This probably won't turn into a regular feature at Bless You Boys -- you should be reading all of the other great SB Nation MLB sites for their analysis! -- but with the Detroit Tigers sitting through an early off day, it's high time to take a look around Major League Baseball and see what other teams have been up to.
Entering play on Thursday, the Tigers are a half game clear of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central. The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals are both 1-1, while the Minnesota Twins have lost both of their games against the Baltimore Orioles.
Oakland Athletics 2, Chicago White Sox 1
After missing his Opening Day start due to food poisoning, A's ace Sonny Gray held the White Sox to just one run on three hits in seven innings of work. Gray did issue four walks, but was able to dance out of trouble on more than one occasion. Former Tigers Austin Jackson and Alex Avila were both 1-for-3, and Avisail Garcia did the unthinkable by drawing a walk.
Cleveland Indians 7, Boston Red Sox 6
Mike Napoli hit a game-winning home run in the seventh inning of a wild game, though David Ortiz nearly tied things with a deep flyout in the ninth. Carlos Carrasco allowed four runs (including three home runs) in five innings of work, while Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz lasted just four innings. Carlos Santana also homered for the Tribe, and drove in three runs.
Baltimore Orioles 4, Minnesota Twins 2
The Orioles scored in the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings off Twins starter Kyle Gibson, while Yovani Gallardo worked five solid innings in his Baltimore debut. Both Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano remain hitless to start the season for Minnesota, while Rookie of the Year candidate Byron Buxton had a pair of doubles.
Astros starter Collin McHugh only got one out before leaving the game in the first inning, which tells you just about all you need to know about this game. Carlos Correa hit a 462-foot homer to dead center field, while Ivan Nova worked a four-inning save for New York.
The Blue Jays, not wearing dresses despite manager John Gibbons' recent promise, dropped their second straight game, this time without controversy. J.A. Happ worked six solid innings, but the Rays scored three runs in the eighth to take the series.
Robinson Cano hit a pair of home runs, including a two-run shot as part of a five-run ninth inning in a comeback win for the M's. Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson allowed all five runs without recording an out, blowing his first save of the year. The Mariners currently sit atop the AL West with a 2-1 record.
Rookie shortstop Trevor Story hit his fourth home run in the Rockies' third game of the season, an MLB record. Former Tiger Ryan Raburn also went yard for Colorado, who took two of three from Arizona. Nolan Arenado also remains quite good at baseballing.
So if you ever wondered if Nolan Arenado could handle shortstop... here's your answer: pic.twitter.com/xM4XB6mZ1r— The Comeback (@thecomeback) April 6, 2016
Chris Carter's solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Brewers a one run lead, which their bullpen was able to preserve for the win. Jeff Samardzija struck out six in his Giants debut, but allowed eight hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.
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Matt den Dekker, recalled after the Nats had to put center fielder Ben Revere on the disabled list, hit an RBI double in the seventh inning to push Washington ahead for good. Jonathan Papelbon made things hairy in the ninth, but came away with his second save of the season.
Kenta Maeda hit a home run and threw six shutout innings in his MLB debut, while the Padres failed to score in their opening series. Yasiel Puig also homered for the Dodgers.
And here I thought minor league games didn't start until Thursday...