Heyward, Braves hammer Cubs
Minutes after catching the ceremonial first pitch from Hank Aaron, Heyward hit a three-run homer in his first major league at-bat to spark the Braves to a 16-5 opening win Monday over Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs.
Heyward, who had a run-scoring single in the eighth, was 2-for-5 with four RBIs.
Yunel Escobar drove in a career-high five runs as Zambrano gave up eight runs in 1 1/3 innings.
The 20-year-old Heyward became the sixth Braves player to homer in his debut.
-- White Sox 6, Indians 0—Mark Buehrle pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and Paul Konerko got his 12th season in Chicago off to a good start with a two-run homer in the first inning.
Buehrle simply shut down the Indians, spoiling Cleveland manager Manny Acta’s debut and Jake Westbrook’s first start in nearly two years.
Alex Rios added a solo homer off Tony Sipp in the eighth and ended the game with a diving catch on Travis Hafner’s line drive to center.
Buehrle, starting his club-record eighth opener, looked more like the four-time All-Star he is than the guy who won just twice after his perfect game against Tampa Bay on July 23.
He retired the last 10 batters he faced, struck out three and walked one.
Last updated: 1:41 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012