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Associated Press:
Houston SS Lowrie placed on 15-day DL  —  HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have placed shortstop Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb.  —  The Astros had hoped that Lowrie would be ready for opening day on Friday against Colorado, but he wasn't quite healthy enough to play.
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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.
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
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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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:
Volquez Walks in 2 Runs, Loses Padres Debut
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
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
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
White Sox To Sign Kip Wells
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 …
Discussion: Over the Monster and Boston Globe
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Dan Shaughnessy / Boston Globe:
On Day 1, a 2011 echo  —  Sox rally in opener, then fall to Tigers in 9th
Associated Press:   Tigers Overcome Valverde Slip, Beat Red Sox 3-2
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 …
Sports Illustrated:
MLB concerned with lack of details from Dodgers' winning bidder … Major League Baseball officials have expressed concern that Guggenheim Baseball Management, the winning bidders for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has been slow to produce the details of the bid and the structure of its management team …
Discussion: HardballTalk, 6-4-2 and The Big Lead
Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Pineda plays catch, but April return unlikely  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda will remain behind at the club's Minor League complex in Tampa, Fla., when the team goes north, and he's unlikely to pitch at the Major League level in April.
Discussion: SI Tracking Blog
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Chad Jennings / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
Thursday notes: Cervelli still next in line behind the plate
Discussion: Bronx Baseball Daily
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
David Ginsburg / Associated Press:
Arrieta, Markakis lead Orioles over Twins 4-2  —  BALTIMORE—Jake Arrieta pitched seven scoreless innings, Nick Markakis homered and drove in three runs, and the Baltimore Orioles marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of Camden Yards by defeating the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Friday.
Discussion: Camden Chat
Jean-Jacques Taylor / ESPN:
Ron Washington puts family first  —  Approach helps Rangers manager get most out of roster's 25 personalities  —  W2W4: White Sox - Rangers  —  Colby Lewis and the defending AL Champion Texas Rangers kick off their season against the Chicago White Sox.  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Ron Washington has nine siblings.
 
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