Red Sox 3, Orioles 1 - Fans unhappy with Daniel Nava starting over Jackie Bradley Jr. for the home opener changed their tune when Nava hit a three-run blast to give the Sox the win. Clay Buchholz threw seven shutout innings.
Brewers 7, Cubs 4 - Martin Maldonado, Norichika Aoki, and Ryan Braun (back from a sore neck) all had three-hit days, giving the Brewers' bullpen a lead they couldn't cough up in the ninth, hard as they tried.
Yankees 11, Indians 6 - Travis Hafner made a triumphant return to Progressive Field, launching a three-run blast in his first at bat. Robinson Cano padded the lead with two solo shots, giving the Bombers their second straight win.
Royals 3, Twins 1 - Ervin Santana went eight strong innings for KC in their home opener, striking out eight and surrendering just one run (not on a long ball!). A three-run eighth sealed the win for the Royals.
Reds 13, Cardinals 4 - Despite Shin-Soo Choo's best efforts to get the Reds to move him out of center field, Cincy came out on top Monday. A nine-run frame in the ninth -- a disastrous inning for the Cards -- put the game on ice.
Mets 7, Phillies 2 - Matt Harvey was dominant again while Roy Halladay was utterly dominated and booed off the field by the home crowd. It's going to be a long, long season in Philly if the Doc can't straighten things out.
Braves 2, Marlins 0 - Justin Upton's torrid start continued Monday. Upton the younger went 4-for-4 on the day and blasted his MLB-leading sixth home run of the year. How's Didi Gregorius working out for you, Kevin Towers?
Rangers 5, Rays 4 - Texas closer Joe Nathan racked up his 300th career save, getting the final out on a called third strike that was juuust a bit outside. AJ Pierzynski mashed his first home run as a Ranger.
Pirates 5, D'Backs 3 - Wandy Rodriguez left after just 2⅓ with hamstring tightness, but the Bucs' bullpen teamed up to hold Arizona in check for the final six-plus frames, retiring the final 15 batters in order.
Mariners 3, Astros 0 - Well, at least Houston didn't strike out in the double digits on Monday, but they did get shut out by Joe Saunders for 6⅓ in his Mariners debut. That's six straight losses for the Astros.
Giants 4, Rockies 2 - A three-run blast from Hunter Pence in the first was all Madison Bumgarner needed Monday, even though he didn't have his best stuff. The Giants' victory ends Colorado's win streak at five.
The Big Three
1. The Los Angeles Dodgers were able to (sort of) find a new home for Aaron Harang, but aren't having any luck finding someone to take veteran southpaw Ted Lilly off their hands. Reportedly, the team would "love" to move Lilly off the roster, but considering his lingering shoulder injury, age, and exorbitant salary ($12 million) for 2013, the Dodgers probably have a better chance of getting a productive season out of Juan Uribe. Lilly is currently on the 15-day DL with labrum issues, and there doesn't seem to be a spot for him in LA even if he were healthy. Maybe Ned Colletti can convince Kevin Towers that Lilly is the grittiest, guttiest left-hander in the NL West. Otherwise, the Dodgers may be best off just eating the salary and letting him go.
2. The Red Sox are getting their $10 million shortstop back on Wednesday. Boston is set to activate Stephen Drew from the disabled list before their second home game after a month-long bout with post-concussion symptoms. Just who Drew will replace on the roster, however, is still up in the air. There's a good possibility that Jose Iglesias, who has been starting at short in Drew's place, will be demoted back to Triple-A, but his strong showing in the first week may give the club pause about optioning the youngster. The team also has a half dozen outfielders on the active roster, so they could move down one of them to free space for Drew if they want to hang on to Iglesias for a little while.
3. The Houston Astros have expressed that they have no plans to deal right-hander Bud Norris right now, but that doesn't mean he won't be on the move once the trade deadline rolls around. The Astros' highest-paid player (at just $3 MM) has gotten off to a pretty good start, and it's rumored that Houston will get "a good haul" for the right-hander come July if they want it. If the Astros can boost Norris's numbers by limiting him to just two turns through the opposing lineup as frequently as possible without it appearing that they're pulling him for being ineffective, then the club could end up getting a really nice return for him.
In Other News...
1. The Toronto Blue Jays were busy on the waiver wire yet again Monday, claiming infielder Mauro Gomez from the Red Sox and DFA-ing right-hander Dave Bush. If I were one of the 15 guys on the Jays' 40-man who wasn't on the active roster, I'd be keeping my bag packed at all times. The turnover rate on that roster is insane.
2. The Texas Rangers became the second AL West club in the last week to acquire a catcher from the Tampa Bay Rays, netting Robinson Chirinos in exchange for a PTBNL or cash. If Chirinos is indeed fully healed from the concussion that sidelined him for all of 2012, then he should be a solid reserve for the Rangers.
3. Speaking of the Rangers, Monday was probably Julio Borbon's final game for Texas. The outfielder is expected to be DFA-ed prior to Tuesday's game to make room on the roster for No. 5 starter Nick Tepesch. I've got my two cents on the Astros or Angels picking him up.