- Associated Press - Sunday, June 24, 2012

BOSTON (AP) - Kevin Youkilis said farewell at Fenway Park on Sunday, a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves helped by Cody Ross, who hit two homers and drove in five runs.

Youkilis was traded to the Chicago White Sox for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart after the game.

Youkilis was lifted for a pinch-runner after hitting a triple in the seventh inning. He was greeted with a hug from Nick Punto, who pinch-ran for him, and many of his teammates on the top step of the dugout.

The burley infielder, in his ninth season with the Red Sox, took his helmet off and waved to the crowd, blew a kiss and was urged to come out for a curtain call by his teammates before heading down the steps. He was given a lengthy standing ovation and the fans chanted “Yook.”


Aaron Cook (1-1), gave up three runs _ two earned _ six hits and didn’t walk or strike out anyone in five innings.

Braves starter Mike Minor (3-6) gave up three homers and allowed seven runs _ four earned _ in 4 2-3 innings.

TWINS 4, REDS 3

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off shaky Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman, rallying Minnesota over the Reds.

Joe Mauer opened the ninth with a double off the left field wall against Chapman (4-4). Willingham followed with his 15th homer of the season.

Willingham’s homer overcame Joey Votto’s eighth-inning, two-run homer that had given the Reds a 3-2 lead.

Minnesota left-hander Scott Diamond (6-3) allowed three runs and eight hits in eight innings.

RANGERS 4, ROCKIES 2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Matt Harrison worked five scoreless innings for his 10th victory, Leonys Martin had a pair of extra-base hits for his first three RBIs in the majors and the Texas Rangers beat Colorado.

Martin, the Cuban defector who signed with the Rangers last year, had an RBI double in the second and a two-run triple an inning later.

Harrison (10-3) won his sixth consecutive decision. His outing was cut short because of tightness in his lower back that caused soreness in his left hip.

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