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 DETROIT (AP) -Ivan Rodriguez had a grand slam and six RBIs to back Justin Verlander's first win of the season, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Kansas City Royals 12-5 Monday night.
Carlos Guillen had four RBIs for the Tigers, who were swept by last-place Kansas City on the final weekend of last season, costing Detroit the AL Central title.
Rodriguez hit his sixth career slam in the first off Zack Greinke (1-2), then hit a two-run double in a second against Jason Standridge as the Tigers took a 7-2 lead.
Verlander (1-0) had not allowed any earned runs in 13 innings coming in but didn't get a decision in his first two starts. He allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, struck out six and walked none.
Greinke, who had been 6-0 in his prior eight starts against the Tigers, lasted just two-thirds of an inning, the shortest of his 60 major league starts.
Orioles 9, Devil Rays 7
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Melvin Mora and Freddie Bynum hit two-run homers as Baltimore overcame a 6-0 deficit.
Bynum's two-run shot pulled the Orioles to 7-3 in the sixth and his RBI grounder during a five-run seventh put Baltimore ahead 8-7. Aubrey Huff added a solo homer in the ninth.
Winner Jeremy Guthrie (1-0) gave up a three-run double to Ty Wigginton on his first pitch. Jae Kuk Ryu (1-1) allowed Jay Gibbons' tying, two-run double in the seventh.
Red Sox 7, Angels 2
BOSTON (AP) - Josh Beckett (3-0) allowed one run - Orlando Cabrera's first-inning homer - and six hits over six innings in the Patriots Day game, delayed by rain for 2 hours, 13 minutes from its 10:05 a.m. start.
Boston scored five runs before Ervin Santana (1-2) recorded an out and outscored the Angels 25-3 in a three-game sweep.
Santana (1-2) gave up seven runs - five earned - and seven hits in four innings. He is 20-5 at home but 9-13 on the road.
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