BALTIMORE – Ian Kinsler homered twice and Texas led off the first three innings with home runs against Mark Hendrickson.

Andruw Jones and Chris Davis also connected against Hendrickson (1-3), who lasted only 4 1-3 innings. The Rangers, who have won four of six, lead the majors with 35 homers and have hit two or more 13 times this season.

Scott Feldman (1-0), starting in place of injured right-hander Kris Benson, allowed a run and four hits over five innings in his first start this season. Frank Francisco got the final two outs for his fourth save.

Ty Wigginton homered and drove in two runs for the Orioles.

Texas center fielder Josh Hamilton left after 41/2 innings with inflammation near the left side of his rib cage.

Twins 7, Indians 1

CLEVELAND – Kevin Slowey pitched eight sharp innings and Jason Kubel hit two solo homers for Minnesota.

Slowey (3-0) carried a five-hit shutout into the ninth but allowed three singles to open the inning before departing with the bases loaded. Luis Ayala struck out Ben Francisco, but Kelly Shoppach singled in a run. Ayala then got Tony Graffanino to bounce into a game-ending double play.

Slowey struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter.

Kubel led Minnesota’s 15-hit attack by homering in the fifth off Carl Pavano and again in the ninth off Masa Kobayashi.

Pavano (0-3) allowed five runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings.

White Sox 10, Blue Jays 2

CHICAGO – Alexei Ramirez hit his fifth grand slam and drove in a career-high five RBIs, and Jermaine Dye added a two-run homer for Chicago.

Ramirez capped a six-run fifth inning with a drive to left on a 3-2 pitch from reliever Shawn Camp, giving the White Sox an 8-2 lead. He needed just 152 games to reach five grand slams, second fastest in major league history. Rudy York with the Detroit Tigers did it in 139 games in the 1938 season, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Mark Buehrle (3-0) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings for Chicago.

Brian Burres (0-1) worked 4 1-3 innings for Toronto, yielding six runs and seven hits.

Tigers 9, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Gerald Laird and Curtis Granderson hit two-run homers and Magglio Ordonez connected for a solo shot, leading Detroit to the victory.

Laird, who had three hits, went deep with Carlos Guillen aboard in the second. Granderson hit his sixth home run in the third after Adam Everett led off the inning with a single.

Ordonez’s homer in the ninth was his first extra-base hit after 17 singles, and he now has 14 home runs and 62 RBIs in 78 games at Kauffman Stadium.

Zach Miner (2-1) went five-plus innings for Detroit, allowing one run and three hits.

Kansas City’s Kyle Davies (1-1) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.


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