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Major League Baseball roundup: Milestones and Notes

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Albert Pujols homered and drove in four runs, leading Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals over winless and hapless Houston, 5-0, Monday in their home opener in St. Louis, dropping the Astros to 0-7.

The Astros are off to their worst since opening 0-9 in 1983. They’ve been shut out three times while facing a string of aces-Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Roy Halladay and Wainwright this early in the season and have scored a major league-low 13 runs.

Adam Wainwright (mlb)

The Cardinals’ pregame pomp of the traditional introductory motorcade, including an appearance by 89-year-old Hall of Famer Stan Musial and a crowd of 46,918-the largest at 5-year-old Busch Stadium.


Will Venable two-run shot highlighted a 10-run fourth inning, and Kyle Blanks homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lead San Diego to a rout in their home opener.

The Padres hit and scored as if they were playing in a small minor league ballpark than in spacious Petco Park. Their 17 runs on 19 hits were the most by any team at the downtown ballpark since it opened in 2004.


The Chicago Cubs put on a display of home run power for new owner Tom Ricketts and beat the Milwaukee Brewers in their home opener.

Ryan Dempster Cubs (mlb)

Ricketts, the longtime fan whose family took over the team in October, joined his two brothers and sister to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch.

A  crowd of 41,306 turned out at Wrigley Field on a 58-degree afternoon and watched the Cubs build an 8-1 lead.

Ryan Dempster ran his career record against the Brewers to 12-3.

Twins open Target Field with a win over Boston, 5-2

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Minnesota's Target Field (Twins)

The Minnesota Twins opened brand-new Target Field on Monday to the delight of  their fans who have been yearning for a new ballpark for years.

After almost three decades inside the Metrodome, the Twins moved outdoors and beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 Monday with hometown star Joe Mauer in the first regular-season game at their new ballpark.

Jason Kubel hit the first home run and Carl Pavano earned the first victory.

Red-white-and-blue banners hung all over the park and commissioner Bud Selig was in attendance for the celebration, as the crowd of  39,715 were in attendance. The usually unpredictable spring weather in the Minneapolis area cooperated at least for this historic day as it was blue skies, breezy and a 65-degree afternoon.

Carl Pavano (2-0) gave up four hits and one run in six innings and the Twins bullpen did an excellent job with Jon Rauch recording his fifth save. He beat Jon Lester who labored for five innings.

Jason Kubel homered into the right-field seats in the seventh inning, Kubel and Joe Mauer, the defending American League MVP, each had three hits and drove in two runs.

Texas Rangers 4 Cleveland Indians 2 in 10 Innings

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Nelson Cruz hit his fifth home run of the season, connecting in the 10th inning and sending the Texas Rangers over Cleveland and spoiling the Indians’ sold-out opener and manager Manny Acta’s home debut.

Cruz’s two-run homer came with one out against Jamey Wright (0-1). Cruz leads the American League in home runs.

Nelson Cruz Rangers (mlb)

Frank Francisco (2-2), who lost his job as Texas’ closer on Sunday, pitched a perfect ninth. Neftali Feliz, Francisco’s temporary replacement, earned his third career save throwing nothing but fastballs at nearly 100 mph.

Shin-Soo-Choo homered for Cleveland, who have lost four in a row.

Scott Rolen leads Reds to extra inning win over Florida, 6-5

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Scott Rolen homered in his first two at-bats, then dumped a single in his final at-bat to give the Cincinnati Reds a 10-inning win.

Rolen hit a liner off the end of his bat that barely cleared second baseman Dan Uggla’s glove, and that single drove in the go-head run Monday to help beat the Florida Marlins, 6-5.

Scott Rolen Reds (mlb)

He hit solo home runs in the second and fourth innings and has three homers this season after hitting 11 in 2009. Rolen had his 20th multihomer game but his first since September 15, 2006.

Reds shortstop Orlando Cabrera hit a two-run homer.

Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla went 4 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI.

The Marlins nearly earned their third consecutive comeback win, twice erasing deficits, but missed a chance at victory in the bottom of the ninth. They loaded the bases with one out against Nick Masset (2-0), but he escaped when Ronny Paulino struck out and Cody Ross grounded out to shortstop on a 3-2 sinker.

Florida went down in order in the 10th against Francisco Cordero, who earned his third save in three chances.

There were very few fans in the stands. The announced crowd was 10,119 but the actual crowd was around 3,000. Florida has finished last in the National League in attendance every year since 2005.

MLB Roundup: Indians lose; Arizona scores 13 runs in fourth against Pittsburgh

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Carlos Guillen scored the winning run on Indians closer Chris Perez’s wild pitch, capping a three-run ninth inning and giving Detroit the win on Sunday in Motown.

The Tigers became hust the second team since 1986 to win a nine-inning game while stranding at least 18 runners. Detroit’s 18 runners left on base matched its most since 1920.

Carlos Guillen Tigers (mlb)

Guillen hit a one-out RBI double in the ninth to get the Tigers within one and put runners on second and third. After Brandon Inge grounded out, Perez (0-1) issued two walks in a row to Ramon Santiago and pinch-hitter Johnny Damon to force in the tying run.

His first pitch to Scott Sizemore bounced past Lou Marson, allowing Guillent to score from third base.

Phil Coke pitched a scoreless ninth for Detroit, who trailed 7-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Cleveland was without centerfielder Grady Sizemore, who was out of the lineup with a stiff back. But even without their All-Star in Sizemore, the Indians battered around Justin Verlander pretty good.

The Indians loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning and Travis Hafner followed with a sacrifice fly. Jhonny Peralta then struck out, Matt LaPorta walked and Luis Valbuena lifted a 1-2 pitch just inside the right-field foul pole for his first grand slam.

Verlander settled down after the 43-pitch first inning, allowing six runs and five hits in five-plus innings, but his early struggles made the loss even tougher for Cleveland because they rarely ever score more than a couple of runs off the Tigers ace pitcher.

Indians starter Jake Westbrook pitched 5 2-3 innings, giving up three runs and nine hits. He struck out seven and walked three.

Indians offensive stars include Jhonny Peralta and Shin-soo-Choo homered  and Luis Valbuena had two hits.

Detroit was led by Maggio Ordonez with two hits and two RBI’s and Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 3 which had 18 hits on the day.


* The Seattle Mariners left 18 runners on base in a 5-2 win over San Diego on June 27, 2008.  Detroit stranded 18 runners in a 10-1 loss to the Philadelphia Athletics in 1926 and again in a 12-2 loss to the A’s in 1931.


The Arizona Diamondbacks scored a team-record 13 runs in the fourth inning, capped by the first homer of pitcher Edwin Jackson’s career, as the delighted their fans in Phoenix with a 15-6 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Chris Young and Kelly Johnson homered in the big inning.

Edwin Jackson (1-1) went into the bottom of the fourth trailing 4-2 after giving up seven hits, but allowed only three hits in three scoreless innings after that.

Jackson had two of Arizona’s eight hits in the fourth inning and became the first pitcher to score two runs in an inning since last August 14, when Randy Wells of the Cubs did it against Pittsburgh. Jackson singled early in the fourth, then finished it off with a two-run homer. With a distance of 400 feet, his homer was the longest of Arizona’s four homers.

Edwin Jackson Arizona (mlb)

Catcher Chris Snyder was starting because Miguel Montero was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee sprain earlier in the day, homered for Arizona and tied his career high with five RBI’s.

The Diamondbacks easily surpassed the club record of eight runs in an inning. They matched a regular-season team mark for hits, they got nine in a 2001 World Series game against the Yankees and home runs in the inning. Every D-Backs starter scored a run.

The Pittsburgh Pirates tied a team record for most runs allowed in an inning. The other times were 1890 and 1994.

Edwin Jackson, now 1-1, settled down after a rough start to win his first game with Arizona. He was an All-star last year with Detroit and was picked up in a three-team trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees.

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