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AMERICAN LEAGUE: Byrd leads the Indians to shutout win

SCORELESS STREAK Cleveland's starters have not leaked a run in 34 innings and they got the fourth shutout in seven games against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday


Paul Byrd and two Cleveland relievers combined for the Indians' fourth shutout in seven games as they defeated the Oakland Athletics 4-0 on Tuesday.

Byrd (2-3) allowed five hits over seven-and-a-third innings, striking out seven without a walk.

The right-hander extended the Indians’ scoreless streak to 34 innings by their starting staff. The last run allowed by a Cleveland starter came on Friday night in the fifth inning against Toronto by C.C. Sabathia — the only run yielded by an Indians starter in the last 39 innings.

Travis Hafner singled home a first-inning run off Justin Duchscherer (3-2) and Ryan Garko hit a three-run homer off Andrew Brown in the eighth.

Rafael Perez retired the only Oakland batter he faced and Masahide Kobayashi worked the final one-and-two-thirds innings for his first save. The 33-year-old right-hander, signed as a free agent in November, had 227 saves over the last eight seasons in Japan.

Orioles 5, Red Sox 4

In Baltimore, Maryland, Luke Scott homered and had three of Baltimore’s 11 hits off Josh Beckett and Baltimore received a fine pitching performance from Jeremy Guthrie in a victory over Boston.

Scott was mired in a seven-for-55 skid before going three-for-three against Beckett, who came in 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA in four career starts at Camden Yards. Scott’s three-run homer in the third inning put Baltimore ahead 5-3 and the advantage stood up.

The Red Sox were without manager Terry Francona, who will miss the two-game series following the death of his mother-in-law. He was replaced by bench coach Brad Mills, now 5-4 when subbing for Francona.

Rays 2, Yankees 1, 11 innings

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Gabe Gross singled with no outs in the 11th inning to drive in the first run Mariano Rivera has allowed all season, giving Tampa Bay a victory over New York and sending the Rays into first place in the American League East.

Cliff Floyd began the 11th with a single and pinch-runner Jonny Gomes stole second before Gross delivered the winner up the middle on a 1-1 pitch. Rivera (0-1) had not allowed a run in 14 previous appearances.

J.P. Howell (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, the Rays’ 15th in 20 games. Tampa Bay have won a club-record 11 straight at home and are a half-game ahead of Boston in the AL East after the Red Sox lost 5-4 at Baltimore. It’s the first time the Rays have sat alone atop the division standings beyond the first week of a season.

Royals 3, Tigers 2

In Kansas City, Missouri, Jose Guillen drove in a pair of runs to help Kansas City rally to beat Detroit.

With the game tied at 2-2 in the eighth inning, Guillen doubled with two outs off Francisco Cruceta (0-1). Esteban German ran for Guillen. After Billy Butler walked, Mark Teahen had an infield single, but Edgar Renteria committed a throwing error on a backhanded flip to second base, allowing German to score an unearned run.

Leo Nunez (3-0), the third of four Kansas City pitchers picked up the victory. Joakim Soria worked a perfect ninth to earn his ninth save in as many opportunities.

Blue Jays 5, Twins 3

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Matt Stairs homered and scored twice for the struggling Blue Jay’s offense in Toronto’s victory over Minnesota.

Lyle Overbay and former Twin Shannon Stewart each had two hits, including RBI-doubles, for the Jays.

Carlos Gomez and Jason Kubel hit solo homers for Minnesota, but reliever Dennys Reyes was charged with his first earned run of the season after a so-so start from Kevin Slowey (0-3) and the Twins lost at home for just the second time in 13 games.

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