American League Game Capsules

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Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox have turned the page from a disastrous 2012 season, at least for a day, and did so against their hated rivals from New York. Shane Victorino drove in three runs and Jon Lester pitched five solid innings, as the Red Sox opened the John Farrell era with an 8-2 win over the injury- plagued Yankees. Farrell, the former Red Sox pitching coach who had skippered the Toronto Blue Jays for the past two seasons, was hired to replace Bobby Valentine after a 93-loss campaign, Boston's worst since 1965. Lester (1-0) surrendered a pair of runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts to earn the victory in his third straight Opening Day start. The reigning American League East champion Yankees began their season with a depleted lineup, as regulars Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez are all on the disabled list. Francisco Cervelli drove in the only two runs for New York, while former Boston star Kevin Youkilis had a double and a run scored against his former team. CC Sabathia (0-1), making his fifth straight Opening Day start for the Yankees, was tagged for four runs -- all in the second inning -- on eight hits over five frames. He walked four and struck out five in defeat. The Yankees had won 11 straight home season-openers, tied for the all-time record with the Mets, who won 11 straight from 1971-89.

Final Score: Chicago 1, Kansas City 0

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Tyler Flowers supplied the game's only run with a solo homer in the fifth inning to lift the Chicago White Sox past fellow American League Central foe Kansas City, 1-0, in the 2013 opener for both squads. Chris Sale, making his first career Opening Day start, pitched 7 2/3 innings and struck out seven batters while walking one and allowing seven hits for the White Sox, who finished second in the division with an 85-77 record. Sale (1-0) broke out in 2012 with a 17-8 record to go along with a 3.05 ERA while making his first All-Star appearance. Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez each had two hits in the victory. James Shields (0-1), who was acquired with Wade Davis from Tampa Bay this past offseason, pitched well for Kansas City, allowing one run on eight hits.

Final Score: Detroit 4, Minnesota 2

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Prince Fielder went 2-for-4 with and RBI double and Omar Infante added two hits and an RBI as the Detroit Tigers edged the Minnesota Twins, 4-2, in the season opener for both teams at Target Field. Miguel Cabrera added an RBI and scored once and Torii Hunter had a pair of hits, including a double, in his debut for the Tigers, who were swept in four games in the 2012 World Series by the San Francisco Giants last season. Justin Verlander (1-0), just days removed from signing a five-year $140 million extension, scattered three hits and struck out seven over five scoreless frames, despite pitching in adverse conditions. Ryan Doumit had an RBI and Trevor Plouffe scored on a wild pitch for the Twins, who finished a dismal 66-96 last season. Vance Worley (0-1) allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out three over six innings to absorb the loss.

Final Score: Seattle 2, Oakland 0

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Felix Hernandez, who signed a big contract in the offseason, tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics, 2-0, in the season opener for both teams on Monday. Hernandez (1-0), who inked a seven-year, $175 million deal, gave up three hits while striking out eight for the Mariners, who went 75-87 last season. The right-hander went 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA over 33 appearances in 2012. Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run single in the fifth inning for Seattle, which increased its Opening Day winning streak to seven. Brett Anderson (0-1) allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings for the Athletics, who captured their first AL West title since 2006 last year. The left-hander fanned six and walked four. Oakland, which lost to the Tigers in the ALDS last season, has dropped nine straight season openers, which is the longest Opening Day losing streak in American League history.

Final Score: LA Angels 3, Cincinnati 1 (13 innings)

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Chris Iannetta delivered a two-run single in the top of the 13th inning to lift the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds. A crowd of 43,168, the largest for a regular- season game at Great American Ball Park, had gathered to take in the first-ever interleague Opening Day matchup. What they witnessed was an incredible pitching duel, and the Angels were finally able to break through against Cincinnati's bullpen. In the 13th Iannetta ripped a bases-loaded single off J.J. Hoover (0-1) past diving third baseman Todd Frazier to score high-priced free-agent acquisition Josh Hamilton and Howie Kendrick. Ernesto Frieri worked around a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning to earn the save. Reliever Mark Lowe (1-0) tossed two innings to pick up the win for the Angels, who missed the playoffs for the third straight year in 2012. Iannetta also homered off Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto in the third inning.

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