MLB roundup: Yanks shut down Halos 0
New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda throws in seventh inning during the Yankees' season home opening MLB American League baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium in New York, April 13, 2012. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)
Final Score: New York 5, LA Angels of Anaheim 0
Bronx, NY - Hiroki Kuroda pitched eight-plus scoreless innings in his Bronx debut, as the New York Yankees started the home portion of their schedule with a 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Kuroda (1-1) gave up five hits to go with six strikeouts and two walks for the Yankees, who have won 14 of their last 15 home openers. The Japanese hurler bounced back from a tough outing in his Yankees debut on Saturday, when he was roughed up by the Rays for six runs (four earned) and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Alex Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored. The home run was the 630th of Rodriguez's career, moving into a tie for fifth with Ken Griffey Jr. on baseball's all-time HR list. Curtis Granderson also hit a solo homer for New York, which got a three-run double from Nick Swisher. Ervin Santana (0-2) allowed five runs on six hits in six full frames for the Angels, who have lost three in a row. He struck out five and walked three.
Final Score: Boston 12, Tampa Bay 2
Boston, MA - Josh Beckett tossed eight innings of one-run ball, and the Boston Red Sox kicked off the 100-year anniversary of Fenway Park with a 12-2 decision over the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a four-game set. Beckett (1-1) scattered five hits and walked one for Boston, which won their eighth straight home opener, the longest current winning streak for any Major League team. The 31-year-old bounced back from a rough outing in his season debut on Saturday, when he allowed seven runs on seven hits and one walk to the Detroit Tigers in 4 2/3 innings. Kelly Shoppach had three hits with three runs scored and two RBI, while Kevin Youkilis added two hits, three RBI and a run scored. David Price (1-1) was chased out in the third inning after giving up three runs on four hits and three walks. He threw 83 pitches.
Final Score: Chicago 5, Detroit 2
Chicago, IL - Jake Peavy tossed 6 2/3 strong innings and the Chicago White Sox opened the home portion of their schedule with a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Peavy (1-0) gave up just two hits and two runs to go with eight strikeouts and one walk for the White Sox, who have won five straight home openers. Dayan Viciedo hit a solo homer for Chicago, which improved to 4-2 on the young season. Brent Morel, A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko each knocked in a run. Detroit starter Max Scherzer (0-1) allowed three runs on five hits in six full frames to take the loss in the opener of this three-game set. He struck out 11 and walked one. Delmon Young hit a two- run homer for the Tigers, who were trying for their first 6-1 start since 1985.
Final Score:Cleveland 8, Kansas City 3
Kansas City, MO - Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Kipnis knocked in two runs apiece as the Cleveland Indians downed the Kansas City Royals, 8-3, in the opener of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. Asdrubal Cabrera added a home run, while Derek Lowe (2-0) scattered 11 hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings to earn the win. Luke Hochevar (1-1) got the start for Kansas City and gave up seven runs on nine hits and a walk through four innings, but took a Carlos Santana line drive off his left leg during the final out of the fourth and did not return for the fifth.
Final Score: Chicago 9, St. Louis 5
St. Louis, MO - Bryan LaHair hit a grand slam and Ian Stewart added a three-run homer as Chicago dealt the defending-champion Cardinals a 9- 5 defeat in the opener of a three-game weekend set from Busch Stadium. Starlin Castro finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Cubs, who have won two in a row since a three-game losing streak. Jeff Samardzija (2-0) did just enough to pick up the win, allowing five runs and 10 hits with five strikeouts over five innings. Matt Carpenter collected two hits and drove in two runs for St. Louis, which has lost two in a row. Yadier Molina, David Freese and Jon Jay added an RBI each in defeat. Adam Wainwright (0-2) lasted just three innings, charged with seven hits and eight runs in his first home start since September of 2010.
Final Score: San Francisco 5, Pittsburgh 0
San Francisco, CA - Matt Cain carried a perfect game into the sixth inning Friday and struck out 11 batters in a one-hit shutout, leading San Francisco to a 5-0 victory over Pittsburgh in an emotional home opener. The only hit allowed by Cain was a two-out single slapped through the left side of the infield by Pirates starter James McDonald with two outs in the sixth. Cain (1-0) threw 73 of his 106 pitches for strikes and faced one batter over the minimum, picking up his first win since signing a six-year, $127.5 million contract extension earlier this month. McDonald (0-1) took the loss in the opener of the three-game series, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.