KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Matt Davidson of the Chicago White Sox became the fourth player in major league history to beat three homers in an opening game on Thursday against the Kansas City Royals.
In his first at-bat for the Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton squeezed a pitch from Blue Jays starter JA Happ for a 426-foot homer to the right field. He hit another 434-foot shot in the ninth.
Shohei Ohtani, in his MLB debut, served as designated hitter in the Angels' Opener against athletics and singled out in his first at-bat. He will make his pitching debut on Sunday.
Astros World Series MVP's George Springer hit a leadoff home run on opening day for the second season in a row. He is the only player who has ever done that.
Davidson, the designated hitter of the White Sox, hit the left midfield in both the fourth and fifth innings. In the eighth inning, he then hit three runs on the left field, a strike that featured Chicago 14-4
The White Sox hit six homers, including two shortstop Tim Anderson and one from first baseman Jose Abreu. Chicago fell 4-0 in the first inning, but soon chased Royals star Danny Duffy with three homers in the fourth inning. Chicago's six homers ties up the MLB record for most homers on the opening day, according to the Elias Sports Bureau
. The Mets struck six on April 4, 1988 – including two each by Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds.
The Royals were on the opening day also victims of two other games with three home games. Toronto's George Bell in 1988 and Detroit's Dmitri Young in 2005 went three-deep against Kansas City.
Tuffy Rhodes of the Cubs also had three homers in the opening game against the Mets in 1994.
Davidson is the first White Sox player to feature a three-homer game since Dan Johnson on October 3, 2012 at the Cleveland Indians. It was the team's last game of the 2012 campaign.
Information from ESPN's statistics and information was used in this report.