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Santana shuts down ChiSox

April 9, 2007

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— Johan Santana insisted he doesn't care who he faces. Considering how well he pitches against the Chicago White Sox, one has to wonder.

Santana shut them down again, allowing one hit over seven scoreless innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 3-1 victory on Sunday.

"That's the way I am," Santana said. "I'll do it to any team. I don't have any preference for any teams. I don't disrespect any teams. ... That's the way I've been doing it. I'm always going to stay aggressive and do my job."

Justin Morneau hit a three-run homer off rookie John Danks in the fourth inning, and that was enough for Santana (2-0), who retired the final 17 batters he faced.

Orioles 6, Yankees 4

New York - Paul Bako put Baltimore ahead with his first home run since 2004, a three-run drive that led the Orioles past New York.

Erik Bedard (1-1), chased early by Minnesota on opening day, gave up a two-run homer to Alex Rodriguez in a three-run first and then rebounded to retire his next 11 batters

Athletics 2, Angels 1

Anaheim, Calif. - Joe Blanton beat Los Angeles for the first time in seven career decisions, and Oakland got RBI doubles from Shannon Stewart and Nick Swisher to earn a four-game split.

Blue Jays 6, Devil Rays 3

St. Petersburg, Fla. - Roy Halladay won for the first time since last August, and Reed Johnson hit a three-run homer to lead Toronto past Tampa Bay.

Halladay (1-0) had gone winless in seven starts since beating Baltimore on Aug. 20. He gave up three runs, seven hits and three walks in seven innings. He struck out seven.

Vernon Wells also homered for the Blue Jays. Casey Janssen pitched two innings for his first career save.

Red Sox 3, Rangers 2

Arlington, Texas - David Ortiz snapped out of a 2-for-18 slump with his first two home runs, and Curt Schilling bounced back from his horrendous season debut to help Boston beat Texas to avoid a sweep.

Jonathan Papelbon recorded the last five outs for the save.

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