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McCann homers twice, Yankees power past Red Sox
Slumping McCann breaks loose with 2 home runs, Yankees hit 5 HRs to power past Red Sox 7-4
Associated Press
2014-04-13 06:01 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Brian McCann put an emphatic end to his season-opening slump by hitting his first two home runs for the New York Yankees to help beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 in Major League Baseball on Saturday.

Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano and Kelly Johnson also connected as the Yankees scored all their runs on homers. Boston starter John Lackey (2-1) was tagged for a career-high four home runs in 5 2-3 innings.

New York has won two of three in a series that wraps up on Sunday.

Also, the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1.

After striking out in the first inning and dropping his batting average to .158, McCann quickly reversed his fortunes. The seven-time All-Star who left Atlanta to sign an $85 million, five-year deal with the Yankees led off the fourth with a liner into the first row of the second deck in right field.

Fans were still cheering McCann when Soriano followed with his third home run of the week. Beltran opened the sixth with a double and McCann homered to right-center. It was the catcher's 10th career multihomer game.

Hiroki Kuroda (2-1) pitched into the seventh for the win.

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