LEADING OFF: Molitor aims again at 1st win, Gio swings away
A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:
TAKE ANOTHER RUN AT IT
Hall of Famer Paul Molitor is off to a rough start as a rookie manager. His Twins are 0-3 after getting swept in Detroit, and the only run they scored was unearned. Minnesota tries against Hector Noesi and the White Sox in Chicago's home opener.
The first meeting of the season between the Red Sox and Yankees features a pair of pitchers new to the old rivalry. Boston lefty Wade Miley, acquired from Arizona in a December trade, starts at Yankee Stadium against New York righty Nathan Eovaldi, obtained from Miami a week later.
TRY FOR THREE
Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez could extend his own peculiar streak when he starts at Philadelphia. The last two years, Gonzalez has hit exactly one home run each season connecting both times in his first start. He's set to step in against Jerome Williams of the Phillies.
BACK IN THE BIGS
Jason Marquis makes his first major league start since 2013 when the Reds host St. Louis. The 36-year-old righty had Tommy John surgery that year and made nine starts in the Phillies' farm system last season. Cincinnati signed him to a minor league deal, and he earned one of the two open spots in its rotation.
The Indians host Detroit at Progressive Field, renovated during the offseason with new bullpens, a two-story bar and other enhancements Cleveland's front office hopes will lure fans to the downtown ballpark. The Indians were 29th in attendance last season despite a core of young, exciting players. One of them, All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley, missed two games at Houston with a stiff back and the Indians have their fingers crossed it's nothing serious.
CELEBRATING SAN DIEGO
The Padres will go deep into the city's sports history before their game against San Francisco. Ceremonial first pitches will be delivered by team Hall of Famer and 1976 Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones, former San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick, skateboarding pioneer Tony Hawk, surfing great Rob Machado and San Diego State basketball player JJ O'Brien. Postgame, the Padres will show off their new HD video board in left field with highlights from the city's sports teams, as well as clips of surfers and Hawk doing skateboarding tricks.