Baseball roundup: Yankees spoil Matsui’s return

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NEW YORK — Derek Jeter homered, Jorge Posada had three hits, Andy Pettitte dazzled and Mariano Rivera closed it out. Nothing more fitting on the day World Series rings were handed out in the Bronx.

The core four each picked up championship bling No. 5, then led the New York Yankees to a win in their home opener Tuesday, 7-5 over the Los Angeles Angels in front of a record-crowd that included owner George Steinbrenner.

The Angels’ Hideki Matsui might have gotten the loudest ovation of the stirring ceremony that celebrated the Yankees’ 27th title, with fans welcoming back the World Series MVP. But the stars who’d worn pinstripes the longest wound up as winners, once again.

With the 2009 World Series banner whipping in a chilly breeze, Pettitte (1-0) returned to the Yankee Stadium mound for the first time since he won the clinching Game 6 against Philadelphia last November. He threw 100 pitches in six crisp innings as the Yankees dropped the Angels to 2-6, their worst start since 1972.

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Rivera was needed to earn his third save after another ex-Yankee, Bobby Abreu, hit a grand slam in the ninth off Dave Robertson to make it 7-5.

Matsui was mobbed by his former teammates near the mound after getting his ring in the pregame festivities. He was regaled with a prolonged standing salute when he stepped into the batter’s box in the first inning.

The Angels’ designated hitter stepped out and tipped his helmet before striking out — another cheer — to end the inning and got tangled with Posada, who playfully tagged him a couple of times. Matsui went 0 for 4 in front of a record regular-season crowd of 49,293 at the ballpark, now in its second year.

Tigers 6, Royals 5

DETROIT — Carlos Guillen’s two-run double capped a six-run rally in the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers pulled off another big comeback, beating the Kansas City Royals.

Jose Guillen hit his fourth home run in three games as the Royals took a 5-0 lead against Dontrelle Willis and the Detroit bullpen. But just like Sunday, when the Tigers fell behind 5-0 to Cleveland, they recovered to win. The Tigers hadn’t gotten a runner past first in the first six innings against Kansas City, then rallied against four pitchers. Dusty Hughes (0-1) didn’t retire either batter he faced.

Reliever Joel Zumaya (2-0) won and Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Blue Jays 4, White Sox 2

TORONTO — Ricky Romero became the latest Toronto pitcher to take a no-hit try into the late innings, losing his bid in the eighth when former teammate Alex Rios homered in the Blue Jays’ 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Romero struck out 12 and was in complete control until hitting A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch to start the eighth. Rios followed with a drive to deep left.

A pitching staff that lost ace Roy Halladay in the offseason again came close to a no-hit gem. Shaun Marcum held Texas hitless for 6 1-3 innings on opening day. Dave Stieb pitched the only no-hitter in Toronto history in 1990.

Rays 8, Orioles 6

BALTIMORE — Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer off Matt Albers in the 10th inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays extended Baltimore’s early season swoon with an 8-6 victory Tuesday night.

It was the fifth straight loss for the Orioles, whose 1-7 start is their worst since they opened the 1988 season with 21 straight defeats.

Ben Zobrist led off the 10th with a walk off Albers (0-1) and took second on a wild pitch. After Evan Longoria walked, Pena hit a 2-2 pitch into the right-field seats.

Lance Cormier (1-0) worked the ninth, and Rafael Soriano gave up Ty Wigginton’s second homer of the game but got three outs for his second save.

Luke Scott also homered for the Orioles.

Orioles starter Brian Matusz took a two-hitter and a 3-0 lead into the eighth. The rookie left-hander struck out Willy Aybar to start the inning, then yielded four straight singles. The last, by Sean Rodriguez, got the Rays to 3-1 and forced Orioles manager Dave Trembley to go to the bullpen with the bases loaded.

Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 5

LOS ANGELES— Manny Ramirez homered for the first time this season, the first of four longballs by the Dodgers, and Los Angeles beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 to win its home opener for the third consecutive year.

Casey Blake hit a two-run drive, Matt Kemp added a solo shot and Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer for the Dodgers, who beat San Francisco 11-1 in their 2009 home opener. Blake went 1 for 2 with a walk and is batting .389, carrying over his strong spring into the regular season.

Ramirez, Kemp and Ethier homered in the same game for the second time since Ramirez joined the Dodgers in 2008.

Clayton Kershaw (1-0) allowed two runs and three hits in 5 1-3 innings. The 22-year-old left-hander struck out seven and walked five in his second start after a no-decision in the Dodgers’ 4-3, 10-inning loss at Pittsburgh last week.

Ian Kennedy (0-1) gave up six runs and six hits over 4 1-3 innings in his first game against the Dodgers. Ramirez’s leadoff homer in the fourth — No. 547 of his career and his 2,501st hit — gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead. He hit a 2-2 pitch from Kennedy halfway up the pavilion in left-center, elicting chants of “Manny! Manny!” from the sellout crowd of 56,000.

Reds 10, Marlins 8

MIAMI — Joey Votto drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the 11th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Florida Marlins in extra innings for the second night in a row, 10-8.

Jonny Gomes and Ryan Hanigan hit three-run homers for the Reds. Brandon Phillips had four hits, including an RBI single in the 11th.

The Reds won despite blowing a 6-1 lead. They beat the Marlins 6-5 in 10 innings in the series opener Monday.

Hanigan singled to start the 11th against Dan Meyer (0-1). He advanced on a sacrifice and Drew Stubbs walked. After left fielder Chris Coghlan robbed Orlando Cabrera with a lunging catch on the warning track, Votto lined a 2-2 pitch just beyond the reach of a leaping Hanley Ramirez at shortstop.

Phillips followed with his single.

Jorge Cantu of Florida singled home a run and became the first player since 1921 to have at least one hit and one RBI in the first eight games of a season.

Cantu also mishandled a grounder at third base for an error that led to three unearned runs in the fourth inning. They scored when Hanigan hit his first homer of the year with two out.

The Marlins are last in the majors in fielding.

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