Opening Day brought the drama, as three teams walked off winners on Thursday: the Orioles, Athletics, and Braves.
The Orioles blew a 2-0 lead in the top of the ninth against the Twins, but Adam Jones smacked a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 11th to win the game.
The Angels and Athletics remained knotted at five apiece from the eighth through 10th innings. Marcus Semien hit a one-out walk-off single to send the A’s home 6-5 winners.
The Braves overcame a 5-0 deficit after the top of the sixth. They won 8-5 when Nick Markakis ripped a three-run home run to right field to break a 5-5 tie.
Though they didn’t walk-off, the Brewers won 2-1 over the Padres in 12 innings thanks to Orlando Arcia‘s go-ahead single in the top-half of the frame. The Rays used a six-run bottom of the eighth to overcome a four-run deficit against the Red Sox. Denard Span had a three-run triple, the key hit in the inning.
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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that White Sox first baseman José Abreu has been hospitalized due to an infection in his thigh. It is apparently unrelated for the emergency surgery Abreu underwent last month for testicular torsion. The White Sox expect Abreu to miss the entirety of the three-game series against the Indians, which begins tonight, but are calling him day-to-day.
Abreu, 31, missed three weeks between August 20 and September 10 due to testicular torsion. After going 3-for-4 in his first game back from the disabled list, Abreu went hitless over his next five games spanning 23 trips to the plate. That dropped his triple-slash line down to .265/.325/.473 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI in 553 plate appearances.
Abreu had hit at least 25 home runs and knocked in at least 100 runs in each of his first four seasons in the majors, but he will almost certainly not reach triple-digits in RBI this season. His hospital visits impacted that, unfortunately. Abreu will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after the season.