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Around the Major leagues

2013-04-02T00:00:00Z Around the Major leaguesThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

National League

• Dodgers 4, Giants 0: In Los Angeles, Clayton Kershaw launched his first career home run to break a scoreless tie in the eighth inning, then finished off a four-hitter Monday that led L.A. over San Francisco. He became the first pitcher to throw a shutout and hit a homer in an opener since Bob Lemon for Cleveland in 1953, and the first pitcher in the majors to homer on opening day since former UA Wildcat Joe Magrane of St. Louis in 1988. Kershaw struck out seven and walked none on 94 pitches for his sixth career shutout.

• Nationals 2, Marlins 0: In Washington, Bryce Harper homered in his first two at-bats, Stephen Strasburg retired 19 batters in a row at one stretch, and the defending NL East champion Nationals opened with a win over Miami. The right-hander Strasburg went seven innings, matching his career high, and allowed three hits. Reigning NL Rookie of the Year Harper, 20, hit solo shots over the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center field off Ricky Nolasco in the first and fourth.

• Mets 11, Padres 2: In New York, Jonathon Niese stepped nicely into his new role as No. 1 starter for the Mets, and former Diamondbacks player Collin Cowgill capped a successful New York debut with a grand slam in a rout of San Diego.

• Cubs 3, Pirates 1: In Pittsburgh, Jeff Samardzija struck out nine and allowed two hits in eight innings, and ex-Tucson Padres star Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer for Chicago.

• Brewers 5, Rockies 4: In Milwaukee, Jonathan Lucroy hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give the Brewers a victory over Colorado, ruining the first game for new Rockies manager Walt Weiss. Rickie Weeks sparked the winning rally when he stole second after he was hit by a pitch with one out.

• Braves 7, Phillies 5: In Atlanta, Freddie Freeman drove in three runs with three hits, including the first of three Atlanta home runs, and the Braves beat Philadelphia's Cole Hamels. Former D-back Justin Upton and Dan Uggla also homered.

American League

• Red Sox 8, Yankees 2: In New York, Jon Lester and Boston got off to a quick start after a dreadful 2012 season, giving new manager John Farrell an opening day win over a Yankees lineup minus injured Derek Jeter for the first time since 2001. Newcomer Shane Victorino led a revamped Red Sox lineup with three RBIs and rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. walked three times and scored twice in his big league debut.

• Mariners 2, Athletics 0: In Oakland, Calif., Felix Hernandez struck out eight and yielded three hits in 7 2/3 innings in his first start since signing a $175 million, seven-year contract as Seattle beat defending AL West champion Oakland. A's newcomer John Jaso, who gave Oakland its first hit in the fourth, was given a Rolex watch before by Hernandez for catching the Seattle pitcher's perfect game in August against the Rays.

• Tigers 4, Twins 2: In Minneapolis, Justin Verlander won on opening day for the first time in six tries, pitching five shutout innings at frosty, 35-degree Target Field and sending defending AL champion Detroit past Minnesota.

• White Sox 1, Royals 0: In Chicago, Chris Sale outpitched James Shields, Tyler Flowers homered and the Chicago White Sox beat Kansas City in their season opener.

Interleague

• Angels 3, Reds 1: In Cincinnati, Chris Iannetta hit a solo homer early in the game and a bases-loaded single in the 13th inning, powering L.A. past the Reds in the majors' first interleague season opener. Ernesto Frieri, the Angels' seventh pitcher, finished off the Reds' longest opening game since 1975, when they beat the Dodgers 2-1 in 14 innings.

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