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Nat Saamanen
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Opening Day around the league! Quick recaps from opening day for teams around MLB on April 3, 2006 (and April 4 for Twins/Blue Jays). This is the last batch of openers. (Links to the other opening day recaps at the bottom of this post).

Brewers edge Pirates

Strong pitching allowed the Brewers to hold onto a slim margin that SS JJ Hardy provided them with a solo shot in the bottom of the 7th inning. The Pirates rallied in the top of the 8th to load the bases with only one out, but 3B Joe Randa hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning. Both starters went 6 complete innings only allowing one run in strong performances, but neither starter figured into the decision. Losing pitcher Matt Capps only allowed one hit in his two innings of relief work, but that hit was a big one, the solo HR by Hardy that proved to be the difference in the game. The Brewers struck early, scoring their first run in the bottom of the first. A two out single by RF Geoff Jenkins was followed up by a double by LF Carlos Lee to score the runner. Catcher Humberto Cota scored the lone run for the Pirates in the third. He hit a leadoff 1B, starting P Oliver Perez bunted him over to 2nd, and CF Chris Duffy hit a one out double to bring him home. This is the Brewers third opening day win in a row. The Pirates have a 2 game losing streak on opening day.

Pittsburgh Pirates (0-1) at Milwaukee Brewers (1-0)
Perez(PIT) vs. Davis(MIL)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1
Milwaukee Brewers 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 9 0

W- Wise(1-0) S- Turnbow(1) L- Capps(0-1)

HR- (MIL) Hardy(1),in 7th
2B- (MIL) Lee(1) Miller(1)
(PIT) Duffy(1) Duffy(2) Randa(1) Casey(1)
SH- (MIL) Davis(1)
(PIT) Perez(1) Perez(2)


Varitek's big day propels Sox to win

Jason Varitek and the Boston Red Sox spoiled the Rangers home opener with a 5-2 victory. Varitek was 3 for 4 on the day with 3 RBI's, 2 of them coming off of a HR in the 2nd inning that opened the scoring. The Red Sox never trailed at any point in the game. They scored another run in the top of the 6th, although they had the bases loaded with nobody out before reliever Francisco Cordero rallied to get three batters in a row out to keep the deficit from getting worse. The Rangers got two runs back in the bottom of the 6th, a leadoff single by 2B Ian Kinsley, and a one out walk to SS Michael Young put runners at 1st and 2nd for Mark Teixeira, who hit a ground rule double that bounced over the outfield wall to score Kinsley and leave runners on 2nd and 3rd. DH Phil Nevin hit a sac fly to LF to score Young, and 3B Hank Blalock fouled out to 1B to end the inning. Boston added runs in the 8th and 9th innings to pad their lead, and Papelbon worked one inning with two strikeouts and one hit for the save. This win breaks a 5 game opening day losing streak for the Red Sox, and is the third year in a row that the Rangers have lost on opening day.

Boston Red Sox (1-0) at Texas Rangers (0-1)
Schilling(BOS) vs. Millwood(TEX)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Boston Red Sox 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 5 10 0
Texas Rangers 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 8 0

W- Schilling(1-0) S- Papelbon(1) L- Millwood(0-1)

HR- (BOS) Varitek(1),in 2nd
2B- (TEX) Teixeira(1)
(BOS) Loretta(1) Nixon(1)
HBP-(TEX) Wilkerson(1)
SH- (BOS) Crisp(1)
SF- (TEX) Nevin(1)
(BOS) Ramirez(1)

Soriano Flops in Debut

Alfonso Soriano had an inauspicious start to his Nationals career as he went 0-4 at the plate, left two runners in scoring position, and had a throwing error that allowed David Wright to get to third base on his single in the bottom of the 7th, and allowed Carlos Delgado to score the last run of the day. Washington led twice in the game, 2-0 through the top of the 4th, then 4-2 after the top of the 5th, but the Mets tied it up with two run innings in the 4th and 5th, and then took the lead with another two run inning in the bottom of the 7th. The Nationals were unable to stop hitters 3-5 of the Mets order, with Carlos Beltran going 2 for 3 with a double and a walk and two runs scored, Carlos Delgado going 3 for 4 with an HR and 3 RBIs, and David Wright going 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI. In total, the 3-5 hitters went 7 for 10 (.700) with 4 RBIs, and 4 runs scored. The rest of the lineup went 2 for 20 (.100). Reliever Aaron Hielman went two scoreless innings for the Mets to pick up the win, and RP Billy Wagner picked up the save by pitching a scoreless 9th inning, stranding SS Brendan Harris on 2nd base. This is the third year in a row the Nationals/Expos franchise has lost its opener. The Mets now have a three game winning streak in their home opener, they lost on opening day last year.

Washington Nationals (0-1) at New York Mets (1-0)
Hernandez(WAS) vs. Glavine(NYM)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Washington Nationals 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 7 1
New York Mets 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 6 9 2

W- Heilman(1-0) S- Wagner(1) L- Hernandez(0-1)

HR- (NYM) Delgado(1),in 4th
(WAS) Guillen(1),in 1st
2B- (NYM) Beltran(1) Franco(1)
(WAS) Anderson(1) Vidro(1) Johnson(1) Harris(1)
SB- (WAS) Soriano(1)
HBP-(WAS) Guillen(1)
SH- (NYM) Glavine(1) Nady(1)

Phillies edge Cards in a wild one

How quickly things change! The Phillies scored twice in the bottom of the third inning, and it looked like that was all that would be needed to beat the punchless Cards, as the Cardinals weren't mustering any offense. By the top of the ninth inning, the Cards had only managed to get two runners into scoring position all game, the Phillies, meanwhile, had gotten base runners each inning, and rolled into the ninth inning with a three run lead for their closer Tom Gordon to protect. SS David Eckstein led off the top of the ninth with a single. He then stole 2nd base, and scored on a HR shot by RF Juan Encarnacion to get to within one run. 1B Albert Pujols walked, then reached 2nd on a wild pitch. CF Jim Edmonds then walked to get the go-ahead run on first with nobody out. 3B Scott Rolen then hit a 3 run HR to turn the tables on the Phillies, and give the Cardinals a two run lead. Gordon then retired the next three batters, but he already blew the save, and we went to the bottom of the ninth with the Cardinals now having a lead to protect. Closer Jason Isringhausen came in to try to save the game for the Cardinals, facing hitters 9-1-2 in the batting order. Shane Victorino pinch hit for Gordon and hit a single. SS Jimmy Rollins struck out for the first out, and 3B Abraham Nunez hit a triple to score Victorino and put the tying run at third base. RF Bobby Abreu hit a grounder to short, and with the infield in, Eckstein threw home, but Nunez beat the throw to the plate and tied the game. 2B Chase Utley then hit into a double play to end the inning, and we went to the 10th. Reliver Arthur Rhodes got pinch hitter to fly out to center field for the first out, got David Eckstein out on a called strike three, and then walked Encarnacion with two outs. The Phillies then chose to walk Pujols instead of pitching to him, and got Edmonds to ground to 2nd for a 4-3 out to end the top of the 10th. Reliever Adam Wainwright took over for Isringhausen in the bottom of the 10th, and LF Pat Burrell hit a walk off HR to end the game in a win for the Phillies. This was a fun one, and I totally didn't expect to see the Cards come back, only to blow the save themselves!

St. Louis Cardinals (0-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-0)
Carpenter(STL) vs. Lieber(PHI)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
- - - - - - - - - - - - -
St. Louis Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5 7 1
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 6 11 0

W- Rhodes(1-0) L- Wainwright(0-1)

HR- (PHI) Burrell(1),in 10th
(STL) Encarnacion(1),in 9th Rolen(1),in 9th
3B- (PHI) Nunez(1)
2B- (PHI) Nunez(1) Lieberthal(1)
(STL) Rolen(1)
SB- (STL) Eckstein(1)
CS- (PHI) Utley(1)
HBP-(PHI) Howard(1)
SH- (PHI) Rowand(1) Utley(1)

Cubs Win Opener

Starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs bullpen silenced the Reds' bats today in a solid opener
at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinatti, and catcher Michael Barrett put the game away with a 3 run HR in the top of the 8th inning to open up a 4-0 lead. Zambrano pitched 5 1/3 innings today allowing only 4 hits and striking out 5 before a strained hamstring forced him to leave the game in the bottom of the 6th. Reliever Bob Howry came on to retire the next 5 batters, including 3 strikeouts, before yielding to Will Ohman in the bottom of the 8th, who allowed a solo HR to Edwin Encarnacion in the bottom of the ninth before he got RF Austin Kearns to ground out to short to end the game. Starting pitcher Aaron Harang got the loss for the Reds, pitching seven strong innings during which he struck out 6 and only allowed one run before he appeared to run out of gas in the 8th inning. He was able to get Derrick Lee to ground to short to start the inning, but surrendered back to back singles to Aramis Ramirez and Jacque Jones before allowing the 3 run home run to Barrett. RF Jacque Jones had a solid day for the Cubs, going 3 of 4 and scoring a run, and 1B Derrick Lee also had a good game with 2 hits and an RBI for the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs (1-0) at Cincinatti Reds (0-1)
Zambrano(CHN) vs. Harang(CIN)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Chicago Cubs 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 4 11 0
Cincinatti Reds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1

W- Zambrano(1-0) L- Harang(0-1)

HR- (CIN) Encarnacion(1),in 9th
(CHN) Barrett(1),in 8th
2B- (CIN) Griffey(1)
(CHN) Murton(1)
SB- (CIN) Freel(1) Kearns(1)
(CHN) Lee(1) Pierre(1)
CS- (CIN) Encarnacion(1)

Willis powers Marlins past Astros

If this was a pitching duel, then Dontrelle Willis was Aaron Burr... Willis had a great
day pitching, but what he might remember most is his home run in the 6th inning that proved
to be the game winning RBI. Willis had been hitting like a pitcher in his two prior at bats,
which is to say, bad: he grounded out to short in the top of the 2nd, and he cost his team runs by grounding into a 4-2-3 double play in the top of the 4th with the bases loaded and only one out, but he erased those memories
with his line drive HR to left field in the top of the 6th. Willis was stellar pitching, too, as he went 8 innings giving up 2 runs while striking out 7. Reliever Joe Borowski nearly blew the save for his team as he gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth before rallying to get the next three batters out, including two on strikeouts.
Starter Roy Oswalt got the loss for the Astros by allowing 5 runs over 7 innings. 2B Dan Uggla had a great game for the Marlins, too, going 4 for 4 with a HR, 2 singles, a bunt single, and scoring 2 runs. RF Jason Lane provided most of the offensive fireworks for the Astros going 2 for 4 with a HR and 3 RBIs.

Florida Marlins (1-0) at Houston Astros (0-1)
Willis(FLO) vs. Oswalt(HOU)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Florida Marlins 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 5 10 1
Houston Astros 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 4 7 0

W- Willis(1-0) S- Borowski(1) L- Oswalt(0-1)

HR- (HOU) Lane(1),in 9th
(FLO) Uggla(1),in 2nd Willis(1),in 6th
2B- (HOU) Biggio(1) Wilson(1)
(FLO) Ramirez(1) Hermida(1) Jacobs(1)
HBP-(FLO) Reed(1)
SH- (HOU) Oswalt(1)

Webb Gets Shelled as Diamondbacks Lose Opener

Brandon Webb had a rough first outing of the season giving up 7 runs in
6 innings to lose the season opener to Jason Jennings and the Colorado Rockies.
The Rockies got on the board in the bottom of the first as CF Corey Sullivan had
a leadoff single, stole 2nd base, and 1B Todd Helton hit a double to drive him home.
Arizona took the lead back in the top of the 4th inning; 3B Chad Tracy hit a one out
double, he scored to tie the game on a 2 out single by 1B Conor Jackson. Jackson
came around to score on a double by RF Sean Green, beating the throw from the outfield
to the plate. The lead didn't last long, as the Rockies scored three runs in the bottom
of the 4th to take the lead for good. Helton drew a leadoff walk, LF Matt Holliday
followed with a single, and 3B Garrett Atkins hit another single to score Helton.
2B Luis Gonzalez then hit a one out single to score both runners before Webb was able to
get out of the inning. The Rockies struck again in the bottom of the 6th, including a 2
run HR by Hawpe, and a balk by Webb that allowed Gonzalez to get into scoring position.
The Diamondbacks hit into 4 double plays in the last 4 innings, and were unable to maintain
any threats to come back in the game. Jennings pitched 7 innings allowing 3 runs for the
win for the Rockies, he showed some control problems, walking 4 batters and hitting RF
Shawn Green with a pitch, but was able to limit the damage. Neither bullpen surrendered a
run in this game. Green reached base in each plate appearance for Arizona, with one hit,
2 walks, and one HBP. Hitters 5-8 in the batting order for the Rockies went 9/16 for a .563
average, 5 RBI, and 4 runs scored.

Arizona Diamondbacks (0-1) at Colorado Rockies (1-0)
Webb(ARI) vs. Jennings(COL)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Arizona Diamondbacks 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 0
Colorado Rockies 1 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 7 13 0

W- Jennings(1-0) L- Webb(0-1)

HR- (COL) Hawpe(1),in 6th
2B- (COL) Helton(1) Ardoin(1) Atkins(1)
(ARI) Tracy(1) Green(1) Tracy(2)
SB- (COL) Sullivan(1)
(ARI) Byrnes(1)
HBP-(ARI) Green(1)
SH- (ARI) Webb(1)

Braves Bash Dodgers

Tim Hudson and the Atlanta Braves overwhelmed the LA Dodgers in their
home opener on Monday. The day started off well for the Dodgers scoring
two runs in the bottom half of the 1st inning, and maintaining a 2-1 lead
through the first third of the game, but the Braves rallied for two runs
in the top of the 4th, and the Dodgers didn't score another run after the
first; in fact, the Dodgers were unable to get anybody past first base
for the remainder of the game, as Hudson and relievers Villarreal and
Reitsma were locked in, only allowing 3 hits and one walk after the
bottom of the first. The Braves scored their two runs in the top of the
4th on back to back one out doubles by CF Andruw Jones and 1B Adam LaRoche
and RF Jeff Francoeur hit a followup RBI single to score LaRoche before SP
Derrick Lowe was able to get out of the inning, stranding Francoeur at third.
Lowe pitched well in the loss, going 7 innings allowing three runs while
striking out 5. The bullpen did not do well for the Dodgers, giving up three
runs in 2 innings, and putting a comeback out of reach for the punchless Dodgers.
Jones was the offensive star for the Braves hitting 3/5 with a HR and 2 RBIs.

Atlanta Braves (1-0) at Los Angeles Dodgers (0-1)
Hudson(ATL) vs. Lowe(LAD)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Atlanta Braves 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 6 13 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0

W- Hudson(1-0) L- Lowe(0-1)

HR- (ATL) Jones(1),in 8th
3B- (LAD) Drew(1)
2B- (ATL) Jones(1) LaRoche(1)
SB- (ATL) Giles(1) Diaz(1)
CS- (LAD) Furcal(1)
SF- (LAD) Kent(1)

Giants blank Padres

Jason Schmidt opened the season strong by pitching a 3 hit, complete
game shutout to get the Giants off to a winning record. The Giants
struck early against Padres SP Jake Peavy by getting a leadoff double
by CF Randy Winn, who came around to score on a 2 out double by RF Moises
Alou. The score then remained 1-0 through the 8th inning, when Peavy
appeared to finally run out of gas. He got the first two outs in the
top of the 8th, when SS Omar Visquel was able to reach base on an error
by Padres SS Khalil Green on a play that would have ended the inning.
2B Ray Durham followed the error by hitting a HR to right CF, and the rout
was on. Peavy was replaced by reliever Alan Embree who then gave up a single
to LF Barry Bonds and walked Alou. He was then pulled for RP Scott Linebrink
who allowed both runners to score, allowing two singles and a double before
striking out Schmidt to end the inning. Schmidt, now operating with a 6 run
margin, completed the shutout for the Giants by retiring the next 6 batters
in order.

San Francisco Giants (1-0) at San Diego Padres (0-1)
Schmidt(SFG) vs. Peavy(SDP)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
- - - - - - - - - - - -
San Francisco Giants 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 6 9 0
San Diego Padres 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1

W- Schmidt(1-0) L- Peavy(0-1)

HR- (SFG) Durham(1),in 8th
3B- (SFG) Feliz(1)
2B- (SDP) Giles(1) Peavy(1)
(SFG) Winn(1) Alou(1) Matheny(1)
HBP-(SDP) Piazza(1)
SH- (SFG) Schmidt(1)

Halladay Outduels Santana

SP Roy Halladay started slowly for the Blue Jays, but he finished strong, outdueling SP Johan Santana for the Twins. Santana wasn't his usual dominating self, allowing 9 hits over 7 innings, and giving up a 2-1 lead to the Jays in the bottom of the 6th inning. The Twins started strong, with 5 hits, one walk, and two runs in the first three innings, but Halladay locked things down after that, allowing only one hit: a two-out single by Juan Castro in the top of the 4th. The Twins were only able to get one more runner on base after that hit, when Justin Morneau reached first base due to a fielding error by SS Russ Adams. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays were able to get runners on base every inning except for the 5th, but except for a leadoff HR by 3B Troy Glaus in the 2nd inning, they were unable to score the runners until the bottom of the 6th, when they broke through for two runs, taking the lead, and they didn't look back. CF Vernon Wells hit a one out single, a follow-up double by Glaus sent him to third, and both runners scored on a two out single by DH Shae Hillenbrand. Santana was able to get 2B Aaron Hill to fly out to left with runners on 2nd and 3rd to end the inning. The Blue Jays were able to add an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th off of RP Juan Rincon. Rincon came in to pitch the 8th, and got the first two batters that he faced out, but then gave up a double to Hillenbrand, and then gave up back to back singles, one to C Bengie Molina, and an RBI single to Hill. RP Francisco Liriano came on to face get the third out and struck out the only batter he faced. Closer BJ Ryan came on in the top of the ninth to pitch a one-two-three inning and get the save for the Jays.

Minnesota Twins (0-1) at Toronto Blue Jays (1-0)
Santana(MIN) vs. Halladay(TOR)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Minnesota Twins 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
Toronto Blue Jays 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 12 1

W- Halladay(1-0) S- Ryan(1) L- Santana(0-1)

HR- (TOR) Glaus(1),in 2nd
(MIN) Morneau(1),in 2nd
2B- (TOR) Glaus(1) Molina(1) Hillenbrand(1)
SB- (MIN) Castillo(1)
HBP-(TOR) Johnson(1)
SF- (MIN) White(1)

Here are the other games from opening day around MLB:
MLB Opening Day (Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox - 4/2/06):

4 more opening games (TB@Bal, Det@KC, NYY@Oak, LAA@Sea - 4/3/06)

So... where do I go from here? I can't fathom playing a whole season for all teams solo, but playing basic, things go pretty quickly. I'll check in again after I've done a week for all teams. Let me know what you're interested in seeing!

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