Tag: April 5

2017 – Down a run in the bottom of the 13th, George Springer swats a walk-off three-run homer to stun the Mariners, 5-3. Springer earlier plated the other two Houston tallies with a two-run double to give him all five RBIs on the night. 

2017 – Down a run in the bottom of the 13th, George Springer swats a walk-off three-run homer to stun the Mariners, 5-3. Springer earlier plated the other two Houston tallies with a two-run double to give him all five RBIs on the night. 

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2006 – Craig Biggio adds to his illustrious credentials in a 6-5 triumph over the Marlins. His first-inning double gives him 606 in his career to become tenth all-time in that category. Later, he scores his 1700th run, 24th all-time in that department. He is two hits shy of the 2800 plateau. Lance Berkman and Preston Wilson supply the muscle with two-run homers to support Wandy Rodriguez. 

2006 – Craig Biggio adds to his illustrious credentials in a 6-5 triumph over the Marlins. His first-inning double gives him 606 in his career to become tenth all-time in that category. Later, he scores his 1700th run, 24th all-time in that department. He is two hits shy of the 2800 plateau. Lance Berkman and Preston Wilson supply the muscle with two-run homers to support Wandy Rodriguez. 

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1998 – Astros greet Darryl Kile with five runs in the second inning, on their way to a 6-2 win over Colorado. Houston fans boo Kile who left the Astros as a free agent over the winter. Shane Reynolds’ three-run double and Craig Biggio’s two-run homer do the damage. 

1998 – Astros greet Darryl Kile with five runs in the second inning, on their way to a 6-2 win over Colorado. Houston fans boo Kile who left the Astros as a free agent over the winter. Shane Reynolds’ three-run double and Craig Biggio’s two-run homer do the damage. 

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1988 – Kevin Bass’ two-run single keys a five-run eighth-inning rally to grab a 6-3 Opening Day win against San Diego. Mike Scott takes the win even though he surrendered two runs in the top half of the frame. 

1988 – Kevin Bass’ two-run single keys a five-run eighth-inning rally to grab a 6-3 Opening Day win against San Diego. Mike Scott takes the win even though he surrendered two runs in the top half of the frame. 

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1976 – The Astros host an exhibition game at the Louisiana Superdome, a 12-5 win over Minnesota, before just over 10,000 fans. Cliff Johnson stars with three hits, including a homer. Not built for baseball, New Orleans’ new dome creates a few problems such as a concrete warning track and football sidelines down the third base line. Hitters complain about poor visibility, causing an auxilliary scoreboard to be shut off.

1976 – The Astros host an exhibition game at the Louisiana Superdome, a 12-5 win over Minnesota, before just over 10,000 fans. Cliff Johnson stars with three hits, including a homer. Not built for baseball, New Orleans’ new dome creates a few problems such as a concrete warning track and football sidelines down the third base line. Hitters complain about poor visibility, causing an auxilliary scoreboard to be shut off.

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2019 – Jorge Polanco hits the first cycle of the season, but the Twins still lose to the Phillies, 10 – 4. Rhys Hoskins drives in 4 runs as the red-hot Phils, who are averaging over 8 runs per game so far, take an early 5 – 0 lead against Jake Odorizzi and cruise from there in spite of Polanco’s heroics. Nick Pivetta is the winner.

2019 – Jorge Polanco hits the first cycle of the season, but the Twins still lose to the Phillies, 10 – 4. Rhys Hoskins drives in 4 runs as the red-hot Phils, who are averaging over 8 runs per game so far, take an early 5 – 0 lead against Jake Odorizzi and cruise from there in spite of Polanco’s heroics. Nick Pivetta is the winner.

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2018 – Minor League Baseball opens its season today, and one of its highest-profile players steals the show. In his first game for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies of the AA Eastern League, re-converted football star Tim Tebowhits a three-run homer on the first pitch he sees in the 1st inning.

2018 – Minor League Baseball opens its season today, and one of its highest-profile players steals the show. In his first game for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies of the AA Eastern League, re-converted football star Tim Tebowhits a three-run homer on the first pitch he sees in the 1st inning.

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For the first time in more than six decades, the Cubs and White Sox start the same season with two victories and no losses. The last time both Chicago teams were undefeated after two games occurred in 1951, two seasons before Ernie Banks played his rookie year.

For the first time in more than six decades, the Cubs and White Sox start the same season with two victories and no losses. The last time both Chicago teams were undefeated after two games occurred in 1951, two seasons before Ernie Banks played his rookie year.

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2016 – Major League Baseball’s new rule on dangerous slides costs the Blue Jays a game, as with the bases loaded and the Jays trailing the Rays, 3 – 2, with one out in the 9th, Jose Bautista takes out 2B Logan Forsythe in an attempt to break up a double play. Forsythe throws the ball away, which seemingly allows two runs to score, but after a video review Bautista’s slide is ruled illegal and the Rays are awarded a game-ending twin killing.

2016 – Major League Baseball’s new rule on dangerous slides costs the Blue Jays a game, as with the bases loaded and the Jays trailing the Rays, 3 – 2, with one out in the 9th, Jose Bautista takes out 2B Logan Forsythe in an attempt to break up a double play. Forsythe throws the ball away, which seemingly allows two runs to score, but after a video review Bautista’s slide is ruled illegal and the Rays are awarded a game-ending twin killing.

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The day before the season begins, A.J. Preller continues his makeover of the Padres, acquiring All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the Braves for outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, minor league right-hander Matt Wisler, outfield prospect Jordan Paroubeck, and the 41st overall draft pick. The San Diego GM increases the club’s payroll significantly to pull off the stunning deal, with most of the cost involving taking on the remaining $46.35 million still owed Upton, who will now join his brother B.J. as a teammate.

The day before the season begins, A.J. Preller continues his makeover of the Padres, acquiring All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the Braves for outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, minor league right-hander Matt Wisler, outfield prospect Jordan Paroubeck, and the 41st overall draft pick. The San Diego GM increases the club’s payroll significantly to pull off the stunning deal, with most of the cost involving taking on the remaining $46.35 million still owed Upton, who will now join his brother B.J. as a teammate.

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The day before the season begins, A.J. Preller continues his makeover of the Padres, acquiring All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the Braves for outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, minor league right-hander Matt Wisler, outfield prospect Jordan Paroubeck, and the 41st overall draft pick. The San Diego GM increases the club’s payroll significantly to pull off the stunning deal, with most of the cost involving taking on the remaining $46.35 million still owed Upton, who will now join his brother B.J. as a teammate.

The day before the season begins, A.J. Preller continues his makeover of the Padres, acquiring All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the Braves for outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, minor league right-hander Matt Wisler, outfield prospect Jordan Paroubeck, and the 41st overall draft pick. The San Diego GM increases the club’s payroll significantly to pull off the stunning deal, with most of the cost involving taking on the remaining $46.35 million still owed Upton, who will now join his brother B.J. as a teammate.

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The opening game of the 2015 Major League Baseball season is a 3 – 0 win by the Cardinals over the Cubs as Adam Wainwright gets the better of marquee free agent signee Jon Lester. RF Jason Heyward has three hits, including a pair for extra bases, and scores his team’s first run in his first game for St. Louis, while LF Matt Holliday drives in two runs. For the occasion, venerable Wrigley Field unveils a new state-of-the-art video scoreboard.

The opening game of the 2015 Major League Baseball season is a 3 – 0 win by the Cardinals over the Cubs as Adam Wainwright gets the better of marquee free agent signee Jon Lester. RF Jason Heyward has three hits, including a pair for extra bases, and scores his team’s first run in his first game for St. Louis, while LF Matt Holliday drives in two runs. For the occasion, venerable Wrigley Field unveils a new state-of-the-art video scoreboard.

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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.

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.

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Ike Davis becomes the second player in franchise history to deliver a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam when he goes deep off J.J. Hoover in New York’s’ 6-3 victory over Cincinnati at Citi Field. The only other Met who accomplished the feat is the team’s current third base coach Tim Teufel, who went yard off the bench with the bases loaded in 1986 against Philadelphia.

Ike Davis becomes the second player in franchise history to deliver a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam when he goes deep off J.J. Hoover in New York’s’ 6-3 victory over Cincinnati at Citi Field. The only other Met who accomplished the feat is the team’s current third base coach Tim Teufel, who went yard off the bench with the bases loaded in 1986 against Philadelphia.

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Ike Davis becomes the second player in franchise history to deliver a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam when he goes deep off J.J. Hoover in New York’s’ 6-3 victory over Cincinnati at Citi Field. The only other Met who accomplished the feat is the team’s current third base coach Tim Teufel, who went yard off the bench with the bases loaded in 1986 against Philadelphia.

Ike Davis becomes the second player in franchise history to deliver a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam when he goes deep off J.J. Hoover in New York’s’ 6-3 victory over Cincinnati at Citi Field. The only other Met who accomplished the feat is the team’s current third base coach Tim Teufel, who went yard off the bench with the bases loaded in 1986 against Philadelphia.

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2014 – With the Twins’ 7 – 3 victory over the Indians, manager Ron Gardenhire picks up the 1,000th win of his career, becoming the tenth man to collect that many with one team. Still ahead of him is his mentor and predecessor, Tom Kelly, who won 1,140 for the Twins.

2014 – With the Twins’ 7 – 3 victory over the Indians, manager Ron Gardenhire picks up the 1,000th win of his career, becoming the tenth man to collect that many with one team. Still ahead of him is his mentor and predecessor, Tom Kelly, who won 1,140 for the Twins.

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Joining Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998), and Nelson Cruz (2011), Chris Davis, who collects a grand slam and five RBIs in the Orioles’ home opener, becomes the fourth player in major league history to homer in his first four games of the season. The 27 year-old Baltimore first baseman also breaks the RBI mark for the same span, driving in 16 runs, four more than the previous record shared by three players.

Joining Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998), and Nelson Cruz (2011), Chris Davis, who collects a grand slam and five RBIs in the Orioles’ home opener, becomes the fourth player in major league history to homer in his first four games of the season. The 27 year-old Baltimore first baseman also breaks the RBI mark for the same span, driving in 16 runs, four more than the previous record shared by three players.

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Chris Davis becomes the fourth player to homer in his team’s first four games of the season, joining Willie Mays, Mark McGwire and Nelson Cruz in elite company. His 8th-inning grand slam off Tyler Robertson propels the Orioles to a 9 – 5 win over the Twins in their home opener. With a sacrifice fly earlier in the game, Davis drives in 5 runs to bring his RBI total to 16 on the season, obliterating the old record of 12 after four games held by three players.

Chris Davis becomes the fourth player to homer in his team’s first four games of the season, joining Willie Mays, Mark McGwire and Nelson Cruz in elite company. His 8th-inning grand slam off Tyler Robertson propels the Orioles to a 9 – 5 win over the Twins in their home opener. With a sacrifice fly earlier in the game, Davis drives in 5 runs to bring his RBI total to 16 on the season, obliterating the old record of 12 after four games held by three players.

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The Giants celebrate their victory in the 2012 World Series by raising the World Championship banner before their home opener at AT&T Park, then celebrate some more by defeating the Cardinals, 1 – 0, behind a great performance by Barry Zito, who gives up only 3 hits over 7 innings. It is the 15th straight time that the Giants have won a game started by Zito, dating back to last season and including the postseason.

The Giants celebrate their victory in the 2012 World Series by raising the World Championship banner before their home opener at AT&T Park, then celebrate some more by defeating the Cardinals, 1 – 0, behind a great performance by Barry Zito, who gives up only 3 hits over 7 innings. It is the 15th straight time that the Giants have won a game started by Zito, dating back to last season and including the postseason.

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Cincinnati drills 6 homers to offer the Nationals their first defeat of the season, 15 – 0. Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier both go deep twice, and Shin-Soo Choo and Xavier Paul, with a pinch-hit grand slam, hit the other two. Homer Bailey is the winner over Dan Haren, whose debut for the Nats is one to forget.

Cincinnati drills 6 homers to offer the Nationals their first defeat of the season, 15 – 0. Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier both go deep twice, and Shin-Soo Choo and Xavier Paul, with a pinch-hit grand slam, hit the other two. Homer Bailey is the winner over Dan Haren, whose debut for the Nats is one to forget.

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On Opening Day in the Italian Baseball League, Rimini routs the Godo Knights, 12 – 1; Andrew Baldwin and Enorbel Marquez pitch well for Rimini, while newcomer Alex Romero drives in four and Mario Chiarini has 3 runs and 3 RBI.

On Opening Day in the Italian Baseball League, Rimini routs the Godo Knights, 12 – 1; Andrew Baldwin and Enorbel Marquez pitch well for Rimini, while newcomer Alex Romero drives in four and Mario Chiarini has 3 runs and 3 RBI.

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“In memory of Shannon Stone and dedicated to all fans who love the game.” – Inscription on statue honoring a fan who died last season at the stadium while attending a game last season. Six year-old Cooper Stone helps to unveil the statue depicting him and his dad holding hands and having a conversation wearing their baseball caps in front of a gate at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Bruce Greene’s sculpture pays tribute to his father, who died last season while attending a game with him, as a result of falling twenty feet, onto the concrete behind the scoreboard in left field, after reaching for a ball thrown into the stands by Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton.

“In memory of Shannon Stone and dedicated to all fans who love the game.” – Inscription on statue honoring a fan who died last season at the stadium while attending a game last season. Six year-old Cooper Stone helps to unveil the statue depicting him and his dad holding hands and having a conversation wearing their baseball caps in front of a gate at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Bruce Greene’s sculpture pays tribute to his father, who died last season while attending a game with him, as a result of falling twenty feet, onto the concrete behind the scoreboard in left field, after reaching for a ball thrown into the stands by Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton.

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“In memory of Shannon Stone and dedicated to all fans who love the game.” – Inscription on statue honoring a fan who died last season at the stadium while attending a game last season. Six year-old Cooper Stone helps to unveil the statue depicting him and his dad holding hands and having a conversation wearing their baseball caps in front of a gate at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Bruce Greene’s sculpture pays tribute to his father, who died last season while attending a game with him, as a result of falling twenty feet, onto the concrete behind the scoreboard in left field, after reaching for a ball thrown into the stands by Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton.

“In memory of Shannon Stone and dedicated to all fans who love the game.” – Inscription on statue honoring a fan who died last season at the stadium while attending a game last season. Six year-old Cooper Stone helps to unveil the statue depicting him and his dad holding hands and having a conversation wearing their baseball caps in front of a gate at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Bruce Greene’s sculpture pays tribute to his father, who died last season while attending a game with him, as a result of falling twenty feet, onto the concrete behind the scoreboard in left field, after reaching for a ball thrown into the stands by Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton.

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The Indians and Blue Jays set a record by playing 16 innings on Opening Day before Toronto wins the game, 7 – 4, on a three-run homer by J.P. Arencibia off Jairo Asencio. The Indians take a 4 – 0 lead in the 2nd as Jack Hannahan hits a three-run homer off Ricky Romero, but do not score again over the next 14 frames. The Jays rally for 3 runs in the 9th off closer Chris Perez to negate a great start by Justin Masterson and send the game into extra innings.

The Indians and Blue Jays set a record by playing 16 innings on Opening Day before Toronto wins the game, 7 – 4, on a three-run homer by J.P. Arencibia off Jairo Asencio. The Indians take a 4 – 0 lead in the 2nd as Jack Hannahan hits a three-run homer off Ricky Romero, but do not score again over the next 14 frames. The Jays rally for 3 runs in the 9th off closer Chris Perez to negate a great start by Justin Masterson and send the game into extra innings.

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J.P. Arencibia’s three-run homer in the 16th inning, giving the Blue Jays an eventual 7-4 victory over Cleveland, ends the longest opening-day game in major league history. The Progressive Field marathon surpassed the 15-inning Opening Day contests between Cleveland and Detroit in 1960 and Philadelphia and Washington in 1926.

J.P. Arencibia’s three-run homer in the 16th inning, giving the Blue Jays an eventual 7-4 victory over Cleveland, ends the longest opening-day game in major league history. The Progressive Field marathon surpassed the 15-inning Opening Day contests between Cleveland and Detroit in 1960 and Philadelphia and Washington in 1926.

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J.P. Arencibia’s three-run homer in the 16th inning, giving the Blue Jays an eventual 7-4 victory over Cleveland, ends the longest opening-day game in major league history. The Progressive Field marathon surpassed the 15-inning Opening Day contests between Cleveland and Detroit in 1960 and Philadelphia and Washington in 1926.

J.P. Arencibia’s three-run homer in the 16th inning, giving the Blue Jays an eventual 7-4 victory over Cleveland, ends the longest opening-day game in major league history. The Progressive Field marathon surpassed the 15-inning Opening Day contests between Cleveland and Detroit in 1960 and Philadelphia and Washington in 1926.

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Roy Halladay is his masterful self as he throws 8 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits, in leading the Phillies to a 1 – 0 Opening Day victory over the Pirates. Jonathan Papelbon records his first save in the National League, while Erik Bedard is the hard-luck loser in his debut for the Bucs. Carlos Ruiz drives in the only run with a sacrifice fly in the 7th.

Roy Halladay is his masterful self as he throws 8 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits, in leading the Phillies to a 1 – 0 Opening Day victory over the Pirates. Jonathan Papelbon records his first save in the National League, while Erik Bedard is the hard-luck loser in his debut for the Bucs. Carlos Ruiz drives in the only run with a sacrifice fly in the 7th.

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The 2012 Hoofdklasse season kicks off. 2011 Holland Series MVP Wesley Connor hits the season’s first homer, as the defending champion Amsterdam Pirates start off with a win. DOOR Neptunus begins even hotter, crushing Sparta/Feyenoord by a 20 – 0 margin as Diegomar Markwell, Jorian van Acker and Dushan Ruzic combine on a shutout and Jeffrey Arends drives in four.

The 2012 Hoofdklasse season kicks off. 2011 Holland Series MVP Wesley Connor hits the season’s first homer, as the defending champion Amsterdam Pirates start off with a win. DOOR Neptunus begins even hotter, crushing Sparta/Feyenoord by a 20 – 0 margin as Diegomar Markwell, Jorian van Acker and Dushan Ruzic combine on a shutout and Jeffrey Arends drives in four.

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Two pitchers making their first major league start show good form as the Rangers defeat the Mariners, 3 – 2, to remain unbeaten this year. Converted reliever Alexi Ogando pitches six scoreless innings for Texas to earn the win, while Michael Pineda, making his major league debut, allows three runs on five hits in six innings to take the loss, but keeps the homer-happy Rangers in the yard and strikes out four.

Two pitchers making their first major league start show good form as the Rangers defeat the Mariners, 3 – 2, to remain unbeaten this year. Converted reliever Alexi Ogando pitches six scoreless innings for Texas to earn the win, while Michael Pineda, making his major league debut, allows three runs on five hits in six innings to take the loss, but keeps the homer-happy Rangers in the yard and strikes out four.

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Panic is starting to set in for Red Sox Nation as the winless team loses its fourth straight game, 3 – 1, to the Indians. Josh Tomlin tames the Sox’s bats for the win. It is Boston’s worst start since 1996.

Panic is starting to set in for Red Sox Nation as the winless team loses its fourth straight game, 3 – 1, to the Indians. Josh Tomlin tames the Sox’s bats for the win. It is Boston’s worst start since 1996.

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Chris Young becomes the first pitcher in New York Mets history to collect two hits in an inning as he defeats the Phillies, 7 – 1, in his first start for his new team. His hitting binge comes in the 3rd inning, which he leads off with a single; he scores the game’s first run, then has a two-out RBI single to bring the score to 6 – 0 and chase losing pitcher Cole Hamels. For good measure, he adds a third single in the 5th. David Wright also partakes in the fun with 4 hits, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.

Chris Young becomes the first pitcher in New York Mets history to collect two hits in an inning as he defeats the Phillies, 7 – 1, in his first start for his new team. His hitting binge comes in the 3rd inning, which he leads off with a single; he scores the game’s first run, then has a two-out RBI single to bring the score to 6 – 0 and chase losing pitcher Cole Hamels. For good measure, he adds a third single in the 5th. David Wright also partakes in the fun with 4 hits, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.

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Nine pitchers each contribute a hitless inning apiece when the High Desert Mavericks (Adelanto, California) no-hit the local Victor Valley Community College Rams, 12-0. Hurlers James Gillheeny, Tim Boyce, Nick Czyz, Austin Hudson, Johnathan Hesketh, Ogui Diaz, Jose Jimenez, John Housey, and Chris Kirkland share the equal workload for the California League’s Class A – Advanced affiliate of the Mariners.

Nine pitchers each contribute a hitless inning apiece when the High Desert Mavericks (Adelanto, California) no-hit the local Victor Valley Community College Rams, 12-0. Hurlers James Gillheeny, Tim Boyce, Nick Czyz, Austin Hudson, Johnathan Hesketh, Ogui Diaz, Jose Jimenez, John Housey, and Chris Kirkland share the equal workload for the California League’s Class A – Advanced affiliate of the Mariners.

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Nine pitchers each contribute a hitless inning apiece when the High Desert Mavericks (Adelanto, California) no-hit the local Victor Valley Community College Rams, 12-0. Hurlers James Gillheeny, Tim Boyce, Nick Czyz, Austin Hudson, Johnathan Hesketh, Ogui Diaz, Jose Jimenez, John Housey, and Chris Kirkland share the equal workload for the California League’s Class A – Advanced affiliate of the Mariners.

Nine pitchers each contribute a hitless inning apiece when the High Desert Mavericks (Adelanto, California) no-hit the local Victor Valley Community College Rams, 12-0. Hurlers James Gillheeny, Tim Boyce, Nick Czyz, Austin Hudson, Johnathan Hesketh, Ogui Diaz, Jose Jimenez, John Housey, and Chris Kirkland share the equal workload for the California League’s Class A – Advanced affiliate of the Mariners.

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In his first start for the Phillies, Roy Halladay throws seven strong innings to lead the defending National League champions to an easy 11 – 1 win over Washington in front of President Barack Obama, who throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Placido Polanco drives in six runs in his return to Philadelphia, while Ryan Howard homers.

In his first start for the Phillies, Roy Halladay throws seven strong innings to lead the defending National League champions to an easy 11 – 1 win over Washington in front of President Barack Obama, who throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Placido Polanco drives in six runs in his return to Philadelphia, while Ryan Howard homers.

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Jason Heyward, the Minor League Player of the Year last year, starts his major league career with fireworks, connecting for a three-run home run off Carlos Zambrano in the 1st inning in front of 60 friends and family members at Turner Field as Atlanta cruises to a 16 – 5 win over the Cubs.

Jason Heyward, the Minor League Player of the Year last year, starts his major league career with fireworks, connecting for a three-run home run off Carlos Zambrano in the 1st inning in front of 60 friends and family members at Turner Field as Atlanta cruises to a 16 – 5 win over the Cubs.

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The Blue Jays’ Shaun Marcum, getting the opening day starting nod after missing all of 2009 recovering from Tommy John surgery, holds the Texas Rangers hitless into the 7th inning as the Jays stake an early lead on homers by Vernon Wells and Adam Lind. Nelson Cruz ties the game with a three-run homer in the 7th, but after the Jays retake the lead, new Toronto closer Jason Frasor blows the save opportunity, giving up two runs in the 9th for a 5 – 4 Texas win. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits the game-winning single.

The Blue Jays’ Shaun Marcum, getting the opening day starting nod after missing all of 2009 recovering from Tommy John surgery, holds the Texas Rangers hitless into the 7th inning as the Jays stake an early lead on homers by Vernon Wells and Adam Lind. Nelson Cruz ties the game with a three-run homer in the 7th, but after the Jays retake the lead, new Toronto closer Jason Frasor blows the save opportunity, giving up two runs in the 9th for a 5 – 4 Texas win. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits the game-winning single.

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Receiving mostly cheers from the standing-room-only crowd at Nationals Stadium, President Barack Obama, wearing a White Sox cap and a Nats jacket, continues a 100-year tradition when he throws the ceremonial first pitch before Washington’s home opener against Philadelphia. The Commander-in-Chief’s toss is high and wide, but third baseman Ryan Zimmerman makes a lunging grab of the ball.

Receiving mostly cheers from the standing-room-only crowd at Nationals Stadium, President Barack Obama, wearing a White Sox cap and a Nats jacket, continues a 100-year tradition when he throws the ceremonial first pitch before Washington’s home opener against Philadelphia. The Commander-in-Chief’s toss is high and wide, but third baseman Ryan Zimmerman makes a lunging grab of the ball.

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Receiving mostly cheers from the standing-room-only crowd at Nationals Stadium, President Barack Obama, wearing a White Sox cap and a Nats jacket, continues a 100-year tradition when he throws the ceremonial first pitch before Washington’s home opener against Philadelphia. The Commander-in-Chief’s toss is high and wide, but third baseman Ryan Zimmerman makes a lunging grab of the ball.

Receiving mostly cheers from the standing-room-only crowd at Nationals Stadium, President Barack Obama, wearing a White Sox cap and a Nats jacket, continues a 100-year tradition when he throws the ceremonial first pitch before Washington’s home opener against Philadelphia. The Commander-in-Chief’s toss is high and wide, but third baseman Ryan Zimmerman makes a lunging grab of the ball.

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Jason Heyward becomes the eleventh Braves player in franchise history to homer in his first major league at-bat. The much touted 20 year-old rookie, with the hometown fans chanting, “Let’s go, Heyward!”, hits a three-run homer in the first inning off Chicago’s Carlos Zambrano at Turner Field.

Jason Heyward becomes the eleventh Braves player in franchise history to homer in his first major league at-bat. The much touted 20 year-old rookie, with the hometown fans chanting, “Let’s go, Heyward!”, hits a three-run homer in the first inning off Chicago’s Carlos Zambrano at Turner Field.

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Jason Heyward becomes the eleventh Braves player in franchise history to homer in his first major league at-bat. The much touted 20 year-old rookie, with the hometown fans chanting, “Let’s go, Heyward!”, hits a three-run homer in the first inning off Chicago’s Carlos Zambrano at Turner Field.

Jason Heyward becomes the eleventh Braves player in franchise history to homer in his first major league at-bat. The much touted 20 year-old rookie, with the hometown fans chanting, “Let’s go, Heyward!”, hits a three-run homer in the first inning off Chicago’s Carlos Zambrano at Turner Field.

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The Red Sox and their ace, Josh Beckett, come to terms on a $68 million, four-year contract extension. The agreement keeps the team’s Opening Day starter in Boston along with recent free agent acquisition John Lackey, giving the club a potent 1-2 punch in the top of their rotation for the next five years.

The Red Sox and their ace, Josh Beckett, come to terms on a $68 million, four-year contract extension. The agreement keeps the team’s Opening Day starter in Boston along with recent free agent acquisition John Lackey, giving the club a potent 1-2 punch in the top of their rotation for the next five years.

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The Red Sox and their ace, Josh Beckett, come to terms on a $68 million, four-year contract extension. The agreement keeps the team’s Opening Day starter in Boston along with recent free agent acquisition John Lackey, giving the club a potent 1-2 punch in the top of their rotation for the next five years.

The Red Sox and their ace, Josh Beckett, come to terms on a $68 million, four-year contract extension. The agreement keeps the team’s Opening Day starter in Boston along with recent free agent acquisition John Lackey, giving the club a potent 1-2 punch in the top of their rotation for the next five years.

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Matt Stairs plays for his twelfth major league organization, equaling Deacon McGuire’s record (1884 to 1912) for the most teams ever played with by a position player. The 18-year veteran, who also joins pitchers Mike Morgan and Ron Villone for being on a dozen different clubs, flies out in a pinch-hitting role for the Padres in a 6-3 loss to Arizona at Chase Field.

Matt Stairs plays for his twelfth major league organization, equaling Deacon McGuire’s record (1884 to 1912) for the most teams ever played with by a position player. The 18-year veteran, who also joins pitchers Mike Morgan and Ron Villone for being on a dozen different clubs, flies out in a pinch-hitting role for the Padres in a 6-3 loss to Arizona at Chase Field.

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Matt Stairs plays for his twelfth major league organization, equaling Deacon McGuire’s record (1884 to 1912) for the most teams ever played with by a position player. The 18-year veteran, who also joins pitchers Mike Morgan and Ron Villone for being on a dozen different clubs, flies out in a pinch-hitting role for the Padres in a 6-3 loss to Arizona at Chase Field.

Matt Stairs plays for his twelfth major league organization, equaling Deacon McGuire’s record (1884 to 1912) for the most teams ever played with by a position player. The 18-year veteran, who also joins pitchers Mike Morgan and Ron Villone for being on a dozen different clubs, flies out in a pinch-hitting role for the Padres in a 6-3 loss to Arizona at Chase Field.

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2009 – The major league season opens with the Braves topping the defending World Series champion Phillies, 4 – 1. Derek Lowe tosses a two-hit shutout over 8 innings. Offensive support comes on homers by Brian McCann(a two-run shot in the 1st off Brett Myers), Jeff Francoeur and Jordan Schafer. Schafer’s home run comes in his first major league at-bat.

2009 – The major league season opens with the Braves topping the defending World Series champion Phillies, 4 – 1. Derek Lowe tosses a two-hit shutout over 8 innings. Offensive support comes on homers by Brian McCann(a two-run shot in the 1st off Brett Myers), Jeff Francoeur and Jordan Schafer. Schafer’s home run comes in his first major league at-bat.

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Jordan Schafer becomes the tenth Brave in franchise history and the 99th overall player overall to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The 22 year-old rookie center fielder, who never played in a level higher than Double-A, goes deep off Philadelphia’s Opening Day starter Brett Myers in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park.

Jordan Schafer becomes the tenth Brave in franchise history and the 99th overall player overall to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The 22 year-old rookie center fielder, who never played in a level higher than Double-A, goes deep off Philadelphia’s Opening Day starter Brett Myers in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park.

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Jordan Schafer becomes the tenth Brave in franchise history and the 99th overall player overall to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The 22 year-old rookie center fielder, who never played in a level higher than Double-A, goes deep off Philadelphia’s Opening Day starter Brett Myers in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park.

Jordan Schafer becomes the tenth Brave in franchise history and the 99th overall player overall to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The 22 year-old rookie center fielder, who never played in a level higher than Double-A, goes deep off Philadelphia’s Opening Day starter Brett Myers in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park.

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