CUBS 3, BREWERS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks convinced new manager David Ross to let him finish a three-hitter, Anthony Rizzo homered and dished out hand sanitizer, and the Chicago Cubs started the season by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 on Friday night.
Ian Happ also had a two-run drive and Ross got his first victory as a big league manager as the Cubs opened this pandemic-shortened 60-game season without fans at Wrigley Field.
Hendricks struck out nine and walked none in his first career opening-day start and fourth career shutout.
Orlando Arcia had each of Milwaukee’s hits off Hendricks (1-0). After he singled with two out in the third for the Brewers’ first baserunner, he accepted a splash of sanitizer from a smiling Rizzo at first and cleaned off his hands.
Ross came out to check on Hendricks with two out and a runner on first in the ninth. He decided to leave him in, and Keston Hiura bounced into a game-ending fielder’s choice on Hendricks’ 103rd pitch.
Milwaukee right-hander Brandon Woodruff allowed four hits in five innings in his first career opening-day start. Woodruff (0-1) struck out five and walked one.
INDIANS 2, ROYALS 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber struck out 14 over six scoreless innings as the Indians, making a statement for minorities by wearing their road jerseys with “Cleveland” on the front, beat Kansas City.
Bieber’s 14 strikeouts set a club record for opening day and are the most in the majors in an opener since Hall of Famer Randy Johnson also fanned 14 on March 31, 1996.
Oscar Mercado and César Hernández drove in runs in the fifth for Cleveland, which was blanked over the first four innings by Royals starter Danny Duffy (0-1).
Duffy was pulled in the fifth by first-year Royals manager Mike Matheny after 65 pitches. R
Brad Hand worked around hitting the leadoff hitter in the ninth for a save.
The Royals struck out 18 times.
BLUE JAYS 6, RAYS 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Cavan Biggio hit a three-run homer and Toronto began its still-in-progress odyssey by topping Tampa Bay.
Earlier the Blue Jays announced they will play the majority of their home games at the stadium of their Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, though it’s not yet certain when the park will be ready.
Biggio singled to begin a three-run fourth inning off 36-year-old Charlie Morton (0-1), who made his first career start on opening day. Randal Grichuk, Rowdy Tellez and Teoscar Hernandez drove in the runs. Biggio also homered in the fifth for a 6-1 lead.
Japanese slugger Yoshi Tsutsugo homered in his major league debut for the Rays.
Blue Jays starter Hyun Jin Ryu allowed three runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out three, but also walked three before being replaced after throwing 97 pitches.
Jordan Romano (1-0) finished fifth and got the first two outs of the sixth to get the win. Ken Giles worked a scoreless ninth for the save.
REDS 7, TIGERS 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Free agent pickup Mike Moustakas drove in four runs, teaming with fellow newcomers Shogo Akiyama and Nick Castellanos, in Cincinnati’s win over Detroit.
Free agents Moustakas and Castellanos each got $64 million as cornerstones of the Reds’ rebuild. They combined to produce Cincinnati’s first three runs, and Moustakas added a two-run homer to get the Reds off and running.
Akiyama, signed as a free agent, singled home a run in his first at-bat as a pinch hitter. Joey Votto added a solo homer.
Sonny Gray (1-0) fanned nine and gave up three hits in six innings. He extended his major league record to 34 consecutive starts without allowing more than six hits.
Matthew Boyd (0-1) needed 26 pitches to get the first out and 30 overall in the first inning. He lasted five innings and gave up four runs on six hits. C.J. Cron homered for Detroit.
METS 1, BRAVES 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Yoenis Céspedes took advantage of the new designated hitter rule in the National League, launching a home run that sent Jacob deGrom and New York past Atlanta.
Céspedes connected in the seventh off reliever Chris Martin (0-1) for his first long ball since his previous major league game on July 20, 2018.
Seth Lugo (1-0) tossed two innings. Edwin Díaz struck out two in a hitless ninth for the save.
Braves starter Mike Soroka allowed four hits in six innings. Marcell Ozuna doubled and went 1 for 4 in his Atlanta debut.
Coming off consecutive Cy Young Awards, deGrom fanned eight and permitted only a broken-bat single and a walk. He was pulled after 72 pitches.
MARLINS 5, PHILLIES 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run homer off Aaron Nola, Sandy Alcantara pitched into the seventh and Miami spoiled manager Joe Girardi’s first game in Philadelphia.
Alcantara (1-0) allowed two runs — one earned — and three hits, striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings.
Nola (0-1) gave up four runs and five hits, striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings. The Phillies have lost his last eight starts since a 3-2 victory at Boston last Aug. 20.
Didi Gregorius lined a solo shot out to right in the fifth in his first game since signing a $14 million, one-year deal with the Phillies to reunite with Girardi.
The Phillies cut it to 5-2 in the seventh when center fielder Jonathan Villar dropped Jay Bruce’s fly ball for a two-base error, allowing Gregorius to score.
RED SOX 13, ORIOLES 2
BOSTON (AP) — J.D. Martinez and Kevin Pillar each drove in three runs, and Boston rolled past Baltimore.
Jackie Bradley Jr., Jose Peraza, Martinez and Pillar each doubled as part of a four-run third inning. Boston kept it going in the fourth, sending 11 batters to the plate and adding six more runs.
Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) gave up just one run and five hits, striking out four over six innings in his first career opening day start.
Baltimore starter Tommy Milone (0-1) got his first opening day nod after All-Star lefty John Means experienced arm fatigue. He gave up four runs, four hits, three walks, had a wild pitch and struck out five. Rio Ruiz homered in the seventh.
Ron Roenicke earned his first managerial win since a five-year tenure with the Brewers ended in 2015.
RANGERS 1, ROCKIES 0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Lance Lynn struck out nine in six sharp innings and Texas inaugurated its new retractable-roof stadium with a win over Colorado.
After 48 seasons of playing home games outside in the Texas heat, the Rangers had the roof closed for their first game at $1.2 billion Globe Life Field.
The Rangers got their first hit off Rockies starter German Marquez after Lynn (1-0) had thrown the last of his 108 pitches in his first opening day start.
Danny Santana had a one-out double in the sixth, and scored on a two-out double by Rougned Odor that chased Marquez (0-1). The Rockies right-hander retired the first 12 batters and struck out six and walked three.
Jesse Chavez and Jonathan Hernandez both pitched a scoreless innings. Jose Leclerc struck out two in the ninth for the save in the Rangers’ first 1-0 win in a home opener since 1980.
CARDINALS 5, PIRATES 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jack Flaherty struck out six and didn’t walk a batter in seven solid innings, Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer and St. Louis opened the season by beating Pittsburgh.
Tyler O’Neill and Dexter Fowler added solo homers for St. Louis.
Flaherty did not give up a run until Jacob Stallings hit two-out, two-run single just under the glove of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in the seventh.
St. Louis built up a 3-0 cushion on homers in the fifth. Yadier Molina added a run-scoring hit in the sixth.
Kwang Hyun Kim allowed two runs before retiring three successive hitters to get the save in his major league debut.
Pittsburgh starter Joe Musgrove allowed three runs and five hits over 5 2/3 innings. He fanned seven and walked three.
The Pirates, under first-year manager Derek Shelton, fell to 71-63 in season openers.
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