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A-Rod's 2 HRs, Posada's 2 hits help Yanks end skid

A-Rod's 2 HRs, Posada's 2 hits help Yanks end skid

Alex Rodriguez homered twice and Jorge Posada had two hits as the New York Yankees stopped a six-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.
With Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner in attendance, New York ended its longest skid since dropping seven in a row from April 20-27, 2007.
Posada doubled and singled while batting seventh as the designated hitter. It was his first start since he pulled himself out of the lineup Saturday soon after he was set to bat ninth.
Rodriguez tied it 1 with a fourth-inning homer and then put the Yankees ahead with a solo shot in the sixth off James Shields (4-2).
Ivan Nova (4-3) gave up one run and four hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Indians 7, Royals 3
At Kansas City, Missouri, Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera both homered, and Travis Hafner hit a bases-loaded double to power Cleveland past Kansas City for a two-game sweep.
One night after the Indians romped 19-1 and tied the record for KC's biggest losing margin, Hafner unloaded his three-run double in the first inning off Sean O'Sullivan.
Santana hit a solo home run off O'Sullivan in the fifth and Cabrera made it 7-2 with a leadoff home run in the seventh off left-hander Everett Teaford, who made his major league debut.
White Sox 4, Rangers 3
At Chicago, Gordon Beckham scampered home on Cody Eppley's wild pitch in the eighth inning to lift Chicago to a sorely needed victory over Texas.
Beckham began the inning with a walk and made it all the way to third on pinch-hitter Dallas McPherson's single to center. McPherson, who was promoted when Mark Teahen went on the disabled list earlier in the day, picked up his first hit since Sept. 10, 2008, for Florida at Philadelphia.
Eppley (1-1) then bounced his first pitch to Alexei Ramirez, and Beckham rushed home to give Chicago a 4-3 lead.