Realmuto’s two-run homer powers Phillies past Reds 5-2

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PHILADELPHIA – Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins raised the 2022 NL championship banner in center field to a raucous ovation from a full house of Phillies fans that packed the ballpark early to celebrate a season to remember.

Trea Turner missed all the fun in Philly last season. With two more hits – that’s at least one in all seven games with the Phillies – the prized free agent showed why he might be the missing piece that helps Philadelphia finish the job in October.

J.T. Realmuto hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the seventh inning and Edmundo Sosa added a solo shot to lead the Phillies to a 5-2 win in their home opener over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

“What the guys accomplished last year and being able to celebrate that, a special year, get the fans back out here, (we’re) going to start a new year and go for it again,” Turner said. “We’re going to try to finish it off right. It’s going to be fun. I’m glad I’m going to be a part of it this year.”

The Phillies just needed to get home to try and recover from a 1-5 start and return to an enjoyable reminder of last season’s run to the World Series. Yes, Harper and Hoskins would have rather been in the lineup than sidelined by injuries and reduced to playing just a ceremonial role on opening day. But their presence was felt when the Phillies played postseason highlights on their new, vibrant 4K videoboard that can display 516 life-sized Phillie Phanatics. And some fans as part of a packed house of 44,365 sitting in the breezy, chilly air — a day after the scheduled opener was postponed for rain that never came — held signs reminding the Phillies their mission isn’t complete:

“Un-Phinished business.”

How about one win, for starters.

Realmuto made it happen on his first homer of the season on a drive to left-center on a 3-2 pitch against Reds reliever Derek Law (0-1). One more promising sign, Realmuto drove home Turner, who led off the inning with a single.

“I made a couple of good pitches,” Law said. “I tried to make it better and I made it worse.”

Outside of the 2022 ceremony, the loudest sustained ovation from Phillies fans came for Turner’s pregame introduction in his home debut. The 2021 NL batting champion led off and also scored two runs in the first home game of a $300 million, 11-year contract that will take him into his 40s.

For now, the Phillies just want Turner to take them into October.

“He can hit. He gets on base,” manager Rob Thomson said. “That’s why he fits in this lineup so well.”

Gregory Soto (1-1) tossed a scoreless seventh for the win and Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his first save.

Sosa’s pinch-hit homer in the eighth gave the Phillies a 5-2 lead.

Injuries and slow starts hampered the Phillies against the Rangers and Yankees and the first game at Citizens Bank Park since a November Game 5 loss to Houston in the World Series was supposed to give them a jump start.

Instead, the first inning was just a road trip hangover: Turner, Kyle Schwarber and J.T. Realmuto all struck out swinging against Hunter Greene.

Greene was wild with his 100 mph fastballs, though, and walked Brandon Marsh with the bases loaded in the second inning. Greene retired Turner on a fly ball to center to end the threat.

The Reds tied the game 1-all in the fifth on Jose Barrero’s RBI single up the middle off Zack Wheeler.

Turner sparked the Phillies with a leadoff single in the fifth and scored on Schwarber’s RBI for a 2-1 lead. Again, Wheeler failed to hold the lead and was chased after Tyler Stephenson’s tying RBI double in the sixth.


Reds: Manager David Bell missed Friday’s game because of an undisclosed minor medical procedure. Bench coach Freddie Benavides was the acting manager. Bell was expected to return Saturday.

Phillies: Harper went deep in batting practice and the Phillies remain encouraged by the two-time MVP’s recovery from reconstructive right elbow surgery. … Kody Clemens was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and started at first base after Darick Hall was placed on the 10-day IL with a right thumb sprain. Hall said he scheduled for surgery Wednesday on his torn ligament and was expected to miss one or two months.


Seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens attended the game to watch son Kody make his Phillies’ debut.

“Hello Philly! Let’s go Kod!” Clemens tweeted.


Coach Nick Sirianni of the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles received a rousing standing ovation when he threw the first pitch to the Phanatic.


The Reds send LHP Nick Lodolo (1-0, 3.60 ERA) to the mound against Phillies LHP Bailey Falter (0-1, 3.38 ERA).

Ohtani homers twice, including career longest at 459 feet, Angels beat White Sox 12-5

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CHICAGO (AP) Shohei Ohtani homered in consecutive innings, including a 459-foot drive that was the longest of his Major League Baseball career, and drove in four runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Chicago White Sox 12-5 Wednesday.

Mike Trout put the Angels ahead 2-0 with a 476-foot home run in the first that was four rows shy of clearing the left field bleachers. Taylor Ward also went deep as the Angels hit four two-run homers plus a solo shot.

“Those are the guys you lean on,” manager Phil Nevin said. “They can certainly put the team on their backs and carry us and that’s what they did today.”

Ohtani drove a first-pitch fastball from Lance Lynn (4-6) just to left of straightaway center in the third, where the ball was dropped by a fan who tried to glove it. That 425-foot drive put the Angels ahead 4-1.

Lynn didn’t even bother to turn and look when Ohtani hit a full count fastball more than a dozen rows over the bullpen in right-center in the fourth. The two-way Japanese star is batting .269 with 15 homers and 38 RBIs to go along with a 5-1 record and 2.91 ERA.

“I’m feeling good right now,” Ohtani said through a translator. “I’m putting good swings on pitches I should be hitting hard.”

Ohtani increased his career total to 13 multihomer games with his first this season.

Trout pulled a hanging curve for his 13th home run. Ward hit a two-run homer against Jesse Scholtens in the seventh and Chad Wallach, pinch hitting for Ohtani, had a solo homer in the ninth off Garrett Crochet.

“Usually when that happens, we’re in a good spot to win,” Trout said.

Trout and Ohtani have homered in the same game for the fifth time this season. The Angels hit a pair of 450-foot or more home runs in the same game for the first time since Statcast started tracking in 2015.

Lynn allowed eight runs, eight hits and two walks while hitting two batters in four innings, raising his ERA to 6.55. He has given up 15 home runs, one short of the major league high of Kansas City’s Jordan Lyles. Lynn had won his previous three starts.

“It seemed like he didn’t get away with any today,” manager Pedro Grifol said. “Just one of those days, man.”

Jaime Barria (2-2) gave up one run and four hits in five innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

Los Angeles won two of three from the White Sox after being swept by Miami last weekend.

Jake Burger homered for Chicago, which has lost four of five. Burger hit his 11th homer in the ninth and Hanser Alberto had a two run double off Tucker Davidson.

Chicago’s Romy Gonzalez, who’d homered in three straight games, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.


Twenty-three people became naturalized U.S. citizens during a pregame swearing-in behind home plate.


Angels: Trout fouled a pitch off his right leg in the fourth but remained in the game.

White Sox: INF Elvis Andrus (strained left oblique) and RHP Mike Clevinger (right wrist inflammation) are close to returning but Grifol wouldn’t elaborate on either player’s status.


Angels: Reid Detmers (0-4, 4.93) starts Thursday’s series opener at Houston against fellow LHP Framber Valdez (5-4, 2.38).

White Sox: Have not announced a starter for Friday’s series opener against visiting Detroit, which starts RHP Reese Olson in his major league debut. Olson is 2-3 with a 6.38 ERA in 10 starts at Triple-A Toledo.

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