BOSTON (AP) -The
Tampa Bay Rays
got an early reminder that reaching the playoffs for a second straight time will be at least as hard as the first.
struck out 10 in seven innings of two-hit ball to lead the
to a 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday in a makeup of their rained-out opener and a rematch of the AL championship series
that the Rays won to reach the franchise's first World Series.
''We've got to prove it again this year,'' Tampa Bay catcher
homered on the second pitch he saw this season, and
also homered to help Boston get off to a fast start against the team that edged it by two games for the AL East title last
year. For Beckett, who was recovering from a side strain when he faced the Rays in the playoffs, it was a chance to show the
form that made him a 20-game winner and
contender in 2007.
''He did not make it easy for us,'' said Rays manager Joe Maddon, whose team pounded Beckett for eight runs in Game 2 of the
ALCS. ''On an opening day, he looked like his old self.''
gave up five runs on nine hits and three walks, striking out two in 5 1-3 innings. Tampa Bay scored one run off Beckett and
two in the eighth off
pitched out of a jam and
got three outs for the save.
Beckett allowed a third-inning single to
's sixth-inning double to go with three walks. He struck out
on a 93 mph fastball to end the seventh and finish his second career opening day start, and first with the
''It's something you're always striving for as a pitcher, to get to that point in your career,'' Beckett said. ''It's awesome.
This is a pretty cool place to be around on a home opener or opening day, period.''
changed the traditional baseline introductions by having their players come out of the stands, high-fiving fans on the way
to the field. The Boston Pops took over the national anthem from singer Seal, who had been scheduled for Monday but couldn't
Newly elected Hall of Famer
drove out in a golf cart to with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. The Massachusetts Democrat
walked to the mound, with Francona and the help of a cane, and bounced a short toss to Rice; (on the second try, he made it
on a fly).
''That was an honor,'' Francona said. ''I've been pretty fortunate here to get to do some pretty neat things, and that was
one of them.''
At Anaheim, Calif.,
had three hits apiece to lead a 16-hit attack by Oakland.
The A's bounced back from a 3-0 loss in Monday night's season opener, when they managed only three hits.
Oakland pushed across two runs in the seventh inning against
(0-1) to take a 5-3 lead.
had a run-scoring fielder's choice and Cust picked up his second RBI of the game with a broken-bat bloop single to center
field. Giambi added an RBI double in the eighth.
's RBI single in the ninth inning before striking out
to earn his first save.
(0-1) pitched a scoreless sixth inning to get the win.
hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, rallying the
past Kansas City in a season opener delayed a day because of bad weather.
trailed 2-1 when Thome hit his 542nd career home run, connecting with two outs off Royals newcomer
homered for the visiting Royals.
(1-0) struck out the side in the eighth after
threw two scoreless innings.
pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.
hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the
rallied to beat Detroit.
trailed 3-0 after seven before
hit a solo homer and
connected for a go-ahead, three-run drive in the eighth.
B.J. Ryan (1-0) got the win despite allowing a tying homer to
in the ninth.
got the winning rally started with a one-out walk against
went to third on Rolen's single to right and
was walked intentionally to load the bases for Barajas, who lofted a fly ball into center field. Bautista scored without a
's two-run single capped Minnesota's three-run rally with two outs in the ninth inning.
Brought in to protect a 5-3 lead, Seattle closer
(0-1) retired his first two batters before walking the bases loaded.
chopped an RBI infield single to third that made it 5-4. Casilla lined the next pitch from Batista up the middle, scoring
(1-0) allowed a run in the top of the ninth but earned his first win with the Twins.
, making his first start for the Mariners since July 4, allowed three runs over five innings and struck out eight. Bedard
missed the second half of last season because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.