YANKEES 9, RED SOX 3
BOSTON • Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, tripled, drove in two runs and made a sliding catch in his return to Fenway Park, helping the New York Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka beat the Boston Red Sox 9-3 Tuesday night.
Ellsbury received a mixed reception in his first game at Fenway since leaving the Red Sox to sign a $153 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees.
Tanaka (3-0) allowed two runs on seven hits in 7 1-3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. His 35 strikeouts in his first four major league starts set a team record and he’s walked just two batters in 29 1-3 innings.
Jon Lester (2-3) struggled after four outstanding outings, allowing seven runs in 4 2-3 innings.
There were more boos than cheers from the crowd that contained a sizeable amount of Yankees fans when Ellsbury stepped in as the first batter of the game.
With an 0-2 count, he drove the ball about five feet from the top of the center field wall. It was ruled a triple after a spectator reached out and interfered with it.
TIGERS 8, WHITE SOX 6
DETROIT • Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer, Justin Verlander pitched seven solid innings and Detroit held on for a victory over Chicago.
Cabrera was 4 for 23 on this homestand before going 3 for 5 against the White Sox — including a homer and a double off Charlie Leesman (0-1), who was called up from the minors to start in place of the injured Chris Sale.
Verlander (3-1) had little to worry about after allowing a first-inning homer to Jose Abreu. He allowed two runs and eight hits, striking out seven and walking two.
Chicago’s Dayan Viciedo had a career-high four hits, and Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer in the ninth to pull the White Sox within two. Joba Chamberlain got the final out for his first save, retiring Alexei Ramirez on a liner to left with one on.
RAYS 7, TWINS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. • David Price allowed six hits in his first complete game of the season, David DeJesus drove in three runs, and Tampa beat Minnesota.
Price (3-1) struck out 12 in his ninth career complete game.
DeJesus stopped an 0-for-24 skid with an RBI single during a three-run first and added a third-inning two-run single.
Kyle Gibson (3-1) gave up seven runs and 10 hits in three-plus innings for Minnesota. The right-hander had given up just two runs over 19 1-3 innings in his three other starts this year.
The Twins got home runs from Brian Dozier and Chris Colabello.
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