Rizzo on his "out of body experience" homer

A wild morning and afternoon at Marlins Park in Miami saw the Cubs blast three homers in an 8-4 victory that helps them "Fly The W" for the first time in the 2018 season.

Urena (0-1) needed 36 pitches to get through the first inning, when the Cubs scored three times with only one hit.

"I'M ALREADY REGRETTING THIS", Cerami tweeted afterward. Updates 8th paragraph with 1986 was only other home run on first pitch of season. Jose Urena continued to struggle as he walked Jason Hayward later in the inning to bring in a run, and he hit Javier Baez to give the Cubbies a three-run first inning.

Doubles by Kris Bryant and Wilson Contreras in the fourth put the Cubs ahead to stay.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 1 • Giancarlo Stanton began his Yankees career with the hardest-hit opposite-field home run since Major League Baseball began tracking exit velocity in 2015, doubled and hit a second homer in a win at Toronto.

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Giants 1, Dodgers 0 • Joe Panik homered off Clayton Kershaw in the fifth inning and San Francisco beat host Los Angeles, dealing the three-time NL Cy Young victor his first loss in his franchise-record eighth consecutive opening start. Newcomer Steve Cishek (1-0) stranded four runners in two scoreless innings.

In the wake of Jeter's offseason payroll purge, 12 Marlins made an opening day roster for the first time.

Meanwhile, Jon Lester gets his third opening start in four seasons with the Cubs, looking for a quick start to a rebound season after missing his coveted 200-inning mark a year ago. The Marlins eventually tied the game at four apiece thanks to two RBI hits from Brian Anderson and then Garrett Cooper tied it in the third inning with a base hit.

The Cubs bullpen, revamped after a dismal 2017 postseason, shut out Miami over the final 5 2-3 innings, allowing only one hit.

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