Cy Young winner Ray sharp in Mariners debut, tops Twins 2-1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray tossed seven impressive innings in his Seattle debut, Mitch Haniger homered and the Mariners opened with a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Ray surrendered just three hits, walked four and struck out five. He made the opening day start after leaving Toronto and signing a five-year, $115 million contract with Seattle.
Drew Steckenrider allowed a leadoff hit in the ninth but secured the save after Gary Sánchez hit a towering flyball to the wall. Haniger connected for a two-run homer in the first inning off rookie Joe Ryan.
Carlos Correa singled in his first at-bat for Minnesota after signing his surprise three-year, $105.3 million contract. Twins newcomer Gio Urshela homered.