Game 2: Royals-Angels …

Royals (0-1)

Alex Gordon, LF
Lorenzo Cain, CF
Eric Hosmer, 1B
Brett Butler, DH
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B
Mike Moustakas, 3B
Humberto Quintero, C
Alcides Escobar, SS
SP: RH Luke Hochevar (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Angels (1-0)

Erick Aybar, SS
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Albert Pujols, 1B
Kendrys Morales, DH
Torii Hunter, RF
Bobby Abreu, LF
Vernon Wells, CF
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Bobby Wilson, C
SP: RH Dan Haren (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Some notes from this morning …

  • Abreu is in the lineup for the second game of the season, despite a very underwhelming spring. One thing in his favor, though: He’s a lifetime .467 hitter (7-for-15) against Hochevar.
  • Here’s what Mike Scioscia said about the lineup tweaks: “Especially early in the season, we definitely want to use some of the left-handed bats we have when we can and keep these guys going. And with the day-night, it’s a good day to get some of those guys in the lineup.”
  • On Abreu’s productivity as a part-time player, Scioscia said: “You have to define part time. If you’re talking once every 10 days, there aren’t isn’t many players who are going to be productive doing that, but that’s not our situation. I think Bobby still brings a part of our team that we need, an on-base percentage. His last 10 at-bats of the spring were very good. We have to give guys an opportunity to where they play enough and can contribute. Time’s going to tell. We’ll see.”
  • With his eight-inning gem on Friday, Jered Weaver became just the third pitcher since 1900 to throw at least eight scoreless innings with 10 or more strikeouts and no walks on Opening Day, according to Elias. The others: Bob Gibson (1967) and Chris Short (1968)

Some links from Opening Day …

Some AL West links …

And the Heat were pounded by the Grizzlies last night, ending their 17-game home winning streak.

Alden

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