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LAst Night's Action: Pirates Outpower Dodgers

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Pittsburgh Pirates (1-0) defeat LA Dodgers (0-1) 11-5. Vicente Padilla’s and George Sherrill’s bad spring extended into the first game of the regular season as the Dodgers were shelled by the Pirates in a sunny Pittsburgh. Pirate’s right fielder Garrett Jones feasted on Padilla hitting two homers in his first two at-bats: the first with Akinori Iwamura on first in the first inning that landed in the Allegheny River to tie the game at 2-2, and a solo shot in the third inning to give the Pirates the 3-2 lead. Padilla’s command was also shaky hitting two batters - his first two as a Dodger. The second batter he hit, Andrew McCutchen leading off the bottom of the fifth, ended up starting a five-run rally that gave the Pirates an 8-2 lead putting the game away for the Dodgers. The Dodgers would touch up Pirate’s reliever DJ Carrasco with three, but Sherrill imploded in the eighth giving up an Earl Weaver to Ryan Doumit to seal the deal for the Bucs. Both Manny Ramirez and Matt Kemp went 2-for-5 with two RBI each while Dodgers newbies Carlos Monasterios and Russ Ortiz both pitched an inning each of shutout ball.

Vicente Padilla (L, 0-1): 4 1/3 innings, 7 earned runs, 6 hits, 2 strikeouts, 3 walks (1 intentional), 2 homers, 2 hit batters.

Zach Duke (W, 1-0): 5 innings, 2 earned runs, 7 hits, 1 strikeout, 1 walk.

LA Angels (1-0) defeat Minnesota Twins (0-1) 6-3. Hideki Matsui and Kendry Morales hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning to seal the win for the Angels. Starter Jered Weaver pitched a strong six innings giving up only two runs in a troublesome second inning. Former AL MVP Justin Morneau opened the inning with a single and was brought home when former number one overall draft pick Delmon Young crushed a homer to left field to tie the game up 2-2. But the Angels came out with their usual mode of playing with Erick Aybar and Torii Hunter working walks against Twins starter Scott Baker. Morales brought Aybar home with a single, and Juan Rivera did the same for Hunter with his own single. After the Twins had tied things up, catcher Jeff Mathis added the power with a solo shot to respond right away in the bottom of the second. Aybar scored a second run in the fifth inning when Hideki Matsui hit him home with a single giving the Angels a 4-2 lead.

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Jered Weaver (W, 1-0): 6 innings, 3 earned runs, 5 hits, 6 strikeouts, 2 walks, 1 homer.

Scott Baker (L, 0-1): 4 2/3 innings, 4 earned runs, 5 hits, 3 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1 homer, 1 wild pitch.