2018 March

3rd     The Rays sign free agent OF Carlos Gomez to a 1-year contract.

5th      The Rays sell 3B Ryan Schimpf to the Braves.

6th      The Royals sign free agent OF Jon Jay to a 1-year contract.

7th      The Mariners sign free agent OF Ichiro Suzuki to a 1-year deal.

The Rangers sign free agent P Tim Linecum to a 1-year deal.

12th    The Phillies sign free agent P Jake Arrieta to a 3-year contract worth $75M. Arrieta will later confirm that he turned down a 6-year offer from the Cubs worth $120M.

The Yankees sign free agent 2B Neil Walker to a 1-year deal.

The Twins sign free agent P Lance Lynn to a 1-year contract.

The Athletics sign free agent C Jonathan Lucroy to a 1-year deal worth $3.35M.  Lucroy spent last season catching the

18th    The Royals sign free agent P Justin Grimm to a 1-year contract.

20th    The Orioles sign free agent P Alex Cobb to a 4-year contract.

24th    The Diamondbacks obtain SS Deven Marrero from the Red Sox for a player to be named.

The Rangers sell C Mike Ohlman to the Red Sox.

25th    The Braves sign free agent OF Peter Bourjos to a 1-year deal.

The Mariners sign free agent P Wade LeBlanc to a 1-year contract.

26th    The Braves sign free agent 2B Ryan Flaherty to a 1-year deal.

27th    The Indians ship 2B Rob Refsnyder to the Rays for cash considerations.

28th    The Phillies trade P Ricardo Pinto to the White Sox for future considerations.

29th    The Cubs defeat the Marlins, 8-4, in MLB’s earliest-starting game on Opening Day. Ian Happ becomes the second player to hit a HR on the first pitch of a ML season. Dwight Evans did so for the Red Sox in 1986.

Chris Sale shuts out the Rays on one hit through 6 innings but Tampa Bay uses 4 walks in the 8th to score 6 runs to beat the Red Sox, 6-4. Denard Span’s bases-loaded triple is the big blow in the rally. The World Champion Astros beat the Rangers, 4-1. Justin Verlander fires 6 scoreless innings and George Springer becomes the first player in ML history to hit a leadoff HR on Opening Day in consecutive seasons.

The Orioles edge the Twins, 3-2, in 11 innings, on Adam Jones’ walkoff homerun on the first pitch in the 11th. Baltimore is the first team to hit a first-game walkoff homer in consecutive seasons, both in extra innings. Last year Mark Trumbo hit a walkoff homer in the 11thto beat the Jays on Opening Day. Twins lefty Zach Duke strikes out 4 in the 7th, but allows 2 runs in the process.

DH Shohei Ohtani has his first ML hit as he lines a first-pitch single down the RF line against A’s righty Kendall Graveman. The A’s win, 6-5, over the Angels in 11 innings.

Giancarlo Stanton gets into the swing of things with two homers to back Luis Severino’s 5+ innings as the Yankees top the Jays, 6-1.

Joe Panik homers off Clayton Kershaw in the 5thinning to give the Giants a 1-0 win over the Dodgers. Kershaw makes his franchise record 8th consecutive opening day start.

The White Sox hit an Opening Day-record-tying 6 HRs as they crush the Royals, 14-7. Matt Davidson ties a ML record by smashing 3 of the homers, becoming the 4th player to accomplish the feat on Opening Day.

Less than two hours before the start of the season, the Cardinals seemingly find a closer, inking Greg Holland to a one-year $14M deal. Holland led the NL in saves last year with 41 for the Rockies, but will pitch only 25 innings for the Birds before being released.

30th    Joe Panik hits a 9th-inning HR to give the Giants a 1-0 win over the Dodgers. He becomes the first player in ML history to hit a homer in in each of 2 consecutive 1-0 games.

 The Marlins edge the Cubs, 2-1, in 17 innings, scoring the last run on 3 singles, 2 off hard-luck loser Eddie Butler. Butler pitches 7 innings. The Cubs score in the 3rdon Kris Bryant’s homer.

31st     The Mariners lose to the Indians, 6-5, despite a HR by Nelson Cruz. Cruz also homered Opening Day, becoming the first player in ML history to homer in each of the first 2 games of a season 4 different times. He also did so in 2010, 2011 and 2014.

The Nationals defeat the Reds, 13-7, as Adam Eaton goes 5-for-5 including a HR and a pair of doubles.

The Brewers beat the Padres, 7-3, as Christian Yelich goes 5-for-5 including a double.

The Blue Jays defeat the Yankees, 5-3. Kevin Pillar steals second, third and home in the 8th inning to account for Toronto’s last run.

Twins righty Kyle Gibson allows no hits in 6 innings before being lifted for Ryan Pressly who finally gives up a hit in the 8th. The O’s collect 3 hits in the 6-2 loss.