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NL Nocturnal Omissions

You saw C.J.'s dispatch from what you might have missed from the O's and the rest of the AL that wasn't rained/snowed/sleeted/frozen out. But there was plenty of Opening Day action on the senior circuit, and it all got started at the Findlay Market Parade, as it always does.

Of course, maybe the weather should have been an omen for a less than ideal day for the Reds (Nick Lachey making a cameo at the parade might have brought on the bad luck, too). Or maybe it was just Johan Santana. Either way, the Mets held the Reds in check for a 2-1 win in a game that flexed the power of New York's new bullpen.

That's not to overshadow the local 9, which was thoroughly trounced in Florida by Emilio Bonifacio, the Ghost of Christmas past, but you can read a lot more about that here, here and here.

Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano had never won an Opening Day start before yesterday. That finally changed in a dominant performance during Chicago's 4-2 win over Houston, despite a shaky ninth inning from new closer Kevin Gregg.

There's always some incredibly statistical oddity on Opening Day, and this year it happened in the desert. Arizona's Tony Clark and Felipe Lopez -- he of former Nationals fame -- both hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the Diamondbacks' 9-8 win over the Rockies, a surprising slugfest since it featured both Brandon Webb and Aaron Cook.

One game, and we've already got a closer dilemma in St. Louis. The Pirates rallied to score four runs off Jason Motte in the ninth inning, all of which is significant for a number of reasons: Motte is a relatively unestablised closer and, perhaps most strikingly: Holy cow! The Pirates rallied for a win with four runs in the ninth! Really? It's almost surreal, isn't it?

San Diego's Jake Peavy had a solid outing, but Hiroki Kuroda was even better, holding the Padres to a single run in the Dodgers' 4-1 season-opening win in San Diego. We may see a lot more performances like this from the Padres as the season goes along, and the more we do, the more pressure there's going to be on the team's ownership to deal ace Jake Peavy.

By Cameron Smith  |  April 7, 2009; 9:25 AM ET
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Found this quote from Opening Day and just had to share it. H/T to TBL.

"I wasn't cold but the balls were," Pirates starting pitcher Paul Maholm said. "I had to rub them up just to get the feel."

Posted by: adampschroeder | April 7, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

That's just sophomoric and juvenile.

And exactly the kind of thing I like to see out of commenters.

Well-played, sir.

Posted by: CJ Holley | April 7, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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