LEADING OFF: 3 games on opening day, capped by Cubs-Cards

Rosalie Stanley
April 15, 2017

It was wet and wild, and far from a masterpiece.

Had St. Louis done anything with runners in scoring position against Lester - it was 0-for-7 with six strikeouts, all in the first three innings - it probably wouldn't have required Randal Grichuk's walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth. "It was just, hard to believe, I guess", she said. Rather than talk about the Cubs winning a World Series, which they finally did last year for the first time in 107 years, the conversation has turned to how many rings they can accumulate with their young stars. Yadier Molina then was awarded the first no-pitch intentional walk in major league history, part of baseball's offseason rule changes created to speed up the game. He was mobbed as he rounded first in the rain, and what was left of a sellout crowd of 47,566 cheered wildly.

"Every win is meaningful, but definitely not making the playoffs previous year and seeing them win it put a little sour taste in our mouth", Grichuk said. Leadership is there. Young guys are still aspiring to get better. It could come down to a late season showdown between the Cubs and Cardinals to see who wins the Division.

Earlier, Bumgarner hit bases-empty home runs in the fifth and seventh innings to put the Giants 4-3 ahead. "That is to really focus on what's going on right now and what is controllable". The ace right-hander struck out 10 and walked none in 7 ⅓ innings in his first start on opening day.

Carlos Martinez made his first opening day start Sunday for the Cardinals, and he didn't disappoint the St. Louis faithful on hand.

"It's a big order when you get it for the first time", Matheny said of Martinez. They said they have since gained about half of those customers back.

Derailed by a terrible bullpen last year, the Giants started this season the same way - even after trying to solve the problem by bringing in Melancon on a $62 million, four-year contract.

"Our goal this year is to pitch them a lot without pitching them too much", Indians manager Terry Francona said.

The courageous new world of Cubs baseball began at 7:38 p.m. on Sunday at Busch Stadium in front of a sellout crowd and a national TV audience.

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"We had a short offseason, but that doesn't mean anything to us because what we got to experience was something that not many people get a chance to and it's very addictive, that winning". "Ya-di!" before he grounded a single back up the middle.

The twins even convinced their sister, Cathy Ferguson, a White Sox fan, to wear a Cubs shirt for their night game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Shortstop Aledmys Diaz followed with a ground ball single to center, sending Fowler to third. He also had a two-run home run in the eighth inning to give the Redbirds a 3-0 lead.

It looked as if Fowler was on his way out of Chicago before last season, but he re-signed with the Cubs in a surprise move during spring training.

Tanaka gave up seven runs from eight hits and was removed after less than three innings, having produced the worst Opening Day performance by a Yankees pitcher in history.

The total landed right on the closing number of seven runs, making the under 5-1-1 in the last seven.

San Francisco took a 5-4 lead when Joe Panik led off the ninth with a triple and scored on pinch hitter Conor Gillaspie's sacrifice fly.

Ace left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw powers a Dodgers lineup that includes Japanese ace right-hander Kenta Maeda, a 16-game victor last season in his first North American campaign after eight seasons with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, and relief ace Kenley Jansen.

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