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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, April 12
New York Yankees at Boston (3:55 p.m.) Josh Beckett tries for his first win of the season when the Red Sox take on Mike Mussina and the Yankees.

STARS
Friday
- Albert Pujols, Cardinals, hit a three-run homer and an RBI double in an 8-2 rout of the Giants.
- Chien-Ming Wang, Yankees, pitched a two-hitter to lead New York to a 4-1 win over the Red Sox.
- Carlos Pena, Rays, homered twice and drove in six runs in Tampa Bay's 10-5 win over Baltimore.
- Tim Hudson, Braves, scattered three hits in eight innings in a 3-0 victory over the Nationals.
- Pat Burrell, Phillies, hit a two-run homer and had a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning to help Philadelphia snap the Cubs' five-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory.
- Livan Hernandez, Twins, scattered seven hits over seven innings in a 5-0 win over the Royals.
- Jeremy Hermida, Marlins, homered twice and drove in three runs in Florida's 10-6 victory over the Astros.
- Jason Bay, Pirates, hit a home run in the sixth inning that gave Pittsburgh a 1-0, rain-soaked win over the Reds.
- Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks, gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in eight innings during Arizona's 8-2 victory over the Rockies.
- Raul Ibanez, Mariners, homered twice off Jered Weaver, doubled and drove in three runs in an 8-5 victory over the Angels.

AILING
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (strained left thigh) may miss the weekend series against the Red Sox and New York general manager Brian Cashman didn't rule out placing the team captain on the DL. Jeter has been sidelined since hurting his quadriceps last Monday. ... Detroit lost Dontrelle Willis after just 14 pitches when he slipped on a delivery in the first inning against the White Sox. He appeared to hyperextend his right knee, but the severity of the injury was not immediately known.

PEAVY OVER PENNY
Jake Peavy (3-0) beat Brad Penny and the Dodgers for the second time in seven days. Peavy improved to 11-1 in 20 career starts against L.A. with a 2.31 ERA. He's won his last nine decisions against them - including last Saturday's complete-game two-hitter at Petco Park.

SO LONG
Astros ace Roy Oswalt gave up four home runs in a game for the first time in his career in a 10-6 loss to the Marlins. He allowed nine hits and eight runs in four innings. The three-time All-Star has struggled in three starts this season, allowing a combined 30 hits and 17 runs.

REHABBING
Tampa Bay pitcher Scott Kazmir (left elbow strain) threw 46 pitches during his second batting practice session and is scheduled to pitch in an extended spring training game Tuesday. ... Orioles closer Chris Ray (right elbow surgery) worked out with the team before their game against Tampa Bay. ... Mike Hampton lightly tossed about 40-50 pitches in front of the Braves' dugout three hours before Atlanta's game with the Nationals. He injured his left pectoral muscle on April 3. ... Angels ace John Lackey played catch in the outfield and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session of about 45 pitches Sunday. Lackey hopes to be back by early May.

FINED
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was fined ``a lot of money'' by Major League Baseball for accusing umpire Phil Cuzzi of having a vendetta against him. Guillen went after Cuzzi in the media after the manager was tossed in the third inning on Monday. Guillen wouldn't say how much he was fined, only that ``I could buy land in Venezuela with that money.''

SCHOOLED
Missouri's Jacob Priday set a Big 12 Conference record, hitting four home runs against Texas in a 31-12 rout Friday night. The senior went 5-for-5, drove in nine runs and scored six times.

SPEAKING
``It was tough to come into the dugout after that and see the whole team deflated. I feel bad.'' - Indians ace C.C. Sabathia, after giving up nine runs and 12 hits in 3 1-3 innings of a 9-7 loss to Oakland.

SEASONS
April 12
1906 - Johnny Bates of Boston became the first modern player to hit a home run in his first major league at bat. Irv Young allowed one hit as Boston beat Brooklyn 2-0.
1912 - The Chicago Cubs' famed double-play combination of SS Joe Tinker, 2B Johnny Evers and 1B Frank Chance played together for the last time in a major league game.
1955 - In their first game in Kansas City, the transplanted Athletics defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-2 at Municipal Stadium. The standing-room crowd of 32,147 was the largest paid crowd for any event in Kansas City.
1965 - The first National League home run in the Houston Astrodome was hit by Richie Allen of the Philadelphia Phillies off Bob Bruce in a 2-0 victory over the Astros.
1966 - A crowd of 50,671 welcomed the Braves to Atlanta, but Willie Stargell spoiled the occasion with a two-run homer in the 13th inning to give the Pirates a 3-2 victory.
1980 - Cecil Cooper and Don Money each hit grand slams in the second inning of Milwaukee's 18-1 rout of the Boston Red Sox.
1992 - Boston's Matt Young pitched eight no-hit innings at Cleveland but lost 2-1. In the second game, the Indians managed only two hits off Roger Clemens to set a major league record for fewest hits (2) in a doubleheader.
1994 - Scott Cooper hit for the cycle and drove in five runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 22-11 rout of the Kansas City Royals.
2003 - The Detroit Tigers won for the first time this season, getting a three-run homer from Shane Halter to beat the White Sox 4-3. The Tigers (1-9), the only team since 1900 to start back-to-back seasons with nine straight losses, started 0-11 the previous season.
Today's birthday: Paul Lo Duca 36.
 

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