There was a brief two-game series that took place in Australia during Spring Training and a Sunday Night Baseball contest, but the first full slate of MLB games took place on Monday.
Here is a look at the final scores of all of Monday’s action. Make sure to check back later for an update on the later games.
|Pittsburgh Pirates 1||Chicago Cubs 0|
|Detroit Tigers 4||Kansas City Royals 3|
|Washington Nationals 9||New York Mets 7|
|Philadelphia Phillies 14||Texas Rangers 10|
|Milwaukee Brewers 2||Atlanta Braves 0|
|Baltimore Orioles 2||Boston Red Sox 1|
|Chicago White Sox 5||Minnesota Twins 3|
|St. Louis Cardinals 1||Cincinnati Reds 0|
|Tampa Bay Rays 9||Toronto Blue Jays 2|
|Miami Marlins 10||Colorado Rockies 1|
|San Francisco Giants 9||Arizona Diamondbacks 8|
|Cleveland Indians 2||Oakland Athletics 0|
|Seattle Mariners 10||Los Angeles Angels 3|
Among the notable results was an extra innings affair between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs that featured the first regular season use of instant replay review, an offensive slugfest between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Texas Rangers, a game-winning home run from Nelson Cruz against the defending World Series champions and an impressive shutout thrown by the St. Louis Cardinals against the Cincinnati Reds.
The official Twitter page of the MLB made sure to point out that this fan was ready:
One of the first games was the tilt between the Cubs and the Pirates. In what can only be perceived as typical Chicago Cubs, manager Rick Renteria lost the first ever challenge after claiming he didn’t even know how the system worked during Spring Training, via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times:
After spending all spring saying he wasn't sure how he'd use it yet, Renteria 1st manager in MLB to challenge a call under new rule.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) March 31, 2014
The Cubs went on to lose that game in extra innings thanks to a Neil Walker walk off home run, via MLB:
Despite the loss, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo still had confidence for the rest of the season, via Carrie Muskat of Cubs.com:
We're a very confident group. It's a good thing. There's a lot of good energy in the dugout and the clubhouse before the game. It's a tough loss, obviously, but it's one game. No one's going home yet. It's nice to have the energy in here. Runs will be scored.
Walker wasn't the only one to hit what proved to be a game-winning homer. The Orioles' Nelson Cruz beat the Red Sox in the seventh inning with a blast, and his teammates had some fun after the game, via Orioles on MASN:
Elsewhere, Justin Verlander helped lead the Detroit Tigers to a victory over the Kansas City Royals, but fans got to see a rare miscue from the ace, via Eye on Baseball of CBS Sports:
Justin Verlander walked in a run to make it 3-1 Royals. Only the seventh time in his career he's walked someone with the bases loaded.— Eye on Baseball (@EyeOnBaseball) March 31, 2014
While Verlander may have walked in a run, at least his team won. The New York Mets couldn't say the same, although a city landmark in the Empire State Building was providing some support for the club on Opening Day:
Division rival Philadelphia was able to break its alarming stretch of scoreless games from Spring Training in a big way. The Phillies scored their most runs on an Opening Day since 1900, as Comcast Sportsnet Philly pointed out:
The Atlanta Braves weren't able to score any runs against the Milwaukee Brewers, thanks to the excellence of Yovani Gallardo. Tricia Whitaker of ABC Green Bay pointed out that this was Gallardo's first victory on Opening Day:
Brewers grab the opening day victory over the Braves 2-0. Yovani Gallardo gets his 1st victory in 5 opening day starts.— Tricia Whitaker-ABC (@TriciaWhitaker) March 31, 2014
The St. Louis Cardinals also turned in an impressive pitching performance, thanks to Adam Wainwright. Billy Hamilton, the highly touted prospect for the Reds, was one of a number of Cincinnati players who struggled against the Cardinals. To Hamilton's credit, he seemed to take the loss in stride and is already looking forward:
Baseball is a tough game regroup regroup regroup tough opening day but great players have bad days to new day tomorrow I'm blessed its cool— billy hamilton (@BillyHamilton) March 31, 2014
Elsewhere in the National League, the Miami Marlins destroyed the Colorado Rockies to the tune of 10-1. While there was plenty of production throughout the lineup, it was Casey McGehee who broke the game open with a bases-clearing double, as the team's official Twitter page pointed out:
One of the big headlines across the country in the American League was Robinson Cano's debut for the Seattle Mariners. While the game took place in Anaheim against the Angels, one Yankees fan took the time to show up and make a sign jeering Cano for taking the money in Seattle, via Jimmy Traina of Fox Sports:
Yes. That's a (awful) Yankee (in Anaheim) fan complaining that it's all about the money with Robinson Cano. pic.twitter.com/UZ0nTfXXtW— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) April 1, 2014
Of course, it doesn't even take a baseball fan to recognize the irony of a Yankees fan criticizing someone on another team for taking a lot of money.
Cano's new team looked great in a 10-3 dismantling of the Angels. Justin Smoak broke the game open in the ninth inning with a three-run home run. Greg Johns of MLB.com recognized that if Smoak continues to produce behind Cano in the Mariners lineup, it could be dangerous for American League pitching:
Justin Smoak is 2-for-4 with a double, HR, BB, 3RBI and 3 runs tonight while hitting behind Cano. #thatwouldhelp— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) April 1, 2014
Back in the National League, the San Francisco Giants won a thriller against the Arizona Diamonbacks to the tune of 9-8. As Fox Sports: MLB pointed out, it was Buster Posey who hit what proved to be the game winner in the top of the ninth inning:
Further north on the West Coast, the Cleveland Indians outlasted the Oakland A's in a pitcher's duel 2-0. Although he didn't get the win, Justin Masterson was brilliant for Cleveland, which should come as no surprise given his Opening Day numbers, via Jim Berdysz of Indians Baseball Insider:
Justin Masterson in career on Opening Day: 21 innings, 2runs, 8 hits and18 strikeouts #Indians— Jim Berdysz (@JBirdman27) April 1, 2014
Fox Sports Live pointed out that the loss continued an alarming streak for the A's: