Neftali Feliz wins starting debut: The Seattle Mariners came in a combined 0 for 48 against Feliz in his 17 career relief appearances against them, so the four hits they picked up against him Tuesday night in his first major-league start will have to count as some kind of moral victory. He was otherwise dominant by throwing a lot of changeups and posting seven shutout innings in a 1-0 victory for the Texas Rangers. Feliz had been the closer for Texas, but that job belongs to Joe Nathan now, as he picked up the save. David Murphy had an RBI double for the only mark over six innings against Seattle's Blake Beavan. The only truly scary moment for Texas came when Beavan beaned Mike Napoli, who stayed in the game and was OK. But even if he were to have any temporary memory loss and say, forget his own phone number, C.J. Wilson would have his back to remind him.
Chipper Jones picks up where he left off, thank goodness for Braves: Atlanta wasn't going to go the entire season without winning a game, but starting 0-4 must have been a drag. To the rescue — Larry Wayne Jones, who had missed those games recovering from knee surgery. And Chipper doesn't need a stinking rehab assignment to get ready, either. He hit his 455th career home run to back Tommy Hanson in a 6-4 victory at Minute Maid Park. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he "won our game singlehandedly, really," which Chipper denied because, well, aw shucks:
''I'm not going to say I was the spark,'' he said. ''Obviously, the two-run homer was a big lift, but I'd much rather be a calming influence, have them look down there, see me and know that I'm going to put up some good at-bats and hopefully make the play when it's hit to me. And if they feed off that, great.''
The Braves also got a solo homer from rookie Tyler Pastornicky. The best thing the Astros had going for them was replicas of their classic Colt .45 uniforms with the pistol emblazoned, which celebrate the franchise's 50th anniversary.
The Mets won't win 'em all:
Just like the Braves won't go 0 for 2012, the New York Mets won't win every game, either. Not with Ross Detweiler on watch, anyway. He retired his final 13 batters to help the Washington Nationals win 6-2 at Citi Field. Jayson Werth had four hits for the first time in two years to help get the offense chugging along.
Without RISP, there's no reward: The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles just loved being out there at Camden Yards, so they probably didn't mind all of those runners they left on base. But since tying isn't allowed, the Yankees will take a 5-4 victory in 12 innings. New York went 2 for 18 — 18! — with runners in scoring position, but that beats Baltimore's 0 for 8. Raul Ibañez became a True Yankee by driving the go-ahead run with an RBI double. Mariano Rivera got the save, so Yankee fans can relax there after his one shaky inning recently.
Ozzie Guillen is still manager of the Marlins: In case you were thinking he'd be fired over Fidel Castro, he merely got suspended for five games.
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Photo of the Day: You only live once:
No, the Toronto Blue Jays didn't change their uniforms again. It's just a young man in a Speedo with "YOLO" — for "you only live once" — written on his chest. He had stripped down to his skivvies for an interlude at the Rogers Centre before security eventually corralled him. Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox is enraptured, isn't he? Toronto won, by the way, 7-3, to spoil Daniel Bard's first start. Unless this did it already?
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Quote of the Day:
"Just a dumb move. I don't like being dumb. I like doing what I'm supposed to do.'' — Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, after failing to make a pitching change of reliever Justin Thomas in the sixth inning.
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Three facts for the water cooler
• Yankees starter Freddy Garcia threw five wild pitches, one short of the major-league record. That's the most since Ken Howell did it for the Dodgers in 1989. Too much of his patented sweat on the ball, perhaps?
• Because of a bad cold, Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully missed his first opening day at Dodger Stadium since 1977 — which had been the only one he missed since 1958. Scully worked the Masters in '77. That must have gnawed at him, missing the opener then. This time, what can you do? Get well, Vin.
• Trevor Cahill threw more balls (54) than strikes (50) in his debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks. They managed to win anyway, beating the Padres 4-2 in 11 innings thanks to a two-run homer by Chris Young.
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- Neftali Feliz
- Seattle Mariners
- Chipper Jones