Angels’ Sele checks Yanks
New York's Posada has surgery on broken nose
New York ? Aaron Sele’s pitches kept the Yankees in check, yet it was a throw by a rookie shortstop that had New York all ticked off.
Jose Guillen and Adam Kennedy homered, leading Sele and the Anaheim Angels to an 11-2 victory Wednesday night. The Yankees also lost catcher Jorge Posada to a broken nose when he was hit in the face with Alfredo Amezaga’s submarine relay while breaking up a double play.
“I don’t think he should have gone underneath like that. I thought he could have just gone over the top,” manager Joe Torre said. “I’m not saying he wanted to hurt him, but I thought it was unnecessary to do that.”
Amezaga felt bad about the injury and said he’d like to apologize to Posada.
“I’m very upset,” Amezaga said. “He was a little late with the slide and I couldn’t go over the top. It’s part of baseball. I wasn’t trying to hit him.”
When asked whether he thought it was a dirty play, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said: “That’s nothing I can comment on, really.”
Casey Kotchman broke the game open with a three-run double in the eighth inning, and Anaheim scored five times for an 8-2 lead. The surging Angels have won 10 of 11 and have the best record in the American League at 23-11.
The Yankees lost for only the third time in 14 games. They snapped Anaheim’s nine-game winning streak Tuesday night, a 10-inning game that ended at 1:23 a.m.
Guillen and Kennedy connected off Javier Vazquez (3-4), who alternated wins and losses in his first six starts.
But this time he was bested by Sele (2-0), who allowed two runs and six hits in six innings — his third consecutive solid start since moving back into the rotation on May 1.
The 33-year-old curveballer improved to 6-10 in 24 career starts against the Yankees. He’s also 0-5 against them in the postseason.
“A lot of pitchers in baseball haven’t had a lot of success against the Yankees in this last little seven- or eight-year stretch,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “But I think Aaron is pitching at a level we haven’t seen in three or four years.”
Ben Weber bounced back from a loss the previous night with a scoreless seventh, preserving a 3-2 lead. Struggling right-hander Ramon Ortiz made his first career relief appearance after 128 starts, and worked a scoreless ninth.
It wasn’t all good news for the Angels, however. All-Star slugger Troy Glaus, removed from the lineup less than an hour before the game, is headed back to California on Thursday to have his sore right knee and right shoulder examined by team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum.
“We’re going to take a step back and wait for some word from Dr. Yocum,” Scioscia said. “We’re confident Troy’s going to be back helping us, we hope it’s soon.”
Posada walked off the field under his own power in the second inning and was taken to a hospital. He had surgery to set his nose and is expected to miss at least three or four games.
Athletics 2, Tigers 1
Detroit — Rich Harden allowed one run in seven solid innings, and Adam Melhuse homered in the Oakland’s victory over Detroit. Harden (2-2) won his second start in a row, giving up just seven hits and striking out eight in helping the A’s to their season-high third consecutive win.
Arthur Rhodes pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save, and first since last Friday.
Bobby Kielty broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh with a sacrifice fly. Bobby Crosby singled with one out, moved to third on Mark Kotsay’s single and Kielty drove him in with a fly to right.
Indians 6, Red Sox 4
Boston — Cliff Lee pitched six strong innings and Jody Gerut had three hits to help Cleveland beat Boston, the Indians’ 1,000th victory over the Red Sox.
Tim Laker homered for Cleveland, which took advantage of three Boston errors to win for just the second time in eight games. The struggling Indians bullpen protected the lead.
Rangers 9, Devil Rays 8
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Hank Blalock hit his third homer in two games, and Texas hung on to beat Tampa Bay and send the Devil Rays to their seventh straight loss. Alfonso Soriano, Kevin Mench and Brad Fullmer also homered for Texas, which has 14 homers in five games against Tampa Bay and has gone 4-1 against the Devil Rays.
Texas, which has won 13 of 17, took a 9-5 lead on Soriano’s two-run double in the ninth, but in the bottom half Francisco Cordero allowed an RBI single to Rocco Baldelli and a two-run double to Aubrey Huff, who tied a career high with five RBIs.
Twins 4, Mariners 3
Minneapolis — Brad Radke took a shutout into the ninth inning, and Minnesota held on after Edgar Martinez’s 300th career home run to beat Seattle. Doug Mientkiewicz hit a two-run homer to back Radke (3-2), who allowed back-to-back singles starting the ninth before Martinez’s shot that barely cleared the big wall in right field.