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 OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -Jon Lester pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, David Ortiz broke open a scoreless game with a two-run homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 5-0 Wednesday.
Kevin Youkilis had a double and a run-scoring single while setting the major league record for consecutive errorless games by a first baseman at 194, one more than Steve Garvey. The Red Sox defeated the A's for the third time in four games that began last week in Japan.
Jason Varitek added a ninth-inning homer for Boston. Lester (1-1) combined with Bryan Corey and Manny Delcarmen on a four-hitter.
Ortiz was hitless in his first 12 at-bats this season before a fifth-inning single and followed with a homer off former Red Sox reliever Alan Embree (0-1).
Royals 4, Tigers 0
DETROIT (AP) - Brian Bannister (1-0) allowed two singles in seven innings, combining with Leo Nunez and Joakim Soria on a three-hitter - three singles by Edgar Renteria.
Kansas City is 2-0 for the second time in 28 years. The Royals won their first nine games in 2003 en route to their only winning season since 1993.
Detroit's heralded offense has scored four runs in 20 innings. The Tigers moved one runner into scoring position Wednesday and are hitting .191 with 19 strikeouts through two games.
Kenny Rogers (0-1) dropped to 0-5 in nine starts since he beat Cleveland on July 4. He allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.
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