Roger Clemens made it to opening day, and made it worthwhile. He didn't have any problems with the substitute umpires or the Toronto Blue Jays.
Clemens, pitching while his suspension is delayed, allowed one run in eight innings and Jack Clark hit a grand slam in his first game with the Red Sox as Boston beat Toronto 6-2 Monday.Clemens, 10-4 lifetime against Toronto, allowed six hits, struck out six and walked none. The last time he took the mound for real, he was ejected in Game 4 of the American League playoffs, drawing a five-game suspension and $10,000 fine that still is being appealed.
Clark, signed as a free agent in December for $8.7 million over three years, hit his eighth career grand slam in the third inning off Dave Stieb. The home run, on an 0-2 pitch, snapped a 1-1 tie and was Clark's first grand slam since Sept. 4, 1989, off Atlanta's Mark Eichhorn.
Tony Pena opened the inning with a double and went to third on Tim Naehring's sacrifice. Stieb loaded the bases with walks to Wade Boggs and Jody Reed and Mike Greenwell's single tied the game. Clark followed with only the second grand slam allowed by Stieb, who gave up one to Jim Rice on Aug. 20, 1983, at Fenway Park.
John Higgins, a former minor league umpire, worked behind home plate in place of the regulars, who couldn't make it to Toronto fast enough following Monday's strike settlement. Neither Clemens nor Stieb argued with Higgins, and the game proceeded without any arguments.
Stieb, 11-4 on opening day, allowed five runs and four hits in five innings, struck out two and walked two.
Mookie Wilson's sacrifice fly gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead in the second inning and Joe Carter, playing his first game with the Toronto following an offseason trade from San Diego, homered off Jeff Gray in the ninth.
The game drew 50,114 fans, the second-largest crowd to see a baseball game in SkyDome and the 60th straight sellout.