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Jeter, Nova lead Yankees; New York takes series from Angels

NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter hit a three-run homer to extend his fast start and Ivan Nova won his 14th straight decision, leading the New York Yankees to an 11-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night.

Raul Ibanez added a titanic homer and Jeter also doubled during a four-run rally to help the Yankees take two of three in an early series between high-priced teams expected to challenge for the American League pennant.

The prime-time crowd for a nationally televised game included Tim Tebow and Dwyane Wade, who sat side by side wearing Yankees caps in the third row next to the Los Angeles dugout. The new backup quarterback for the New York Jets, Tebow was mostly booed when he was shown on the giant video board -- but he cracked a smile anyway.

New York spoiled the season debut of Jerome Williams, chased in the third inning, while sending Albert Pujols and the Angels to their sixth defeat in eight games. The $240 million slugger went 1 for 5 with an RBI single in the seventh that cut it to 8-5, but David Robertson retired Mark Trumbo on a bases-loaded fly to end the inning.

Pujols is still looking for his first home run with his new team. He's gone nine games without one, his longest drought to start a season.

Howie Kendrick had a triple, a double and a bunt single for the Angels, his second consecutive three-hit game. Needing a home run for the cycle -- the longtime Yankees nemesis hit one Saturday -- he nearly got it with a drive that barely sliced foul in the eighth.

On the next pitch, Kendrick grounded out.

Nova (2-0) struck out eight over six innings, fanning Kendrick, Pujols and Torii Hunter in succession in the third. Often the beneficiary of big run support, the 25-year-old right-hander hasn't lost in the regular season since the Angels beat him, 3-2, on June 3.

His winning streak ties Hall of Famer Whitey Ford and Steve Sundra for the second-longest by a Yankees pitcher since 1920. Roger Clemens won 16 straight in 2001.

Nova was actually demoted to the minors during his winning streak -- where he lost twice for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last July. He finished 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA as a rookie last season.

Jeter made it 8-1 when he connected off Hisanori Takahashi in the fourth, sending a drive to the short porch in right for his second homer of the season.

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