MLB New York Yankees vs LA Angels at Yankee Stadium. !st Edit Derek Jeter hitting 3 run HR in the 4th inning. Andrew Savulich/ New York Daily News

Andrew Savulich/ New York Daily News

Derek Jeter watches his 3-run home run sail out of Yankees Stadium in the 4th inning.

YANKEES 11, LA ANGELS 5

The series finale of Yankees-Angels played for most of Sunday night like it came straight out of a script by Bronx Bomber Productions.

The Yanks set a season high for runs. The offense broke out of its funk with runners in scoring position, getting impressive homers from Derek Jeter and Raul Ibanez, who in the seventh inning blasted a two-run insurance shot into the deck of suites just below the uppermost tier in right field.

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Ivan Nova, even though he was pitching with what he said was “a cold, fever, everything,” added to his remarkable winning streak, all on Jackie Robinson Day, with new Jets phenomenon Tim Tebow and Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade watching from the stands.

The only thing missing from the Yankees’ 11-5 win was Mariano Rivera, the one active player still allowed to wear Robinson’s No. 42 on his jersey. Luckily for the Yanks, they didn’t need their closer, although it had seemed inevitable they would as they slowly let the Angels back into the game after building a seven-run lead.

The Angels put the tying run on base in the seventh when Rafael Soriano lost control of the inning and got yanked to boos with the bases loaded. David Robertson got the final out of the inning, helping to preserve a win that gave the Yanks the series in front of 41,055.

“I had to bring in Robbie before I really wanted to,” Joe Girardi said. “You understand the importance of the games. I felt that was a real big moment and Robbie did a nice job.”

Still, the win wasn’t pretty, although the Angels never got close again. While Nova (2-0) won his 14th consecutive regular season decision, tying him with Whitey Ford and Steve Sundra for the second-longest by a Yankee since 1920, he was shaky.

Nova gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, striking out eight and walking two. He said he’s been sick since his first start of the season last week in Baltimore, though he felt OK early Sunday night. “But after the first couple innings, I lost all my power,” he said.

The Yankees had two long innings at the plate, which Girardi opined threw off Nova. The pitcher could not handle the bottom third of the Angels’ order — Mark Trumbo, Maicer Izturis and Chris Iannetta combined to go 5-for-7 against him with two homers, two doubles, four RBI and both walks.

The Yankees built an 8-1 lead after four innings thanks to some key hits by previously dormant members of their attack and a three-run blast by Jeter, who has been their best hitter this young season.

The Yankees had mostly struggled hitting with runners in scoring position. Entering Sunday night, they were hitting .200 in such situations, 23rd in the majors, enough to make any Yankee fan wince, considering their failure to drive home runs in the playoffs against the Tigers in October.

And on Sunday night, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Jeter served a reminder that the Yanks probably won’t rank among baseball’s worst in any offensive category for long. That trio had started the season a collective 1-for-28 with runners in scoring position. A-Rod (RBI single) and Teixeira (RBI double) had important blows in a four-run third inning to knock out Angels starter Jerome Williams and Jeter jacked his second homer of the season, an opposite-field shot off reliever Hisanori Takahashi, the ex-Met, in the fourth. Last year, Jeter didn’t hit his second homer until May 8, the 30th game of the season.

“Our guys, you keep putting on good at-bats, good things will happen and that’s what happened,” Girardi said.

Robertson, who threw 1.1 scoreless innings before giving way to Boone Logan for the final frame, got the dangerous Trumbo to fly to right to end the seventh, ending the Angels’ last best chance.

Soriano’s “command wasn’t great,” Girardi said. “He hasn’t thrown in a while.”

Robertson, however, continued his remarkable work with the bases loaded — opponents are just 7-for-43 (.163) against him with the sacks juiced in his career — saving the evening for the Yankees.

Source : Yankees roll on Jackie Robinson night as Derek Jeter hits 3-run homer in 11-5 … – New York Daily News

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