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Rays 7, Red Sox 2
At Boston, Scott Kazmir pitched six solid innings and gave AL champion Tampa Bay its first win of the season.
Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer after striking out in his first five at-bats this season and Evan Longoria also homered. Grant Balfour got a save, preserving the victory for Kazmir (1-0).
Jon Lester (0-1), who lost Game 7 of the ALCS to Tampa Bay, had won 16 straight regular-season decisions at Fenway Park.
Tigers 5, Blue Jays 1
At Toronto, Brandon Inge became the first Detroit player in more than a half-century to homer in the first three games of the season.
Miguel Cabrera homered twice and is 7-for-10 with two walks this year. Zach Miner (1-0) got the win and Jesse Litsch (0-1) took the loss.
Royals 2, White Sox 0
At Chicago, Zack Greinke pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and Kansas City's bullpen protected the lead.
Greinke (1-0) struck out seven and walked three, and improved to 1-6 lifetime at U.S. Cellular Field. Juan Cruz and Joakim Soria retired all nine batters in the Royals' first victory of the season. Soria got a save, a day after reliever Kyle Farnsworth gave up a late, go-ahead home run.
Gavin Floyd (0-1) struck out nine in seven innings.
Rangers 8, Indians 5
At Arlington, Texas, Nelson Cruz hit two solo homers and 20-year-old rookie Elvis Andrus hit his first big league home run to lead the Rangers.
Vicente Padilla (1-0) pitched Texas to its first 2-0 start since 2000.
Ben Francisco homered for the Indians, who have been outscored 17-6 by Texas in the series.
Cruz led off the second inning with a home run off Fausto Carmona (0-1).
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