After being outscored 17-10 in their first two games against the Orioles, the New York Yankees got the desired results from a collection of players poised to earn $201.4 million in 2009.
Signed to a $82.5 million, five-year contract during the offseason, A.J. Burnett (1-0) allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings in his debut for New York, which beat Baltimore 11-2 for its first win of the season.
Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher homered in the third inning to give the Yankees the lead for good.
RANGERS UNDEFEATED: The Rangers, who got their only series sweep last season in late August, is the only American League team still undefeated, after beating the Indians 12-8 for a series sweep.
DICE-K LOSES: Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1), MVP of the World Baseball Classic, gave up four runs on nine hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings as the Red Sox lost to the Rays 4-3.
SHEFF STRIKES OUT: Gary Sheffield, who signed a one-year deal with the Mets on Friday, made his first plate appearance in the ninth inning and took a called third strike as the Reds beat New York 8-6.
QUALITY START: Kevin Correia made his debut with San Diego, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks in six innings as the Padres defeated the Dodgers 4-3.
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