Barry Bonds enjoyed an up-close look at Yankee Stadium's rich history, Sammy Sosa homered at Safeco Field and Ken Griffey Jr. got hurt again in Anaheim.
Those were just some of the eye-catching sights around the majors as interleague play opened Friday night with a new set of matchups this season.
With baseball's biggest star playing in America's most famous ballpark for the first time, Bonds couldn't take advantage of Yankee Stadium's short right-field porch. But he made sure to visit Monument Park in left-center before the game, studying the likeness of Mickey Mantle and a plaque honoring Thurman Munson.
"I looked at them all," Bonds said. "I just thought it was nice."
Mike Mussina (9-2) kept Bonds and the San Francisco Giants at bay, pitching the New York Yankees to a 2-1 victory in the renewal of one of baseball's most storied rivalries. Bonds went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
"He gave me his best. He threw almost everything at me," Bonds said. "It's tough when you don't face someone through the course of a season."
In other interleague games, it was: the New York Mets 4, Cleveland 3; Arizona 7, Boston 5; Toronto 8, Colorado 0; Baltimore 4, Los Angeles 2; Philadelphia 11, Detroit 1; San Diego 8, Tampa Bay 4; Minnesota 12, Florida 7; Atlanta 13, Texas 7; Montreal 4, the Chicago White Sox 3; St. Louis 12, Kansas City 6; and Oakland 5, Houston 3.
Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee 6-1 in the only NL game.
Following five seasons of the same old AL East vs. NL East, Central vs. Central and West vs. West, interleague opponents are finally rotating this year. That's created a bunch of intriguing matchups to go along with some odd yawners, such as San Diego at Tampa Bay.
Sosa hit his major league-leading 21st home run, and touted rookie Mark Prior (2-1) struck out 11 to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 win over the Seattle Mariners.
"The kid is unbelievable," Sosa said. "That was a tremendous performance. When you see a guy who throws 95, 96, 97, these are pros. The kid is going to be OK."
Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4, ending his 15-game hitting streak.
Griffey limped off the field during the Cincinnati Reds' 4-3 loss at Anaheim with a mild right hamstring strain.
Although the injury was considered minor by most accounts, he was holding back tears as he sat dejectedly at his locker after the game. Griffey returned to the Reds only two weeks ago after missing 41 games with a torn tendon in his right knee. He tore his left hamstring in spring training last year, limiting him to 111 games.
"It's bad enough," said Griffey, who was limping and had his leg wrapped and iced. "I don't think people know how hard this is. I've gone through this for two years. I just want to play."
The NL, which entered interleague play this season leading 597-595, won eight of 14 games Friday night. It got even better with a marquee matchup Saturday afternoon, when Arizona's Curt Schilling opposed Boston's Pedro Martinez at Fenway Park.
Mets 4, Indians 3
Roberto Alomar went 1-for-4 in his return to Jacobs Field, and Al Leiter (6-5) pitched into the eighth in his first outing against Cleveland since Game 7 of the 1997 World Series as New York snapped a five-game losing streak.
Diamondbacks 7, Red Sox 5
Miguel Batista (3-3) lasted seven innings at Fenway Park as NL-leading Arizona beat Boston, which boasts the best record in the majors.
Blue Jays 8, Rockies 0
Roy Halladay (7-2) pitched a two-hitter for his third career shutout as Toronto beat Colorado at SkyDome.
Mike Hampton (3-7) was roughed up again, matching a season high with six walks.
Orioles 4, Dodgers 2
Rodrigo Lopez (6-1) came within one out of his first career complete game, and Melvin Mora homered twice in a rematch of the 1966 World Series.
Phillies 11, Tigers 1
Scott Rolen went 4-for-4 with five RBIs to back Vicente Padilla (8-4) as Philadelphia won for just the sixth time in 28 road games. Detroit has lost four straight and eight of nine.
Padres 8, Devil Rays 4
Ramon Vazquez hit a grand slam, and Brian Lawrence (6-3) allowed three runs in seven innings as visiting San Diego snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Braves 13, Rangers 7
Every Atlanta batter either drove in a run or scored by the third inning as the visiting Braves roughed up Chan Ho Park (2-3) in the shortest start of his career.
Texas catcher Ivan Rodriguez came off the disabled list and went 4-for-4.
Cardinals 12, Royals 6
Tino Martinez homered and had a season-high four hits as Darryl Kile (4-3) and visiting St. Louis beat state rival Kansas City in a rematch of the 1985 World Series.
Albert Pujols doubled three times and drove in three runs for the Cardinals, who roughed up Paul Byrd (8-4) and set a season high for runs.
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