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BLUE JAYS BLAST ATHLETICS IN OPENER, 13-1

Devon White and Alex Gonzalez each drove in four runs as Toronto blasted Oakland 13-1 in the season opener for both teams Wednesday.

The Blue Jays took a 12-1 lead after scoring a team record-tying 11 runs in the second inning - sending 16 batters to the plate - giving an easy victory to David Cone, who allowed one run on five hits in six innings.White doubled in two runs off Stewart in his first at-bat in the second, then drove in two more with a single off Chris Eddy, making his major league debut in front of 50,426 fans at SkyDome. The Blue Jays sold out their eighth straight home opener when they sold the last ticket in the third inning.

Gonzalez, whose groundout in the first brought home White after his leadoff triple, drove in Toronto's 13th run with a single in the fourth and had a two-run double in the big second.

Royals 5, Orioles 1

Baltimore starter Mike Mussina almost matched Appier with five shutout innings, allowing three hits.

Jamie Moyer (0-1) relieved to start the sixth and gave up two runs. Tom Goodwin singled with one out, escaped after Moyer had him trapped off first and scored on Wally Joyner's single. Bob Hamelin followed with an RBI double.

The crowd of 24,170 was the smallest for opening day in Kansas City since 1984.

Yankees 8, Rangers 6

Jimmy Key won his third straight opening-day start and improved his career record in openers to 6-0, and New York won its home opener for the sixth straight time.

Danny Tartabull homered and drove in three runs, Bernie Williams hit a solo homer and Pat Kelly went 3-for-4 for the Yankees, pleasing a crowd of 50,245, about 6,500 fewer than last year's record attendance.

Red Sox 9, Twins 0

Jose Canseco and Mo Vaughn knocked in two runs each during a seven-run sixth inning that gave Boston a 9-0 lead at Fenway Park against Minnesota.

Mike Greenwell added four hits for the Red Sox, whose opening day crowd of 32,980 was announced as a sellout, although there were about 1,000 no-shows.

Brewers 12, White Sox 3

Before the smallest opening day crowd at County Stadium since 1973, John Jaha hit a grand slam and Pat Listach had three hits and three RBIs for Milwaukee.

Brewers owner Bud Selig, baseball's acting commissioner, blamed the small turnout of 31,426 on bad weather - it was in the upper 40s with drizzling rain - and on fans' feelings following the strike.

Tigers 5, Angels 4

Tickets selling for $1 drew a record opening-night crowd of 51,033 to Anaheim Stadium, but California was victimized by homers from Cecil Fielder and Juan Samuel for Detroit.

All 64,593 seats were sold, but there were more than 13,000 no-shows.

Samuel's three-run homer off Chuck Finley gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning, and Fielder made it 5-2 in the eighth with a two-run shot.

National League

Rockies 11, Mets 9

Larry Walker, in his first game for Colorado, hit three doubles and drove in three runs. Brett Butler, in his first game for New York, scored three times and made a tumbling catch in center field.

The temperature dropped into the mid-30s by the end of the four-hour, 47-minute game. Tempers heated up, though, when replacement umpire Terry Bovey ejected Mets third baseman Bobby Bonilla and manager Dallas Green shortly after a dispute about a checked-swing.

Todd Hundley hit a grand slam for the Mets. Mark Thompson was the winning pitcher and Mike Remlinger was the loser.

At 1-0, the Rockies are over .500 for just the second time in their three-season history.

Braves 12, Giants 5

Fred McGriff homered twice and drove in five runs. He had four of Atlanta's 17 hits.

The crowd was about half of what the Braves averaged last season. Among those in attendance was Felicia Shotkoski, widow of Atlanta replacement pitcher Dave Shotkoski, shot and killed during a robbery attempt in spring training.

Greg Maddux allowed one hit, a solo home run by J.R. Phillips. Loser Terry Mulholland gave up six straight hits to start the game.

Astros 10, Padres 2

Phil Plantier and Derek Bell, both sent from San Diego to Houston in a 12-player trade last December, both homered against their former team.

Bagwell hit a two-run homer on the first pitch he saw from loser Andy Benes. Two days before the strike started last year, Bagwell sustained a broken hand when he was hit by a pitch from Benes. Doug Drabek was the winner.

Cardinals 7, Phillies 6

Newcomer Scott Cooper hit a two-run single in the ninth inning that lifted St. Louis over Philadelphia.

The game drew 32,573, compared to 46,947 for last year's opener at Busch Stadium.

Cooper, traded by Boston to the Cardinals earlier this month, had three hits and drove in four runs. He is a lifelong St. Louis resident.

Dave Hollins and Tony Longmire homered as the Phillies took a 5-0 lead.

Expos 6, Pirates 2

Roberto Kelly scored on his own infield single after a series of misplays, resulting in a fan revolt at Three Rivers Stadium.

The crowd of 34,841 pelted the field with wooden sticks, covering the area around the dugouts and the warning track. Last year, the Pirates drew more than 44,000 for their home opener.

Darrin Fletcher homered for the Expos and Jeff Fassero was the winner. Jon Lieber was the loser.

Cubs 7, Reds 1

Jim Bullinger pitched six shutout innings and Brian McRae had three hits in his first game for Chicago. Jim Riggleman won in his debut as the Cubs manager.

Cincinnati sold 51,033 tickets, but there were thousands of empty seats. Last season's opener, snubbed by Reds owner Marge Schott, sold only 32,803 tickets.

Dodgers 4, Marlins 2

Mike Piazza had two hits and scored twice for Los Angeles, but left in the sixth inning with a strained right hamstring. He's day-to-day.

Eric Karros hit a pair of two-run doubles, giving him six RBIs after two games for the Dodgers. Jeff Conine homered for the second day for the Marlins.