SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, April 8
Detroit at Boston (2:05 p.m.). Daisuke Matsuzaka and the defending champion Red Sox have their home opener against the Tigers, the only winless team in the majors.

STARS
Monday
- Torii Hunter, Angels, hit a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning and had a solo shot in the eighth as Los Angeles beat Cleveland 6-4.
- Joe Crede, White Sox, hit a tiebreaking grand slam to cap a five-run seventh inning, and Chicago won its home opener 7-4 over Minnesota.
- Pat Burrell, Phillies, hit two of Philadelphia's four homers off Bronson Arroyo in a 5-3 win over Cincinnati.
- Adrian Gonzalez, Padres, went 4-for-5 with a homer and four runs, and San Diego spoiled San Francisco's first home opener since cutting ties with Barry Bonds by winning 8-4.
- Miguel Tejada, Astros, hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and gave Houston a 5-3 win over St. Louis, snapping a five-game winning streak for the Cardinals.
- Bobby Abreu, Yankees, went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and a triple in New York's 6-1 win over Tampa Bay.
- Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks, hit two of Arizona's four home runs in a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers to stretch its winning streak to four games.
- Mike Mussina, Yankees, gave up a run and two hits in six innings and New York salvaged a series split with a 6-1 win over Tampa Bay.
- Matt Holliday, Rockies, hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to help Colorado snap a five-game losing skid with a 2-1 win over Atlanta.
- Hanley Ramirez, Marlins, went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs and Florida beat Washington 10-7.

AILING
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter left the game against Tampa Bay with a strained left quadriceps. Morgan Ensberg came in to play first base before the third inning, and Wilson Betemit switched from first to shortstop to replace Jeter.

SLIGHTLY UP
There were 174 homers in 92 games through the first full week of the season, an average of 1.89 per game. That's up 5.6 percent from last year, when 154 homers were hit in 86 games through the first full week, an average of 1.79.

SLIGHTLY OFF
San Diego's Greg Maddux walked two batters in the first Monday at San Francisco, marking the first time he had a pair of unintentional walks in an inning since June 4, 2006, against St. Louis.

SERIOUSLY WILD
Pirates rookie reliever Evan Meek gave up two runs without allowing a hit in the 12th inning in the Cubs' 10-8 win over Pittsburgh. Meek, the last remaining pitcher in the Pirates' bullpen, walked five - two intentionally. He allowed a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Aramis Ramirez and walked Mark DeRosa with the bases full.

SOME STREAK
Torii Hunter's grand slam in the bottom of the ninth gave Los Angeles a 6-4 win over Cleveland and allowed a streak of consecutive victories by the Angels in which they led after eight innings to continue. It is now at 162. They haven't lost under those circumstances since April 19, 2006, at Minnesota.

MILESTONE
Mike Mussina pitched six sharp innings in the Yankees' 6-1 win over the Rays to move into a tie with Bob Gibson for 42nd place on baseball's career win list with No. 251. Mussina also struck out three to equal Yankees TV broadcaster David Cone for 21st place with 2,668 Ks.

EJECTED
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected in Chicago's 7-4 win over Minnesota after plate umpire Phil Cuzzi called a second strike against Paul Konerko during the third inning. Guillen went nose-to-nose with the umpire for several minutes as the crowd chanted ``Ozzie! Ozzie!'' The ejection was Guillen's 13th since becoming Chicago's manager in 2004.

FAST START, SMALL CROWD
The surprising Baltimore Orioles completed their first four-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners since 1999 with a 5-4 victory. If the city is excited over Baltimore's fast start, it wasn't reflected in the attendance. The second-smallest crowd in the 17-year history of Camden Yards, 10,774, came out on a chilly afternoon.

WHAT'S MY LINE
Nationals pitcher Tim Redding had the strange line of the night, allowing seven hits and seven runs - only one earned - in four innings. An error in the first inning by center fielder Lastings Milledge led to an unearned run, and a throwing error by shortstop Christian Guzman in the third inning led to five more unearned runs.

SPEAKING
``I'm here for my players. If I don't think they're getting the right calls, then that's my job - to protect them. I don't like a couple of calls, I went out and haggled with the calls. I told the players they're not here for me; I'm here for them. That's my job,'' White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. He was ejected after plate umpire Phil Cuzzi called a second strike against Paul Konerko during the third inning.

SEASONS
April 8
1969 - The Montreal Expos played their first regular-season game - the first international contest in major league history - and defeated the eventual world champion New York Mets, 11-10, at Shea Stadium. Expos pitcher Dan McGinn hit the expansion team's first home run.
1974 - In the opener in Atlanta, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's career record by hitting his 715th home run off Los Angeles left-hander Al Downing in the fourth inning. The Braves beat the Dodgers 7-4 before a crowd of nearly 54,000.
1975 - Frank Robinson became the first black manager in major league history by making his debut as player-manager of the Cleveland Indians. He hit a home run in his first at-bat - as a designated hitter - to help beat the New York Yankees, 5-3.
1986 - Jim Presley of the Seattle Mariners hit home runs in the ninth and 10th innings for a come-from-behind 8-4 opening day victory over the California Angels.
1987 - Pitchers Phil Niekro and Steve Carlton of the Cleveland Indians teamed up to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 14-3. Niekro recorded his 312th victory and Carlton pitched four shutout innings in relief. It was the first time in modern history that two 300-game winners pitched for the same team in the same game.
1993 - Carlos Baerga of the Cleveland Indians became the first player in major league history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same inning. The homers came in the seventh inning of a 15-5 rout of the New York Yankees.
1994 - Kurt Mercker of the Atlanta Braves pitched the season's first no-hitter, beating the Dodgers 6-0. It was the first complete game of Mercker's career.
2002 - Craig Biggio hit for the cycle and had four RBIs in Houston's 8-4 win over Colorado.
Today's birthdays: Felix Hernandez 22; Chris Iannetta 25; Kason Gabbard 26; Brian Burres 27; Jeremy Guthrie 29.
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