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Orioles Opening Day lineups & pregame tidbits

*How relaxed is Opening Day starter Jake Arrieta? He was on the field pregame with socks and sandals and a camera strapped around his neck. “I’m testing out my photography skills,” said Arrieta, who was taking in the moment like a fan, snapping shots of his teammates during batting practice. Arrieta has 12 people here for his first Opening Day starter, and second consecutive home opener.

*Manager Buck Showalter confirmed the obvious in naming Jim Johnson closer. As for Kevin Gregg, Showalter said he could be used in a variety of roles. Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Here’s what Gregg had to say..

“I knew that [Johnson would be the closer],” said Gregg, who said he spoke with Showalter this spring about it. “I’m going to be political; I’m here to help the team. I’ll pitch whenever Buck needs me to pitch.” More

Friday’s Opening Day schedule

Opening Day continues today. Here are Friday’s Major League Baseball games:

Dodgers at Padres

Dodgers at Padres

Photo courtesy of Alexander Pigeon of MLB.com

Time to check the Latest Leaders

Quick commercial break to announce the Latest Leaders, and not the ones starting to show up in the batting and pitching stats. We’re talking about the March leaders by page view right here at MLB.com Blogs, posted just now on our community blog. MLB.com beat reporter Jen Langosch dominated overall in the community with her Cardinals blog By Gosh, It’s Langosch. Seems that Cardinals fans are hungry for more in 2012. Topping the PRO theme category was the Mariners’ official front-office blog, From the Corner of Edgar & Dave. Rays Renegade maintained his hold on the top of the FAN rankings. Be sure to check all those blogs out to see why they are so popular, and start your own MLB.com Blog so you have a chance to make the April Latest Leaders while the month is early. OK, back to our games…

Former Indians Omar Vizquel, Carlos Baerga reunite at Progressive Field

CLEVELAND — Opening Day at Progressive Field brought about a reunion of former Indians infielders.

Jays utility infielder Omar Vizquel, who awed Tribe fans for 11 years with his dazzling defense at shortstop, began his 24th — and perhaps final — season in the Major Leagues on Thursday.

Omar Vizquel and Carlos Baerga shared the Indians' infield for parts of four seasons in the '90s.

Carlos Baerga, who manned second base for Cleveland from 1990-96 and in 1999, has been representing the club as an alumni ambassador. He caught the ceremonial first pitch.

“It’s something special,” Baerga said. “I haven’t been here on Opening Day since I played here. To be here today is something really good for me.”

Baerga and Vizquel shared a few laughs and reminisced about their time together during the Tribe’s glory days of the ’90s.

Baerga can’t believe the 11-time Gold Glove winner is still chugging along at the ripe age of 44. Vizquel is one-and-a-half years older than Baerga.

“He’s amazing. He’s a great player and he stays in great shape,” Baerga said. “I said, ‘Man, what’s going on? You’re making me look bad.'”

The Indians have welcomed several players from that era back to the organization. Sandy Alomar Jr. is the team’s bench coach. Kenny Lofton assisted with outfielders and baserunning as a guest instructor during Spring Training. Even Albert Belle, who maintained a hot-and-cold relationship with the club and its fans, made an appearance in Goodyear, Ariz.

“It’s awesome,” Baerga said. “The Cleveland Indians have started doing what the New York Yankees used to do, bringing in the old guys to be with the young players. I’m really proud to do it.”

Vizquel was busy securing a spot on Toronto’s Opening Day roster, so he couldn’t join his former teammates in Spring Training. But seeing his old pals in their new roles has him hopeful for a spot in Cleveland once he finally opts to hang up his cleats.

“I’d like to [be in Cleveland],” Vizquel said. “The Indians have a special place in my heart.”

–Zack Meisel

Opening Day – First Pitch

The reigning American League Most Valuable Player throws the first pitch of the day, 91 mph changeup for called strike, Red Sox @ Tigers, live on MLB.TV:

Justin Verlander

Be sure to check out the MLB.com digital guide to see how to get the most out of baseball and technology in 2012.

Bobby V’s first pre-game session as Red Sox manager

What went into the decision to keep Ellsbury in the leadoff spot?  “Jacoby? Obviously we talk about the lineup as a group. It seems like in this grouping he looks really good being there and I also thought it would be apropos for you guys to write about the number one and number two in the MVP voting facing each other on a first pitch here in Detroit this year. And he liked it too. Talking to him, he kind of relished the idea.”

How can Ellsbury have another year like last year? “By taking it one pitch at a time. Obviously today, at the end of today, he’s not going to have the stats that he had at the end of last year. And, you know, the trap everyone always falls into is answering all those questions. How are you going to do better this year than you did last year? You start thinking that you have to hit a home run every time and a triple the next time and two doubles and steal bases, drive in the runs, all at once, and that’s not how it happens.” Read more

Good morning from Pittsburgh!

It’s Opening Day, and here’s your Phillies lineup:

  1. Shane Victorino, CF
  2. Placido Polanco, 3B
  3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  4. Hunter Pence, RF
  5. Ty Wigginton, 1B
  6. John Mayberry Jr., LF
  7. Carlos Ruiz, C
  8. Freddy Galvis, 2B
  9. Roy Halladay, P

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Thursday’s Opening Day schedule

Happy Opening Day. Here are Thursday’s Major League Baseball games, including the traditional opener in Cincinnati:

Away Home Time (ET) Away Probable Home Probable MLB.TV Tickets
Red Sox Tigers 1:05pm  Buy
Braves Mets 1:10pm  Buy
Phillies Pirates 1:35pm  Buy
Nationals Cubs 2:20pm  Buy
Blue Jays Indians 3:05pm  Buy
Marlins Reds 4:05pm  Buy
Dodgers Padres 7:05pm  Buy

Cardinals pick up where they left off

MLB.com Cardinals beat reporter Jen Langosch, who dominated the field in the MLB.com Blogs Latest Leaders rankings for March that we will be posting in the next day, wrote this in her post on Opening Night in Miami:

  • There was plenty of oohing and ahhing over the unique new park during Tuesday’s workout. Not today. For those in red, this is game No. 1 of 162. That’s it. Asked if there would be a different feel to the night given all the pregame ceremonies and build up in Miami, starter Kyle Lohse might have put it best: “It’s another game. Pitching in the World Series last year, that’s different.”

There was plenty of evidence of that, as Lohse shut down the Marlins and spoiled their opener, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning and settling for an impressive 4-1 decision. The defending world champs picked up where they left off, with David Freese driving in the decisive runs on a two-run single [WATCH video] in the first and collecting three hits.

Pretty fantastical opening ceremonies at new Marlins Park, which is getting rave reviews so far, especially if you like bright green. Not so sure about Jose Feliciano’s rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” … at least we think that was the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Really didn’t sound anything like it. There will be many more National Anthems to come in Miami and they’ll go up from there. No doubt our fellow MLB.com Blogs voice Ozzie Guillen will expect the host’s performance to do the same.

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