- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Opening day got off to an ominous start for the Los Angeles Angels when hitting coach Don Baylor broke his leg while catching the ceremonial first pitch.

Although the Angels tried to shake off that unsettling beginning, they stumbled to a 10-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

Mike Trout hit a two-run homer and Albert Pujols had a run-scoring double for the Angels, who had won nine of 10 on opening day, including five straight. But nothing seemed normal about this opener after Baylor couldn’t stand up when he squatted to catch Vladimir Guerrero’s first pitch.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Don right now,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Obviously it’s a freak (injury). We’ll see how it turns out.”

The former Rockies and Cubs manager will have surgery on his femur Tuesday. Baylor’s leg bent awkwardly before he had to be helped off, leaving the Angels stunned as they took the field.

“It got me sick when I was warming up and hearing what happened in the dugout,” Trout said.

Trout’s new $144.5 million contract doesn’t even begin until next season, but the brightest young talent in baseball wasted no time delivering. After Kole Calhoun’s leadoff single, Trout put an emphatic drive over the left field fence against Felix Hernandez.

Although Trout and Pujols delivered, the Angels’ top newcomers didn’t impress for openers: David Freese went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts, and longtime Mariners slugger Raul Ibanez was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. The bullpen also flopped, with Kevin Jepsen giving up five of the Mariners‘ six runs in the ninth.

“We just had one bad inning,” Trout said. “We were still in it late in the game. We had a good spring, and we’ve got tomorrow to get things back on track.”

Pujols‘ double boosted Los Angeles’ lead to 3-1 in the third, but the Angels didn’t score again.

Hernandez outdueled Jered Weaver (0-1), who yielded six hits and three walks in his club-record sixth start on opening day.

Abraham Almonte hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh inning and Hernandez struck out 11 in the new-look Mariners‘ eighth consecutive victory on opening day.

Hernandez (1-0) gave up four hits over six innings in his seventh opening day start overall for the Mariners. After he allowed Trout’s homer, Hernandez settled into his usual brilliance - and unlike many nights last season, his teammates provided enough runs to win.

“You’ve just got to make good pitches, and we’re going to be OK this season,” said Hernandez, who passed Randy Johnson for the club record for opening day starts. “I can feel that. I made a couple of mistakes, but I felt really confident with these guys.”

Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer and Dustin Ackley had a three-run triple while the Mariners batted around in the ninth, roaring back from an early two-run deficit.

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