Carlos Pena thrust his arms in the air, rounded first base and headed right into a wild celebration in the middle of the Tropicana Field infield. Pena hit a first-inning grand slam off CC Sabathia and delivered an RBI single off Mariano Rivera in the ninth, lifting the Rays to a thrilling 7-6 season-opening victory over the Yankees.
2 of 23
Albert Pujols made his regular-season debut for the Angels and finished 0-for-3 with a walk. Jered Weaver struck out 10 in eight innings and Los Angeles used a five-run eighth inning to beat the Royals 5-0.
3 of 23Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Kyle Lohse held Miami hitless until the seventh inning and pitched into the eighth to help the St. Louis Cardinals win the first game in Marlins Park, 4-1 Wednesday night.
4 of 23Chuck Solomon/SI
Johan Santana threw his first major-league pitch in 581 days: an 87-mile-per-hour fastball for a ball to Braves leadoff hitter Michael Bourn. Santana ended up tossing five shutout innings, giving up two hits and two walks and striking out five.
5 of 23Jason Miller/Getty Images
Jack Hannahan hit Cleveland's first home run of the season, a three-run shot off Toronto ace Ricky Romero in the second inning.
6 of 23Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
Two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay makes his 10th consecutive opening day start and allowed just two hits over eight innings as the Phillies defeated Pittsburgh 1-0. Halladay walked none and struck out five.
7 of 23 Jason Miller/Getty Images
The Toronto Blue Jays brought back their classic uniforms from their glory years. Now if they could only bring back in-their-prime stars like Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter to wear them.
8 of 23Gene J. Puskar/AP
In the first of what will probably turn out to be very many 1-0 games for the Phillies, Ty Wigginton scored their only run by sliding home safely on a shallow sacrifice fly by Carlos Ruiz to right.
9 of 23Nick Laham/Getty Images
The Mets scored the first run of the day, snapping a string of 38 scoreless half-innings across baseball. David Wright did the honors with a single that plated Andres Torres.
10 of 23Rick Osentoski/US Presswire
Miguel Cabrera's highly anticipated move to third base didn't get off to a great start. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a foul pop not far from the third base bag and Cabrera stumbled around and fell backward to make the catch. Two pitches later, Cabrera was charged with an error on a ball hit directly at him.
11 of 23Frank Franklin II/AP
Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla made the first error in the 2012 National League season, booting a routine groundball off the bat of Andres Torres, the speedy new leadoff hitter for the Mets.
12 of 23Leon Halip/Getty Images
Boston manager Bobby Valentine lost in his return to the major leagues after replacing Terry Francona following the team's 7-20 September slide that cost the Red Sox a playoff spot last year. Boston gave up a bases-loaded triple to Austin Jackson in the bottom of the ninth as the Detroit Tigers won 3-2.
13 of 23Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Pitching his first season opener, Stephen Strasburg gave up only one run and five hits over seven innings. The Nationals trailed 1-0 until scoring runs in the eighth and ninth to beat the Cubs 2-1.
14 of 23Carlos Osorio/AP
In his first game as a Detroit Tiger, Prince Fielder went 1-for-3 with one RBI and one strikeout. His lone hit was a single in his first at-bat.
15 of 23Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Bill Murray ran around the bases, slid into home, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and also sang "Take Me Out To The Ball Game," during the seventh inning stretch of the Cubs game.
16 of 23Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Johnny Cueto went seven scoreless innings, striking out four and allowing just three hits as the Reds shut out the Marlins in their traditional home opener. It was Cincinnati's first opening day shutout since 1980.
17 of 23Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE
Nationals closer Brad Lidge is congratulated by catcher Wilson Ramos after Washington rallied for a 2-1 victory against the Cubs on opening day at Wrigley Field.
18 of 23Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Reds outfielder Jay Bruce homered and drove in two runs as Cincinnati beat the Miami Marlins 4-0 in front to 42,956 fans, the second-largest crowd at Great American Ball Park.
19 of 23Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips breaks up a double play attempt by Marlins second baseman Omar Infante.
20 of 23Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw started the game despite battling the flu. He was taken out after three scoreless innings against the Padres.
21 of 23AP Photo/Amy Sancetta
Toronto's J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run home run in the 16th inning to break a 4-4 tie. The Blue Jays beat the Indians 7-4 in the longest opening-day game in major league history.
22 of 23Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin is congratulated by Jeremy Hermida after his two-run homer in the eighth inning against the Dodgers. San Diego lost 5-3 in its home opener to Los Angeles.
23 of 23Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
Los Angeles Dodgers Jerry Hairston Jr. (6), Matt Kemp (center) and Andre Ethier (16) celebrate following a 5-3 opening-day win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
You May Like
Sign Up for our Newsletter
Don't get stuck on the sidelines! Sign up to get exclusives, daily highlights, analysis and more—delivered right to your inbox!