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Guardians newcomer Steven Kwan quickly became baseball’s biggest story after a sensational start to a season-opening series in Kansas City.
The 24-year-old rookie is the first player in major league history to hit base three or more times in each of his first four games. Kwan hit a goal-loaded triple and walked twice on Monday in a 10-7 win over the Royals.
Kwan, who made his debut on Opening Day, is 9 of 13 at plate and has reached base in 15 of 19 plate appearances. It’s the most times a player has safely reached in his first four games since 1901.
“Pretty cool,” Kwan said in his typical understated manner. “Pretty surreal.”
Kwan was Cleveland’s fifth-round draft pick in 2018. He’s a contact hitter — he’s pitched 26 times so far this season and gotten a piece of the ball each time, according to Statcast.
Kwan had the lowest underage swing-and-miss rate last year among players with at least 300 plate appearances at 2.6%.
Cleveland opens a series at Cincinnati, with Tyler Mahle starting for the Reds. He won on opening day, holding the World Series champion Braves to zero earned runs in five innings in Atlanta.
Shane Bieber pitches for the Guardians. In his first start, he allowed an earned run in 4 2/3 innings to Kansas City.
Giants reliever Tyler Rogers and his twin brother, Padres reliever Taylor Rogers spent a few minutes chatting with big smiles behind the batting cage on Monday afternoon as their teams prepared for a three-game series at San Francisco.
Later, they headed to home plate and exchanged lineup cards for their managers before posing for photos with the umpire team.
What fun for these two now playing in the same division on rival clubs.
“Probably if you put them in the same uniform, you couldn’t tell them apart,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said. “I know it’s a special day for both of them to be able to be on the pitch together. There are twins and then there are twins, and it’s hard to tell apart.
Both pitched in relief on Monday night and also played a big part in the result. Taylor Rogers got his third save and Tyler took the loss in San Diego’s 4-2 win over the Giants.
Yu Darvish leaves for the Padres on Tuesday night. In his season debut last week at Arizona, he had a no-hitter in progress but was retired after the sixth inning after throwing 92 pitches.
Tampa Bay right-hander Tommy Romero and Oakland right-hander Adam Oller will both make their major league debuts when they face off at Tropicana Field.
It will be the 28th time since baseball benchmark data has been available since 1901 that two starting pitchers have made their major league debuts in the same game.
Neither the Athletics nor the Rays were involved in such a game.
The most recent events came in 2020 when Wil Crowe of Washington faced Sixto Sánchez of Miami on August 22 at Nationals Park and Casey Mize of Detroit and Dane Dunning of the White Sox met on August 19 in Chicago.
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Martin Perez spent his first seven major league seasons with the Texas Rangers. The left-hander is back after three years of absence.
Perez returns to the mound for the Rangers to wrap up a two-game set against Colorado, with right-hander Chad Kuhl pitching for the Rockies for the first time.
Texas first signed Perez as a 16-year-old international free agent from Venezuela in July 2007, and he made his big league debut in 2012. After going 43-49 in 141 games over seven years with the Rangers, Perez went to Minnesota. in free agency for the 2019 season, then pitched for Boston the past two years.
Kuhl signed as a free agent last month after pitching 100 games (84 starts) for Pittsburgh in his first five major league seasons. He was 5-7 with a 4.82 ERA in 28 games (14 starts) for the Pirates last year.
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