HOUSTON (AP) - Rookie Yordano Ventura threw seven solid innings for first major league win to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros last night. Omar Infante homered and drove in two runs for the Royals. Ventura allowed four hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts in seven innings in his fifth major league start.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers as the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0 last night. Fielder ended a 13-game homerless streak to start the season with a line drive to right-center field off former Texas first-round pick Blake Beavan to lead off the second inning. Kouzmanoff went deep to left two pitches later.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Stephane Robidas realized he might end up facing his former teammates in the first round of the playoffs when he was traded from the Dallas Stars to the Anaheim Ducks last month. Robidas realizes his postseason fate rests on the powerhouse Ducks' will. Anaheim hosts the Stars in Game 1 tonight.
HOUSTON (AP) - Prized prospect George Springer says he will join the Houston Astros from Triple-A Oklahoma City today. The 24-year-old outfielder had 37 homers and 108 RBIs with 45 stolen bases combined in Double-A and Triple-A last year. He was off to a strong start in Triple-A this season. He's hitting .308 with three homers and eight RBIs.
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