Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts north of the border, up Canada way, where the Chicago White Sox had not won since the Toronto Blue Jays played their home games in Exhibition Stadium. OK, it wasn't that long.
Game of the Day
White Sox 8, Blue Jays 7 (11 inn.)
Down a run in the ninth against closer Jason Frasor(notes), the White Sox were three outs from extending their losing streak at the Rogers Centre to 11. Most of the home fans were happy, not only because they were celebrating opening day and a surprisingly great Blue Jays start, but they also reveled in a chance to boo former Jays contract Alex Rios(notes).
Great night, eh?
Teahen applied the hurt again in the 11th with a triple to score Omar Vizquel(notes) — a pinch runner who turns 43 this month — putting the White Sox ahead. Darn that half-breed Teahen, who is a citizen of Canada and the U.S. because his dad is from St. Marys, Ont.
"Earlier in my life I couldn't get up here as much as I liked because I played too much baseball," Teahen said. "It's nice that now baseball is affording me the opportunity to see that side of my family."
Whatever, double agent.
The game was downright roller coaster-ish, with the Jays jumping all over Jake Peavy(notes) for all of their runs. In their second straight gut-check game, the White Sox stayed with them thanks to a two-homer game by Andruw Jones(notes), who surpassed Johnny Bench on the all-time list with 390.
Then there was Rios, who drew fans' ire for collecting a huge paycheck and not always putting out like a $69.8-million man ought to. Then there was the YouTube video autograph/heckling fan incident — which, in Rios' defence (Canadian spelling), happened the same day he struck out five times.
Rios got some satisfaction, going 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored after striking out in his first at-bat. And, after an adventurous bottom of the 11th thanks to a wild Bobby Jenks(notes), the White Sox won in Canada for the first time since the '07 season.
"I didn't know they had music in this clubhouse," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I'd never heard it."
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They, too, played baseball
Rangers 4, Indians 2 (10 inn.): Nelson Cruz(notes) is off to a monster start, clubbing a go-ahead homer in extras to give the Rangers a win at Cleveland's home opener. Cruz has five homers and 11 RBIs in seven games to lead the league. Mercy!
Padres 17, Braves 2: Seventeen runs at Petco? A record they said couldn't be done! Also, we got ourselves another double-digit inning, with the Friars scoring 10 in the fourth. The Padres still haven't had anyone hit for the cycle; Will Venable(notes) missed by a double and Kyle Blanks(notes) missed by a triple.
Perhaps the most notable detail: Bobby Cox limited the damage to two pitchers. Jair Jurrjens(notes) allowed eight runs in in 3 1/3 innings and Jo-Jo Reyes(notes) followed up with 3 1/3 of nine-run ball. All earned. Oh, the humanity of their ERAs!
Athletics 4, Mariners 0: Good for Jason Duchscherer, victorious after making just his second start in 20 months because of an elbow injury and clinical depression.
"More than anything, I'm just proud of myself,” he said. "It’s been a long time since I got a win in a major league baseball game."
The A's still lead the AL West and the M's are 2-6, having scored 21 runs so far. Moneyball the movie is back on, too!
Royals 10, Tigers 5: Detroit wasn't ready for a 1:05 p.m. start on a Monday; the Tigers made four errors. Maybe they weren't ready, or maybe there was a "Like Father, Like Son" identity-transference mash-up and the Royals' souls possessed their bodies for three hours.
Phillies 7, Nationals 4: Jimmy Rollins(notes) goes down with a strained right calf, Jayson Werth(notes) goes down with a sore hip, Cole Hamels(notes) struggles again. Threepeating as league champs is hard.
Cardinals 5, Astros 0: Perhaps the presence of 89-year-old Stan Musial at opening day in St. Louis gave the Cards a little oomph after getting into town in the middle of the night. Albert Pujols(notes) should just let go and hit a home run every day. So what if it gives away his secret of being Jor-El's kid?
"If we get a quality start here today, we’ve got a chance of winning that game," Macha said. "Doug’s just been off his game his first two starts. He has in the past given us quality starts. That's why we got him."