today was opening day. The Orioles were postponed due to rainy weather in Boston; the Yankees lost in extra innings. So, the Orioles are a half a game ahead of the Yankees. This may be the only day this year they will be ahead of the Yankees.
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O's won. Trey Mancini, who spent all of 2020 on the DL recovering from colon cancer, came back today. First two at bats, he grounded into double plays. But, later, contributed offensively. Great to have him back.
Seattle Mariners won their opener against the Giants in front of 9,000 live fans. Or as they call it, a sell-out.
O’s hitters have struck out 77 times so far this year in 6 games. 6 games = 162 outs (they have had no home games yet). That is a stunning 47.5% of their outs coming on strikeouts. And this is with Chris Davis on the DL. And all the games were AL games, with a DH, so no pitchers had to hit.
Yet, they are 4-2. Last night the O’s had 17 strikeouts and the Yankees had 13 hits and yet, the O’s won. First Oriole win in NY since March of 2019. Go figure.
"Yes, the streak of 8,205 games played, of 52 seasons plus a week, is no more. The Padres are no longer the only team to have never thrown a no-hitter."--LA Times
I was at the Murph the night in 1970 when manager Preston Gomez pulled Clay Kirby from the game despite Kirby having a no-hitter for 8 innings. The Pads were losing 1-0 to the Mets. Gomez' reliever gave up 2 runs in the 9th and SD lost 3-0. Closest SD came to a no-hitter until yesterday.