Padres 6, Yankees 3

Ian Kennedy had a winning debut with the Padres even as San
Diego braced for the expected loss of shortstop Everth Cabrera to a
50-game suspension in baseball’s latest drug scandal.

Kennedy earned his first victory in more than two months and
Everth Cabrera had two hits and two RBIS as the Padres beat the New
York Yankees 6-3 on Sunday.

The Padres took two of three from the Yankees, who got only 2
2-3 innings out of Phil Hughes.

Kennedy was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
He was 0-5 with a 5.82 ERA in his last 10 starts with Arizona He
hadn’t won since June 1 at the Chicago Cubs.

”The adrenaline got the best of me later on, but early on I
started feeling it, trying to control it,” Kennedy said. ”A lot
of things going on. First start, against the team that drafted me,
it was a lot into it, coming over here. I got the first one out of
the way and the offense carried me.”

Kennedy (4-8) was taken by the Yankees in the first round of the
June 2006 draft. He was traded to Arizona in December 2009.

Kennedy faltered in the sixth, allowing consecutive two-out
walks to Robinson Cano and Alfonso Soriano followed by RBI singles
by Curtis Granderson and Lyle Overbay.

That was it for Kennedy, who allowed two runs and four hits in 5
2-3 innings, struck out six and walked four.

Manager Bud Black said he thought Kennedy pitched well.

”Anytime you come to a new team there’s emotion and there’s
quite a bit of adrenaline, and I think at the end he sort of ran
out of it a little bit. I think he tired a little bit quicker than
what you’ll see in the future. I think that’s what happened there
in the sixth inning.

”Again, for him, it’s been three days of a lot of emotions,
getting traded and coming to a new club,” Black said. ”I thought
he handled it well. I liked what I saw. I told him that’s going to
be one of many wins for the Padres.”

Kennedy said he welcomed the fresh start.

”Coming here, within the division is a little bit different
because I’ve faced these guys I don’t know how many times over the
years,” Kennedy said. ”But you get a different perspective from
the pitching coach, or video guys, the manager, just a little
different. I like it.”

Cabrera, the Padres’ All-Star shortstop, is among 14 players
facing discipline in the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.
Major League Baseball appears poised to levy suspensions
Monday.

Yankees All-Star third baseman Alex Rodriguez is another of the
players set to face discipline. Major League Baseball has informed
New York that Rodriguez will be suspended Monday in the Biogenesis
drug case, but can play while he appeals the penalty, a person
familiar with deliberations told The Associated Press on Sunday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement
was authorized.

”I want him back with us. This is arguably one of the best
hitters of all-time,” Granderson said. ”Having him in the lineup
is obviously going to be very positive for us.”

Rodriguez is set to make his season debut when the Yankees play
the Chicago White Sox.

Cabrera singled in two runs with two outs in the three-run
second before getting thrown out trying to steal second. He leads
the NL and is second in the majors with 37 steals.

He doubled leading off the fourth, advanced on Alexi Amarista’s
groundout and scored on Chase Headley’s single to give the Padres a
6-0 lead.

Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 22
chances.

Yankees rookie catcher Austin Romine hit his first career homer,
a solo shot into the Padres’ bullpen beyond the center field fence
off Dale Thayer with one out in the seventh.

Hughes (4-10) had his second-shortest outing of the season,
allowing five runs and six hits while striking out one and walking
one.

”He couldn’t put people away,” manager Joe Girardi said. ”The
bottom line is, he didn’t make pitches when he had to.”

Hughes, who’s 0-3 in his last five starts, agreed.

”I blew an opportunity there in the second to get an out, two
outs, and it comes down to not making quality pitches when I had
to,” he said. ”There were runners in scoring position and a lot
of long counts and just a battle the entire time. Unfortunately, I
wasn’t able to execute a couple of big pitches with two outs.”

The Southern California native got through the first inning
unscathed but was roughed up in the second and third innings. He
allowed singles to Will Venable and Chris Denorfia opening the
second before Mark Kotsay hit a sacrifice fly. He then walked Nick
Hundley before Kennedy sacrificed ahead of Cabrera’s two-run
single.

Hughes again put on the first two batters in the third, allowing
a single to Amarista and walking Headley, and again, both scored.
Denorfia hit a sacrifice fly and Kotsay hit an RBI single with two
outs.

The Yankees are a season-worst 9 1/2 games out of first place in
the AL East and 4 1/2 out in the race for the second wild-card
spot.

NOTES: An MRI exam revealed that Yankees SS Derek Jeter has a
strained right calf. He sat out Saturday and Sunday, and the
Yankees hope to know more about his condition on Monday. … The
Yankees open a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox on Monday
night, with LHP Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28) scheduled to oppose LHP
Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.62). … The Padres are off Monday before
opening a two-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Tuesday’
scheduled starters are Baltimore RHP Bud Norris (1-0, 3.00 ERA)
against San Diego RHP Edinson Volquez (8-8, 5.56).