All Jamie Moyer wants to do is put 2004 behind him. He’s off to a good start.
Moyer, who posted a career-high 21 wins in 2003, struggled along with the rest of his teammates last year, going 7-13 with a 5.21 ERA—his worst season in more than a decade.
Moyer, 42, didn’t take long to re-establish himself Monday, tossing 5 1-3 solid innings in a 5-1 opening day victory over Minnesota. The crafty southpaw yielded an unearned run, five hits and struck out four without issuing a walk.
“I had good location. When I missed, I didn’t miss by a lot,” said Moyer, the oldest opening day starter in the majors since Charlie Hough worked Florida’s opener in 1994 at age 46.
Moyer should be happy to see the Rangers. Despite a 4.98 ERA, he is 13-5 in 31 career appearances, including 28 starts, against Texas.
Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his first save since last July 22 as the Mariners ended a two-game losing streak. Guardado missed the final two months of last season with a torn rotator cuff and a left knee injury.
Richard Hidalgo went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, but the Rangers lost for the third time in four games.