LEAD OFF

It didn’t take Adam Dunn very long to adapt to that American League pitching. The White Sox big free agent pickup in the offseason belted a two-run bomb in his second at-bat and doubled in two runs in his next as the White Sox cruised to a wild 15-10 beat down of the Indians in Cleveland. The Chi Sox ran out to a 14-0 lead with two early touchdowns and then came up with a late defensive stand to hold off the Browns Indians. The Sox rapped out 18 hits while the Indians record 17 of their own in a game that featured 20 runs, 25 hits and four home runs.

Cleveland Opening Day starter Fausto Carmona gave up 10 runs in 3.0 innings. According to B-R’s Play Index, it was the most runs allowed by a starting pitcher on Opening Day since 1948. Wow. Early Wynn gave up 12 runs against the Yankees on April 19, 1948.

NOTABLE DEBUTS

Tsuyoshi Nishioka: 1-for-4, K, 1 error

The Japanese pickup did not have the debut he was looking for as he had one single while batting second for the Twins while also recording a fielding error.

QUESTION:

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker became just the second Pirates player to hit a grand slam on Opening Day. Who was the first?

QUICK HIT

Brett Myers made his fourth Opening Day start at Citizens Bank Park, but with the visiting team this time around. Myers was the Phillies Opening Day starter from ’07-09 and yesterday started on the road for the Astros. Myers pitched well against his former team as well and left with the lead only to see Philly rally in the bottom of the ninth off the Astros bullpen.

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

The Blue Jays are at it again. After leading the Majors last year in team home runs with 257, the Jays blasted four home runs in a 13-3 blowout over the Twins in Toronto. Jose Bautista started early to quiet his critics about a ridiculous 2010 fluke year with his first home run of the season.

ANSWER:

Arriba! Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente was the first Pirate to hit a grand slam on Opening Day when he accomplished this feat on April 10, 1962 in a 6-0 victory over the Phillies at Forbes Field. Clemente ripped the blast off Phillies starter Jim Owens in the bottom of the third inning.

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