SCOREBOARD
Saturday, April 5
Los Angeles at San Diego (3:55 p.m. EDT). Dodgers ace Brad Penny matches up against Padres ace Jake Peavy in an early season NL West showdown.
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Sunday, April 6
Seattle at Baltimore (1:35 p.m. EDT). Erik Bedard returns to Baltimore looking for his first win in a Seattle uniform when the Mariners take on his former team.

STARS
Friday
- Bill Hall, Brewers, homered twice and had a career-high six RBIs to help Milwaukee beat San Francisco 13-4 in its home opener.
- Chase Utley, Phillies, hit two homers and drove in three runs in an 8-4 victory over Cincinnati. He's 13-of-22 in his last six games against the Reds, with seven homers and 13 RBIs.
- Micah Owings, Diamondbacks, struck out a career-high nine batters and allowed just one run and two hits over 6 2-3 innings in Arizona's 8-1 win over Colorado.
- Hiroki Kuroda, Dodgers, held San Diego to three hits in seven innings, leading Los Angeles to a 7-1 win in his major league debut.
- Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks, went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs as Arizona beat Colorado 8-1.
- A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox, drove in five runs with three hits, including a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning to help Chicago beat Detroit 8-5.
- Ramon Hernandez, Orioles, broke out of a hitless funk by going 3-for-4 with a home run in Baltimore's 7-4 win over Seattle.
- Mike Jacobs, Marlins, homered off reliever Franquelis Osoria leading off the bottom of the ninth to give Florida a 5-4 win over Pittsburgh. Jacobs went 3-for-5 and scored three runs.
- Cliff Floyd, Rays, went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in Tampa Bay's 13-4 rout of the Yankees.
- Kevin Millar, Orioles, went 3-for-4 with an RBI in a 7-4 victory over Seattle.

OUCH!
Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro sliced open his right ring and middle fingers on his throwing hand when he took a gruesome fall down the dugout steps. He left the game against the New York Yankees in the third inning and was taken to a hospital, where he was given 12 stitches. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
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AILING
. ... Nationals closer Chad Cordero, who has not pitched this season due to right shoulder tendinitis, went on the 15-day disabled list. The move was made retroactive to March 27. The 26-year-old Cordero is scheduled to throw a side session on Saturday. Jon Rauch has been the fill-in closer and has one save.

FEELING ILL
Joe Girardi missed his first game as Yankees manager because of an upper respiratory infection. If that didn't make him sick enough, the performance by New York pitchers may have done the trick. Tampa Bay roughed up Ian Kennedy for six runs in 2 1-3 innings, then scored seven times in the eighth off relievers LaTroy Hawkins and Kyle Farnsworth in a 13-4 victory.

STREAKING
Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks set a franchise record and tied a modern-day National League record by scoring a run in his 17th straight game dating to last season. He went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Weeks is one shy of the modern (since 1900) mark of 18, by the New York Yankees' Red Rolfe in 1939 and Cleveland's Kenny Lofton in 2000.

DOUBLE DOSE OF HERNANDEZ
Ramon Hernandez broke out of a hitless funk by going 3-for-4 with a home run, helping the Orioles win for the second time in three games and climb over .500 for the first time since last April 25 with a victory over Seattle. Luis Hernandez added to the Mariners' misery with two more RBIs in the 7-4 victory.

DIVINE DEBUT
Hiroki Kuroda of the Dodgers was brilliant in his big league debut, holding San Diego to three hits in seven innings and leading Los Angeles to a 7-1 win. Kuroda allowed Brian Giles' first homer of the season, but otherwise limited the Padres to two singles while striking out four and walking none.

PERFECT NO MORE
The Royals' flirtation with perfection didn't last long. After sweeping the Tigers in Detroit and moving three games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2003 season, Minnesota beat Kansas City 4-3 to knock it back to reality. The perennially rebuilding Royals were the last unbeaten team in the majors.

THE REPLACEMENTS
Braden Looper allowed a run and five hits in six innings, giving the St. Louis rotation its fourth straight stingy outing. Despite beginning the year with Chris Carpenter, Mark Mulder, Joel Pineiro and Matt Clement on the 15-day disabled list, Cardinals starters have allowed only two earned runs in 22 2-3 innings.

MADE LIKE MARY LOU
Astros catcher J.R. Towles played the part of a gymnast, pulling a handstand at home plate after he was hit above the knee by a pitch from Chicago's Rich Hill. His momentum carried him over. ``I was actually up there so long - or it seemed a long time - I was like 'Man, I'm actually on my hands, I better get down,''' he said.

STILL STREAKING
Chase Utley picked up where he left off last season, driving in three runs with a pair of homers in Philadelphia's 8-4 victory over the Reds. The power-hitting second baseman is 13-for-22 in his last six games against Cincinnati, with seven homers and 13 RBIs. He hit a two-run homer off Josh Fogg and a solo shot off Jeremy Affeldt for his 100th career homer.

SLIPPING
Detroit dropped to 0-4 with an 8-5 loss to Chicago. The Tigers are the only winless team in the major leagues, and are 0-4 for the first time since dropping their first nine games in 2003 en route to an AL-record 119 losses.

SLUMPING
Colorado's Matt Holliday went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in the Rockies' 8-1 loss to Arizona. After winning the NL batting title last year, Holliday is mired in a 1-for-14 slump in 2008. Teammate Troy Tulowitzki went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and is 0-for-12 since going 3-for-4 in the season opener against St. Louis.

SPEAKING
``We didn't give the fans too much to cheer about.'' - Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, after Colorado managed two hits in an 8-1 loss to Arizona in the team's home opener.
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``When I got hit, I was just trying to get out of the way and I started to fall over. So I put my hands down, and when I put my hands down, my momentum just carried me over. I don't know how I stayed on my hands that long. Hopefully that will make ESPN. That was a highlight.'' - Astros catcher J.R. Towles, after doing a handstand when he was hit by a pitch from Chicago's Rich Hill.

SEASONS
April 5
1971 - In their last opening day, the Senators, behind pitcher Dick Bosman, beat the Oakland A's 8-0 before 45,000 fans at RFK Stadium.
1979 - Baltimore manager Earl Weaver got his 1,000th career victory when the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox.
1983 - The San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 16-13 in the highest-scoring opening day game in 50 years. Winning pitcher Tim Lollar also drove in three runs.
1993 - The expansion Florida Marlins won their first game, 6-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers, at Joe Robbie Stadium. The new Colorado Rockies lost to the Mets 3-0 in New York.
2003 - Kansas City became the first major league team to start 5-0 after a 100-loss season.
2006 - Ivan Rodriguez went 5-for-5 with a single, homer, three doubles and five RBIs, leading Detroit to a 14-3 rout over Kansas City.
Today's birthdays: Brandon Backe 30; Ryan Drese 32; Ross Gload 32.

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