Royals remain perfect by ripping Indians

Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2003

CLEVELAND -- Nine up, nine down for the perfect Kansas City Royals.

The Royals extended baseball's best start in 13 years as Raul Ibanez and Michael Tucker hit two-run homers Saturday to lead the Royals to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

At an unlikely 9-0, the Royals are the majors' only undefeated team and are the first club since the 1990 Cincinnati Reds to win its first nine games. Those Reds went on to win the World Series.

It would be hard to imagine the small-market Royals duplicating that, but no one predicted their fast start, either -- especially after they went 62-100 last season.

Tigers 4, White Sox 3

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers won for the first time this season, getting a three-run homer from Shane Halter and six strong innings by Nate Cornejo to beat the Chicago White Sox.

The Tigers (1-9) fell two losses short of matching last season's 0-11 start. They are the only team since 1900 to start back-to-back seasons with nine straight losses.

Chicago stranded 14 runners, helping snap its eight-game winning streak against the Tigers.

Yankees 5, Devil Rays 4

NEW YORK -- Hideki Matsui made the most of his second chance, hitting a bases-loaded single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, leading the New York Yankees over Tampa Bay for their fifth straight victory.

Matsui had a chance to give the Yankees the lead in the seventh, but he hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. He also stranded two runners in the first and fifth innings and was 0-for-4 before his latest big moment in New York.

Matsui became the first Yankee to hit a grand slam in his first game at Yankee Stadium against Minnesota on Tuesday and drove in both runs in a 2-0 win over the Twins on Thursday.

Twins 9, Blue Jays 6

TORONTO -- Doug Mientkiewicz homered and drove in three runs as the Minnesota Twins broke away from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Toronto closer Kelvim Escobar (0-1) entered the ninth with the game tied at 4, but he allowed five runs without recording an out.

Luis Rivas and Jacque Jones singled before Escobar walked Denny Hocking. Corey Koskie followed with a go-ahead grounder to first baseman Carlos Delgado, whose throw to the plate didn't beat a sliding Rivas.

Orioles 13, Red Sox 6

BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez had the worst outing of his career as Baltimore spoiled Boston's home opener in a game delayed twice by frightening scenes.

Red Sox third base coach Mike Cubbage collapsed on the field in a diabetic seizure and plate umpire Jerry Layne was injured when he was hit in the facemask by a pitch from Martinez, casting a pall over the Fenway Park festivities that were pushed back twice because of rain.

Cubbage responded to treatment and was hospitalized overnight as a precaution. Layne left the game with pain in his spine. He was taken for X-rays and replaced the rest of the way.

Martinez (0-1) gave up a career-high 10 runs on nine hits and four walks in 4 1-3 innings.

Angels 9, Athletics 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer and pinch-hitter Eric Owens had a tiebreaking two-run single as Anaheim beat Oakland.

Ben Weber (1-0) earned the victory with 2 2-3 innings of perfect relief and Troy Glaus had a pair of RBI singles for the defending World Series champions, who have scored 39 runs in their last four home games.

Mariners 13, Rangers 4

SEATTLE -- Gil Meche (1-1) won for the first time in almost three years and Jeff Cirillo went 4-for-4 with two RBIs to break a nasty season-opening slump.

The Mariners had 14 hits and snapped a three-game losing streak in emphatic fashion. After scoring three runs in their previous 30 innings, they got six in the first against Ryan Drese (0-1), who threw 38 pitches and got only one out.

Ichiro Suzuki hit his 17th major league homer and first of the season off Reynaldo Garcia in the third, a two-run shot that just cleared the fence in right.

Bret Boone added a solo shot, his first of the season.

Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer for Texas.



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