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Nocturnal Omissions: NL

We'll start this morning's wrap with the local nine:

Marlins 8, Nationals 3
Well, the Nats look almost as woeful as they did last year, don't they? Two days in, that Emilio Bonifacio for Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham trade looks awfully interesting, and the Nats will have to hope Olsen pitches a heck of a lot better when he's not facing his former teammates. More interesting Nats-based information -- particularly for you Lastings Milledge and Dmitri Young fans out there -- can be found right here and here.

Braves 4, Phillies 0
Another year, another slow start for the Phillies. For the second time in as many games, the Braves made Philadelphia look old, which fits since Jamie Moyer was on the mound. The Phillies will get championship rings on Wednesday ... then have to scramble to avoid an intra-divisional sweep.

Giants 10, Brewers 6
Tim Lincecum had the worst start to a new season by a reigning Cy Young winner since Sandy Koufax. Somehow, that didn't stop the Giants from notching up an Opening Day win. If you saw the Giants scoring 10 runs in their first game, feel free to raise your hand, and we'll feel free to call you a liar. There's also more good news for Lincecum: That year that Koufax didn't make it out of the third inning in the opener? He won the Cy Young then, too.

Astros 3, Cubs 2
Good news for Houston fans: The Astros won and Pudge Rodriguez and Michael Bourn played a big part in it. Bad news for Cubs fans: Those Kevin Gregg scuffles on Opening Day weren't isolated incidents, and this time they cost Chicago a win. This might be a good time to check the Vegas line on the over/under on games before Gregg gets replaced by Carlos Marmol.

Cardinals 9, Pirates 3
Well, it turns out the Pirates won't be going 162-0 this year. They can thank Albert Pujols for that, and homers from Chris Duncan and Yadier Molina didn't help either.

Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 0

In theory, giving up one run in seven innings should be good enough for a win. It wasn't for one of Arizona's two aces, Dan Haren, last night. The Rockies also proved that the Mets' system of having two closers is a pretty good one. They may not be J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez, but Manny Corpas and Huston Street are pretty strong arms at the back of the bullpen.

Padres 4, Dodgers 2

So, maybe Chris Young is the new Jake Peavy, and Heath Bell is the new Trevor Hoffman? Maybe? Nah. Well, they were for one afternoon, and now Bell has provided a pretty nifty trivia answer. Q: What song did the Padres closer after Trevor Hoffman enter the game with? A: "Blow Me Away" by Breaking Benjamin.

By Cameron Smith  |  April 8, 2009; 8:44 AM ET
 
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