Friday, April 10, 2015

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Morrow, Lincecum face off in San Diego

Not long ago, the pitching matchup for Friday's Giants-Padres rematch would have been certain to generate intense emotion.
In Seattle.
Rewind to the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Seattle selected University of California right-hander Brandon Morrow with its first-round selection, fifth overall. Five picks later, San Francisco plucked another right-hander, a fellow from the University of Washington who happened to be Tim Lincecum. Mariners fans duly noted the soaring success enjoyed by Lincecum -- including two Cy Young Awards, four All-Star selections, contributions to three World Series triumphs -- and they were unhappy about it, believing that the kid from their own backyard could have led a baseball renaissance in Seattle.
Now, Morrow's and Lincecum's paths cross again, with their respective teams trying to gain early footing in the National League West race.
Things to know about this game
• Giants manager Bruce Bochy said it was likely that Buster Posey will play first base and Hector Sanchez will catch Friday. It keeps Posey's bat in the lineup while sparing him from the rigors of catching. It also pairs Lincecum with Sanchez, who have collaborated effectively.
• San Diego first baseman Yonder Alonso's six hits in the season-opening three-game series at Los Angeles was the team's highest total and tied for fourth-most in franchise history through three games. Only Benito Santiago in 1991 (eight), Tony Gwynn in 1996 (eight) and Luis Salazar in 1983 (seven) had more hits through the same juncture.
• In Lincecum's last eight appearances against San Diego, he has posted a 7-0 record with a 2.01 ERA and two no-hitters.
• The Padres figure to score more runs this season with the additions of such thumpers as Matt Kemp and Justin Upton, but the flipside of that is they've added players who have a history of striking out. Entering the Giants series, San Diego led the Major Leagues with 32 strikeouts in three games.

Young arms Walker, Pomeranz open Mariners-A's set

Young arms may decide the American League West. Seattle and Oakland will face off for the first time this year Friday, and they'll have a pair of high-caliber arms on the mound. Taijuan Walker and Drew Pomeranz will get the ball Friday in Oakland, and these teams will renew a hard-fought rivalry.
Things to know about this game
1. Any one game can make the difference. Seattle and Oakland fought all of last season for a playoff spot, and the A's edged the Mariners by one game. Seattle went 10-9 against Oakland despite falling short of the playoffs, and both sides know their fate can be decided by any given game.
2. Both starters came out of the same Draft. Pomeranz was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, and Walker was taken just 38 spots later. Now, both are trying to establish themselves in the Majors, and Walker is coming off a 4-0 record and a 0.67 ERA in Spring Training.
3. Robinson Cano had a red-hot start for the Mariners last season, notching a .296 batting average in April and a .355 mark in May. And that's consistent with his career. The six-time All-Star is a .299 career hitter in 213 games in March and April, but he has just three hits in his first three games.

Santiago, Angels welcome Royals for ALDS rematch

The Angels' first home game of 2015 will feature the same opponent as their last home game of 2014, and perhaps some bad memories.
On the other side will be the Royals team that swept the Angels in last year's American League Division Series, putting a bitter end to a season that saw them win a Major League-leading 98 games. Angels lefty Hector Santiago will match up against Royals lefty Jason Vargas.
The Royals beat the Angels on back-to-back, 11th-inning walk-off homers in Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS from Southern California, then took an early lead in Game 3 from Kansas City and moved on, leaving the Angels in the dust.
"Kansas City has a good team; they play the game the right way," Angels shortstop Erick Aybar said. "I think it's going to be a good series."
What to watch for:
• Fly-ball pitchers typically thrive at Angel Stadium, and Vargas certainly qualifies. The 32-year-old is 9-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 129 career innings there, which doesn't include the six innings of two-run ball he threw in Game 1 of the ALDS. He's also 5-4 with a 3.02 career ERA against the Angels.
• Santiago's Angels career got off to a rough start, as he went 0-6 with a 5.19 ERA in his first six starts and was optioned to Triple-A a couple weeks later. Upon coming back, though, he closed out the season with a 3.30 ERA in 90 innings.
• Mike Trout is one home run away from 100 in his career. When he hits it, he'll likely become the youngest player ever to reach the 100-homer, 100-steal threshold. The current record holder is Alex Rodriguez, who got there at 23 years, 309 days in 1999. Trout, with 102 career steals, turned 23 last August.

D-backs, Dodgers look to settle old score

The heated rivalry between the Dodgers and D-backs resumes in only the second series of the season, although the teams already stirred it up in Spring Training, when four D-backs were ejected in one game.
The opener Friday night is a matchup of Andersons: Brett Anderson, making his regular-season Dodgers debut, against Chase, who was 1-1 against the Dodgers last year.
On March 30, managers Chip Hale of Arizona and Don Mattingly of Los Angeles had a lengthy chat to clear the air from the March 23 game in which Dodgers infielder Justin Turner was hit by pitches twice. After umpire warnings, Arizona pitchers Allen Webster and Derek Eitel, plus Hale and acting manager Glenn Sherlock were ejected.
Things to watch for:
• Dodgers' eyes will be on the radar gun, as Brett Anderson's velocity was off in his last spring start, although he said his surgically repaired back is fine.
• The D-backs have lost five straight and seven of their last eight to the Dodgers.
• Current Dodgers have nine lifetime hits off Chase Anderson, five of them homers (Yasmani Grandal two; Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig one each).

Brewers set to host division-rival Pirates

The Pirates have already been introduced to the rigors of the National League Central; they were swept in three games by the Reds in the Opening Series. The Brewers are just getting started.
"We respect that club," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of the Brewers. "[Miller Park] has been challenging, but we've been able to find our way. I expect more good baseball when we get there, and expect to turn this thing around."
When the Brewers host the Pirates beginning Friday night, it will begin a stretch of 22 consecutive games for Milwaukee against division rivals. The Brewers won't see a non-Central team until May 4, when the Dodgers come to Miller Park.
"I think all games are important," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Certainly, our division we know we're going to play more often. You'd like to ideally win more games. But you also realize that it is a tough division, and if you can just hang in there in our division and be great against everybody else, you're doing to do OK. So yeah, it's important. But more important? I don't know about that."
Things to know about this game:
• The Brewers are 88-43 against the Pirates since the start of 2007, including 12-7 last season despite being outscored by the Bucs, 81-66. The Pirates had the last laugh, winning the NL's first Wild Card while the Brewers missed the postseason.
• In his career, Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke has held his own against Milwaukee, going 2-2 with a 3.98 ERA in seven starts. He's held the Brewers to a modest .229 average in those games.
• Ryan Braun, who feasts on left-handed pitchers when he's right, owns a .647 slugging percentage in 17 career plate appearances against Locke. The Brewers hope to have Braun back in the lineup after he missed two starts with a right rib-cage injury suffered on Opening Day. The Brewers had an off-day on Thursday, giving Braun some extra time.

Braves open home slate vs. division-rival Mets

Riding the momentum created by their season-opening sweep in Miami, the Braves will attempt to extend their early success when they send Eric Stults to the mound for Friday night's home opener against the Mets.
Stults, who gained a roster spot with an impressive showing during Spring Training, will be be opposed by Jonathon Niese, who has produced a 2.28 ERA in his past four starts against Atlanta.
Three things to know about this game
• With the left-handed Niese serving as the opposition, the Braves will have both third baseman Chris Johnson and left fielder Jonny Gomes in the lineup. Manager Fredi Gonzalez is also contemplating putting Cameron Maybin in center field and Phil Gosselin at second base. But at least one of these guys might sit to allow either Eric Young Jr. or Jace Peterson to fill the leadoff spot. Right-handed batters have hit .282 with a .752 OPS against Niese over the past two seasons. The Mets left-hander has allowed left-handed hitters to bat .248 with a .658 OPS during this same stretch.
• After struggling through the first four months of last season, Stults made some mechanical adjustments that helped him post a 2.74 ERA over his final 11 regular-season starts for San Diego.
• Mets outfielder John Mayberry Jr. will likely be in the starting lineup on Friday or Sunday. He has four hits, including three doubles, in eight career at-bats against Stults.

Haren to make Marlins debut in Citrus Series vs. Rays

The renewal of the Citrus Series is coming early this season. After an off-day on Thursday for both clubs, the Rays and Marlins begin their Interleague series on Friday at Marlins Park.
Dan Haren will make his Miami debut, and the 34-year-old looks to embark on another season of productivity and consistency. The right-hander has a string of 10 consecutive seasons with at least 30 starts and 10 wins.
Tampa Bay has not announced its starter yet. With Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly, Matt Moore and Alex Colome on the disabled list, the Rays will head into Miami with a four-man rotation. Right-handers Matt Andriese and Erasmo Ramirez are the most likely candidates, but manager Kevin Cash said it could be someone else.
Three things to know about this game
• The Marlins swept all four games against the Rays in 2014, rebounding after they went 0-4 in the Citrus Series in '13. The last time Miami swept the season series was in 2005, going 6-0.
• John Jaso (left wrist contusion) remains a question mark. If he's available to go, the Rays could use him against Haren. He has three home runs, five RBIs and a .300 average in 20 career at-bats against the veteran right-hander.
• Although catcher Jeff Mathis was behind the plate for Miami on Wednesday against Atlanta, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is still expected to get the majority of the playing time.

NL Central foes Cards, Reds set to lock horns

With their opening series out of the way, the Cardinals and Reds are set to meet on Friday for the first of 19 regular-season games between the division opponents. The series opener, which has a scheduled first pitch of 7:10 p.m. ET at Great American Ball Park, will feature a pair of 36-year-old veteran righties who have made a combined 663 Major League starts between them. John Lackey is beginning his first full season with the Cardinals, while Jason Marquis is set to make his Cincinnati debut.
Three things to know about this game:
• When Marquis takes the mound on Friday, 630 days will have passed since he last pitched in a Major League game. Marquis, who found a fit in the Reds' rotation following a Minor League invite to camp, can now cross a ninth team off his career list. One of his previous stops was in St. Louis, where he pitched for the Cardinals from 2004-06 and made seven postseason appearances.
• Though the Cardinals signed corner infielder Mark Reynolds primarily to spot Matt Adams days off against lefties, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny may give some thought to giving Reynolds his first start on Friday. He is 5-for-16 with three walks, a homer and three RBIs against Marquis. Adams started his season with strikeouts in three of his first six at-bats.
• Both the Cardinals and Reds are locked in a stretch of games against National League Central opponents. Cincinnati opens the season with 22 consecutive games against division foes, while the Cardinals play 24 of their first 31 against NL Central competition.

Gio, Nationals aiming to get on track vs. Phillies

After losing two out of three games to the Mets to start the 2015 season, the Nationals hit the road to face the Phillies in a three-game series starting on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Although they were not the dominant team they were in the late 2000s, the Phillies gave the Nationals a tough time in their home ballpark last year, winning six out of nine meetings.
In Friday's series opener, right-hander Jerome Williams will take the mound for Philadelphia, while left-hander Gio Gonzalez starts for Washington.
What to watch for:

• Gonzalez missed more than a month last year with a left shoulder injury. During Spring Training this season, Gonzalez showed that he was 100 percent and ready for his first regular-season start of 2015. Gonzalez, who will face the Phillies for the 13th time in his career, is 6-4 with a 3.05 ERA against them. This is not the same dominant Phillies team that the Nationals are used to. Gone are Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Kyle Kendrick. But that does not mean the Phillies will be pushovers against Gonzalez. For example, Grady Sizemore is 7-for-14 with three RBIs against the left-hander.
• Williams will face the Nationals for the fifth time in his career. He is 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA against them. The player Williams has to watch out for is Dan Uggla. Although it's a small sample size, Uggla is 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs against Williams. Williams was a member of the Nationals in 2007, when he spent a half season with them and was winless in six starts with a 7.20 ERA.
• Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is off to a slow start, but against the Nationals, he's a .270 career hitter with 18 home runs and 90 RBIs. He is 3-for 17 with three RBIs against Gonzalez.

Rivalry front and center as Red Sox take on Yankees

The richest rivalry in baseball starts anew Friday night at Yankee Stadium, when the Red Sox come to town for a three-game series.
Both starting pitchers -- Red Sox lefty Wade Miley and Yankees righty Nathan Eovaldi -- will make their debuts for their new teams.
The best matchup of the weekend will be Sunday night, when Clay Buchholz faces Masahiro Tanaka. This is the first of 18 meetings between the rivals in 2015. The Yankees open a three-game series at Fenway Park on May 1.
What to watch for:
• Miley is a sinkerballer who prides himself on working quick and giving his team innings. The lefty has made just one previous start at Yankee Stadium, allowing four hits and three runs over 6 2/3 innings. Manager John Farrell noted that Miley's curveball seems to be becoming a bigger weapon.
• Eovaldi led the National League with 223 hits allowed last season while pitching for the Marlins, but he has worked with pitching coach Larry Rothschild to harness his high-velocity arsenal. Eovaldi said he will try to elevate his fastball and incorporate his splitter, a relatively new pitch for him, against Boston. He also plans to snap off a few first-pitch curveballs.
• Catcher Sandy Leon will make his first regular-season start for the Red Sox following a trade that brought him over from the Nationals at the end of Spring Training. Leon possesses a strong arm and a good rapport with pitchers. The switch-hitter is a .189 hitter in 95 career at-bats.

Twins, White Sox seeking first win in series opener

The new-look White Sox, who added players such as Jeff Samardzija, Adam LaRoche, Melky Cabrera, Zach Duke and David Robertson this offseason, head home to Chicago to show off their upgraded roster in their home opener against the Twins on Friday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi gets the start opposite Twins left-hander Tommy Milone, with both teams still searching for their first win of the year.
Things to know about this game:
• Milone won the fifth-starter competition in Spring Training over Mike Pelfrey and Trevor May, but he moved up a spot in the rotation after Ervin Santana was suspended 80 games for the use of a performance-enhancing substance. Milone struggled with the Twins after being traded to Minnesota at the non-waiver Trade Deadline last year, but he was pitching with a benign tumor in his neck that was removed in December. Milone has had a lot of success against the White Sox in his career, as he's posted a 1.82 ERA in 24 2/3 innings against Chicago in four career starts.
• The White Sox are 64-51 in home openers all time and have won seven straight home openers, as well as 12 of their last 13. Their last home-opening loss came in 2007 against the Indians.
• Noesi is considering wearing the smaller protective covering under his hat that guards pitchers against getting hit by line drives. Noesi wore it once during Spring Training.
"If you don't think about it, you don't feel something in there," Noesi said. "During the game, you're just concentrating on making your pitches."

Tribe's homer opener to renew Indians-Tigers rivalry

The Indians will renew their rivalry with the Tigers on Friday when Cleveland opens its 2015 home slate with a renovated Progressive Field.
Right-hander Zach McAllister will draw the starting assignment in front of the sold-out crowd for the Tribe, which saw starters Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer spin a 0.92 ERA in the season's first three games. Offseason-acquisition Alfredo Simon will start for the Tigers, who are aiming for a fifth straight American League Central crown this season.
Things to know about this game:
• All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley sat out the last two games of the season-opening series in Houston due to stiffness in his lower back. The discomfort has bothered Brantley sporadically since the start of Spring Training. The Indians plan on having Brantley examined further on Friday in Cleveland to hopefully gain more clarity about the issue.
• Teams don't usually set up their rosters for matchups in early April, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus used Joe Nathan's roster spot to call up a third lefty reliever in Blaine Hardy, a move specifically aimed at Cleveland's lefty-heavy lineup. However, Indians batters went 6-for-19 last year against Hardy, who also gave up six walks.
• Though Ausmus said rookie right-hander Angel Nesbitt has the ability to blossom into a late-inning reliever in the big leagues, he isn't sure he'd throw him into a big late-inning situation quite yet. Nesbitt, who hadn't pitched above Double-A before he made the Opening Day roster, split last season closing between Class A Advanced Lakeland and Double-A Erie.

Rockies set to host Cubs in home opener

Welcome home, Rockies. After a long winter, Colorado kicks off the season at Coors Field on Friday, playing host to the Cubs.
Chicago manager Joe Maddon is prepared for his first road trip. He stocked up on layers to stay warm as he adjusts from home games at Tropicana Field to life outside in the National League.
Last season, the Rockies won two of the seven meetings between the two teams, but they didn't have Troy Tulowitzki for any of those games. The shortstop was sidelined most of the season after needing left hip surgery. Tulowitzki has gotten off to a strong start so far, going 5-for-10 in the first two games with three doubles.
"They put together a pretty good squad over there," Chicago starter Travis Wood said. "We'll have to bring our A-game to beat them."
Coors Field should be rockin'; the game is sold out.
Three things to know about this game:
• Tulowitzki has a career .302 batting average, and has hit four home runs and driven in 33 runs in 34 games against the Cubs, while Carlos Gonzalez has a career .355 batting average and has smacked eight home runs and driven in 22 in 32 games against Chicago.
• Wood last faced the Rockies on Aug. 5, giving up three runs over six innings in a contest that went 12 innings, and which Chicago won on Javier Baez's home run in his Major League debut. Wood can't wait to hit there. Actually, the lefty likes to hit anywhere. He delivered two pinch-hit home runs this spring.
• Rockies starter Tyler Matzek was 4-4 with a 3.61 ERA in eight starts at Coors Field last season in his rookie year, which isn't bad considering the ballpark. He faced the Cubs in a bizarre 16-inning game on July 29 at Wrigley Field, taking the loss in his only relief appearance.

Lone Star Series opens '15 chapter in Arlington

The Astros and Rangers renew acquaintances this weekend in the first installment of the Lone Star Series, beginning with the Rangers' home opener at Globe Life Park at 3:07 p.m. CT on Friday in Arlington. The Astros finally won the Silver Boot away from the Rangers last year, going 11-8 after winning just two of 19 meetings in 2013 -- the first year the two teams were both in the American League West.
Things to know about this game:
• This will be a matchup of managers in their first seasons with their clubs -- A.J. Hinch for the Astros and rookie skipper Jeff Banister for the Rangers. Banister grew up in the Houston area, attending the University of Houston, and he interviewed for the opening that eventually went to Hinch.
• Astros starter Collin McHugh enters Friday's season debut riding a seven-game winning streak, dating back to Aug. 7. He went 7-0 with a 1.77 ERA in his last 10 starts of 2014 and is looking to become the first Astros pitcher to win eight in a row since Roy Oswalt won nine straight in 2006-07.
• Rangers left-hander Derek Holland will also make his season debut, hoping to ride the momentum of a strong September after returning from knee surgery. He beat the Astros in his only start against them in '14, allowing two earned runs in seven innings in Arlington. He's 3-1 in his career against Houston.

Orioles open up Camden Yards vs. Blue Jays

The Orioles will finally head back to Baltimore, where they will have a light workout before Friday's home opener. The Blue Jays comes to town for that, with O's righty Bud Norris squaring off against Toronto lefty Mark Buehrle
The Orioles, celebrating their first division title in 17 years, should get quite a hearty welcome from their fans as they try to defend their crown in 2015.
Things to know about this game
• The O's lined up their rotation to start the season based heavily on matchups. Norris has pitched well in his career against Toronto, going 4-0 with a 2.36 ERA.
• The Orioles will present American League Gold Gloves to last year's recipients, J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones, in a special pregame ceremony.

Blue Jays' Norris notches first win, spoils Sabathia's return

Daniel Norris worked 5 2/3 solid innings to pick up his first big league win and Edwin Encarnacion homered late as the Blue Jays spoiledCC Sabathia's return to the big league mound, posting a 6-3 victory over the Yankees on Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 655th career home run, a solo shot to left field in the sixth inning, and Mark Teixeira also cleared the fence to highlight the Yanks' production off the 21-year-old Norris, who was making just his second career start. The left-hander permitted three runs and six hits, walking two and striking out five. More >
Toronto produced four runs and five hits in the second inning against Sabathia, who hadn't pitched in the Majors since May 10. The veteran settled down following a frame that featured run-scoring hits by Kevin Pillar and Jose Reyes, striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings. Encarnacion's eighth-inning homer, his second of the season, came off Esmil Rogers.
"I didn't really feel any nerves," Norris said. "If I did, it was probably last night, but I just wanted to go out there and give my team a chance to win. … Normal anxiousness just before every start, but it was pretty normal."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Four on the floor: The Blue Jays peppered Sabathia for four runs in the second inning, doing most of their damage on the ground. Toronto loaded the bases on three singles and Pillar punched a run-scoring hit to left field. A pair of run-scoring groundouts followed before Reyes knocked another RBI single into left field, bringing home the fourth Toronto run. It was an unsettling opening for Sabathia, who is returning from arthroscopic surgery on his right 
"A bad inning got away from us. I wish I could have stopped the bleeding right there," Sabathia said. "I had the double-play ball; I just put my glove on it. It was one of those things where we couldn't stop the bleeding."
A-bomb for A-Rod: Promoted to the No. 2 spot in New York's lineup, A-Rod hit his first home run of the season off Norris in the sixth, a solo shot to left field on a 1-0 count. The homer was the 655th of his career, drawing within five of Willie Mays (660) on the all-time list, and it marked Rodriguez's first since Sept. 20, 2013, off the Giants' George Kontos. Teixeira also homered in the inning, marking his 1,000th career run scored and 500th RBI as a Yankee. More >
"We talked about it in Spring Training. Anything that I do this year is going to be kind of a surprise to everyone -- sometimes even myself," Rodriguez said. "That one felt good to get us on the board and start a little momentum."
Whiff city: Trailing by four runs after the second inning, Sabathia found his groove and kept the Blue Jays off balance, striking out six of seven through one stretch and wrapping the evening with eight strikeouts. His final pitch was a broken-bat Danny Valencia single to right field that resulted in Toronto's fifth run, as Beltran committed the Yanks' third error in three games when his throw eluded Headley at third base. More >
Blue Jays' bullpen bounces back: The bullpen cost the Blue Jays a victory on Wednesday night but it bounced back in the series finale. Right-handerRoberto Osuna tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings, which included a pair of overpowering strikeouts of Rodriguez and Beltran. Lefty Brett Cecil, who lost his closer's job earlier in the day, pitched a scoreless eighth before rookieMiguel Castro picked up the first save of his career. More >
QUOTABLE
"I like how Russ [Martin] put it, when he came in. He said, 'Guys, we're still undefeated. We won the first game, we beat ourselves the second game and we won the third game.' That's absolutely true, we beat ourselves in the second game. Games like that are going to happen. You move on, have a short-term memory and get them next game."
-- Cecil
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When Jacoby Ellsbury was caught stealing second base to end the third inning, it ended a streak of 16 successful attempts by the Yankees outfielder. That was the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Jose Bautista went 0-for-12 this series despite entering the three-game set batting .344 (11-for-32) with a .512 OBP, seven home runs and 13 RBIs in his final 10 games against the Yankees in 2014.
WHAT'S NEXT
Blue Jays: Left-hander Mark Buehrle will get the start when the Blue Jays visit the Orioles on Friday afternoon at Camden Yards. Baltimore will counter with right-hander Bud Norris and first pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET as the Orioles celebrate their home opener. Buehrle is 3-5 with a 4.24 ERA in 11 career games against Baltimore. The game will air free on MLB.TV.
Yankees: Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (6-14, 4.37 ERA in 2014) is scheduled to make his Yankees debut on Friday, taking on the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Boston counters with left-hander Wade Miley (8-12, 4.34 ERA in 2014), making his Sox debut, for the 7:05 p.m. ET contest, which will be televised on MLB.TV.

Boston wins series as Bogaerts fuels barrage vs. Phils' Buchanan

The Red Sox made David Buchanan pay for every mistake he made Thursday night in a 6-2 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Buchanan retired the first two batters he faced in the third inning before the Red Sox proceeded to score six runs on three infield hits, two walks, one bloop triple and one single to center by Boston pitcher Justin Masterson. The Red Sox cruised from there to win the first series of the season.
"That inning can't happen," Buchanan said of the six-run third inning. "Two outs, no runs have scored yet. You've got an open base and you end up walking a guy. You deserve what's coming if you keep doing that."
The Phillies scored a couple runs against Masterson in the third, but otherwise made little noise offensively. Masterson allowed three hits, two runs, two walks and struck out seven in six innings.
"When he's right, he puts the ball on the ground, and he was able to do that here again tonight and helped his own cause with a couple of base hits, but it was a solid six innings," said Red Sox manager John Farrell.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Masterson does it at plate, mound in Red Sox return: Pitching for Boston in a regular-season game for the first time since 2009, Masterson had a standout performance in multiple ways. The righty fired six strong innings to earn the win and also went 2-for-3 with an RBI. It was the first multihit game of Masterson's career. More >
"Just being able to see that slider, being able to mix that slider in for strikes, that's a really good equalizer for me," Masterson said. "That really helped out. Being able to mix in some sinkers and change that speed a little bit on those guys and have a little bit of command, it's just good. It was tough for them."
Buchanan battered: Buchanan pitched as well as anybody in Phillies camp this spring, but he struggled against the Red Sox. He allowed seven hits, six runs, four walks and struck out one in just three innings. More >
Bogaerts belts three hits: Shortstop Xander Bogaerts had looked tentative at the plate in Spring Training and in the first couple of games of the regular season. But he came through with three hits in Thursday night's game, including a three-run triple to right that sparked the six-run third inning. More >
Phillies bats stay quiet: The Phillies scored just six runs in three games against the Red Sox and many of the problems started at the top of the lineup with Ben RevereChase Utley and Ryan Howard struggling in the series.More >
QUOTABLE
"He got a six-run lead. I think that helped. As a pitcher you can kind of settle in when you know you've got a big lead. You can kind of pick and choose what you want to do. I think we kind of let him off the hook." -- Phillies third basemanCody Asche, on what made Masterson so effective against them
"I can't [hit]. You get lucky out there. Hit one up the middle, pull one down the line. It's not skill; it's just luck." -- Masterson on the first multihit game of his career
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Buchanan had allowed three earned runs or fewer in 16 consecutive starts before Thursday. It was the fourth-longest active streak in the big leagues behind Clayton Kershaw (24 straight), Jon Lester (20) and Lance Lynn (17).
Masterson's RBI single marked the first time a Boston pitcher drove in a run since John Lackey on June 29, 2011. Lackey's RBI was also at Philadelphia.
OLD-TIMERS DAY
The Phillies celebrated their 1915 team, which won the franchise's first National League pennant. Those Phillies lost the World Series to the Red Sox in five games. The current Phillies wore 1915-era caps to commemorate the festivities.
WHAT'S NEXT
Red Sox: The Red Sox renew their rivalry with the Yankees for the start of a three-game series on Friday night in the Bronx. Lefty Wade Miley makes his Boston debut. He will be opposed by right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who is making his first start for New York.
Phillies: The Phillies open a three-game series Friday night at Citizens Bank Park against the Nationals, who many predict to win the National League championship. Right-hander Jerome Williams starts for the Phillies. He went 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts last season with Philadelphia, but struggled in Spring Training, posting a 7.40 ERA in 20 2/3 innings.

Maxwell's pinch-hit single lifts Giants over Padres in 12

 Pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell's RBI single with two outs in the 12th inning lifted the Giants to a 1-0 victory over the Padres on Thursday at Petco Park.
With one out in the inning, Brandon Crawford reached base and advanced to second when shortstop Clint Barmes was charged with an error on a ball hit to shallow left field. That set the stage for Maxwell's heroics, a hard-hit single to center field off Padres reliever Nick VincentMore >
San Francisco pitcher Tim Hudson had a funky line, but it worked for him. He walked five in 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits. The Giants turned three of their four double plays behind him.
San Diego reliever Odrisamer Despaigne, called upon to fill in for an injuredIan Kennedy in the third inning, threw 4 1/3 perfect innings, striking out one.More >
The game was played before a sold-out crowd of 45,150 at Petco Park in the home opener for the Padres, who dropped two of three against the Dodgers to start the season.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Pitching change: A year after leading the staff in innings (201), Kennedy left the game with one out in the third inning with a strained left hamstring. Before he left, Kennedy allowed two hits, had two walks and two strikeouts. If the Padres need someone to take his place for any length of time -- and that hasn't been determined -- Despaigne is likely it. More >
Missed chance: The Giants could not score in the ninth inning despite having runners on the corners with nobody out. After jawing briefly with Padres catcher Derek Norris -- apparently regarding stepping out of the batter's box --Angel Pagan lined a leadoff triple off Craig Kimbrel, San Diego's recently acquired closer. But after Buster Posey walked, Crawford popped up andCasey McGehee grounded into a double play.
Hail, Hudson: Hudson again proved that there's no substitute for guile. The 39-year-old struck out one batter in 6 1/3 innings, but consistently coaxed the Padres to hit his pitch, inducing three double-play grounders in the first five innings. San Diego went 0-for-6 off Hudson with runners in scoring position.More >
What might have been: Hudson was downright nasty, but the Padres certainly had their chances. They had two on with one out in the second inning but Jedd Gyorko bounced into a 5-4-3 double play. Then, after the first two batters of the fifth reached on hits, Gyorko hit into a double play again, this one going 6-4-3. In all, the Padres hit into four double plays. More >
QUOTABLE
"That's on me. I'm not putting anything on him [Justin Upton]. I've got to get that ball, plain and simple." -- Padres shortstop Clint Barmes on his error in the 12th inning, which set up the lone run of the game.
"He was making some tough pitches, but I faced him a few years ago so I kind of knew what he featured." -- Maxwell on his game-winning hit in the top of the 12th.
VENABLE, BLACK EJECTED
San Diego outfielder Will Venable and manager Bud Black were ejected in the 12th inning after Venable was called out on strikes by plate umpire Tripp Gibson III. Black came out to intervene between Venable and Gibson and then was also ejected, he said later, for his "vocabulary." It was the first ejection of the season for Venable and Black.
REPLAY REVIEW
Black challenged a close call at first base in the bottom of the third inning as Despaigne bunted into a 1-6-4 double play and was ruled out as Giants second baseman Joe Panik covered first base on a close play. Replay confirmed the call.
In the eighth inning, Black challenged a tag play as Matt Duffy went from first to second base on a fly ball to right fielder Matt Kemp. Duffy beat the throw and was ruled safe. Replay confirmed.
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
San Diego's Norris has always been considered an offensive catcher. And while that may never change, his defense hasn't looked too bad thus far. When he threw out McGehee trying to steal third base in the second inning Thursday, it was already his fourth catcher caught stealing (CCS) of the season (in four games). He had eight in 114 games in 2014 with the A's.
WHAT'S NEXT
Giants: Tim Lincecum will be out to prove that he's no ordinary No. 5 starter. Lincecum pitched himself back into the rotation this spring after pitching himself out of it last year when he went 1-3 with a 9.49 ERA in six late-season starts.
Padres: The second game of the four-game series at 7:10 p.m. PT will give Padres' fans the first chance to see newcomer Brandon Morrow, the team's fifth starter, for the first time. Morrow won the final spot in the rotation as Despaigne began the year in long relief.