MLB back with replays, metal detectors, comebacks (The Associated Press)

Jimmy Rollins began the season with a slam, Neil Walker with a walkoff homer and the Washington Nationals with a thrilling ninth-inning comeback. After a frigid winter of blizzards for much of the U.S., baseball came storming back Monday when 26 major league teams opened their seasons and seemed to make the outdoors feel a little warmer. Washington’s Matt Williams and Detroit’s Brad Ausmus won in their big league debuts…

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Beginning of the end for Jeter starts in Houston (The Associated Press)

Derek Jeter is unsure how he will feel Tuesday when he begins his farewell season with the New York Yankees against the Houston Astros. ”I’m trying to treat it like any other opening day,” he said, ”and every opening day is special where you have butterflies and you have nerves and I think that’s a good thing. Jeter announced in February that his 20th big league season will be his…

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Play ball! Opening Day filled with early surprises (Reuters)

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) – Opening Day unfolded across the United States on Monday with the promise of warmer days, the familiar scent of hot dogs sizzling on the grill and a batch of surprises in Major League Baseball’s annual day of celebration. Unlikely players gave New York Mets fans hope at chilly Citi Field before the Washington Nationals rescued a 9-7 win in 10 innings with the…

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Rollins' slam highlights shortstop's historic day (The SportsXchange)

ARLINGTON, Texas — Not only did shortstop Jimmy Rollins make history by just stepping on the field Monday, he made plenty of noise with his bat in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 14-10 victory over the Texas Rangers. Rollins set a National League record and tied a Major League mark for shortstops with his 14th consecutive Opening Day start for the same franchise. Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr. had held the previous MLB…

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Phillies win opening slugest vs. Rangers (The SportsXchange)

ARLINGTON, Texas — There is little Cliff Lee will want to remember about his return to Texas, save the outcome. The Philadelphia Phillies made a winner out of Lee, prevailing in Monday afternoon’s 14-10 slugfest over the Rangers at Globe Life Park. The left-handed veteran was back in Arlington for the first time since helping lead the Rangers to the 2010 World Series. His only previous Opening Day start was…

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Phillies win hit parade on Opening Day

Just like they drew it up: Cliff Lee got the win, Jonathan Papelbon closed out a close game with a perfect ninth and the Phillies topped the Rangers on Opening Day. Looks like Jimmy Rollins was right after all, at least for one day. The Phillies went into the season opener having gone three straight spring games without scoring a run, but who cares now? They racked up 17 hits…

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Thoughts on the Phillies’ 14-10 Opening Day Victory

After an off-season that lasted for what seemed like an eternity -baseball returned to us this afternoon as the Phillies battled the Rangers in Texas. Cliff Lee opposed Tanner Scheppers, filling in for the injured Yu Darvish. The two teams combined for 24 runs, 31 hits, and 10 walks. With 14 of those runs, the Phillies set a franchise record in the live ball era for runs scored on Opening…

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Phillies open with 14-10 victory at Rangers (The Associated Press)

Jimmy Rollins hit a grand slam and pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. had a two-run double that put Philadelphia ahead to stay in a wild opening 14-10 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday. Cliff Lee (1-0) matched his career high by allowing eight runs and struck out only one, but the left-hander made it through five innings in another less-than-stellar opener for him in the Rangers’ home ballpark. Marlon Byrd…

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Phillies 14, Rangers 10 (The SportsXchange)

ARLINGTON, Texas — There is little Cliff Lee will want to remember about his return to Texas, save the outcome. The Philadelphia Phillies made a winner out of Lee, prevailing in Monday afternoon’s 14-10 slugfest over the Rangers at Globe Life Park. The left-handed veteran was back in Arlington for the first time since helping lead the Rangers to the 2010 World Series. His only previous Opening Day start was…

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