Saturday, April 2, 2011

Opening Day Odds and Ends

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The phenomenon known as Opening Day in Major League Baseball is in the books. Here are some eye-catching odds and ends from Days 1 and 2:

1. King Felix Hernandez. As his teammate Jack Cust put it, "He's no joke!" The defending AL Cy Young Award winner hasn't lost a beat as he pitched the first Opening Day complete game in the history of the Seattle Mariners, winning 6-2 against the Oakland A's. As for Seattle's other phenomenon, Ichiro Suzuki-- Ichiro went 2 for 4 in his quest for an unprecedented 11th consecutive 200-hit season. He is now 2 hits shy of breaking DH-extraordinaire Edgar Martinez team record of 2247 hits. Ichiro is simply amazing!
2. 50-home run man Jose Bautista went 3 for 4 including his first home run of the season as the Toronto Blue Jays crushed the Minnesota Twins, 13-3. Bautista is on a mission to prove that his 54-homer season of last year was no fluke.
3. The defending World Champion San Fransisco Giants are off to an 0-2 start losing both games by 1 run (2-1 and 4-3). In their 2 games so far the champs have scored 4 runs and committed 5 errors. Not a good way to start.
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4. The defending American League Champion Texas Rangers hit 3 home runs and bested the Boston Red Sox 9-5 in their opener. The Great One Josh Hamilton went 1 for 4 in his defense of his 2010 AL MVP Award. Did someone say Murderer's Row?
5. The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs, 6-3. The only question from this game is, who will get to 103 first? Will the Pirates lose 103 games before the Cubs clinch their 103rd consecutive season without a championship?
6. And then there's Ozzie's Chicago White Sox. They got off to a 14-0 lead on the Cleveland Indians, then gave back 9 runs before escaping with a 15-10 win. What a weird game! I guess in Ozzie Land sometimes fact is stranger than fiction.

Anyway, there's lots of baseball left to be played so-- Play Ball!

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