BOSTON – Josh Beckett pitched eight solid innings Friday and the Boston Red Sox rebounded from a rough road trip by winning their eighth straight home opener, 12-2 over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Boston won despite losing center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury because of an injured right shoulder. He was hurt trying to break up a double play in the fourth when Rays shortstop Reid Brignac landed on Ellsburys right arm.
Hopefully, the MRI doesnt show anything structurally damaged or anything like that (and) the soreness can go away in a few days and hell be back in a few days, Adrian Gonzalez said.
Beckett (1-1) limited the Rays to one run and five hits after giving up five home runs to Detroit in his first start.
Its just what the doctor ordered, Bobby Valentine said after his first home game as Bostons manager. We were wondering and hoping and he relieved all doubt. He threw great curveballs, had terrific control, threw all his fastballs over 90 mph.
David Price (1-1) lasted just three innings for Tampa Bay and left after giving up three runs in the third. The Red Sox put the game away in the eighth when the first 10 batters reached.
INDIANS 8, ROYALS 3: In Kansas City, Mo., Michael Brantley had a pair of hits during a seven-run first inning as Cleveland roughed up Luke Hochevar. Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Kipnis each drove in a pair as the Indians scored more times in the opening inning than they had in any of their first five games. Derek Lowe (2-0) gave up three runs on 11 hits while surviving 6 2/3 innings for Cleveland.
YANKEES 5, ANGELS 0: In New York, Alex Rodriguez hit his 630th home run and tied Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on the career list and Hiroki Kuroda pitched excellently in his pinstripes debut in the Yankees 110th home opener. Curtis Granderson added a Yankee Stadium-friendly homer.
RANGERS 4, TWINS 1: In Minneapolis, Matt Harrison breezed through eight innings and Ian Kinsler homered to lead Texas. Harrison (2-0) gave up one run on seven hits with four strikeouts and Elvis Andrus had three hits for the Rangers.
ORIOLES 7, BLUE JAYS 5: In Toronto, Wilson Betemit hit a two-run single in the eighth inning as Baltimore snapped a three-game skid. Darren ODay (1-0) worked one inning of relief for the win and James Johnson closed it out for his third save as the Orioles opened a 10-game road trip.