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Updated: April 6, 2010, 6:26 PM ET

Talent will always travel well

Kruk By John Kruk
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Spring is here, the weather is warming up and Major League Baseball's regular season is finally underway. In the offseason, a number of players were shuffled around to different leagues and divisions. Let's take a look at how some of these players have fared in each of their season debuts.

Let's start in the NL East with the Philadelphia Phillies. Roy Halladay was one of the biggest offseason acquisitions. In just seven innings pitched, he had nine strikeouts and gave up just one run -- and that came in the first inning. Hitters in the AL East are so happy Halladay is gone. He's a serious threat, and people are going to see just how great of a threat he is with the Phils. His work ethic is off the charts, and he already has an idea of how he's going to pitch to certain players in the NL. Halladay is prepared, and I'd be surprised if he doesn't win the Cy Young.
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G. Newman Lowrance/Getty ImagesDon't worry about Johnny Damon. He'll be just fine in Detroit.

The Phillies also scored big when they picked up Placido Polanco, who went 3-for-5, hit a grand slam and drove home six runs. Polanco and Halladay, not a bad 1-2 punch.

Elsewhere, former Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay made an impressive debut at Citi Field by going 2-for-4 with a triple for the Mets. Bay's effort helped Johan Santana and the Mets pick up a 7-1 win over the Florida Marlins. If the Mets want to be a contender, they will need Bay to maintain his strong effort.

With his first swing in the major leagues, Atlanta's Jason Heyward knocked one out of the park. In addition to his big home run, Heyward racked up another hit late as the Braves blew out the Cubs. What an impressive game for a 20-year-old kid. People are expecting great things from him, and I'm sure he will not disappoint. Even manager Bobby Cox has said the sky is the limit with Heyward because he really wants to be great.

In the AL West, Vladimir Guerrero is already causing a stir. A lot of people talk about how well he has hit against the Texas Rangers in his career, and in his Opening Day debut with Texas he went 2-for-3. Guerrero's ability to be a power guy who can hit 30-40 homers is still questionable.

Some thought Johnny Damon would struggle in Detroit, but his start was solid, going 2-for-5 in the Tigers' 8-4 win over the Royals. He had two RBIs and two runs scored. Remember that even though some of these guys are old, they are still great players who can still hit.

Watching how these new guys play, react and adjust to their new environments is fascinating. Everyone is off to a great start, so the next 161 games should be pretty entertaining.

John Kruk is an analyst for "Baseball Tonight."

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