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V-Mart leads Tigers in home opener

Victor Martinez barely had time to settle in at his new home ballpark before walking to the plate with the bases loaded -- exactly the kind of situation the Detroit Tigers signed him for.

Martinez hit a three-run double in his first home at-bat for Detroit, helping the Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday. Martinez, who signed as a free agent in November, cleared the bases in the first inning with a drive to the gap in right-centerfield.

"I think that's the easiest way to become a fan favorite," teammate Max Scherzer (2-0) said. "How many Victor Martinez jerseys did you just sell?"

Twins 2, Athletics 1: Joe Mauer and Denard Span delivered RBI singles in the eighth inning against Brett Anderson (0-1) and Joe Nathan closed in the ninth inning for host Minnesota. Carl Pavano (1-1) gave up one run on four hits in eight innings to get the win.

Marlins 4, Astros 3: Chris Coghlan homered and drove in two runs to back Ricky Nolasco (1-0), who allowed two runs in eight innings to spoil Houston's home opener. The Marlins lost shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the seventh inning to a bruised left leg. The team said he's day to day.

Giants 5, Cardinals 4: Aaron Rowand hit a game-winning single off the leftfield wall with the bases loaded in the 12th inning as host San Francisco celebrated raising the World Series flag with a victory.

Jury begins deliberations

The jury at the Barry Bonds trial reheard parts of a secretly recorded 2003 conversation between Greg Anderson and ex-business partner Steve Hoskins. -- AP

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