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MLB Opening Day - It's Just One Game

Nationals Park MLB Opening Day - Keith Allison
Keith Allison

MLB Opening Day has come and gone for most teams and fantasy baseball players are already questioning their draft picks!

It all started in Chicago when the Cubs hosted the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday Night.  Jon Lester made his debut in a Cubs uniform and last just 4.1 innings!  He allowed eight hits, and all three runs were charged to him.  He did strike out six batters.  Lester matched up with Adam Wainwright who scattered five hits over six inning of shutout ball, striking out six Cubbies hitters.

Matt Holliday picked up two hits and two RBI, Matt Carpetner had two hits a run scored and an RBI and Jason Heyward, in his Cardinals debut, had three hits, including 2 doubles and a run scored.

Trevor Rosenthal picked up the first save of the 2015 MLB season, striking out the sides.

The New York Yankees hosted the Toronto Blue Jays to kick things off on Monday, and Masahiro Tanaka looked like a pitcher that needs surgery.  Tanaka allowed five runs to score (four earned) over four innings of work, including a 2-run home run by Edwin Encarnacion.  He did strike out six batters.  

Russell Martin also picked up a pair of RBI against his former club in his debut with the Blue Jays. Jose Bautista went 0-5 with three punch outs.

Brett Gardner homered off of Drew Hutchinson to score the Yankees only run and was one of just three hits on the day for the club.  Hutchinson pitched six innings, earning the W for Toronto.

Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees lineup.  

David Price shutout the Minnesota Twins over 8.2 innings, allowing five singles and striking out five batters (no walks), earning an opening day win.  Joe Nathan picked up the one out save, striking out Torii Hunter.

J.D. Martinez homered to leadoff the 2nd inning and Alex Avila followed with a 2-run bomb later in the inning.  Yoenis Cespedes hit a double and a triple.  He also made this unbelievable catch, robbing Kurt Suzuki of a home run!

Phil Hughes allowed all four Tigers runs over six innings, striking out six and walking one.

The Colorado Rockies came out swinging the bat, scoring 10 runs in the first four innings against Kyle Lohse on the road in Milwaukee.  Many daily fantasy baseball leagues will feature Brewers stacks as they went up against Kyle Kendrick, but it was Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado that were the days best plays.  They each hit 2 run homers and had four RBI on the day.  Troy Tulowitzki picked up three hits and an RBI, scoring three runs.

Kendrick pitched seven shutout innings with six strikeouts and no walks!  Lohse allowed eight runs and 10 of the Rockies 16 hits in just 3.1 innings of work.

Ryan Braun left the game in the 5th inning with a ribcage strain

Playing without a DH in a National League Park, the Boston Red Sox took care of business in Philly.  Hanley Ramirez hit two home runs, including a 9th inning grandslam.  Dustin Pedroia hit two solo home runs, and Mookie Betts also hit a solo blast.  Cole Hamels gave up four of those homers in five innings of work, with six strikeouts and three walks.  

Clay Buchholz returned to his 2013 self, striking out nine Phillies over six innings, allowing just three hits.

Pablo Sandoval went 0-5 in his Red Sox debut, with three strikeouts.  David Ortiz was 0-4 with three Ks.

Alejandro de Aza hit a 2-run homer off of Chris Archer in the 5th to give the Baltimore Orioles a 3-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays and Steve Pearce added an insurance run with a home run in the 6th.

Travis Snider picked up three hits, and two RBI in the Orioles win.

Chris Tillman's only mistake in 6.2 innings of work was a solo shot to Evan Longoria.  

Jeff Samardzija made his Chicago White Sox debut against the reigning American League Champion Kansas City Royals.  Lorenzo Cain picked up an RBI, a stolen base and scored on a Samardzija wild pitch.  Salvador Perez knocked home Kendrys Morales, who walked three times, and scored twice.

Mike Moustakas continues to swing a power bat, hitting his first home run of the season in the 5th inning, after hitting 5 in the Postseason during the Royals World Series run.

Alex Gordon knocked in two runs in the 8th, and Alex Rios hit a 3-run homer in the 7th, his third hit of the day, in his Royals debut.

Max Scherzer was pitching a no-hitter through 5.2 innings before a walk, error and Lucas Duda single scored 2 and gave the Mets the lead.  Bryce Harper homered off of Bartolo Colon in the 4th inning, after striking out with 2 runners on and no outs in the 1st.

Travis d'Arnaud latter added an RBI triple, scoring Juan Lagares.  Scherzer was hit with three unearned runs and the loss.

Jenrry Mejia was getting ready to close the game for the Mets, but left with elbow soreness.  Buddy Carlyle earned the save for the Mets.

We will keep an eye on Mejia’s status, but for now, Jeurys Familia will get save opportunities, according to Terry Collins.  - Closer Monkey

Mike Trout homered in his first plate appearance of the 2015 MLB season off of Felix Hernandez, but the Seattle Mariners provided King Felix with two runs in the bottom of the 3rd, when Seth Smith tripled home Austin Jackson and Robinson Cano knocked in Smith. 

Trout also robbed Logan Morrison of a home run later in the game

Dustin Ackley added a solo home run in the 5th inning off of Jered Weaver.

Hernandez finished with 10 strikeouts.

Jay Bruce only hit six home runs off lefties last season, but managed to hit a solo shot to right center field off Francisco Liriano in the 4th, giving Johnny Cueto a two run cushion.  Liriano balked homed Billy Hamilton in the 3rd.  Cueto struck out ten Pirates over seven innings.

Andrew McCutchen hit a game tying 2-run homer in the top of the eight and Todd Frazier hit the game winning three run bomb in the bottom of the eight inning. 

Starling Marte was 0-4 with three strikeouts.

Clayton Kershaw hit Wil Myers to start the game between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers and Matt Kemp would later knock him, after Myers stole second base.  Kershaw had eight Ks through five innings.

Kemp added a two RBI double, scoring Clint Barmes and Derek Norris.

Adrian Gonzalez homered off of James Shields, making his Padres debut, and later in the 4th inning, Carl Crawford doubled home Howie Kendrick.

Kendrick would tie the game in the 7th with a double that scored Gonzalez,  and Jimmy Rollins 3-run homer in the 8th would seal the victory for the Dodgers.  Chris Hatcher earned the save.

Oddly enough, the Atlanta Braves managed to score a run in the 1st inning off Miami Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez.  Nick Markakis singled home Jace Peterson.  Markakis would later knocked in Eric Young Jr. on a fielders choice for the game winning run.

Jason Grilli earned the save for Atlanta, less than 24 hours after they dealt Craig Kimbrel to the Padres.

Dee Gordon tied the game up in the 4th inning, singling home Alvarez, who doubled off Braves starter Julio Teheran!

A George Springer single scored Jose Altuve and was the only run the Houston Astros would need to beat Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians.  Kluber was great, allowing three hits over seven innings with seven Ks, but Dallas Keuchel was better, shutting out the Indians over seven innings.  Luke Gregerson earned his first save as a member of the Astros.

The San Francisco Giants hit Josh Collmenter hard, racking up 10 hits through five innings and Angel Pagan had three of them, driving in Joe Panik in the 3rd and Nori Aoki in the 5th.  All five earned runs were charged to Collmenter.

Mark Trumbo tripled off the center field wall, scoring Ender Inciarte, scoring the lone run against Madison Bumgarner, who pitched seven innings and struck out just three Giants, earning the win.

Santiago Casilla earned the save, but the SF bullpen was scary, allowing three runs to score on a Jake Lamb bases loaded triple in the 8th.

Sonny Gray pitched a no-hitter through the first 7 innings against the Texas Rangers, before Ryan Rua picked up the Rangers only hit of the night to leadoff the 8th.  Gray received early run support from his new teammate, Ben Zobrist, who hit a 2-run homer in his first AB as a member of the Oakland Athletics. 

Marcus Semien would later single home Ike Davis and Stephen Vogt added a fourth run off a Yovani Gallardo wild pitch.  Gallardo lasted just four innings in his Texas Ranger debut.

Vogt would later add a 3-run homer in the 7th.

The first 24 hours alone of the 2015 season had already produced multiple events that had never before happened in the history of Opening Day, as well as a number of other rare accomplishments. -