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|Tuesday, 08 April 2008 20:36|
The Red Sox received their World Series rings before the game. Bill Buckner, a goat of the 1986 World Series collapse that helped extend the team's title drought until 2004, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Matsuzaka (2-0) began the home portion of his second season in Boston with seven strikeouts and four walks. Manny Delcarmen and Hideki Okajima completed a five-hitter.
Kenny Rogers (0-2) allowed three runs - two earned - eight hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings. The Tigers are batting just .235 and have scored 15 runs this year, ahead of only Colorado (12) entering play Tuesday night.
Royals 5, Yankees 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Rodriguez struck out four times in a game for only the fourth time in his major league career, and Kansas City won its home opener.
With captain Derek Jeter sidelined for the three-game series by a strained left quadriceps, the Yankees wasted a 2-1 second-inning lead against a team it took nine of 10 from last season. New York struck out 11 times in all, three by Jeter's replacement at shortstop, Wilson Betemit.
Ross Gload drove in two runs for the Royals, who at 5-2 under new manager Trey Hillman are off to their best start since opening 2003 with nine straight wins.
Brian Bannister (2-0) allowed two runs, five hits and four walks in five innings, striking out six. Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his fourth save in four opportunities.
Phil Hughes (0-1) gave up three runs, six hits and four walks, throwing 87 pitches in just three-plus innings.
Orioles 8, Rangers 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Scott Moore and Luke Scott hit early home runs and Baltimore ruined Texas' home opener.
The Orioles (6-1) have the American League's best record and a six-game winning streak, already matching their longest of last season.
Moore led off the second with a homer, and Scott followed an inning later with a two-run shot that made it 4-0 off Jason Jennings (0-2). Aubrey Huff matched a career high with four hits, and drove in four runs.
Brian Burres (1-0) allowed only one run pitching into the seventh, when he gave up a leadoff single that turned into the only Texas run. Burres struck out three and allowed seven hits, six of them singles.
Mariners 6, Rays 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Erik Bedard struggled through six innings but got enough support from the Seattle's sputtering offense to ruin Tampa Bay's home opener.
Bedard (1-0) allowed five runs and five hits while improving to 11-3 in 19 career starts against Tampa Bay. The other 10 victories came while he was with the Orioles, who dealt him to Seattle just before the start of spring training.
Richie Sexson drove in three runs, drawing a bases-loaded walk in the third and hitting a two-run single off Gary Glover (0-1) in the sixth. Brad Wilkerson also had a two-run single for the Mariners, who staggered into town after losing four straight in Baltimore.
Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza left the game in the third inning because of an irritated nerve in his pitching arm.
Athletics 9, Blue Jays 8
TORONTO (AP) - Ryan Sweeney hit a tiebreaking triple in the ninth inning, and Oakland ended Toronto's three-game winning streak.
Kurt Suzuki singled up the middle off right-hander Jeremy Accardo (0-1) with two outs in the ninth. Sweeney then hit a triple to right. He finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
Alan Embree (1-1) got the win despite allowing a two-run homer to Frank Thomas in the eighth to make it 8-all. The homer was Thomas' third in three games.
Huston Street worked the ninth for his first save.
Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer in the third for Toronto.
Indians 4, Angels 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Travis Hafner hit a two-run homer off emergency closer Justin Speier with two outs in the ninth inning, and Jake Westbrook (1-1) earned his first complete game since 2006.
Speier, forced to close because Francisco Rodriguez has an injured ankle, got the last out in the eighth and retired his first two batters in the ninth before walking Asdrubal Cabrera.
Hafner drove the right-hander's next pitch far over the right-field fence for his second homer, costing Speier (0-1) his first save since 2004 with Toronto.