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Tuesday, 01 April 2008 20:11
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 NEW YORK (AP) -Chien-Ming Wang shut down the Toronto Blue Jays for seven innings, making Joe Girardi a winner in his rain-delayed debut as Yankees manager and sending New York to a record-setting 3-2 victory Tuesday night.
After wet weather postponed the festivities Monday, New York beat Roy Halladay (0-1) to win its major league-best 11th consecutive home opener - the 84th and last at Yankee Stadium.
Melky Cabrera homered and made two outstanding catches in center field. Alex Rodriguez scored on Hideki Matsui's grounder in the seventh, breaking a 2-all tie.
Wang (1-0), who lost twice in last year's AL playoffs, got the win. Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for the save.
Angels 9, Twins 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Vladimir Guerrero and Garret Anderson combined for six hits and five RBIs, and Jon Garland breezed through his first start for Los Angeles.
Torii Hunter had another 0-for-4 night for the Angels against his old team, reaching base only when a ninth-inning pitch from Juan Rincon banged off his elbow.
Garland (1-0) went eight innings and gave up just six hits and one walk.
Los Angeles had three hard-hit doubles in the first seven at-bats against Boof Bonser (0-1). Guerrero and Anderson went back-to-back with theirs for a 2-0 lead in the first. Mike Napoli and Casey Kotchman each hit solo homers, Guerrero went 3-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs, and Anderson went 3-for-5 and drove in two.
Red Sox 2, Athletics 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out nine and didn't walk a batter, allowing two hits and one run over 6 2-3 innings as Boston spoiled Oakland's home opener.
Kevin Youkilis went 3-for-4 with a triple and scored twice as these two clubs resumed a season-opening series that began with a split in Tokyo last week. Youkilis hit a two-out triple off the left-field wall in the sixth, then scored on Jason Varitek's double off Joe Blanton (0-1).
Varitek's hit landed above the yellow line on top of the out-of-town scoreboard in right before bouncing back onto the field. Umpires met to discuss it, and the play stood as a double.
Jack Cust hit a solo home run leading off the second for the only score against Matsuzaka (1-0). Jonathan Papelbon recorded the final four outs for his second save, striking out the side in the ninth.
Rangers 5, Mariners 4
SEATTLE (AP) - Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer in the ninth off All-Star closer J.J. Putz to lift Texas.
Putz (0-1) dropped his head after Hamilton connected on his first-pitch, 93 mph fastball with one out. Putz blew his first save in his second game of the season. He didn't blow his first last season until July 25 - at Texas.
Hamilton had hits in each of Texas' last two rallies - one that broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth and one led by his homer that erased a 4-3 deficit.
Joaquin Benoit (1-0) relieved with a 3-1 lead in the eighth but Seattle went ahead on an RBI single by Yuniesky Betancourt, who had four hits, an RBI grounder by Ichiro Suzuki that second baseman Ian Kinsler misplayed for an error and a run-scoring wild pitch.
Betancourt doubled with two outs in the ninth off C.J. Wilson. But Wilson earned his first save by retiring Suzuki, who had three hits, on a game-ending groundout.
 

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