By The Associated Press
CHICAGO -- Joe Crede and Paul Konerko each hit grand slams to back Javier Vazquez's strong start, and the White Sox pounded the struggling Detroit Tigers 11-0 on Sunday.
Konerko's homer came in the third off Kenny Rogers and Crede's grand slam, his second this season, came in the fifth against Zach Miner as the White Sox won for the fifth time in six games over Detroit, the preseason favorite to win the AL Central.
It was the third time the White Sox have hit two grand slams in one game. The last time Chicago did it was May 19, 1996, when Darren Lewis and Robin Ventura homered at Detroit. The first time was Sept. 4, 1995, when Ventura hit two grand slams in a game at Texas.
Vazquez (2-1) won his second straight start, scattering five hits in seven innings while striking out nine without a walk.
Rogers (0-3) gave up seven runs on seven hits and four walks in four-plus innings. He once again pitched with no run support; the Tigers haven't scored a run in his three starts.
Royals 5, Twins 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Brian Bannister threw his second career complete game and outpitched Francisco Liriano, who was making his first start since 2006, to help end a three-game skid.
Liriano, an All-Star as a rookie in 2006, gave up six hits, walked five and struck out four in his first major league appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery 17 months ago. The big left-hander went 4 2-3 innings and gave up four runs. He threw 90 pitches, 51 for strikes.
Bannister (3-0) gave up only three hits, walking one and striking out three. In three starts covering 21 innings, the right-hander has allowed only two earned runs for an ERA of 0.86.
The only run he allowed was unearned. Jose Guillen dropped Brendan Harris' fly to right in the first inning, and two batters later Harris scored from second on Justin Morneau's single.
Indians 7, Athletics 1
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cliff Lee's quick and efficient pitching in the wind and cold helped the Indians end Oakland's five-game winning streak.
After a 48-minute delay at the start, Lee (2-0) repeatedly got his teammates out of the cold -- a 28-degree wind chill at gametime -- by limiting the A's one run and two hits over eight innings. He struck out eight without a walk as a wind-whipped mix of snow and rain fell throughout.
Two-run doubles by Grady Sizemore and David Dellucci in the eighth helped the Indians win for only the third time in 10 games and avoid their first three-game sweep at home to the Athletics since September 1989.
Travis Hafner hit a two-run single with two outs in the third, the first hit of the game, to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead against Chad Gaudin (0-1).
Rays 6, Orioles 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Jeff Niemann allowed one run over six innings in his major league debut and B.J. Upton hit a three-run homer during a six-run fifth for the Rays.
Niemann, taken fourth overall in the 2004 amateur draft, was recalled from Triple-A Durham to replace the injured Matt Garza in the rotation. He gave up six hits while striking out five.
The Rays were held without a hit through four by Brian Burres, but chased the left-hander with two outs in the fifth after scoring six times for a 6-0 lead. Burres (1-1) gave up five hits in 4 2-3 innings, and has allowed 22 earned runs over 16 1-3 innings against Tampa Bay.
Blue Jays 5, Rangers 4, 10 innings
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Joe Inglett drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, B.J. Ryan earned his first save in more than a year and Toronto completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers.
With the game tied at 4, Frank Thomas was walked by Dustin Nippert (0-1) leading off the 10th, and after Marco Scutaro came in as a pinch-runner, Lyle Overbay also walked. Gregg Zaun's sacrifice moved the runners up, and Inglett's flyball to right scored Scutaro.
Ryan was activated before the game barely 11 months after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery. His last save was April 11, 2007, and he had season-ending surgery less than a month later and began this season with Class-A Dunedin.
Jesse Carlson (1-0) got two outs in the ninth for his first major league victory.
Angels 10, Mariners 5
SEATTLE (AP) -- Jeff Mathis hit a two-run homer to lead a 16-hit attack, and Joe Saunders had another strong start to help Los Angeles avoid a series sweep.
The Mariners, who won the first two games 8-5 and 8-3, scratched starting pitcher Erik Bedard before the game because of inflammation in his left hip. The Mariners expect to find out in a throwing session Monday whether Bedard can return to the mound next week.
Saunders (2-0) pitched 5 1-3 innings in his third straight solid start. He gave up two runs on six hits with three walks and one strikeout. Saunders pitched eight innings in his first two starts this season and gave up only one earned run.
Right-hander Cha Seung Baek (0-1) made his first start of the season in place of Bedard. Baek allowed seven hits and four runs in 4 1-3 innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Baek pitched one inning of relief in his only other appearance this season.