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Robertson gets Trumbo to escape a jam

NEW YORK -- The Yankees craned their necks in unison to watch Raul Ibanez's blast rattle around in the suite level of Yankee Stadium, gaining entry into a rarely reached part of the ballpark, and the shot seemed a fitting conclusion on a night when the lineup worked as it should.

Ibanez's eighth-inning homer was only the icing on an evening when Derek Jeter clubbed a three-run shot and slumping Mark Teixeira came alive with a run-scoring double, backing Ivan Nova as the Yankees defeated the Angels, 11-5, on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

"We have a good lineup. It's not always going to be like this," Jeter said. "There's a lot of good lineups, and one through nine, when teams are swinging the bats well, they're going to look good. Tonight we looked good."

All players wore No. 42 in the contest, which followed a pregame ceremony that included Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel, on the 65th anniversary of the breaking of baseball's color barrier.

The Bombers' four-run third inning sent Angels starter Jerome Williams to an early exit, while Jeter clubbed a line drive into the right-field seats off Hisanori Takahashi in the fourth inning, opening up a seven-run lead at the time.

"He's looking good," Robinson Cano said of Jeter. "I'm happy. People keep talking about his age [37] and all that. I like seeing him get off to a good start."

Jeter's shot provided Nova with a large cushion to cruise toward his second victory of the year, and it proved handy, because the right-hander was masking a nasty cold and fever that had bugged him since his last start, five days ago in Baltimore.

"I couldn't really sleep last night," said Nova, who held the Angels to four runs in six innings. "When it was time to come to the ballpark, everything changed. I like this game so much; I like to pitch. Every time I can do it, man, it's got to be something really, really bad if I can't."

The Angels made it a three-run game by the seventh, when Albert Pujols knocked in a run with a single off an ineffective Rafael Soriano, but David Robertson bailed the Yankees out of a bases-loaded jam to escape the inning.

"I was very fortunate," Robertson said. "They're always challenging. You're just hoping to come out of the situation unscathed and give your club a chance to win."

The outcome seemed in hand by the time Ibanez dug in against Jason Isringhausen in the eighth, slugging a dead-red fastball into the seating area just underneath the upper deck in right field.

Angels outfielder Torii Hunter mouthed the word, "Wow," after the tape-measure blast, which just missed joining a Russell Branyan blast as the only one to hit the upper deck of the new Yankee Stadium. Ibanez was mobbed by his teammates in the dugout after circling the bases.

"It definitely feels good, especially when you help the team win," Ibanez said. "It's great. They're a great group of guys. They were very complimentary, but the most important thing is that we pulled the win off."

The victory confirmed that, coming off a 16-win campaign last season, Nova has run his unbeaten streak to 14 consecutive regular-season decisions dating back to June 10. He scattered eight hits in the effort while striking out eight.

"I'm not worried about winning streaks," Nova said. "I'm just worried about taking the ball every five days and winning."

Mark Trumbo slugged a solo homer, his second, into the Angels' bullpen in the second inning. Chris Iannetta added his second two-run homer of the series in the fourth, a line drive that just cleared the right-field wall.

Maicer Izturis knocked in the fourth Angels run with a double off Nova in the sixth, the right-hander's final inning. Nova threw 102 pitches, walking two.

"He has an electric fastball, throws you breaking balls for a strike," the Angels' Howie Kendrick said. "He knows how to pitch for a young guy coming to the Major Leagues. He pounds the strike zone and he can get you to chase things out of the strike zone also."

Facing Williams, who made his first start of the 2012 season after starting the year on the disabled list with a strained hamstring,Ibanez started the Yankees offense with a second-inning RBI single and Alex Rodriguez added an RBI hit in the third.

Teixeira, who entered the game hitting just .188, banged a run-scoring double off the right-field wall before Nick Swisher chased Williams with a sacrifice fly. Williams was smoked for five runs in 2 2/3 innings, tossing just 47 pitches as he walked three and struck out one.

"I think everyone in here already knows the types of things this lineup is capable of doing," said Swisher, who added an RBI single in the seventh off David Carpenter. "On paper, we look pretty good. Then again, you've got to go out and make it happen. Tonight was good for us." Comments