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Updated: April 9, 2013

Final Score: Boston 3, Baltimore 1

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Daniel Nava’s three-run homer in the seventh inning backed seven scoreless frames by Clay Buchholz, as Boston downed Baltimore, 3-1, in the opener of a three-game set from Fenway Park. Buchholz (2-0) allowed three hits and walked four with eight strikeouts for the Red Sox, who were coming off a series win in Toronto over the weekend. Joel Hanrahan earned his third save, but served up an Adam Jones homer in the ninth. Wei-Yin Chen (0-1) yielded five hits and three runs over 6 1/3 innings for the Orioles, who have lost three in a row since starting the year with three wins in four outings.

Final Score: New York 11, Cleveland 6

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Travis Hafner belted a three-run homer in his first at-bat back in Cleveland, helping the New York Yankees spoil the Indians’ home opener with an 11-6 win at Progressive Field. Hafner, who spent the previous 10 years with the Indians, received a nice pregame ovation from the fans before tormenting his old club with a first-inning blast off Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1). He then broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI single in the third and also drew two walks. Robinson Cano clubbed two solo homers while going 3-for-4 with a walk and four runs scored for the Yankees, who have won two games in a row for the first time this season, improving their record to 3-4. New York starter Hiroki Kuroda (1-1) overcame a shaky first inning to pitch into the sixth. Kuroda lasted just 1 1/3 innings in his first start of the season against Boston after suffering a bruised right middle finger when he tried to grab a Shane Victorino liner. Jimenez allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings for Cleveland, which went 3-3 on its season-opening road trip.

Final Score: Kansas City 3, Minnesota 1

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – The Kansas City Royals rallied to score three runs in the eighth inning and defeated the Minnesota Twins, 3-1, on Monday. Alcides Escobar, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon had an RBI apiece for the Royals, who saw starter Ervin Santana (1-1) pitch eight innings of one- run ball. Aaron Crow pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save. Ryan Doumit drove in the Twins’ lone run in the first inning. Starter Kevin Correia (0-1) allowed three runs on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings in defeat.

Final Score: Texas 5, Tampa Bay 4

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – A.J. Pierzynski and Mitch Moreland hit back- to-back home runs in the fourth inning and the Texas Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, on Monday. Elvis Andrus drove in two runs and Adrian Beltre hit an RBI double to help the Rangers take the opener of this three- game set. Texas starter Alexi Ogando (2-0) gave up one run on three hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. Joe Nathan allowed one run in the ninth but still picked up his second save of the season and the 300th of his career. Jeremy Hellickson (0-1) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks for the Rays, who were coming off a 13-0 loss against Cleveland on Sunday. Yunel Escobar, Shelley Duncan and Sean Rodriguez had an RBI apiece in the setback.

Final Score: Seattle 3, Houston 0

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Joe Saunders struck out five over 6 1/3 scoreless innings, as the Seattle Mariners blanked the Houston Astros, 3-0, in their home-opener Monday at Safeco Field. Saunders (1-1) scattered six hits and walked just one to improve to 7-0 with a 1.91 earned run average in 10 career starts at Safeco Field. Carter Capps and Charlie Furbush combined for 1 2/3 scoreless frames in relief, while Tom Wilhelmsen spun a perfect ninth to notch his third save of the season and help the Mariners take the opener of this three-game set. Kendrys Morales finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Michael Saunders collected two hits and two runs scored for the M’s, who had lost four of their last five coming into the contest. Matt Dominguez had two of Houston’s seven hits, while Philip Humber (0-2) was tagged for three runs on five hits over six frames for the Astros, who have lost six straight since their season-opening win over Texas.

Final Score: Milwaukee 7, Chicago 4

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Ryan Braun went 3-for-4 in his return to the lineup and Martin Maldonado drove in three runs as the Milwaukee Brewers spoiled the Chicago Cubs home opener with a 7-4 victory at Wrigley Field. The Cubs plated a pair of runs in the ninth on singles from Nate Schierholtz and Luis Valbuena, but Jim Henderson locked down the save for Milwaukee when he got Starlin Castro to fly out to the warning track with the bases full. Braun had missed the Diamondbacks series with spasms in his neck, but had two doubles and an RBI on Monday to help the Brewers snap an early five-game losing streak and notch their first win since Opening Day. Norichika Aoki went 3-for-4 with two walks, Maldonado had three hits and starter Marco Estrada (1-0) tossed seven innings of two-run ball, while also producing an RBI double at the plate. He struck out six and gave up five hits. Castro had tripled and doubled earlier in the game. Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (0-2) was knocked around early but lasted six innings, yielding five runs on eight hits with five walks and six strikeouts. Welington Castillo had a two-run homer in the setback.

Final Score: Cincinnati 13, St. Louis 4

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Brandon Phillips’ RBI double broke a tie game and sparked a nine-run ninth inning, as the Cincinnati Reds ran away with a 13-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in their home-opener. The rally occurred against St. Louis closer Mitchell Boggs (0-1), who was charged with six earned runs — seven total — on four walks and two hits. He recorded just one out. Shin-Soo Choo, whose two errors earlier in the game plated three of St. Louis’ runs, scored the go-ahead run in the ninth and later provided a bases clearing double near the end of inning. Reliever Sam LeCure (1-0) picked up the win with a perfect eighth.

Final Score: New York 7, Philadelphia 2

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Matt Harvey dazzled with nine strikeouts and the New York Mets roughed up Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-2, in the opener of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park. Much like his first start, Harvey (2-0) sliced through the opposition’s batting order and yielded just one run on three hits over seven innings of work. He became just the second Mets pitcher to produce those statistics in consecutive starts to begin a season. The only other to accomplish the feat, a guy named Nolan Ryan. John Buck continued his torrid start, contributing a three-run homer. Ruben Tejada drove in a pair, while David Wright and Lucas Duda had an RBI apiece in New York’s third straight win. Halladay (0-2) was ineffective for the second straight start, as he surrendered seven runs on six hits over four-plus frames in a loss that ended his eight-game winning streak against New York. Ryan Howard had a sacrifice fly and Jimmy Rollins drove in a run for the Phillies, who are off to a 2-5 start.

Final Score: Atlanta 2, Miami 0

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Justin Upton homered and scored the game’s only two runs, while Paul Maholm tossed seven innings of one-hit ball as the Atlanta Braves spoiled the Miami Marlins’ home opener, taking the first of a three-game series, 2-0. Upton, who went 4-for-4 with a double, also became the first player in Braves history with six home runs in his team’s first seven games of the season. Atlanta, at 6-1, is off to its best start since the 2007 squad opened the year with a 7-1 mark. Maholm (2-0) struck out seven batters while walking three. The lefty was also sharp in his season debut last Wednesday, pitching 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a 9-2 victory over Philadelphia. Placido Polanco and Rob Brantly provided the only two hits for the Marlins, losers of three straight. Starter Kevin Slowey (0-2) tossed seven innings, yielding two runs on six hits while striking out three in defeat.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Arizona 3

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Travis Snider and Andrew McCutchen each drove in two runs and Garrett Jones added a solo homer as the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-3, in the opener of a three-game set at Chase Field. Starling Marte had two hits, including a triple and scored two runs for the Pirates, who ended a four-game skid. Starter Wandy Rodriguez left the game due to tightness in his left hamstring after just 2 1/3 innings. He allowed two runs — one earned — on two hits. He was replaced by Jeanmar Gomez (1-0), who gave up one run on four hits over 1 2/3 innings in relief to earn the victory. Paul Goldschmidt had an RBI double and Alfredo Marte and Wil Nieves each drove in one run in the setback. Right-handed starter Trevor Cahill (0-2) gave up four runs on four hits over five innings. He also struck out seven batters and walked three.

Final Score: San Francisco 4, Colorado 2

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – Hunter Pence hit a three-run home run to help the San Francisco Giants take a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a three-game set. Buster Posey drove in the other run while Pablo Sandoval added two hits and a run scored for the Giants, who stopped a two- game slide. Madison Bumgarner (2-0) gave up two runs on five hits with five walks and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Carlos Gonzalez hit a solo home run while Chris Nelson drove in a run for the Rockies, who had a five-game winning streak snapped. Jorge De La Rosa (0-1) gave up three runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts over six innings of work.