The Miami Marlins enjoyed a winning return to MLB action following their coronavirus outbreak, while World Series champions the Washington Nationals also made a comeback.

Miami had not featured since Opening Day – a COVID-19 outbreak within the Marlins' clubhouse leading to an eight-day layoff from baseball.

However, the makeshift Marlins – sporting a revamped roster with 17 different players – made their long-awaited comeback in a 4-0 win against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.

After the start of the game was delayed 40 minutes as MLB awaited final coronavirus test results, Francisco Cervelli and Jesus Aguilar homered to inspire the Marlins at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

The Marlins, who improved to 3-1 for the season, also rode five shut-out innings from Pablo Lopez.

After a four-day break due to coronavirus, the Nationals trumped the injury-depleted New York Mets 5-3 in a rain-interrupted showdown.

Howie Kendrick and Josh Harrison fuelled the Nationals with homers in Washington.

 

Pujols hits 659th homer

Albert Pujols moved just one home run away from moving fifth on the all-time list after hitting his 659th career homer in a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Pujols' third home run of the season saw him move within touching distance of Hall of Famer Willie Mays' career total of 660, with Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696) the only other players ahead of him.

Dustin May struck out a career-high eight batters to help the Los Angeles Dodgers down the San Diego Padres 5-2. It was May's first career win against the Padres following two losses.

A walk-off grand slam from Stephen Piscotty saw the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 for their fourth consecutive victory. Athletics prospect Jesus Luzardo pitched five scoreless innings in his first career start.

 

Bumgarner roughed up by Astros

Madison Bumgarner endured his worst outing of the season in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 8-2 loss to the Houston Astros. Bumgarner – a high-profile recruit from the San Francisco Giants – gave up eight runs over 4.3 innings. He gave up seven hits, hit three batters, walked two and recorded an error in the fourth.

The Toronto Blue Jays were torched 10-1 by the Atlanta Braves as Matt Shoemaker struggled. He gave up six hits and six runs in 4.6 innings in his first start since July 25.

 

Papa Trout

After becoming a father for the first time, Angels star Mike Trout returned to the mount following a four-game absence. His comeback resulted in a home run in the opening inning. Pujols also homered in the first inning – the 10th time the Angels pair have homered in the opening frame, which is the most by any team-mate in league history per STATS.

 

 

Tuesday's results

Cleveland Indians 4-2 Cincinnati Reds
Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 Boston Red Sox
Washington Nationals 5-3 New York Mets
Atlanta Braves 10-1 Toronto Blue Jays
Miami Marlins 4-0 Baltimore Orioles
Chicago White 3-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Chicago Cubs 5-4 Kansas City Royals
Colorado Rockies 5-2 San Francisco Giants
Houston Astros 8-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 San Diego Padres
Oakland Athletics 5-1 Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Angels 5-3 Seattle Mariners
Minnesota Twins 7-3 Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Phillies at Yankees

The Philadelphia Phillies and high-flying New York Yankees will meet in a doubleheader on Wednesday. Originally scheduled for Tuesday before being postponed due to severe inclement weather, the Yankees will be the home team in the first game before the Phillies became the hosts in the second clash at Citizens Bank Park.

Gerrit Cole continued his streak of wins as the New York Yankees were victorious again, while Jacob deGrom impressed in MLB on Monday.

Cole extended his regular-season streak of victories to 19 in the Yankees' 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

He gave up five hits in six innings with four strikeouts as the Yankees improved to 8-1.

Gio Urshela hit a three-run home run for the Yankees in the sixth inning.

DeGrom struck out 10 over six innings in the Mets' 7-2 win against the Atlanta Braves.

In a blow to the Braves, starting pitcher Mike Soroka tore his right Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.

Bryant homers on return as Cubs' pitchers shine

Kris Bryant returned from illness and hit a home run as the Chicago Cubs overcame the Kansas City Royals 2-0.

Through 10 games this season, Cubs starting pitchers have held their opponents to a .156 batting average, which is the lowest allowed by any team's starting pitchers through 10 games of a season in the live-ball era (since 1920), as per STATS. Alec Mills gave up just three hits in seven innings.

Sonny Gray has made 36 straight starts without allowing more than six hits after shining again. The Cincinnati Reds edged the Cleveland Indians 3-2.

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer as the Colorado Rockies improved to 7-2 by beating the San Francisco Giants 7-6.

 

Arrieta battles for Phillies

Jake Arrieta struggled in the Phillies' loss. He conceded seven hits and three runs in five innings.

 

Cruz walk-off

Nelson Cruz hit a walk-off single as the Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4.

Monday's results

Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Cleveland Indians
New York Yankees 6-3 Philadelphia Phillies
New York Mets 7-2 Atlanta Braves
Chicago White Sox 6-4 Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins 5-4 Pittsburgh Pirates
Chicago Cubs 2-0 Kansas City Royals
Colorado Rockies 7-6 San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres 5-4 Los Angeles Dodgers
Oakland Athletics 11-1 Seattle Mariners

 

Dodgers at Padres

The Los Angeles Dodgers (7-4) dropped their series opener against the San Diego Padres (7-4) on Monday and the teams meet again on Tuesday.

Detroit Tigers reliever Tyler Alexander made history in MLB, while Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw starred in his 2020 debut.

The Tigers lost their doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday – 4-3 and 4-0 – but unheralded pitcher Alexander set a league record.

Alexander struck out the first nine batters he faced in the opening game – tying the American League (AL) mark and setting an MLB record for most consecutive strikeouts by a reliver.

"I normally don't try to strike people out," Alexander, who entered in the third inning, said. "But I would say after the fifth strikeout I was trying to strike people out."

Kershaw impressed in his first appearance of the season as the Dodgers shut out the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0.

After sitting out last month's season opener, Kershaw returned to the mound and allowed three hits, while striking out six across 5.2 innings of work against the Diamondbacks.

Three-time National League (NL) Cy Young Award winner Kershaw, who retired his first 10 batters, exited the game with the Dodgers leading 3-0.

"It was fun, I missed it," the 2014 NL MVP said. "It was hard to miss opening day and I didn't know how long it would take for my back to get better.

"It bounced back pretty quick, so I was just thankful to get out there today. Felt good, it was awesome."

 

Judge homers for fifth straight game

New York Yankees All-Star slugger Aaron Judge hit a home run for a career-high fifth consecutive game. Judge became the first Yankees player since Alex Rodriguez in 2007 to achieve the feat as his team swept the Boston Red Sox with a 9-7 triumph.

The Atlanta Braves extended their winning streak to five games after blanking the Yoenis Cespedes-less New York Mets 4-0.

A 9-6 victory over the San Diego Padres saw the Colorado Rockies improve to 6-2 for the season – matching the team's second-best start in franchise history. Colorado opened 7-1 in 1995.

 

Ohtani leaves Angels sweating

Shohei Ohtani produced another wild performance before being sent for an MRI by the Los Angeles Angels. Ohtani – back on the mound after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018 – felt discomfort in his pitching arm. Prior to that, the Angels star issued five walks and only five outs in a difficult outing as the Los Angeles franchise lost 6-5 to the Houston Astros after 11 innings.

 

Pujols homers… again

Angels star Albert Pujols homered in the third inning, a grand slam. He is now just two home runs shy of matching Willie Mays (660) for fifth all-time.

Sunday's results

Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Detroit Tigers
Cincinnati Reds 4-0 Detroit Tigers
Baltimore Orioles 5-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Atlanta Braves 4-0 New York Mets
Chicago White Sox 9-2 Kansas City Royals
Minnesota Twins 3-1 Cleveland Indians
Chicago Cubs 2-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Colorado Rockies 9-6 San Diego Padres
Texas Rangers 9-5 San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 Arizona Diamondbacks
Oakland Athletics 3-2 Seattle Mariners
Houston Astros 6-5 Los Angeles Angels
New York Yankees 9-7 Boston Red Sox

 

Phillies at Yankees

The Philadelphia Phillies are set to make their first appearance since their opening series of the season following a coronavirus outbreak, travelling to the in-form Yankees on Monday.

The New York Yankees extended their winning streak in MLB after defeating American League rivals the Boston Red Sox 5-2.

Aaron Judge homered for a career-high fourth consecutive game as the Yankees stayed hot with their fifth straight victory on Saturday.

All-Star slugger Judge hit a 455-foot home run to give the Yankees the lead in the first tinning before Gio Urshela smashed his first career grand slam to make it 5-0 in the second.

Nick Nelson pitched three hitless innings in his MLB debut for the high-flying Yankees.

The Yankees, who improved to 6-1 for the season, have made their best start to a campaign since 2003.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers crushed the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-2.

The Dodgers hit four home runs, including Chris Taylor's three-run homer, to ease past the Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

 

White Sox pair star

Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert had four hits and a home run apiece in the Chicago White Sox's 11-5 victory against the Kansas City Royals. Per STATS, they are just the second duo of players aged 23 or younger to do that in the modern era, joining Atlanta Braves pair Chipper Jones and Ryan Klesko in 1995.

Tyler Chatwood matched a career high with 11 strikeouts as the Chicago Cubs edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3.

A pair of Miguel Sano home runs and Kenta Maeda's six scoreless innings helped the Minnesota Twins blank the Cleveland Indians 3-0.

 

Carrasco endures tough outing

In Cleveland's loss to Minnesota, Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco gave up six hits in six innings, while going for three solo homers.

 

Arenado with the catch!

Colorado Rockies star Nolan Arenado showed why he is a five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner with this catch against the San Diego Padres. The Rockies won 6-1 to improve their season record to 5-2.

 

Saturday's results

Chicago White Sox 11-5 Kansas City Royals
New York Yankees 5-2 Boston Red Sox
Los Angeles Angels 5-4 Houston Astros
Atlanta Braves 7-1 New York Mets
Minnesota Twins 3-0 Cleveland Indians
Baltimore Orioles 5-4 Tampa Bay Rays
Los Angeles Dodgers 11-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies 6-1 San Diego Padres
Chicago Cubs 4-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
San Francisco Giants 7-3 Texas Rangers
Oakland Athletics 3-2 Seattle Mariners
Cincinnati Reds-Detroit Tigers (postponed)

 

Reds at Tigers

The Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers will clash in a seven-innings doubleheader on Sunday. Saturday's game was rained out, even after the scheduled start was moved up by five hours in an attempt to beat the weather forecast.

The New York Yankees continued their fast start to the MLB season, while Mookie Betts impressed in a loss.

The Yankees improved to 5-1 with a 5-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday.

Aaron Judge hit his third home run of the season, his two-run blast in the third inning giving the Yankees a lead they would not relinquish.

Brett Gardner also homered for the Yankees, who condemned the Red Sox to a 3-5 record.

Betts went three-of-five and hit his first homer for the Dodgers in a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

It ended the Dodgers' three-game winning streak, but they are 5-3 this season.

Dynamic Darvish

Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish gave up just two hits in six innings and struck out seven in a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Travis D'Arnaud went three-of-four and had five RBIs in the Atlanta Braves' 11-10 victory against the New York Mets.

Kyle Lewis impressed again for the Seattle Mariners. He became the first rookie to tally 15 or more hits through his team's first eight games of a season since 1977, as per STATS. Lewis went two-of-four in a 5-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Castillo struggles

Luis Castillo conceded five runs and eight hits in six innings in the Cincinnati Reds' 7-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

 

Brilliant Betts

To go with his home run, Betts showed off his incredible arm.

Friday's results

New York Yankees 5-1 Boston Red Sox
Atlanta Braves 11-10 New York Mets
Detroit Tigers 7-2 Cincinnati Reds
Baltimore Orioles 6-3 Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox 3-2 Kansas City Royals
Minnesota Twins 4-1 Cleveland Indians
Chicago Cubs 6-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
San Francisco Giants 9-2 Texas Rangers
Seattle Mariners 5-3 Oakland Athletics
San Diego Padres 8-7 Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Los Angeles Dodgers
Houston Astros 9-6 Los Angeles Angels

 

Red Sox at Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka is set to start for the Yankees (5-1) as they continue their series against the Red Sox (3-5) on Saturday.

Shane Bieber tied the MLB record for strikeouts in a pitchers' first two starts of the season as the Cleveland Indians blanked the Minnesota Twins 2-0.

Indians pitcher Bieber struck out 13 batters over eight innings to inspire Cleveland's shut-out win in Minneapolis on Thursday.

After striking out 14 against the Kansas City Royals on Opening Day, Bieber's total of 27 from two outings matched the record set by Karl Spooner of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954.

Per STATS, Bieber is also the first pitcher in American League history to have 13-plus strikeouts and zero runs allowed in back-to-back starts at any point.

"I've never been that much of a punch-out pitcher, especially coming up through the minors. The book on me was pitch to contact, this and that. I've made some adjustments the past couple years and started to see some swings and misses," Bieber said.

Meanwhile, the New York Yankees extended their winning streak after topping the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 thanks to All-Star slugger Aaron Judge.

Judge hit a huge three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning as the Yankees reclaimed the lead to see off the Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

It was the Yankees' 18th consecutive victory against the Orioles as the storied New York franchise posted their third straight win to top the AL East.

 

Cabrera's multi-homer game

Miguel Cabrera posted the 40th multi-homer game of his career and first since September 2016. Cabrera hit solo home runs in the first and eighth innings, but the Detroit Tigers still lost 5-3 to the Royals.

Christian Vazquez clubbed a pair of homers as the Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Mets 4-2 to stay hot.

The Los Angeles Angels lost 8-5 to the Seattle Mariners but Shohei Ohtani smashed a three-run homer in the ninth inning. Ohtani's 42nd career home run in MLB tied him for the fifth-most by a Japanese-born player.

 

Jays starter Ryu struggles

Off-season recruit Ryu Hyun-jin was knocked around by the Washington Nationals. The Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, in just his second start after joining from the Los Angeles Dodgers on a four-year, $80million deal, allowed five runs and nine hits in 4.3 innings as World Series champions the Nationals won 6-4. Ryu was second in the National League Cy Young voting last year but his ERA is now 8.00.

 

Calhoun says no!

Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Kole Calhoun – the 2015 Gold Glove winner – produced this fine diving catch against the Dodgers, who won 6-3.

 

 

Thursday's results

Washington Nationals 6-4 Toronto Blue Jays
Boston Red Sox 4-2 New York Mets
Cleveland Indians 2-0 Minnesota Twins
Atlanta Braves 2-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Kansas City Royals 5-3 Detroit Tigers
New York Yankees 8-6 Baltimore Orioles
Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 Arizona Diamondbacks
Seattle Mariners 8-5 Los Angeles Angels
San Diego Padres 12-7 San Francisco Giants
Chicago Cubs-Cincinnati Reds (postponed)

 

Red Sox at Yankees

AL rivals the Red Sox and Yankees will go head-to-head on Friday. The Red Sox – riding back-to-back wins – will start with Ryan Weber away to the Yankees, who counter with Jordan Montgomery on the mound in the series opener.

Gerrit Cole stayed hot to lead the New York Yankees past the Baltimore Orioles 9-3, while MLB World Series champions the Washington Nationals returned to winning ways.

Yankees ace Cole earned his 18th consecutive regular-season win as the star-studded New York franchise trounced the Orioles on Wednesday.

A high-profile recruit from the Houston Astros, the three-time All-Star retired 14 successive batters and 19 of 20 following Jose Iglesias' first-inning RBI double in a seven-strikeout effort.

It was Cole's second victory in as many starts for the Yankees, who were also fuelled by home runs from DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks.

The Yankees, whose schedule has been altered due to the coronavirus outbreak within the Miami Marlins clubhouse, top the American League (AL) East with a 3-1 record.

As for the Nationals, they ended their slump via a 4-0 extra-inning win against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Nationals had lost three straight games to sit 1-4 but snapped their skid thanks to a four-run 10th inning after playing as a home team in their own ballpark for the first time.

The Blue Jays – set to be based in Buffalo for their home fixtures – have been forced to relocate from Toronto due to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Ohtani hits first homer of 2020, Dodgers sweep Astros

After struggling in his long-awaited return, Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani enjoyed a better outing against the Seattle Mariners. He hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. It also marked the first home run of Ohtani's career on 0-2 count.

Almost three years after losing the 2017 World Series to the Houston Astros, which has since been overshadowed by the sign-stealing scandal, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally claimed a series against their rivals. Edwin Rios' two-run homer guided the Dodgers to a 4-2 victory at Minute Maid Park and a two-game sweep.

Brandon Woodruff's dominant display helped the Milwaukee Brewers shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0. Woodruff struck out 10 batters and retired 17 consecutive batters as the Brewers earned their first series triumph of 2020.

 

Hand struggles to stop White Sox

Cleveland Indians reliver Brad Hand was ineffective in a 4-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox. After Zach Plesac struck out a career-high 11 to shut out the White Sox on three hits through eight innings, Hand was unable to continue the job. He gave up a walk and hit a batter in the ninth before sacrifice flies from Yasmani Grandal and Eloy Jimenez helped the White Sox end a three-game losing streak.

 

Cubs' first triple play since 1997

The Chicago Cubs lost 12-7 to the Cincinnati Reds but they completed a 23-year first for the franchise. For the first time since 1997 against the San Francisco Giants, the Cubs produced a triple play in the seventh inning.

Wednesday's results

Detroit Tigers 5-4 Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox 4-0 Cleveland Indians
Washington Nationals 4-0 Toronto Blue Jays
Texas Rangers 7-4 Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies 5-1 Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners 10-7 Los Angeles Angels
San Francisco Giants 7-6 San Diego Padres
Minnesota Twins 3-0 St Louis Cardinals
New York Yankees 9-3 Baltimore Orioles
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 Houston Astros
Boston Red Sox 6-5 New York Mets
Atlanta Braves 7-4 Tampa Bay Rays
Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 Pittsburgh Pirates
Cincinnati Reds 12-7 Chicago Cubs

 

Indians at Twins

The Minnesota Twins will look to improve to an AL-best 5-1 record when they host Central rivals the Indians on Thursday. Jose Berrios will take to the mound, while the Indians are set to counter with Shane Bieber.

The Toronto Blue Jays heaped more misery on the slumping Washington Nationals following a 5-1 victory in MLB on Tuesday.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered for the Blue Jays as World Series champions the Nationals slumped to their third consecutive defeat.

It was a forgettable outing for the Nationals in Washington, where two outfielders collided on Guerrero's homer and two errors from second baseman Starlin Castro led to three unearned runs.

The Nationals – without star slugger Juan Soto – are now 1-4 for the season, usually not a big deal but it is a lot different in 2020 due to the condensed 60-game regular campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Baez fuels Cubs, Indians sweep doubleheader

Javier Baez was the hero for the Chicago Cubs, hitting a pair of home runs in an 8-5 victory against the Cincinnati Reds. The 2016 World Series champion and two-time All-Star also doubled in the fifth and later scored to help the Cubs improve to 4-1 for the season.

The Cleveland Indians claimed their doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox – winning 4-3 and 5-3. Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer in the second game, while Oscar Mercado had a two-run single.

Albert Pujols recorded his 657th career home run to lift the Los Angeles Angels past the Seattle Mariners 10-2. Pujols punished Mariners reliever Nestor Cortes in the fifth inning for his first homer of the season. The 40-year-old is now just three home runs shy of tying Hall of Famer Willie Mays for fifth on the all-time list.

The San Diego Padres topped the San Francisco Giants 5-3 after Fernando Tatis Jr. sent a home run to the right-field porch at Oracle Park. The homer turned an early deficit into a 3-1 lead for the Padres, who improved to 4-1 for the best record in the National League alongside the Cubs.

 

Cardinals lose Mikolas

The St Louis Cardinals will be without starter Miles Mikolas for the remainder of the season. Mikolas – an All-Star in 2018 – requires surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his right arm. St Louis lost 6-3 to the Minnesota Twins.

It was a forgettable night for the Houston Astros, who lost 5-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a spiteful showdown. Welcoming the Dodgers to Minute Maid Park for the first time since the 2017 World Series, which has been overshadowed by the sign-stealing scandal involving the Astros – who went on to outlast the Los Angeles franchise in seven games during that MLB showpiece series, Houston conceded five runs in the fifth inning. There was plenty of words spoken as the benches cleared in the sixth inning.

 

Donaldson brings the rain

Twins recruit Josh Donaldson hit his first home run for his new team. The three-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger and 2015 American League MVP arrived from the Atlanta Braves this year.

 

Tuesday's results

Cleveland Indians 4-3 Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians 5-3 Chicago White Sox
Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 Washington Nationals
Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs 8-5 Cincinnati Reds
Pittsburgh Pirates 8-6 Milwaukee Brewers
Detroit Tigers 4-3 Kansas City Royals
New York Mets 8-3 Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins 6-3 St Louis Cardinals
Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Houston Astros
Colorado Rockies 8-3 Oakland Athletics
Los Angeles Angels 10-2 Seattle Mariners
San Diego Padres 5-3 San Francisco Giants
New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies (postponed)
Baltimore Orioles-Miami Marlins (postponed)

 

Yankees at Orioles

After agreeing to a schedule change, the New York Yankees (2-1) will face the Baltimore Orioles (2-1) on the road on Wednesday. The Miami Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak has had a domino effect throughout the league following the postponement of Tuesday's Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies matchup. Instead, the Yankees will now meet the Orioles in Baltimore midweek. The Orioles were scheduled to take on the Marlins, but Miami's season has been suspended through Sunday.

The Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox both fell to 1-3 to begin the MLB season.

The Nationals and Red Sox saw their slow starts to the reduced 60-game campaign continue.

Reigning World Series champions Washington fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1, while the Red Sox were beaten 7-4 by the New York Mets on Monday.

It came on a day when the Miami Marlins-Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies games were postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak.

 

History for Stephenson, Hernandez shines

Tyler Stephenson became the first Cincinnati Reds player to homer in his first plate appearance since 1950, per MLB Pipeline, in an 8-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Teoscar Hernandez went two-for-five with two solo home runs in the Blue Jays' win over the Nationals.

The Houston Astros' Alex Bregman hit his 100th career homer in an 8-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

 

Foltynewicz, Funkhouser struggle

Mike Foltynewicz struggled. The Atlanta Braves pitcher gave up six runs in 3.1 innings in a 14-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Kyle Funkhouser conceded five runs in an inning in a defeat against the Kansas City Royals.

 

Alonso goes deep

Pete Alonso homered in the Mets' victory over the Red Sox.

Monday's results

Oakland Athletics 3-0 Los Angeles Angels
San Diego Padres 6-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Washington Nationals
Chicago Cubs 8-7 Cincinnati Reds
Tampa Bay Rays 14-5 Atlanta Braves
Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 Pittsburgh Pirates
Kansas City Royals 14-6 Detroit Tigers
Houston Astros 8-5 Seattle Mariners
New York Mets 7-4 Boston Red Sox

 

Mets at Red Sox

Matt Hall will make his first MLB start as the Red Sox (1-3) look to bounce back against the Mets (2-2) at Fenway Park.

Monday's games between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles have been postponed, MLB has confirmed.

The Marlins played a three-game series in Philadelphia last week but delayed their return home to Miami amid fears of a coronavirus outbreak in the team.

There have been reports of as many as 14 individuals in the Marlins camp contracting COVID-19.

MLB did not release details of the number of confirmed cases but said it was waiting on the results of "additional testing".

The New York Yankees claimed their season-opening series against the Washington Nationals after Gleyber Torres sparked a comeback in MLB action on Sunday.

Torres smashed a seventh-inning home run and delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth as the Yankees topped World Series champions the Nationals 3-2 in Washington.

With the win, the Yankees earned a 2-1 series victory to open the 2020 campaign, which has been reduced to 60 regular-season games amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin had retired 18 of 19 batters through six innings before his shut-out bid was ended by Torres' homer to left field.

Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout, meanwhile, homered on a 3-0 pitch for the first time in his 10-year career.

Trout – a three-time American League MVP – blasted a three-run homer off Mike Fiers in the Angels' 6-4 defeat against the Oakland Athletics, his 286th career home run.

 

Rojas flirts with cycle, Carrasco completes inspirational return

Miguel Rojas almost hit for the cycle as the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-6. Since their inaugural season in 1993, no Marlins player has reached the feat, despite the franchise celebrating two World Series championships among other honours. But Rojas came close, finishing a double shy after going three-for-four. The 31-year-old hit the game-tying three-run homer, an RBI triple and a single, and scored three times.

Carlos Carrasco completed an inspiring comeback. Following his leukemia diagnosis more than a year ago, the Cleveland Indians pitcher – who had not featured since May 2019 – struck out 10 batters in a 9-2 rout of the Kansas City Royals.

Kevin Kiermaier's two-run triple in the 10th inning lifted the Tampa Bay Rays past the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5. The Blue Jays had led 4-2 in the ninth and 5-4 again in the 10th, but the Rays rallied both times.

The Minnesota Twins crushed the Chicago White Sox 14-2 thanks to Jake Cave's grand slam and a pair of home runs from Nelson Cruz.

Trevor Story's two homers inspired the Colorado Rockies to a 5-2 victory at the Texas Rangers, who lost debutant Corey Kluber to shoulder tightness after just one inning.

 

Ohtani fails to record out

Angels star Shohei Ohtani endured a difficult return to the mound. Following an 18-month recovery after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in 2018, Ohtani did not record an out. The 26-year-old walked three batters, gave up three singles from 30 pitches and was charged with five earned runs. He left the game with the Angels trailing 4-0.

For the first time since 1954 when there were only eight clubs in each league, no team have started the season 3-0. All 30 franchises have a loss this term.

 

Riley goes long, very long

Austin Riley blasted a home run off the third deck as the Atlanta Braves crushed the New York Mets 14-1.

Braves team-mate Ronald Acuna Jr. produced a highlight of his own with a stunning catch.

 

Sunday's results

New York Yankees 3-2 Washington Nationals
Miami Marlins 11-6 Philadelphia Phillies
Tampa Bay Rays 6- 5 Toronto Blue Jays
Cleveland Indians 9-2 Kansas City Royals
Detroit Tigers 3-2 Cincinnati Reds
Baltimore Orioles 7-4 Boston Red Sox
Seattle Mariners 7-6 Houston Astros
Minnesota Twins 14-2 Chicago White Sox
Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 St Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs 9-1 Milwaukee Brewers
Colorado Rockies 5-2 Texas Rangers
Oakland Athletics 6-4 Los Angeles Angels
San Francisco Giants 3-1 Los Angeles Dodgers
Atlanta Braves 14-1 New York Mets
Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 San Diego Padres

 

Blue Jays at Nationals

The Blue Jays (1-2), displaced from Toronto due to the COVID-19 crisis, will not start playing at their temporary home in Buffalo until August 11. Until then, the Jays will continue to be on the road as they visit World Series champions the Nationals (1-2) on Monday.

World Series champions the Washington Nationals eased past the New York Yankees 9-2 on the back of Victor Robles' performance in MLB.

Robles produced three hits and four RBI, including a home run off the foul pole, as the Nationals levelled the three-game series on Saturday.

In the absence of stars Juan Soto (coronavirus) and Stephen Strasburg (hand), the Nationals bounced back in Washington following their Opening Day defeat against the Yankees.

Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Taylor also homered for the Nationals, who were inspired by a three-run third inning.

Erick Fedde – starting in place of injured ace Strasburg – allowed a pair of runs in four innings, including Giancarlo Stanton's second homer in two games.

Meanwhile, Colorado Rockies reliever Daniel Bard celebrated a victory in his first MLB game since 2013.

Bard last appeared in the league for the Boston Red Sox in April 2013 and the 35-year-old made his long-awaited return as the Rockies topped the Texas Rangers 3-2.

 

Kapler records first win as Dodgers manager

The San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 to give manager Gabe Kapler his first win. After being outscored 17-2 in the opening two games, the Giants bounced back to avoid their first 0-3 start since 2012. Wilmer Flores homered for the Giants.

The Houston Astros celebrated their 15th consecutive win against the Seattle Mariners thanks to a 7-2 victory.

Christian Yelich and Justin Smoak both homered as the Milwaukee Brewers powered past National League Central rivals the Chicago Cubs 8-3.

Phil Gosselin homered twice for the Philadelphia Phillies, who accounted for the Miami Marlins 7-1.

Dallas Keuchel won his debut as the Chicago White Sox pounded the Minnesota Twins 10-3. After agreeing a $55.5m, three-year contract in December, Keuchel allowed two runs in 5.3 innings.

 

Betts struggles in Dodgers loss

Dodgers star Mookie Betts was hitless in five at-bats with a strikeout against the Giants. Dodgers pitcher Wood gave up three runs and three hits, striking out four and walking three.

The Red Sox were wasteful in their 7-2 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles. Boston were just one for seven with runners in scoring position, stranding 10 runners on base.

 

Stanton smashes ferocious homer

Yankees slugger Stanton hit the second hardest home run Statcast has ever tracked. Stanton whacked the hardest homer in 2018.

 

Saturday's results

Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Chicago Cubs
Baltimore Orioles 7-2 Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox 10-3 Minnesota Twins
St Louis Cardinals 9-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 Toronto Blue Jays
Los Angeles Angels 4-1 Oakland Athletics
Houston Astros 7-2 Seattle Mariners
Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Miami Marlins
Colorado Rockies 3-2 Texas Rangers
San Francisco Giants 5-4 Los Angeles Dodgers
Atlanta Braves 5-3 New York Mets
Kansas City Royals 3-2 Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers 6-4 Cincinnati Reds
Washington Nationals 9-2 New York Yankees
San Diego Padres 5-1 Arizona Diamondbacks

 

Yankees at Nationals

This season-opening series will be decided in Washington on Sunday. Patrick Corbin – into the second season of a $140million, six-year contract – will start of the Nationals, while the Nationals are expected to field a mix of relievers.

Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg said he is not "extremely concerned" after a hand injury ruled him out of the MLB World Series champions' clash with the New York Yankees.

Strasburg was scheduled to make his first start of the season on Saturday, but the star Nationals pitcher was scratched due to a nerve issue in his right hand.

Erick Fedde replaced three-time All-Star and 2012 Silver Slugger Strasburg on the mound for the showdown at Nationals Park in Washington.

"I wouldn't say I'm extremely concerned by it," Strasburg said. "I don't think it's something that'll keep me out too long."

Strasburg helped lead the Nationals to their first World Series championship last season, following their success against the Houston Astros.

The 32-year-old started Games 2 and 6 of the World Series, going 2-0 with a 2.51 ERA, 14 strikeouts and two walks in 14.3 innings of work.

Strasburg's exploits resulted in him signing a seven-year contract with the Nationals.

On the injury, Nationals manager Dave Martinez added: "Hopefully this is a day-to-day thing. We want to be cautious.''

Gerrit Cole showed why the New York Yankees made him baseball's best-paid pitcher as he "had so much fun" in a 4-1 rain-curtailed win over the Washington Nationals on Opening Day.

The former Houston Astros star joined the Yankees in December on a nine-year contract worth $324million, but he has had to be patient in waiting for his first competitive game in the pinstripes.

Cole looked sharp as the Yankees outmatched last year's World Series champions, who edged out the Astros to land the championship.

An early two-run homer from slugger Giancarlo Stanton put the Yankees in charge, and Cole showed impressive discipline to keep the Nationals at bay.

Speaking afterwards, Cole said: “I was so excited. I was walking through the clubhouse before, and I saw a bunch of guys in Yankees uniforms. It just hit me that this was for real.

"I was definitely battling some adrenaline early, trying to hone the timing and the sync with kind of a new surge. I had so much fun being a part of it."

Playing behind closed doors did not prevent it being a special day for the 29-year-old Cole.

"It was just different," he told a post-game news conference. "There are negatives about it relative to what Opening Day would normally be like, but I had so much fun, so I wasn't focusing on any of those things.

"It was different without the fans for sure, a bit challenging maybe at times when you're scanning typically the crowd and you're scanning empty seats, but we had a blast, the dugout was great."

Yankees manager Aaron Boone was glad to tick off a positive start to the delayed season, postponed from its scheduled March 26 start due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Reflecting on Cole's performance, Boone said: "It was really good to see him out there and I really felt he improved as he went and reined it in a little bit.

"He was probably fighting all the excitement and the build-up to this day and I thought he made a lot of really big pitches, especially some pitches when he was behind in the count."

Stanton delighted Boone by going deep early on, giving the Yankees an advantage they were able to build on, with the game being truncated in the sixth inning due to stormy weather.

"It's about as good as you can draw it up, starting the game that way," Boone said. "For G to go out there and clean it out, that's a huge shot in the arm when you're facing another team's ace and you've got your ace on the mound. So, great tone setter for us in that first inning by G."

Like Cole, Boone said the Yankees were able to focus and ignore the empty seats inside Nationals Park.

"I find when the game starts it feels like a game and it's easy to lock in," Boone said.

"There's something you don't do normally, like you don't have your normal physical interaction with people, but I found it very easy to get locked into the game."

Boone admitted to having "a lot of butterflies", but the confident way the Yankees went about their task meant they were soon banished.

"Our guys came out with an edge and you could sense that in the dugout," Boone said.

The New York Yankees prevailed in a rain-shortened showdown with MLB World Series champions the Washington Nationals on Opening Day, while the Los Angeles Dodgers eased past the San Francisco Giants.

Coronavirus has wreaked havoc across the globe, especially in the United States, forcing the start of the 2020 MLB season to be pushed back since March.

But after 297 consecutive days without a regular-season game – the longest drought since the first major league fixture was played in 1876 – MLB made its long-awaited return on Thursday and the Yankees topped the Nationals 4-1 through six innings.

The Yankees led 4-1 midway through the sixth inning before severe weather prompted a delay at Nationals Park in Washington, where the matchup was eventually called off following a break of almost two hours.

Playing behind closed doors amid the COVID-19 crisis to kick off a coronavirus-shortened season, Dr. Anthony Fauci threw the ceremonial first pitch before all Nationals and Yankees players kneeled together prior to the national anthem.

For the first time ever, a defending champions' Opening Day line-up did not feature any of their top four home-run leaders from the previous season following Juan Soto's positive COVID-19 test.

And the Nationals were unable to fill the void after six innings, despite three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer becoming the first pitcher in the modern era to record 10-plus strikeouts on Opening Day in three consecutive seasons.

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer off Scherzer to give New York a 2-0 lead and the perfect start on the road, while Aaron Judge recorded an RBI double off the Nationals ace in the third inning.

Stanton, Judge, Gio Urshela and Tyler Wade all scored for the Yankees, who benefited from star pitcher Gerrit Cole's impressive debut.

The Dodgers also opened their season with a victory on Thursday, easing past the San Francisco Giants 8-1.

After signing a mammoth 12-year contract extension, Dodgers debutant Mookie Betts tallied a run, but Enrique Hernandez led the way with four hits and five RBIs.

The Giants had broken the deadlock in the third inning, however, the Dodgers took control with a five-run seventh inning in Los Angeles.

Dustin May pitched four innings after a back problem prevented Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw from pitching on Opening Day for the ninth time.

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