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Hernandez outduels Dice-K

April 12, 2007

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— Fans were treated to a great pitching performance in Daisuke Matsuzaka's Fenway Park debut - only it was by Felix Hernandez.

Seattle's pitching phenom didn't allow a hit until J.D. Drew singled on his first pitch of the eighth inning, and the Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox, 3-0, Wednesday night in the heralded first major-league matchup between Dice-K and Ichiro Suzuki. The burly Hernandez (2-0), three days past his 21st birthday, pitched a one-hitter for his third complete game in 45 starts. Hernandez struck out six and walked two, retiring his first eight batters until walking Dustin Pedroia, and remained unscored upon in 17 innings this season.

Before a crowd of 36,630, Matsuzaka (1-1) allowed three runs and eight in seven innings.

Twins 5, Yankees 1

Minneapolis - Ramon Ortiz dominated for eight innings. .

Tigers 4, Orioles 1 (12)

Baltimore - Craig Monroe hit a grand slam with two outs in the 12th inning, and Detroit limitedBaltimore to six hits.

Devil Rays 6, Rangers 5

Arlington, Texas - Carlos Pena homered in a four-run third inning, and Tampa Bay hung on to beat Texas.

Angels 4, Indians 1

Milwaukee - Joe Saunders allowed a run and four hits in 62â3 innings.

White Sox 6, Athletics 3

Oakland, Calif. - Darin Erstad hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth.

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