Jimmy Rollins began the season with a slam, Neil Walker with a walkoff homer and the Washington Nationals with a thrilling ninth-inning comeback.After a frigid winter of blizzards for much of the U.S., baseball came storming back Monday when 26 major league teams opened their seasons and seemed to make the outdoors feel a little warmer.Washington’s Matt Williams and Detroit’s Brad Ausmus won in their big league debuts as managers.They weren’t the only inaugurals.There was an innovative replay system for umpires, and at some ballparks new metal detectors at fan entrances as teams installed the devices a year before Major League Baseball’s industrywide requirement.At U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, there were long lines as spectators were screened by hand held or walkthrough metal detectors.”Everybody’s safety is important and if Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox are trying to protect their fans that are loyal to them, I’m fine with that,” said Paula Green of Paris, Ill.On the field, there were five video reviews in the day games. In the two decisions overturned by umpires in the New York control room, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Emilio Bonifacio of the Chicago Cubs were called out at first… Read full this story
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