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American League Game Capsules(Tuesday, April 15th)
Final Score: Texas 5, Seattle 0
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Kouzmanoff has proven to be a capable stand-in for injured third baseman Adrian Beltre. Kouzmanoff went 3- for-4 with three RBI, and Robbie Ross threw 7 2/3 strong innings as the Texas Rangers blanked the Seattle Mariners 5-0 in the second of a four-game set at Globe Life Park. Prince Fielder and Kouzmanoff each belted their first home runs as Rangers when they went back-to-back off Seattle starter Blake Beavan (0-1) in the second inning. Kouzmanoff added a two-out, two-run double in the eighth before scoring on Mitch Moreland's single. Summoned from Triple-A Round Rock after Beltre suffered a quad injury, Kouzmanoff has hit safely in each of his first six games with the club. Ross (1-0) limited the Mariners to five singles to pick up his first career win as a starter and help Texas rebound from a loss in Monday's opener.
Final Score: Chicago 2, Boston 1
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexei Ramirez scored from second on shortstop Xander Bogaerts' throwing error in the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Chicago White Sox over the Boston Red Sox, 2-1, in the opener of a three- game series. Burke Badenhop (0-2), who recorded the final out in the eighth, stayed on to start the ninth for Boston. After Alejandro De Aza was caught stealing second, Ramirez singled to left. Badenhop got Tyler Flowers to go down looking before handing the ball over to Chris Capuano, who walked Adam Eaton. Marcus Semien then hit a grounder to Bogaerts, whose errant throw to first allowed the game-winning run to score. Daniel Webb (1-0) picked up his first win in the big leagues after stranding men on first and second in the top of the ninth. Erik Johnson got the start for Chicago and allowed one run on three hits while striking out nine over 6 2/3 innings. Adam Dunn hit a solo homer for the White Sox, who have won two in a row.
Final Score: Toronto 9, Minnesota 3
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Bautista went 3-for-5 and drove in one of the five runs Toronto scored in the sixth inning, and Brett Lawrie tacked on a late grand slam for good measure as the Blue Jays rallied big for a 9-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game series. Edwin Encarnacion knocked in Bautista and later scored in the deciding sixth, and Toronto's bullpen did the rest behind Brandon Morrow, who labored through 3 2/3 innings but only allowed two runs on four hits and four walks. Aaron Loup (1-0), Neil Wagner, Brett Cecil, Steve Delabar and Sergio Santos combined for 5 1/3 innings of three-hit, one-run ball to secure the club's fifth win in seven games. Trevor Plouffe belted a solo homer while Chris Colabello recorded three of Minnesota's seven hits and knocked in a run for the Twins, who were coming off a three-game sweep of the Royals. The Twins' early lead evaporated when Phil Hughes (0-1) imploded in the sixth. Minnesota's starter survived a leadoff hit each of the first three innings and retired six in a row after giving up a double and a walk to open the fourth. His luck, however, ran out in the sixth, which started with Munenori Kawasaki slapping a double down the third-base line. Bautista followed with a run- scoring single, and Encarnacion chased Hughes two batters later with an RBI base hit to center. Michael Tonkin was unable to keep it a 2-2 game, as Dioner Navarro singled to load the bases for Moises Sierra, who pushed the go-ahead run across with a soft groundout to first. Lawrie brought in Encarnacion with a sacrifice fly that Kurt Suzuki compounded with a throwing error that allowed another run to score. Hughes was charged with four runs on eight hits in five-plus innings of work.
Final Score: Kansas City 4, Houston 2
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Omar Infante smacked a homer, drove in two runs and scored a pair, Yordano Ventura picked up his first big-league win and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Houston Astros, 4-2, on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game set. Ventura (1-0) struck out a career- high seven and surrendered two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and three walks over seven innings for Kansas City, which was swept in Minnesota over the weekend. Eric Hosmer cracked an RBI double among his two hits in the triumph. Lucas Harrell (0-3) yielded four runs on five hits and three walks over five frames for the Astros, who have dropped six of their last eight games.
Final Score: Oakland 10, LA Angels of Anaheim 9 (11 innings)
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Trout's two-run homer in the ninth only delayed the Athletics' celebration, as Josh Donaldson's RBI double in the 11th inning sent Oakland past the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 10-9, on Tuesday. The second meeting of this three-game AL West series saw plenty of momentum swings, as LA scored four runs in the fourth to take a 6-3 lead, only to have the A's get two back in the seventh and put up four in their next at-bat. David Freese's RBI single in the eighth brought the Angels within two runs at 9-7, and Sean Doolittle, who is trying to earn Oakland's closer's role from an ineffective Jim Johnson, couldn't hold the lead in the ninth. Kole Calhoun, who went 3-for-6 with a two-run homer, opened the inning with a double, and Trout followed with his fifth home run of the season, one that landed in the rocks beyond the wall in left-center and set off the fireworks. The celebration was premature, however, as Doolittle settled down to force extras and Johnson (2-2) pitched a perfect 10th prior to Oakland pushing across the game-winning run against Yoslan Herrera (0-1).
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, postponed
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Tuesday's game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards has been postponed due to rain. There is no word yet on a makeup date.
Cleveland at Detroit, postponed
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Tuesday's game between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers was postponed because of inclement weather at Comerica Park. It will be rescheduled at a later date and not during this current series, which runs through Thursday. Cleveland will return to Detroit for a three-game series from July 18-20, the weekend after the All-Star break, and for three games on the weekend of Sept. 12-14. Anibal Sanchez was scheduled to start Tuesday for Detroit, which had Monday off after a 2-3 west coast trip against the Dodgers and Padres. Zach McAllister was set to take the ball for the Indians, who had lost three of four to the White Sox in Chicago over the weekend.
Chicago Cubs at NY Yankees, postponed
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Tuesday's game between the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees was postponed because of rain. It has been rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader for Wednesday. The first contest will start at 1:05 p.m. ET and the nightcap is set for 7:05 p.m. Masahiro Tanaka was slated to start Tuesday for the Yankees, while Jason Hammel was set to take the mound for the Cubs.
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