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Baseball Today

Tuesday, April 28

Oakland at Texas (8:05 p.m. EDT). Jason Giambi and the light-hitting Athletics, who have a big league-low seven homers, face Josh Hamilton and the slugging Rangers, who lead the majors with 38 home runs.

STARS Sunday

• Shane Victorino, Phillies, drove in four runs to lead Philadelphia to a 13-2 victory over Florida.

• Kosuke Fukudome, Cubs, hit a three-run homer and drove in five on his 32nd birthday, helping Chicago beat St. Louis 10-3.

• Justin Upton, Diamondbacks, hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth and Arizona went on to a 5-4 victory over San Francisco in 12 innings.

• Jay Bruce, Reds, homered twice and drove in four runs in Cincinnati’s 8-2 win over Atlanta.

• Ivan Rodriguez, Astros, hit a tiebreaking homer in the fourth inning to help Houston beat Milwaukee 3-2.

• Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals, allowed one run and six hits over 5 1-3 innings in Washington’s 8-1 victory at the New York Mets.

• Ryan Spilborghs and Clint Barmes, Rockies, each hit a two-run homer to lead Colorado to a 10-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

• Adam LaRoche, Pirates, hit a three-run homer and a solo shot in Pittsburgh’s 8-3 win at San Diego.

• Howie Kendrick, Angels, homered and had a career-high four RBIs in Los Angeles’ 8-0 win over Seattle.

• Adam Jones, Orioles, hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and Baltimore rallied for an 8-5 victory over Texas.


Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury slid safely under Jorge Posada’s swipe during a three-run fifth inning that gave the Red Sox a 4-1 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday night, a sweep of the three-game series and a 10-game winning streak.


Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton was out of the starting lineup Sunday with bruised ribs, which he hurt sliding into third base on a double steal Saturday night. A team spokesman said X-rays were negative. Hamilton struck out looking as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of the 8-5 loss to Baltimore.


Texas’ Omar Vizquel, who turned 42 on Friday, became the third 42-year-old in major league history to play shortstop when he entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning of the Rangers’ 8-5 loss to Baltimore. He joins Luke Appling (1949) and Hall of Famer Honus Wagner (1916).


Chris Davis, David Murphy and Hank Blalock connected for the Rangers in an 8-5 loss to the Orioles. The Rangers lead the major leagues with 38 home runs and have hit two or more in a game 14 times this season, also most in the majors.


Cleveland shortstop Jhonny Peralta’s eighth-inning single in a 4-2 win over Minnesota snapped an 0-for-22 slump. ... Kansas City is 2-for-17 with the bases loaded this season. ... Orlando Cabrera added two hits and an RBI for Oakland in a 7-1 win over Tampa Bay, breaking out of a 3-for-37 slump.


It has been one wild ride for the Florida Marlins — and it’s only April. Jamie Moyer pitched six solid innings and the Philadelphia Phillies extended the Marlins’ skid to six with a 13-2 victory on Sunday. Florida, which began the season 11-1, is mired in its longest losing streak since an eight-game slide from Aug. 15-22, 2007.


Kosuke Fukudome hit a three-run homer and drove in five on his 32nd birthday, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 10-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Fukudome went 3-for-4 to hike his average to .371. He hit his fourth homer in the eighth to finish the scoring.


“I wish I could have gone even deeper in the game, but I don’t want to get greedy. I am going to enjoy this one.” — Micah Owings after working seven solid innings in Cincinnati’s 8-2 win over the Braves, his first victory since May 25.

SEASONS April 28

1901 — Cleveland pitcher Bock Baker gave up a record 23 singles as the Chicago White Sox beat the Indians 13-1.

1930 — The first night game in organized baseball was played in Independence, Kan. In a Western Association game, Muskogee defeated Independence 13-3.

1934 — Detroit’s Goose Goslin hit into four double plays, but the Tigers still beat Cleveland 4-1.

1961 — Warren Spahn, at the age of 40, no-hit the San Francisco Giants 1-0 at Milwaukee.

1971 — Hank Aaron connected off Gaylord Perry for his 600th career home run in the Atlanta Braves’ 10-inning, 6-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

1988 — The winless Baltimore Orioles set an American League record by losing their 21st straight, falling to the Minnesota Twins 4-2.

1989 — Rickey Henderson of the New York Yankees set a major league record when he led off a game with a home run for the 36th time in his career, breaking a tie with Bobby Bonds.

1999 — Colorado’s Larry Walker hit three home runs and drove in eight runs to lead the Rockies to a 9-7 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Today’s birthdays: David Freese 26; Shawn Hill 28.

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