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The MLB Report / Scores and fast facts

>American League

Seattle 7, Detroit 2: Rookie Michael Pineda struck out nine in six sharp innings, and Miguel Olivo and Luis Rodriguez each homered to help the Mariners. Ichiro Suzuki added two hits, and Justin Smoak hit an RBI double in the fourth inning that put Seattle ahead to stay.

Toronto 5, Texas 2: Corey Patterson bunted home the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning and the Blue Jays won their first series in three weeks by topping the Rangers. Adam Lind homered again for Toronto, his third in the series.

Boston 6, Baltimore 2: Jon Lester improved to 14-0 all-time against Baltimore with eight dominating innings, while Dustin Pedroia hit a tiebreaking infield single as the Red Sox averted a three-game sweep.

Tampa Bay 15, Minnesota 3 (first game): Ben Zobrist set a club record with eight RBIs in the opener, hitting a home run and two doubles.

Tampa Bay 6, Minnesota 1 (second game): Jeff Niemann carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Zobrist hit a two-run homer to give him 10 RBIs for the day.

Cleveland 8, Kansas City 2: Fausto Carmona, backed by four solo home runs, pitched seven solid innings and the Indians earned their 10th straight home win to finish a sweep of the Royals. Cleveland's Travis Hafner was scratched with an inflamed right ankle.

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>National League

San Francisco 5, Pittsburgh 2: Ryan Vogelsong won while making his first start in almost seven years, pitching effectively into the sixth inning against his former team. Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for his seventh save. San Francisco had lost five of its previous six.

Washington 4, N.Y. Mets 3: New father Ian Desmond homered and tripled in his first game back from paternity leave and Livan Hernandez pitched eight strong innings to pace the Nationals. The Mets had won six in a row going into Thursday's game.

St. Louis 11, Houston 7: Lance Berkman homered and drove in four runs during a nine-run sixth inning, then added a solo shot in the ninth for the Cardinals. Matt Holliday drove in three runs in during the sixth inning.

Chicago Cubs at Arizona: The Cubs were rained out of two of their 10 games in a recent home stand. Thursday they started a road trip by beginning a series in Arizona. Starter Ryan Dempster was 2-7 lifetime against the Diamondbacks.

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Around the horn

Philadelphia Phillies: Put right-hander Joe Blanton on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury.

Minnesota Twins: Catcher Joe Mauer wasn't ready to start the season, according to the team, and will need a rehab assignment in the minor leagues before rejoining the team because of bilateral leg weakness.

Cleveland Indians: Put starter Carlos Carrasco on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow. To take Carrasco's roster spot, the club recalled reliever Frank Herrmann from Triple-A Columbus.

Chicago White Sox: Jake Peavy is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. His outing in Double-A on April 18 was cut short because of discomfort in his surgically repaired right shoulder.

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Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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