AL roundup: Yankees shelled in new home opener

NEW YORK (AP) " After an 85-year-run in a stadium that produced 26 World Series titles, New York saw its hitters fizzle and its bullpen come apart on a sunny Thursday afternoon in a 10-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Jhonny Peralta broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run double off Jose Veras, and Grady Sizemore hit a grand slam into the right-field seats off Damaso Marte. Victor Martinez's solo homer capped a nine-run burst.

Yankees batters stranded 10 runners in the first five innings, going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. The primary cheers were for Jorge Posada, who hit the first home run in the ballpark's history, a fifth-inning drive off Cliff Lee that that landed in Monument Park behind center field.

CC Sabathia, pitching in pinstripes for the first time since signing a $161 million, seven-year contract, allowed an RBI double to Kelly Shoppach in the fourth. But he left after 122 pitches and 5 2-3 innings in his first start against his former team.

White Sox 3, Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) " John Danks pitched six strong innings and Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer to lead Chicago.

Danks (1-0) limited the AL champions to two hits and had a shutout until Carlos Pena homered with one out in the sixth. Dioner Navarro had the other hit off the left-hander, a two-out single in the second inning.

Dye homered off Jeff Niemann (0-2) in the second. The White Sox wasted several opportunities to break the game open against the right-hander, including the sixth, when they loaded the bases with one out and failed to score.

Angels 5, Mariners 1

SEATTLE (AP) " Joe Saunders stopped Seattle's early season joyride by allowing three hits and a run in seven innings and Mike Napoli hit a go-ahead, two-run single in a five-run sixth for Los Angeles.

Saunders' silencing of a lineup missing Ken Griffey Jr. for the third time this season dampened Seattle's celebration of Ichiro Suzuki breaking the record for hits by a Japanese player.

The eight-time All-Star and Gold Glove outfielder broke the record of Isao Harimoto with a characteristically sharp single in the fourth, a one-hop smash into right field off Saunders (2-1) for his 3,086th hit. Harimoto, who played 23 seasons in Japan, smiled and flashed a thumbs-up sign from the box seats. Ichiro tipped his batting helmet to the cheering home crowd.

Seattle (7-3) had its six-game losing streak end but still is tied for its best start after 10 games in franchise history.

Blue Jays 9, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) " Roy Halladay reared back and stifled the Twins again for seven dominant innings, and Toronto breezed past Minnesota.

Light-hitting leadoff man Marco Scutaro hustled home for a first-inning run off Francisco Liriano (0-3) and broke the game open with a two-run shot in a seven-run seventh highlighted by Kevin Millar's fourth career grand slam. Halladay improved to 8-0 with a 2.77 ERA in his career against the Twins.

Toronto won three of four in the series and has taken 12 of the past 13 from Minnesota. Halladay (3-0) allowed eight hits and struck out eight without a walk. The 6-foot-6 right-hander allowed one run in the second inning via fielder's choice grounder.


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