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Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez (41) safely slides into second as Baltimore Orioles second baseman Ryan Flaherty, left, misplays the throw from right fielder Nick Markakis during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Sunday, April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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First Published Apr 07 2014 10:36 am • Last Updated Apr 07 2014 11:31 pm

ORIOLES 3, TIGERS 1

DETROIT • Chris Tillman outpitched Justin Verlander, allowing one run while working into the ninth and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 Sunday to avoid getting swept.

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Tillman (1-0) gave up five hits, including Torii Hunter’s solo homer in the fourth, in 8 1-3 innings. Tommy Hunter entered with one out in the ninth and Victor Martinez on second base and retired the last two batters for his second save.

Baltimore won for the first time since its opener against baseball’s last undefeated team.

Verlander (0-1) gave up two runs on five hits and two walks over eight innings. He struck out three, moving past Tommy Bridges and into fourth place on the franchise’s all-time list with 1,674 in his career.

Adam Jones drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth with a sacrifice fly after Nick Markakis tripled.

RANGERS 3, RAYS 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. • Yu Darvish allowed seven hits over seven innings in his season debut, Elvis Andrus hit a two-run homer, and Texas avoided a three-game sweep.

Darvish (1-0) struck out six and walked one. Sidelined by neck stiffness, it was his first outing since a spring training game on March 16.


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Darvish got his 500th career strikeout, coming in 401 2-3 innings, by fanning David DeJesus and Wil Myers in the first. According to the Rangers, it is the fewest innings for a starter to reach 500 strikeouts in major league history.

Andrus put the Rangers up 2-0 with his homer off Joel Peralta (0-1) in the eighth. Donnie Murphy made it 3-0 on an RBI infield during the ninth.

YANKEES 6, BLUE JAYS 4

TORONTO • CC Sabathia pitched six innings for his first victory of the season and Brett Gardner hit a two-run home run for the New York.

Sabathia (1-1) allowed four runs and seven hits, walked none and struck out six. He was hit hard in Tuesday’s opening day loss at Houston, allowing six runs and eight hits, including two home runs, in six innings.

The left-hander was taken deep again Sunday when Melky Cabrera connected in the first inning. The homer was Cabrera’s third of the season and third this series.

Maicer Izturis followed with an infield single but was erased on a fielder’s choice. Sabathia retired 16 of the next 17 hitters before running into trouble in the sixth.

TWINS 10, INDIANS 7

CLEVELAND • Chris Colabello drove in four runs, Brian Dozier scored three times and Minnesota outslugged Cleveland.

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