Jeter injures left shoulder; Yankees still notch victory

Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2003

TORONTO -- Derek Jeter dislocated his left shoulder during a collision at third base as the New York Yankees opened their season with an 8-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

Jeter was injured in the third inning when Toronto catcher Ken Huckaby, covering at third, landed on the All-Star shortstop's shoulder. The extent of the injury wasn't immediately known.

Hideki Matsui got an RBI single in his first major league at-bat, Roger Clemens won his 294th game by allowing three hits in six shutout innings and Alfonso Soriano hit his first career grand slam. Cuban defector Jose Contreras allowed two runs over 1 2-3 innings in his major league debut.

Devil Rays 6, Red Sox 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Carl Crawford hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Lou Piniella a victory in his first game as the Tampa Bay manager.

The Devil Rays rallied for five runs in the ninth, ruining another strong opening-day start by Pedro Martinez, who struck out six in seven innings, allowing three hits and leaving with a 4-1 lead.

Pinch-hitter Terry Shumpert had a two-run homer off Alan Embree, and Crawford connected off loser Chad Fox.

Orioles 6, Indians 5

BALTIMORE -- Gary Matthews Jr. singled home the winning run off loser Jake Westbrook with two outs in the 13th inning -- when just a few thousand fans remained from a crowd announced at 46,257. The game had been interrupted by snow for 13 minutes in the third.

Prior to the first pitch, a video tribute and a moment of silence were held for former Orioles pitcher Dave McNally, who died over the winter, and pitching prospect Steve Bechler, who died of heatstroke at spring training in February.

Twins 3, Tigers 1

DETROIT -- Brad Radke got 19 consecutive outs after a leadoff bunt single, and Dustan Mohr hit a two-run homer over Comerica Park's shortened left-field fence in Alan Trammell's debut as Detroit's manager. It was the third straight opening win for the Twins.

Royals 3, White Sox 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Winner Runelvys Hernandez allowed two hits in six innings and rookie Angel Berroa drove in the go-ahead run as Kansas City won on opening day for the first time five years.

Hernandez combined with two relievers on a three-hitter -- and the first opening-day shutout in Royals' history. Mike MacDougal pitched the ninth for his first career save.

Loser Mark Buehrle gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings.



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