MLB roundup: Andy Dirks homers in place of Young Williams' MVP plaque sells for $300K

Published: Saturday, April 28 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

Detroit Tigers' Andy Dirks hits a three-run home run off New York's Freddy Garcia.       (Associated Press) Detroit Tigers' Andy Dirks hits a three-run home run off New York's Freddy Garcia. (Associated Press)

NEW YORK — Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs and Drew Smyly pitched into the seventh inning for his first major league win to help Detroit snap a five-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over the Yankees on Saturday.

Andy Dirks hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Freddy Garcia (0-2) and made two nice defensive plays in left field as he replaced regular Delmon Young.

ANGELS 2, INDIANS 1: At Cleveland, Dan Haren pitched eight strong innings for Los Angeles and Albert Pujols remained homerless.

Torii Hunter hit a solo homer for Los Angeles, which snapped a five-game losing streak.

BLUE JAYS 7, MARINERS 0: At Toronto, Brandon Morrow pitched six innings and Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam as Toronto snapped a four-game losing streak.

 (Julio Cortez, Associated Press) (Julio Cortez, Associated Press)

Morrow (2-1) won his second straight start and improved to 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three starts against the team that drafted him fifth overall in 2006.

RED SOX 1, WHITE SOX 0: At Chicago, Jon Lester outdueled Jake Peavy, lifting the Boston Red Sox to their sixth straight win.

ORIOLES 10, ATHLETICS 1: At Baltimore, Wei-Yin Chen pitched seven strong innings and Chris Davis had four RBIs.

RANGERS 7, RAYS 2: At Arlington, Texas, Colby Lewis allowed one run in six innings, Josh Hamilton had a two-run single and the Texas Rangers snapped Tampa Bay's six-game winning streak.

National League

CARDINALS 7, BREWERS 3: At St. Louis, Yadier Molina tied his career high by going 4-for-4 with a two-run homer, and Kyle Lohse allowed three runs over six innings to run his record to 4-0 for the first time.

Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis hits a solo home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Baltimore, Saturday, April 28, 2012. Baltimore won 10-1. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Associated Press) Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis hits a solo home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Baltimore, Saturday, April 28, 2012. Baltimore won 10-1. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Associated Press)

Molina's home run with one out in the sixth off Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada (0-1) broke a 3-3 tie.

REDS 6, ASTROS 0: At Cincinnati, Jay Bruce homered for the third consecutive game and drove in four runs to back Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto.

Bruce had a two-run double and Brandon Phillips added two hits for the Reds.

PHILLIES 5, CUBS 2: At Philadelphia, Carlos Ruiz homered and drove in three runs and Joe Blanton threw 71/3 sharp innings.

Jimmy Rollins, back in the leadoff spot for the first time this season, added a two-run double for the Phillies.

MARLINS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2: At Miami, Hanley Ramirez hit a run-scoring single with two outs in the ninth inning to snap Miami's losing streak at six games.

 (Julio Cortez, Associated Press) (Julio Cortez, Associated Press)

METS 7, ROCKIES 5: At Denver, Dillon Gee shook off one tough inning in an otherwise strong outing and Lucas Duda homered and singled to drive in four runs.

PIRATES 4, BRAVES 2: At Atlanta, Alex Presley had two hits to extend his career-best hitting streak to 12 games, scoring two runs to provide Erik Bedard some support.

GIANTS 2, PADRES 1: At San Francisco, Tim Lincecum pitched eight sharp innings in his longest start of the season and had an infield single with two outs in the sixth.

DODGERS 4, NATIONALS 3 (10 INNINGS): At Los Angeles, Matt Kemp homered leading off the 10th inning, spoiling Bryce Harper's major league debut.



BOSTON — Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams' 1949 MVP plaque sold Saturday for nearly $300,000 at the first major auction of his sports, military and personal memorabilia.

Nearly 800 items sold at Fenway Park, the world's oldest baseball park and home field of the only team that Williams played for during his 1939-1960 major league career. Some of the proceeds from the auction will benefit The Jimmy Fund, a charity affiliated with Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for which the slugger helped raise money during his lifetime.

A baseball in pristine condition that Babe Ruth autographed for Williams sold for $195,500. The ball, which had the inscription: "To my pal Ted Williams, From Babe Ruth," set a record sale for a baseball signed by Ruth that wasn't used in a game, Hunt Auctions Inc. said. The ball was stolen from the Williams family's Florida home in the 1970s and wasn't recovered until 2005.

Williams' 1957 Babe Ruth Sultan of Swat Award for outstanding batting achievement sold for $230,000. Other top items included his 1949 American League MVP plaque, which fetched $299,000, a used Red Sox road jersey from 1955 that sold for $126,500 and Williams' Hall of Fame induction ring, which went for nearly $110,000.

An 8-year-old Texas boy and his parents were the winning bidders on Williams' 1957 Silver Bat award, which sold for nearly $195,500, and Williams' 1960 All-Star game bat, which went for $80,500.

SANCHEZ'S MRI REVEALS STRAIN: Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez has a strain in his right shoulder, a minor setback in his recovery from surgery last season, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he was encouraged by the test results.

american league

national league


Tigers 7

Yankees 5

CLUTCH TIME: Substitute Jonny Steele scores in stoppage time.

OWN GOAL: Toronto's Rick Eckersley helped RSL out in the 57th minute.

QUICK START: Kyle Beckerman put RSL on the board in the 7th minute.


RECORD: 6-3-1

HOME: 4-1-0

AWAY: 2-2-1





RSL vs. Revolution

Saturday, 7 p.m.


MLS GAME 10: Saturday at

Rio Tinto Stadium

Toronto FC 0 2 — 2

Real Salt Lake 1 2 — 3

Scoring summary

RSL — Beckerman (Schuler, Olave), 7'

Tor — Avila (Johnson), 48'

RSL — Eckersley (own goal), 57'

Tor — Henry (Aceval) 77'

RSL — Steele (Beckerman), 90+'

Misconduct summary

RSL — Olave (yellow card), 17'

RSL — Wingert (yellow card), 27'

Tor — Henry (yellow card), 78'

Tor — Frings (yellow card), 80'

A — 17,629


Total Shots 10 15

Shots on Goal 4 5

Saves 3 2

Fouls 10 12

Offsides 1 6

Corner Kicks 3 7

Toronto FC lineup (4-3-3) ?— Milos Kocic, Adrian Cann, Miguel Aceval, Ashtone Morgan (Logan Emory, 76'), Richard Eckersley (Doneil Henry, 59'), Eric Avila, Julian de Guzman, Torsten Frings, Terry Dunfield (Joao Plata, 68'), Reggie Lambe, Ryan Johnson.

Real Salt Lake lineup (4-4-2) ?— Nick Rimando, Jamison Olave, Tony Beltran (Luis Gil, 87'), Chris Schuler, Chris Wingert, Javier Morales, Will Johnson, Ned Grabavoy (Jonny Steele, 82'), Kyle Beckerman, Fabian Espindola, Alvaro Saborio.






Copyright 2015, Deseret News Publishing Company