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MLB roundup: Prince Fielder, Tigers rock Red Sox

Published: Sunday, April 8 2012 12:38 a.m. MDT

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 07: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers smiles in the dugout after hitting a solo home run, his first as a Detroit Tiger in the fourth inning during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park on April 7, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Leon Halip, Getty Images

DETROIT (AP) — Prince Fielder hit his first two home runs with the Detroit Tigers and Miguel Cabrera added a pair of his own in a 10-0 rout of the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

Fielder signed a $214 million, nine-year deal with Detroit in the offseason, forming a powerful middle of the order with Cabrera that was on full display against Red Sox starter Josh Beckett (0-1). Cabrera opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run shot to left-center, and Fielder added a solo homer in the fourth to the same part of the ballpark.

Cabrera and Fielder hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth.

Duane Below (1-0) got the win in relief after Detroit starter Doug Fister left in the fourth with a strain in his left side.

Beckett (0-1) allowed seven runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings, and the five homers he gave up equaled a career high.

ROYALS 6, ANGELS 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Luke Hochevar took a shutout into the seventh inning and Kansas City got solo homers from Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas against Dan Haren in a victory over the Angels.

Albert Pujols got his first hit with Los Angeles, a double in the fourth.

Hochevar (1-0) was charged with two runs and five hits over 6 1-3 innings in his season debut.

Haren (0-1) gave up five runs and 11 hits over 5 1-3 innings and struck out five.

BLUE JAYS 7, INDIANS 4, 12 INNINGS

CLEVELAND (AP) — Rajai Davis hit a two-run double in the 12th inning, Toronto rallied for the second straight game against Cleveland's bullpen and the Blue Jays beat the Indians in extra innings again.

Davis' hit off Tony Sipp (0-1) gave the Blue Jays a 5-3 lead and they held on to win another extra-inning game between the teams, who set a major league record by playing the longest opening-day game in history — a 16-inning marathon Thursday.

Kelly Johnson homered for the Blue Jays and Toronto starter Brandon Morrow allowed one hit in seven innings.

Casey Janssen (1-0) pitched two innings for the win.

WHITE SOX 4, RANGERS 3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Alex Rios led off the ninth inning with a home run and the Chicago White Sox got their first win for new manager Robin Ventura, beating the two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers.

Rios homered off new Rangers closer Joe Nathan (0-1) who got a save with a perfect inning in the season opener a day earlier but entered a tie game this time.

Paul Konerko drove in three runs for the White Sox in his 2,000th career game.

Matt Thornton (1-0) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth after coming back from a 3-0 count against Mike Napoli, who grounded into an inning-ending fielder's choice.

RAYS 8, YANKEES 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Luke Scott had three hits and drove in three runs in his debut as Tampa Bay's designated hitter, helping the Rays beat the New York Yankees.

The Yankees trimmed a six-run deficit to two in the ninth, but Fernando Rodney came out of the bullpen to retire A-Rod on a first-pitch grounder.

Left-hander David Price (1-0) allowed two runs and five hits over 6 1-3 innings to win for the first time since Aug. 28.

Matt Joyce hit a solo homer off Hiroki Kuroda (0-1) for the Rays, and added a two-run single against Clay Rapada in the seventh after umpires used instant replay to overturn what initially was ruled a two-run homer for Evan Longoria.

ORIOLES 8, TWINS 2

BALTIMORE (AP) — Tommy Hunter took a four-hitter into the eighth inning, Nick Markakis went 3 for 4 with a homer and Baltimore cruised past Minnesota.

Adam Jones and Matt Wieters also homered for the Orioles, who will seek to complete a three-game sweep on Sunday.

After beating the Twins 4-2 on opening day, the Orioles went up 6-0 against Francisco Liriano (0-1) after four innings and coasted to the finish. Markakis homered in a second straight game, Ronny Paulino got four hits and scored twice in his Baltimore debut and Robert Andino contributed two hits and two RBIs.

Hunter (1-0) gave up six hits and no earned runs in seven-plus innings.

CHICAGO (AP) — Adam LaRoche homered and matched a career high with four hits, and the Washington Nationals again rallied late against Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol, scoring five runs in the eighth to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-4 on Sunday.

LaRoche drove a two-run shot off Matt Garza in the fourth. The Cubs chased Gio Gonzalez with three in the bottom half to go up 4-2. But Washington sent up 11 batters in the eighth and hammered Wood (0-1) and Marmol again after they faltered in a 2-1 loss on Thursday.

Ryan Mattheus (1-0) got the win. Henry Rodriguez struck out three in the ninth, and four relievers combined to shut out the Cubs over the final 5 1-3 innings after Gonzalez struggled.

METS 4, BRAVES 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Lucas Duda homered twice and became the first player to take advantage of the pulled-in fences at Citi Field, leading R.A. Dickey and the Mets over Atlanta.

David Wright kept hitting with a homer and two singles as the Mets improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2009.

Josh Thole lined a go-ahead single with two outs in the fifth inning off well-traveled Livan Hernandez, making his first regular-season relief appearance since his major league debut in 1996.

Martin Prado hit a two-run homer for Atlanta.

Dickey (1-0) kept the Braves off-balance with his knuckler for six innings, allowing five hits and working around four walks.

DIAMONDBACKS 5, GIANTS 4

PHOENIX (AP) — Aaron Hill hit two homers, Chris Young had a pair of run-scoring doubles and the quick-striking Diamondbacks beat San Francisco.

The kings of the comeback last season, the Diamondbacks have been fast starters in 2012, scoring seven runs the first two innings their first two games.

Hill drove in three of those: A solo homer off Madison Bumgarner (0-1) in the first inning and a two-run shot in the second. Young also hit the first of his RBI doubles in the first, giving starter Daniel Hudson (1-0) just enough cushion to open with a victory after struggling early last season.

J.J. Putz worked a perfect ninth for his second straight save.

Pablo Sandoval and Brett Pill each hit two-run homers for the Giants.

BREWERS 6, CARDINALS 0

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Corey Hart homered twice, Zack Greinke pitched four-hit ball for seven innings and the Brewers beat the Cardinals.

Rickie Weeks homered while Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Gomez added RBI doubles for the Brewers. Ryan Braun had a pair of doubles and drew a walk after going 0 for 5 on Friday.

Greinke (1-0) continued the dominant form he showed at Miller Park all last season. He didn't walk a batter and struck out seven.

Adam Wainwright (0-1), who missed all of the 2011 season after having elbow surgery, went 5 2-3 innings, giving up four hits and three runs with a walk and six strikeouts.

PIRATES 2, PHILLIES 1, 10 INNINGS

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alex Presley singled with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to lift the Pirates over Philadelphia.

Rod Barajas, brought in by the Pirates to provide some power, doubled off Philadelphia reliever Joe Blanton (0-1) leading off the inning and pinch-runner Mike McKenry came home three batters later when Presley beat out an infield single.

Juan Cruz (1-0), a non-roster invitee to spring training, won in relief. Presley had two of Pittsburgh's six hits.

Cliff Lee gave up one run in six innings for Philadelphia.

ASTROS 7, ROCKIES 3

HOUSTON (AP) — The National League's youngest team gave baseball's oldest player fits.

J.D. Martinez homered and drove in three runs and the Astros beat 49-year-old Jamie Moyer and the Rockies.

Jordan Schafer homered leading off for the Astros and Martinez's two-run shot in the fourth made it 3-0.

With gray stubble covering his chin and hair of the same color peeking out the edge of his cap, Moyer (0-1) become the oldest player to appear in a game since 1980, when 54-year-old Minnie Minoso played in a game for the White Sox, according to statistics provided by the Rockies from the Elias Sports bureau.

Houston starter Lucas Harrell (1-0) yielded three hits in seven scoreless innings for the win.

Moyer allowed five hits and three runs in five innings.

MARLINS 8, REDS 3

CINCINNATI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton led Miami out of its early slump, getting three hits and driving in three runs, and the Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds for their first victory of the season.

Omar Infante, Hanley Ramirez and John Buck homered for the Marlins. Infante also had a double and a triple. With a chance to become the first Marlin to hit for the cycle, Infante flied out in the ninth inning.

Stanton, who went by the name "Mike" when he hit 34 homers last season, provided the go-ahead runs with a bases-loaded single off Mat Latos (0-1).

Ricky Nolasco (1-0) gave up six hits in eight innings, including Joey Votto's first homer since signing a new contract.

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