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Tough Time For Cy Young Winners – MLB Roundup For April 8th

Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays - Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images
Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays – Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

UNDATED (AP) — It was a pretty ugly day for baseball’s reigning Cy Young Award winners as R.A. Dickey and David Price were knocked around their respective ballparks.

Dickey was torched for seven earned runs and 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings as Toronto absorbed a 13-0 beating by Boston. Will Middlebrooks hit two of his three homers off Dickey, who’s 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA this year.

The Red Sox homered six times to support Jon Lester’s seven shutout innings.

Cleveland tagged Price for eight runs and 10 hits in five innings of a 13-0 rout of Tampa Bay. Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall hit three-run homers off Price, while Justin Masterson limited the Rays to two hits in seven innings.

Carlos Santana had a career-high five hits, including a home run and a pair of doubles.

Also in the majors, Aaron Hicks ended an 0-for-13 skid with a tiebreaking RBI single in a two-run seventh inning as Minnesota edged Baltimore 4-3. The Twins rallied to earn their first series win over the Orioles in three seasons after J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer in a three-run second that put the Birds ahead 3-0.

CC Sabathia (suh-BATH’-ee-uh) tossed seven scoreless innings to outpitch Justin Verlander and lead the New York Yankees to a 7-0 shutout of Detroit. Jayson Nix hit a two-run homer off Verlander, who gave up three runs in 7 1/3 innings.

Homers by Lance Berkman, David Murphy and Ian Kinsler powered Texas past the Los Angeles Angels 7-3. Former Ranger Josh Hamilton was booed all evening while collecting three hits.

Brett Anderson struck out 10 and Oakland socked three homers in a 9-3 pounding of Houston. Coco Crisp homered for the third straight day, Jed Lowrie again connected against his former team and Chris Young homered in his hometown as the A’s dealt the Astros their fifth straight loss.

The Chicago White Sox upended Seattle 4-3 on Dayan Viciedo’s (dy-AHN’ vih-see-EH’-dohz) solo homer with one out in the bottom of the 10th. Alex Rios and Adam Dunn also went deep as the White Sox improved to 26-5 versus the Mariners since 2010.

Billy Butler smacked a go-ahead grand slam and tied a club record with seven RBIs in Kansas City’s 9-8 triumph at Philadelphia. It was the first grand slam ever allowed by Cole Hamels.

Matt Carpenter’s three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored was among the St. Louis highlights in a 14-3 laugher against San Francisco. The Cardinals actually trailed 2-0 in the fourth until Matt Cain became the first Giants pitcher in 111 years to allow nine runs in an inning.

Hyun-Jin Ryu earned his first major league victory by allowing two runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 6-2 win against Pittsburgh. Jeff Sellers hit a solo homer and Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

Dexter Fowler poked a two-run homer and Wilin Rosario added a three-run blast as Colorado clobbered San Diego 9-1 to improve to 9-1 for the first time since 1995. Jhoulys Chacin (joo-LEES’ shah-SEEN’) held the Padres to a run and six hits over 6 2/3s.

Tim Hudson allowed a run and three hits over 6 2/3 innings of Atlanta’s 5-1 verdict over the Chicago Cubs. Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (sah-MAHR’-juh) set a career high with 13 strikeouts but gave up four runs in 5 2-3 innings.

Jay Bruce drove in three runs and Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh) outdueled Stephen Strasburg as Cincinnati doubled up Washington 6-3 to take the rubber game of the series. Strasburg was reached for six runs, nine hits and four walks before leaving in the sixth.

The New York Mets spotted Miami a 3-0 lead before beating the Marlins 4-3 on Marlon Byrd’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth. The Mets rallied to improve to 4-2 after Jose Fernandez held them to a run and three hits while striking out eight over five innings in his big league debut.

Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske (HIHN’-skee) crushed a two-run homer in the 11th inning as Arizona pulled out an 8-7 victory and a three-game sweep of Milwaukee. Aaron Hill also had a two-run homer in the Diamondbacks’ fourth consecutive win.

UNDATED (AP) — Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was upset after being placed him on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, saying team management did not tell him before making the decision. Freeman was hitting .417 with one homer and seven RBIs in five games before he was shelved. The injury first occurred in a workout the day before the season opener.

Also, Los Angeles Angels starter Jered Weaver left his start at Texas on Sunday with a strained left elbow after diving to get out of the way of a line drive. Weaver avoided being hit by the ball, but landed awkwardly on his left arm while going down. X-rays were negative.

Yu Darvish left his first home start of the season early because of a blister on his right ring finger. The blister is in the same area that he had issues with in his first start of the season five days earlier, when he came within one out of a perfect game at Houston.

And Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum (swaym) says Carlos Marmol (mahr-MOHL’) is out as closer and rookie Kyuji Fujikawa will take over the role. Marmol has a 27.00 ERA in three appearances this season.

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