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Pettite leads Yankees to win over Royals

Friday, April 10, 2009

By The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Andy Pettitte gave up three hits in seven strong innings and Jorge Posada hit a two-run single, carrying the New York Yankees over the Royals 4-1 Friday in the opener of Kansas City's renovated Kauffman Stadium.

Pettitte (1-0) struck out six and walked one while allowing one run against a team he has long dominated. The left-hander beat the Royals for the 13th time in 16 career decisions and improved to 8-0 against Kansas City in his last 12 starts.

Brian Bruney pitched a hitless eighth, and Mariano Rivera struck out two in around an infield hit for his first save of the year.

Sidney Ponson (0-1), who made 15 starts for New York last year, gave up four runs and six hits in his Royals' debut. He was signed by Kansas City on March 17.

Tigers 15, Rangers 2

DETROIT (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera hit a grand slam and matched his career high with six RBIs, leading Armando Galarraga and the Tigers over the Rangers.

Texas had started 3-0 for the first time since 1996 and led the majors in runs before the Tigers roughed Kris Benson (0-1) in his return to the majors. Benson allowed seven earned runs and 10 hits in five innings, in his first game since Sept. 27, 2006.

Galarraga (1-0) struck out a career-high eight against the team that traded him to Detroit in February 2008. He gave up a run and five hits in seven innings.

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