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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 04/05/2011

Leading off: Beckett looks to rally Red Sox, Hamels takes his turn for Phillies and Pineda debuts for Mariners

Games to watch (14 scheduled)

Boston 0-3 (Beckett) at Cleveland 1-2 (Tomlin), 7:05 p.m.

Josh Beckett makes his season debut for a Red Sox squad still reeling from its season-opening three-game sweep in Texas. Can Beckett bring stability to a Boston pitching staff that allowed 26 earned runs in 24 innings against the defending American League champs? Or will the Red Sox pitching woes continue into the season’s second week?

New York Mets 2-1 (Young) at Philadelphia 3-0 (Hamels), 7:05 p.m.

The Phillies’ first three aces (Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt) were stellar in the Phils’ three-game sweep of the Astros, combining for a 2.84 ERA with 23 strikeouts and only one walk in 19.0 innings pitched. Now Cole Hamels, the fourth ace, takes the mound against the division-rival Mets. Chris Young makes his Mets debut, four years removed from his best statistical season in San Diego (9-8, 3.12 ERA in 2007). Young is 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA in five career starts against the Phillies.

Seattle 2-2 (Pineda) at Texas 4-0 (Ogando)

22-year-old super-prospect Michael Pineda makes his major-league debut for the Mariners against Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler and the red-hot Rangers offense (32 runs, 13 home runs in first four games). Alexi Ogando is scheduled to make his first career start for Texas after a dominant rookie season as one of the Rangers’ primary set-up men (4-1, 1.30 ERA). Cruz will look to become the first player ever to homer in each of the first five games of a season.

Games you should have seen

Baltimore 5, Detroit 1

Brian Roberts hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to lead the Orioles to their first 4-0 start since 1997 — the last year they made the playoffs. Nick Markakis went 3-for-4 in the O’s home opener, and starter Jake Arrieta allowed one run over six innings pitched for his first win of the year. Detroit fell to 1-3.

Atlanta 2, Milwaukee 1

Martin Prado and Dan Uggla each hit solo home runs in the eighth inning to lead the Braves (3-1) to a come-from-behind win over the Brewers in the first game of the year at Milwaukee’s Miller Park. The Brewers, picked by some experts to win the National League Central this year, fell to 0-4 for the first time since 2003. Rickie Weeks hit his third home run of the year for the Brewers.

Stats You Should Know

* Jorge Posada hit his third home run last night in the Yankees’ fourth game of the season- a 4-3win over Minnesota. In his last 38 regular season and postseason games last year, the 39-year old only hit two.

* Since the Orioles last went 4-0 and eventually made the playoffs in1997, they finished April .500 or better seven times in 13 seasons (1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008). They finished those seven seasons a combined 105 games below .500.

Quote of the Night

“I don’t think anybody’s ever had a bad 4-0 start. It’s been awesome.” - Orioles Second Baseman Brian Roberts.

By Greg Schimmel  |  10:26 AM ET, 04/05/2011

 
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