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MLB Opening Day Scores: Tigers Vs. Yankees, Giants Vs. Dodgers

Here are your MLB Opening Day scores. The Pirates didn’t play Thursday, but there were several games that counted.

The Yankees beat the Tigers, 6-3. Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabathia racked up 15 strikeouts between them, but what might have been a pitcher’s duel really wasn’t, as Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homers off Verlander in the third. Curtis Granderson homered off Phil Coke in the seventh to score the go-ahead run for the Yanks.

The late game between the Giants and Dodgers really was a pitcher’s duel, as Tim Lincecum allowed only one run, an unearned one, but took the loss as the Dodgers won 2-1. Clayton Kershaw was brilliant, striking out nine batters and allowing four hits over seven innings.

Torii Hunter and Jeff Mathis homered and Jered Weaver pitched 6.1 scoreless innings as the Angels beat the Royals, 4-2. Former Pirate prospect and Rule 5 pick Nathan Adcock pitched an inning for the Royals, allowing no runs and two hits.

Ramon Hernandez hit a three-run walk-off homer in the Reds’ 7-6 victory over the Brewers. Cameron Maybin came up big in the Padres 5-3 11-inning win over the Cardinals, homering in the ninth to tie the game and singling in the winning run two innings later. Albert Pujols grounded into three double plays for the Cards. Meanwhile, Derek Lowe pitched 5.2 scoreless innings as the Braves shut out the Nats, 2-0.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.