BALTIMORE – CC Sabathia and the new-look New York Yankees absorbed an old-fashioned beating on opening day.

Sabathia allowed six runs and failed to get through the fifth inning in his first start with New York, and the Yankees lost to the Baltimore Orioles 10-5 on Monday.

After missing a postseason for the first time since 1993, New York spent $423.5 million on free agents Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira during the offseason. Sabathia got a $161 million, seven-year deal, but the left-hander hardly looked like an ace against the Orioles, who finished last in the AL East in 2008 – their 11th straight losing season.

Sabathia (0-1) gave up eight hits in 4 1-3 innings, walked five, threw two wild pitches and did not record a strikeout for the first time since July 25, 2005, at Oakland. The six runs were the most he allowed in 32 starts since last April, when he pitched for Cleveland.

Sabathia left with New York trailing 6-1. Missing injured Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees used home runs by Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui to close to 6-5 in the seventh, but a two-run homer by light-hitting Cesar Izturis sparked a four-run eighth that blunted the comeback.

Adam Jones and Brian Roberts each had three of Baltimore’s 14 hits. Aubrey Huff drove in three runs and Jeremy Guthrie (1-0) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings.

The game drew a sellout crowd of 48,607 – the largest on opening day in the 18-year history of Camden Yards.

Vice President Joe Biden threw out the ceremonial first pitch, a high fastball that brought catcher Chad Moeller out of his crouch. Biden, who spent 36 years representing Delaware in the Senate, became the first sitting VP to throw out the first pitch at Camden Yards.

Rangers 9, Indians 1

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Rangers can still hit. Cliff Lee can attest to that.

The AL Cy Young Award winner allowed seven runs and 10 hits in five innings, including Hank Blalock’s three-run homer, and the Rangers routed the Cleveland Indians 9-1 Monday in their season opener.

Kevin Millwood allowed one run over seven innings in his fourth consecutive opening-day start for Texas. The 34-year-old right-hander lost his first three.

Lee was 22-3 with an AL-leading 2.54 ERA last season, when the left-hander never gave up more than six runs in a game – one of those starts was in a victory at the Rangers.

Texas had 15 hits against four pitchers, including Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s solo homer in the eighth.

It matched the most hits for the Rangers in a season opener. Texas jumped ahead with four runs in the second off Lee, who allowed only four earned runs in his first seven starts a year ago.

Blue Jays 12, Tigers 5

TORONTO – Adam Lind homered and drove in six runs, leading Roy Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays to a season-opening 12-5 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Umpires waved both teams off the field for nine minutes in the bottom of the eighth inning after two balls were thrown from the stands in the direction of Tigers left fielder Josh Anderson.

Groundskeepers cleared paper airplanes and empty beer cups from the warning track as the public address announcer read a message warning fans the game could be forfeited.

Lind had four hits and set a team record for RBIs in an opener.

Making his team-record seventh consecutive opening day start, Halladay pitched seven innings.


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