Chicago Cubs' Ian Happ Homers On First Pitch Of MLB Season

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An hour after the season-opening home run, Cerami made the plunge into the crisp water. Both teams are wearing patches with the initials "MSD" and 17 stars to honor the number of lives lost in the shooting.

"These kids are standing up for what they believe in", Rizzo said.

Prior to Friday's game between the Cubs and Marlins in Miami, four families of victims or survivors of the tragic shooting are scheduled to throw out the first pitch. A pair of three-run rallies helped Chicago overcome a rocky start by Jon Lester, who lasted only 3 1-3 innings.

Orioles 3, Twins 2 • Adam Jones homered on Fernando Rodney's first pitch starting the bottom of the 11th, and Baltimore beat Minnesota for its eighth consecutive opening day victory.

But the Cubs bats bailed him out immediately as Willson Contreras' double in the top of the fourth gave the Cubs the lead back. Tommy La Stella got the Cubs some insurance runs with a two-run double to give the Cubbies an 8-4 lead.

Lester, making his seventh opening day start, allowed all four Miami runs, three earned.

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A bullpen committee of four kept the Marlins in check the rest of the way as Steve Cishek, Brian Duesing, Pedro Strop, and Justin Wilson combined to allow just one hit and no runs the rest of the day to help the Cubs celebrate Opening Day in style. "I wasn't throwing strikes, I wasn't finishing guys, I had no breaking ball".

Urena finished with four innings pitched, six hits, five earned runs and only two strikeouts.

That included a thrilling start to the Major League Baseball season - a solo homer from leadoff hitter Ian Happ on the first pitch of the game.

In the wake of Jeter's offseason payroll purge, 12 Marlins made an opening day roster for the first time.

Another newcomer, Tayron Guerrero, struck out the first four batters he faced before allowing Schwarber's homer.