Baseball Today April 2

Baseball Today April 2

Baseball Today

Texas at Seattle (10:10 p.m. EDT). Carlos Silva, 13-14 last year for Minnesota, starts for Seattle in his Mariners' debut and Jason Jennings (2-9 last year) starts for the Rangers.

STARS

-Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox, struck out nine and didn't walk a batter, allowing two hits and one run over 6 2-3 innings as Boston beat the Athletics 2-1 in Oakland's home opener.

-Robert Andino, Marlins, hit first career home run with two outs in the 10th inning to give Florida a 5-4 win over the New York Mets.

Josh Hamilton, Rangers, hit a two-run homer in the ninth off All-Star closer J.J. Putz, sending the Texas Rangers to a 5-4 victory over Seattle.

Trevor Hoffman, Padres, earned his 525th career save, pitching the ninth inning in San Diego's 2-1 win over the Houston Astros.

STREAKS

The Yankees' 3-2 win over Toronto gave New York a major league-record 11th consecutive victory in a home opener, breaking a tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1945-54).

SAVES

Mariano Rivera got a save in the Yankees' opener. Last year, he didn't get his first save until April 28.

STATS

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki is 15-for-26 (.577) against Texas' Vicente Padilla.

SLIPPING

The St. Louis Cardinals have lost consecutive openers for the first time since 1996-97.

SO LONG

Larry Bowa of the Los Angeles Dodgers was ejected from Tuesday night's game against San Francisco for arguing with third-base umpire Ed Montague, who had told him to stand within the boundaries of the coaching box. Major League Baseball announced in late February that starting this year, first- and third-base coaches must not cross the lines toward home plate or the field until batted balls pass them. Only then can they take up other spots to guide runners.

SPEAKING

``It's a neat moment for me.'' - Joe Girardi after winning his first game as manager of the New York Yankees, 3-2 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

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Indians say little about injury to All-Star C Victor Martinez
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CLEVELAND (AP) -For the second season in a row, All-Star catcher Victor Martinez limped out of the Cleveland Indians' home opener before it was over.

Martinez strained his left hamstring while running the bases in the second inning of Monday's 10-8 win over the Chicago White Sox. The Indians were vague about his injury on Tuesday, saying only that their best hitter was day to day with a mild strain.

The club added that no roster move involving Martinez was under current consideration.

Cleveland could have resent the same e-mail from last April, when Martinez pulled a quadriceps muscle while trying to beat out a ground ball in the third inning of Cleveland's first home game, a snow-covered affair that eventually was postponed.

Helped by a few more bad-weather postponements, Martinez missed six games but never went on the disabled list. He wound up having his finest major league season, batting .301 while setting career-highs in homers (25) and RBIs (114). Martinez also provided the punch in Cleveland's lineup as designated hitter Travis Hafner struggled through a season he'd like to forget.

Martinez arrived at training camp in tremendous shape. He dropped 15 pounds during the offseason, improving his quickness behind the plate. The 29-year-old attempted show off his newfound speed in the second inning on a pitch that got away from White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

But as he neared the base, Martinez appeared to catch his cleat in the soft dirt and tumbled awkwardly to the ground and was tagged out. He got to his knees and was able to walk to the dugout without assistance before being taken during the game for an MRI, the results of which have not been disclosed.

Martinez was replaced by backup Kelly Shoppach, who showed his value to the Indians with a pair of big plays in their win.

After the White Sox rallied to tie it 7-7 in the seventh, Shoppach came off the plate to grab shortstop Jhonny Peralta's throw that was high and up the third-base line to tag Joe Crede, who appeared to slide past Shoppach's outstretched mitt without being touched.

Shoppach wasn't sure where he got Crede- if at all.

''Who knows?'' he said. ''I was up in the air. I may have gotten him with the knot of my glove.''

Shoppach later opened Cleveland's eighth inning with a single and scored when Casey Blake delivered a three-run double.

''Shoppy's a heck of a player,'' Indians manager Eric Wedge said. ''He's got a tough job, but prepares himself well. That's why he was able to come in and contribute like he did. He made a good play at the plate and got a big hit. We've got confidence in Shoppy.''

If Martinez ends up going on the DL, the Indians would bring up either Yamid Haad or Wyatt Toregas from Triple-A Buffalo to back up Shoppach, who batted .261 in 59 games last season. If Martinez is only going to miss a few days, first baseman Ryan Garko, a converted catcher, could be used in an emergency.

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