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Alberto Callaspo hit a two-run homer and Yoenis Cespedes, Jed Lowrie and Brandon Moss added RBI hits for the Athletics, who broke out offensively after being shut out Monday in their big league record 10th straight opening loss.
Kazmir (1-0) allowed just three hits and no walks in 7 1-3 scoreless innings, striking out five.
Corey Kluber (0-1) failed to make it out of the fourth inning and lost for the first time in 13 starts since June 27. He gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings.
In Game 2, Michael Brantley atoned for a rare error by hitting a two-run single in the ninth inning off new Oakland closer Jim Johnson that helped Cleveland salvage a split.
Cody Allen (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win and John Axford got three outs for his second save.
TIGERS 2, ROYALS 1, 10 INNINGS
DETROIT • Ian Kinsler homered and drove in the winning run with a single in the 10th inning to lift the Tigers over the Royals.
Max Scherzer pitched eight scoreless innings for the Tigers, but Joe Nathan blew his first save chance since signing with Detroit in the offseason.
Acquired from Texas for Prince Fielder in a November blockbuster trade, Kinsler homered in the fourth and won the game with a line drive to left-center field off Tim Collins (0-1).
Al Alburquerque (1-0) earned the win.
Scherzer allowed four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts.
WHITE SOX 7, TWINS 6, 11 INNINGS
CHICAGO • Leury Garcia reached on a bunt single in the 11th inning and came home on a balk and a pair of wild pitches by Samuel Deduno, giving the White Sox a win over the Twins.
Before a crowd of just 10,625, Chicago came back from a 6-4 deficit in the ninth on Garcia’s run-scoring single off Glen Perkins and Adam Eaton’s RBI grounder
Ronald Belisario (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 hitless innings for the win.
The game was delayed 4 minutes, 40 seconds during the top of the seventh after Eaton appeared to catch Oswaldo Arcia’s flyball to center and then dropped it when he went to grab the ball from his glove. The play was ruled a catch, but the Twins challenged the call and it was overturned by a replay umpire in New York.
ASTROS 3, YANKEES 1
HOUSTON • Dexter Fowler homered and tripled and Matt Dominguez added a home run late to help the Astros take the opening series from the Yankees with a second straight win.Next Page >
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