TAMPA, FL. (AP) — Nolan Arenado in his new Cardinal crimson, Mookie Betts again in Dodger blue. October breakout star Randy Arozarena with successful in his first February at-bat, Buster Posey coming back from an opt-out yr.
And a socially distanced standing ovation for Trey Mancini.
Throughout spring coaching, baseball loved a bevy of reassuring indicators Sunday on the opening day of Grapefruit and Cactus league play.
Together with folks within the seats, albeit in numbers restricted by COVID-19 protocols.
The Toronto-Yankees recreation at Steinbrenner Discipline in Tampa, Florida, drew 2,637, near its permitted most of two,800 in a park that holds over 10,000. Just a little farther south in Bradenton, the Baltimore-Pittsburgh opener crowd of 1,705 was formally listed as a sellout.
“I’m glad we bought among the followers again,” Yankees slugger Luke Voit mentioned.
Many high names had been in play, too.
World Collection MVP Corey Seager drove within the first run for Los Angeles, 22-year-old Fernando Tatis Jr. performed for the primary time since signing his $330 million, 14-year contract, and All-Stars DJ LeMahieu, José Altuve and Joey Votto took swings.
Jazz Chisholm of the Marlins and Adam Haseley of the Phillies did even higher — they led off video games with dwelling runs.
Say, what’s all this speak about a deadened ball?
A change simply noticeable: shortened video games. Main League Baseball is letting groups minimize these early exhibitions down to 5 innings if they need, coming after a season by which the coronavirus compelled golf equipment to change exercises and play solely 60 occasions.
The Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee stopped after six innings in Arizona. The one Florida recreation to go 9 was Washington-St. Louis, and tied 4-all.
Across the diamonds, Marcus Semien, Andrew Benintendi and Elvis Andrus made their exhibition debuts for brand spanking new groups and Todd Frazier homered for Pittsburgh.
Not many aces on the mound on the primary day — Jack Flaherty, Nathan Eovaldi and Iván Nova had been among the many acquainted names limbering up, and so they every bought tagged.
By far, probably the most touching scene concerned Mancini.
After producing 35 dwelling runs and 97 RBIs for the Orioles in 2019, he appeared primed for even greater issues. However after taking part in simply 5 exhibitions final yr, he wanted to finish his season to have surgical procedure for colon most cancers.
When Mancini got here up within the first inning in opposition to Pittsburgh, he drew a pleasant spherical of applause as he approached the batter’s field and waved to the gang. The cheers stored rising, with pitcher Chad Kuhl stepping off the mound and umpire Will Little cleansing the plate to lengthen the salute.
Mancini took off his helmet to acknowledge a standing ovation that included the followers, the Orioles and the Pirates.
“It was superb,” he mentioned. “I virtually teared up a bit bit, I’m not going to lie.”
Moments later, the slugging first baseman, who turns 29 in just a few weeks, lined a single to heart discipline.
“It’s virtually a yr to the day once I was final in a recreation, so it positively felt like a second the place we got here full circle a bit bit,” he mentioned. “I assumed extra about all the pieces that occurred as we speak than I’ve in a very long time. I’ve largely tried to in a number of methods simply transfer on and never suppose an excessive amount of about final yr. However as we speak I ran by means of all of the powerful days that we had and actually tried to understand and cherish as we speak.”
FROM AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUES
MARINERS 5, PADRES 4
Prized prospects Julio Rodriguez and Jarred Kelenic mixed to ship the profitable run within the backside of the ninth inning per week after disrespectful feedback from CEO Kevin Mather relating to each gamers grew to become public. Mather has since resigned. Rodriguez and Kelenic supplied a take a look at Seattle’s future when Kelenic walked and scored on Rodriguez’s two-out single.
Marco Gonzales made his first spring begin for Seattle, permitting two hits and an unearned run in two innings. Kyle Seager and Dylan Moore had RBI singles, whereas Evan White doubled in a pair. Mitch Haniger was within the lineup for Seattle for the primary time since June 6, 2019, following a sequence of surgical procedures after he ruptured a testicle from a foul ball. Haniger singled in two journeys, scoring a run.
Heart fielder Trent Grisham, coming off his first Gold Glove final season, doubled and scored a run for San Diego. Manny Machado singled and walked, and Wil Myers hit a solo dwelling run.
CARDINALS 4, NATIONALS 4 (9)
Arenado was hitless in two journeys, hanging out with two runners on within the first inning and flying out to heart within the third. Flaherty surrendered three runs, 4 hits and three walks in an inning-plus of labor.
Kyle Schwarber singled in two at-bats and scored a run in his first recreation with Washington. Erick Fedde, in line for the ultimate spot within the beginning rotation, loaded the bases within the first inning and gave up a run on a wild pitch to Arenado.
PIRATES 6, ORIOLES 4 (8)
Baltimore’s Chris Davis was hitless in two journeys with a strikeout. Davis, within the sixth yr of his $161 million, seven-year deal, has modified his mechanics in an effort to resurrect his profession after batting .115 in 16 video games of an injury-plagued 2020 season. Corridor of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.’s son Ryan struck out in his solely at-bat.
Kuhl allowed two hits however struck out the facet in a one-inning begin for Pittsburgh. Gregory Polanco had a two-run shot, and Ke’Bryan Hayes doubled in a run and scored. Kevin Newman had two singles and walked, scoring twice.
BLUE JAYS 6, YANKEES 4 (7)
Rowdy Tellez had a two-run, ground-rule double, Cavan Biggio doubled in a run and Jonathan Davis and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. added RBI singles as Toronto scored runs in every of the primary 4 innings of a recreation referred to as after seven innings.
LeMahieu, who signed a six-year $90 million deal to stick with New York within the offseason, had a single in two journeys. Gleyber Torres doubled.
TWINS 7, RED SOX 6 (7)
Max Kepler had a two-run single, Miguel Sano added a two-run double and Minnesota scored 5 runs within the second inning of a recreation referred to as after seven.
Eovaldi began for Boston and was tagged for 2 runs on two hits and a stroll whereas retiring 4 batters. Bobby Dalbec had a solo dwelling run in two journeys. Prime prospect Jeter Downs had a two-run dwelling run and RBI single, whereas Michael Chavis hit a solo shot.
RAYS 9, BRAVES 7 (7)
Austin Meadows and Mike Brosseau homered for the reigning AL champs, and Manuel Margot added an RBI double throughout a four-run second inning in opposition to Atlanta’s Kyle Wright. Wander Franco, MLB’s No. 1 prospect, was hitless in two journeys after changing Arozarena.
Wright, hoping to nail down the ultimate spot within the Braves’ rotation, allowed three runs, 4 hits and a stroll whereas retiring 4 batters. Dansby Swanson had an RBI single.
TIGERS 10, PHILLIES 2 (7)
Nova allowed 5 runs, three hits and two walks whereas retiring only one batter. Willi Castro led off Detroit’s five-run first with a homer, and Jeimer Candelario doubled for one among his two hits.
Haseley’s homer was one among 4 hits for Philadelphia, together with a double by Mickey Moniak.
MARLINS 6, ASTROS 1 (7)
Chisholm’s homer bought Miami going, Garrett Cooper doubled in a run and Lewis Brinson hit a two-run shot because the Marlins scored 4 occasions within the first.
Myles Straw, anticipated to take over in heart discipline after Houston mainstay George Springer signed with Toronto within the offseason, had a pair of singles from the leadoff spot in two journeys.
DODGERS 2, ATHLETICS 1 (7)
Seager had an RBI single in two journeys for the Dodgers, and newcomer Matt Davidson doubled within the go-ahead run.
Seth Brown singled in the one run for Oakland, which managed simply two hits. Andrus walked and was caught stealing in his first recreation with the A’s.
ANGELS 5, GIANTS 2 (7)
Newcomer Jose Quintana pitched a scoreless inning, permitting one stroll in his first begin for Los Angeles. One other new Angel, Juan Lagares, singled and scored.
Posey walked and singled, scoring a run for San Francisco. Wilmer Flores had an RBI double.
BREWERS 7, WHITE SOX 2 (6)
Keston Hiura hit the primary of Milwaukee’s 4 homers, a three-run shot within the first. Avisail Garcia added a solo homer and scored twice. Eric Lauer, within the hunt for a spot behind the rotation, gave up two runs in an inning of labor.
Adam Engel hit a two-run homer for Chicago.
INDIANS 5, REDS 1 (8)
Andres Gimenez, who together with fellow shortstop Amed Rosario got here to Cleveland within the Francisco Lindor commerce with the Mets, tripled in a run in his first at-bat with the Indians. He added a single and completed 2 for two. Cal Quantrill, within the hunt for a rotation spot, pitched two scoreless innings, permitting successful and a stroll.
Kyle Farmer doubled and scored on Votto’s single for Cincinnati. Votto had two of the Reds’ 4 hits.
ROCKIES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 2 (8)
Austin Gomber, who got here to Colorado within the Nolan Arenado commerce with St. Louis, was sharp in his spring debut. The 27-year-old left-hander allowed one hit in two shutout innings. Garrett Hampson and Eric Stamets had RBI singles. Josh Fuentes, in a battle with C.J. Cron and Greg Hen for the beginning job at first base, went 2 for two, scoring a run.
Zac Gallen, slotted within the No. 2 spot behind Arizona ace Madison Bumgarner, pitched two scoreless innings, yielding two hits and two walks. Trayce Thompson hit a solo dwelling run and David Peralta doubled in Ketel Marte.
ROYALS 3, RANGERS 2 (6)
Newcomer Ervin Santana, hoping to earn a spot within the Kansas Metropolis rotation, allowed two runs on successful and a stroll, pitching two innings. Former Royals nearer Wade Davis, again with the workforce for the primary time since 2016, allowed one hit in two scoreless innings. Salvador Perez had two hits, together with a solo dwelling run.
Ryan O’Hearn added a solo shot.
Joey Gallo had a two-run dwelling run for Texas, connecting off Santana within the first inning.
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