Opening day is upon us and it was anything but disappointing.
- The New York Yankees and CC Sabathia started the quest for their 28th World Series title by defeating the Detroit Tigers by the score of 5-3. Joba Chamberlain picked up the victory as Curtis Granderson hit game-winning homerun in the 7th inning. Granderson who was questionable for opening day with an oblique injury looked fine out there as he also made a diving catch. The Yankees tacked on more run and the new setup man, Rafael Soriano pitched a perfect 8th inning. Mariano Rivera came on to pick up the save, in what the Yankees and their fans hope are many this season
- For the first time in 19 years the Atlanta Braves have a new manager after Bobby Cox retired last season. Fredi Gonzalez, in his Brave debut, recorded his first victory as the Braves defeated the Washington Nationals 2-0. Derek Lowe got the victory as he threw for 5 2/3 innings on 105 pitches and striking out six. Outfielder Jason Heyward homered for the second time on opening day. The only other player to homer in their first at-bat of the season was Kaz Matsui, formerly of the New York Mets and San Diego Padres. New closer, Craig Kimbrel earned the save as he looks to replace future hall-of-famer, Billy Wagner.
- The St. Louis Cardinals blew their first game as Cameron Maybin of the San Diego Padres hit the game-tying homerun off of closer, Ryan Franklin. Cardinal shortstop, Ryan Theriot bobbled the relay throw from John Jay allowing Chase Headley to score the game-winner. Padres closer Heath Bell threw a 1-2-3 bottom of the 11th inning to give manager Bud Black their first victory of 2011 campaign.
- Other Notes: Cincinnati Reds catcher, Ramon Hernandez gave the sellout crowd at the Great American Ballpark a reason to go home happy. Hernandez hit the first 2011 walk-off three-run homerun to give the Reds the 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Jered Weaver and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-2. Centerfielder, Torii Hunter provided some of the offense with a homerun over the batter’s eye in centerfield.
- Day 2: Some notable games to watch tomorrow are NL favorites Philadelphia Phillies hosting the Houston Astros at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Following that game the new look Boston Red Sox take on the defending AL Champions, Texas Rangers at 4 p.m. also on ESPN. New York Mets try to put their off field issues aside as they take on Cy Young candidate Josh Johnson and the Florida Marlins at 7 p.m.
30 teams all with one aspiration, to win the World Series and it starts NOW!