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Alex Rodriguez , Yankees, hit a three-run, two-out homer in the ninth to give New York an 8-6 victory and complete a three-game sweep of Cleveland.

Manny Ramirez and Alex Cora , Red Sox. Ramirez hit a tying, two-run homer in the eighth inning and Cora had a go-ahead triple in the ninth in a 5-3 win over Toronto.

J.J. Hardy, Brewers , had three hits, including a two-run homer, and four RBI to help Milwaukee to a 7-5 win against the Pirates .

Jeff Kent , Dodgers had three hits and two RBI and scored two runs in an 8-1 win over Colorado.


Amazing A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer that capped a comeback from a four-run deficit with two outs in the ninth inning, giving the New York Yankees an 8-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians that completed a three-game sweep. Rodriguez homered for the third straight game and increased his major league-leading totals to 10 homers and 26 RBI. Rodriguez matched Albert Pujols (last year) and Luis Gonzalez (2001) for the second-fastest to 10 homers behind Mike Schmidt (12 games in 1976), according to Elias Sports Bureau. He is the first player with two game-ending homers this early in the season since Philadelphia’s Pat Burrell had two in the first nine games in 2002.


Streaking

David Wright’s two-season hitting streak reached 26 games Thursday night, extending his franchise record and the Mets beat Florida, 11-3.


Out

Seattle ace Felix Hernandez will likely miss two to three starts with a muscle strain inside his right elbow and forearm. Hernandez had allowed just four hits in 17 scoreless innings — including a one-hitter at Boston last week — before he left his start Wednesday night against Minnesota after just one-third of an inning. He allowed three runs, walked two, threw a wild pitch that scored a run, then waived trainers out to the mound to remove him from the game because of the elbow tightness. The 21-year-old right-hander will not throw for five days, then will play catch.


Role reversal

San Diego pitcher Jake Peavy drove in two runs with his first career triple and added a double for the Padres, who beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 11-6, on Thursday. He struck out eight but allowed five runs on 10 hits and two walks, and his ERA rose from 0.90 to 2.49 in the win.


Sweeps

New York beat Cleveland, 8-6, on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep of the Indians. … Minnesota held on to beat Seattle, 6-5, to sweep the Mariners.


Trade

The Texas Rangers and Red Sox swapped minor league pitchers Thursday, with left-hander Daniel Haigwood going to Boston for right-hander Scott Shoemaker and cash.


Speaking

“It’s just fun. It’s going out and not trying to do too much, and help the team win.” – Alex Rodriguez, after his three-run homer capped a four-run ninth inning in New York’s 8-6 win over Cleveland.


Seasons

April 21

1910 – The Cleveland Indians played their first game at League Park and lost to the Detroit Tigers, 5-0, in front of 19,867.

1955 – The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 14-4, at Ebbets Field for their 10th consecutive victory from the start of the season — a major league record that lasted until 1981.

1967 – After 737 consecutive games, the Dodgers were rained out for the first time since moving to Los Angeles. The St. Louis Cardinals were scheduled.

1982 – The Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3, for their 13th straight victory.

1984 – In his second start since August 1982, Montreal pitcher David Palmer threw five perfect innings against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-0 victory stopped by rain.

1987 – The Milwaukee Brewers’ 13-game winning streak from the start of the season ended with a 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Milwaukee shared the major league streak of 13 straight, set by the Atlanta Braves in 1982.

1994 – Eddie Murray set a major league record with his 11th switch-hit home run game as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins, 10-6.

1996 – Brady Anderson led off the first inning with a home run for the fourth straight game for Baltimore. The Texas Rangers overcame that homer, beating the Orioles, 9-6.

2002 – Randy Johnson struck out 17 batters while giving up two hits in Arizona’s 7-1 win over Colorado.

2002 – Atlanta’s Rafael Furcal tied a modern major league record and became the first Braves player in 46 years to hit three triples in a game, as Atlanta beat Florida, 4-2.

2006 – Alfonso Soriano hit three home runs and drove in a career-high five RBI as Washington beat Atlanta, 7-3.

2006 – Albert Pujols hit his major league leading 11th homer of the season and drove in four RBI in St. Louis’ 9-3 win over Chicago. Pujols’ first-inning two-run blast was his 1,000th career hit. He became the fastest player in major league history to reach that milestone with 200 homers. Pujols needed 806 games to reach the milestones, topping the previous record by Willie Mays of 825 games.

Today’s birthdays: Ronny Paulino, 26; Jeff Keppinger, 27; Jack Taschner, 29; Kip Wells, 30.


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