MLB News & Moments You Should Know – March 31

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Today’s Headlines


Happy Opening Day

Spring is in the air (for most of the country), birds are chirping, and the crack of a bat suddenly soothes our souls. A lot of milestones happened, and records were made, or even broken. You hear the words you’ve been longing for after a cold winter — “play ball.” Baseball is back, friends!


Rutschman Makes History

In his first opening-day start, Adley Rutschman homered in his first at-bat and went 5-for-5 with a career-best four RBIs and a walk. While the weather at Fenway Park was quite cold, Rutschman stayed hot. He became the first catcher in major league history with five hits in a home opener. The Red Sox bit back, but were defeated 10-9 at home against the Orioles.


A Bronx Tale

The Yankees picked up right where they left off. Aaron Judge homered on his first swing to start the season. Gerrit Cole fanned 11 in six scoreless innings. Anthony Volpe, at just 21 years old, got to have his major league debut on opening day. Volpe went 0-for-2 with a walk, stolen base, and two defensive plays. The Yankees defeated the Giants ending with a 5-0 score.


To Sign Or Not To Sign

The Braves signed Orlando Arcia to a three-year extension reportedly worth $7.3 million. The deal includes a club option for 2026. However, Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds was unable to reach a deal on an extension due to a “major conceptual issue” even though the dollar amount was agreed to.


Contreras Exits Early

Cardinals catcher Willson Contreras limped off the field after taking a 102-mph fastball right to the knee. The Cardinals announced that Contreras is dealing with a knee contusion after receiving a negative X-ray.


Best Moments From Yesterday


Serving Up The Best Catch Of The Day

After watching the replay about 10 times, I’m still in disbelief of Hunter Renfroe.


Spring-er Has Arrived

Despite the close score, George Springer had five hits, going 5-for-6 with five singles in the fourth five-hit game of his major league career. Springer set a Toronto record for hits in an opener. Along with Rutschman on the O’s, the two became the first pair of players with five hits each on opening day since 1901. The Blue Jays went on to win 10-9 against the Cardinals.


Houston Had A Problem

The White Sox eke out a win in Houston, ending the World Champion Astros opening day win streak of 10. But the real problem was Dylan Cease pitching a gem. Cease ended his night with 6.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 10 Ks, and zero walks. Cease has struggled with walks in the past and looked rough during Spring Training, but all of that was washed away as he struck out former White Sox first baseman José Abreu. The White Sox beat the Astros 3-2.


Brash Is Nasty

Our very own Alex Fast thought this might have been the best opening day K.




Some positive news, Liam Hendriks was only placed on the 15-day IL as his treatments for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have been progressing well.

Justin Verlander begins the season on the IL due to a low grade teres major strain.

The Rockies placed closer Daniel Bard on the 15-day IL as he deals with anxiety.

Braves ace Max Fried had to leave his start with a hamstring injury in the fourth inning.


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Chrystal OKeefe

Chrystal O'Keefe is a freelance writer from Indianapolis, Indiana. She balances her time between Indianapolis and Chicago and tries to travel to at least one new ballpark every year. She primarily covers the Chicago White Sox but loves talking about baseball in general.

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