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Morning Juice: Singing the praises of Emilio Bonifacio

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This and every weekday a.m. during the baseball season, let's rise and shine together to recap the most recent diamond doings. Today's roll call starts in Dolphin Stadium, and former Nationals general manager Jim Bowden could be sleeping with the fishes for all D.C. fans care.

Game of the Day: Marlins 12, Nationals 6

Payback Time: One of Jim Bowden's last false moves was trading Emilio Bonifacio to the Marlins, who probably came away pleased with his first day with the Fish: 4-for-5 with three stolen bases and the first inside-the-park home run on Opening Day since 1968.

It's not Enrico Pallazzo!: His name sounds like that of a tenor — Em-iiii-li-ooohhh — and the Nats did, kind of, "lend" him to Florida, so fans inside the Fish Tank probably loved Bonifacio's first concert. A speed demon in his third organization since the middle of last season, Bonifacio doesn't turn 24 for another two weeks. Yet, he's the operatic ballplayer everybody seems to want to trade for. Bonifacio has been moved in deals for Jon Rauch, along with Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham. Smart money says he's stuck in Florida (at least until the next Fish fire sale).

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Inside-out: With a runner aboard in the fourth, Bonifacio drove a 3-2 pitch from J. Lo Tavarez to center over the head of outfielder Lastings Milledge, who played shallow to befit the scouting report. By the time the ball had been relayed home, Bonifacio had hustled around to score.

Note the fan circled in the upper-left hand corner of the screen cap; chillin', he has NO idea how much energy Bonifacio is about to exert.

"He came into the dugout, and he was gassed and he couldn't breathe and he was asking people for water," teammate Cody Ross said.

Emilio's take: "Pretty exciting," said Bonifacio, who at first thought Milledge was going to make the catch. "When I saw him start running back I said, 'Oh, he doesn’t have it,' so I started running hard." Dan Uggla pushed Bonifacio out of the dugout for the curtain call.

Carl Yastrzemski, apparently fleeter of foot in his younger days, hit the previous opening day inside-the-parker April 10, 1968. Bonifacio says he's never heard of Yaz and it's assumed the notion is mutual.

Hanley hit a grand slam (by the way) and Ricky Nolasco picked up the first of what might be many, many victories. As for the Nats: John Lannan needed Help!

Home movies!: In previously unexplored Morning Juice territory, here's an original BLS (or is it just BS?) video of Bonifacio's feat, the most exciting play in baseball. I wanted to use opera music for his opus, but it just didn't work out.

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Feelin' Rundown (Monday's other openers):

Pirates 6, Cardinals 4: Did Cards closer Jason Motte pitch with his eyes closed and this expression on this face? Might explain the ninth. Stan Musial Khalil Greene 1-5, RBI, hair.

Dodgers 4, Padres 1: Peavy is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA; well on his way to history — perhaps 4-19, 1.72?

Angels 3, Athletics 0: Joe Saunders — the greatest April pitcher in Halos history?

Mets 2, Reds 1: The billion-dollar bullpen doesn't blow it, or even come close, and finishes off a battle of aces between Johan and Richard Kiel look-a-like Aaron Harang.

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D-backs 9, Rockies 8: Teams combined to hit 17 homers, with Felipe Lopez and Tony Clark combining for most of them. Chase is the new Coors.

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Cubs 4, Astros 2: NL Central race already wrapped up. You OK, Milton? -->

Rangers 9, Indians 1: All the Rangers do is hit. Cliff Lee pitching like Zooperstar alter-ego Cliff Flea. Maybe the Ballpark at Arlington is the new Coors. Ballpark fight!

Orioles Magic 10, $423 million 5: We might damn the Yankees yet. CC, pick up your guitar and talk to me. What's wrong, buddy?

Blue Jays 12, Tigers 5: Jose Adam Lind drives in six like a good DH should. Jim Leyland countdown ... begin.

Mariners 6, Twins 1: King Felix dominates the Mauer-less bunch and The Kid goes deep for the Mariners, just like in the previous millennium. Last home opener in HHH Metrodome history. It's not too late to re-inflate the giant milk.

Rays at Red Sox, ppd. (weather): Tampa should be 1-0 by now. Behind schedule.

Royals at White Sox, ppd. (weather): It was sunny and 38 in Chicago. Don't get it either.

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Words of Mouth:

"The chemistry on this team is unbelievable." — Franklin Gutierrez, on the Mariners (!!!)

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