The 2016 Major League Baseball season began Sunday. Here’s a look at some highlights:
Royals 4, Mets 3 in Kansas City, Mo. – Reigning champion Kansas City picked up where it left off last season, beating Matt Harvey and New York on Sunday night in the first Opening Day rematch of a World Series.
With runners at the corners in the ninth inning, All-Star closer Wade Davis struck out David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes to preserve the win.
Edinson Volquez (1-0), who started the decisive Game 5 at Citi Field last fall, allowed two hits and three walks over six scoreless innings, his night curtailed by an inflated pitch count rather than anything the Mets did.
Blue Jays 5, Rays 3 in St. Petersburg, Fla. – Marcus Stroman outpitched Chris Archer in his first Opening Day start, helping Toronto begin defense of their first American League East title in 22 years with a victory over Tampa Bay.
Stroman allowed three runs and six hits over eight-plus innings for the Blue Jays.
Edwin Encarnacion had two hits and drove in two runs after not having an at-bat in a major league exhibition all spring training.
Archer struck out a Rays Opening Day record 12 in five innings.
Pirates 4, Cardinals 1 in Pittsburgh – Francisco Liriano tied a Pirates Opening Day record by striking out 10 and singled home the first run of the 2016 Major League Baseball season for good measure, sending Pittsburgh past St. Louis.
It was 39 degrees when Liriano threw the first pitch of the year. He allowed three hits and walked five in six shutout innings. His RBI hit in the second came off Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
David Freese, the 2011 World Series MVP for the Cardinals, had two hits against his former club in his debut with Pittsburgh.
Wainwright gave up three runs in six innings, walking three and striking out three in his first regular season start since tearing his Achilles last April.
Hit: David Freese, Pirates
Home run: Troy Tulowitzki, Blue Jays
RBI: Francisco Liriano, Pirates
Run scored: Gregory Polanco, Pirates
Win: Francisco Liriano, Pirates
Loss: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
Save: Roberto Osuna, Blue Jays