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- The Nationals signed general manager Mike Rizzo to a two-year contract extension on Thursday.
- Tim Tebow kicked off opening day in the minors by doing Tim Tebow things: hitting a home run in his first at-bat with Double-A Binghamton.
- So, an eagle accidentally landed on Mariners starter James Paxton during pre-game ceremonies Thursday and Paxton surprisingly stayed calm (How did he do that?).
- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Phillies’ home opener Thursday wearing a Roy Halladay jersey that was actually worn by the late ace.
- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre became the all-time hits leader among Latin American-born players on Thursday.
- The Athletics claimed outfielder Trayce Thompson off waivers on Thursday.
- The Rockies signed 2017 NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon to a six-year, $108 million contract extension on Wednesday.
- The Marlins looked as if they signed veteran reliever Trevor Rosenthal to a one-year deal on Wednesday, but Rosenthal’s agent Scott Boras said his client was not signing with the team.
- A Giants fan had an epic fail in trying to catch a foul ball on Wednesday.
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Today in Baseball: On April 6th, 2015, the Mets start 41-year-old Bartolo Colon on Opening Day, much to the chagrin of the fan base who hoped one of their young guns, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, would get the coveted assignment. The oldest pitcher ever to get the nod on opening day in franchise history doesn’t disappoint when he gives up one run on three hits, besting Washington’s $210 million ace Max Scherzer in the team’s 3-1 victory at Nationals Park.