Happiest day of all finally here: It's Opening Day
Karl Ravech hosts "Baseball Tonight."
Baseball Tonight Live
Baseball Tonight analysts, ESPN.com writers and SweetSpot Network bloggers chatted with fans and gave their in-game opinions throughout Sunday's games -- all in Baseball Tonight Live.
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BASEBALL TONIGHT ON THE AIR
|10 p.m. ET on ESPN|
Host: Karl Ravech|
Analysts: John Kruk, Nomar Garciaparra, Buster Olney, Bobby Valentine, Tim Kurkjian
|1 a.m. ET on ESPN2|
Host: Steve Berthiaume|
Analysts: John Kruk, Bobby Valentine, Nomar Garciaparra
Red Sox fight back, take opener vs. Yanks.
WEDNESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTDustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
Pedroia went 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs. The big blow, though, was the two-run, game-tying homer in the seventh inning that floated over the Green Monster as the Red Sox overcame an early hole to get the win at Fenway Park.
WORSTChan Ho Park, RHP, Yankees
Park's debut with the Red Sox didn't go all that well. He gave up three runs on three hits -- one of 'em was the two-run shot by Pedroia -- in just two-thirds of an inning of work. Park was saddled with the loss in the 9-7 Boston defeat.
MONDAY'S TOP MATCHUPS
OK, so Chris Carpenter dominated just about everybody last year. But Carpenter, who starts the opener in Cincinnati, really had his way with the Reds. He went 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA with -- wait for it -- 24 strikeouts against only two walks.
Perhaps you've heard that Roy Halladay was traded to the Phillies this offseason. You have, huh? If opponents are looking for a chance to get to Halladay, the first month of the season is their chance. His 4.13 ERA in March/April is the highest of any month in his career.
Tim Lincecum starts his run at a third consecutive Cy Young award. His first outing last season didn't go so well: three innings, four hits, three runs, three walks against the Brewers. Roy Oswalt didn't win his first game last season until May 10.
Over the past 10 years, a growing appreciation for the concept of service time has swept Major League Baseball. One of the effects of this has been a willingness by teams to mitigate risk by locking players they consider to be franchise cornerstones into long-term deals. For the team, this provides a degree of budget certainty and avoids the hassle of arbitration. For the player, it might not represent maximum earning potential, but it's a balance between the risk of going year-to-year and the safety of guaranteeing oneself some degree of financial security.The Toronto Blue Jays and slugger Adam Lind continued this trend, as the Jays locked up their offensive cornerstone with a four-year, $18 million deal that buys out three arbitration years and gives the club options on three free agent years.
How the money works
|Adam Lind||Scheduled salary|
|2010||$1.0M (inc. signing bonus)|