Tuesday's rundown: Johnny Cueto erases doubt with terrific Giants debut

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null null null null null null null null null null null null null Baseball null null Johnny Cueto had a tough time in Kansas City last year after being traded before the July 31 deadline.The former Reds star posted a 4-7 record with a 4.76 ERA in 13 regular-season starts with the Royals, and he was equally bad in the playoffs until his two-hit shutout in Game 2 of the World Series. The Giants took a gamble on Cueto this offseason, believing the dreadlocked ace would regain his pre-trade form. They signed him to a six-year, $130 million contract. MORE: Must-see opening day photosCueto began to repay them Tuesday, leading the Giants to a 2-1 win against the Brewers. He allowed one run and six hits over seven innings.  San Francisco appears to have one of the more versatile lineups in the majors, so if it can get quality pitching out of guys like Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, it could make another deep playoff run.MORE: New slide rule takes out Bautista, Blue JaysHere is more of Tuesday's action:Player of the DayThe Tigers' bullpen issues continued as new closer Francisco Rodriguez blew his first save opportunity with his new team, but second baseman Ian Kinsler was there to rescue him. Kinsler went 3 for 6 with a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored in an 8-7 11-inning win against the Marlins. His third hit was a go-ahead RBI single in the 11th, scoring Anthony Gose.HighlightDavid Ortiz smacks his 504th career home run. He is now tied with Eddie Murray for 26th all time:That’s @davidortiz’s 504th career homer, tying Eddie Murray for 26th all-time. https://t.co/H8mJPcfS8J— Stat of the Day (@StatoftheDay) April 5, 2016Three things to know— Rockies rookie Trevor Story became the second player in modern history (since 1900) with three home runs in his first two career games. The other was Joe Cunningham in 1954. Story, who is filling in for the likely-to-be suspended Jose Reyes, may own the Rox's shortstop spot permanently.— Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton's two-run home run in the sixth inning off Tigers ace Justin Verlander was his first home run in six career opening day games. Stanton now has 182 career home runs.— David Price's 10 strikeouts against the Indians were the most in Red Sox history on opening day. He broke Jon Lester's record of eight set in 2014.What's nextAstros (1-0) at Yankees (0-1), 7:05 p.m. ET — Collin McHugh will take the mound for Houston after Dallas Keuchel paved the way Tuesday. McHugh went 19-7 with a 3.89 ERA last year. Michael Pineda will be on the mound for New York after finishing last season 12-10 with a 4.37 ERA.Cardinals (0-2) at Pirates (2-0), 7:05 p.m. ET — The Bucs have won the first two games in this NL Central division rivalry. Pittsburgh will send Juan Nicasio to the mound after he enjoyed a tremendous spring. Mike Leake will make his Cardinals debut as St. Louis tries to avoid a series sweep.

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