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Monday, April 10, 2006

New York Yankees Beat LA Angels

Posada stars as Yankees trounce Angels

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Jorge Posada hit his first two home runs of the season while knocking in five runs, as the New York Yankees avoided a sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels by posting a 10-1 win at Angel Stadium.

Robinson Cano plated a pair of runs on three hits and Alex Rodriguez also posted three hits, including his second home run of the season for the Yankees, who halted a four-game losing streak.

Mike Mussina (1-0) turned in a strong start by allowing just one run and five hits over six innings. He also struck out five and walked two to grab his first win of the season after getting a no decision in his first start against Oakland.

Chone Figgins drove in the lone run for the Angels, who had a modest two-game winning streak halted. Los Angeles was trying for a home sweep against the Yankees for the first time since 1995.

Bartolo Colon (0-1) hardly looked like the reigning Cy Young award winner as he was torched for eight runs - seven earned - on seven hits in just two-plus innings of work. He also received a no decision in his first start of the season.

After plating 15 runs in their first game of the season against Oakland, the Yankees had scored just 10 runs over their last four games, including just three over their two games against the Angles. New York, though, broke out of their slump in a hurry with a five-run second inning.

Rodriguez, who has always hit Colon well in his career, started the barrage. He came into the game with seven home runs and 16 RBI in 43 at bats against the right-handed hurler and his first at bat of the day was no different as he drilled a 1-0 pitch over the center field wall.

The flood gates opened from there as Jason Giambi singled and Hideki Matsui reached on an error before Posada took Colon deep for a three-run homer that made it a 4-0 game with no outs.

Cano followed with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Miguel Cairo, and, after Johnny Damon walked, scored on Derek Jeter's double down the right field line.

Colon didn't make it out of the third as he opened up the inning by walking Giambi before allowing a single to Matsui and a double to Posada that plated Giambi.

The spelled the end for Colon and he was replaced by Esteban Yan, who promptly allowed a two-run double to Cano for an 8-0 Yankees lead before settling down to get out of the inning.

Los Angeles got on the board in the bottom of the third on Figgins' run- scoring single that plated Jeff Mathis to make it 8-1. The Angles had the bases loaded with two outs, but Tim Salmon flied out to the warning track in left field to squander the chance.

Posada led off the fifth inning with a solo blast to right field to make it a 9-1 contest. In the sixth, Matsui put New York in double digits after his single to center scored Rodriguez. The Yankees had the bases loaded in the inning, but Cano grounded into a force out to end the threat.

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