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Minnesota Twins starter Phil Hughes, a former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre star in Triple-A, delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Hughes, who helped the New York Yankees win the 2009 World Series, didn't get the victory but the Twins won in his Minnesota debut to avoid a three-game sweep.
Minnesota Twins starter Phil Hughes, a former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre star in Triple-A, delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Hughes, who helped the New York Yankees win the 2009 World Series, didn't get the victory but the Twins won in his Minnesota debut to avoid a three-game sweep.
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CHICAGO — Oswaldo Arcia’s first hit of the season helped give the Minnesota Twins their first win in the Minnesota debut of Phil Hughes.


Chris Colabello had a career-high six RBIs and doubled twice, Arcia hit a go-ahead triple in the ninth inning and the Twins avoided a season-opening sweep with a 10-9 comeback win Thursday over the Chicago White Sox.


Manager Ron Gardenhire got his 999th career victory, and Glen Perkins picked up his first save after squandering the lead Wednesday.


Arcia’s triple off the wall in center gave Minnesota a 10-9 lead in the ninth inning.


Arcia had been 0 for 13, but his empty start ended at the best time for Minnesota.


Colabello’s three-run double in the third gave Minnesota a 3-1 edge, and his fifth-inning double off Jose Quintana gave the Twins a 5-1 lead. He also had an RBI groundout in the seventh to complete a career game when the raw conditions (37 degrees at game time) were challenging.


What Colabello and Arcia did helped the Twins win in starter Phil Hughes’ debut.


Signed by the Twins to a three-year, $24 million contract after seven years with the Yankees, he lasted five innings in his debut and allowed four runs, seven hits and two home runs while striking out seven.


Over his last two seasons with the Yankees, Hughes gave up 59 home runs. The two he allowed Thursday were to Alejandro De Aza and Adam Dunn, but he left with a 5-4 lead.


Red Sox 4, Orioles 3


BALTIMORE — David Ortiz had three of Boston’s 12 hits off Wei-Yin Chen, and the Red Sox got an effective pitching performance from Felix Doubront and four relievers in a victory over Baltimore.


Xander Bogaerts also had three hits for the Red Sox, who took two of three in this season-opening series between AL East rivals. The 21-year-old Bogaerts has reached in eight of 12 plate appearances, collecting five hits and three walks.


Matt Wieters had three hits for the Orioles and Chris Davis had two hits and scored twice.


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Rays 7, Blue Jays 2


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Chris Archer threw six solid innings, Evan Longoria hit a three-run homer and Tampa Bay split a four-game series with Toronto.


Archer (1-0) allowed two runs, four hits, two walks and had seven strikeouts. Archer and the Rays agreed to a $25.5 million, six-year deal Wednesday. The contract includes club options for 2020 and 2021 that could raise the value to $43.75 million.


Longoria tied Carlos Pena for first on the Rays’ career home run list with 163 on his seventh-inning shot off Esmil Rogers that put Tampa Bay ahead 7-2.


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