CHICAGO The Detroit Tigers became the first team in 40 years to start 0-6 in consecutive seasons, giving up nine runs in the eighth inning of a 10-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Magglio Ordonez's three-run homer capped Chicago's rally. The New York Mets were the last club to lose its first six games in two straight seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, baseball's statistician. They did it in 1962-63, their first two seasons.
Detroit began 0-11 last year and finished 55-106, tying Tampa Bay for the worst record in the majors. Rookie manager Alan Trammell is still looking for his first win.
Clemens (2-0) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings. After limiting Tampa Bay to a run and three hits through six, the six-time Cy Young winner gave up a three-run homer to Javier Valentin in the seventh.
Bernie Williams also homered for the Yankees, who concluded a season-opening road trip 5-1. New York has outhomered its opposition 15-2.
Nomar Garciaparra homered, scored four runs and fell a single short of the cycle. Bidding to become the 20th Boston player to hit for the cycle, Garciaparra flied out in the eighth.
Hillenbrand has 15 RBIs in seven games. Manny Ramirez drove in two runs and extended his hitting streak to a 20 games, matching a career best.
Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.
Brad Radke (1-1) was hit hard, giving up eight runs on 10 hits in three-plus innings. The eight earned runs tied Radkes career high, set four times previously.
The Blue Jays swept a three-game series at the Metrodome for the first time since 1993, the second of their consecutive World Series championship seasons. The Twins, 101-61 at home the past two years, were swept in Minnesota for just the third time since the beginning of the 2001 season.
The Mariners scored in each of the first three innings and led 4-0 when Park (0-2) was pulled after Ichiro Suzukis leadoff single in the fourth. Park has pitched just 5 2-3 innings in his two starts, allowing 10 runs and 11 hits.
Freddy Garcia (1-1) bounced back from his poor first start, allowing just two runs and three hits in 6 1-3 innings despite six walks.
Chris Singletons RBI single off heralded rookie Francisco Rodriguez (0-1) gave the Athletics a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning, and Ellis sacrifice fly provided an insurance run. He finished with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored.
Oaklands 5-1 start is its best since winning five straight to start the 1992 season.
The 21-year-old Rodriguez, a postseason star last October, gave up three runs and one hit in one inning.
Chad Bradford (1-0) got four straight outs for the win. Keith Foulke worked the ninth for his second save, allowing a solo homer by Tim Salmon.
Brad Fullmer drove in three runs for Anaheim.
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