CHICAGO — The Wisconsin men’s basketball team used a dominant second-half effort Saturday in a 71-51 win over Purdue to advance to the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament.The Badgers were led by sophomore guard Bronson Koenig who scored 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting in the second half on his way to a career-high 19 points.Wisconsin was able to get out to a strong start in the first half, hitting its first three shots from the field, as two easy layups and a three from sophomore forward Nigel Hayes helped them jump out to an early 7-2 lead.However, Purdue responded with authority on both ends of the floor. After those two quick layups, Purdue junior forward and Big Ten blocks leader A.J. Hammond held his own in the paint, rejecting senior forward Frank Kaminsky twice at the rim.After starting the game shooting 3-for-3 from the field, Wisconsin missed its next five shots and 11 of its next 13.Purdue took advantage.In stepping up their defensive effort and continuing to get open looks on offense, the Boilermakers were able to go on a 10-0 run, take a four-point lead and maintain that lead for the majority of the first half.“We were kind of letting them get easy post touches and get two feet in the paint too easily, and they’re too big inside, and if you let them do that, they’re going to win,” junior forward Sam Dekker said.Following the final media timeout of the first half and with Purdue up 28-21, the Badgers made one final push. Five straight UW points from sophomore guard Bronson Koenig and a 9-2 Wisconsin run tied the game with just over a minute remaining.It appeared the Badgers would be heading into the locker room with momentum on their side, but a quick 5-0 burst from the Boilermakers gave all the momentum back to Purdue.That, however, ended up not mattering.The second half was a completely different story for both teams. After allowing Hammons and Purdue to have their way offensively in the first half, Wisconsin took their defensive effort to another level in the second half.Hammons looked lost for the entire second half, as Wisconsin switched on screens, played more aggressively down low and limited his opportunities on the block.After recording 10 points, five rebounds in the first half, Hammons shot 0-for-4 in the second half, scoring zero points and grabbing just two rebounds.“We just tried to make it a little tougher for them to get inside, to stay physical,” Dekker said. “In the second half, we talked it out and we were all on the same page, and when we’re all on the same page like that, we become pretty good defensively.”After recording no steals in the first half, the Badgers had five in the second, and it appeared that UW was taking the ball away every time the Boilermakers touched the ball in the post.Wisconsin’s strong defensive effort helped everything else come easier to them in the second half. The Badgers opened the half on a 10-0 run to take a lead that the team never looked back on.“Defense leads to good offense and we finally got some steals, got out in transition and started running on them, which I wish we would do the whole game, but at least we started doing it in the second half,” Koenig said. “That really gave us a spark.”Koenig was the catalyst of the offensive push in the second half. After scoring just five total points in the first 20 minutes, he matched that mark just five minutes into the second period, scoring five of Wisconsin’s first eight points.From there, Koenig kept rolling, hitting four of his next six shots, with a few of them coming in isolated situations at the end of the shot clock. He finished the half with 14 points and a total of 19 for the game.“I was really confident when the shots finally started falling for me,” Koenig said.As a team, Wisconsin shot 57 percent from the field in the second half and finished the game with 18 assists on 26 field goals to go along with just three turnovers.10 of those assists came from Kaminsky and Hayes, who recorded five each, and passing out of the post and double teams has become a real strength for the both of them.“The way Purdue was playing, we had to do some different things,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “Our bigs being able to find people has been one of our keys for a long time.”Kaminsky and Hayes finished with 12 and 15 points respectively, while Sam Dekker scored 15 points to go along with 8 rebounds.With the victory, Wisconsin is just one win shy of their single-season record of 31, and tying that record would not only mean a Big Ten tournament title, but also the very real possibility of the Badgers getting a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.Despite Wisconsin’s chances of earning a top seed in the tournament, that’s not exactly what is on the mind of Ryan and his team. Their main concern is the next challenge they face.“I never really have talked about seeds ever,” Ryan said. “I stay away from it because I want all my energies to go towards the game tomorrow, and then we find out who we play, and then all our energy is going into, boom, that first opponent. “The next challenge for the Badgers and the final tune-up before the NCAA tournament will be the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, Michigan State. Tip-off is set for 2:30 on Sunday at the United Center.
Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid had to settle for a share of the spoils as Group A’s top two played out a 0-0 draw.Each side came into Wednesday’s match having collected six points from their first two group stage games, however, it was Real who dominated play to start.Jese was played in by a precise Toni Kroos through ball in the 26th minute, but his low shot was well saved by PSG keeper Kevin Trapp.A pair of Cristiano Ronaldo headers then began a barrage of chances for Real 10 minutes later, but Trapp was again up to the task and kept the scoreline even heading into half-time.PSG took more initiative in the second period and created the first quality chance, but Edinson Cavani poked a Thiago Motta cross wide of Keylor Navas’ near post from eight yards out.Ronaldo came closest to opening Real’s account in the 72nd minute, with his left-footed shot from just outside the six-yard box going inches wide after a sweeping counter by Los Blancos. That was the best either team could muster, however, before the final whistle put an end to the proceedings.Elsewhere in Group A, Malmo picked up their first points of the campaign with a 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.Markus Rosenberg scored the only goal of the game for Swedish outfit, slotting home from close range.Kevin De Bruyne’s last-minute strike secured a dramatic 2-1 victory for Manchester City against Sevilla. A lively first half saw both sides create chances, with Wiflried Bony and Kevin De Bruyne going close for the hosts, while Grzegorz Krychowiak forced Joe Hart into a good stop.But it was Sevilla who took the lead inside 30 minutes with Yevhen Konoplyanka firing first time past Hart after being teed up by Vitolo.City, however, responded well and were level seven minutes later with Rami deflecting Bony’s effort into this own net after Raheem Sterling’s earlier strike had been saved.The second half was a quieter affair, although the best chances appeared to have fallen to Sevilla, with Kevin Gameiro heading over from inside the box, before wasting another chance from close range shortly after. However, with the game seemingly set for a draw, up popped De Bruyne in the game’s closing moments to fire into the bottom corner and send the Etihad Stadium wild.Elsewhere in Group D, Juventus dropped their first points of the campaign following a 0-0 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.Juve had the chances to win but were unable to find a way past Yann Sommer, who was called into action on a number of occasions.In Group B, Anthony Martial salvaged a point for Manchester United as his goal secured a 1-1 draw against CSKA Moscow. United did not help their chances as they gifted CSKA an early penalty, although David De Gea got down low to deny Roman Eremenko.Seydou Doumbia, however, was the quickest to react following the miss, pouncing and converting the rebound past the helpless De Gea.It could have been 2-0 shortly after the 30-minute mark if not for the United keeper, who was on hand to pull off a fine stop to deny Ahmed Musa’s long-range strike.The English side struggled to create for much of the game but came to life after the hour-mark when Martial drew them level, heading Antonio Valencia’s cross in off the post.United then pushed for a winner for the remainder of the game, but were unable to find a way past Igor Akinfeev for a second time. Second-half goals from Bas Dost and Max Kruse helped Wolfsburg to a 2-0 win over PSV Eindhoven.Dost was quickest on the scene to fire home the rebound after Josuha Guilavogui’s strike was saved by Jeroen Zoet, before Kruse doubled Wolfsburg’s advantage with a well-taken header 10 minutes later.*CLICK TO READ: 5 things we learned from this week’s UCL games –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports. Champions League action is always available on SuperSport, your world of champions
MLB Opening Day 2019 is in the books.All 30 teams were in action on Thursday’s MLB schedule, with games spread out across the day. While Opening Day this year was technically March 20 when the Mariners and Athletics played a two-game series in Japan, Thursday was officially baseball’s Opening Day. MORE: Sign up to watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNAll of the stars were back in action, including Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Christian Yelich and new Phillie Bryce Harper. Top prospects Fernando Tatis Jr., Eloy Jimenez and Pete Alonso all made their MLB debuts.While Thursday was a monumental day for baseball, this is your annual reminder not to overreact. Most teams still have 161 games to play after this one, but Thursday should offer a glimpse of what is to come this baseball season. Sporting News tracked all the action from Opening Day for the 2019 MLB season. Keep up with the latest baseball scores and highlights with our live updates from Thursday’s games below.SN’s 2019 EXPERT PREDICTIONSWorld Series, awards picks | 27 things that will happenMLB scores from Opening Day 2019SN’s MLB scoreboard has all the stats and scores from every game on Opening Day. MLB Opening Day scheduleYankees 7, Orioles 2Mets 2, Nationals 0Brewers 5, Cardinals 4Phillies 10, Braves 4Tigers 2, Blue Jays 0 (10)Astros 5, Rays 1Cubs 12, Rangers 4Athletics 4, Angels 0Reds 5, Pirates 3Rockies 6, Marlins 2Twins 2, Indians 0Padres 2, Giants 0Dodgers 12, Diamondbacks 5Royals 5, White Sox 3Mariners 12, Red Sox 4MORE: Sign up to watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNOpening Day 2019 live updates, highlightsRed Sox vs. Mariners10:45 p.m.: It’s over in Seattle. J.D. Martinez grounds to Dee Gordon for the final out. The Mariners are 3-0 after battering the reigning world champs. FINAL: Mariners 12, Red Sox 4.10:30 p.m.: Catching up: Santana launches a two-run homer off Tyler Thornburg in the seventh. Boston’s bullpen has allowed five runs thus far. Mariners 12, Red Sox 4. 9:51 p.m.: A fielding error scores Santana with two outs. Mariners 10, Red Sox 4.9:46 p.m.: The bat never leaves Jay Bruce’s shoulder as he is walked in four-straight pitches. Mariners 9, Red Sox 4.9:44 p.m.: Mariners have the bases loaded with one out in the sixth, threatening to add to their lead. Heath Hembree relieves Velazquez.9:25 p.m.: Benintendi adds one more run in the sixth with a single, scoring Nunez, to draw things a little closer. Mariners 8, Red Sox 4.9:20 p.m.: Christian Vazquez doubles, scoring Eduarda Nunez. Marco Gonzales is pulled for Roesnis Elias after 5.1 innings of 9-hit baseball. Mariners 8, Red Sox 3.9:03 p.m.: Ryon Healy joins the homer-parade with a solo-shot to left. Mariners 8, Red Sox 2.8:39 p.m.: It’s a short day for Sale as he is pulled after three innings. He allows seven runs on six hits and walks two. Hector Velazquez is on in relief.8:30 p.m.: Following a second mound visit for Sale, David Freitas hits a sac fly to score Mallex Smith. Mariners 7, Red Sox 2.8:27 p.m.: The nightmare continues for Chris Sale as the dream lives on for Beckham. Beckham hits a two-run homer to push the lead to four. Mariners 6, Red Sox 2.8:21 p.m.: Edward Encarnacion nails a 414-foot homer to centerfield. Sale has already thrown 65 pitches through 2.1 innings. Mariners 4, Red Sox 2.8:02 p.m.: And Seattle takes the lead! Domingo Santana ropes a two-run double and Sale doesn’t look like himself early on. Mariners 3, Red Sox 2. 7:52 p.m.: Tim Beckham’s hot start to the season continues. He takes Sale deep and the Mariners are within one in the second. Red Sox 2, Mariners 1. 7:48 p.m.: Eduardo Nunez and Jackie Bradley Jr. both reach base and use their speed to execute a double steal, setting up an Andrew Benintendi sacrifice fly. Red Sox 2, Mariners 0.7:18 p.m.: The defending champs get on the board fast, thanks to a J.D. Martinez RBI single. Red Sox 1, Mariners 0.7:08 p.m.: The final game of the day will pit Marco Gonzales against Chris Sale. First one of the season. 👊Your #OpeningDay @ParkWhiz Lineup: pic.twitter.com/o7BivyitRn— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) March 28, 2019Your 2019 Mariners Opening Day lineup. 😤#TrueToTheBlue pic.twitter.com/TH5HoGKZgk— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) March 28, 2019White Sox vs. Royals9:16 p.m.: Yolmer Sanchez lines out to end the game and comeback bid. FINAL: Royals 5, White Sox 3.9:06 p.m.: Daniel Palka grounds into fielder’s choice, scoring Moncada. Tim Anderson singles in next at-bat to score Jimenez with two outs in the ninth. Royals 5, White Sox 3.9:00 p.m.: Jimenez gets his first career RBI…by way of a hit-by-pitch. Sox are on the board. Royals 5, White Sox 1.8:59 p.m.: The White Sox are down to their final two outs, but have the bases loaded with Jimenez at the plate.8:35 p.m.: Keller’s day is done. He went seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits with five strikeouts.8:24 p.m.: Soler doubles to deep left and scores Gordon. Royals 5, White Sox 0.8:21 p.m.: Mondesi picks up his second triple of the night and scores Whit Merrifield. Royals 4, White Sox 0.7:59 p.m.: The Royals tack on another run but leave the bases loaded. Royals 3, White Sox 0.7:46 p.m.: And Jorge Soler cashes in on the opportunity, bringing home a run with a single. Royals 2, White Sox 0. 7:43 p.m.: Keller is up to six shutout innings now and the Royals’ offense is threatening. 7:22 p.m.: Not much offense to go around in this one. Brad Keller has five strikeouts through five shutout innings and the teams have combined for just two hits.7:01 p.m.: Adalberto Mondesi triples and scores on Alex Gordon’s sacrifice fly and the Royals are on the board first. Royals 1, White Sox 0.6:51 p.m.: Jimenez has struck out twice now as this game remains scoreless. 6:17 p.m.: Eloy Jimenez, batting fifth, strikes out in his first MLB at-bat5:04 p.m.: The game is underway following a nearly two-hour delay.Here it is… your #OpeningDay Lineup! pic.twitter.com/JTtbCD2RYp— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 28, 2019Without further ado…Here is your 2019 #OpeningDay lineup!#AlwaysRoyal pic.twitter.com/DixvkH55sm— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) March 28, 2019Indians vs. Twins6:37 p.m.: Another pitchers’ duel ends in a Minnesota win. Berrios outduels Kluber and Rocco Baldelli gets his first win as a manager. FINAL: Twins 2, Indians 05:54 p.m.: Finally some runs in Minnesota. Marwin Gonzalez delivers a two-run to break the scoreless tie. Corey Kluber had been fantastic up to that point. Twins 2, Indians 0.4:10 p.m.: Jose Berrios and Corey Kluber will be the starting pitchers for two teams who are expected to be at the top of the AL Central.Indians Opening Day lineup (NSFW)1. CF Leonys Martín2. 3B Jose Ramirez3. RF Tyler Naquin4. 1B Carlos Santana5. DH Hanley Ramirez6. LF Jake Bauers7. C Roberto Perez8. 2B Brad Miller9. SS Eric StametsSP Corey Kluber— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) March 28, 2019Game one. #OpeningDay #MNTwinshttps://t.co/wmTONiIOWL pic.twitter.com/haEzcbOnWT— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) March 28, 2019Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers.@Dodgers are on pace for 1,296 homers. #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/cCY6MXt5L0— MLB (@MLB) March 29, 20197:01 p.m.: Dodgers win on the back of an MLB record eight Opening Day home runs. Dodgers 12, Diamondbacks 5. 7:00 p.m.: A comeback is improbably, but the Diamondbacks are at least chipping away with three runs in the top of the ninth. Dodgers 12, Diamondbacks 5.6:33 p.m.: Eight home runs for the Dodgers now! Cody Bellinger and Hernandez add seventh inning home runs. The ball is flying out of Dodger Stadium. Dodgers 12, Diamondbacks 2. 6:30 p.m.: Max Muncy is out to prove that his 2018 wasn’t a fluke. He hits the sixth Dodger home run of the game. Dodgers 10, Diamondbacks 2.6:20 p.m.: Christian Walker hits the Diamondbacks’ second solo shot on Thursday. Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 2. 6:15 p.m.: What a day for Joc Pederson! He hits his second home run of the game and the Dodgers increase their lead. Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 1.Can’t stop @yungjoc650. #OpeningDayLA pic.twitter.com/M5KEhq3ZBr— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 28, 20196:00 p.m.: Welcome to Arizona, Adam Jones! He homers in the fourth for the Diamondbacks’ first run of the game. Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 1.5:43 p.m.: The rout continues as Seager adds a home run. Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 0Welcome back, @coreyseager_5. #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/157WvJaoOl— MLB (@MLB) March 28, 20195:27 p.m.: Kiké Hernandez and Austin Barnes go back-to-back as Greinke is getting lit up. Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 0.4:59 p.m.: Joc Pederson’s big day continues as he adds a two-run home run. Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 0.4:35 p.m.: The Dodgers get a run home on Zack Greinke thanks ot a Max Muncy RBI groundout. Joc Pederson helped set it up with a double off the wall. Dodgers 1, Diamondbacks 0. 4:10 p.m.: Corey Seager makes his return after missing all of 2018.Let’s do this! #RattleOn pic.twitter.com/8GpX2GgWHJ— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) March 28, 2019Today’s #OpeningDayLA lineup vs. D-backs:Pederson LFSeager SSTurner 3BMuncy 1BPollock CFBellinger RFHernández 2BBarnes CRyu P#Dodgers | @Biofreeze pic.twitter.com/h9U0VSw4pp— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 28, 2019Pirates vs. Reds7:06 p.m.: After a 12-pitch at-bat, Hernandez gets Dickerson to ground out with the bases loaded and the Reds win. FINAL: Reds 5, Pirates 3.6:54 p.m.: Amir Garrett gets a clutch strikeouts, but David Bell will make the switch to David Hernandez to try to get the final out.6:49 p.m.: Pirates are threatening against Raisel Iglesias. They have two on and just one out and it appears Iglesias’ day is done.6:39 p.m.: The Pirates get a run back on Corey Dickerson’s solo home run. Reds 5, Pirates 36:18 p.m.: Derek Dietrich delivers a pinch-hit three-run home run in the seventh inning and the Reds are in the lead! Reds 5, Pirates 2.6:09 p.m.: Jose Peraza goes deep off Taillon to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh. Pirates 2, Reds 2.5:56 p.m.: Pittsburgh takes the lead back on Jung-Ho Kang’s two-run single. The Pirates took advantage of some lackadasical fielding from the Reds to score the second run. Pirates 2, Reds 1.4:44 p.m.: Jose Iglesias starts his Reds career with a bang, driving in a run with a double to put Cincinnati up. Reds 1, Pirates 0.Welcome to Cincinnati, José Iglesias!#RedsOpeningDay | #BornToBaseball pic.twitter.com/UewEN4cvcL— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) March 28, 20194:10 p.m.: Jameson Taillon vs. Luis Castillo in the NL Central battle.And now the moment you’ve been waiting for…Here is our #OpeningDay lineup, presented by Honda.#LetsGoBucs pic.twitter.com/ENF7Rpyhju— Pirates (@Pirates) March 28, 2019ICYMI, here is your 2019 #RedsOpeningDay lineup.#BornToBaseball pic.twitter.com/qm3FepBOn1— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) March 28, 2019Rockies vs. Marlins7:09 p.m.: The Rockies close out a relatively stress-free win against the Marlins. FINAL: Rockies 6, Marlins 26:45 p.m.: Neil Walker adds the second solo homer for the Marlins today. Freeland exited before the inning, but he was great, surrendering just one earned run in seven innings. Rockies 6, Marlins 2. 6:10 p.m.: Kyle Freeland’s shutout is broken up on a home run by J.T. Riddle. Rockies 6, Marlins 1.5:47 p.m.: After an inconspicuous start, the Rockies have scored four runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth. Ryan McMahon has two RBI and Trevor Story has a home run. Rockies 6, Marlins 0.4:10 p.m.: The Opening Day starting lineups:Now it’s all about wins, baby. Let’s start racking them up today! #Rockies x #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/Lc02FgjJaC— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) March 28, 2019Our team. Our City. Let’s do this, #JuntosMiami.Roof: CLOSED👀: @FOXSportsFL👂: @MarlinsRadio📝: https://t.co/xD3bGpIeV1#OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/TbowXtBjPw— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) March 28, 2019Giants vs. Padres6:31 p.m.: Not a lot of runs in San Diego, but the Padres don’t mind. Kirby Yates finishes up the shutout. Wil Myers was the star on Thursday. Fernando Tatis went 2-for-3 and Machado struck out twice in three at-bats. FINAL: Padres 2, Giants 0.5:58 p.m.: Eric Lauer is removed after six scoreless innings. He let up just four hits and outdueled Bumgarner. 5:46 p.m.: Myers with his second RBI of the game, this time via a single. Padres 2, Giants 0.4:58 p.m.: Not the best start for Bumgarner as Wil Myers takes him deep. Padres 1, Giants 0. 4:42 p.m.: Tatis knocks a base hit through the left side for his first MLB hit.First at-bat, first big league hit for @tatis_jr. #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/HXCaVcHc0i— MLB (@MLB) March 28, 20194:24 p.m.: Machado strikes out in his first at-bat as a Padre. At least he got a warm ovation.4:10 p.m.: Manny Machado makes his Padres debut and Fernando Tatis Jr. makes his MLB debut.Our #OpeningDay starting nine, powered by @Biofreeze.#SFGiants pic.twitter.com/VMOaD9IlKP— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) March 28, 2019Your #SDOpeningDay lineup features Manny Machado making his #Padres debut, @tatis_jr making his Major League debut, and @e_lauer10 on the hill for the first time to start this season! pic.twitter.com/AuQuMlRVQi— San Diego Padres (@Padres) March 28, 2019Angels vs. Athletics6:37 p.m.: The A’s close out a victory in just 2:18 and they are now 1-2 this season. FINAL: A’s 4, Angels 05:50 p.m.: Khris Davis picks up where he left off in Japan with his second home run of the season. A’s 4, Angels 0.Second deck? Khrushed. #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/eOsDnRAr01— MLB (@MLB) March 28, 20195:19 p.m.: Marcus Semien adds to the lead with a home run. Former Athletic Cahill isn’t at his best today. A’s 3, Angels 0.Mar-CRUSHED! 3-0, us! #RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/SsLllu6Npx— Oakland Athletics 🌳🐘⚾️ (@Athletics) March 28, 20195:03 p.m.: The A’s tack on another off Trevor Cahill. Stephen Piscotty hits an RBI double. A’s 2, Angels 0.4:43 p.m.: The A’s score first. Chad Pinder delivers a sacrifice fly after Jurickson Profar’s triple. A’s 1, Angels 0.4:13 p.m.: Mike Trout’s highly-anticipated first at-bat is a flyout to center field.4:07 p.m.: The lineups for the AL West battle: We’re ready for #OpeningDay. Are you? #TheHaloWayGame Preview » https://t.co/mEBsPHjncU pic.twitter.com/vBsaYSMg1j— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) March 28, 2019First Coliseum lineup of 2019.#RootedInOakland #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/ATYlubMI9h— Oakland Athletics 🌳🐘⚾️ (@Athletics) March 28, 2019Tigers vs. Blue Jays6:34 p.m.: Shane Greene gets the save as the lifeless Blue Jays offense gets just two hits in 10 innings. FINAL: TIgers 2, Blue Jays 0.6:26 p.m.: Rookie Christin Stewart breaks the scoreless tie with a two-run homer and the Tigers have the lead. Tigers 2, Blue Jays 0.6:15 p.m.: We are headed to extra innings. Not a great day for offense.5:51 p.m.: His no-hitter ended before Zimmermann’s, but Stroman doesn’t look too shabby out there. Still scoreless.Ready to binge the new season of the Stroshow. #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/RsEJAYVVZg— MLB (@MLB) March 28, 20195:42 p.m.: Teoscar Hernandez breaks up the perfect game with an infield single. Great effort by Josh Harrison but he couldn’t make the throw in time.5:27 p.m.: Zimmermann is perfect through six. 5:20 p.m.: Nicholas Castellanos breaks up Marcus Stroman’s no-hit bid. 5:14 p.m.: Zimmermann and Stroman have dualing no-hitters through five innings. A pitcher’s duel at its finest.4:07 p.m.: Jordan Zimmermann vs. Marcus Stroman in the north of the border contest.Game 1: Harrison 2b, Castellanos rf, Cabrera 1b, Candelario 3b, Goodrum dh, Stewart lf, Greiner c, Mahtook cf, Mercer ss— Anthony Fenech (@anthonyfenech) March 28, 2019The wait is FINALLY over!Here is your #OpeningDay lineup! pic.twitter.com/0Kaxcc3W2B— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) March 28, 2019Cubs vs. Rangers7:16 p.m.: Mike Montgomery gets the final out one batter later and the Cubs win on Opening Day. Baez led the way with a pair of dingers. FINAL: Cubs 12, Rangers 47:14 p.m.: Nomar Mazara gives the Rangers another highlight with a two-run homer in the ninth inning. Cubs 12, Rangers 46:41 p.m.: After an injury-riddled 2018, Kris Bryant gets off on the right foot this season with a two-run home run. The Rangers bullpen has allowed six earned runs in 2.1 innings. Cubs 12, Rangers 26:21 p.m.: Jon Lester wraps up a quality start, going six innings and giving up two runs. 6:15 p.m: The Cubs have added two more runs off the Rangers’ bullpen. Cubs 9, Rangers 25:30 p.m.: Baez with another home run, this time a three-run shot off former Cub Jesse Chavez, to break this one open. Cubs 7, Rangers 2..@javy23baez hits the first #Cubs home run of 2019.Then he hits the second! #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/M9p5H8yUWQ— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 28, 20195:21 p.m.: The Cubs take the lead on an RBI single by Jason Heyward and RBI double by Mark Zagunis. Chicago is threatening for more as well. Cubs 3, Rangers 2.5:01 p.m.: Cubs fans love the sight of this. They get one back with a Javier Baez solo home run. Rangers 2, Cubs 1.4:54 p.m.: Elvis Andrus breaks the scoreless tie with a two-run homer off Lester. Both of the Rangers hits in the inning came with two outs. Rangers 2, Cubs 0. Our team. Our City. Let’s do this, #JuntosMiami.Roof: CLOSED👀: @FOXSportsFL👂: @MarlinsRadio📝: https://t.co/xD3bGpIeV1#OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/TbowXtBjPw— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) March 28, 20194:05 p.m.: Today’s starting lineups:Here is our #OpeningDay lineup! #EverybodyInGame preview: https://t.co/szx0fVBWwW pic.twitter.com/UmkJWq6UKt— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 28, 2019The wait is over.Gameday: https://t.co/52Xah2LqhG pic.twitter.com/kdRsUv9ukH— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) March 28, 2019Astros vs. Rays5:40 p.m.: Justin Verlander’s outstanding outing is rewarded as the bullpen finishes the gem off. FINAL: Astros 5, Rays 15:26 p.m.: The Astros lineup is showing why it’s one of baseball’s best. Jose Altuve adds to the home run party. Astros 5, Rays 1.‘Tuve trot. #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/38hsaiVi6Q— MLB (@MLB) March 28, 20194:58 p.m.: Another home run for Houston! New Astro Michael Brantley goes yard off the reigning AL Cy Young winner. Astros 4, Rays 1.DEEEEEP to right! #TakeItBack pic.twitter.com/P44LtYJSMU— Houston Astros (@astros) March 28, 20194:54 p.m.: George Springer with a mammoth three-run home run to center field to put Houston on top. Astros 3, Rays 1.Third straight #OpeningDay HR for @GeorgeSpringer! pic.twitter.com/v7PO8tJwC2— Houston Astros (@astros) March 28, 20194:10 p.m.: After Houston goes down in order, Austin Meadows hits a leadoff home run for Tampa Bay. That’s how you set the tone. Rays 1, Astros 0.4:02 p.m.: Justin Verlander vs. Blake Snell. This one shouldn’t disappoint. Here are the starting lineups: We like this look. https://t.co/234OhQYxh1 #RaysUp | #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/VDOoBRbOE4— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) March 28, 2019#OpeningDay⚾️ 3:00pm CT📺 @ATTSportsNetSW📻 @SportsTalk790 & 850 AM#TakeItBack pic.twitter.com/M1lWTU8LxQ— Houston Astros (@astros) March 28, 2019Braves vs. Phillies6:13 p.m.: Sophomore sensation Ronald Acuña drives in a run in the eighth but Pat Neshek slams the door in the ninth inning and the Phillies get a big win on Opening Day. FINAL: Phillies 10, Braves 45:49 p.m.: Slam time in Philly. Rhys Hoskins with a grand slam and that should just about do it. Phillies 10, Braves 3.Phantastic 4 (runs).(MLB x @PapaJohns) pic.twitter.com/bQHQAOMw4s— MLB (@MLB) March 28, 20195:34 p.m.: The Braves get a couple of runs back on newly-acquired Matt Joyce’s two-run blast. Phillies 6, Braves 3.5:17 p.m.: Maikel Franco has blown this game wide open with a three-run home run off Shane Carle. Phillies fans are happy despite Harper’s early struggles. Phillies 6, Braves 1.4:36 p.m.: The Phillies score two runs in the fourth off Teheran. Odubel Herrera and Cesar Hernandez had RBI singles, although Harper struck out in the same inning. Phillies 3, Braves 1.3:34 p.m.: The Braves get a run back on Nick Markakis’ RBI single. Ronald Acuna singled and stole second base to set it up. Phillies 1, Braves 1.Nick picks up right where he left off.#OpeningDay | #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/XU1qH1UHFS— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 28, 20193:19 p.m.: Harper grounds out to first base in his first at-bat.It’s @bryceharper3’s first game as a Phillie and we will show you all of his at-bats. Watch live here. #MLBTwitterHitter https://t.co/XART2PyZjp— MLB (@MLB) March 28, 20193:17 p.m.: In his first at-bat as a Phillie, Andrew McCutchen goes deep. Phillies 1, Braves 0..@TheCUTCH22 starts the party. pic.twitter.com/uHqOYddmL1— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) March 28, 20193:10 p.m.: Bryce Harper is hitting third for Philadelphia, which will throw Aaron Nola vs. Julio Teheran.Cardinals vs. Brewers4:47 p.m.: What a catch! Lorenzo Cain robs Jose Martinez of a game-tying home run in the ninth inning to end the game. The Brewers win and Hader gets a two-inning save. FINAL: Brewers 5, Cardinals 4LO CAIN. FOR. THE. WIN. 😱 #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/2B34gddRLh— MLB (@MLB) March 28, 20194:39 p.m.: John Gant escapes a jam and this game will head to the ninth with the Cardinals needing a run to tie the game. 4:32 p.m.: Josh Hader strikes out the side in his first inning of the season. Not bad.4:11 p.m.: Kolten Wong hits his second home run of the game and the Cardinals are within a run. Brewers 5, Cardinals 4.3:45 p.m.: Chacin exits with one out in the sixth inning. He allowed three runs and added a home run for himself. This game will be turned over to the Brewers bullpen. 3:30 p.m.: Brewers pitcher Chacin homers. How about that! The fifth home run of the game. Brewers 5, Cardinals 3.#PitchersWhoRake are so back. #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/874LP1Vug7— MLB (@MLB) March 28, 20192:57 p.m.: Christian Yelich is back, folks! He hits a three-run homer off Mikolas in the third to put Milwaukee ahead. Miller Park is in a frenzy. Brewers 4, Cardinals 3.Yeli picking up where he left off. #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/MElRm9f9E0— MLB (@MLB) March 28, 20192:41 p.m.: It’s turning into a slugfest early. Mike Moustakas, who re-signed with the Brewers in the offseason, goes deep. Cardinals 3, Brewers 1.2:31 p.m.: And Harrison Bader follows it up with a home run of his own to go back-to-back. Cardinals 3, Brewers 0.BACK-TO-BACK JACKS 💪 pic.twitter.com/ULMKtO3yGD— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) March 28, 20192:30 p.m.: Kolten Wong delivers a mammoth 2-run homer to put St. Louis up 2-0 early. Cardinals 2, Brewers 0.2:23 p.m.: Reigning MVP Christian Yelich grounds out as part of a 1-2-3 first inning.2:17 p.m.: Couldn’t have been a better first inning for Chacin. He strikes out the side.2:14 p.m.: Paul Goldschmidt strikes out in his first at-bat as a Cardinal.2:10 p.m.: Miles Mikolas will face off against Jhoulys Chacin. Game 1.LET’S GO 💪 pic.twitter.com/zdFITc3x8G— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) March 28, 2019Here’s the #Brewers #OpeningDay lineup! #NowWeGo #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/r2pyNgaILm— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 28, 2019Mets vs. Nationals3:52 p.m.: Diaz closes it out and the Mets win. deGrom and Scherzer had 22 strikeouts between them. FINAL: Mets 2, Nationals 03:44 p.m.: Heading to the bottom of the ninth. Edwin Diaz will try to get his first save as a Met.3:20 p.m.: The Mets get to the Nationals’ bullpen. With two on and two out, Cano drives in another run with a RBI single. Pete Alonso added his first major-league hit in the at-bat prior. Mets 2, Nationals 0. 3:11 p.m.: Scherzer exits in the top of the eighth. He gave up just one earned run in 7.2 innings with 12 strikeouts. 2:56 p.m.: deGrom’s day is done. His line: Six innings, five hits, zero earned runs, one walk, and 10 strikeouts. He’s in line for win with Seth Lugo in the game.2:42 p.m.: deGrom escapes a sixth inning jam to keep the Mets in front.Big spot. One-run game.@JdeGrom19 lives for this. pic.twitter.com/G5OSRv0bQV— New York Mets (@Mets) March 28, 20192:33 p.m.: This Scherzer guy is pretty good. He has 10 strikeouts through six.2:26 p.m.: Scherzer and deGrom have combined for 17 strikeouts through five innings.1:58 p.m.: With one out, Rendon grounds into an atypical double play. The Mets get the force at second, and Victor Robles hesitates and gets hung up between third and home for the final out. 1:52 p.m.: Victor Robles doubles, Adam Eaton singles and Washington is in business. 1:47 p.m.: Scherzer has six strikeouts through three frames.1:37 p.m.: Both teams go down 1-2-3 in the second inning. deGrom struck out the side. 1:26 p.m.: Trea Turner singles and Juan Soto draws a walk against deGrom, but no runs in the first inning for Washington. 1:13 p.m.: Robinson Cano’s first at-bat as a Met is a home run. Scherzer had fanned the first two of the inning. Mets 1, Nationals 0.Welcome to the @Mets, @RobinsonCano. #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/QF6zXWwdJ7— MLB (@MLB) March 28, 20191:08 p.m.: Scherzer’s first pitch to Brandon Nimmo is a strike and the MLB season is off!1:05 p.m.: Max Scherzer vs. Jacob deGrom in this one. Not a bad pitching matchup.Let’s GO! 🔥 #OpeningDay #LGM pic.twitter.com/vu6ehx1yqC— New York Mets (@Mets) March 28, 2019DailyRoto Lineup Alert: Nationals1. RF Adam Eaton (L)2. SS Trea Turner (R)3. LF Juan Soto (L)4. 3B Anthony Rendon (R)5. 1B Ryan Zimmerman (R)6. 2B Brian Dozier (R)7. C Yan Gomes (R)8. SP Max Scherzer (R)9. CF Victor Robles (R)https://t.co/MRx1sKcr7b— DailyRoto News (@dailyrotonews) March 28, 2019Orioles vs. Yankees4:18 p.m.: Aroldis Chapman finishes it up and the Yankees take home the victory. New York’s bullpen went 3.1 scoreless. FINAL: Yankees 7, Orioles 2.3:56 p.m.: Greg Bird snaps an 0-fer with a solo home run. Yankees 7, Orioles 2. 3:03 p.m.: The O’s are keeping the game within reach. Trey Mancini drives in Dwight Smith Jr. with a double. Adam Ottavino will replace Masahiro Tanaka. Yankees 6, Orioles 2.2:47 p.m.: The Yankees add another run on Andujar’s sac fly. Yankees 6, Orioles 1.2:45 p.m.: With the bases loaded and no outs, Luke Voit is hit by a pitch. That’s a painful way to have your fourth RBI. Yankees 5, Orioles 1.2:19 p.m.: Baltimore gets on the board on an RBI single by Rio Ruiz after an error by Andujar. Yankees 4, Orioles 1.2:09 p.m.: Gary Sanchez thought he had a home run but it’s a fly out that barely reaches the warning track. Cashner limits the damage.2:08 p.m.: Miguel Andujar hits into a double play but brings home a run. Yankees 4, Orioles 0.2:06 p.m.: The Yankees are threatening again with the bases loaded and no outs.1:52 p.m.: Nothing doing in the second inning with the Yankees holding on to a 3-0 lead.1:30 p.m.: What a start for the Yankees! Luke Voit takes Andrew Cashner deep for a three-run homer and the Bronx Bombers are up early. Yankees 3, Orioles 0. Luke Unit provides the first of many @Yankees homers. #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/LpBG4M0mjk— MLB (@MLB) March 28, 20191:27 p.m.: Yankees fans will like the sound of this: Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton hit back-to-back singles in the first inning.1:23 p.m.: Baltimore goes down without a whimper against Tanaka in the first inning. 12:50 p.m.: Here are the lineups for today’s contest. One group of nine looks clearly better than the other. First pitch will be at 1:05.Osquad Ready #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/s8tZC0aGZk— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) March 28, 2019Your 2019 New York Yankees #OpeningDay lineup: pic.twitter.com/cyAoxNaMu6— New York Yankees (@Yankees) March 28, 2019