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— Johnny Cueto, Reds, struck out 10 in his major league debut, allowing just one hit in seven overpowering innings in Cincinnati's 3-2 win over Arizona.

— John Danks, White Sox, allowed one run and two hits in 6 2-3 innings to lead Chicago over Cleveland 2-1.

— Brad Thompson, Cardinals, had a career-high six strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings and also had his first career RBI and St. Louis beat Colorado 3-0.

— Scott Hairston, Padres, went 3-for-3 and scored two runs while batting leadoff in San Diego's 3-2 win over Houston.

— Xavier Nady, Pirates, drove in Nyjer Morgan with a 10th inning single and Pittsburgh beat Atlanta 4-3.

— Kevin Kouzmanoff, Padres, hit a two-run homer in the first inning and San Diego beat Houston 3-2.


Gary Sheffield became the latest Tigers star with an injury, tearing a tendon in his ring finger while trying unsuccessfully to stretch a single into a double in the eighth inning. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he didn't know how serious the injury was, but noted Sheffield couldn't ben the finger. Sheffield said he would try to play through the injury, but he wouldn't know his status until the swelling subsided.


Mike Hampton, scheduled to make his first start since Aug. 19, 2005, strained his left pectoral muscle while warming up in the bullpen before Atlanta's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was scratched and will be placed on the disabled list, retroactive to March 30. Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes will be called up from Triple-A Richmond and will be available on Friday.


Former Twins center fielder Torii Hunter homered leading off the seventh inning of the final game of his emotional return to the Metrodome, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-4 win over Minnesota. Hunter, who signed a $90 million, five-year deal with the Angels in the offseason, got a standing ovation from the small crowd.