When the Toronto Blue Jays look around and see Devon White starting things off, they figure their offense will create some problems for the opposition.
"When you've got guys like Devo getting on base all night, you're going to score some runs," winning pitcher David Wells said after White sparked Toronto to a 7-3 victory over Milwaukee Thursday night.Kelly Gruber, who drove in two runs, also appreciates his new teammate.
"Having Devo do what he does certainly takes the pressure off," Gruber said. "Having guys pick up other guys is what this game is all about."
Offseason acquisitions White and Joe Carter continued to spark the offense and Wells pitched eight strong innings.
"Right now I'm swinging at mostly high pitches and staying away from the low ones," White said. "I used to swing at a lot of the low ones."
White also is doing something strange for him - leading off.
"I don't mind doing whatever it takes to help us win," he said. "If it means leading off, then that's what I'll do."
Carter, acquired from San Diego, drove in two runs, giving him five in four games while batting .400 for the Blue Jays. White, traded by California, went 3-for-5 and scored three runs, giving him five for the season to go with a .389 average.
Wells (1-0), who has never pitched a complete game in 28 career starts, allowed three runs on eight hits, struck out two and walked one.
Athletics 3, Twins 0
At Oakland, Rickey Henderson got caught stealing and later left with a leg cramp as he remained one behind Lou Brock's all-time stolen base record of 938.
Henderson went 1-for-4 with a single in the fourth inning, but was thrown out at second base by Minnesota catcher Junior Ortiz. In the seventh, Henderson pulled up lame while running out a grounder. His status is day-to-day with an injured left calf.
Joe Slusarski, filling in for scheduled starter Eric Show, pitched seven shutout innings in his major league debut. Slusarski was supposed to pitch the opener the same night for Triple-A Tacoma, but was called up when Show was put on the disabled list with an infected thumb.
Angels 5, Mariners 0
Mark Langston pitched six strong innings and Dave Winfield drove in three runs for the second straight day as California completed a three-game sweep at Seattle. The Angels are off to their best start since going 5-0 in 1970.
Langston went 10-17 last season and his lone highlight came in his debut, when he combined with Mike Witt on a no-hitter. This time, exactly one year after his first game for the Angels, he gave up four hits.
Indians 6, Red Sox 4
Eric King outpitched Danny Darwin and Brook Jacoby drove in three runs as Cleveland spoiled Boston's home opener.
King, acquired in an offseason trade, shut out the Red Sox on three hits for six innings before leaving during a three-run seventh. Doug Jones got his second save.
Tigers 11, Yankees 5
Cecil Fielder drove in three runs and scored four times as Detroit won at home. Fielder, who led the majors with 132 RBIs last season, has five RBIs in three games this year.
Travis Fryman also drove in three runs for the Tigers and Pete Incaviglia hit a two-run homer. Roberto Kelly homered and drove in a career-high five runs and Don Mattingly and Steve Sax each got three hits for New York.