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Blue Jays win first game without 'Big Hurt'

Sunday, April 20, 2008

By The Associated Press

TORONTO -- David Eckstein hit a three-run homer, supplying some of the power Toronto might miss without Frank Thomas, and the Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Sunday.

A.J. Burnett (2-1) issued a season-high six walks in five innings but still managed to win for the first time in four starts. He allowed three runs and four hits.

Toronto released Thomas before the game, one day after the slumping designated hitter became angry for being taken out of the lineup. The move leaves the Blue Jays on the hook for the remainder of the $18 million, two-year contract the 39-year-old Thomas signed in November 2006.

Thomas' replacement, Rod Barajas, went 0-for-3. Fans briefly chanted "We want Frank" when Barajas was up in the seventh.

Nate Robertson (0-2) remained winless, giving up five runs and eight hits in five innings for Detroit.

Jeremy Accardo worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Detroit was without designated hitter Gary Sheffield (sore shoulder) and second baseman Placido Polanco (stiff back).

Mariners 4, Angels 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Miguel Batista scattered eight hits over 7 2-3 scoreless innings, Richie Sexson hit a two-run homer and Seattle avoided a three-game sweep.

The Angels scored twice in the ninth before Ryan Rowland-Smith struck out Garret Anderson on a full-count pitch with the bases loaded to end it.

Batista (2-2) struck out eight and walked one while lowering his ERA from 6.35 to 4.38. Rowland-Smith earned his second save.

Dustin Moseley (1-2) allowed four runs, eight hits and two walks over 4 2-3 innings for the Angels.

Twins 2, Indians 1, 10 innings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Justin Morneau singled home Brendan Harris in the 10th, lifting Minnesota to the win.

Morneau is hitting a pedestrian .269 this season, but is 9-for-15 (.600) with 12 RBIs with runners in scoring position.

Rafael Perez (0-1) took the loss in relief of an impressive start from Paul Byrd, and the defending AL Central champions have lost 12 of their last 16 after a 2-0 start.

Harris had three hits and a home run and Scott Baker allowed one run and five hits in seven innings for the Twins, who took two of three from the Indians despite scoring only five runs in the series. Matt Guerrier (1-1) got the win.

Red Sox 6, Rangers 5

BOSTON (AP) -- Sean Casey's bases-loaded walk capped a four-run eighth inning and Boston won for the eighth time in nine games.

The Red Sox overcame a 5-0 deficit and have taken the first three in a four-game series that concludes Monday with the annual 11:05 a.m. start on Patriots Day.

On Saturday night, Manny Ramirez homered during a three-run comeback in the eighth for a 5-3 victory. Ramirez was ejected early this time for arguing a called third strike.

Ian Kinsler led off the game with a home run for Texas. Milton Bradley had a three-run homer off Tim Wakefield (2-0) in the sixth, a shot that hit an advertising sign above the Monster seats in left field and made it 5-0.

Boston closed to 5-2 in the seventh against starter Kevin Millwood on RBI singles by David Ortiz and J.D. Drew.

C.J. Wilson (0-1) got the loss for Texas.

Yankees 7, Orioles 1

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI double and scored before leaving with a leg injury, and New York ended a three-game losing streak.

Andy Pettitte (3-1) pitched seven scoreless innings, Johnny Damon homered and Derek Jeter had a three-run double as the Yankees avoided their first three-game sweep in Baltimore since 2005. New York dodged its first four-game skid since last July.

Rodriguez strained his right quadriceps while running out a grounder in the sixth inning. The All-Star third baseman was listed as day to day.

The Yankees were 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position during the series before breaking the trend in the fourth inning against Steve Trachsel (1-3). Bobby Abreu walked and stole second before Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui hit successive doubles for a 2-0 lead.

White Sox 6, Rays 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Jim Thome hit career homer No. 512 and John Danks struck out eight in seven innings for Chicago.

Thome also tied a career high with four hits. His second homer in the last three games tied him with Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 19th place on the all-time list.

Danks (2-1) allowed three singles for the White Sox, who have won 11 of their last 16 games. The left-hander has not given up a run in two straight starts, totaling 14 2-3 innings. It's the first time he has won back-to-back starts since last July.

Boone Logan pitched the final two innings for Chicago to complete a four-hitter.

Edwin Jackson (2-2) gave up six runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings for Tampa Bay.

Athletics 7, Royals 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland battered rookie Luke Hochevar just as it did Kansas City's experienced starters the previous two days.

Jack Hannahan's two-run double highlighted a five-run fourth inning, Dana Eveland (2-1) won for the first time in three starts and the Athletics completed a three-game sweep.

Rob Bowen, Chris Denorfia and Mark Ellis all hit RBI singles in the fourth off Hochevar (0-1) as the A's batted around, and Bowen singled in another run in the fifth. Bobby Crosby went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Oakland bounced back from its first three-game skid of the season.

Kansas City managed just three hits and had 15 in the series to Oakland's 42. The Royals were outscored 26-8.

Oakland improved to 12-8 for its best record through 20 games since starting 13-7 in 1992.



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