ORIOLES EDGE JAYS IN 11 Mark Trumbo homered with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-2, in Baltimore for their seventh straight opening-day victory. Trumbo, the major league’s home run leader last year, connected off Jason Grilli (0-1) on a 1-2 slider.
ROOKIE LEADS RED SOX The rookie Andrew Benintendi hit a three-run homer that capped a five-run fifth inning in Boston, and the Red Sox began their post-David-Ortiz era by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-3. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, Rick Porcello (1-0), gave up three runs and six hits in six and a third innings.
TWINS END OPENING SKID Miguel Sano homered and drew the third bases-loaded walk during a dreadful seventh inning for Kansas City’s bullpen, and the host Twins won an opener for the first time in nine years, 7-1. Ervin Santana (1-0) gave up two hits over seven innings, aided by two diving catches of sinking line drives by center fielder Byron Buxton.
KEUCHEL LEADS ASTROS Dallas Keuchel allowed two hits over seven innings, Luke Gregerson and Ken Giles completed the three-hitter and the Houston Astros beat the visiting Seattle Mariners, 3-0. Carlos Correa homered and drove in two runs as Houston won on opening day for the fifth straight year.
LIND’S HOMER LIFTS NATIONALS Adam Lind’s first swing as a member of the Nationals resulted in a pinch-hit, go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Bryce Harper went deep on opening day for the fifth time in his young career, leading Washington past the visiting Miami Marlins, 4-2. Stephen Strasburg earned the win, allowing two runs and six hits in seven innings. He missed last September and the playoffs with a right elbow injury. The Nationals trailed, 2-0, before Harper put them on the board in the sixth with a no-doubt solo shot off David Phelps.