Sox Cruise, Cubs Snooze

City's baseball teams start season on different tracks

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Marcus Riley

    Perhaps home cooking made the difference.

    The Cubs and White Sox had very different opening days, the Sox rolling ot a 6-0 victory over the Indians at home, and the Cubs getting pasted 16-5 on the road versus the Atlanta Braves.

    Mark Buehrle pitched three-hit ball over seven and Paul Konerko homered in his first at-bat to lead the way in front of a full house at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sox fans, looking for a big season from Alex Rios, were no doubt encouraged to seem him homer in the eighth.

    But the play that left everyone talking was a defensive play by Buehrle in the 5th inning. The pitcher, starting his club-record eighth opener, took a hard one-hopper off his left foot into foul territory along the first-base side, raced over and in one motion shoveled the ball between his legs with his glove to Konerko to retire the runner.

    Cubs Stink Up the Joint

    It may be little early to get rattled, but the Cubbie faithful had to be a little disheartened to see their ace get rocked on Opening Day.

    The Braves were led by a three-run homer by Jason Heyward in his first major league at-bat. The rookie was 2-for-5 with four RBIs.

    Zambrano gave up six hits and two walks for eight runs in 1 1-3 innings, matching the shortest of his 239 career starts.

    Silver lining? Cubs newcomer Marlon Byrd hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Aramis Ramirez added a two-run drive in the third.