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Seth Beer house run stuns Padres
Seth Beer hit a game-winning three-run homer within the backside of the ninth inning to carry the Arizona Diamondbacks towards the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Thursday evening.
Beer’s outburst to deep proper area from Craig Stammen spoiled a stellar outing by San Diego starter Yu Darvish, who went six hitless innings earlier than being fired with a 2-0 lead after throwing 92 pitches .
The Padres misplaced as a consequence of a bullpen collapse. San Diego took a 2-0 lead within the ninth however Robert Suarez – who was making his main league debut – walked the primary two batters he confronted, then hit Carson Kelly with a pitch to cost the bases .
Stammen got here in and instantly threw a wild pitch that scored Christian Walker to make it 2-1. After which Beer, simply his thirteenth main league batting, smashed a breaking ball that gave the Diamondbacks a comeback victory on Nationwide Beer Day in the US.
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Astros win tenth straight Opening Day sport
Framber Valdez edged Shohei Ohtani with 6 ⅔ two-hit innings, and the Houston Astros tied the longest first-day profitable streak in main league historical past with a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros. Los Angeles Angels Thursday evening.
Ohtani struck out 9 whereas throwing a run one within the fifth inning for the Angels, who misplaced their season opener for the eighth time in 9 years. Final season’s AL MVP went 0-for-4 at house plate whereas benefiting from baseball’s offseason rule change permitting him to stay the designated hitter after he completed pitching.
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Mets beat Nationals behind Tylor Megill
Mark Canha and Starling Marte — two merchandise of the Mets’ quarter-billion-dollar low season spending spree — drove runs to again 5 innings shutouts of Tylor Megill, Jacob deGrom’s substitute because the starter. opening day, and New York gained supervisor Buck Showalter. 5-1 debut towards the Washington Nationals on Thursday evening.
Issues took a scary flip for the Mets within the high of the ninth inning Thursday evening when Pete Alonso was hit close to the face on a pitch by Nationals reliever Nate Thompson.
Alonso’s helmet flew as he hit the bottom, however he popped up and headed for first earlier than being dragged again to the dugout by supervisor Buck Showalter. The pitch first glanced over his shoulder and hit the C-flap of his helmet.
“Every thing is ok, only a damaged lip,” Alonso mentioned after the sport. “That’s it. I’ve all my enamel, no concussion, every part is ok.”
–Andrew Tredinnick, Related Press
Yu Darvish holds no-hitter D’backs via six
Padres right-hander Yu Darvish held the Arizona Diamondbacks and not using a hit for six innings with 4 walks and three strikeouts – however his evening ended after 92 pitches.
Tim Hill relieved Darvish and gave away a primary single to Pavin Smith within the backside of the seventh, ending the provide of a staff no-no.
Joe Musgrove threw a no-hitter for San Diego in 2021, the primary in franchise historical past.
Shohei Ohtani dazzles on 2022 debut
Defending AL MVP Shohei Ohtani bought the opening day begin for the Angels and had 9 strikeouts in 4 ⅔ innings towards the Astros, giving up an earned run. Ohtani hit Houston second baseman Jose Altuve thrice however trailed the sport 1-0.
Due to MLB’s new Shohei Ohtani rule, Ohtani was capable of keep within the sport because the designated hitter after his evening on the mound ended.
Reds spoil Braves’ World Collection celebration
It was alleged to be a celebration for Truist Park’s 40,545 sold-out crowd. It was an opportunity to recollect Atlanta’s unlikely run to a title final yr and a crowning glory for one of many Nationwide League’s high contenders this season. New addition Matt Olson obtained a standing ovation in his first at bat.
Tyler Mahle and the Reds had totally different plans. Mahle didn’t permit an earned run in 5 innings, hanging out seven, and he helped spoil the occasion in a 6-3 win over the defending World Collection champions. Brandon Drury hit a three-run homer within the sixth inning because the Reds went 10 hits.
– Bobby Nightengale
Bobby Witt Jr.’s first hit wins it for Royals
Making his league debut on Thursday, Bobby Witt Jr. scored a brace within the eighth inning to carry Kansas Metropolis to a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Guardians.
Witt, one in every of baseball’s high prospects, began at third base for the Royals and had gone hitless on his first three hits till his additional hit towards Triston McKenzie.
“You couldn’t have scripted this any higher,” Royals supervisor Mike Matheny mentioned after the sport. “He’s not the one he’s going to overlook, and I most likely gained’t both.”
Scott Barlow walked round hassle within the ninth inning to finish the victory for the Royals.
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Tyler O’Neill house runs for St. Louis
Cardinals left fielder Tyler O’Neill’s first homer of the season was a three-run shot within the second inning of the season opener towards the Pittsburgh Pirates. The circuit gave St. Louis a 4-0 lead one inning after O’Neill opened the scoring with an RBI single
O’Neill completed eighth in NL MVP voting and gained his second Gold Glove of 2021, hitting 34 homers with 15 interceptions and a .912 OPS.
Nico Hoerner provides the Cubs the lead
Chicago shortstop Nico Hoerner hit a two-run homer within the fifth inning towards defending NL Cy Younger winner Corbin Burnes, giving the Cubs a 3-1 lead of their opener of the season. season.
Milwaukee scored the primary inning of the 2022 season within the fourth, on an RBI pitch by Lorenzo Cain. Hoerner’s house run got here after Patrick Knowledge’s bag fly tied him up.
Albert Pujols receives a standing ovation for the return of the Cardinals
Taking part in his first sport for the Cardinals since 2011, Albert Pujols obtained a standing ovation from the group in St. Louis on opening day. Pujols, 42, was the beginning designated hitter, fifth at bat for the Cardinals.
Seiya Suzuki will get his first main league hit
The Cubs signed Japanese star Seiya Suzuki to a five-year, $85 million deal in March and the 27-year-old made his debut Thursday, beginning in proper area and batting sixth for Chicago.
Suzuki walked to a attract his first league plate look (second inning), then hit a single within the high of the fifth towards Corbin Burnes.
Xander Bogaerts, Pink Sox couldn’t make extension
Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts can decide out of his contract after this season and mentioned Thursday he and the staff gained’t get an extension till Opening Day.
Bogaerts is coming into the third yr of a six-year, $120 million deal he signed with the Pink Sox in early 2019. If he steps down, the 29-year-old could be among the finest gamers out there on the free agent market.
Ke’Bryan Hayes and Pirates Agree on Huge Enlargement
The Pittsburgh Pirates are set to challenge the most important contract in franchise historical past, agreeing to an eight-year, $70 million extension with third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes earlier than the opener. 2022 season.
Jason Kendall’s six-year, $60 million contract signed in 2000 (!) was Pittsburgh’s greatest deal thus far.
Hayes burst onto the scene in 2020, batting .376 in 24 video games to earn Rookie of the Yr votes, however wrist accidents restricted him to 96 video games final season.
Simple to seek out opening day tickets; rain delays different video games
Of Thursday’s opening seven video games, solely two — Astros-Angels in Anaheim and Pirates-Cardinals in St. Louis — are offered out. The Atlanta Braves, defending World Collection champions, have standing room solely out there for Thursday’s opener and Friday and Saturday’s video games towards Cincinnati.
The climate hasn’t cooperated both, with wet circumstances already kicking off the Pink Sox-Yankees house opener within the Bronx and the Twins’ sport towards Seattle via Friday. Fortunately for all of the groups concerned, these video games had been recurrently scheduled house openers and can use the wet Friday dates to stage the matches – though that also doesn’t assure a full home.
– Gabé Lacques
Padres and Twins commerce opening day
The Minnesota Twins acquired right-handed pitchers Chris Paddack and Emilio Pagán from the San Diego Padres for left-handed All-Star pitcher Taylor Rogers and outfielder Brent Rooker.
The Twins may also get a participant to be named later and the Padres will obtain $6.6 million in money below the phrases of the deal introduced Thursday.
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After a awful winter, Rob Manfred is ‘thrilled’ to start out 2022
Main League Baseball gamers brazenly berated him. Pissed off followers blamed him solely. He was a dwelling piñata for the media.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred might have been probably the most hated man in all of sport throughout the 99-day lockdown.
Right here we’re, with opening day arriving every week late on Thursday, and a day later nonetheless for the ultimate chapter within the New York Yankees-Boston Pink Sox rivalry. Their season opener, with Manfred in attendance, was rescheduled for Friday at Yankee Stadium.
“I’ve by no means anticipated a season as a lot as this,” Manfred instructed USA TODAY Sports activities in a wide-ranging interview. “I feel given the final two seasons, the concept of having regular, unrestricted followers within the stadium is a very thrilling factor for me.
“I can’t watch for this one to start out.”
– Bob Nightengale