Tanaka survives shaky start to pitch Yankees past Blue Jays
Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings to win his major league debut and Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits as the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-3, in their home opener.
Staked to a 2-0 lead before taking the mound, Tanaka (1-0) got a startling welcome to the major leagues when the Japanese right-hander surrendered a home run to Toronto’s Melky Cabrera on his third pitch. It was Cabrera’s first homer of the season and the second leadoff shot of his career.
Tanaka settled down to retire the next three batters, catching Jose Bautista looking at a curveball and getting Edwin Encarnacion to miss on a slider.
New York reclaimed the lead and chased Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan (0-1) with a two-run third that was aided by an overturned call.
TIGERS 10, ORIOLES 4
Miguel Cabrera homered in eighth inning for his 2,000th career hit.
Cabrera also hit three singles. His two-run drive made him the ninth player to reach 2,000 hits before turning 31.
Rajai Davis and Torii Hunter also homered for the Tigers. Drew Smyly (1-0) relieved Anibal Sanchez after a fourth-inning rain delay and pitched three scoreless innings.
Miguel Gonzalez (0-1) allowed seven runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.
INDIANS 7, TWINS 2
Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, two batters after Yan Gomes connected for a solo shot.
Swisher’s homer off Mike Pelfrey (0-1) allowed the Indians to cap a day of pomp and pageantry as they celebrated Progressive Field’s 20th anniversary. Before the sixth, the Indians had been shut out by Pelfrey and were in danger of disappointing a sellout crowd that stuck around following a 2-hour, 13-minute rain delay and plummeting temperatures.
Indians reliever Josh Outman (1-0) recorded two outs after coming in for Danny Salazar in the sixth and got the win.
ROYALS 7, WHITE SOX 5
Alex Gordon drove in three runs and Jeremy Guthrie (1-0) pitched effectively into the sixth inning.
Gordon hit a bases-clearing double in the first inning and Guthrie allowed four runs on seven hits, four walks and a hit batter in 5 2/3 innings.
Lorenzo Cain drove in two runs with a two-out fifth inning single that put Kansas City ahead 7-2.
The Royals jumped on White Sox rookie right-hander Erik Johnson (0-1) for six hits and four runs in the first two innings. Johnson retired only 14 of the 28 batters he faced, yielding seven runs on 10 hits, three walks and a hit batter to take the loss.
RAYS 8, RANGERS 1
Sean Rodriguez homered and tied a career-high with four RBI, Jake Odorizzi got his first major league win, and Tampa Bay routed Texas.
Rodriguez got a two-out RBI in the first when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and hit a three-run homer during the third that put the Rays up 4-0. He was back in the lineup after missing Thursday night’s 7-2 win over Toronto for the birth of his son.
Odorizzi (1-0) allowed three hits in six innings in his seventh big league start and 10th game overall. Ryan Hanigan hit a three-run homer during the fifth for the Rays.
Rangers left-hander Joe Saunders (0-1) left in the fourth with a bruised left ankle after getting hit by Evan Longoria’s liner. Saunders gave up five runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Texas slugger Prince Fielder got his first RBI since Sept. 22, a drought of 20 regular and postseason games, with a run-scoring single in the eighth.