SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, April 9
L.A. Dodgers at Arizona (3:40 p.m.). Hiroki Kuroda tries to match his stellar major league debut in a start against the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.

STARS
Tuesday
- Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox, allowed four hits in 6 2-3 innings and Boston won its home opener, 5-0 over winless Detroit.
- Aubrey Huff, Orioles, matched a career high with four hits and Baltimore matched its longest win streak of last year with its sixth straight, beating Texas 8-1.
- Matt Holliday, Rockies, went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Colorado scored a season-high four runs in a 4-3 win over Atlanta.
- Travis Hafner, Indians, hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lead Cleveland to a 4-3 victory over the Angels.
- Doug Davis, Diamondbacks, pitching two days before his scheduled surgery for thyroid cancer, allowed two runs in six innings, and Arizona beat the Dodgers 10-5 for their fifth consecutive victory.
- Bengie Molina, Giants, hit his second homer of the game with one out in the 11th inning, giving San Francisco a 3-2 win over San Diego.

SWING AND A MISS
Alex Rodriguez struck out four times in a game for only the fourth time in his major league career, and the Royals won their home opener 5-2 over the New York Yankees on Tuesday. Rodriguez, coming off his third AL MVP award, took called third strikes in the second, third and fifth innings, then struck out swinging in the seventh against Ramon Ramirez. The 14-season veteran had not struck out four times in a game since Aug. 25, 2006.

AILING
May 10-June 8 last year because of left elbow surgery.

REHABBING
Arizona's Randy Johnson struck out seven in six innings for Triple-A Tucson in what probably was his final minor league rehabilitation start. The 44-year-old left-hander, coming off his second back surgery in less than a year, allowed three runs and three hits against Salt Lake City. He walked one and had two wild pitches. ... Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Scott Kazmir threw 42 pitches during his first batting practice. Kazmir is on the 15-day disabled list because of a left elbow strain. He was shut down after experiencing discomfort while warming up for an intrasquad game on Feb. 26. The left-hander could have another BP session or pitch in an extended spring training game this weekend. ... Nationals right-hander Shawn Hill reached 91 mph while throwing five shutout innings in a game at Class-A Potomac, his latest step toward coming off the disabled list. Hill allowed four hits and had four strikeouts and one walk. Of his 69 pitches, 45 were strikes. General manager Jim Bowden said he and manager Manny Acta planned to meet Wednesday to discuss Hill's status.

SUSPENDED
Outfielder Jordan Schafer, the top prospect in the Atlanta Braves' farm system, was suspended for 50 games by the baseball commissioner's office, which said he used human growth hormone in violation of the sport's minor league drug program. The 21-year-old Schafer, ranked as the No. 25 prospect overall this year by Baseball America, is projected to take over in center field for the Braves in 2009.

FRIENDLY FOE
Erik Bedard allowed five runs and five hits over six innings of Seattle's 6-5 win over Tampa Bay to earn his first win with the Mariners. With the win, Bedard improved 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.

SAVED
Brewers closer Eric Gagne blew his second save in three chances Tuesday night against the Reds when he gave up a tying homer to Corey Patterson in the ninth inning. Gagne, who signed a one-year, $10 million contract this offseason, also blew a save on opening day against the Cubs last Wednesday. Rickie Weeks, however, gave Milwaukee a 3-2 win in the 10th with an RBI single.

SNAPPED
St. Louis' Skip Schumaker broke out of an 0-for-16 slump with an RBI triple in the Cardinals' 5-3 win over Houston. ... The Angels' 4-3 loss to Cleveland ended their streak of victories in games in which they led after eight innings at 163. Until Tuesday, They hadn't lost under those circumstances since April 19, 2006, at Minnesota. Los Angeles extended the streak Monday on Torii Hunter's grand slam in the ninth.

SPEAKING
``There's none of us in here going, geez, the Phillies are coming to town, we're probably going to lose,'' Mets closer Billy Wagner said after New York lost its ninth straight to Philadelphia, 5-2. ``I think all of us are tired of hearing the Phils have our number. The Phils don't have our number. We shoot ourselves in the foot every time we go out there. When they come here, they bring it. They show up and they play great. That's what we have to do.''

SEASONS
April 9
1913 - Ebbets Field opened in Brooklyn and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Dodgers 1-0 before a crowd of 10,000. The stadium, which cost $750,000 to build, was named after Charles Ebbets, the club's principal owner.
1947 - Dodgers manager Leo Durocher was suspended for one year by commissioner Happy Chandler for ``the accumulation of unpleasant incidents'' detrimental to baseball.
1965 - The Houston Astrodome opened with an exhibition game between the New York Yankees and Astros. President Lyndon Johnson attended and Gov. John Connally threw out the first ball. Mickey Mantle hit the first home run, but the Astros won 2-1 in 12 innings.
1969 - Billy Williams of Chicago hit four consecutive doubles to lead the Cubs to an 11-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
1981 - Fernando Valenzuela made his first major league start a stunning success by pitching a 2-0, five-hit triumph over the Houston Astros in Los Angeles. He would go on to win his first eight games.
1985 - Chicago's Tom Seaver made his 15th opening day start to break Christy Mathewson's record. Seaver pitched 6 2-3 innings and was credited with the victory as the White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2.
1993 - The Colorado Rockies beat the Montreal Expos 11-4 for their first win and set a National League record for attendance in their home debut. The crowd of 80,227 broke the record of 78,672 set on April 18, 1958, by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
2000 - In a 13-7 win over Kansas City, Minnesota's Ron Coomer, Jacque Jones and Matt LeCroy hit consecutive home runs. The Royals' Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye and Mike Sweeney repeated the feat, marking the first time in major league history that both teams hit three consecutive home runs in the same game.
2003 - Detroit became the second major league team to start successive seasons 0-7 after a 9-6 loss to Kansas City. The Tigers started 0-11 last year. The 1962-63 New York Mets started 0-9 and 0-8 in their first two seasons.
2006 - Cory Sullivan tied a major league record by hitting two triples during a seven-run fifth inning, helping Colorado rout San Diego 10-4.
Today's birthday: Adam Loewen 24; Dennis Sarfate 27.

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