Aaron Nola, SP
Phillies GM Matt Klentak joins Buster to discuss Philadelphia's recent deal with top IF prospect Scott Kingery, including fan reaction, player comps for Kingery's style, what part he'll play on this season's roster, the finer details of the contract, Scott's sentiments about getting the deal done, the goals that have been set for the youth movement at the club and much more.
Jake Arrieta said he felt fine after his second spring training start with the Philadelphia Phillies, which was more important to him than the result .
Before Eduardo Perez goes rapid-fire with Mets 3B Todd Frazier (31:45), Buster and Jerry Crasnick talk about Jake Arrieta's first impression, Alex Cobb's likely destination and more (6:22). Plus, Paul Hembekides on his breakout candidates in 2018 (39:22).
Scott Kingery celebrated his historic contract with a home run.
Petco Park's opener Thu. is the debut of its safety netting extending beyond both dugouts. When new SD infielder Freddy Galvis was a Phillie in 2016, his foul liner struck a little girl in the face and he pleaded for more netting. "I was mad," Galvis said recently. "It's still in my mind, it's like a picture." On extended netting throughout MLB for 2018, he said, "I really like it."
The Phillies signed rookie Scott Kingery to a six-year contract that includes three team options for 2024, 2025 and 2026 at rates of $13, $14 and $15 million. I'll predict the Phillies pick up those options as Kingery projects as a valuable Ben Zobrist-type utility guy with power, speed and good defense all over the diamond. You can't blame Kingery for taking $24 million in guaranteed money now, but the contract could end up a nice bargain for the Phillies.
Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer with two out in the ninth inning, capping the Atlanta Braves' comeback from a five-run deficit that rocked the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5 Thursday and ruined the managing debut of Gabe Kapler.
The Texas Rangers have claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Cesar Hernandez, 2B
Braves had tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning, rallying from a 5-0 deficit. The tomahawk chants from the home crowd are loud.
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler on Scott Kingery not being in the starting lineup after signing a six-year, $24 million deal that could be worth $65 million over nine seasons. "His status is he's ready to come in and contribute off the bench and get a big hit for us, play incredible defense, and run the bases like we know he can."
Three pitchers were ejected along with Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler and bench coach Rob Thomson as three batters were hit by pitches during the Phillies' 6-2 spring training loss to Detroit on Thursday.
Aaron Nola, SP
Braves OF Nick Markakis talks about his walk-off, three-run home run that helped his team overcome a 5-0 deficit in an 8-5 opening day victory over the Phillies.
Braves manager Brian Snitker talks about what led to his opening-day ejection during his team's 8-5 come-from-behind win over the Phillies. Nick Markakis' three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth was the first walk-off home run on opening day in Braves' history.
Luis Garcia, RP
Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff will start the season on the disabled list and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks because of a strained lat muscle.
Braves win on walk-off home run by Nick Markakis. Three-run homer. 8-5 Braves win over Phillies.
Rhys Hoskins, LF
Philadelphia pitcher Jake Arrieta has been assigned to Class A Clearwater while working into shape for his Phillies debut.
It's time for another baseball season, so let's catch up with every patch, stripe, throwback and color change in the majors.
Braves manager Brian Snitker was ejected in the ninth inning. It's his 7th career ejection. The game is tied 5-5 with the Phillies.
Today's attendance at Braves' season opener vs. Phillies at Suntrust Park: 40,208
In his first appearance as a Phillies pitcher, Jake Arrieta struck out two and walked none, throwing 31 pitches over two innings. The 32-year-old right-hander said he was "very anxious to get out there."
Andrew Knapp, C
The Phillies have signed top prospect Scott Kingery to a six-year contract. The deal runs through 2023 and includes options that can extend the contract through 2026.
The Phillies released six-time All-Star reliever Francisco Rodriguez after eight appearances this spring. They also announced that newcomer Jake Arrieta will make his Phillies debut at home on April 8.
First Braves' home run of the year by Freddie Freeman, a two-run shot to shave the Phillies' lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Freeman had 28 home runs last season.