Royals finish sweep of well-paid Tigers
DETROIT ó Zack Greinke allowed one run in seven innings, and Alex Gordon and Mark Teahen homered to lead the Kansas City Royals over the Detroit Tigers 4-1 Thursday for a season-opening three-game sweep.
Kansas City is 3-0 for the first time since winning its first nine games in 2003. Last year, the Royals didnít win a series until their sixth try, when they took two of three against Minnesota from April 20-22.
Detroit, with the second-highest payroll in the major leagues at $138.7 million, scored only five runs in the series. The Tigers lost their first three games for the first time since 2003, when they began 0-9 and finished with an AL-record 119 losses.
Already missing Curtis Granderson because of a broken hand, the Tigers played without Miguel Cabrera, who is day to day with a quadriceps strain.
Brandon Inge ended Detroitís 18-inning scoreless streak with a solo homer in the seventh.
Angels 5, Twins 4
MINNEAPOLIS ó In the final game of an emotional return to the Metrodome, Torii Hunter homered leading off the seventh inning to help Los Angeles get the win.
Prior to his drive, Hunter had gone just 2-for-14 to start the season and admitted to being gassed from the ceremonies and warm welcomes he received from Twins fans who watched him star in center field for the previous nine years.
Hunter signed a $90 million, five-year deal with the Angels in the offseason.
Ervin Santana (1-0) gave up two runs and four hits in six innings and Francisco Rodriguez earned his second save.
White Sox 2, Indians 1
CLEVELAND ó John Danks didnít allow a hit until Casey Blake singled leading off the sixth inning and Joe Crede hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth for the White Sox.
Cleveland scored 17 runs in winning the first two games of the series but managed two hits against four pitchers.
Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2
NEW YORK ó Bobby Abreuís bloop single snapped an eighth-inning tie, and the New York Yankees got a solid outing from Phil Hughes.
Abreu dropped a soft single into center for his first RBI, making him 5-for-10 on the year.
An error helped set up the run.
After scoring 76 more runs than any other team in the major leagues last season, New Yorkís powerful lineup managed only eight in its first three games against a fine Toronto pitching staff.
Still, that was enough to take two of three in the series.
Joba Chamberlain (1-0) worked a scoreless inning and Mariano Rivera got three outs for his second save.
Toronto put a runner on second with one out in the ninth, but Rivera retired Lyle Overbay and struck out Aaron Hill to end it.