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Updated: April 8, 2013

Final Score: Boston 13, Toronto 0

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Will Middlebrooks hit three home runs on a near-perfect 4-of-5 batting effort to go along with four RBI, as the Boston Red Sox cruised to a 13-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game series. Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Nava and Mike Napoli also hit home runs for the Red Sox, who convincingly claimed their second straight series of the season and third consecutive series clincher at Toronto. Middlebrooks, who became the first player this season to hit three homers in one game, also became the first Red Sox player to accomplish the feat since Dustin Pedroia (June 24th, 2010). Jon Lester (2-0), tossed seven scoreless innings of five-hit ball and added six strikeouts with no walks. Toronto starter R.A. Dickey (0-2) struggled over 4 2/3 innings allowing eight runs — seven earned — on 10 hits while striking out five in defeat. The knuckleball specialist, who won the NL Cy Young award last season, was also dealt with a loss in his debut, a 4-1 defeat versus Cleveland on Tuesday. Jose Reyes and Maicer Izturis each had two hits for the Blue Jays, who fell to 2-4.

Final Score: New York 7, Detroit 0

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – CC Sabathia outpitched Justin Verlander in a showdown of aces, and the New York Yankees avoided a three-game sweep with a 7-0 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Sabathia (1-1) turned in seven stellar innings. The left-hander held the Tigers to four singles, walked three and struck out four. Jayson Nix hit a two-run homer for New York, while Francisco Cervelli and Kevin Youkilis also knocked in two runs apiece. Verlander (1-1) tossed 7 1/3 innings against the Yankees, with his lone hiccup coming in a three-run second.

Final Score: Minnesota 4, Baltimore 3

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – Aaron Hicks drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Minnesota Twins edged the Baltimore Orioles, 4-3, on Sunday in the best of three game series rubber match. Justin Morneau hit a double that plated two runs and Chris Parmelee added a sacrifice fly for the Twins, who saw starter Pedro Hernandez, making just his second career start, give up three runs on four hits and walk three over five innings. Reliever Anthony Swarzak (1-0) tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to pick up his first victory of the season. J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer and Nick Markakis had two hits and one RBI for Baltimore, which scored all three runs in the second inning. Starter Jason Hammel (1-1) was tagged for four runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings while striking out three batters in his second start of the season.

Final Score: Cleveland 13, Tampa Bay 0

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) – Carlos Santana went 5-for-5 with a home run and three RBI and Mark Reynolds went deep twice and drove in four runs as the Cleveland Indians knocked around David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays, 13-0, to salvage the finale of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. The Indians, after getting shut out in the first two games of the set, came alive with 17 hits — five via the long ball. Lonnie Chisenhall belted a three-run homer and Michael Bourn added a solo shot in the rout. Price (0-1) came in unbeaten against the Tribe, but was touched for eight runs on 10 hits and three walks over five innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner had allowed just seven earned runs and 22 hits in six previous starts against them. His counterpart, Justin Masterson, had little success against the Rays coming in, having gone 1-7 with a 7.74 ERA in 13 career meetings. But Sunday saw Masterson (2-0) toss seven innings of two-hit ball with eight strikeouts and three walks.

Final Score: Chicago 4, Seattle 3 (10 innings)

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Dayan Viciedo clubbed a solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners in the rubber match of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago closer Addison Reed (1-0) escaped a jam in the top of the 10th, fanning Michael Morse with runners on first and second. Viciedo then hit a no-doubter to left field off Kameron Loe (1-1) with one out, helping the White Sox improve to 4-2 on the young season. This being the White Sox and Mariners, it was bound to be a close contest. The last six games between these teams have been decided by one run.

Final Score: Oakland 9, Houston 3

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Chris Young hit a three-run home run to help the Oakland Athletics complete a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 9-3 win on Sunday. Jed Lowrie hit a two-run home run while Coco Crisp added a solo shot for the Athletics, who have won five straight since dropping their first two games of the season. Brett Anderson (1-1) gave up two unearned runs on five hits with a pair of walks and 10 strikeouts over six innings for the win. It wasn’t all good news for Oakland, though, as right fielder Josh Reddick left the game in the fifth inning with an apparent right arm injury after crashing into the wall while trying to run down a foul ball. Carlos Corporan drove in a run while Lucas Harrell (0-2) got the loss for giving up eight runs on seven hits with five walks in 4 1/3 innings for the Astros, who have dropped five straight after winning their season opener.

Final Score: Texas 7, LA Angels of Anaheim 3

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – Ian Kinsler clubbed a three-run home run and knocked in four runs overall to lead the Texas Rangers to a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the rubber match of a three-game set on Sunday at Rangers Ballpark. Kinsler collected three hits and scored twice, while Lance Berkman belted a two-run homer and David Murphy added a solo shot to help the Rangers earn the series victory. Yu Darvish (2-0), fresh off his near perfect game, allowed three runs on six hits and four walks over five frames before a blister on his pitching hand forced him out of the contest. The right-hander struck out six. Mark Trumbo plated a pair, while former Ranger Josh Hamilton broke out of a 1- for-20 slump with three hits and a run scored for the Angels, who went just 1- for-10 with runners in scoring position. Jered Weaver (0-1) was touched for five runs on seven hits and four walks in five-plus innings to absorb the loss. Weaver took the mound to start the sixth, but he injured his left arm as he tried to avoid a Mitch Moreland liner back up the middle and had to be replaced.

Final Score: Cincinnati 6, Washington 3

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce each had an RBI single during a three-run sixth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds topped the Washington Nationals, 6-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series. Bruce knocked in three runs and Derrick Robinson started the big sixth frame with a pinch-hit single and scored the go-ahead run. Robinson was hitting for Johnny Cueto (1-0), who gave up seven hits and three runs over six frames. He walked three and had six strikeouts. Aroldis Chapman worked around a one-out double from Kurt Suzuki in the ninth inning to get his second save. Suzuki belted a three-run homer in the second inning, but the Nationals failed to build on their 7-6 win in 11 innings from Saturday. Stephen Strasburg (1-1) surrendered nine hits and six runs over 5 1/3 frames. He walked four and had five strikeouts, just six days after throwing seven shutout frames against the Marlins.

Final Score: New York 4, Miami 3

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) – Marlon Byrd’s two-run single in the ninth inning gave the New York Mets a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Miami Marlins in a rubber match on Sunday. Steve Cishek (0-1) led off the ninth on the mound and got the first out, but then nicked Ruben Tejada with a pitch. Kirk Niuewenhuis then dropped a single into left field that saw Tejada move to third and Nieuwenhuis take second on Juan Pierre’s throw to third. With the infield in, Byrd ripped a pitch down the third base line and past a diving Chris Valaika, scoring both runners for the victory.

Final Score: Atlanta 5, Chicago 1

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Ramiro Pena hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning and Tim Hudson fired 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the Atlanta Braves’ 5-1 win over the Chicago Cubs in the finale of a three-game set. Hudson (1-0) fanned seven and surrendered just three hits and two walks for Atlanta, which swept the series and is off to a 5-1 start. Dan Uggla smacked a solo homer and scored twice in the triumph. Jeff Samardzija (1-1) struck out a career-high 13 batters, but allowed four runs on four hits and four free passes over 5 2/3 frames for the Cubs, who have dropped four of their last five games.

Final Score: Arizona 8, Milwaukee 7 (11 innings)

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Eric Hinske clubbed a two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning and Heath Bell was just good enough to lock down the save, as the Arizona Diamondbacks took an 8-7 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park. Hinske pinch hit after Cliff Pennington led the 11th off with a double. He then crushed a breaking pitch from John Axford (0-1) well past the centerfield wall to put the Diamondbacks on top by two. Bell came on and surrendered three hits, with Jonathan Lucroy’s run scoring single putting runners on the corners. However, Bell fanned Rickie Weeks and pinch-hit pitcher Kyle Lohse to end the game. Tony Sipp (1-0) spun a perfect 10th inning to pick up the win. Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI, and Aaron Hill had a two-run homer among his three hits for the Diamondbacks, who finished off their first-ever three game sweep of the Brewers. Milwaukee, losers of five straight, rallied with a two-run ninth inning off Arizona closer J.J. Putz to send the game to extras. Norichika Aoki went 4- for-6 with three RBI in the setback.

Final Score: St. Louis 14, San Francisco 3

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – Matt Carpenter led a balanced St. Louis offensive attack with three hits, three RBI and three scored runs, as the Cardinals thumped the San Francisco Giants, 14-3, on Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game set. On a day that San Francisco was supposed to enjoy and cherish after the organization honored its team prior to the contest with their 2012 World Series championship rings, it was the visiting Cardinals who quickly ended the celebration. Matt Adams had three hits and two RBI, Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran each had two RBI and Jon Jay scored three times and also drove in two runs for the Cardinals, who erupted for a nine-run fourth inning before cruising to the win. Starter Adam Wainwright (1-1) bounced back from a 6-2 opening day loss versus Arizona on Monday to toss seven innings of two-run, seven-hit ball while striking out six in the victory. Angel Pagan had a double and triple to go along with an RBI and Pablo Sandoval had two hits and one RBI for the Giants, who saw starter Matt Cain (0-1) last just 3 2/3 innings and gave up nine runs on seven hits — all in the brutal fourth inning. The last time the righty faced St. Louis was in Game 7 of the 2012 NLCS, in which he tossed 5 2/3 shutout innings in a 9-0 victory.

Final Score: Colorado 9, San Diego 1

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Jhoulys Chacin pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball, as the Colorado Rockies defeated the San Diego Padres, 9-1, on Sunday. Chacin (1-0) had a near-repeat performance of Monday’s season opener, when he also allowed one run over the 6 2/3 innings against the Brewers but earned a no-decision. He allowed six hits against the Padres on 99 pitches and earned his first win of the season. Wilin Rosario hit a three-run home run while Dexter Fowler had a two-run homer, his fourth of the season. Jonathan Herrera went 3-for-4 and had two RBI for the Rockies, who have won five straight since losing their season opener. Chris Denorfia drove in the lone run for the Padres who saw starter Edinson Volquez (0-2) give up four runs on nine hits over six innings.

Final Score: Los Angeles 6, Pittsburgh 2

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with four RBI and the Dodgers finished off a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 6-2 victory on Sunday. Justin Sellers added a solo home run and Matt Kemp contributed a sacrifice fly for Los Angeles, which saw starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-0) pick the first win of his career. The South Korean native struck out six and surrendered just two runs on three hits and two walks over 6 1/2 innings of work. The Pirates, who were shutout in the first two games of the set, managed only four hits. In his season debut, Jeff Locke (0-1) was touched for four runs on eight hits over six frames. Andrew McCutchen hit Pittsburgh’s first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the first inning.