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Baltimore Orioles second baseman Ryan Flaherty goes airborne after forcing out New York Yankees Brett Gardner at second after New York Yankees' Derek Jeter hit into a third-inning, run scoring double play in the Yankees home opening baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, April 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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First Published Apr 08 2014 10:26 am • Last Updated Apr 09 2014 04:58 pm

YANKEES 4, ORIOLES 2

NEW YORK • Derek Jeter gave Yangervis Solarte some assistance with Yankee Stadium tradition, then the rookie helped make the captain a winner in his final home opener Monday as New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2.

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Jeter doubled high off the left-field wall and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single in the fifth. Hiroki Kuroda (1-1) went 6 1-3 sharp innings in the Yankees’ 112th opener in New York.

Jeter was cheered every step of the way by an adoring crowd of 48,142, even when his double-play grounder back to Ubaldo Jimenez (0-2) scored Solarte for the first run.

Playing in his first game in the Bronx, Solarte needed Jeter to tell him to wave to the Bleacher Creatures when they chanted his name during pregame roll call.

Shawn Kelley pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save. After the game, the Yankees said closer David Robertson would be put on the disabled list with a strained groin.

RED SOX 5, RANGERS 1

BOSTON • John Lackey pitched seven strong innings, Jackie Bradley Jr. singled in two runs and Boston snapped a three-game skid with a win over Texas.

The Red Sox never lost more than three straight last year when they won the World Series. They avoided dropping their first four home games for the first time since 1984.


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Lackey (2-0) allowed an unearned run and five hits in seven innings. Chris Capuano pitched the eighth and Koji Uehara escaped a ninth-inning jam in a non-save situation.

Tanner Scheppers (0-1) allowed Bradley’s run-scoring hits in the second and fourth, and Boston added three runs in the eighth.

Bradley, Mike Napoli and A.J. Pierzynski each had three singles for the Red Sox.

ROYALS 4, RAYS 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. • Jason Vargas took a shutout into the ninth inning, Alcides Escobar hit a three-run double and Kansas City beat Tampa Bay in a game that included two significant injuries.

Rays starter Matt Moore (0-2) came out in the fifth inning with a sore left elbow. The All-Star lefty grimaced after throwing a pitch to Norichika Aoki and was immediately removed by manager Joe Maddon.

Two innings later, Royals second baseman Omar Infante was hit in the face by a pitch from reliever Heath Bell. Infante also left the game, walking off under his own power with two trainers.

Infante, struck on the left cheek, was spitting blood and had blood on his forehead as trainers held a towel to his face.

Vargas (1-0) allowed four hits in eight-plus innings, lowering his ERA to 1.20 in two starts. He lost his shutout bid when Ben Zobrist homered on his second pitch in the ninth.

Greg Holland earned his third save, but not before giving up an RBI single to pinch-hitter Matt Joyce.

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