OPENING DAY IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

From Bleacher Report

Giancarlo Stanton drove a long home run to right field in his first at-bat of the season Thursday afternoon for the New York Yankees. Stanton’s home run measured at 426 feet by Statcast, and it came on an 0-1 pitch off Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ in the top of the first inning. His shot in the ninth to straightaway center off Tyler Clippard wasn’t quite as hard (109.4 mph), but it did travel further (434 feet). Luis Severino pitched 5.2 scoreless innings with 7 strikeouts and 3 walks in the the 6-1 Yankees win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Bad news for the Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is placed on the 60-day disabled list Thursday as they set their 25-man roster for Opening Day. Tulowitzki has been dealing with bilateral heel bone spurs.

World Series MVP George Springer hit a 2-0 pitch off lefty Cole Hamels (0-1) into the right-field seats, becoming the only player in MLB history with leadoff homers in consecutive season openers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings and the Houston Astros started their championship defense with a 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday.

Ian Happ hit a leadoff homer, and Anthony Rizzo also homered to make his emotional homecoming even more memorable, leading the Chicago Cubs past the Miami Marlins home opener 8-4 Thursday. John Lester made his seventh opening day start and allowed all four Miami runs, three earned. The Cubs new bullpen shut out Miami offense over the final 5 2-3 innings, allowing only one hit. Steve Cishek (1-0) stranded four runners in two scoreless innings.

Mickey Callaway’s first game as a manager with the New York Mets went exactly according to plan. Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (1-0) struck out 10 and walked none in six innings after missing most of last season with a torn lat muscle. Yoenis Cespedes drove in three runs and newcomer Adrian Gonzalez hit a go-ahead double to lead the Mets past the St. Louis Cardinals 9-4 in their opener Thursday.

Orlando Arcia singled in Ji-Man Choi with two outs in the 12th inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers over the San Diego Padres 2-1 on opening day Thursday. Jeremy Jeffress (1-0) pitched two innings for the win. Jacob Barnes struck out the side in the 12th for the save.

Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Atlanta Braves an 8-5 come from behind victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the season opener at SunTrust Park. Aaron Nola only 24 years old became Philadelphia’s youngest Opening Day starter since 1964. Nola pitched 5 1/3 innings with only 68 pitches allowing one run on three hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

Matt Davidson became the fourth player in major league history to homer three times on opening day while the Chicago White Sox went deep six times total. The White Sox routed the Kansas City Royals 14-7 on Thursday to spoil their 50th anniversary celebration. James Shields (1-0) in a big way after the former Royals ace surrendered four runs in the first inning. Shields wound up lasting six innings and holding the Royals without a hit after that shaky first.

Adam Jones homered on new Minnesota Twins pitcher Fernando Rodney‘s first pitch starting the bottom of the 11th inning and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Twins 3-2 Thursday for their eighth consecutive opening day victory. Minnesota has lost nine of its last 10 openers, including three against Baltimore. Richard Bleier (1-0) worked one inning for the Orioles to get the win.

The revamped Tampa Bay Rays playing with a starting lineup with just one position player from opening day a year ago, had been shut out on one hit through the sixth by Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale.  Denard Span made a huge splash in his debut for his hometown team on opening day, lining a bases-loaded triple to highlight a six-run rally in the eighth inning that sent the Tampa Bay Rays over the Boston Red Sox 6-4 Thursday.

Marcus Semien gave the Oakland A’s an Opening Day win with a walk-off single in extra innings to beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-5. Boog Powell started the rally with a one-out triple against right-hander Noe Ramirez, who intentionally walked Matt Joyce as the infield drew in for Semien. The A’s shortstop promptly slapped a single into center field for his first career walk-off hit.

Clayton Kershaw made history taking the ball on Opening Day for a Los Angeles Dodgers franchise-record eighth consecutive season. Kershaw allowed just one run in six innings while striking out seven. Joe Panik’s solo home run stood alone as the San Francisco Giants handed the Dodgers a 1-0 defeat.

 

 

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