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David Ortiz ruins Johnny Damon's return


American LeagueDavid Ortiz hit a three-run homer to ruin Johnny Damon's return to Fenway Park and lead Boston to a 7-3 victory over New York on Monday night in the first meeting of the season between the AL East rivals.

Mark Loretta's single broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth and Ortiz followed with his 11th homer.

Booed each time he came to the plate, Damon, left for New York as a free agent after last season, went 0-for-4.

Reliever Mike Timlin (3-0) got the win and Jonathan Papelbon retired the side in order in the ninth with two strikeouts. Aaron Small (0-1) took the loss after going 10-0 for the Yankees last season.

Boston starter Tim Wakefield allowed a hit and a walk through three innings before falling behind 3-1 in the fourth. The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs and Hideki Matsui's groundout drove in one run and Robinson Cano singled in two.

Boston tied it in the fourth on an RBI single by Manny Ramirez and Trot Nixon's RBI-groundout.

Tigers 3, Royals 2

At Detroit, Jeremy Bonderman threw eight shutout innings and Detroit won its fourth straight.

Magglio Ordonez and Craig Monroe homered for the Tigers, who have outscored their opponents 36-3 in winning the first four games of an eight-game homestand. They improved to 3-0 against the Royals this year, outscoring Kansas City 20-6.

Matt Stairs and Mark Teahen had RBI singles in the ninth to get Kansas City within one, but Todd Jones got Angel Berroa to ground out with runners on first and third to finish up his fourth save.

Kansas City starter Runelvys Hernandez (1-1) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Blue Jays 9, Orioles 7

At Baltimore, Troy Glaus went 4-for-5 with two homers, two doubles and four RBIs to lead Toronto.

Glaus hit a solo shot in the second inning and erased a 3-2 deficit with a three-run drive in the seventh. It was his second multihomer game of the season and 20th of his career.

He also scored four runs, the last on a three-run homer by Lyle Overbay in the ninth.

Ted Lilly (3-1) gave up two earned runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings.

After Miguel Tejada homered in a four-run ninth, former Oriole B.J. Ryan got the final out for his fifth save. Ramon Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs for Baltimore.

Reliever LaTroy Hawkins (0-1) retired pinch-hitter Frank Catalanotto leading off the seventh, then gave up singles to Alex Rios and Vernon Wells. Glaus then hit a 2-0 pitch over the right-field scoreboard, his eighth homer of the season.

White Sox 8, Indians 6

At Cleveland, Javier Vazquez dominated for six innings and Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer to help teammate Jim Thome enjoy his return to Cleveland.

Thome was back at Jacobs Field for the first time as a visiting player. The Indians' career home run leader bolted as a free agent following the 2002 season, signing a six-year, US$85 million deal with Philadelphia.

Thome went 1-for-5 with an RBI in his first game at the Jake since Sept. 29, 2002. He also struck out twice to the delight of some Cleveland fans.

Vazquez (3-1) allowed five hits and would have blanked the Indians for six innings if left fielder Scott Podsednik hadn't dropped a two-out fly ball.

Podsednik had four hits and matched a club record with four steals as the White Sox won their fourth straight and improved to 18-7 -- their record on May 1 a year ago when they went on to win the World Series. The Indians trailed 7-0, but Travis Hafner's third career grand slam brought Cleveland within two in the seventh.

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