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Yankees win home opener

Published April 09. 2004 8:30AM

The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Javier Vazquez pitched three-hit ball for eight innings in his first game with the Yankees, Jorge Posada homered and New York won its seventh straight home opener Thursday, 3-1 over the Chicago White Sox.

Alex Rodriguez, in his home debut at Yankee Stadium, went 0-for-2 with two walks and scored a run.

Vazquez (1-0) retired his final 13 batters following Paul Konerko's two-out RBI single in the fourth to beat Scott Schoeneweis (0-1). Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his second save in two days.

TIGERS 10, TWINS 6. At Detroit, Last year, the Detroit Tigers couldn't win at the start of the season. This season, they can't lose.

Fernando Vina scored the go-ahead run on Brad Thomas' wild pitch in a five-run seventh inning, and the Tigers rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 10-6 Thursday in their home opener.

"I'm kind of speechless," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "I couldn't be happier. It gives us a breath of fresh air, but I don't want it to stop."

It's been simple for several Tigers to leave last year's miserable season in the past. They weren't around for it.

Detroit is 4-0 for the first time since 1985. Last season, the Tigers started 0-9, didn't win their fourth game until May 4 and finished with an AL-record 119 losses.

Detroit trailed 3-0 before scoring four runs in the sixth and five in the seventh.

Bobby Higginson, who has been a part of many miserable seasons with the Tigers since 1995, hit a go-ahead, two-out, two-run double in the sixth. He capped the seventh-inning rally with a two-run triple.

"It's the most fun I've had in my whole career," said Higginson, who has not been a part of a winning season because the Tigers' last was in 1993.

In his home debut for Detroit, Rodriguez singled twice and walked. The 10-time All-Star catcher caught a runner trying to steal second and another who wondered too far from first base after a pitch.

Throughout spring training, Rodriguez said, "You're talking to the wrong guy," whenever he was asked about the 2003 Tigers.

The two-time defending Twins won two of their first three games at home against Cleveland, but they were hit hard by injuries.

Joe Mauer had surgery on his left knee Thursday, a day after going on the disabled list.

ANGELS 5, MARINERS 1. At Seattle, Adam Kennedy hit a go-ahead, two-run single during a five-run rally in the ninth as Anaheim completed an opening three-game sweep.

Shigetoshi Hasegawa (0-1) balked in a run and Darin Erstad added a two-out, two-run double.

Scott Shields (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

INDIANS 6, ROYALS 1. At Kansas City, Mo., Jeff D'Amico (1-0), who was 9-16 with Pittsburgh last year and led the NL in losses, gave up one run and four hits in seven innings. Jack Cressend and Rafael Betancourt combined on one-hit relief.

Casey Blake drove in two runs and Matt Lawton had two hits for the Indians.

Jeremy Affeldt (0-1) gave up six runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings and was called for a pair of balks.

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