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Red Sox conduct hitting exhibition

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Jason Varitek singled in two runs to cap a six-run third inning against rookie Erik Bedard (4-5) and finished with three runs batted in

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Torii Hunter, right, of the Twins, knocks the ball away from White Sox catcher Jamie Burke in the eighth inning at US Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois, Monday. Hunter scored on a sacrifice fly by Henry Blanco. Minnesota won the game 6-2.

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Pedro Martinez ended a run of frustration against the Baltimore Orioles, and the Boston Red Sox put on another hitting show Monday night in a 12-5 blowout.

Martinez (11-4) was pulled with one out in the seventh inning during a steady rain. He allowed five runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out five.

Martinez is 7-1 in his last 12 starts with his only loss Wednesday against the Orioles. He came in 0-2 with a 8.66 ERA in three starts against Baltimore this season.

Jason Varitek singled in two runs to cap a six-run third inning against rookie Erik Bedard (4-5) and finished with three RBIs. Gabe Kapler and Manny Ramirez had three hits each for the Red Sox, who have scored 39 runs on 52 hits in their last four games.

Tigers 13, Indians 4

In Cleveland, Mike Maroth pitched seven soggy innings and Detroit got home runs from Carlos Guillen and Marcus Thames.

Thames hit a two-run homer in Detroit's six-run first inning against Cliff Lee (10-3), and Guillen had a three-run shot when the Tigers added six more in the fifth to open a 12-2 lead. Ivan Rodriguez, who entered the night as the AL's leading hitter, went 0-for-4 and was the only Tigers starter without a hit on a misty night at Jacobs Field.

Maroth (8-7) rode the run support to his third straight win. He allowed four runs and eight hits. Guillen had four RBIs for the Tigers. Brandon Inge had a career-high four hits with two RBIs.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 5, 10 innings

In Toronto, Tony Clark hit a go-ahead double in the 10th inning, and New York won despite Mariano Rivera blowing his second straight save.

Rivera converted 23 consecutive saves before giving up three runs in an 11-10 loss to Boston on Saturday. He failed to hold a two-run lead in the ninth inning against Toronto, but Clark hit a two-out double off Jason Frasor (3-3), and the Yankees ended Toronto's three-game winning streak.

Chris Gomez tied the game with a two-run single to center with two outs in the ninth, but Rivera (2-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the win. Gomez drove in three runs for the Blue Jays, who got homers from Carlos Delgado and Gregg Zaun.

Twins 6, White Sox 2

In Chicago, Brad Radke allowed three hits in seven innings, and Henry Blanco homered off nemesis Mark Buehrle to lead Minnesota over Chicago.

Radke (7-6) retired the final 16 batters he faced and did not allow a hit after the second, when he gave up Paul Konerko's 27th homer and a single to Timo Perez.

Blanco, who entered the game in an 8-for-49 slump, hit his sixth homer following Corey Koskie's triple in the fourth. Minnesota collected 10 hits in the first four innings against Buehrle (10-4), who came in 3-0 against the Twins this season and 6-0 dating to June 2003.

Rangers 6, Angels 1

In Anaheim, California, Michael Young hit a leadoff homer, Gary Matthews Jr. added a three-run shot and Ryan Drese earned his first road win of the season for AL West-leading Texas.

Drese (7-5) outpitched Kelvim Escobar for the second time in six days, allowing a run and 10 hits over 6 2-3 innings against a lineup missing ailing sluggers Vladimir Guerrero and Garret Anderson.

Escobar (5-8) lost for the sixth time in seven decisions.

Young drove Escobar's second pitch into the left-field bullpen for his eighth career leadoff homer and 14th overall this season. Matthews made it 6-0 in the fifth with his eighth homer.

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