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First things first on baseball's opening day


Here are some fun facts from the opening day of the 2011 baseball season to impress your friends (if your friends are really into baseball or just easily impressed):

The first pitch of the season was a called strike from Washington's Livan Hernandez to Atlanta's Martin Prado at 10:11 a.m. PDT at Nationals Park.

The Yankees' CC Sabathia fanned Detroit leadoff hitter Austin Jackson for the first strikeout of the year.

Atlanta's Chipper Jones smashed a two-out double to deep right in the first inning for the first hit of the season, then scored 2011's intitial run on a single by the next batter, Brian McCann.

A second-inning solo shot by Atlanta's Jason Heyward off of Hernandez was the first home run of the year.


Fernando Valenzuela was a game-changer for the Dodgers, baseball and Los Angeles

Giants pitcher suffers minor injuries in traffic accident in West Hollywood, police say

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: The Yankees' CC Sabathia throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Credit: Nick Laham / Getty Images


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