April 1 – Nine to know

  1. The Brewers became the first team in 42 years to open the season with back-to-back homers when Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez connected off the Reds’ Edinson Volquez. In the 1969 opener, the Reds’ Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan went deep against Don Drysdale of the Dodgers. Cincy lost that game, 3-2.
  2. The Reds’ Ramon Hernandez hit the first Opening Day walkoff homer since Ryan Zimmerman went deep for the Nationals against the Braves on March 30, 2008.
  3. The Reds are 65-69-1 on opening day, the Brewers 23-19-1.
  4. Chipper Jones had two hits, including a double in his first at bat, in his first game back since injuring his knee last Aug. 10.
  5. Atlanta’s Jason Heyward became the second player to homer on Opening Day in each of his first two major league seasons. Kaz Matsui, with 32 career homer in seven seasons, was the first.
  6. Albert Pujols grounded into a career-worst three double plays and went 0 for 5.
  7. Don Mattingly won his managerial debut for the Dodgers, as LA topped the Giants, 2-1. San Francisco committed three errors in the loss. Donnie Baseball became the first rookie manager to beat the defending World Series champions on Opening Day since Lou Piniella debuted with the Yankees on April 8, 1986 as they beat the Royals. In that win, Mattingly went 1-for-4 and Dave Righetti, the current Giants pitching coach, earned the save.
  8. Curtis Granderson hit a go-ahead homer for the Yankees in the 7th en route to New York’s 6-3 victory over the Tigers. The homer off Phil Coke was just the 21st of Grandy’s career against a lefty. The Tigers failed to homer for the first time at the new Yankee Stadium.
  9. The Red Sox are going for the .500 mark this Opening Day. Please read all about this in the debut of my new column on CSSNE.com.

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