In a lineup loaded with sluggers, Brock Holt is showing he's not to be taken lightly. Holt hit his first career grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs, David Ortiz had two RBIs and the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the Blue Jays 8-7 Friday night, spoiling Toronto's home opener. ''Tonight was a big win for us,'' Holt said.
When Orioles right-hander Mike Wright got his first Major League paycheck last year, his first call was home to his sister, Tiffany, in North Carolina, to transfer a lump sum. Wright, who is on his first Opening Day roster this year, appeared in 12 games as a rookie for Baltimore in 2015. His family felt the effects of every one.
Two of the game's top pitchers will be on display today in San Francisco as Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers take on Madison Bumgarner and the Giants in a meeting of division rivals at AT&T Park.
Josh Donaldson was questionable to start vs. Boston, but he was in the lineup as the designated hitter and came through in the fourth inning with a grand slam in the Blue Jays' 8-7 loss.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez drove in the tying run with his eighth career triple, and Omar Infante delivered the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in a two-run eighth as the Royals rallied past the Twins 4-3 on Friday night, sending the winless Twins to their fourth straight loss.
Greg Garcia couldn't believe his pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning set a major league record. The Cardinals became the first team with three pinch-hit home runs in a game and rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-4 Friday night. Garcia and rookie Jeremy Hazelbaker also had pinch-hit homers in the Cardinals' first win.
Rockies rookie Trevor Story is making it look easy. But it isn't. Never was, not for Story. "He's a grinder," said Rockies scouting director Bill Schmidt. "He's one of those guys who goes to work every day and looks for a way to get better." The approach is paying off.
Starling Marte managed to stop his eyes from watering when he came to bat for the final time on a frigid, blustery night. Marte hit his first career grand slam in the eighth inning on Friday night, connecting off new Cincinnati Reds closer J.J. Hoover for a 6-5 victory that kept the Pittsburgh Pirates unbeaten. The Pirates improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2003 by taking advantage of Cincinnati's unsettled back of the bullpen.
Though he had felt some left hamstring discomfort earlier this week, Ender Inciarte convinced manager Fredi Gonzalez he was healthy enough to be in the lineup for Friday night's series opener against the Cardinals. But it did not take long before Inciarte was walking back off the field hopeful that he had avoided a serious injury.
Chris Davis, Manny Machado and the Baltimore Orioles showed Chris Archer exactly how much power they're packing this season. The Orioles hit four solo homers off Tampa Bay's star pitcher and rolled to a 6-1 victory Friday night, improving to 4-0 for the first time since 2011. Davis homered in the second inning and three of his teammates went deep in the fifth: Jonathan Schoop, Nolan Reimold and Machado.
Losing someone as special as Kyle Schwarber hurts, but the Cubs have a line of intriguing replacements, starting with Jorge Soler.
While Rockies rookie Trevor Story was busy making home run history, the Padres were happy to put a streak of futility behind them. San Diego ended a 30-inning scoreless streak to start the season with a six-run fourth inning en route to its first victory, 13-6, in the Rockies' home opener at a sold-out Coors Field.
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Vin Scully Avenue will be officially dedicated Monday at 11:15 a.m. PT at the Gate A entrance to Dodger Stadium at the corner of Stadium Way. Gates open at 10 a.m.
Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story became the fifth player in Major League history to homer in four straight games to start a season when he socked his fifth -- a two-run shot in the fourth inning of a 13-6 loss to the Padres on Friday. Remarkably, Story added to his career-opening barrage with homer No. 6 in the ninth inning off lefty Ryan Buchter.
Ken Griffey Jr. celebrated the start of a new season of baseball in Seattle with the ceremonial first pitch to Felix Hernandez prior to Seattle's home-opening contest with the A's on Friday night at Safeco Field, delivering an easy toss to the thunderous roars from a sellout crowd.
Trevor Story took his first swings at Coors Field and had quite a blast. Story became the first major leaguer to homer in each of his first four games, connecting two more times for the Colorado Rockies in a 13-6 loss to the San Diego Padres on Friday. ''It's legendary what he's doing,'' Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez said.
It isn't just that the Cubs will miss Kyle Schwarber's powerful left-handed bat in the lineup. They're going to miss his ability to make everyone smile.
Danny Salazar was effectively wild and John Danks was not effective overall, as the Indians spoiled the White Sox home opener with a 7-1 victory Friday afternoon before 38,019 at U.S. Cellular Field. The game was played with a first-pitch temperature of 39 degrees and intermittent snow flurries.
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