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2 Compelling Stats from Opening Day!

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Let's review the Opening Day action with two quips about each game.

- Not to be confused with the failed Buffalo Bills quarterback, the Seattle Mariners catcher Rob Johnson launched a monster home run off Ben Sheets and went 1-for-2.
- The A's cut their home run leader for the last three seasons, Jack Cust, so that... Eric Chavez?!?! could start at DH? What! Chavez goes 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

- Kendry Morales will be a beast this season and started off the season right going 2-for-4 with a solo home run and 2 RBI.
- Pat Neshek throws a shutout inning of relief in his first action after returning from Tommy John surgery.

- Maybe it's just me, but I've never seen Aaron Rowand as a leadoff hitter. 0-for-5 with 2 strikeouts.
- Mark DeRosa: 1-for-3 with his first home run as a Giant.

- Crazy bounce + fast runner + slow Kyle Blanks = inside-the-park home run for Stephen Drew
- Matt Stairs 0-for-1 in a pinch-hitting situation, but he becomes the first position player in the modern era to play for 12 different teams. The Pride of Fredericton.

- Yunel Escobar: 2-for-5 with 5 RBI. Not too shabby.
- You've seen it many times by now, but Carlos Zambrano: 1.1 innings, 6 hits, 8 runs, 2 home runs. I think Zambrano just gave up another run just now.

- Rick Ankiel is possibly the worst cleanup hitter in baseball. He's up there hacking away and his swings aren't even close to making contact. 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts.
- The Royals bullpen: 6 runs in 3 innings. Blown save + loss.

- Carlos Gonzalez: 4-for-5 out of the leadoff spot. People are loving this kid.
- Carlos Gomez: 4-for-5 with a home run and a stolen base. This year's Emilio Bonifacio?

Indians/White Sox:
- Alex Rios with a meaningless solo home run with his team up 5-0 in the 8th inning. Love it.
- Mark Buehrle's play is still quite amazing and overshadowed a dominant pitching performance. 7 shutout innings. Two years ago on Opening Day, Buehrle also started against the Indians and gave up 7 runs in less than 2 innings.

Blue Jays/Rangers:
- Shaun Marcum was solid. No-hitter through 6 1/3 innings, in line for the win. But it was not to be.
- Nelson Cruz hit a three-run HR after Vladimir Guerrero broke up the no-hitter. 2-for-4 with 4 RBI for the first round pick Cruz.

- With the Pirates having the bases loaded up 4-2 in the 5th and looking to break the game wide open, newest Pirate Ryan Church strolled up to the plate and delivered a bases-clearing double. Don't sleep on the Pirates!
- Ryan Doumit: 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and 3 RBI. Primed for a big season. Don't sleep on the Pirates!

- Yadier Molina, usually known for his defense: 2-for-4 with a grand slam. As if Pujols needed the help.
- Not only did he have a big day at the plate, but Colby Rasmus made a nice Spider-Man over-the-wall catch in center field to take away a home run. Check it out on the highlights.

- Not known for their defense, the Marlins committed three errors. The culprits: Gaby Sanchez, Clay Hensley, and Dan Meyer.
- Fernando Nieve: 2 scoreless innings of relief for the Mets.

- Barack Obama's first pitch was covered in weak sauce. Did anyone see that embarrassment? Where's Dubya when you need him?
- Placido Polanco's return to the Phillies: 3-for-5 with 6 RBI. Then again, it was against the Natinals.
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  1. DirtyKash's Avatar
    Great blog!
  2. Porter's Avatar
    You left out Jason Heyward's HR in is 1st ML AB.
  3. DirtyKash's Avatar
    Everyone knows about it. The point of this was to recap two under-the-radar happenings from each game.