American League Game Capsules

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Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Monday's interleague series opener between the Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins has been postponed due to inclement weather. The contest will be played as part of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday, with that day's contest moved back to a 2:10 p.m. ET start time with Monday's postponed game to follow at 8:10 p.m ET.

Final Score: Boston 9, Oakland 6

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 and stroked a grand slam as part of a five RBI night, and the Boston Red Sox clubbed their way past the Oakland Athletics, 9-6, in the opener of a three-game set at Fenway Park. The red-hot Napoli, who was named the American League co-player of the week with teammate Andrew Bailey on Monday, has driven in 17 runs over a nine- game tear and is batting a cool .351 over the stretch. The Red Sox were swept in Sunday's doubleheader against Kansas City, but Felix Doubront (2-0) gave them a lift with a solid 6 2/3 innings of work. He struck out eight and gave up just three runs on three hits and five walks. Overall, Boston starters are a combined 10-3 on the young season. Will Middlebrooks cranked a three-run homer, Jarrod Saltalamacchia contributed an RBI double and after Oakland scored three runs in the eighth, Bailey notched his fourth save of season with a scoreless ninth. Oakland starter A.J. Griffin (2-1), who hadn't allowed more than two runs in any of his first three starts, was tagged for all nine runs -- seven earned -- on eight hits over four-plus innings. The Athletics, losers in four straight, managed just five hits. Josh Reddick and Josh Donaldson had two RBI apiece and Chris Young drove in a run in the setback.

Final Score: Baltimore 2, Toronto 1

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Nick Markakis drove in the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning to help Baltimore take a 2-1 win over Toronto in the opener of a three-game series. With Aaron Loup (1-2) on the mound, Chris Davis was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved up a base on J.J. Hardy's sacrifice bunt. After Steve Pearce popped out, Nolan Reimold was intentionally walked. Alexi Casilla then hit a hot-shot to short that Munenori Kawasaki fielded, but he one-hopped the ball to first and Edwin Encarnacion couldn't scoop it out of the dirt. Markakis then punched an opposite-field single to left and Davis easily scored for the win.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, New York 1

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Matt Moore turned in another outstanding start, Ryan Roberts went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs, and the resurgent Tampa Bay Rays took the opener of a three-game series with the New York Yankees with a 5-1 victory at Tropicana Field. Moore (4-0) became the first pitcher in Rays history to win his first four starts of the season after limiting the Yankees to just a pair of hits -- both coming from Robinson Cano -- and three walks while fanning nine over eight stellar innings. The talented young lefty has now yielded just 10 hits through 26 frames while pitching to a 1.04 earned run average on the year. Yunel Escobar added a two-run homer and Sean Rodriguez contributed an RBI triple to Tampa Bay's fourth straight win, during which the Rays have outscored the opposition by a 22-5 margin. All three homers came off CC Sabathia (3-2), who allowed four runs in the bottom of the first and five overall over seven innings of work to fall to 3-9 in 19 starts against the Rays since joining the Yankees in 2009. Cano's fourth- inning homer accounted for the lone scoring in New York's 12th loss in its last 14 visits to Tropicana Field.

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