(Thursday, April 17th)
Final Score: Detroit 7, Cleveland 5
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Ian Kinsler launched a three-run homer and drove in four runs as the Detroit Tigers topped the Cleveland Indians, 7-5, in the finale of a truncated series. Austin Jackson knocked in a pair while Rajai Davis finished with two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Tigers, who shook off a one-run loss in Wednesday's opener after a Tuesday rainout. Justin Verlander (2-1) fanned seven and walked four over only five innings, but allowed three unearned runs on six hits for the win. Joe Nathan tossed a scoreless ninth to post his second save. Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer and added a two-run single for the Indians, while Lonnie Chisenhall went 4-for-4 and David Murphy knocked in Cleveland's other run. Danny Salazar (0-2) lasted only 4 2/3 frames, charged with six hits and five runs.
Final Score: Minnesota 7, Toronto 0 (Game 1)
Final Score: Minnesota 9, Toronto 5 (Game 2)
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Kubel's two-run single served as the only hit during Minnesota's six-run eighth inning, as the Twins rallied for a 9-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to complete a sweep of a day-night doubleheader at Target Field. Toronto led 5-3 heading into the home half of the eighth, but Steve Delabar walked the first two hitters, and after Eduardo Nunez's sacrifice bunt, Sergio Santos took over on the mound and issued a free pass to Trevor Plouffe. It was all down hill for Toronto from there, as Santos (0-1) fired three wild pitches and issued consecutive walks to push three runs across and give the Twins a 6-5 lead. J.A. Happ then replaced Santos on the mound, but the Toronto left-hander walked Joe Mauer and Chris Colabello in succession to plate another run before Kubel clubbed a single to right to score two more for a 9-5 lead. Glen Perkins spun a perfect ninth to close out the victory, while Casey Fien (2-0) picked up the win after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Colabello collected three hits and three RBI, while Brian Dozier stroked a solo home run and scored three times for the Twins, who claimed the opener of the twinbill by a 7-0 margin thanks to eight efficient innings from Kyle Gibson.
Final Score: Texas 8, Seattle 6
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Mitch Moreland had three RBI to help the Texas Rangers to an 8-6 win over the Seattle Mariners in the finale of a four- game set. J.P. Arencibia picked up two RBI and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit two doubles and drove in one for the Rangers, who took the last three of the four- game series. Shin-Soo Choo was 2-for-5 with a home run. Texas starter Tanner Scheppers was touched for six runs on six hits over 2 1/3 innings. Pedro Figueroa (2-1) picked up the win after throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Joakim Soria earned his second save of the season setting down the side in order in the ninth. Robinson Cano blasted a three-run homer and Dustin Ackley went 2-for-4 with a two-run double for the Mariners, who have lost five of six. Corey Hart added a solo home run, while going 2-for-3 with a double. Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez exited after two-plus innings and being knocked around for five runs on six hits. Joe Beimel (0-1) allowed two runs in his lone inning of work to pick up the loss.
Final Score: New York 10, Tampa Bay 2
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - CC Sabathia turned in seven sharp innings in his best start of the young season, and received plenty of support from his Yankees teammates as New York rolled to a 10-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a four-game series. Six of the Yankees' nine starters collected multiple hits and New York totaled 16 overall in its fifth consecutive win. Yangervis Solarte, Brian Roberts, Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury each knocked in two runs during the rout, with Solarte, Roberts and Alfonso Soriano each finishing 3-for-5. Soriano and McCann also clubbed back-to-back homers off David Price (2-1), part of six runs and 10 hits that the Tampa Bay ace allowed over five shaky innings. Solarte added a two-run blast in the ninth. After posting a subpar 6.63 ERA over his first three outings, Sabathia (2-2) held the Rays to two runs -- one earned -- and struck out six in a solid showing that was aided by a triple play in the second inning. Sean Rodriguez had a solo homer in the loss, the Rays' fourth in a row, with Evan Longoria and Yunel Escobar each recording two hits.
Final Score: Boston 3, Chicago 1
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Lester outdueled Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox rallied for a pair of runs in the ninth inning to beat the Chicago White Sox, 3-1, in the finale of a three-game series Thursday night. Lester (2-2) was perfect into the sixth inning and Sale had a no-hitter into the sixth until Xander Bogaerts belted a solo home run with two outs for the game's first hit and the only one allowed by Sale. David Ross hit an RBI double off Ronald Belisario (1-2) in the ninth inning and Jonathan Herrera knocked in the second run on a bunt off Scott Downs. The Red Sox won the last two games of the set -- Wednesday's went 14 innings -- to end a seven- game road trip 3-4. The White Sox went 4-3 on a seven-game homestand.
Final Score: Kansas City 5, Houston 1
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - James Shields struck out 12 over eight stellar innings of one-run ball as the Kansas City Royals beat the Houston Astros, 5-1, to complete a three-game sweep. Shields (1-2) allowed four hits and walked two, while Norichika Aoki and Alex Gordon tallied a pair of hits and two runs scored for Kansas City, which improved to 7-7 on the young campaign. Scott Feldman (2-1) surrendered five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits and a walk over six frames for the Astros, who have lost four in a row and five of their last six.
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