MLB Roundup: Grady Sizemore's Slam Spoils Yankee Stadium Opener

Tom FroemmingCorrespondent IApril 17, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 16:  Grady Sizemore #24 of the Cleveland Indians is greeted by Kelly Shoppach #10,   Trevor Crowe #26 and Ben Francisco #12 after hitting a grand slam during the seventh inning on opening day against the New York Yankees at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced the old Yankee Stadium as the Yankees home field.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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Hitter of the Day

Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians

Indians 10, Yankees 2

Grady Sizemore only had one hit, but it was a historic blast.

The Indians center fielder hit the first grand slam in new Yankee Stadium history as Cleveland spoiled the opening game for Yankee fans. The win may provide Cleveland a much-needed boost.

The Indians are off to a 3-7 start, Sizemore came into the game hitting just .211 and starter Cliff Lee got back on track after an ugly couple starts. Lee held New York to one run over seven innings.

CC Sabathia pitched well against his old team, but the Yankee bullpen blew the opening game. Sabathia gave up one run over five-and-two-thirds innings, but Damaso Marte and Jose Veras combined to give up nine runs in the seventh inning.

Pitcher of the Day

Roy Halladay | Toronto Blue Jays

Blue Jays 9, Twins 2

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Toronto ace Roy Halladay improved to 3-0 on the season and 8-0 against the Twins over his career.

The 20-game winner from a year ago gave up one run over seven innings while striking out eight. Dating back to last season, he's 5-0 over his last five starts.

Halladay and Francisco Liriano dueled early, but the Minnesota bullpen eventually fell apart. After Liriano held Toronto to two runs (one earned) over six innings, the Twins 'pen gave up seven runs in the seventh.

Kevin Millar slugged a grand slam and Aaron Hill had three hits.

Game of the Day

Washington Nationals 8, Philadelphia Phillies 2

Any Nats victory should be cherished by Washington fans, as it appears they're once again by far the worst team in their division, and probably the worst team in baseball.

Washington won its first game of the season thanks to a strong pitching performance and a power surge. Shairon Martis held the potent Philadelphia lineup to a pair of runs over six-and-one-third innings while Adam Dunn, Josh Willingham, Alberto Gonzalez and Elijah Dukes all hit home runs.

The Nationals got off to an 0-7 start after finishing last year with the worst record in baseball (59-102).

Other Games

White Sox 3, Rays 2

John Danks pitched six innings, surrendering one run on two hits while striking out eight. Chicago mustered just three runs despite tallying 14 hits. Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer, his third of the year.

Padres 6, Mets 5

San Diego improved to 7-3 after winning the first series in Citi Field history. Chase Headley was 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI. After a shaky first inning, Jake Peavy settled in and picked up his second win.

Angels 5, Mariners 1

Joe Saunders pitched seven strong innings, giving up one run off three hits. He dedicated his performance to fallen teammate Nick Adenhart and to his alma mater Virginia Tech, or "Hokie Nation" as he put it, on the second anniversary of the shootings that left 33 dead on the VT campus. Ichiro tallied his 3,085th professional hit, making him the new hit king of Japan.

Marlins 6, Braves 2

Cody Ross went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBI as Florida swept the Braves in Atlanta. Anibal Sanchez held the Braves to two runs over six innings to earn the victory.

Cardinals 7, Cubs 4

Chris Duncan was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI and the Cubs bullpen gave up four runs in as many innings. St. Louis third baseman Brian Barden slugged his second homer and is now hitting .412.

Astros 6, Pirates 3

Down 3-1 in the second inning, Houston rallied back and Lance Berkman hit what proved to be the game-winning three-run homer in the sixth. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Astros.

Dodgers 7, Giants 2

Barry Zito is off to yet another nightmarish start. The former Cy Young gave up six runs over five innings, dropping his record to 0-2 and ballooning his ERA to 10.00. Los Angeles managed to score their seven runs on just seven hits, thanks to six walks issued by San Francisco.

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