Rangers 3 White Sox 2 (Win)
Robin Ventura mad his managerial debut today at the place where he got his ass kicked and his team fared better in this game then he did in his fight against Nolan Ryan in 1993. Ian Kinsler got a new contract and rewarded the Rangers hitting a home run that proved to be the game winner. Adam Dunn hit a home run which tied him with Ken Griffey Jr and Frank Robinson for the most home runs all time on opening day.
Orioles 4 Twins 2 (Loss)
Jake Arrieta came out of nowhere to pitch 7 shutout innings allowing only 2 hits and not allowing a run. Nick Markakis hit a triple and home run and had 3 runs batted in and that is all Arrieta needed. The Twins made it interesting with two runs in the 9th inning on a Josh Willingham home run but Jim Johnson came in and slammed the door.
Rays 7 Yankees 6 (Loss)
I thought this was going to be a pitchers duel between James Shields and C.C Sabathia but both pitchers got rocked early and often. It was 6-5 after the third inning and it stayed that way until the ninth inning when Mariano Rivera came in to close the deal. I thought it was a win for sure but Rivera gave up two runs and blew the save. I don't think that will happen again anytime soon.
Cardinals 11 Brewers 5 (Loss)
I still think that this is going to be a good year for Yovanni Gallardo but he definitely got rocked today. He gave up 4 home runs in 3 2/3 innings. I think Carlos Beltran is going to have a monster year replacing Albert Pujols and he is off to a fantastic start. Ryan Braun went 0-5 in his 2012 debut and people will say that he has other stuff on his mind. He needs to just forget about the offseason and hit like he knows how.
Rockies 5 Astros 3 (Win)
Troy Tulowitzki hit a home run in the 9th inning that was reminiscent of Albert Pujols' home run off in Brad Lidge in the playoffs. Jeremy Guthrie pitched pretty well in his National League debut and he got the win. It helped that he was playing the Astros which are the worst team in all of baseball. Carlos Lee had two hits and a home run in a losing effort for the Astros.
Diamondbacks 5 Giants 4 (Loss)
Tim Lincecum gave up two home runs in the first inning to the Diamondbacks and gave up 5 runs in just over 5 innings. Chris Young and Paul Goldschmidt both went deep for the Diamondbacks who also got a quality start from Ian Kennedy. If the Diamondbacks want to hold off the Giants Kennedy needs to have another quality season.
Angels 5 Royals 0 (Win)
Our first lock of the day was a win as the Angels and Jerad Weaver beat the Royals 5-0. Bruce Chen actually pitched really well, pitching 6 shutout innings for Kansas City. The bullpen wasn't kind as they gave up 5 runs in the 8th inning. The big hit was a bases loaded 3-run triple by Erik Aybar. Big free agent acquisition Albert Pujols went hitless in his Angels debut.
Didgers 6 Padres 0 (Loss)
Cory Luebke didn't pitch as well as I thought he would as he gave up 6 runs in 4 2/3 innings. I still think he is going to be the best pitcher that the Padres will have this year but he didn't have his best stuff today. Andre Ethier had a triple and had 4 runs batted in for the Dodgers and that was all Chad Billingsley needed. Billingsley pitched into the 9th inning and struck out 11 batters.
Mariners 7 Athletics 3 (Loss)
The Mariners had an offensive explosion in scoring 7 runs and the top of the order was a big reason why. Chone Figgins went 3-4 and Dustin Ackley went 3-5 in setting the tables for the 3-4-5 hitters. Jason Vargas pitched well in his second start of the season and the bullpen finished the job. Yoenis Cespedes hit a home run off of Vargas and it was an absolute missile to left-center field. He also struck out twice putting him on pace for 270 strikeouts this year. Gotta take the good with the bad.
Days Record: 3-6 Overall Record: 11-8 Lock of the Day Record: 1-0