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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Cardinals welcome Pujol with Pirates opening round

scheduled tribe. LOUIS ( Associated Press) — Adam Wainwright (1-0) made six scoreless innings, Tyler O’Neill scored three runs and scored five runs, and the St. Louis Cardinals marked the return of Albert Pujols to a 9-0 season. Celebrated – first win over Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

Yadier Molina knocked out a runner trying to steal second in the first game of his final big league season, and Nolan Arenado and Tommy Edman also made home for the Cardinals, who won 35-year-old Oliver Marmol’s managerial debut. Paul Goldschmidt made four stat walks, the first since Manny Ramirez in 2002 to do so on the first day.

The Pirates only had six hits and debuted star K’Brien Hayes to leave with an arm cramp in the first inning – just hours after news spread that Hayes had agreed to a $70 million, eight-year deal. JT Brubaker (0-1) conceded four runs in three innings.

Fans cheered Pujols by standing, about a minute before his first bat, leaving a flyout in the first innings. Pujols, who signed a one-year deal with St. Louis last month, was 0 for 5.

Astros 3, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. ( Associated Press) – Framber Valdez overtook Shohei Ohtani with 6 2/3 innings of a two-hit ball, and Houston tied the longest opening day winning streak in major league history with a win over Los Angeles.

Alex Bregman had an early RBI single and a late homer as the Astros won their 10th straight season opener. This matches the mark posted by the late 19th-century Boston Beaners – now the Atlanta Braves.

Valdez (1-0) was dominant in his first career in early April, scoring six runs and a quick run. He retired 15 straight Angels after a single from Matt Duffy in second.

Ohtani (0–1) scored nine runs pitching a one-run ball in the fifth for the Angels, who lost their season opener for the eighth time in nine years. Last season’s AL MVP took advantage of baseball’s off-season rule changes to score 0 for 4 at the plate, allowing him to remain the designated hitter after finishing pitching.

Bregman and Yordan Alvarez both fired new Angels reliever Ryan Tapera from home.

Albert Pujols, left, and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate a 9-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at a baseball game in St. Louis, Thursday, April 7, 2022.

Mike Trout, the three-time MVP, went 1 for 4 with a ninth-innings single in the first game of the three-time MVP with an injured calf missing the final 4 1/2 months of the previous season.

Ryan Pressley earned a savings of several hours after agreeing to a $30 million, two-year contract.

Mets 5, Nationals 1

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — Mark Canha and Starling Marte — two products of the Mets’ quarter-billion dollar off-season spending spree — run back to back in Tyler Magill’s five shutout innings as Jacob deGrome’s opening day starter, and New York won the start of manager Buck Showalter.

The Mets became the first team in four consecutive seasons to be dismissed without a score on their opening day. Magill (1-0), a 6-foot-7 right-hander who reached the majors last June, allowed three hits and no walks while hitting six.

He entered the day with the least amount of time in any Mets Opening Day majors starting pitcher, but drew the assignment because two-time Cy Young Award winner DeGrom is injured.

National starter Patrick Corbin (0-1), on the mound for Game 1 as 2019 World Series MVP Stephen Strasberg returns from surgery, conceded two runs in four-plus innings.

Red 6, Brave 3

ATLANTA ( Associated Press) — Tyler Mahle allowed only one unearned run in five innings to overtake Max Fried, Brandon Drury hit a three-run homer and Cincinnati spoiled Atlanta’s World Series celebration.

The Braves unveiled their World Series pennant in right field at a pregame ceremony after landing in the outfield carrying two parachutist championship banners.

Fried (0-1) conceded five runs for eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He left the game with two runners before Drew’s homer from Colin McHugh, starting his Braves, landed in the Reds’ bullpen behind the left field wall.

Austin Riley hit a two-run homer for Atlanta off a right-hander Dorie Moretta in eighth place.

Mahle (1-0) was quick at the start of his first day, allowing only three hits with two walks and seven strikes. Tony Santillon finished his first career save with a perfect ninth.

royals 3, guardian 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ( Associated Press) — Bobby Witt Jr. made his much-anticipated big league debut with his first hit, a double double with two outs in the eighth inning, sending Kansas City to re-named Cleveland.

Andrew Benintendi drove into Witt after being hit by a clutch, giving a cushion to Royals reliever Scott Barlow (1-0). After a perfect eighth, Barlow hit Miles Strau in the ninth to finish with runners on the corners.

In a matchup of former Cy Young Award winners, Cleveland ace Shane Bieber and former Royals star Zach Greinke dueled for a 1-all stalemate before turning the game into the bullpen on a cold day at Kaufman Stadium.

It remained tied until eighth, when Michael Taylor of the Royals made a walk from Tristan Mackenzie (0–1) and then took second on a sacrificial bunt from Nikki Lopez. Mackenzie ousted Witt Merrifield before Witt, regarded by many as the No. 1 prospect in the game, doubled the left-field line to give Kansas City their first lead.

Cubs 5, Brewers 4

CHICAGO ( Associated Press) – Ian Happ got three hits, including a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning, as Chicago beat Milwaukee.

Nico Horner hit the first homer of the 2022 Majors and Kyle Hendrix neatly held on to sixth, helping Chicago win on a cold, chilly afternoon at Wrigley Field. Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki reached three times and scored in his first major league game. Chris Martin (1-0) took two outs for the win in his Cubs debut.

On a first and debut-filled day, Milwaukee ace Corbin Burns and catcher Omar Narvaez became the first battery to use baseball’s new electronic pitch-calling system in a regular-season game. The 2021 NL Cy Young Award winner allowed three runs and four hits in five innings.

Andrew McCutcheon, Willie Adams and Rowdy Tellez hit two each for Milwaukee, and Lorenzo Cain scored two. Aaron Ashby (0-1).

Diamondbacks 4, Padres 2

PHOENIX ( Associated Press) — Seth Beer launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Arizona over San Diego.

A beer blast off Craig Stamen spoiled the opening day of Padres starter Yu Darvish, who played six no-hit innings before being drawn to a 2-0 lead after 92 pitches.

The Padres lost to a bullpen meltdown. San Diego took a two-run advantage in ninth place but Robert Suárez (0–1) – who was making his major league debut – faced two batters first and then tried to load the bases with a pitch to Carson Kelly. killed for

Stamen entered and immediately threw a wild pitch that rounded Christian Walker. And then the Bears, in their 13th major league at-bat, crushed a breaking ball that gave the Diamondbacks a comeback victory on National Beer Day in the United States.

No joke.

Joe Mantipelli (1-0) won from ninth place without a score.

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