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Angel Berroa is mobbed by his teammates after scoring on Carlos Beltran's walk-off blast.
Opening Day is something wonderful
Opening Day arrived at nine ballparks Monday with ceremonial first pitches from the president and vice president, with parades and pep rallies, with another monumental home run from Barry Bonds, with a walk-off celebration in Kansas City, and with that same unmistakable feeling of last summer that anything is possible. More >
SEASON OPENERS
Team-by-team Coverage
Glaus, Colon shine as Angels take opener Manager Mike Scioscia has insisted that the Angels success would be more related to the returning health of the team's core players than any flashy numbers put up big-name free agents. On Tuesday, Troy Glaus proved him at least partially right. Full story >
Gonzalez hits two homers, but Unit, D-Backs fall short Luis Gonzalez homered in the first and the ninth, but in between those two hits, the D-Backs managed just one hit -- a sixth-inning single by Steve Finley. Randy Johnson allowed three runs on six hits over six innings. Full story >
Schuerholz plays "Winning Ball" As the Braves set their sights on making another run into the postseason this year, they find themselves widely considered underdogs in the NL East. Full story >
Javy's smashing debut in Orioles' win Javy Lopez homered in his O's debut and Sidney Ponson allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings as Baltimore beat Boston, 7-2, on Sunday. Full story >
Red Sox fall to Orioles in season opener Pedro Martinez struggled, allowing two earned runs on seven hits, as Boston lost, 7-2, on a chilly Opening Night. Bill Mueller went 3-for-5. Full story >
Cubs strike early then hold off Reds Corey Patterson kicked off this season much like he did last year, homering on Opening Day, and Moises Alou drove in three runs on a double to help the Cubs jump out to an early lead they would never relinquish. Kerry Wood fanned six in his Opening Day start. Full story >
Bullpen surrenders devastating six-run rally The Ozzie Guillen era was off to a good start until fate struck and the bullpen couldn't hold a four-run, ninth-inning lead. The meltdown overshadowed a solid effort by Mark Buehrle and a strong offensive showing, led by Sandy Alomar's three hits. Full story >
Jimenez, Casey not enough to overcome early deficit Cory Lidle surrendered five runs in five innings in his Opening Day start, and the Reds just weren't able to recover. D'Angelo Jimenez collected three hits and drove in a run and Sean Casey notched two RBIs on a double in the offensive effort. Full story >
Stewart walk-off home run propels Twins in 11 Shannon Stewart's three-run home run in the 11th lifted the Twins to victory, but it wouldn't have happened without the bullpen. Full story >
Estes, Rockies' offense overpower D-Backs Shawn Estes held Arizona to two hits and one run over seven innings in the opener for both teams. Charles Johnson belted a two-run homer off Randy Johnson, and rookie Luis Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in his Major League debut. Full story >
Tigers benefit from big bats, tough pitching The Tigers' Nos. 2-6 starters accounted for 10 of the team's 11 hits and Ivan Rodriguez blasted his first regular-season home run as Detroit shut out Toronto. Full story >
Choi's bat, Beckett's arm pave way for Marlins win Newcomer Hee Seop Choi made his presence felt right away, crushing a two-run homer in his first at-bat as a Marlin and driving in the decisive run in the eighth. Full story >
Astros fall short of Giants in season opener Barry Bonds' three-run homer off Roy Oswalt took some of the luster off Opening Day at Minute Maid Park, and Octavio Dotel's ninth all but squashed the good feelings flowing through a sellout crowd. Full story >
Homers by Lopez, Beltran ignite wild celebration Down by four, seemingly headed to a disappointing Opening Day loss, the Royals never-say-die attitude resurrected in the ninth inning. Mendy Lopez hit a three-run homer to tie the game, and Carlos Beltran smacked the game-winning, two-run blast. Full story >
Green homers, but Nomo taken deep by Padres The Dodgers opened the season with Shawn Green at first base and Milton Bradley in center field. Green homered and Bradley had a pair of hits and of walks, but Hideo Nomo wasn't sharp as the Padres scored six runs in the fifth inning. Full story >
Grieve, Podsednik key Brewers to opener win Scott Podsednik and Ben Grieve each homered and combined for seven RBIs on Monday, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to an Opening Day victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in front of 49,149 fans at sold-out Busch Stadium. Full story >
High expectations for Twins rookie Twins rookie catcher Joe Mauer says he hasn't spent much time contemplating his regular season debut at Monday's Opening Day at the Metrodome against the Indians. Full story >
Vidro helps Expos rally, but team drops nail-biter Among his three hits on the day, Jose Vidro certainly made things interesting in the ninth inning, belting a solo shot to bring the Expos within a run, but the rally would end there. Full story >
Piazza key to Mets' success As the Mets enter a new era, it is a familiar face who figures to get plenty of exposure this season. A healthy Mike Piazza remains the key to success and power for the offense if the team is to move up the NL East ladder. Full story >
Trip to Japan rewarding for Yankees The Yankees may not have achieved their goal of winning the first two games of the season, but the season-opening trip to Japan was a success nonetheless. Full story >
Eighth-inning comeback saves Athletics What was shaping up as a nice little feel-good, bounce-back story for Jermaine Dye devolved into a same-old-story kind of thing for right-handed starter Tim Hudson. Full story >
Millwood surrenders two runs in six innings of work Kevin Millwood (0-1), who won last year's opener against the Marlins, allowed two runs in six innings in an Opening Day loss to the Pirates. Full story >
Starter registers seven Ks in Pittsburgh's victory Pirates right-hander Kip Wells doesn't think of himself as a staff ace. But in Monday's season opener, he certainly pitched like one. Full story >
Nevin, Payton power Padres past Dodgers Brian Lawrence held the Dodgers to one run in five innings to pick up the victory, as Phil Nevin belted a grand slam and Jay Payton smacked a two-run homer two batters later. Full story >
Bonds one shy of Mays; Giants down Astros One more to tie. That is Barry Bonds' mission after slugging career homer No. 659 in the Giants' victory over the Astros on Opening Day, edging closer to godfather Willie Mays' magical 660 lifetime blasts. Full story >
Gopher balls haunt Moyer, Mariners on Opening Day Starter Jamie Moyer pitched well for five innings, surrendering two solo home runs, but ultimately, the Mariners began their 28th season on a sour note. Full story >
Offense clicks, but Morris, Cards defense not sharp Hearkening back to 2003, the Cardinals hit the ball hard but didn't pitch well enough in an Opening Day loss to the Brewers. Matt Morris took the loss despite an offensive display that included 14 base runners and four extra-base hits. Full story >
Japan trip a win-win for Rays The Devil Rays may have lost to the Yankees on Wednesday, but they left Japan on a high note with a split in the two-game season-opening series in the Tokyo Dome. Full story >
Rogers' and Teixeira's heroics go for naught The Rangers had what they thought was the formula for victory in their season opener against Oakland Monday night. But Eric Byrnes drilled a two-run double off lefty reliever Ron Mahay in the eighth, as the Rangers dropped their opening game. Full story >
Halladay strikes out nine, but receives no support Ace right-hander Roy Halladay fanned nine Detroit batters but allowed six earned runs in 6 2/3 innings as the Blue Jays lost their home opener. Full story >