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Kristie Rieken / Associated Press:
Rockies get 5-3 opening day win over Astros  —  HOUSTON—Pinch runner Eric Young scored the go-ahead run on an error in the eighth inning and Troy Tulowitzki homered in the ninth to lift the Colorado Rockies to a 5-3 win over the mistake-prone Houston Astros on Friday night.
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Brian McTaggart / MLB.com:
For 10 Astros, Opening Day extra special  —  HOUSTON — Friday was a little more special for the 10 Astros players who were making their first appearance on an active Opening Day roster: second baseman Jose Altuve, outfielders J.D. Martinez and Brian Bogusevic, catcher Jason Castro …
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Associated Press:   Houston SS Lowrie placed on 15-day DL
Bill Madden / NY Daily News:
Joe Girardi and Joe Maddon play game of chess in bizarre Opening Day game between Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays  —  Managers save nothing and neither does Mo Rivera  —  Tampa Bay Rays' Carlos Pena watches the flight of the ball after hitting a grand-slam home run and might as well thank Joe Girardi for loading bases for him.
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Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Pineda plays catch, but April return unlikely
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Roger Mooney / Boston Herald:
Offense the big question mark as Rays start season
Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Magic vs. Kemp?  LA slugger is ready  —  SAN DIEGO — It might have to happen over the dead body of incoming CEO Stan Kasten, what with the injury exclusion clauses in today's contracts.  —  But the mythical one-on-one hoop challenge concocted in the Dodgers clubhouse has been further fueled …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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Associated Press:
Dunn ties record with eighth opening-day homer  —  ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adam Dunn tied a major league record with his eighth opening-day home run.  —  Dunn led off the sixth inning for the Chicago White Sox when he pulled a ball into the second deck of seats in right field off Texas starter Colby Lewis.
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Scott Merkin / MLB.com:
Dunn opens season with fresh outlook, shave
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Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
White Sox To Sign Kip Wells
Kimberley A. Martin / Newsday:
Nieuwenhuis promoted after Torres is put on DL  —  After playing in only one regular-season game, the Mets' new centerfielder is on the disabled list.  —  The Mets announced Friday that Andres Torres was put on the 15-day DL with a strained left calf, an injury suffered in their Opening Day win over Atlanta on Thursday at Citi Field.
Discussion: MetsBlog.com
ESPN:
Truce?  Schilling: It's not me against Bobby V  —  ESPN baseball analyst and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling offered an olive branch of sorts in his back-and-forth with Boston manager Bobby Valentine, saying he feels bad so much has been made about his criticism and expressing regret …
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Dan Shaughnessy / Boston Globe:
On Day 1, a 2011 echo  —  Sox rally in opener, then fall to Tigers in 9th
Chris Jenkins / Associated Press:
Cards hit 4 HRs off Gallardo, pound Brewers 11-5  —  MILWAUKEE—David Freese hit a two-run drive for one of four St. Louis homers off Yovani Gallardo, and the Cardinals spoiled the Milwaukee Brewers' opener with an 11-5 victory on Friday.  —  Yadier Molina, Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday …
Bob Baum / Associated Press:
Young, Goldschmidt HR vs Lincecum, D-backs beat SF  —  PHOENIX—Chris Young and Paul Goldschmidt hit first-inning home runs off Tim Lincecum and the Arizona Diamondbacks opened defense of their NL West title with a 5-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Associated Press:
Mariners Top A's 7-3 in Stateside Opening Night  —  OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes leaned back, put all his might into one powerful swing and sent a soaring shot over the fence in left-center field and off the second-deck facade.  —  And with that, the Cuban defector finally arrived at his new home.
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Corey Brock / MLB.com:
Venable focused on effective baserunning  —  SAN DIEGO — Padres outfielder Will Venable didn't start Thursday against the Dodgers, but he got into the game in the sixth inning when he walked and later stole second base.  —  For as much that was made during Spring Training about Venable's …
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
Associated Press:
Royals Shut Down Pujols, but Lose Opener to Angels  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols was little trouble for Bruce Chen and Aaron Crow in the Royals' opener.  —  Nobody in the Kansas City lineup was any trouble at all for Jered Weaver, and that's why the Royals are still starting the season in a hole.
Discussion: 6-4-2
 
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