With 12 teams opening their seasons yesterday, it was the other 18 clubs' turn today. A few stars of 2010 looked poised for a repeat while a couple of stars struggled. Fans got their first glimpses of their teams and some are hoping today was a sign of things to come while others will have to remind themselves there are 161 games to go.
A recap of today's games after the jump...
The Blue Jays didn't lie when they said they weren't going to be a one dimensional offense this year. With all of the hype surrounding Jose Bautista and whether he has another monster home run season in him, he surprised everyone by showing bunt on his first pitch of the year as the Jays pulled a double steal. He walked in that at bat then added his first home run of the year in the 5th finishing 3-4 on the day. JP Arencibia displayed the power that may one day make him an All-Star bashing two home runs and racing around the base paths for a triple.
Ubaldo Jimenez saw a dramatic drop in velocity as he barely hit mid 90s with his fastball and was sitting around 88 mph in the sixth. It showed in his numbers as he allowed five earned runs in six innings and recorded only a single strikeout. Could this be a sign of an arm problem? Pitchers' velocity is often down to start the year but this is a major drop in mph. The Diamondbacks offense took advantage of the struggling Jimenez with Justin Upton and Miguel Montero taking him deep. Montero finished with 3 hits and a pair of runs and RBIs. Carlos Gonzalez, eager to prove 2010 was no fluke got off to a 3-6 start to his year. Jose Lopez and Seth Smith, a couple of players I like to have big seasons, got off to strong starts with Smith logging 3 hits with Lopez adding a pair including a home run.
Wilson Valdez did his best Chase Utley impression going 2-4 with an RBI. Starlin Castro had three hits and a pair of runs but it wasn't enough to top the Pirates duo of Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen who hit a pair of home runs and drove in 6 between them.
The White Sox hammered on the Indians going up 14-0 before Cleveland made it somewhat interesting scoring 10 runs of their own from the 6th inning on. Adam Dunn and Carlos Quentin combined for 9 RBI while Gordon Beckham scored three runs on three hits. Carlos Santana had his first home run of the year to go along with a pair of singles.
Adrian Gonzalez had a strong Red Sox debut driving in 3 but it wasn't enough to beat the Rangers as Ian Kinsler, Mike Napoli and Nelson Cruz pounded on Jon Lester for 3 home runs. Brandon Belt launched his first career home run, a three run jack. Pablo Sandoval and Matt Kemp continued their attempts to return to stardom with a pair of two hit games.
Ichiro was busy on the base paths with two stolen bases and a caught stealing.
Dan Haren, Jeff Francis, Josh Johnson, Jeremy Guthrie, Brett Myers and Roy Halladay had strong starts for their clubs. Felix Hernandez showed why he is king with a complete game 5 hit effort against the A's. Jon Lester, David Price, Carl Pavano and Ryan Dempster struggled in their first starts. Trevor Cahill was a mixture of good and bad walking 4 while striking out 8 in 4 2/3 innings. Fausto Carmona was dreadful allowing 10 runs in 3 innings. If you didn't already know it was a bad idea to have Carmona on your team you do now.
JJ Putz, Joel Hanrahan and Jonathan Broxton earned saves with scoreless innings.