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Cabrera and Tigers win a long-ball derby

NEW YORK — Miguel Cabrera hit a pair of two-run homers, Brennan Boesch had a two-run shot among four hits and four RBIs, and the Detroit Tigers outslugged the New York Yankees 10-7 Sunday for their first win of the season.

Boesch matched a career high with four hits, scored four runs and had a sacrifice fly for the Tigers, who were without No. 3 hitter Magglio Ordonez.

Jorge Posada smashed a pair of two-run homers, Mark Teixeira connected for the third straight game and Robinson Cano hit his first of the season for New York.

Indians 7, White Sox 1

CLEVELAND — Orlando Cabrera hit a two-run homer and assisted in the majors’ first triple play of the season, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox for their first victory.

Rangers 5, Red Sox 1

ARLINGTON, Texas — Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz became the first set of teammates to homer in each of the first three games in a season, and Matt Harrison pitched Texas to a sweep of its season-opening series.

David Murphy and Mike Napoli also homered as Texas’ first three hits — and four of five — were solo shots.

Twins 4, Blue Jays 3

TORONTO — Danny Valencia and Denard Span homered, and Minnesota held on to avoid a three-game sweep.

Jose Bautista hit his second homer of the season but it wasn’t enough for the Blue Jays, who left the bases loaded in the ninth when Adam Lind grounded out against closer Joe Nathan.

Orioles 5, Rays 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Zach Britton pitched six sharp innings in his major league debut and J.J. Hardy hit a two-run double, leading Baltimore to the season-opening three-game sweep.

Britton (1-0) allowed one run and three hits, struck out six and walked three. Recalled before the game from Triple-A Norfolk, Britton had around 30 family members and friends in attendance.

Royals 12, Angels 9

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Matt Treanor hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 13th inning, sending the Royals to their third straight victory in their last at-bat.

Kansas City tied it with two runs in the ninth off Fernando Rodney, who started the inning and walked the bases full. With one out, Wilson Betemit doubled just in front of a diving Vernon Wells in left-center, tying it at 9.

Athletics 7, Mariners 1

OAKLAND, Calif. — Mark Ellis drove in three runs to back Gio Gonzalez’s strong 2011 debut and Oakland avoided a season-opening weekend sweep.

Coco Crisp hit an RBI triple in the third inning and missed hitting for the cycle by a home run. Hideki Matsui doubled to start the second for his first hit with the A’s after an 0-for-7 start and added an RBI single in a four-run seventh. It also gave the slugger a combined 2,500 hits between his career in Japan and the major leagues.

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