Opening Day notes

The 2011 MLB regular season began Thursday and opening day is concluding as I write this post. The day was full of excitement including a walk-off home run in Cincinnati, and a former-Marlin performing in the clutch for the Padres.

I didn’t get to watch the Nationals’ opening day game live, but I guess I didn’t miss too much. The Nats lost to the Braves 0-2 in a gloomy day in the city. Jason Heyward homered in his first at bat of the year, completing that accomplishment two years in a row. Livan Hernandez pitched well, working into the seventh inning surrendering just four hits and two runs. Hopefully Washington can improve Saturday afternoon.

In the first extra inning game of the year, the Padres beat the Cardinals in St. Louis. With two outs in the top of the ninth, and the Redbirds leading, Cameron Maybin homered to dead-center field to knot the game at three. In three seasons as a Marlin, Maybin hit only 12 home runs. Nevertheless, I wish him the best with San Diego.

With the Reds trailing Milwaukee 4-6 in the last of the ninth, Ramon Hernandez hit an opposite field three-run shot two give the Reds their first win of the year.

The Angels and Yankees were among the other winners on Thursday. The rest of the teams get under way tomorrow.

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