Major League Baseball opened this year by taking a page from the book of the National Hockey League. The NHL always opens overseas, usually in three different countries in Europe, in what they refer to as the "Compuware NHL Premiere" games. This year, the boys of summer start their year over at the Tokyo Dome, home of the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball, in the two game Opening Series between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland (perhaps soon to be San Jose in the coming years) Athletics.
Seattle Mariners @ Oakland Athletics, at the Yomiuri Giants' Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan.
King Felix took the mound for the Mariners while the Oakland A's put their hopes for a good start to the season in the hands of Brandon McCarthy, before a sold-out crowd in the largest city in the world. McCarthy, a relative no-name next to Seattle's 2010 Cy Young winner, matched Hernandez for seven innings in the Land of the Rising Sun, in a pitching duel that limited both teams to a lone run each. The lone run for the Mariners came by way of a home run hit by Dustin Ackley. The one run tie lasted for ten innings until Japanese star, Ichiro tied the Seattle franchise record of four Opening Day hits while also driving in the run that would eventually win the game, though one run worth of padding was added by Ackley before the M's finished off the A's in the bottom of the eleventh. Wilhelmsen, a reliever, was credited with the win, while League got the save, and the A's Carignan was tacked with the loss for Oakland.
Tomorrow: Seattle Mariners @ Oakland Athletics, at the Yomiuri Giants' Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan.
Broadcast on ROOT Sports Northwest, 5:10 AM EST, 2:10 PST. Rebroadcast (for those of you that actually sleep) on MLB Network later on.
Oh, and don't miss the Serpentine once more claim dominion over Ninjago tonight as we claim the last of the FOUR SILVER FANG BLADES and awaken THE GREAT DEVOURER! But the baseball thing is more important of course.
Come, come, as long as we're busy conquering Ninjago, we might as well do the same with Major League Baseball. We already have the Diamondbacks.
As for baseball, Spring Training so far has commenced swimmingly. It's very difficult to make any predictions based from Spring Training, as very few teams give a team effort at this point. However, we can now expect pitchers and teams to get into it, as the regular season returns in less that two weeks.
However, good to hear that Ryan Braun will play. Hopefully due to being cleared. He'd be a disgrace to the sport if he did cheat. As suspected, Pujols and Fielder both went to AL contenders, and I suspect the major pitching FA, Roy Oswalt, will stick to the NL. It's unfortunate he won't stay with Philadelphia. That pitching staff is still stacked without him.
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