A Grand Win For Gardenhire
Cleveland — Kyle Gibson limited Cleveland to one run in his season debut after Brian Dozier led off the game with a home run, leading Minnesota to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday and giving Twins manager Ron Gardenhire his 1,000th career victory.
Gibson (1-0) allowed three hits in five-plus innings as the Twins snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Indians.
Gardenhire, who has managed Minnesota since 2002, joined Tom Kelly as the only managers in Twins history to reach 1,000 wins.
Gardenhire is the fifth active manager to hit the milestone and the 10th in major league history to get every one of the wins with the same team. The 56-year-old “Gardy” has guided the Twins to six AL Central titles.
Blue Jays 4, Yankees 0
Toronto — R.A. Dickey and three relievers combined for a shutout, Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera homered to lead Toronto past the New York Yankees.
Dickey (1-0) allowed six runs and five hits in his season-opening start at Tampa Bay last Monday but was much sharper against New York. The 2012 NL Cy Young winner gave up five hits in 6 2-3 innings, walked one and struck out six.
Aaron Loup got one out and Brett Cecil two before Sergio Santos worked the final 1 1-3 innings for his second save in as many chances.
Cabrera, who homered off Masahiro Tanaka in the first inning Friday, gave the Blue Jays some breathing room with a one-out drive off David Phelps in the eighth.
Tigers 7, Orioles 6
Detroit — Torii Hunter homered and drove in five runs, and the Detroit Tigers withstood a five-run ninth inning by Baltimore to beat the Orioles.
Rick Porcello (1-0) allowed a run and three hits in 6 2-3 innings in his first start of the season, and the Tigers (4-0) remained baseball’s only undefeated team. But the Orioles nearly pulled off a remarkable rally after trailing 7-1 entering the ninth.
Joe Nathan got the final two outs for his first save with the Tigers, retiring Chris Davis on a flyout with two on to end it.
Hunter hit a three-run double in the third, then added a two-run drive in the fifth for his second homer of the year.
Bud Norris (0-1) allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings, and the Orioles lost their fourth straight.
Royals 4, White Sox 3
Kansas City, Mo. — Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning as Kansas City beat the Chicago White Sox.
Alex Gordon doubled off left-hander Scott Downs (0-1) before Perez hit Maikel Cleto’s second pitch down the left-field line.
Wade Davis (1-1) let the White Sox tie it at three when gave up two runs in the eighth on two singles, a walk, a hit batter and sacrifice fly.
Royals right fielder Norichika Aoki prevented the White Sox from taking a lead when he made a lunging catch of Alexei Ramirez line drive to end the eighth with two runners on base.
Mariners 3, Athletics 1
Oakland, Calif. — Felix Hernandez took a shutout into the ninth inning, Dustin Ackley and Abraham Almonte hit home runs as Seattle beat Oakland.
Hernandez (2-0) retired the first 11 batters on the way to his 16th career win over the Athletics, his most against any team.
Hernandez walked one and struck out eight while allowing a run on six hits over 8 1/3 innings.
Fernando Rodney got the final two outs to record his first save with the Mariners. Robinson Cano had two hits.
Rays 5, Rangers 4
St. Petersburg, Fla. — James Loney hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning as Tampa Bay beat Texas.
Loney lined an opposite-field drive off Neal Cotts (0-1) that went over left fielder Shin-Soo Choo and put the Rays up 5-4. Brandon Gomes (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth before Grant Balfour got the final three outs for his first save.