it again Sunday when the Angels go for the sweep.
The AL West leaders took a 3-0 lead off Chien-Ming Wang before Escobar threw a pitch. They've now outscored opponents 52-19 in first innings this season.
The Yankees lost for the sixth time in nine games. Their fans were restless from the get-go, and started booing after Matthews tripled and Casey Kotchman followed with an RBI single. Pitching coach Ron Guidry went to the mound at that point and Wang (3-4) settled down, but it was too late.
Escobar (6-2) struck out eight and limited the Yankees to one run and six hits in seven innings.
Indians 6, Tigers 3
DETROIT (AP) - David Dellucci hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and C.C. Sabathia tied the league lead with his seventh victory for Cleveland.
Victor Martinez also hit a two-run home run to help the Indians beat Detroit for the second straight day, giving them a 1 1/2-game lead in the AL Central.
Marcus Thames homered for the Tigers, who have lost three of their past five games.
Sabathia (7-1) allowed three runs and six hits over eight innings. He struck out six and walked one.
The Indians led off the eighth inning with three straight hits off Jason Grilli (2-2), who left the game after Ryan Garko's comebacker hit his left knee, and built a three-run lead. X-rays on Grill's knee were negative.
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