· It’s only the first game of the season and San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has made history. Bumgarner didn’t only take a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, but he hit two home runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday and became the first pitcher in MLB history to hit two home runs on Opening Day. The last Giant to do that was slugger Barry Bonds. According to Statcast, Bumgarner’s hit was one of the hardest hit in the whole Statcast era. The Giants dropped the game to the Diamondbacks 6-5.
· The St. Louis Cardinals have signed catcher Yadier Molina to a three-year extension. The seven-time All-Star will get $60MM over the three seasons.
News and Notes
· The Los Angeles Angels have DFA’d righties Austin Adams and Kirby Yates. The contracts of righties Bud Norris, Yusmeiro Petit and Blake Parker were selected.
· The New York Yankees have signed infielder Pete Kozma to a major league deal. He’s been added to the 25-man roster.
· According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Miami Marlins have signed righty Vance Worley to a minor league deal. He will start in Triple-A.
· According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays have DFA’d catcher Luke Maile.
· Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports that the Toronto Blue Jays released outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. and DFA’d righty Mike Bolsinger.
· The San Francisco Giants have DFA’d righties Ray Black and Ian Gardeck.
· The Colorado Rockies have DFA’d righty Miguel Castro. This move allows room for lefty Kyle Freeland.
· Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that Cuban outfield prospect Luis Robert had a showcase last Thursday in the Dominican Republic.
· According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Milwaukee Brewers have signed righty Jared Hughes to a one-year deal.
· Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the San Diego Padres have released infielder Brett Wallace.