National LeagueBen Sheets gave up an early home run, then retired his next 22 batters for a two-hitter that led the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers as Major League Baseball (MLB) began in earnest on Monday.
Sheets (1-0) allowed Jeff Kent's homer leading off the second and Brady Clark's double with one out in the ninth. Sheets pitched the first opening-day complete game with two hits or fewer in 15 years. The last to do it was Tom Glavine with a two-hitter for Atlanta against Houston in 1992.
Marlins 9, Nationals 2
In Washington, Miguel Cabrera homered off John Patterson (0-1) and drove in four runs and Hanley Ramirez collected four hits.
Florida's Fredi Gonzalez of Cuba and Washington's Manny Acta of the Dominican Republic were the first pair of managers born outside the US to make their big-league debuts in the same game.
Braves 5, Phillies 3
In Philadelphia, Edgar Renteria twice failed to execute a sacrifice, then hit a two-run homer in the 10th off Ryan Madson (0-1), his second homer of the game.
Reds 5, Cubs 1
In Cincinnati, Adam Dunn homered in his first two at-bats and Aaron Harang (1-0) allowed only an unearned run and six hits in seven innings.
It was a glum day all around for the Cubs, who spent more than US$300 million on players in the offseason.
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 6
In Denver, Eric Byrnes lined a two-run single off LaTroy Hawkins in the eighth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied past the Colorado Rockies, snapping a four-game losing streak on opening day.
Pirates 4, Astros 2, 10 innings
In Houston, Jason Bay's two-run homer in the 10th gave Pittsburgh a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros in front of a record crowd of 43,803 that included former US president George H. W. Bush.
Bay's hit off Chad Qualls (0-1) came with two outs on a 0-2 pitch and landed in left field.
Oft-injured Carl Pavano pitched his first Major League Baseball game since June 2005 and Jason Giambi hit a go-ahead single in the seventh for his third RBI, leading the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 9-5.
Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3
In Detroit, Troy Glaus hit a bases-loaded single in the 10th off Fernando Rodney (0-1), long after the Tigers raised last year's AL pennant up a center-field flag pole during a pregame ceremony.
Toronto quickly quieted the Comerica Park-record crowd of 44,297 when their first three batters scored on RBIs from Lyle Overbay, Vernon Wells and Alex Rios.
Indians 12, White Sox 5
In Chicago, Grady Sizemore homered off Jose Contreras (0-1) on the game's second pitch and the Indians added four more runs in the first. The 12 runs were Indians' most on opening day since 1925.
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