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Opening Day full of walk-offs

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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.

Welcome back, baseball.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.