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  • Red Sox put the freeze on Yankees

  • NEW YORK — Clay Buchholz chilled the Yankees' bats, speedy Jackie Bradley Jr. got his first major league hit and the Boston Red Sox beat New York 7-4 on a cold Wednesday night to open a season with consecutive wins for the first time since 1999.
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  • NEW YORK — Clay Buchholz chilled the Yankees' bats, speedy Jackie Bradley Jr. got his first major league hit and the Boston Red Sox beat New York 7-4 on a cold Wednesday night to open a season with consecutive wins for the first time since 1999.
    Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda became the latest Yankees player to get hurt, leaving in the second inning with a 2-0 deficit, four batters after Shane Victorino's line drive bruised the middle finger of his pitching hand.
    While the Red Sox under new manager John Farrell are off to their best start since going 5-0 in 1999, New York has been outscored 15-6 and outhit 26-15. The Yankees have failed to hold a lead at any point in their opening two games for the first time since 1998.
    Boston burst ahead 6-0 with a four-run third against Cody Eppley, and the Yankees never challenged.
    Athletics 6, Mariners 2
    At Oakland, Calif., Jed Lowrie and Chris Young hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning, helping Tommy Milone and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners.
    Nate Freiman had two hits and an RBI in his major league debut as Oakland knocked around Joe Saunders and two relievers after managing just one run and six hits in the first two games of the series. Milone (1-0) allowed a pair of first-inning home runs but settled down to retire 17 of his final 18 batters. Michael Morse had one of the homers for Seattle, his third in two days. Joe Saunders (0-1) lasted four innings and allowed seven hits with four walks.
    Rangers 4, Astros 0
    At Houston, A day after Yu Darvish came within one out of a perfect game, Alexi Ogando and four Texas relievers shut out Houston again, combining for a five-hitter.
    Lance Berkman doubled in a run for the Rangers a day after they blanked the Astros 7-0 behind Darvish's nearly historic gem.
    Rays 8, Orioles 7
    At St. Petersburg, Fla., Matt Joyce led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a towering home run against Tommy Hunter, giving Tampa Bay the victory.
    Shelley Duncan hit a three-run homer and Ben Zobrist had a pair of RBI singles for the Rays, who twice came from behind before wasting a late two-run lead.
    Indians 3, Blue Jays 2
    At Toronto, Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking home run in the 11th inning for Cleveland.
    Reynolds drilled a leadoff shot into the second deck off Sergio Santos (0-1), the fifth Blue Jays reliever.
    White Sox 5, Royals 2
    At Chicago, Adam Dunn hit one of Chicago's four homers, leading Jake Peavy and the White Sox to the victory.
    Twins 3, Tigers 2
    At Minneapolis, Eduardo Escobar's two-run double with one out in the ninth inning lifted Minnesota to the win.
    After Joaquin Benoit issued a leadoff walk to Trevor Plouffe, reliever Phil Coke took over. Coke got the first out, but Brian Dozier's single advanced pinch-runner Jamey Carroll to third. Escobar then drove the next pitch from Coke to the deepest part of the park in front of the bullpens in left-center field.
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