M.L.B. Opening Day: Photos and Highlights


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The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics are each being held scoreless at dwelling by way of the fifth inning. The Athletics path the Houston Astros, 1-Zero, whereas the Mariners have tallied just one hit and are down 5-Zero towards the San Francisco Giants. But that hasn’t appeared to dampen the keenness of the opening day followers.

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Evan Longoria and Buster Posey every hit solo homers within the second inning, giving the San Francisco Giants an early 2-Zero lead towards the Mariners in Seattle.

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Around 9,00Zero followers are at T-Mobile Park in Seattle to observe the Mariners tackle the San Francisco Giants within the newest beginning of opening day’s 13 video games (two video games have been postponed). The first pitch got here greater than 9 hours after the day’s motion began in New York, however there was nonetheless loads of enthusiasm to go round, no matter each groups having completed under .500 final season.

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Fans in Oakland eagerly lined up exterior the Coliseum on Thursday for his or her opening day recreation towards the Houston Astros. Known for his or her boisterous (if modest) crowds, the Oakland devoted are positive to present the Astros a tough time over their elaborate dishonest scheme that helped win the 2017 World Series. This will likely be Houston’s first common season recreation in entrance of an opposing group’s followers for the reason that scandal grew to become public.

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The Royals win a wild 14-10 recreation towards the Rangers.

The groups mixed for 10 runs within the first inning and simply stored scoring.

The Dodgers’ title protection begins with an Eight-5 loss to Colorado.

The largest crowd of the day noticed its hometown Rockies overcome the 2020 World Series winners.

St. Louis opens up its offense in an 11-6 win over Cincinnati.

Paul Goldschmidt had 4 hits and scored three runs for the Cardinals of their straightforward victory.

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There wasn’t a lot scoring to talk of, however the Tampa Bay Rays and the Miami Marlins can every stroll away proud of their pitching after a 1-Zero victory by the Rays. The day’s lone run got here on a solo homer by Austin Meadows within the high of the eighth inning, sending the introduced crowd of seven,062 in Miami dwelling a bit annoyed, however doubtless nonetheless pleased to have reside baseball again of their lives.

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San Diego comes again to beat Arizona, Eight-7.

The Diamondbacks took a lead with a six-run fifth inning, however the Padres battled again.

Tampa Bay, the defending A.L. champion, tops Miami, 1-Zero.

Austin Meadows hit a solo dwelling run within the high of the eighth off Miami reliever Yimi Garcia.

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Baseball was in a position to begin its 2021 season in earnest on Thursday — with followers within the stands of each recreation that occurred — however just a few groups should wait. The Mets and the Nationals had their opener postponed after the Nationals had a minimum of one participant check for the coronavirus, resulting in a sequence of shutdown protocols. The Mets might be seen working towards on the empty stadium in Washington. A couple of hours north, the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles had their opener delayed for a extra conventional motive: rain.

The pictures under present the prep work for Boston’s dwelling opener from earlier this week.

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Philadelphia will get the extra-innings win over Atlanta, Three-2.

The Phillies get the walk-off as Jean Segura hits a grounder over the third baseman’s head within the 10th.

Milwaukee mounts a late comeback and beats Minnesota, 6-5.

The Brewers scored three runs within the backside of the ninth. Lorenzo Cain beat the tag at dwelling within the 10th.

Pittsburgh surprises with a gap day win over the Cubs, 5-Three.

Ke’Bryan Hayes received the Pirates off to a very good begin with a two-run homer within the high of the primary.

Team-themed face coverings have been on full show. Check out the most recent fan fashions:

It has been a comparatively quiet day offensively, with a pair of Three-2 closing scores and the vast majority of groups scoring 4 or fewer runs to this point, however the St. Louis Cardinals didn’t get the memo and are main the Cincinnati Reds, 7-Three, by way of three innings. Three of the runs got here on a first-inning homer by outfielder Dylan Carlson.

The San Diego Padres are main the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-1, within the third, and it was a newcomer that put them forward. Victor Caratini, a catcher acquired within the Yu Darvish commerce, hit a two-run single within the backside of the second inning off Madison Bumgarner.

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Fans sat in pods and they sat on lawns. They wore enjoyable outfits and they bundled up. And even when they weren’t there in giant numbers, they cheered as in the event that they have been. But most vital is the very fact that there have been followers.

Among the video games at present in motion, the Phillies are main the Atlanta Braves, 2-Zero, on the finish of the fifth; the Pittsburgh Pirates are main the Chicago Cubs, Four-2, within the sixth; and the Minnesota Twins are main the Milwaukee Brewers, Three-2, within the sixth.

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Toronto beats the Yankees, Three-2, with assist from M.L.B.’s guidelines.

The computerized runner on second base to begin the 10th got here round to attain on a leadoff double.

Miguel Cabrera powers the Tigers to a Three-2 win over Cleveland.

The slugger hit his 488th profession homer (within the snow!) and drove in two of Detroit’s three runs.

The Yankees received a runner to 3rd base with just one out within the backside of the ninth due to a pair of stolen bases by pinch-runner Mike Tauchman, however they couldn’t eke out a run. As a outcome, the sport goes to further innings, with the Yankees and Blue Jays nonetheless tied, 2-2.

Nick Nelson had the percentages stacked towards him. The Yankees reliever got here in to begin the highest of the 10th with an computerized runner on second base — as per M.L.B. guidelines in further innings — and he proceeded to surrender a double to deep proper that went over Aaron Judge’s head, giving Jonathan Davis loads of time to attain. The Blue Jays at the moment are main, Three-2.

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It’s knotted at 2-2 within the high of the ninth inning of a tense recreation between the Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays. The recreation was anticipated to be a duel between aces, with Gerrit Cole on the mound for the Yankees and Hyun-jin Ryu for the Blue Jays, and whereas each pitchers appeared sharp, they have been additionally each out earlier than the tip of the sixth inning. It is now as much as the bullpens, with an opportunity at some free baseball within the Bronx.

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The Chicago Cubs allowed round 10,00Zero followers to attend right this moment’s opening day recreation towards the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. It was a cold day in Chicago, with temperatures within the 30s, however the solar was shining and Wrigley was open after a yr when the seats went empty. “You’d see spider webs on the seats where fans hadn’t sat for months and months and months,” Cubs Manager David Ross advised Tyler Kepner when discussing the 2020 season.

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With one out within the sixth inning, Teoscar Hernandez of the Blue Jays hit a solo homer off Gerrit Cole of the Yankees that tied the sport at 2-2. Cole adopted that with a stroll of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and with that his day was accomplished. Cole struck out eight in 5 and one-third innings and will obtain a no-decision for the sport.

Ke’Bryan Hayes, the son of longtime main leaguer Charlie Hayes, picked up proper the place he left off final September, hitting a two-run homer in his first at-bat of the yr for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hayes hit .376 in a 24-game callup final yr.

Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers celebrated his first-inning two-run homer as snow fell in Detroit.
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The climate on opening day is rarely predictable, however Detroit outdid itself by briefly having snow through the recreation between the Tigers and Cleveland. Rain postponed Boston’s recreation towards the Baltimore Orioles, and it was chilly within the early motion of the East Coast video games. Over in Anaheim, Calif., it’s anticipated to be 78 levels in the beginning of the Angels’ recreation towards the Chicago White Sox at 10:05 p.m. Eastern.

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The Yankees are main the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1, after three innings due to a two-run homer by Gary Sanchez, who’s badly hoping to erase his poor 2020 season. The followers in Yankee Stadium have been enthusiastic, even when their numbers are comparatively small, and the solar is out after a cold and wet morning.

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Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers set a private aim of reaching 500 profession dwelling runs this season, and he’s 1/13th of the way in which there after belting a 349-foot opposite-field shot off Cleveland’s Shane Bieber within the first inning of their recreation at Comerica Park.

Lucas Luetge hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2015, but he made the Yankees’ opening day roster.
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For some gamers, coaches, executives and followers, Thursday is only one of many opening days. But for one explicit participant, Lucas Luetge, this opening day is particular although it isn’t his first. It’s actually his most memorable. And listening to the left-handed reliever speak about it earlier than Thursday’s recreation between the Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays served as a reminder of his appreciation.

Luetge, 34, final pitched within the main leagues in 2015 with the Seattle Mariners. After an extended, winding street, and many stops all through the minor leagues, Luetge made the Yankees’ opening day roster. He signed a minor-league take care of them within the low season with no promise of cracking the key league roster, however he impressed officers together with his pitching and perspective. He struck out 18 in 9 spring coaching video games.

The Yankees gave him the excellent news earlier this week.

“By the end of the day, I had a headache and my jaw was hurting from smiling,” he stated. “Everything I had been hoping for the last five, six years finally came through and you just feel that sense of joy again.”

Luetge stated he tried staying calm on the way in which to Yankee Stadium on Thursday morning, although he didn’t but know if he would seem within the recreation. This day was something however regular for him.

“I’m going to take it all in,” he stated. “When you’re out of the game or the big leagues for so long, you know how quick it can go from you. While you’re up here, it seems like you’re going to be here forever. So I kind of have that appreciation to take it all in, look around the stadium, enjoy it, instead of trying to look cool and act like you don’t care.”

We may all be a bit of extra like Luetge.

— James Wagner

The 2021 M.L.B. season formally started with a ball from Yankees ace Gerrit Cole to Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien. There have been postponements elsewhere due to rain and coronavirus protocols, but it surely was play ball within the Bronx with a 1-2-Three high of the primary.

Although Yankee Stadium shouldn’t be a packed home due to capability restrictions, the gang feels loud after the 2020 season was performed with out followers. In the highest of the primary inning, a practice returned: the roll name of Yankees gamers from the followers within the stands.

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Fans have been in good spirits at Yankee Stadium within the Bronx for the Yankees’ opening day recreation towards the Toronto Blue Jays. The course of for entry is extra difficult than it was up to now, with temperature checks for followers and a requirement that anybody attending have proof of a latest unfavorable coronavirus check or of vaccination. But a crowd of just below 11,00Zero individuals — 20 p.c of the stadium’s capability — is anticipated on a cold day in New York.

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Mets fans won’t see Francisco Lindor, their new superstar shortstop who just agreed to a 10-year, $341 million contract extension, in action on Thursday.
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WASHINGTON — Major League Baseball sailed by way of roughly six weeks of spring coaching with none main coronavirus disruptions, however simply hours earlier than first pitches have been set to be thrown throughout the nation, the issue lurched up once more.

The Mets’ season-opening recreation towards the Washington Nationals was postponed on Thursday due to a minimum of three constructive coronavirus checks among the many Nationals gamers and as a result of a number of different gamers have been decided to have been shut contacts with the preliminary particular person who examined constructive, which requires them to be remoted as properly.

M.L.B. issued a press release Thursday saying that the sport was postponed “because of ongoing contact tracing involving members of the Nationals organization. Out of an abundance of caution, the game will not be made up on Friday.”

The delay means the Mets and their followers should wait a minimum of just a few extra days to see Francisco Lindor, their new celebrity shortstop who simply agreed to a 10-year, $341 million contract extension, make his Mets debut.

Mets Manager Luis Rojas stated he was “pretty optimistic” the sport can be performed Saturday.

“This is not a surprise,” Rojas stated. “We have been in situations like this last year. Health is still the No. 1 thing in the world. We are taking care of ourselves and everyone is still wearing their masks everywhere and we are doing what we need to do to make sure that we are protecting each other.”

Jacob deGrom of the Mets had been slated to begin Thursday’s recreation towards Max Scherzer of the Nationals in a matchup of Cy Young Award winners. They will doubtless hold these assignments for every time the sport finally ends up being performed.

On Wednesday, Mike Rizzo, Washington’s common supervisor, stated that 5 gamers and one workers member have been already dominated out of Thursday’s recreation. On Thursday, Rizzo confirmed that there have been a minimum of three constructive checks and one different that’s more likely to find yourself as a constructive.

The unique constructive check got here from a spherical of testing accomplished on Monday, the final day of spring coaching for the Nationals. Following that recreation, the group flew again to Washington. Rizzo stated he was alerted to the constructive check after 1 a.m. on Wednesday.

Last yr, dozens of video games have been postponed after outbreaks on numerous groups, leading to difficult rescheduling plans, with many groups enjoying a number of doubleheaders throughout the game. This yr, M.L.B. had wished to postpone the season a month to permit extra time for gamers and workers members to get vaccinated and for virus an infection charges to drop across the nation, however have been unable to achieve approval of the plan from the gamers’ union.

M.L.B. has supplied to chill out coronavirus restrictions on groups as soon as 85 p.c of gamers and workers members are totally vaccinated.

— David Waldstein




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