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Marlins’ Alex Fernandez nearly no-hits Cubs

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First, Alex Fernandez stuck it to the Chicago White Sox, leaving his previous employers and taking his repertoire of fantastic pitches to Florida.

Then, he stuck it to the Chicago Cubs, nearly holding them hitless before winding up with a 1-0, one-hit victory that kept them winless after eight games.The only hit Fernandez allowed was Dave Hansen's infield single with one out in the ninth inning Thursday as the Florida Marlins improved to 7-1 and remained the only major league team with fewer than two losses.

Astros 5, Braves 3

Jeff Bagwell went 3-for-3, including a solo homer, and drove in two runs as Houston stopped Atlanta's winning streak at six. The Astros also handed the Braves their first loss after five wins at their new home, Turner Field.

American League

Blue Jays 4, White Sox 0

At Chicago, Albert Belle might want to consider using some of his $55 million contract to build a dome over Comiskey Park.

Numbed by the cold and Juan Guzman's fastballs, the Chicago White Sox' dynamic duo of Belle and Frank Thomas so far have been duds.

Guzman combined with three Toronto pitchers Thursday to shut out the White Sox for the second consecutive day before 14,180 frozen fans at Comiskey Park.

Belle, Thomas and Harold Baines, the White Sox's heart of the order, were a combined 1-for-21 in the two games.

Twins 7, Tigers 3

Paul Molitor drove in two runs and Ron Coomer homered in front of another tiny crowd at Tiger Stadium.

Just 6,381 tickets were sold for the game, and with a 39-degree temperature, the actual crowd appeared to be half that. Only 6,477 tickets were sold for Wednesday's game. The Tigers hadn't drawn so few for a home game since Aug. 21, 1989, when 6,197 saw the Tigers play Oakland.

Scott Aldred (1-0), starting because Rich Robertson has an upper respiratory infection, gave up three runs and four hits in five innings. Willie Blair (1-2) was the loser.

Detroit rookie Bubba Trammell hit his first major league homer, a three-run shot. The Tigers were trying for their first sweep of Minnesota in four years.

Rangers 2, Brewers 0

Bobby Witt (1-0) scattered three hits in eight innings at County Stadium in his first start of the season.

A game-time temperature of 38 degrees and 12 mph winds kept the crowd down.

John Wetteland, signed by Texas in the offseason after winning the World Series MVP award with the Yankees, pitched a perfect ninth for his first save with the Rangers.