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Wells, Hill help Jays rout struggling Rangers

Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer and Aaron Hill clubbed a two-run shot, as the Toronto Blue Jays earned a 7-2 decision over the American League West-leading Texas Rangers in the opener of a four- game series at Rogers Centre.

Michael Young had an RBI double among three hits and David Murphy chipped in with a run-scoring single for Texas, which has dropped four in a row and seven of nine, but still leads the division by seven games ahead of Oakland.

Tommy Hunter (12-3), a winner of three straight starts coming in, was roughed up for seven runs on as many hits, walked a pair and struck out four over seven innings. Left-hander Cliff Lee was originally scheduled to get the start, but was pushed back until Tuesday, then scratched with an ailing back.

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton missed the game with a rib cage injury and will likely sit out this week…Prior to the game, Texas recalled infielder Esteban German from Triple-A Oklahoma City and designated infielder Alex Cora for assignment.

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