DETROIT – Ian Kinsler’s first few weeks with Detroit have been just what the Tigers were hoping for.
Kinsler homered and drove in four runs, and the Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Kinsler has settled into Detroit’s leadoff spot nicely after the Tigers traded Prince Fielder for him in the offseason. He hit his second homer of the season — a three-run shot in the fifth inning — and raised his average to .327.
Justin Verlander (2-1) allowed three unearned runs in five innings, and the Tigers trailed 3-1 before Kinsler’s homer off Danny Salazar (0-2).
Detroit never gave up the lead after scoring four runs in the fifth, although Cleveland’s Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 6-5.
Lonnie Chisenhall had four hits for the Indians, raising his average to .522.
Rangers 8, Mariners 6
In Arlington, Texas, Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered again, doubling twice and scoring two runs as the Rangers won their third straight.
Yankees 10, Rays 2
In St. Petersburg, Florida, CC Sabathia pitched seven innings for a rare win at Tropicana Field, leading New York past David Price and the Rays in a matchup of former AL Cy Young Award winners.
Ichiro Suzuki, batting ninth for the Yankees, was hitless in four at-bats.
Twins 7, Blue Jays 0 (1st)
Twins 9, Blue Jays 5 (2nd)
In Minneapolis, unfazed by the subfreezing temperature at first pitch, Kyle Gibson (3-0) allowed four singles in a career-high eight scoreless innings in a day-night doubleheader opener.
At -0.5 C, Gibson took the mound for the coldest start for an outdoor game in Twins history.
Munenori Kawasaki was 0-for-4 for the Blue Jays.
In Game 2, Minnesota scored three straight runs on wild pitches by Toronto’s Sergio Santos in the eighth inning en route to a triumph.
Red Sox 3, White Sox 1
In Chicago, Jon Lester pitched eight sharp innings and David Ross hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Boston’s two-run ninth, leading the Red Sox to over the White Sox.
Boston’s Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.
Royals 5, Astros 1
In Houston, James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and Kansas City completed a three-game sweep of the Astros.
The Royals’ Norichika Aoki had two hits, including a double, in four at-bats and scored twice.