American League Game Capsules

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Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Prince Fielder hit two home runs and had five RBI and Alex Avila added a solo shot as the Detroit Tigers downed the New York Yankees, 8-3, on Friday in a rematch of the 2012 American League Championship series. The last time New York played at Comerica Park the Tigers swept the postseason series in four games before San Francisco returned the favor and swept Detroit in the World Series. Miguel Cabrera had an RBI and scored two runs and Omar Infante finished with two hits, one run scored and an RBI for Detroit, which hasn't lost a home opener since 2008. Starter Doug Fister (1-0) tossed five innings and allowed three runs on six hits while striking out two in his season debut. Detroit dropped two of three in its season opening series versus Minnesota. New York starter Ivan Nova (0-1) lasted 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on five hits while striking out five batters in defeat. The righty was left off the postseason roster last season after going 12-8 with a 5.02 ERA in 28 starts.

Final Score: Texas 3, LA Angels of Anaheim 2

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Adrian Beltre tied the game with a seventh- inning homer and Ian Kinsler plated the winning run with an eighth-inning single, as Texas clipped the Angels, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game set between the clubs. A.J. Pierzynski added an RBI triple for the Rangers, who were coming off a series win at Houston to begin the season. Tanner Scheppers (1-0) tossed a scoreless eighth to earn the win and Joe Nathan followed suit in the ninth for his first save. Texas starter Derek Holland allowed six hits and two runs with five strikeouts in his seven-inning outing. Chris Iannetta homered and Mike Trout hit a run-scoring double for Los Angeles, which has dropped three in a row after an Opening Day victory. Josh Hamilton's return to Arlington did not go well, as the new Angels outfielder was soundly booed by his former home crowd during an 0-for-4 performance which included a pair of strikeouts. In his Halos' debut, Jason Vargas surrendered eight hits and one run over 5 2/3 frames. Scott Downs (0-1) was charged with the deciding run.

Final Score: Baltimore 9, Minnesota 5

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Chris Davis hit a game-changing grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Baltimore Orioles battled back to down the Minnesota Twins, 9-5, on Friday in the team's home opener at Camden Yards. Davis, who finished with two hits and five RBI, joined Major League Baseball history, becoming just the fourth player to have homered in four straight games to start the season. Also on that rare list is San Francisco's Willie Mays in (1971), St.Louis' Mark McGwire (1998) and Texas' Nelson Cruz (2011). Adam Jones chipped in with a 3-for-5 effort with two RBI and three runs scored and Matt Wieters and Nick Markakis each had two hits for the Orioles. Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy added one hit and one RBI in the victory for Baltimore, which has won three of four to start the season. Starter Jake Arrieta, who made his second straight home opener for the O's, tossed five innings and allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking two.

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