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Blue Jays drop opener

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 A season of high expectations started on a low note for R.A. Dickey and the Toronto Blue Jays.

NL Cy Young winner Dickey and the overhauled Blue Jays struggled in their opener and the Cleveland Indians won, 4-1, Tuesday night in Toronto to make a winner of former Red Sox manager Terry Francona in his debut.

 ‘‘You wish it would have went different, you hope for it to be different,’’ Dickey said. ‘‘Opening night, everybody is here, full of energy.’’

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 Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Dickey, Justin Masterson pitched six innings, and the Indians ended their streak of Opening Day losses at four.

 Excited by the winter acquisitions of Dickey, Jose Reyes, and other All-Stars, fans in Toronto were eager to see the revamped roster in action.

 Instead, Masterson and three relievers combined to hold Toronto to just one hit after newcomer Melky Cabrera’s leadoff single in the third. — a two-out double in the ninth by catcher J.P. Arencibia. Colby Rasmus followed by striking out to end the game.

 Masterson allowed one run and three hits in six innings, ending his night by retiring 11 straight batters. The righthander walked four and struck out five.

 After spending a season in the broadcast booth, Francona was happy to be back working in the dugout.

 ‘‘I was so nervous the whole game, it surprised me,’’ Francona said. ‘‘I came to realize early in the game how much I care about these guys already that it hit me like a ton of bricks and I was a nervous wreck.’’ I went through three things of tobacco. My tongue is four sizes too big right now.’’

Orioles 7, Rays 4 — Adam Jones keyed a seventh-inning rally with a two-run, go-ahead double and Chris Davis followed with a three-run homer to help Baltimore open with a win over Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Matt Wieters homered early off AL Cy Young Award winner David Price. Wieters later drew an intentional walk from reliever Jake McGee (0-1) before Davis’s towering shot over the right-field wall broke open the game and silenced a sellout crowd of 34,078 at Tropicana Field.

Jason Hammel allowed three runs and three hits in six innings for the win. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth for a save.

Despite giving up a two-run homer to Wieters in the first inning and not being particularly sharp in his second career Opening Day start, Price departed with a 3-2 lead after the Rays scored twice in the sixth.

Ben Zobrist hit a solo homer for Tampa Bay in the fourth, then put his team ahead with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Desmond Jennings drove in the Rays’ other run with a sixth-inning double.

Showalter turned the game over to his bullpen after the five-run seventh. Darren O’Day allowed an unearned run in the eighth before Johnson finished the six-hitter.

Giants 3, Dodgers 0 — Madison Bumgarner pitched two-hit ball over eight innings for visiting San Francisco to overshadow the major league debut of high-priced Los Angeles pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Bumgarner (1-0) struck out six and walked none in the second straight gem at Dodger Stadium. The only hits were a pair of doubles by Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis.

Ryu’s debut helped draw 45,431 fans to see the lefthander who signed a $36 million, six-year deal in December, making him the first player to go directly from the Korea Baseball Organization to the majors. Ryu (0-1) gave up three runs — one earned — and 10 hits in 6 innings, struck out five and walked none. He threw 80 pitches.

Rockies 8, Brewers 4 — Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez each homered for the second straight game, leading visiting Colorado over Milwaukee to give giving Walt Weiss his first win as a major league manager.

Tulowitzki is off to quick start after missing the last four months of the 2012 season with an injured left groin that required surgery. The All-Star shortstop went 2 for 5 with a homer and two RBIs in Monday’s loss.

Ryan Braun hit his first homer of the season for and Edgmer Escalona pitched 1 innings of scoreless relief for the victory.

Cardinals 6, Diamondbacks 1 — Matt Holliday, Pete Kozma, and Jon Jay homered and Jaime Garcia gave up two hits in 5 innings to lift visiting St. Louis past Arizona.

Holliday’s two-run home run off Trevor Cahill broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth. Kozma added a leadoff homer and Jay a two-run shot off the right-field foul pole, both off reliever Heath Bell in the seventh.

Mariners 7, Athletics 1 — Michael Morse hit two homers and drove in four runs to back a solid outing from Hisashi Iwakuma, who allowed one run and two hits in six innings as visiting Seattle trounced Oakland. Yoenis Cespedes homered for the Athletics.

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