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American League Game Capsules

(Saturday, April 18)

Final Score: Chicago 12, Detroit 3

Detroit, MI ( - Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche each homered and drove in four runs to lead the way in the Chicago White Sox' 12-3 rout of the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. The White Sox handed the surging Tigers only their second loss in 11 games this season behind a 17-hit barrage. Abreu's grand slam off Anibal Sanchez highlighted a seven-run fourth inning, while LaRoche socked a three-run shot in the third. Melky Cabrera collected four hits and two RBI in five at-bats for Chicago, with Abreu and LaRoche both finishing a triple shy of a cycle. The prolific hitting display was supported by a quality start from Chris Sale (2-0), who struck out six while holding Detroit's potent bats to two runs and four hits over six innings. Sanchez (1-2) was battered for nine runs and nine hits before being lifted with one out in the fourth. J.D. Martinez had a solo homer for the Tigers, while Miguel Cabrera and Nick Castellanos recorded RBI singles in defeat.

Final Score: Cleveland 4, Minnesota 2

Minneapolis, MN ( - Danny Salazar was electric in his first start of the season, and batterymate Roberto Perez went 3-for-4 with a home run to help the Cleveland Indians to a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. Salazar (1-0) matched a career high with 10 strikeouts while yielding just two runs over six-plus innings as Cleveland bounced back from Friday's 3-2, 11- inning loss to the Twins in the opener of this three-game series. Jose Ramirez added two hits and a run scored in the victory, with Jason Kipnis contributing an RBI single for the Indians. Salazar halted Minnesota's three-game win streak by outdueling Phil Hughes (0-3), touched for four runs and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings to drop his third consecutive start to begin the season. Kurt Suzuki had a solo homer for Minnesota, while Joe Mauer and Eduardo Nunez each collected two hits in defeat.

Final Score: Baltimore 4, Boston 1

Boston, MA ( - Chris Tillman's 5 1/3 effective innings and a two-run homer from Chris Davis got the Baltimore Orioles back in the win column with a 4-1 decision over the Boston Red Sox. Tillman (2-1) rebounded from a rough previous start to hold the Red Sox to one run while striking out five, while Davis gave his team some needed breathing room by capping Baltimore's 13-hit day with a blast over the Green Monster in the ninth inning. Adam Jones continued his hot start to the season by going 3-for-5 with a run scored for the Orioles. Davis finished with two hits and Caleb Joseph delivered an RBI single to help Baltimore bounce back from a 3-2 loss in Friday's opener of this four-game wraparound set. David Ortiz and Brock Holt each had three hits for Boston, but the Red Sox were hurt by an 0-for-9 performance with runners in scoring position. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (1-2) battled through six innings, yielding 11 hits but just two runs and registering seven strikeouts.

Final Score: New York 9, Tampa Bay 0

St. Petersburg, FL ( - The Yankees scored nine runs for Masahiro Tanaka on Saturday against the Rays. He needed only one. Tanaka had eight strikeouts and allowed just two baserunners in seven innings and Chris Young hit a grand slam to lead New York to a 9-0 win over Tampa Bay. Young's blast punctuated a seven-run seventh inning and came after Brian McCann stroked a two-run triple in the sixth for one of his three hits. The Yankees banged out 10 hits, none of them from Alex Rodriguez, who struck out three times but also walked twice and scored two runs a day after hitting two home runs and the go-ahead single in New York's 5-4 win on Friday. Tanaka (2-1) carved his way through the Tampa Bay lineup, retiring 15 batters in a row between David DeJesus' leadoff single in the first inning and Brandon Guyer's double to start the sixth. It was a bounce-back outing of sorts for the 26- year-old right-hander, who gave up nine runs, nine hits and five walks over nine innings in his first two starts of the season. David Carpenter threw a 1-2-3 eighth inning for the Yankees and Branden Pinder escaped a bases loaded jam in the ninth to preserve the shutout.

Final Score: Houston 4, LA Angels of Anaheim 0

Houston, TX ( - Robbie Grossman stroked a three-run homer to power the Houston Astros to a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the second of a three-game set on Saturday. George Springer also homered for the Astros, who had starter Dallas Keuchel (2-0) toss six scoreless innings. He surrendered just two hits and three walks while striking out seven. C.J. Wilson (1-2), who didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning, gave up two runs on three hits and four walks and fanned eight for the Angels, who won the series opener 6-3 on Friday.

Final Score: Oakland 5, Kansas City 0

Kansas City, MO ( - Josh Reddick poked a three-run home run during a five-run fourth inning to help the Oakland Athletics to a 5-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. Billy Butler, who went 1-for-4 in his return to Kauffman Stadium in the series-opening loss on Friday, had a pair of hits with an RBI and run scored. Stephen Vogt also added two hits with an RBI and run scored for Oakland, which snapped its two-game losing streak. The Athletics' pitching staff has recorded five shutouts out of the team's six wins. Jesse Hahn (1-1) was cruising along until he made a play to first base in the sixth and had to leave the game due to a blister on his throwing hand. Hahn scattered three hits and allowed a walk in 5 1/3 frames. Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura (2-1) was ejected after hitting Brett Lawrie in the fourth inning.

Final Score: Seattle 3, Texas 1

Seattle, WA ( - Felix Hernandez had 12 strikeouts in seven strong innings and the Seattle Mariners snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday. Hernandez (2-0) gave up just one run on two hits and two walks in his 43rd career start against the Rangers, helping them bounce back from a 3-1 loss in the series opener on Friday. Mike Zunino hit a solo homer off Texas starter Colby Lewis in the fifth inning to give the Mariners the lead for good. Lewis (1-1) allowed three runs on 10 hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Final Score: Toronto 6, Atlanta 5 (10 innings)

Toronto, ON ( - A day after hitting his first two home runs of the season, Josh Donaldson hit a walk-off home run to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. Toronto found itself down 4-0 before scoring three runs in the seventh. Jose Bautista put the Blue Jays in front an inning later with a two-run home run, but that lead was short-lived when Kelly Johnson tied the game with a solo shot in the ninth off Miguel Castro. Donaldson was the only batter Sugar Ray Marimon (0-1) faced in the 10th. After Castro blew the save, Brett Cecil (1-1) kept Atlanta off the board in the top of the 10th. Freddie Freeman and A.J. Pierzynski homered off Toronto starter R.A. Dickey, who allowed four runs on four hits and four walks in seven innings with six strikeouts. Atlanta starter Alex Wood allowed three runs on nine hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings but did not record any strikeouts.

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