Hamels rocked by Rockies
World Series MVP gets pounded in '09 debut
Cole Hamels hardly looked like a World Series MVP in his 2009 debut.
After his start was pushed back because of elbow trouble in spring training, Hamels was roughed up and chased early by the Rockies yesterday in Colorado's 10-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in Denver.
"I'm concerned about him," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He had a hard time locating pitches. He had a problem with his command, locating the ball where he wanted it."
Jason Marquis pitched seven strong innings in his Rockies debut, and Colorado beat the defending World Series champions in its home opener. The crowd of 49,427 was the highest paid attendance in a regular-season game at Coors Field, which opened in 1995.
They didn't see the same Hamels who won NLCS and World Series MVP trophies last year. Hamels was supposed to start Philadelphia's season opener Sunday night, but was pushed back because of his sore left elbow. The lefthander allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings, including a five-run third.
Manuel hinted that Hamels might even miss his next start.
"We will find out in five days," Manuel said. "He's not right. He's not there."
Marquis, acquired from the Chicago Cubs in the offseason, allowed two runs and five hits and also went 2 for 3 at the plate with a sacrifice bunt, a run-scoring single, and a double.
Yankees 4, Royals 1 - Andy Pettitte gave up three hits in seven strong innings and Jorge Posada hit a two-run single, carrying New York over Kansas City in the opener at renovated Kauffman Stadium.
Pettitte struck out six and walked one while allowing one run against a team he has long dominated. The lefthander beat the Royals for the 13th time in 16 career decisions and improved to 8-0 against Kansas City in his last 12 starts.
Sidney Ponson, who made 15 starts for New York last year, gave up four runs and six hits in his Royals debut.
Orioles 5, Rays 4 - Melvin Mora drove in three runs, Mark Hendrickson won in his Baltimore debut, and the host Orioles ended a 12-game losing streak to Tampa Bay.
Evan Longoria hit two homers and drove in three runs for Tampa Bay. The 2008 Rookie of the Year has four home runs and at least one RBI in all four of the Rays' games this season.
Blue Jays 13, Indians 7 - Marco Scutaro's bloop single brought home the go-ahead run in Toronto's six-run eighth and the Blue Jays overcame a bullpen meltdown following a nearly four-hour rain delay to drop visiting Cleveland to 0-4 for the first time since 1985.
Marlins 5, Mets 4 - Jorge Cantu singled with two out in the ninth to score Emilio Bonifacio, and host Florida stayed unbeaten by defeating New York.
Tigers 15, Rangers 2 - Miguel Cabrera hit a grand slam and matched his career high with six RBIs, leading Armando Galarraga and Detroit to a rout of Texas in its home opener.
Twins 12, White Sox 5 - Joe Crede homered against his former team, Justin Morneau also went deep, and Minnesota beat host Chicago, spoiling Jose Contreras's first start since suffering an Achilles' injury last August against the Red Sox.
Mariners 5, Athletics 4 - Visiting Seattle ended a four-game losing streak as Endy Chavez had three hits and two RBIs.
Cardinals 5, Astros 3 - Ryan Ludwick homered and drove in two runs and Skip Schumaker had three hits, leading host St. Louis over Houston.
Brewers 4, Cubs 3 - Ryan Braun's grounder to shortstop scored Rickie Weeks on a close play at the plate, and host Milwaukee rallied for two runs in the ninth against new closer Kevin Gregg to beat Chicago.
Braves 6, Nationals 5 - Kelly Johnson's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th won it for Atlanta, which overcame two blown leads and a two-hour rain delay.
Diamondbacks 9, Dodgers 4 - At Phoenix, Chris Young went 3 for 3 with a solo homer to back Jon Garland in his Arizona debut. Garland allowed three runs in seven innings.
Padres 7, Giants 3 - Scott Hairston hit a three-run homer, Brian Giles drove in two runs, and host San Diego knocked out the Giants' Barry Zito after four innings.
Steady rain postponed the Pirates-Reds game in Cincinnati. The game wasn't immediately rescheduled.