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POSTED April 7, 2012 11:12 p.m.

DETROIT — Prince Fielder hit his first two home runs with the Detroit Tigers and Miguel Cabrera added a pair of his own in a rout of the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.
Cabrera opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run shot to left-center, and Fielder added a solo homer in the fourth to the same part of the ballpark.
Cabrera and Fielder hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth.
Duane Below (1-0) got the win in relief after Detroit starter Doug Fister left in the fourth with a strain in his left side.
Beckett (0-1) allowed seven runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings, and the five homers he gave up equaled a career high.

CLEVELAND — Rajai Davis hit a two-run double in the 12th inning, Toronto rallied for the second straight game against Cleveland’s bullpen and the Blue Jays beat the Indians in extra innings again.
Davis’ hit off Tony Sipp (0-1) gave the Blue Jays a 5-3 lead and they held on to win another extra-inning game between the teams, who set a major league record by playing the longest opening-day game in history — a 16-inning marathon Thursday.
Kelly Johnson homered for the Blue Jays and Toronto starter Brandon Morrow allowed one hit in seven innings.
Casey Janssen (1-0) pitched two innings for the win.

CHICAGO — Adam LaRoche homered and matched a career high with four hits, and the Washington Nationals again rallied late against Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol, scoring five runs in the eighth to beat the Chicago Cubs.
LaRoche drove a two-run shot off Matt Garza in the fourth. The Cubs chased Gio Gonzalez with three in the bottom half to go up 4-2. But Washington sent up 11 batters in the eighth and hammered Wood (0-1) and Marmol again after they faltered in a 2-1 loss on Thursday.
Ryan Mattheus (1-0) got the win. Henry Rodriguez struck out three in the ninth, and four relievers combined to shut out the Cubs over the final 5 1-3 innings after Gonzalez struggled.

NEW YORK — Lucas Duda homered twice and became the first player to take advantage of the pulled-in fences at Citi Field, leading R.A. Dickey and the Mets over Atlanta.
David Wright kept hitting with a homer and two singles as the Mets improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2009.
Josh Thole lined a go-ahead single with two outs in the fifth inning off well-traveled Livan Hernandez, making his first regular-season relief appearance since his major league debut in 1996.
Martin Prado hit a two-run homer for Atlanta.
Dickey (1-0) kept the Braves off-balance with his knuckler for six innings, allowing five hits and working around four walks.

PHOENIX — Aaron Hill hit two homers, Chris Young had a pair of run-scoring doubles and the quick-striking Diamondbacks beat San Francisco.
The kings of the comeback last season, the Diamondbacks have been fast starters in 2012, scoring seven runs the first two innings their first two games.
Hill drove in three of those: A solo homer off Madison Bumgarner (0-1) in the first inning and a two-run shot in the second. Young also hit the first of his RBI doubles in the first, giving starter Daniel Hudson (1-0) just enough cushion to open with a victory after struggling early last season.
J.J. Putz worked a perfect ninth for his second straight save.
Pablo Sandoval and Brett Pill each hit two-run homers for the Giants.

MILWAUKEE — Corey Hart homered twice, Zack Greinke pitched four-hit ball for seven innings and the Brewers beat the Cardinals.
Rickie Weeks homered while Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Gomez added RBI doubles for the Brewers. Ryan Braun had a pair of doubles and drew a walk after going 0 for 5 on Friday.
Greinke (1-0) continued the dominant form he showed at Miller Park all last season. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven.
Adam Wainwright (0-1), who missed all of the 2011 season after having elbow surgery, went 5 2-3 innings, giving up four hits and three runs with a walk and six strikeouts.


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