A.J. Burnett took a steady first step as he aims to bounce back from a wobbly season, and Mark Teixeira hit his second three-run homer in two games, sending the Yankees to a 10-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers yesterday in New York.
Russell Martin also smacked a three-run shot, Alex Rodriguez hit No. 614, and Derek Jeter began his march toward 3,000 hits with his first two hits of the season.
Rodriguez drove in Jeter with a first-inning double off Brad Penny (0-1), and New York opened a 6-0 cushion after two. Burnett (1-0) allowed three runs and five hits, while striking out six and walking one.
Former Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez hit his first home run for the Tigers.
Blue Jays 6, Twins 1 — Kyle Drabek pitched seven innings of one-hit ball for his first big league win, Jose Molina and Jayson Nix hit homers, and host Toronto beat Minnesota.
Drabek (1-0) didn’t allow a hit until Denard Span’s one-out single in the sixth. He allowed one run, walked three, and struck out seven. Francisco Liriano (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits.
Phillies 9, Astros 4 — Cliff Lee struck out 11 over seven innings in his first game back with Philadelphia, five players had multiple hits, and the Phillies beat visiting Houston.
Lee (1-0) allowed three runs and four hits. The victory might be costly to the Phillies because center fielder Shane Victorino left with soreness in his left calf.
Mariners 5, Athletics 2 — Ichiro Suzuki had two infield hits to become Seattle’s career leader, including one in the ninth that drove in the go-ahead run in a win over host Oakland.
Orioles 3, Rays 1 — Chris Tillman held host Tampa Bay hitless for six innings and Nick Markakis made a leaping catch at the wall in the ninth to preserve Baltimore’s victory.
Tillman, 22, lost his bid for a no-hitter when manager Buck Showalter lifted him after he threw 101 pitches. Brian Roberts hit a three-run homer in the eighth.
Giants 10, Dodgers 0 — Matt Cain (1-0) scattered five hits in six innings, Aubrey Huff and Freddy Sanchez drove in three runs apiece, and San Francisco beat host Los Angeles.
White Sox 8, Indians 3 — Edwin Jackson allowed two earned runs and five hits in six innings, and Gordon Beckham and Carlos Quentin each had two RBIs for visiting Chicago. Jackson is 8-0 in his last nine starts against Cleveland.
Mets 6, Marlins 4 — David Wright’s third hit of the game brought Jose Reyes home with the go-ahead run in the 10th as New York beat Florida in Miami. Wright also homered.
Padres 11, Cardinals 3 — Clayton Richard (1-0) had two RBIs and pitched six solid innings in San Diego’s win over host St. Louis. The Cardinals’ Albert Pujols homered on the 10th anniversary of his major league debut.
Royals 5, Angels 4 — Chris Getz had three hits, including an RBI single for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and host Kansas City rallied to defeat Los Angeles. Rookie Aaron Crow (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win.
Reds 4, Brewers 2 — Scott Rolen hit a two-run homer in the first inning as Cincinnati beat visiting Milwaukee behind seven strong innings from Travis Wood (1-0).
Nationals 6, Braves 3 — Rick Ankiel had three RBIs with a homer and a suicide squeeze as host Washington beat Atlanta.
Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 1 — Lefthander Jorge De La Rosa scattered three singles and drove in a run before leaving in the sixth inning with a blister on his left middle finger as Colorado beat visiting Arizona.
Cubs 5, Pirates 3 — Pinch hitter Blake DeWitt delivered a two-out, two-run double that capped a five-run eighth as host Chicago rallied past Pittsburgh.