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.
The Sports Network