ARLINGTON, Texas – A long offseason and six weeks of spring training have done nothing to cool Houston Astros outfielder George Springer.
Springer, who set world records with eight extra base hits and 29 overall victories In the seven games of Houston over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas drove the third starter of Cole Hamels over the right field fence and ensured for the 1-0 Edge of the Astros at the season opener of the teams in Globe Life Park on Thursday.
In his first at-bat for the Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton crushed an offer from Blue Jays starter AJ Happ for a 426-foot home run to the right field ,
Cubs leadoff man Ian Happ hit a home run on the first field that came his way in front of the Miami Marlins Jose Urena
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first run for a defending champion of the World Series. Springer is also the only player who has ever played a leadoff home run on opening day in successive years.
Last year Springer won Felix Hernandez 3-0 in the first inning of the Astros' season-opener against the Seattle Mariners (19659002) On Thursday, Springer worked the count to 2-0 against Hamels before winning a 90-mph Two-seam fastball the opposite way and over the wall for his 100th career homerun.
In late October and early November, Springer went 11-for-29 with five homeruns and a .379 / .471 / 1,000 slash line to lead the Astros over the Dodgers and win the World Series MVP Award.