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Crush Davis is thy name: Chris Davis continued crushing baseballs and making history in the Orioles' 9-5 victory over the Twins in their home opener. With the score tied in the eighth, Davis, who drove in his league-leading 12th run earlier in the game, stepped in against Tyler Robertson with the bases loaded and promptly deposited the first pitch into the left-field bleachers for an opposite-field grand slam.
Boom. Just like that four more RBI were added to his already ridiculous total. It also extended his streak of games with at least three RBI to four to start the season. But most impressively, he became only the fourth player in MLB history to homer to each of his team’s first four games to begin a season.
Yes, I’d say he’s locked. How about you, Adam Jones?
'If you put him in the Grand Canyon, he'll hit it out,'' Jones said. ''Whatever he's doing, stick to it. Show up tomorrow and do it again.''
Jones hasn't been too shabby during opening week either. His three hits on Friday raised his average to .526. He also knocked in two runs of his own and scored three times.
Deep-sixed: The Washington Nationals are no longer undefeated and their team ERA won't be tops in the National League after the Cincinnati Reds connected for six home runs en route to a 15-0 victory. The majority of the damage came against starter Dan Haren, who allowed four homers and six runs in four innings. Cincinnati then put up a 7-spot in the seventh to ensure its largest shutout victory since defeating the Brewers 17-0 in 1998.
Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier each homered twice in the win, collecting five and four RBIs, respectively. Xavier Paul hit a grand slam as a pinch-hitter to cap the seventh and make himself the third Red with four knocked in. Shin-Soo Choo had Cincinnati's other homer.
While they were booing: A good baseball game was being played at the Ballpark in Arlington. The Texas Rangers, playing their home opener before 48,865 fans, rallied from a 2-1 deficit late to steal a 3-2 victory over the division rival Los Angeles Angels thanks to Adrian Beltre's game-tying home run and Ian Kinsler's two-out, RBI single in the eighth scoring speeding Craig Gentry.
Of course the overriding story was and remains Josh Hamilton's return to Texas, which went exactly as you'd expect from a fan reaction standpoint. They let him have it early and continued right on through his 0-for-4 day (now 1-for-16 on the season) at the plate. But let's not overlook the happy couple in the front row who went home with a memorable souvenir.
Greinke shines, Kemp delivers: In his Dodgers debut, Zack Greinke threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings and picked the victory in Los Angeles' 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. But that wasn't the only first for L.A. Outfielder Matt Kemp delivered hit No. 1 after an 0-for-12 start to his season. He picked an excellent time, too, driving a run-scoring double to right center to score Mark Ellis with the Dodgers' second run.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and it sure wasn’t. There are no easy wins in the big leagues. But for my first one, I’ll definitely remember that for the rest of my life.” — Marlins manager Mike Redmond on his first career victory, courtesy of the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer.
The Marlins nearly blew 6-0 lead over the Mets but held on for the 7-5 victory.
Rockies 5, Padres 2 (Dexter Fowler belts homer No. 3)
Royals 13, Phillies 4 (Kansas City scored 13 unanswered after trailing 4-0)
Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 4 (John Ferrell wins in return to Toronto)
Rays 4, Indians 0 (Matt Moore tosses six scoreless)
Braves 4, Cubs 1 (Mike Minor puts lousy spring behind him with quality outing)
Diamondbacks 3, Brewers 1 (Ryan Braun (neck), Aramis Ramirez (knee) dinged up for the Crew)
A's 8, Astros 2 (13 more K's for Houston's dismal offense)
Mariners 8, White Sox 7 in 10 (Morales, Montero deliver RBIs in extra-inning thriller)
Lowered expectations can't temper the enthusiasm of Rockies fans on opening day. A strong 3-1 start should keep the good feelings going and the mohawk growing.
• Through four games, Giants starting pitchers have not allowed an earned run over their 26 innings of work.
• All four starters to face the Astros this year have tied or matched their career high for strikeouts in an outing. A's right-hander Dan Straily notched 11 on Friday.
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