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MLB roundup: Twice is nice for Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins

Published: Wednesday, April 18 2012 11:42 p.m. MDT

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers celebrates his two-run home run with teammate David Murphy #7 in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park April 18, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Jim Rogash, Getty Images

NEW YORK — Justin Morneau hit two mammoth homers and Jason Marquis won his Minnesota debut with his healthy daughter in the stands, sending the Twins to a 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

RANGERS 6, RED SOX 3: At Boston, Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, Derek Holland pitched seven solid innings and the red-hot Texas Rangers completed a two-game sweep.

RAYS 12, BLUE JAYS 2: At Toronto, Luke Scott hit a grand slam, Ben Zobrist added a two-run homer and Matt Joyce and Sean Rodriguez added solo shots for Tampa Bay, which had not homered more than twice in any game this season.

WHITE SOX 8, ORIOLES 1: At Chicago, slumping slugger Adam Dunn lined a three-run double, A.J. Pierzynski homered and the Chicago White Sox snapped a three-game slide.

TIGERS 4, ROYALS 3: At Kansas City, Mo., Prince Fielder drove in two runs and Max Scherzer got his first win of the season as the Royals have lost their first six games at Kauffman Stadium, the most consecutive home losses in franchise history to start a season.

ATHLETICS 6, ANGELS 0: At Anaheim, Calif., Bartolo Colon pitched eight innings of four-hit ball and Cuban rookie Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer to help the Athletics beat the cellar-dwelling Angels.

MARINERS 4, INDIANS 1: At Seattle, Jason Vargas threw seven innings and the top of the order provided pop for the Mariners in a win before the smallest crowd in the history of Safeco Field. Just 11,343 watched the game.

National League

PIRATES 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Phoenix, Neil Walker's two-out bloop single fell between three players in shallow center field and drove in Clint Barmes with the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning.

BRAVES 14, METS 6: At Atlanta, Dan Uggla ended his struggles against R.A. Dickey with a two-run homer, and Juan Francisco and Freddie Freeman also hit two-run drives.

Uggla had been 0-for-24 against the knuckleballer before his home run capped a four-run third and gave Atlanta a 6-3 lead.

NATIONALS 3, ASTROS 2: At Washington, Jayson Werth drew a bases-loaded walk and Wilson Ramos hit a sacrifice fly as the Washington Nationals rallied in the eighth inning for their third straight win.

MARLINS 9, CUBS 1: At Miami, Hanley Ramirez homered for the third game in a row, Mark Buehrle pitched eight innings for his first victory with Miami and the Marlins beat the slumping Chicago Cubs.

ROCKIES 8, PADRES 4: At Denver, Juan Nicasio threw 61/3 solid innings for his first win since returning from a broken neck.

BREWERS 3, DODGERS 2 (10 INNINGS): At Milwaukee, Nyjer Morgan scored on a fly ball by Ryan Braun in the 10th inning, the second late-inning thriller in a row for Milwaukee.

CARDINALS 11, REDS 1: At St. Louis, Jaime Garcia pitched seven effective innings and hit a two-run triple and Carlos Beltran hit a two-run shot, his fifth homer overall and second of the series.

GIANTS 1, PHILLIES 0: At San Francisco, Melky Cabrera hit an RBI single in the 11th inning, ending a thrilling pitchers' duel that seemed as if it might go on all night.

East Division

W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away

Baltimore 7 4 .636 — — 6-4 W-2 3-3 4-1

Toronto 6 4 .600 ½ — 6-4 W-2 4-3 2-1

New York 6 5 .545 1 ½ 6-4 W-1 3-2 3-3

Tampa Bay 5 6 .455 2 1½ 4-6 L-1 3-0 2-6

Boston 4 7 .364 3 2½ 4-6 L-2 3-2 1-5

Central Division

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