KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out 10 in seven innings in his major league debut, allowing six hits and dominating as he led the Boston Red Sox over the Kansas City Royals 4-1 Thursday.
Matsuzaka (1-0), who signed a $52 million, six-year contract after Boston bid $51.1 million for his rights, gave up his only run on a sixth-inning homer by David DeJesus. He retired 10 in a row during one stretch, and struck out the side in the fourth on 14 pitches.
Jonathan Papelbon struck out two of three batters for his first save.
Zack Greinke (0-1), who missed almost all of last season due to social anxiety disorder, struck out seven in seven innings. Manny Ramirez had an RBI double in the first, and Julio Lugo doubled in the fifth, stole third and scored on catcher John Buck’s throwing error.
White Sox 4, Indians 3
CHICAGO (AP) – Roberto Hernandez (0-1) hit A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, forcing in the winning run.
The White Sox got their first win of the season on a day when starter Mark Buehrle was forced out in the second inning when he was hit in the left forearm by Ryan Garko’s line drive. X-rays were negative.
Bobby Jenks (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the victory.
Cleveland’s Grady Sizemore hit a leadoff homer to become the first Indians player to homer in each of the first three games of the season.
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