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BALTIMORE (AP) " Koji Uehara allowed one run over five innings in his major league debut, Nick Markakis went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Chien-Ming Wang and the New York Yankees 7-5 Wednesday night.

Baltimore improved to 2-0 with its second straight win over the Yankees.

Uehara, the first Japanese-born pitcher in Orioles history, gave up five hits and a walk before leaving with a 7-1 lead. Signed to a two-year, $10 million contract in January, Uehara (1-0) dominated the Yankees in much the same fashion he ruled the Japanese League for 10 seasons with the Yomiuri Giants.

Making his first start since last June after missing the latter half of the season with a foot injury, Wang (0-1) yielded seven runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.

A two-run homer by Derek Jeter got New York to 7-4 in the ninth, and Mark Teixeira greeted George Sherrill with an RBI double. Sherrill then retired Hideki Matsui on a popup to earn his first save.

Rays 7, Red Sox 2

BOSTON (AP) " Scott Kazmir pitched six solid innings and the bullpen preserved the lead, giving the AL champion Tampa Bay Rays their first win of the season.

Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer after striking out in his first five at-bats this season, Evan Longoria went deep and Grant Balfour got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning by striking out Jed Lowrie, then pitched the ninth for a save.

Jon Lester (0-1), who lost Game 7 of the ALCS to Tampa Bay, allowed five runs in five innings. He won 16 straight regular-season decisions at Fenway Park.

Kazmir (1-0) allowed one run and five hits, leaving with a 5-1 lead.

Tigers 5, Blue Jays 1

TORONTO (AP) " Miguel Cabrera homered twice, Brandon Inge connected for the third consecutive game and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays for their first victory of the season.

Inge became the first Tigers player in more than 50 years to homer in the first three games of the year.

Zach Miner (1-0) allowed one run and six hits in 5 2-3 innings for Detroit, which lost its first seven games last year and finished last in the AL Central.

Cabrera is 7-for-10 with two walks this year. He hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Jesse Litsch (0-1).

Royals 2, White Sox 0

CHICAGO (AP) " Zack Greinke pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Kansas City bullpen was perfect against the Chicago White Sox.

Greinke (1-0) struck out seven and walked three, winning for the first time in seven career decisions at U.S. Cellular Field.

Relievers Juan Cruz and Joakim Soria retired all nine batters to preserve the Royals' first victory of the season. Soria pitched the ninth for his first save after converting 42 of 45 opportunities last year.

Gavin Floyd (0-1) took the loss. Twins 6, Mariners 5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) " Justin Morneau homered and drove in three runs, Jason Kubel hit the go-ahead RBI double in the fifth inning and the Minnesota Twins beat Seattle.

Denard Span hit a two-run homer to help Kevin Slowey (1-0) survive a couple of rough stretches and complete six innings for the victory. Craig Breslow and Jesse Crain held the lead for Joe Nathan, who notched his first save.

Russell Branyan and Jose Lopez hit long home runs for Seattle. Carlos Silva (0-1) was hit hard over five innings. Rangers 8, Indians 5

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) " Nelson Cruz hit two solo homers and drove in three runs, and 20-year-old rookie Elvis Andrus added his first homer to lead the Texas Rangers past the Cleveland Indians.

Vicente Padilla (1-0) pitched into the sixth inning to help the Rangers open 2-0 for the first time since 2000.

Ben Francisco homered for the Indians, who have been outscored 17-6 by Texas in the series.

Cruz led off the second inning with a home run off Fausto Carmona (0-1), who allowed six runs and seven hits in five innings. Cruz added another shot off reliever Rafael Perez in the seventh that landed in the second level of seats in left.


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