Major Leagues: American League Roundup
BOSTON ó Jon Lester pitched seven shutout innings to return to his winning form in Fenway Park, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
It was the fourth straight victory for the Red Sox, who can complete a sweep of the four-game series this morning in the annual Patriots’ Day game.
Yankees 7, Indians 3
NEW YORK ó Pinch-hitter Jorge Posada’s drive to right in the seventh inning was ruled a two-run homer by video replay, as the Yankees spoiled former teammate Carl Pavano’s return.
Posada sent a high fly to right off Jensen Lewis (1-2) with one out, and the ball was deflected off a fan and back into play. Posada slowed his trot between first and second, looking out to right field, before he saw the homer signal from second base umpire Phil Cuzzi.
Indians manager Eric Wedge came out to dispute the call, before replay upheld the homer.
Blue Jays 1, Oakland 0
TORONTO ó Ricky Romero pitched seven sharp innings, striking out a career-high six and allowing only four hits for the Blue Jays.
Rangers 6, Royals 5
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Michael Young hit a leadoff homer in the ninth inning to help Texas rally for the victory.
Tigers 8, Mariners 2
SEATTLE ó Rick Porcello shut down Seattle for seven innings in just his second major league start, retiring his final 14 batters, and Ramon Santiago had a career-high five RBIs.
The youngest starting pitcher to take the mound for Detroit in almost 30 years, the 20-year-old Porcello (1-1) looked more like a seasoned veteran shutting down Seattle’s offense. He gave up one run and five hits.
Twins 3, Angels 1
MINNEAPOLIS ó Glen Perkins pitched through pain in the seventh and scattered four hits over eight innings, guiding the Twins to a three-game sweep of the sputtering Angels.
White Sox 12, Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ó Gavin Floyd took a shutout into the seventh inning, and Carlos Quentin and Jim Thome hit back-to-back homers to lead the White Sox.
Floyd (2-1) allowed two runs, coming on Ben Zobrist’s homer in the seventh, and six hits in seven innings. Quentin hit his seventh homer of the season ó a two-run shot ó and Thome followed with his 544th career home run in the eighth inning off Dan Wheeler.
A.J. Pierzynski hit his 99th career homer, helping Chicago take three of four from Tampa Bay. Matt Garza (1-1) gave up seven runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings in the loss.