1. It’s a Ring Thing
For the first time since the start of the 2001 season, the Yankees received World Series rings as they opened their home season and, the way they played their game after the ceremony, they indicated that they are interested in repeating. While every Yankee will treasure that ring and every fan were thrilled to experience the moment, the loudest reception was for an opponent. Fans and players alike cheered the homecoming of the World Series MVP Hideki Matsui who received the largest ovation, as he was the last player to receive his ring. Now the DH (and sometimes outfielder) for the visiting Angels, Matsui was overwhelmed with the greeting from the record regular-season crowd of 49,293, “I was very deeply moved by that moment,” he said of the cheers. “It’s something I did not anticipate at all. It’s something I’ll remember forever,” he told the reporters on the scene. Despite going 0-for-5 and popping out against Mariano Rivera to end the game won by New York, 7-5, Godzilla is hitting .312 with two homers and five RBIs in eight games for his new team.
Andy Pettitte (1-0) threw 100 pitches in six shutout innings of five hit, three walk, six-strikeout ball. Nick Johnson and Derek Jeter homered and Jorge Posada had a key RBI double amongst his three hits. The Angels’ Bobby Abreu reminded the fans that he was a former Yankee and hit a 9th inning grand slam off of David Robertson. Kendry Morales hit a 7th inning homer off of Chan Ho Park.
Ervin Santana (0-2) gave up five runs in 5.2 innings for the 2-6 Angels.
Mark Teixeira continues to struggle going 0-for-3 and is hitting .111. He walked twice but saw 25 pitches in his five at bats.
2. A Milton Bradley Game
The man doesn’t make it easy to root for him. Milton Bradley already has been playing his “Flip the Bird” game and his “I’m Sulking” game but last night he showed why so many put up with his diversions when he hit a three-run homer to give the Mariners a 3-0 win over the Athletics. It was the first runs Seattle had scored in 20 innings. Bradley went 2 for 4 to raise his average to .115.
Brad Ziegler (0-2) gave up the homer after A’s starter Brett Anderson struck out six in six innings, allowing six hits and walking two. Doug Fister (1-1) threw eight shutout innings for the Mariners, allowing three hits and walking one in his longest outing in the majors. David Aardsma finished the three-hitter and is now three-for-three in save opportunities.
3. Manny B Manny Goes Long, Rihanna Goes Dancing
Manny Ramirez hit his first homer of the season, Casey Blake hit a two-run drive, Matt Kemp had a solo shot and Andre Ethier added a three-run homer as the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 to win its home opener. Clayton Kershaw (1-0) allowed two runs and three hits striking seven and walking five in 5.1 innings in picking up his first win since July 18, 2009. Ian Kennedy (0-1) gave up six runs and six hits over 4.1 innings and is winless in 15 appearances (13 starts) since winning his first career start in his first major league appearance on Sept. 1, 2007.
After Kemp hit his third homer of the season, his girlfriend Rihanna performed a celebratory dance behind the dugout. This could get real tired, real soon.
4. Tigers down, not out
For the second time in three games Detroit trailed 5-0 and for the second time in three games they came out victorious. Yesterday, they trailed the Royals going into the 7th inning before putting up a six spot to give them a 6-5 win. Tigers’ starter Dontrelle Willis gave up four runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings. Joel Zumaya (2-0) picked up the win and Jose Valverde picked up his second save. The Tigers (6-2) are now 4-1 in games when they trail after six innings
Royals’ starter Brian Bannister left the game after 6.1 up 5-1, but three KC relievers blew the lead. Dusty Hughes (0-1) took the loss.
Scott Podsednik stole third making Kansas City 12 for 12 in steal attempts this season.
5. Today’s schedule
Royals (Kyle Davies) at Tigers (Rick Porcello), 1:05
Angels (Joel Pineiro) at Yankees (Javier Vazquez), 1:05
Red Sox (John Lackey) at Twins (Kevin Slowey), 1:10
Rays (David Price) at Orioles (Brad Bergesen), 1:35
Rangers (C.J. Wilson) at Indians (Justin Masterson), 7:05
White Sox (John Danks) at Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow), 7:07
A’s (Gio Gonzalez) at Mariners (Jason Vargas), 10:10
Brewers (David Bush) at Cubs (Randy Wells), 2:20
Pirates (Charlie Morton) at Giants (Jonathan Sanchez), 3:45
Nationals (Craig Stammen) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick), 7:05
Reds (Homer Bailey) at Marlins (Chris Volstad), 7:10
Astros (Brett Myers) at Cardinals (Brad Penny), 8:15, Houston still looking for win #1
Mets (Jonathon Niese) at Rockies (Aaron Cook), 8:40
Braves (Tommy Hanson) at Padres (Clayton Richard), 10:05
Diamondbacks (Rodrigo Lopez) at Dodgers (Chad Billingsley), 10:10
6. It’s Romero not Romeno-no
Ricky Romero (1-0) hit A.J. Pierzynski to lead off the 8th and Alex Rios followed with a two-run homer for the White Sox only hit as the Blue Jays topped Chicago, 4-2. Romero struck out a career-high 12, walked two in eight complete innings. Kevin Gregg earned his third save for the Jays. Gavin Floyd (0-2) gave up all four Jays runs in six innings of work. He is now 0-4 with a 7.22 ERA in five career starts against the Blue Jays.
Vernon Wells picked up his 10th RBI in eight games. He didn’t get his 10th RBI until his 22nd game last season.
7. Bucs stop Giants
The Pirates scored one in the 8th and two in the 9th to top the Giants, 6-5 in San Francisco. It was their first victory in seven games in San Francisco since September 2008. Evan Meek (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win and Octavio Dotel held on for his second save in two opportunities despite giving up a 9th inning two run homer to Eugenio Velez. Akinori Iwamura and Andy LaRoche homered for the Pirates.
Matt Cain allowed three runs and five hits in six innings for the Giants but retired the last 10 batters he faced. Paul Maholm pitched five-plus innings for the Pirates, giving up three runs and eight hits.
Pablo Sandoval has a 12-game hitting streak dating back to last season.
8. Rays in 10
Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer in the 10th off Matt Albers (0-1) to give Tampa Bay an 8-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Lance Cormier (1-0) worked the 9th for the win and Rafael Soriano gave up Ty Wigginton‘s second homer of the game but got his second save.
The Orioles had led this one 3-0, behind Brian Matusz, going into the 8th, but he left with one down, the bases filled and a 3-1 lead. Jim Johnson and Will Ohman were hit for singles and doubles galore and by the time the half inning ended the Rays were up 5-3. The lead was short lived as Luke Scott pinch hit a huge two-run homer off Randy Choate to tie the game at five and setting up Pena’s 10th inning blast.
Rays starter Jeff Niemann gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings. It was the fifth straight loss for the 1-7 Orioles off to their worst start worst since they opened the 1988 season with 21 straight defeats.
9. Reds in 11
Fun game in Florida last night, unless you’re a Marlins fan, but there aren’t many of them I guess, as the Reds topped the Fish 10-8 in 11 innings. The Reds won despite blowing a 6-1 lead as Joey Votto drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the 11th inning and Brandon Phillips drove in an insurance run with his fourth hit of the game. Jonny Gomes and Ryan Hanigan each hit three-run homers as the Reds won their fifth of the season in their final at bat. Micah Owings (2-0) struck out three in two scoreless innings. Francisco Cordero pitched a perfect 11th and is four for four in saves.
Nate Robertson gave up six runs, three earned, in five innings while Reds starter Bronson Arroyo allowed five runs in six innings.
Jorge Cantu of Florida singled home a run and yhe Elias Sports Bureau tells us that he became the first player since 1921 to have at least one hit and one RBI in the first eight games of a season. Cantu has both a hit and an RBI in 12 consecutive games, dating back to last season, the longest streak in the NL since Mike Piazza had a 15-game streak in 2000. Cody Ross hit his first homer of the year for Florida.
Announced attendance was 10,681, but the actual crowd was about 2,500. Maybe they need Rihanna dancing.
Sadly, it was another day of games without a walkoff.