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Zack Greinke, Astros shut down A's to win 8-1 opening day

The Houston Astros hushed an unwelcoming crowd in beating the reigning AL West champion Oakland Athletics 8-1.
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Houston Astros' Jose Altuve (27) slides into home plate past Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy (12) to score a run during the fourth inning of an

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Zack Greinke pitched six shutout innings, Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman homered back-to-back in the eighth, and the Houston Astros hushed an unwelcoming crowd in beating the reigning AL West champion Oakland Athletics 8-1.

A’s fans had to wait an extra year to properly boo the Astros, who were supposed to play their first road game of the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season here last spring. 

Houston’s sign-stealing scandal was brought to light by A’s right-hander Mike Fiers against his former club. Among the biggest cheers of the night: when Carlos Correa was drilled by Chris Bassitt’s fastball in the fourth inning. With a runner in scoring position, it didn’t appear to be intentional.