Thoughts from MLB's Day One

Jake RakeContributor IApril 7, 2009

BALTIMORE - APRIL 06:  Adam Jones #10 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a triple against the New York Yankees during opening day on April 6, 2009 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Way to go, Adam Jones, reaching base five times including a triple, as the O’s knocked around CC Sabathia and the Yankees.

In the same game, Brian Roberts was caught stealing and picked off of first base. No good, man.

I’m not sure what the rationale is behind Nick Swisher not starting in the field for a Yankees lineup that includes Brett Gardner, Cody Ransom, and Xavier Nady. Swish suffered from a low batting average last season, but he still hit 24 home runs and his isolated power was right around his career average.

King Felix was dominant against the Twins, using just 97 pitches to cruise through eight innings, allowing one run and striking out six. Also, Ken Griffey Jr. contributed roughly five percent of his remaining career home runs in his first game back with Seattle.

My favorite punching bag, the Washington Nationals, are really blowing it by starting Austin Kearns over Elijah Dukes in right field. The numbers from last year:dukes-kearns1

Dukes is also four years younger than Kearns, and with and outfield of Dukes, Lastings Milledge, and Adam Dunn, the Nationals could well have the best starting outfield in the division. However, of course they would f**k this up, they are the Washington Nationals.

The Tigers-Blue Jays game was delayed during the eighth inning, as Blue Jays fans, hopped up on Molson and Poutine, pelted Tigers outfielder Josh Anderson with trash.

It’s never too early for hacky baseball writing:Crasnick

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