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Twins 6, Tigers 2
At Minneapolis, Joe Mauer homered, and was robbed of another by Clete Thomas, and the Twins' struggling bullpen protected a lead for three innings.
Joe Crede homered for the Twins in his first at-bat after missing three games with a hamstring injury.
Armando Galarraga (3-3) gave up five runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. He is 0-5 with a 5.63 ERA in his career against the Twins.
Kevin Slowey (5-1) gave up one run and eight hits in six innings for the Twins. Jose Mijares, Matt Guerrier and Joe Nathan retired nine straight for an embattled bullpen that surrendered a two-run lead in the eighth against Seattle on Sunday.
Mauer is hitting .500 (16 for 32) despite missing all of spring training and the first 22 games of the season with a back injury.
Athletics 12, Royals 3
At Oakland, Calif., Jack Cust hit a three-run homer in a seven-run second inning and Orlando Cabrera had three hits and four RBIs for the Athletics.
Matt Holliday added two hits and two RBIs and Trevor Cahill (2-2) pitched six innings for the win as the A's handed the Royals their fourth straight loss.
Coco Crisp homered and had three hits and Mike Jacobs homered for Kansas City.
Luke Hochevar (0-1) gave up eight runs in three innings after being called up from the minors on Sunday.
Red Sox 4, Angels 3
At Anaheim, Calif., Jason Varitek drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the ninth inning and J.D. Drew homered for Boston.
Drew led off the ninth with a single against Scot Shields (1-3) and scored one out later when Varitek lined a 1-2 pitch to right-center.
Ramon Ramirez (4-0) pitched a hitless eighth inning for the victory and Jonathan Papelbon got three outs for his ninth save in as many chances.
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