Tim Anderson became the first Chicago White Sox Shortstop on the opening day in the 118th season of the franchise – and he did it twice. The former Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa Standout opened the 2018 MLB season with a bang by hitting two homeruns in a game for the first time in his big league career on Thursday.
Anderson's two things were part of a six-homer game for the White Sox in a 14-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Chicago tied the MLB record for most home runs on the opening day, which was set by the New York Mets in 1988 against the Montreal Expos.
Anderson scored a solo home run in the fourth inning and a two run in the fifth inning. His first homer tied the game at 4-4. . @WhiteSox bind the very first @MLB record with 6 homeruns against KC at #Opening day. (1
– MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) March 30, 2018
Anderson also ran, scoring three runs against the Royals [19659002OtherplayersfromAlabamaHighSchoolsandCollegeswhoplayedontheopeningdaywere:
- Alex Avila (Alabama) started the catcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had a run-scoring cornerstone in his first at-bat of the season and drew a single in his midst against the Colorado Rockies.
- Garrett Cooper (Auburn) started in the right field – the first MLB appearance in the outfield for the first baseman – for the Miami Marlins. His running scoring single in the lower third of the game Miami beat the Cubs 4-4, but Chicago went on to score an 8-4 win.
- Josh Donaldson (Faith Academy, Auburn) went 0-for-3 with Walk as Toronto's third baseman in the Blue Jays' 6-1 defeat to the New York Yankees. After the game, Toronto coach John Gibbons said Donaldson's third-party throws did not look right, as he was dealing with a "dead arm".
- Kendall Graveman (Benjamin Russell) was the prelude to the Oakland Athletics. He was not in for the decision in athletics 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in 11 innings. Graveman gave up five runs in five innings. He struck one without carrying a dough. He was touched for three home runs. The final four – Albert Pujols led the sixth – ended the day by Graveman.
- Adam Morgan (Alabama) came out of the Bullpen of the Philadelphia Phillies to get two outs against the Atlanta Braves. Morgan took a runner out of seventh position, but he gave Ozzie Albies the home run and finished eighth. After a walk and a strikeout, Morgan left the game, and the Braves scored three runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth for an 8-5 win.
- Colby Rasmus (Russell County) went up as a pinch-hitter, leading from the top of the 10 ten innings and remaining in the right field in the opening bout of the Baltimore Orioles against the Minnesota Twins. Rasmus was stranded in third base but Baltimore beat Minnesota 3-2 in 11 innings.
Mark Inabinett is sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ AMarkG1 .