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Yanks have grand opening sail
Red-hot Yankees cruise
Alex Rodriguez launched a grand slam in the second inning, capping a seven-run frame, and the Yanks never looked back. Randy Johnson allowed one run in seven innings while Hideki Matsui hit a three-run homer and reached base in all six of his at-bats.
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Yankees 15, Athletics 2
Alex Rodriguez connects on his second-inning grand slam. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
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Thomas homers, but A's fall
Frank Thomas hit a solo home run in his first official at-bat as a member of the A's, but it wasn't near enough as they collected just eight hits in an Opening Day loss. The Yankees touched left-hander Barry Zito for seven runs over 1 1/3 innings.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: April 03, 2006
NYY
NY Yankees
NY Yankees 15, Oakland 2   OAK
Oakland
April 3, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
NY Yankees
0 7 0 4 2 0 0 2 0   15 17 1
Oakland
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   2 8 1
Standings thru 4/3/06  |  Recap: NYY | OAK  |  Gameday  |  Yankees stats  |  Athletics stats
NY YankeesABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Damon, CF7231012.429
Jeter, SS6222110.333
Sheffield, RF4210113.250
Crosby, RF1000102.000
Rodriguez, 3B5235101.600
Giambi, 1B3211122.333
1-Phillips, PR-1B1000002.000
Matsui, LF42442001.000
Posada, C3100105.000
Stinnett, C0000000.000
Williams, DH5112124.200
Cano, 2B5120013.400
Totals441517159824 


1-Ran for Giambi in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Cano (1, Saarloos), Sheffield (1, Saarloos), Damon 2 (2, Witasick, Calero).
HR: Rodriguez (1, 2nd inning off Zito, 3 on, 1 out), Matsui (1, 4th inning off Saarloos, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Damon 5; Jeter 2; Sheffield 2; Rodriguez 6; Giambi; Matsui 7; Williams; Cano 3.
RBI: Williams 2 (2), Damon (1), Jeter 2 (2), Rodriguez 5 (5), Giambi (1), Matsui 4 (4).
2-out RBI: Matsui; Williams.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Giambi; Williams 2; Damon; Cano 2; Posada 2; Crosby.
S: Cano.
Team LOB: 15.

BASERUNNING
CS: Cano (1, 2nd base by Saarloos/Kendall).

FIELDING
E: Giambi (1, missed catch).

 
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ellis, 2B4010001.250
Kotsay, CF4020001.500
Crosby, SS2000013.000
Perez, SS2000012.000
Chavez, 3B4000004.000
Thomas, DH3111000.333
a-Johnson, PH-DH1000000.000
Bradley, RF4120010.500
Payton, LF4010001.250
Kendall, C3001011.000
Swisher, 1B4010011.250
Totals352820514 

a-Grounded out for Thomas in the 9th.

BATTING
HR: Thomas (1, 2nd inning off Johnson, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Ellis; Kotsay 2; Thomas 4; Bradley 2; Payton; Swisher.
RBI: Thomas (1), Kendall (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Chavez 2.
SF: Kendall.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Crosby (1, fielding).

 
NY YankeesIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johnson (W, 1-0)7.05110311.29
Sturtze 1.01000100.00
Villone 1.02110109.00
 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zito (L, 0-1)1.147743147.25
Saarloos 3.175402110.80
Halsey 1.11111006.75
Witasick 2.04223109.00
Calero 1.01001200.00

HBP: Posada (by Saarloos), Giambi (by Halsey), Posada (by Halsey).
Pitches-strikes: Johnson 106-65, Sturtze 12-7, Villone 16-13, Zito 59-29, Saarloos 48-32, Halsey 34-24, Witasick 51-26, Calero 22-12.
Ground outs-fly outs: Johnson 5-13, Sturtze 0-2, Villone 1-1, Zito 1-1, Saarloos 1-6, Halsey 3-1, Witasick 3-2, Calero 1-0.
Batters faced: Johnson 27, Sturtze 4, Villone 5, Zito 13, Saarloos 18, Halsey 8, Witasick 13, Calero 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Halsey 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Tim Welke. 1B: Kerwin Danley. 2B: Gary Cederstrom. 3B: Jim Reynolds.
Weather: 55 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, Out to RF.
T: 3:14.
Att: 35,077.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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