One of baseball's young pitching stars, 22-year-old Scott Kazmir of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, muffled the red-hot Boston Red Sox with a two-hitter Monday.
The 3-0 victory by the last-place Devil Rays also was Kazmir's first major-league complete game. He is heading for an appearance in next week's All-Star game in Pittsburgh.
Another American League left-handed pitching ace, Erik Bedard of the Baltimore Orioles, also had a sparkling two-hit performance that smothered the Chicago White Sox, 8-1.
The other winners on Monday were the Indians, Rangers, Twins, Athletics and Angels. In the National League, the last-place Pirates demolished the league-leading New York Mets, 11-1; other winners were the Brewers, Nationals, Braves, Astros, Giants and Dodgers.
In Los Angeles, the Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra tied a major-league record by getting hit by pitches three times in one game. He also singled and drove in two runs in a 10-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Milwaukee Brewers clipped the Cincinnati Reds, 8-7. Here in Washington, the Nationals beat the Florida Marlins, 9-1, with two home runs by Alfonso Soriano. The Atlanta Braves downed the struggling St. Louis Cardinals, 6-3, and the Houston Astros beat the Chicago Cubs, 7-2, with Roger Clemens gaining his first win -- and the 342nd of his career -- in his current comeback attempt. The San Francisco Giants beat the Coplorado Rockies in Denver, 9-6.
The Cleveland Indians clubbed the New York Yankees, 5-2, the Texas Rangers downed the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-1, and the Minnesota Twins rallied to nip the Royals in Kansas City, 6-5. The Oakland Athletics edged the Detroit Tigers, 5-3, and the Los Angeles Angels whipped the Seattle Mariners, 7-1.