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 SCOREBOARD
Thursday, April 10
N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City (8:10 p.m.) Andy Pettitte makes his first road start of the season after a dreadful winter in which he was named in the Mitchell Report, admitted using HGH and gave a deposition and affidavit to a House committee contradicting Roger Clemens' testimony.

STARS
Wednesday
- Zack Greinke, Royals, allowed six hits over eight innings in a rainy, 4-0 victory over the Yankees. Greinke has won his first two starts, lowering his ERA to 0.60.
- Jason Kubel, Twins, hit a grand slam and had six RBIs in a 12-5 rout of the White Sox.
- Mike Napoli, Angels, hit his first career grand slam in a 9-5 victory over the Indians. The four RBIs were a career high.
- Corey Patterson, Reds, hit his second homer in as many days in a 12-4 victory over the Brewers. Patterson finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored.
- Albert Pujols, Cardinals, homered twice and drove in three runs to help St. Louis to a 6-4 victory over the Astros.
- Jarrod Washburn, Mariners, gave up one run on six hits in seven innings in a 7-1 victory over the Rays.
- Ryan Dempster, Cubs, gave up one hit in seven scoreless innings in a 6-4, 15-inning win over the Pirates. Dempster also struck out five.
- Mike Jacobs, Marlins, homered twice and had four RBIs in a 10-4 win over the Nationals.
- Bobby Crosby, Athletics, went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and drove in three runs, helping Oakland to a 6-3 victory over the Blue Jays.
- Edgar Renteria, Tigers, went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs in a 7-2 victory over the Red Sox.

AILING
Orlando Hernandez is out indefinitely with a strained tendon in his right foot, another blow to the New York pitching staff. The Mets also are missing No. 2 starter Pedro Martinez, who strained his left hamstring in his first start and is expected to miss four to six weeks. ... The Braves placed closer Rafael Soriano on the 15-day DL with right elbow tendinitis. Soriano picked up his only save of the season Sunday against the New York Mets, pitching a scoreless ninth in a 3-1 win. He has appeared in four games this season, giving up a run and two hits in four innings. Soriano's move to the DL is retroactive to Monday.

REHABBING
The Twins are undecided on whether to call up Francisco Liriano or give him another minor league start. The lefty missed last season recovering from elbow surgery. He threw 88 pitches, allowing three runs on five hits and walking three for Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday night. ... Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan finished his rehab assignment with Class-A Dunedin on Wednesday night with a perfect inning against Tampa. He struck out two and threw 10 of his 13 pitches for strikes. Ryan moves to Triple-A Syracuse, where he expects to pitch Friday.

KUBEL CLUBS 'EM
The Twins' Jason Kubel hit a grand slam and drove in six runs in a 12-5 win over the White Sox. It was the third slam of Kubel's career, and the first since he hit a grand slam in the front-end of a doubleheader against the White Sox last July. He had a career-high seven RBIs in that game, a 20-14 Twins victory.

TIGERS TRYING
Detroit beat the Red Sox 7-2 after scoring just 15 runs in losing its first seven games. Marcus Thames and Carlos Guillen homered, Edgar Renteria had three hits and Ivan Rodriguez got the 2,500th hit of his career. Still, no team has made the postseason after an 0-7 start.

TAKE THAT!
Travis Hafner, whose two-run homer in the ninth off Justin Speier gave the Indians a 4-3 victory over the Angels on Tuesday night, was plunked by Speier with two out in the ninth and went straight to first base. Hafner downplayed the incident: ``Who knows if it was intentional?''

BYE, BYE BYRDIE
Paul Byrd gave up Mike Napoli's first career grand slam, and homers to Garret Anderson and Casey Kotchman in the Angels' 9-5 win over the Indians. Byrd (0-2), whose name was in the Mitchell Report, had his $7.5 million option picked up by the Indians after capping off a 15-8 season. His ERA is 11.05.

EXTRA, EXTRA
Pittsburgh has played four extra-inning games out of eight this season, going 2-2. The Pirates were forced to use seven pitchers in a 6-4, 15-inning loss to the Cubs. That came one day after using eight in a 10-8, 10-inning loss.

ROCKIES THAWING
Matt Holliday had a triple and two RBIs and Ryan Spilborghs went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs for the Rockies, who tripled their previous high run total of the young season in a 12-6 rout of Atlanta. Their previous high was just four runs, in a win Tuesday night against the Braves.

STREAK SNAPPED
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins sat out against the New York Mets with a sprained left ankle, missing his first game since July 30, 2006, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Rollins had played in 230 consecutive games entering Wednesday, the third-longest streak in the major leagues behind Cleveland's Grady Sizemore (366) and Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur (334). Rollins said he didn't expect the soreness in his ankle to linger long.

SPEAKING
``We practice this stuff all the time. If you catch 'em in practice, you have to catch 'em in the game. You just have to catch the ball.'' - Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, after Philadelphia had four errors in an 8-2 loss to the Mets.

SEASONS
April 10
1913 - President Wilson threw out the first ball as the Senators edged the New York Yankees 2-1 in Washington's home opener. Walter Johnson allowed an unearned run in the first inning, but did not yield another run for 56 consecutive innings.
1962 - The Houston Colt .45s, in the first major league game played in Texas, beat the Chicago Cubs 11-2 before 25,000. Roman Mejias led Houston's offense with two home runs.
1982 - Under icy conditions, the Cleveland Indians opened the season at Municipal Stadium with an 8-3 loss to the Texas Rangers before 62,443 fans. Five hundred tons of snow had to be removed from the field; the game-time temperature was 38 degrees, with a wind chill of 17.
2000 - Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. became the youngest player to hit 400 career home runs when he connected in the Reds' 7-5 loss to Colorado. At 30 years, 141 days, Griffey beat the previous mark set by Jimmie Foxx, who was 30 years, 248 days old.
2001 - The Dodgers-Diamondbacks game concluded in one hour, 55 minutes, the fastest home game in Arizona history. The Diamondbacks' Curt Schilling earned his 16th career shutout and 66th complete game in a 2-0 victory. Schilling gave up two hits and struck out 10. Kevin Brown tossed a three-hitter and fanned eight for Los Angeles.
2003 - The Montreal Expos warmed to Puerto Rico real fast with a 10-0 rout of the New York Mets in the first of 22 Montreal home games in San Juan.
Today's birthday: Andre Ethier 26; Al Reyes 38.

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