Sale, Snell struggle on Opening Day
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays made losing starts to their MLB seasons on Thursday.
Teams set a record for home runs hit on Opening Day with 48 and the Los Angeles Dodgers tied a record for most by a team in a single game with eight.
And, Houston Astros star George Springer became the first leadoff man in history to hit a home run on three straight Opening Days
But for Rays and Red Sox fans, Thursday was a struggle. First, for Tampa Bay, Blake Snell got knocked around to the tune of five runs in six innings with three homers allowed, including a three-run dinger to Springer on a hanging curveball.
Snell won the American League (AL) Cy Young Award last year, but some believe he is a candidate for regression. However, this was just one game against a potent Astros lineup, so a 5-1 loss is not anything to panic about – yet.
For Boston, Chris Sale was just given a five-year, $145million extension by the Red Sox, but he showed the same diminished velocity he did at the end of 2018.
He also gave up six hits, seven runs, two walks and three home runs in three innings of work in a 12-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
St Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went two-for-three with two home runs and three RBIs in a 5-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Javier Baez went two-for-five with two home runs and four RBIs in the Chicago Cubs' 12-4 win over the Texas Rangers.
Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson went three-for-four with two home runs and four RBIs in Los Angeles' 12-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom tossed six innings of shut-out ball with 10 strikeouts in a 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman and Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmerman both tossed seven shut-out innings in Detroit's 2-0 extra-inning win over Toronto.
Inciarte, Davis struggle
Atlanta Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte went 0-for-four with three strikeouts in a 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis went 0-for-three with three strikeouts in Baltimore's 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees.
Chapman makes nice catch
Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman made a nice catch on a hot shot to third in Oakland's 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
New York Yankees 7-2 Baltimore Orioles
New York Mets 2-0 Washington Nationals
Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 St Louis Cardinals
Philadelphia Phillies 10-4 Atlanta Braves
Detroit Tigers 2-0 Toronto Blue Jays
Houston Astros 5-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago Cubs 12-4 Texas Rangers
Oakland Athletics 4-0 Los Angeles Angels
Cincinnati Reds 5-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
Los Angeles Dodgers 12-5 Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies 6-3 Miami Marlins
Minnesota Twins 2-0 Cleveland Indians
San Diego Padres 2-0 San Francisco Giants
Kansas City Royals 5-3 Chicago White Sox
Seattle Mariners 12-4 Boston Red Sox
Astros at Rays
Astros' World Series hero Charlie Morton makes his first start of the year against his former team as the new Rays starter will take on Gerrit Cole at the Trop.