Cano, Yankees Slam Angels, 6-5

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Yankees-Angels Score: Granderson, Nova Lead Yankees To 9-3 Win

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Ivan Nova made a case to stay in New York's crowded rotation, and Curtis Granderson continued his year-long surge with two home runs and four RBI, as the Yankees downed the Angels, 9-3, in the middle installment of a three-game series.

Nova (11-4) won his seventh straight decision with six-plus quality innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks. The right-hander's recent success has the Yankees employing a six-man rotation for the time being.

"[We want him] to make us force our hand. Don't give us an opportunity to say you have to go work on this and that," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Nova's future.

Robinson Cano fell a single short of the cycle and drove in a pair to help New York snap a three-game slide.

The Angels' Garrett Richards (0-1) made history by becoming the first pitcher to make his Major League debut in a start at the new Yankee Stadium. But the call-up from Double-A Arkansas took the loss after yielding six runs on six hits over five innings.

Peter Bourjos went 2-for-4 with a solo home run for Los Angeles, which had won four of five coming in.

By the time Richards recorded his first out the Yankees were already on top, 3-0. Showing early jitters, the 23-year-old walked Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter to start the frame, and Granderson followed with a fly ball that bounced off the top of the wall in right-center and into the unoccupied bullpen.

"You don't want to start the game off that way, obviously," Richards said. "The momentum was on their side."

Richards settled down a bit and retired eight in a row before Cano hit a line drive to center that tailed away from a diving Bourjos and rolled to the wall. Cano strolled in with a triple and scored on a single by Nick Swisher, who raced around from first on Eric Chavez's two-bagger for a 5-0 advantage.

Bourjos got the Angels on the board with a homer in the fifth, but Granderson answered in the bottom half with a blast down the right-field line that landed in the second deck. It was the outfielder's 31st round-tripper of the season, setting a career-high.

Russell Martin tacked on an RBI single in the sixth for a 7-1 cushion behind Nova, who was highly effective before hitting a rough patch in the seventh.

Rafael Soriano relieved Nova with the bases loaded and one run in on Vernon Wells's base hit and limited the damage to Bourjos' run-scoring double-play groundout.

Granderson worked a walk in the seventh and came around to score again when Cano capped a big night of his own with a home run to left-center.

Luis Ayala pitched two scoreless innings to finish the win.

Game Notes

Granderson's previous career high in home runs was 30, set in 2009 when he was with the Tigers. He has 10 career multi-home run games...Richards was 12-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 21 starts for Double-A Arkansas...Angels leadoff hitter Erick Aybar went 0-for-4 and is now hitless in his last 28 at-bats...The Angels will send another rookie to the hill in the series finale on Thursday, as Tyler Chatwood will face Bartolo Colon.

Final - 8.10.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles Angels 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 8 0
New York Yankees 3 0 0 2 1 1 2 0 X 9 9 0
WP: Ivan Nova (11 - 4)
LP: Garrett Richards (0 - 1)

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Yankees-Angels Score: Burnett, Rivera Stumble In 6-4 Loss

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Bobby Abreu's second home run of the night was a tie-breaking, two-run shot off Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning, pushing the Angels over the Yankees, 6-4, in the opener of a three-game series.

Rivera (1-2), fresh off a blown save against Boston on Sunday, retired two straight in the ninth following a leadoff single, but his fifth consecutive cutter to Abreu was redirected into the right-field seats to break a 4-4 tie.

"You never expect as a hitter to hit a home run off of Mariano. First of all, it's tough to make good contact against him, and to hit a homer is nice. Believe me, it's something that is hard to believe," said Abreu.

New York put runners on the corners in its half against Jordan Walden, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate in Mark Teixeira. Curtis Granderson, trying to get into scoring position with two outs, fell for the classic fake- to-third, throw-to-first pickoff attempt, and was tagged out in a rundown to end the game.

Walden picked up his 26th save for closing out the win, Los Angeles' fifth in seven games. The Yankees have dropped three straight on the heels of an eight- game winning streak.

LA scored four runs in the sixth to jump in front. Abreu started the frame with a home run off A.J. Burnett, and three walks to the next five batters loaded the bases. Jeff Mathis' ground-rule double to center plated two more, and Peter Bourjos raced home on a wild pitch for a 4-1 cushion.

"I wouldn't change a lot that I did. I pretty much pitched with conviction all night and used my four-seamer pretty well," Burnett said about his performance.

Angels starter Dan Haren gave up a solo home run to Granderson in the first inning, but was otherwise cruising until Russell Martin hit a two-out double in the seventh.

Eduardo Nunez blooped a single to right to pull the Yankees within two, and Haren was pulled after allowing a base hit to Brett Gardner, who stole second after Fernando Rodney took over on the hill. Derek Jeter tied things with a line-drive hit to center.

Scott Downs (6-2) gave up a walk and a single in a scoreless eighth and was credited with the win.

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