KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ivan Rodriguez was 5-for-5 with a single, homer, three doubles and five RBIs, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 14-3 rout of the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Rodriguez had an RBI double in a three-run first inning, singled in the third and made it 6-0 in the fifth with a two-run homer off loser Joe Mays.
He hit an opposite-field double into the right-field corner in the seventh and doubled over the outstretched glove of Emil Brown in the eighth – a play originally ruled an error by the official scorer and later changed to a hit.
Brandon Inge, Marcus Thames, Curtis Granderson and Carlos Guillen also homered for the Tigers, who got 19 hits and improved to 2-0 under new manager Jim Leyland. Winner Jeremy Bonderman gave up one run and three hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out eight and walked none.
Indians 4, White Sox 3
CHICAGO – Right from the start, it appears the Cleveland Indians will mount a strong challenge to the Chicago White Sox.
Jason Michaels doubled in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning Wednesday – his fourth hit of the game – and the Indians beat the White Sox 4-3 to take two of three in the opening series between the AL Central rivals.
Casey Blake singled leading off the 11th, moved up on Grady Sizemore’s sacrifice and scored when Michaels doubled to right-center against loser Neal Cotts.
Mariners 6, Angels 4
SEATTLE – Jarrod Washburn bested Jeff Weaver in a matchup of pitchers making debuts for new teams.
Washburn struck out seven of his former teammates, and the Seattle Mariners’ shaky bullpen held a lead for the second straight game in a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
Washburn, signed to a $37 million, four-year contract, allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, and walked none. He pitched in 193 games over eight seasons for the Angels.
Orioles 16, Devil Rays 6
BALTIMORE – Off to their best start since 1997, the unbeaten Baltimore Orioles stand alone atop the AL East.
Jay Gibbons homered and drove in four runs, and Baltimore used a 16-hit attack to breeze past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 16-6 Wednesday night.
Before they turn their attention toward the remaining 160 games, the Orioles will savor the first two.
After opening the season Monday with a 9-6 win over the Devil Rays, Baltimore cranked up the offense another notch against Seth McClung and a parade of relievers.
Twins 13, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO – Torii Hunter hit a grand slam and tied a career-high with six RBIs, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 13-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
Hunter went 4-for-5 and scored three runs.
His fifth career grand slam in the eighth against Jason Frasor gave Minnesota a 12-4 lead. He had six RBIs in two other games – the last when he hit his last grand slam June 1, 2005, against Cleveland.
Hunter missed the final two months of last season after breaking his left ankle and experienced soreness in it during the spring.
, but the Twins need him if they’re are going to contend for a playoff spot.
Shannon Stewart and Luis Rodriguez also homered for the Twins.