|Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jarrod Washburn |
Major League Baseball opened interleague play Friday with cross-town rivals facing off in New York, Chicago and - more or less - Los Angeles.
The Angels of nearby Anaheim, California - who renamed themselves the Los Angeles Angels before the start of the season - crushed the host Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0.
The public address announcer at Dodger Stadium referred to the visitors only as the Angels of Anaheim, and the scoreboard simply displayed their team logo with no mention of Los Angeles. The snub did not bother the Angels, who have now won four of their last five meetings in Dodger Stadium.
The New York Yankees have won 11 of their last 12 games after defeating the host Mets 5-2.
The Chicago White Sox improved on the best record in the majors (30-12) by tripping up the host Cubs 5-1. Freddy Garcia of the Sox outpitched Cubs' star Greg Maddux.
In the battle of Texas, the host Rangers downed the Houston Astros 7-3. Laynce Nix hit a three-run home run and drove in six runs. The St. Louis Cardinals edged the host Kansas City Royals 7-6 in a duel between Missouri teams. John Mabry crushed a grand slam for the Cards. The Toronto Blue Jays thumped the visiting Washington Nationals 6-1 in the first meeting between the teams since the Montreal Expos franchise moved to the U.S. capital.
The World Series champion Boston Red Sox got by the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in Boston. The Cincinnati Reds won a pitchers' duel, taking a 2-1 decision over the visiting Cleveland Indians as the two teams from Ohio faced off. The Minnesota Twins cruised by the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 in Minneapolis. Arizona pitcher Brandon Webb took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, leading the Diamondbacks to a 6-2 win over the Tigers in Detroit.
The state of Florida saw the Marlins edge the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-6 in Miami. The Philadelphia Phillies eclipsed the Orioles 9-3 in Baltimore. The Oakland Athletics doubled the Giants 8-4 in San Francisco in the Bay Bridge opener. The San Diego Padres downed the Mariners 6-1 in Seattle.
For the day, the American League won eight of the 14 interleague contests.
In a National League matchup, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the visiting Colorado Rockies 9-4.
Some information for this report provided by AP.