On August 13, 1972 — In an effort to stop a four-game losing streak, Tigers skipper Billy Martin picks his starting lineup out of a hat for the first game of a doubleheader. The idea works as Detroit edges the Indians in the opener, 3-2, but using a regular lineup in the nightcap, the team loses, 9-2.
The Padres pull off a blockbuster trade just before opening day, acquiring closer Craig Kimbrel and OF Melvin Upton from the Braves for P Matt Wisler, OFs Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin and Jordan Paroubeck and a compensation round pick in the 2015 amateur draft. Upton, who rejoins his brother Justin, acquired by San Diego in one of a flurry of deals during the off-season, is on the disabled list until May.
April 5, 2015
The legend of Bryce Harper keeps growing. He homers off Miami’s Ricky Nolasco in his first two at-bats of the season and accounts for all of the Nationals’ runs in a 2 – 0 Opening Day win at home. Harper, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year, is the youngest player to homer twice on Opening Day. Stephen Strasburg gets the win, giving up three hits and no walks in seven innings.
April 1, 2013
2018 – Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen returns to the mound after missing two weeks because of an irregular heartbeat, but he allows a pair of 9th-inning homers to Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter as Los Angeles loses 5 – 3 to St. Louis with the two clubs in a tight race for a wild card spot.
August 20, 2018
In a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the tenth inning at Candlestick Park, LA’s Pete Mikkelsen quickly retires the first two Giants batters, but then is ordered to intentionally walk Willie McCovey, who is 4-for-4 in the game. The Dodger reliever proceeds to issue free passes to the next two hitters unintentionally, loading the bases, and then loses the game when shortstop Maury Wills boots pinch-hitter Jim Davenport’s ground ball.
September 21, 1969
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