Young, Tigers blow past Royals

Posted: Tuesday, April 05, 2005

DETROIT — Dmitri Young became the third player to hit three homers on opening day, and Jeremy Bonderman won as the youngest opening-day starter in the major leagues since 1986 to lead Detroit over the Kansas City Royals 11-2 Monday.

Young drove in five runs and Bonderman, at 22 the youngest player to start an opener since the New York Mets' Dwight Gooden in 1986, gave up one run and six hits in seven innings, and struck out seven.

Toronto's George Bell hit three homers against the Royals on opening day in 1988 and Tuffy Rhodes of the Chicago Cubs had three against the New York Mets in 1994.

Magglio Ordonez went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run in his debut with the Tigers.

Jose Lima gave up five runs and six hits over three innings in the loss.

Orioles 4, Athletics 0

BALTIMORE — Sammy Sosa got two hits in his debut at Camden Yards, and the Orioles beat Oakland ace Barry Zito.

In his first game since being traded from the Cubs in February, Sosa singled in his first two at-bats and went 2-for-4.

Zito, making his first opening day start, allowed four runs and six hits in six innings, including a home run to Luis Matos.

Rodrigo Lopez scattered seven hits over six innings to help Baltimore beat the A's for the first time since 2003.

Mariners 5, Twins 1

SEATTLE — Richie Sexson homered twice and drove in five runs in his Seattle debut, and 42-year-old Jamie Moyer pitched 5 2-3 strong innings for the win.

Sexson, given a $50 million, four-year contract to join the Mariners, hit a three-run homer in the first and added a two-run drive in the third, both off loser Brad Radke.

Moyer, trying to bounce back from a 7-13 season, gave up five hits and an unearned run. He struck out four and walked none.

Radke, who made his seventh straight start on opening day, worked seven innings and allowed five runs — four earned — on five hits with five strikeouts.

White Sox 1, Indians 0

CHICAGO — Mark Buehrle retired his first 12 batters and allowed two hits in eight innings to overcome a four-hitter by Jake Westbrook.

Paul Konerko doubled down the left-field line in the seventh, moved to third on Jermaine Dye's fly to right and scored on an error by shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who booted Aaron Rowand's one-out grounder.

Shingo Takatsu pitched a perfect ninth for the save, completing a game that took just 1 hour, 51 minutes.

Indians third baseman Aaron Boone played his first game since the 2003 World Series with the New York Yankees because of a knee injury. He was 0-for-3.

Blue Jays 5, Devil Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Roy Halladay pitched seven-plus strong innings, and three Blue Jays homered to snap the Devil Rays' five-game winning streak in season openers.

Halladay, the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner, was slowed by injuries last season, but he looked healthy and sharp against Tampa Bay, striking out seven and walking none. Miguel Batista got four outs to earn the save.

Orlando Hudson hit a two-run homer off loser Dewon Brazelton in the fourth inning. Six pitches later, Vernon Wells followed with a solo shot. Eric Hinske also homered for Toronto.

Brazelton allowed three runs and five hits in seven-plus innings for the Devil Rays.

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