The New York Yankees opened Major League Baseball’s newest and priciest ballpark with an embarrassing 10-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
After an 85-year-run in a stadium that produced 26 World Series titles, New York saw their hitters fizzle and the bullpen come apart on a sunny afternoon.
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. By the time Victor Martinez’s solo homer capped the nine-run burst, angry fans who paid up to US$2,625 for a ticket were taunting the Yankees and owner George Steinbrenner went indoors.
C.C. Sabathia, who signed a US$161 million, seven-year contract, left after 122 pitches and five-and-two-third innings with the score at 1-1 in his first start against his former team. Cleveland’s Cliff Lee allowed one run and seven hits in six innings in a match-up of the last two American League Cy Young Award winners.
Jorge Posada hit the first home run in the new ballpark, but the Yankees stranded 10 runners in the first five innings.
WHITE SOX 3, RAYS 2
In St Petersburgh, Florida, John Danks pitched six strong innings and Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer to lead Chicago past Tampa Bay.
Danks (1-0) limited the American League 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.
BLUE JAYS 9, TWINS 2
In Minneapolis, Roy Halladay reared back and stifled the Twins again for seven dominant innings as Toronto breezed past Minnesota.
Lead-off 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 have taken 12 of the past 13 from Minnesota. Halladay (3-0) allowed eight hits and struck out eight without a walk. The right-hander allowed one run in the second inning via a fielder’s choice grounder.
ANGELS 5, MARINERS 1
In Seattle, 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 Golden 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) tied their best start after 10 games in franchise history.
Cody Ross hit a three-run homer to snap out of an early slump as the Florida Marlins finished off their first three-game sweep in Atlanta with a 6-2 victory over the Braves in the National League on Thursday.