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Thomas' grand slam sends Toronto past Red Sox

Sunday, April 6, 2008

By The Associated Press

TORONTO -- Frank Thomas broke a fifth-inning tie with his 11th career grand slam, Vernon Wells added a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of the World Series champions.

Boston went 3-4 on its opening three-nation trip to Tokyo, Oakland and Toronto, a journey of nearly 16,000 miles, and is last in the AL East for the first time since April 10, 2005.

Out since mid-March because of a strained lower back, Josh Beckett (0-1) was activated from the disabled list to face Roy Halladay (1-1). Beckett gave up five runs, three hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings, striking out six.

Halladay allowed four runs and eight hits in eight innings. Jeremy Accardo pitched the ninth for his third save.

Yankees 2, Rays 0

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chien-Ming Wang (2-0) pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, Hideki Matsui hit a two-run homer in the fourth off James Shields (1-1) and Yankees manager Joe Girardi was back on the bench following an illness,

Joba Chamberlain relieved with runners at the corners and no outs in the seventh, struck out Willy Aybar on three pitches and got Shawn Riggans on a liner that second baseman Robinson Cano caught with a backhand stab before doubling up Eric Hinske.

Hitting 99 mph on the stadium radar gun, Chamberlain tossed a perfect eighth to set up Mariano Rivera, who fanned two in a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save -- a total he didn't reach last year until May 3.

Royals 3, Twins 1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Brett Tomko (1-0) allowed six hits in five shutout innings, Alex Gordon hit a two-run single and scored after doubling in the seventh.

Joakim Soria struck out the side in order in the ninth for his third save.

Kansas City finished its opening trip to Detroit and Minnesota 4-2, its best start since 2004. The Royals had only three winning trips last season, none until May 11-20.

Boof Bonser (0-2) gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings.

Orioles 3, Mariners 2

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Luis Hernandez singled in the winning run with two outs in the ninth off Mark Lowe (0-1), who also threw a tying wild pitch. Nick Markakis led off the ninth with a double off Eric O'Flaherty and scored on a groundout by Aubrey Huff,

Seattle, without injured closer J.J. Putz, wasted an outstanding performance by Felix Hernandez, who allowed five hits in eight shutout innings as a replacement for former-Oriole Erik Bedard, scratched Saturday because of an injured hip.

Dennis Safate (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the Orioles, who have won four straight. Baltimore is 3-0 against the Mariners after going 2-7 against them last year.

Rangers 10, Angels 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Gerald Laird had four hits, homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs.

Laird hit a three-run homer in the fourth off Jon Garland (1-1), his first RBIs of the season, then added an RBI single in the seventh against Darren O'Day and a two-run homer in the ninth off Jason Bulger.

Ben Broussard hit a two-run homer for Texas, which took two of three in the Angels' home-opening series.

Vicente Padilla (1-0) gave up four runs -- three earned -- and nine hits in seven innings, allowing solo homers by Garret Anderson and Torii Hunter.

Indians 2, Athletics 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Cliff Lee (1-0) gave up four hits and struck out four in 6 2-3 innings to win his first start of the season, retiring 10 of his last 12 batters as Cleveland stopped a three-game losing streak.

Joe Borowski pitched the ninth for his second save, following Rafael Perez and Rafael Betancourt and completing a four-hitter.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit an RBI groundout in the seventh off Joe Blanton (0-2), with first baseman Daric Barton bobbling the ball briefly as pinch-runner Jamey Carroll scored. Ryan Garko walked with the bases loaded after the A's intentionally walked Grady Sizemore.



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