Scott Sanderson won his first start for the New York Yankees, 4-0 over the Detroit Tigers, but lost his no-hit bid in a blustery wind.
Sanderson, pitching with pinpoint control in wintry weather, held the Detroit Tigers hitless until Tony Phillips doubled off the right-field screen on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth. The ball glanced off the glove of Jesse Barfield, who appeared to have trouble tracking it in the wind."The ball hit off the tip of my glove," Barfield said. "It's easier to hit than field in the wind. It was a tough play all the way around. Even without the wind, it would have been a tough play with the sun."
After giving up the hit, Sanderson was immediately lifted for Greg Cadaret, who retired the side in order. Sanderson said he was aware of his no-hitter from the start.
"It hit me right after the first inning as I came off the field," Sanderson said. "I thought of it again at the end of every inning. I'm not kidding. Every pitcher knows as the game progresses whether he's given up a hit or not. It's not that complicated."
Royals 1, Indians 0
At Kansas City, Mo., Kevin Appier pitched eight shutout innings and Danny Tartabull singled in the only run.
Appier, whose 2.76 ERA last year was fourth-best in the American League, struck out four and walked one. Jeff Montgomery pitched a hitless ninth for the save.
Angels 5, Mariners 3
At Seattle, Dave Winfield drove in three runs and got three hits, leading California over Seattle.
Kirk McCaskill beat Randy Johnson as the Angels made it two wins in two nights to start the season.
Twins 4, Athletics 1
At Oakland, Calif, Allan Anderson allowed two hits in eight innings and Brian Harper homered off Bob Welch as the Minnesota Twins rebounded from an opening night loss, stalling Rickey Henderson and the Oakland Athletics.
Henderson remained one shy of Lou Brock's all-time career stolen base record of 938.
White Sox 2, Orioles 0
At Baltimore, Greg Hibbard held Baltimore to three hits in eight innings and Bobby Thigpen got his first save of the season as the Chicago White Sox completed a two-game sweep of the Orioles.
Scott Fletcher's two-run double in the sixth inning accounted for the only scoring.
Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 3
At Toronto, Pat Tabler hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, rallying Toronto over Boston.
Roberto Alomar drew a leadoff walk from Joe Hesketh in the eighth and Joe Carter got a one-out walk from Jeff Gray (0-1).
Brewers 6, Rangers 0
At Arlington, Texas, Chris Bosio continued his April dominance, scattering four singles in eight innings, and Bill Spiers and Greg Vaughn homered as Milwaukee blanked Texas.
Bosio (1-0) is 14-2 lifetime in April, but only 38-46 in his career.
Dodgers 6, Braves 4
At Atlanta, Darryl Strawberry's bat overcame his glove in his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Strawberry dropped a fly ball in the third inning that led to two Atlanta runs, but went 2-for-4, drove in two runs and scored one as Los Angeles opened its season with a 6-4 victory over the Braves on Wednesday night.
Reds 6, Astros 5
At Cincinnati, Todd Benzinger drove in four runs and Chris Sabo hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning as Cincinnati overcame a three-run deficit to beat Houston.
Benzinger, who had failed to get an extra-base hit in spring training, had an RBI single, a two-run double and a run-scoring triple to lead the comeback.
Cubs 2, Cardinals 0
At Chicago, Greg Maddux allowed five hits in eight innings and George Bell and Gary Scott drove in runs as Chicago beat St. Louis.
Maddux struck out five and walked one, allowing only one runner to reach second base. Dave Smith pitched the ninth in his Cubs debut.
Pirates 6, Expos 3
At Pittsburgh, Bobby Bonilla had three hits and drove in two runs, and winning pitcher Zane Smith doubled and drove in a run.
The Pirates, continuing to break out of a season-opening 15-inning scoreless streak, won twice in three games for their first series victory at home against Montreal since Aug. 6-9, 1987.
Padres 4, Giants 3
At San Diego, Fred McGriff and Jerald Clark hit two-run homers as the San Diego beat San Francisco for the second straight night in a game marred by a fourth-inning brawl.
The Giants' Kevin Mitchell, who homered off Bruce Hurst in the second inning, was ejected in the fourth when he charged Hurst and knocked him down on the mound with a body block after being hit by a pitch.
Phillies 8, Mets 7
At New York, John Kruk's run-scoring grounder with the bases loaded in the 10th inning gave Philadelphia a wild victory in a game which took 4 hours, 51 minutes to play and saw a total of 24 walks.
The Phillies finally broke through in the 10th off Jeff Innis (0-1) and John Franco.