ASTROS LOOK READY TO DEFEND CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

Gerrit Cole struck out 11 over seven innings in his Houston debut, and the defending champion Astros finished a solid opening weekend with an 8-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday. By SCHUYLER DIXON (AP Sports Writer)

Houston Astros’ Derek Fisher (21) celebrates with third base coach Gary Pettis (8) after hitting a triple and driving in a run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)

On a chilly afternoon, Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams put the Detroit bats in a deep freeze. Williams was pulled with a no-hitter in progress after six innings, and Pittsburgh hung on to beat the Tigers 1-0 Sunday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. By DAVE HOGG (Associated Press)

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams throws during the third inning of game one of a baseball doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

One after another, the Minnesota Twins’ starting pitchers kept getting better and better against the Baltimore Orioles. Jose Berrios threw a three-hitter in Minnesota’s 7-0 victory Sunday, capping a season-opening series in which Twins starters combined for 21 innings of five-hit ball. By DAVID GINSBURG (AP Sports Writer)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios, center, reacts as he is doused during a postgame television interview after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Baltimore. Berrios pitched a complete game and Minnesota won 7-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Dee Gordon and Mitch Haniger homered, Mike Leake pitched seven strong innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Sunday. By DAIMON EKLUND (Associated Press)

Gordon, Haniger homer in Mariners’ 5-4 win over Indians

Shohei Ohtani won his major league pitching debut, throwing three-hit ball over six innings and leading the Los Angeles Angels past the Oakland Athletics 7-4 on Sunday.

Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani works against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Ryan Braun who knows a thing or two about hitting, marvels at the mechanics of Christian Yelich’s batting stroke. By , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain setting the tone in Brewers’ lineup

Bryce Harper hit two home runs, lead-off man Adam Eaton capped his big opening series with a two-run drive and the Washington Nationals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 on Sunday for a three-game sweep under new manager Dave Martinez.

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With right-handed David Robertson pitching and first base open with two out and the Yankees clinging to a 4-3 lead, Boone elected to intentionally walk the righty-hitting Josh Donaldson (1-for-3, walk) and load the bases for the lefty-hitting Smoak. By , Staff Writer

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A rising star on the St. Louis Cardinals, the 24-year-old shortstop had the first multihomer game of his young big league career Sunday and helped the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 5-1 to avoid an opening three-game sweep.

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Hector Velazquez continued a riveting stretch by the rotation, working into the sixth inning and leading the Red Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 Sunday for their third win in a row.

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