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Play Ball! - Opening Series In Japan

Posted by LewaLew , in Baseball Mar 28 2012 · 365 views

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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.

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I actually thought the A's were gonna win the game. D=
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Here, the favorite teams of all the BZPower members I can find are listed. If you'd like me to add you, please comment in the Official Favorite MLB Teams Entry of the BaseBlog. I will try to add you as soon as possible.

National League

Central Division

Chicago Cubs: LewaLew, 55555, What?, Megan51, Makuta Jarvan

Cincinnati Reds: None

Pittsburgh Pirates: WERE DOING THIS

Milwaukee Brewers: Cherixon, Than the Moa

St. Louis Cardinals: Toa Onarax, Toaman25
West Division

San Francisco Giants: Nuju Metru, Iro, Great being Velika

Los Angeles Dodgers: None

Colorado Rockies: Shadix, Alpha123, xccj

Arizona Diamondbacks: Progenitus Worldsoul

San Diego Padres: thoron

East Division

Philadelphia Phillies: Akuna Toa of Sonics, Legolover-361, Sir Dr. Mr. Count Celu MD

New York Mets: Bambi

Atlanta Braves: None

Miami Marlins: None

Washington Nationals: None

American League

Central Division

Minnesota Twins: Zakitano, Takuma Nuva, Zerothemaster

Detroit Tigers: None

Cleveland Indians: Aho-Chan

Kansas City Royals: None

Chicago White Sox: terminallyCapricious

West Division

Texas Rangers: Rarity, tent163phantoka

Los Angeles Angels: thebeggarpie

Oakland Athletics: None

Seattle Mariners: Kakaru, Toa Kaithas, Swert
Houston Astros: Flaredrick: Forgotten One

East Division

New York Yankees: Captain Marvel, Kylus, Toa 11, Zarayna

Boston Red Sox: Chro, Iskandar

Toronto Blue Jays: Blade: Hero of Truth

Baltimore Orioles: Princess Grr (That's the Smeaginator, if he has another name change sometime again)

Tampa Bay Rays: Sumiki

2nd Favorites

Nuju Metru: New York Yankees

Iro: Oakland Athletics

WERE DOING THIS: New York Yankees

Zerothemaster: Colorado Rockies
Toa Onarax: Boston Red Sox
xccj: Seattle Mariners
Kakaru: Colorado Rockies
Flaredrick: Forgotten One: Texas Rangers
Great being Velika: Oakland Athletics

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