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Baseball Today

Tuesday, April 28

Oakland at Texas (8:05 p.m. EDT). Jason Giambi and the light-hitting Athletics, who have a big league-low seven homers, face Josh Hamilton and the slugging Rangers, who lead the majors with 38 home runs.

STARS Sunday

• Shane Victorino, Phillies, drove in four runs to lead Philadelphia to a 13-2 victory over Florida.

• Kosuke Fukudome, Cubs, hit a three-run homer and drove in five on his 32nd birthday, helping Chicago beat St. Louis 10-3.

• Justin Upton, Diamondbacks, hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth and Arizona went on to a 5-4 victory over San Francisco in 12 innings.

• Jay Bruce, Reds, homered twice and drove in four runs in Cincinnati’s 8-2 win over Atlanta.

• Ivan Rodriguez, Astros, hit a tiebreaking homer in the fourth inning to help Houston beat Milwaukee 3-2.

• Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals, allowed one run and six hits over 5 1-3 innings in Washington’s 8-1 victory at the New York Mets.

• Ryan Spilborghs and Clint Barmes, Rockies, each hit a two-run homer to lead Colorado to a 10-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

• Adam LaRoche, Pirates, hit a three-run homer and a solo shot in Pittsburgh’s 8-3 win at San Diego.

• Howie Kendrick, Angels, homered and had a career-high four RBIs in Los Angeles’ 8-0 win over Seattle.

• Adam Jones, Orioles, hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and Baltimore rallied for an 8-5 victory over Texas.

STEALING A SWEEP

Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury slid safely under Jorge Posada’s swipe during a three-run fifth inning that gave the Red Sox a 4-1 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday night, a sweep of the three-game series and a 10-game winning streak.

SIDELINED

Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton was out of the starting lineup Sunday with bruised ribs, which he hurt sliding into third base on a double steal Saturday night. A team spokesman said X-rays were negative. Hamilton struck out looking as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of the 8-5 loss to Baltimore.

SHORTSTOP FOR THE AGED

Texas’ Omar Vizquel, who turned 42 on Friday, became the third 42-year-old in major league history to play shortstop when he entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning of the Rangers’ 8-5 loss to Baltimore. He joins Luke Appling (1949) and Hall of Famer Honus Wagner (1916).

TOUCH ’EM ALL

Chris Davis, David Murphy and Hank Blalock connected for the Rangers in an 8-5 loss to the Orioles. The Rangers lead the major leagues with 38 home runs and have hit two or more in a game 14 times this season, also most in the majors.

STATS

Cleveland shortstop Jhonny Peralta’s eighth-inning single in a 4-2 win over Minnesota snapped an 0-for-22 slump. ... Kansas City is 2-for-17 with the bases loaded this season. ... Orlando Cabrera added two hits and an RBI for Oakland in a 7-1 win over Tampa Bay, breaking out of a 3-for-37 slump.

ROCKY ROAD

It has been one wild ride for the Florida Marlins — and it’s only April. Jamie Moyer pitched six solid innings and the Philadelphia Phillies extended the Marlins’ skid to six with a 13-2 victory on Sunday. Florida, which began the season 11-1, is mired in its longest losing streak since an eight-game slide from Aug. 15-22, 2007.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Kosuke Fukudome hit a three-run homer and drove in five on his 32nd birthday, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 10-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Fukudome went 3-for-4 to hike his average to .371. He hit his fourth homer in the eighth to finish the scoring.

SPEAKING

“I wish I could have gone even deeper in the game, but I don’t want to get greedy. I am going to enjoy this one.” — Micah Owings after working seven solid innings in Cincinnati’s 8-2 win over the Braves, his first victory since May 25.

SEASONS April 28

1901 — Cleveland pitcher Bock Baker gave up a record 23 singles as the Chicago White Sox beat the Indians 13-1.

1930 — The first night game in organized baseball was played in Independence, Kan. In a Western Association game, Muskogee defeated Independence 13-3.

1934 — Detroit’s Goose Goslin hit into four double plays, but the Tigers still beat Cleveland 4-1.

1961 — Warren Spahn, at the age of 40, no-hit the San Francisco Giants 1-0 at Milwaukee.

1971 — Hank Aaron connected off Gaylord Perry for his 600th career home run in the Atlanta Braves’ 10-inning, 6-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

1988 — The winless Baltimore Orioles set an American League record by losing their 21st straight, falling to the Minnesota Twins 4-2.

1989 — Rickey Henderson of the New York Yankees set a major league record when he led off a game with a home run for the 36th time in his career, breaking a tie with Bobby Bonds.

1999 — Colorado’s Larry Walker hit three home runs and drove in eight runs to lead the Rockies to a 9-7 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Today’s birthdays: David Freese 26; Shawn Hill 28.

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