Kennedy shines on debut for Royals, who beat winless Twins
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 10, 2016 02:33 PM
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy delivers to a Minnesota Twins batter during the first inning a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, April 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — Ian Kennedy pitched impressively in his Kansas City debut and the Royals hit their first three home runs of the season to beat winless Minnesota 7-0 on Saturday.
The Twins fell to 0-5 for the first time since the Washington Senators moved to Minnesota in 1961.
Among other results, Philadelphia debutant Vince Velasquez led the visitors to a shutout win at the New York Mets, C.C. Sabathia put in a strong performance in his first outing of the season as the New York Yankees won at a chilly Detroit, and the Los Angeles Dodgers again won in extra innings at San Francisco.
Kansas City's Kennedy (1-0), signed to a five-year $70 million contract in January, held the Twins scoreless before being pulled after 109 pitches with two outs in the seventh.
Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain hit successive home runs in the fourth inning, while Kendrys Morales homered in the sixth off Casey Fien.
Philadelphia's Velasquez struck out a career-high nine over six innings in his Phillies debut, steering the team to a 1-0 win at the Mets.
Velasquez (1-0), acquired in the seven-player offseason deal that sent closer Ken Giles to Houston, struggled through a 26-pitch first inning but retired Neil Walker on an inning-ending flyout with two runners on base, and New York didn't put two runners on in an inning after that.
Ryan Howard homered off New York veteran Bartolo Colon and helped the Phillies avoid their first 0-5 start to a season since 1934.
The New York Yankees won 8-4 at Detroit, where the temperature at game time was minus 1 (31F); the coldest in Comerica Park history.
Sabathia (1-0) allowed four hits in six-plus innings in his first start since missing the playoffs last year while undergoing alcohol rehabilitation. He retired the first nine batters he faced.
Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first with his 688th career homer, and Carlos Beltran hit a two-run shot in the fifth.
Los Angeles' Charlie Culberson hit a go-ahead double in the 10th inning to lift the Dodgers to a 3-2 win at San Francisco.
In a clash of ace pitchers, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner struck out eight batters and had the satisfaction of hitting a homer off Clayton Kershaw; as he did once last season.
Kershaw struck out five and saw his team beat the Giants 3-2 in 10 innings for the second straight night.
Houston's Colby Rasmus hit two home runs and a sacrifice fly to lead the Astros to a 6-4 win at Milwaukee.
Rasmus hit a solo shot in the third and a two-run blast in the fifth that landed near the top row of the second-tier bleachers in right field.
Rasmus may have found some motivation from the previous night, when he was called out for interference under the new base running rule, which cut short an Astros rally in the ninth inning.
Boston's Dustin Pedroia had three hits and two RBIs as the Red Sox won 8-4 at Toronto.
Boston starter Rick Porcello allowed seven hits in six innings of his season debut.
The Red Sox have scored at least six runs and finished with at least 10 hits in all four games this season, the third time in team history they've done so.
Cincinnati's Eugenio Suarez drove in three runs with a single and a homer to power the Reds past Pittsburgh 5-1.
At 4-0, Pittsburgh was off to its best start since 2003.
Suarez had an RBI single in the first and a two-run homer in the seventh; his team-leading third of the season. He also scored three times.
Cincinnati starter Raisel Iglesias (1-0) gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings. He was moved to the top of the rotation when injuries sent four starters to the disabled list.
Chicago's Avisail Garcia hit a three-run home run in the decisive seventh inning as the White Sox rallied past Cleveland 7-3.
Arizona's big-money acquisition Zack Greinke got off to a rough start and lost again as the Chicago Cubs beat the Diamondbacks 4-2.
St. Louis pitcher Carlos Martinez drove in two runs, matching the total he allowed, as the Cardinals routed winless Atlanta 12-2.
Oakland's Rich Hill struck out 10 batters to steer the A's to a 6-1 win at Seattle and give the overworked bullpen a break.
Texas' Adrian Beltre homered and doubled twice, leading the Rangers to a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Angels.
San Diego's Matt Kemp homered twice and drove in six runs as the Padres flogged Colorado 16-3.