Friday, May 11, 2012

Opening Day

Welcome to Opening Day in Major Leagues!

In Toronto, Detroit's Oswaldo Diaz went the distance and CF Mac Chang homered and knocked in 4, as  the Tigers spoiled the Jays' hone opener 6-2.

At Camden Yard, Boston's Donn Stafford belted a pair of homers to lead the Red Sox over Baltimore, 6-2. Sam Griffin held the Birds to a pair of runs over 7 innings to get the win.

Kansas City and Nashville took 12 innings to decide the Royals' home opener, with the home team prevailing 3-2.  C Miguel Cordero had the game-winner, a base hit that scored 1B Albert Johnson (reached on an error).

Anaheim jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, and held on at home to top Arizona 8-6.  Charlie Coveleski and Alex Ayala both hit 2 homers for the Angels.

The Twins opened at homing by holding Chicago to 2 hits and stopping the White Sox, 5-1.  Four Minnesota hurlers combined on the effort, with Kevin Chong getting the win.  RF Clay Lee, 1B Harry Rivera, and DH Felipe Baez homered for the home team.

The Yankees rolled into Cleveland and shut out the Indians, 4-0, behind Todd Leon.  DH Ismael Ramos homered to pace the New York offense.

Tampa Bay opened at home with a 5-2 win over Texas.  This one gets the "Most Un-Remarkable Game of the Day" award.
Eswalin Comacho one-hit Oakland over 8 innings as Seattle topped the A's, 6-1.  The Mariners got homers from 3B Guillermo Lopez, RF Albert Santayana, C Donne Mercedes and 1B Harvey Mercedes.

Cincinnati hammered the defending WS Champion Cubs, 12-3.  The Reds pounded out 16 hits, with Crash Reed, Malcolm Perez and Ron Mahommes collecting 3 each.  Tony Ordaz wasn't sharp - 7 hits and 6 walks in his 6 innings of work - but got the win.

The Nationals jumped on Philly ace Rafael Santiago for 4 in the first, added 2 in the 5th, and cruised to a 9-2 road win.  Sandy Quinn and Joaquin Guzman hit back-to-back solo shots for D.C. in the 5th; Paul Henderson added a 3-run blast in the 9th.  Ernie Pittinger earned the win with 5 solid innings.

Chad Cambridge fired a 2-hit shutout in Houston as the Cardinals opened with a road win over the AstrosCambridge struck out 14 and walked just one in the 7-0 pasting.  RF Dioner Petit and SS Guillermo Mota homered for St. Louis.

San Diego took advantage of a Quilvio Guerrero error to push across an unearned run in the 9th,  and  topped San Francisco 2-1.  Guerrero booted a grounder with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, putting runners at 1st and 2nd.  SS John Lee followed with the game-winning single.  Joel Iorg went the distance to get the win for the Padres.

Milwaukee outhit Montreal, 13-7, en route to a 7-5 home win.  RF Douglas Dixon and C Jimmy Coco had 3 hits apiece for the Brewers; starter Chico Albaladejo scuffled through 8 innings for the win.

In New York, Pittsburgh's Keith Caldwell outdueled the Mets' Luis Contreras, 2-1, in a battle of NL aces.  Down 1-0 in the 7th, the Pirates got back-to-back triples from SS Artie Linebrink and LF Jesus Otanez for the tying and game-winning runs.

Atlanta used a big 4-run 7th to top Florida, 8-3.   1B Willie Luebbers and RF Bo Hines homered and combined for 7 RBI; starter Vicente Plata got the win.

3 Rockies hurlers held Los Angeles to 3 hits and 2 runs, and Colorado Springs rolled past the Dodgers, 6-2.  LF Alvin Crawford and SS Tom Gordon drove in 2 each for the Rockies; Chief Bennett started and pitched 7 strong innings for the win.

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