M's win opener 2-1 behind Robbie Ray's strong debut

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 08: Robbie Ray #38 of the Seattle Mariners delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning on Opening Day at Target Field on April 8, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

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.

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