Boston stomps Yanks

Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2005

 

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  New York Yankees coach Joe Torre, right, tips his cap as Boston Red Sox skipper Terry Francona gets his World Series ring prior to the start of the game Monday, April 11, 2005 in Boston. Next to Torre is Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Boston Red Sox's Manny Ramirez, left, jokes with former Red Sox player Derek Lowe prior to the start of the game against the New York Yankees Monday, April 11, 2005 in Boston.

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Tim Wakefield pitched seven strong innings and Doug Mirabelli homered to give the Red Sox an 8-1 win over the Yankees, who played compliant guests by watching and clapping during the hourlong ring ceremony and then fumbling away the game.

Mike Mussina (0-1) allowed seven runs— four earned— on seven hits, three walks and five strikeouts in five innings. Alex Rodriguez, the focus of much Boston ire during the offseason and the fans' taunts during the game, misplayed a grounder for an error that let in three Red Sox runs as they made it 7-1 in the fifth inning.

With manager Terry Francona back in the dugout, the Red Sox took a 2-0 lead on Mirabelli's second-inning homer and made it 4-0 on Kevin Millar's two-run single in the third.

White Sox 2, Indians 1

CLEVELAND— Freddy Garcia, who went 9-0 in day games last season, pitched eight dominant innings and Scott Podsednik drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh, spoiling the Indians' home opener.

Garcia (1-0) held the Indians to one run and four hits as the White Sox improved to 3-1 against Cleveland this season. The right-hander didn't allow a hit after the third, retiring 16 of the last 17. He walked two and struck out four.

Shingo Takatsu struck out Aaron Boone for his third save.

Angels 7, Rangers 6

ARLINGTON, Texas— Orlando Cabrera hit the first pitch of the 10th inning for a home run for Los Angeles.

Cabrera's first homer of the season came off R.A. Dickey (0-1).

The Angels tied it in the ninth when Darin Erstad had a leadoff homer off closer Francisco Cordero, who had allowed just one homer in 67 appearances last season.

After Scot Shields (2-0) allowed just one hit over two innings, including a perfect ninth against the heart of the Texas lineup, Francisco Rodriguez came in for his second save in as many chances.

Alfonso Soriano hit a leadoff home run in the Rangers home opener. Rod Barajas and Hank Blalock also had solo homers in the first five innings.

Mariners 8, Royals 2

 

New York Yankees coach Joe Torre, right, tips his cap as Boston Red Sox skipper Terry Francona gets his World Series ring prior to the start of the game Monday, April 11, 2005 in Boston. Next to Torre is Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Spot starter Ryan Franklin took a three-hitter into the ninth inning and Adrian Beltre homered to lead Seattle over Kansas City.

Franklin (1-0), who was 1-10 on the road last year amid a 4-16 campaign, walked two and struck out one and was charged with two runs in 8 2-3 innings. He retired 15 straight before walking Ruben Gotay with one out in the ninth.

Blue Jays 10, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif.— Frank Catalanotto had a two-run triple and a sacrifice fly and Eric Hinske had three hits and two RBIs to lead Toronto.

Gustavo Chacin (2-0) pitched six strong innings in his fourth career start and didn't allow a run until Eric Byrnes' homer leading off the sixth.

Oakland starter Kirk Saarloos (1-1) allowed four runs and six hits in the first two innings.

Toronto scored at least 10 runs for the second time in three games.

Mark Ellis added two hits with an RBI for the A's, who lost their home opener before a sellout crowd of 44,815.



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