Tanaka Wins N.Y. Debut
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka makes his major league debut as he pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during first inning AL baseball action in Toronto on Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Peter Power)
Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper reacts after being stuck out swinging by Atlanta Braves starting pitcher David Hale during the fourth inning of a baseball home opener at Nationals Park Friday, April 4, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Toronto — Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings to win his major league debut, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 on Friday night.
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.
Rays 8, Rangers 1
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Sean Rodriguez homered and tied a career-high with four RBIs, Jake Odorizzi got his first major league win, and Tampa Bay beat 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.
Royals 7, White Sox 5
Kansas City, Mo. — Alex Gordon drove in three runs and Jeremy Guthrie pitched effectively into the sixth inning as Kansas City beat Chicago in its home opener.
Indians 7, Twins 2
Cleveland — Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, two batters after Yan Gomes connected for a solo shot, leading Cleveland Indians to a home-opening win over Minnesota.
Tigers 10, Orioles 4
Detroit — Miguel Cabrera homered in eighth inning for his 2,000th career hit, and Detroit rolled over Baltimore.
Cabrera also hit three singles. His two-run drive made him the ninth player to reach 2,000 hits before turning 31.
Braves 2, Nationals 1
Washington — Benefiting from the decision to overturn Ian Desmond’s inside-the-park homer on replay review, Atlanta beat Washington to spoil the Nationals’ home opener and giving rookie manager Matt Williams his first loss.
Phillies 7, Cubs 2
Chicago — Chase Utley hit a two-run homer and an RBI single, helping Philadelphia win the opener of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary season.
John Mayberry Jr. also had a two-run drive for his fourth career pinch-hit homer as Philadelphia bounced back after dropping the last two games of its opening series in Texas.
Rockies 12, Diamondbacks 2
Denver — Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon tied a team record with six hits and drove in five runs.
Blackmon finished 6 for 6 with three doubles and a two-run homer. The only other Rockies player with six hits in a game was Andres Galarraga against Houston on July 3, 1995.
Giants 8, Dodgers 4
Los Angeles — Michael Morse keyed a six-run first inning with a two-run single, and San Francisco spoiled a Dodgers’ home opener played nearly two weeks after they began the season in Australia.
Mets 4, Reds 3
New York — Lucas Duda hit a pair of two-run homers only hours after the Mets gave him the starting job at first base, and New York beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Friday night behind Jenrry Mejia for its first victory of the season.
Marlins 8, Padres 2
Miami — Giancarlo Stanton hit a long home run to help lead Miami to a win over San Diego.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia had three hits and drove in two runs and Adeiny Hechavarria had a career-high four hits for the Marlins, who have won four of five to start the season.
Tom Koehler (1-0) pitched six innings, allowing two runs and Brad Hand pitched three scoreless innings for his first career save.
Yasmani Grandal and Jedd Gyorko each had two hits for the Padres, who have lost three straight. Eric Stults (0-1) allowed five runs in four innings.
Stanton’s two-run blast traveled an estimated 458 feet to left field, nearly leaving the stadium and giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead in the first inning.