A violent collision that left all-star shortstop Derek Jeter with a dislocated left shoulder overshadowed all the good that happened for the New York Yankees on Opening Day.
Hideki Matsui got his first hit, Roger Clemens won his 294th game and Alfonso Soriano hit his first career grand slam as the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays, 8-4, last night in Toronto.
Jeter will go on the disabled list and be sidelined for at least two weeks, according to New York Manager Joe Torre. The extent of the injury wasn't immediately clear.
"This isn't getting hit by a pitch or spraining an ankle," Jeter said. "Hopefully, there's nothing wrong."
Jeter, the heart and soul of the Yankees, was injured in the third inning when Toronto catcher Ken Huckaby landed on his shoulder during a play at third base.
"There's nothing broken, but they still have to take an MRI," Jeter said.
Jeter was down for more than 10 minutes, writhing in pain and surrounded by worried teammates. He was helped onto a cart by trainers, strapped in place sitting upright and taken off the field -- his head bent, his face dripping with sweat.
The shoulder was popped back into place and Jeter was taken to a hospital for X-rays. There was no immediate word on how long the Yankees would be without the five-time all-star, the team's leader during its run of four World Series titles and five American League pennants since 1996.
"It hurts. I can't really describe it," Jeter said.
Jeter's injury was the only thing that went wrong as the Yankees began their 100th anniversary season with their first opener outside the United States.
Matsui drove in the first run with a single in his first at-bat since coming over from Japan. Robin Ventura hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Soriano's slam capped a five-run sixth that knocked out Roy Halladay.
That was more than enough for Clemens, starting what is likely his final season. He yielded three hits in six scoreless innings, moving within six wins of 300.
Cuban defector Jose Contreras, the Yankees' other big international acquisition, yielded two runs over 12/3 innings in his major league debut.
* DEVIL RAYS 6, RED SOX 4: Carl Crawford hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give new manager Lou Piniella a victory over visiting Boston.
The Devil Rays rallied for five runs in the ninth against the revamped Boston bullpen, ruining another strong Opening Day start by Pedro Martinez (seven innings, three hits).
Pinch hitter Terry Shumpert hit a two-run homer off Alan Embree and Crawford hit his shot off loser Chad Fox.
* TWINS 3, TIGERS 1: Brad Radke and Dustan Mohr led visiting Minnesota to another winning start.
Radke got 19 consecutive outs after a leadoff bunt single and Mohr hit a two-run homer over Comerica Park's shortened left field fence as Alan Trammell lost in his debut as Detroit's manager.
* ROYALS 3, WHITE SOX 0: Kansas City's youth movement started fast. Runelvys Hernandez surrendered two hits in six innings and rookie Angel Berroa drove in the go-ahead run as the host Royals earned their first Opening Day win in five years and first Opening Day shutout in team history.