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|Monday, 13 May 2013 18:50|
Justin Masterson pitched a four-hitter for his third career shutout as the Indians won the opener 1-0 and stopped the Yankees' five-game winning streak.
Pitching in just his second game for the Yankees, Nuno (1-1) walked three and struck out three. The former Cleveland draft pick became the only left-hander other than CC Sabathia or Andy Pettitte to start for New York since 2008.
Yankees rookie Adam Warren finished the five-hitter for his first big league save.
New York chased Trevor Bauer (1-2) during a six-run seventh and handed the Indians just their third loss in 16 games.
In the opener, Masterson (6-2) gave up four singles - only one reached the outfield - for his third career shutout and second this season. The right-hander also blanked the Chicago White Sox on April 12.
Jason Kipnis homered in the first inning off David Phelps (1-2) for the Indians, outscored 25-7 by the Yankees in two losses last month. Consecutive postponements back then forced the teams back to Progressive Field for a one-admission twinbill.
TIGERS 7, ASTROS 2
DETROIT (AP) - Andy Dirks hit his first career grand slam, part of a six-run fourth inning for Detroit against Houston.
Victor Martinez also homered for the Tigers, who swept four straight in Houston earlier this month and opened this three-game series at Comerica Park with another convincing victory.
Anibal Sanchez (4-3) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings for the Tigers. He struck out eight with one walk.
Bud Norris (4-4) allowed seven runs and nine hits in five innings before leaving with lower back spasms. Houston has lost five straight and 15 of 18 - and the Astros also lost standout second baseman Jose Altuve in the second with a jaw injury after he collided with right fielder Jimmy Paredes on a popup.
Dirks finished a triple shy of the cycle - a fine performance in the leadoff spot after Austin Jackson went on the disabled list earlier in the day with a pulled left hamstring.
TWINS 10, WHITE SOX 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Twins rookie Aaron Hicks hit two home runs and made a leaping catch in center field to take a tying home run away from Adam Dunn in Minnesota's victory over Chicago.
Justin Morneau extended his hitting streak to nine games with three hits and four RBIs, including a three-run double that capped the scoring in the eighth inning. Trevor Plouffe had a two-run double in the third.
Hicks, who missed the previous two games with a sore right elbow, led off the fourth with a solo homer to center that gave the Twins a 5-2 lead. He robbed Dunn of a two-run shot in the sixth and connected again in the bottom half.
Dunn and Hicks entered the game tied for the lowest batting average in the majors (.137) among qualifiers. When the night was over, Hicks' average was .152 and Dunn's .133.
Twins starter Pedro Hernandez (2-0) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Hector Santiago (1-2) yielded six runs - three earned - and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. He had only allowed one earned run in his previous two starts.