Author: D.J. Short

Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins

The Marlins had a rain delay in their retractable roof stadium


Well, this is embarrassing.

The Marlins had a 16-minute rain delay during their Opening Day contest against the Braves this afternoon. It was a first in the history of Marlins Park and not exactly something you would expect in a stadium with a retractable roof.

How did this happen? Marlins president David Samson told Joe Frisaro of that he made the call to leave the roof open before the game:

“I tried to predict that a cloud would go north; it went south on top of our ballpark,” Marlins president David Samson said. “The roof closed as quickly as I could get it closed, short of me pushing it. So we had a 16-minute rain delay, which was the first at Marlins Park.”

Let’s just say that Samson doesn’t have a future in meteorology.

VIDEO: Yoenis Cespedes leaps to rob Kurt Suzuki of a home run

cespedes catch

Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is already making friends in his new digs. Check out this leaping catch he made to rob Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki of a home run this afternoon:

Cespedes, who was acquired from the Red Sox for Rick Porcello this winter, also made an impact with the bat. He went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, and two runs scored. His triple, as you’ll see in the video linked here, probably would have been a home run in most parks.

Yordano Ventura leaves Opening Day start with thumb cramp, expected to be fine

Yordano Ventura AP

The Royals got a bit of a scare a little while ago, as right-hander Yordano Ventura exited his Opening Day start against the White Sox after going down in a heap after throwing a pitch in the seventh inning.

Fortunately, it turned out to not be a big deal. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star says that it was a right thumb cramp and the team trainer “does not consider it serious.” Crisis averted.

Ventura, who signed a five-year, $23 million extension with the Royals over the weekend, allowed one run (a solo homer by Jose Abreu) over six-plus innings before exiting. It was his first career Opening Day assignment.

Ryan Braun exits season opener with strained ribcage

Ryan Braun

Ryan Braun didn’t have an issue with his right thumb during spring training, but now he has a new injury to deal with.

Adam McCalvy of reports that Braun exited Monday’s season opener against the Rockies with a ribcage strain. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before leaving the game. He’s scheduled to be reevaluated tomorrow, but this is something that could put him down for a little while. Gerardo Parra should get most of the playing time in right field for now.

Braun, 31, struggled though a thumb injury last season while hitting .266/.324/.453 with 19 home runs and 81 RBI over 135 games.