By The Associated Press
DETROIT -- Zack Greinke allowed one run in seven innings, and Alex Gordon and Mark Teahen homered to lead the Kansas City Royals over the Detroit Tigers 4-1 Thursday for a season-opening three-game sweep.
Kansas City is 3-0 for the first time since winning its first nine games in 2003. Last year, the Royals didn't win a series until their sixth try, when they took two of three against Minnesota from April 20-22.
Detroit, with the second-highest payroll in the major leagues at $138.7 million, scored only five runs in the series. The Tigers lost their first three games for the first time since 2003, when they began 0-9 and finished with an AL-record 119 losses.
Already missing Curtis Granderson because of a broken hand, the Tigers played without Miguel Cabrera, who is day to day with a quadriceps strain. Brandon Inge ended Detroit's 18-inning scoreless streak with a solo homer in the seventh.
Greinke (1-0) gave up six hits while improving to 7-3 against Detroit. Ramon Ramirez and Joakim Soria finished, with Soria getting three straight outs for his second save.
Jeremy Bonderman (0-1) gave up four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. He had been 5-0 in eight previous starts against Kansas City dating to April 2006.
Angels 5, Twins 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In the final game of an emotional return to the Metrodome, Torii Hunter homered leading off the seventh inning to help Los Angeles get the win.
Prior to his drive, Hunter had gone just 2-for-14 to start the season and admitted to being gassed from the ceremonies and warm welcomes he received from Twins fans who watched him star in center field for the previous nine years. Hunter signed a $90 million, five-year deal with the Angels in the offseason.
Mike Napoli and Gary Matthews Jr. also homered for Los Angeles.
Ervin Santana (1-0) gave up two runs and four hits in six innings and Francisco Rodriguez earned his second save.
Joe Mauer had two doubles and two RBIs for the Twins, who lost starter Kevin Slowey (0-1) in the fourth inning with a strained right biceps.
White Sox 2, Indians 1
CLEVELAND (AP) -- John Danks didn't allow a hit until Casey Blake singled leading off the sixth inning and Joe Crede hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth for the White Sox.
Cleveland scored 17 runs in winning the first two games of the series but managed two hits against four pitchers.
Danks allowed one run and two hits in 6 2-3 innings. Octavio Dotel (1-1) retired Blake on a flyout with runners on second and third to end the seventh, Scott Linebrink pitched a perfect eighth and Bobby Jenks retired the side in order in the ninth for his first save.
Jake Westbrook (0-1) gave up two runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings for the Indians.