Braves greats help celebrate opening of new SunTrust Park

HOME OF THE BRAVES: New park finally set for real test in home opener

HOME OF THE BRAVES: New park finally set for real test in home opener

Hammerin' Hank Aaron blasted the first home run out of that park. A gentle, understated delivery of the national anthem by Phillip Phillips, the former American Idol victor from Albany, Ga.

He plucked a 3-1 pitch and drove it over the right field wall, driving in Emilio Bonifacio and padding Atlanta's lead for their eventual 5-2 win.

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Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer and Austin Romine had a solo homer for the Yankees, who are 4-0 at home for the first time since 2003. "We've really meshed. It started out last season, especially when Kemp arrived".

Jones scanned the new park before Friday night's game against the San Diego Padres and said he was "very jealous". "I was born 10 years too early". In addition to his two-run homer, Inciarte had a leadoff infield single and scored the Braves' first of two runs in the opening inning. He was part of Team USA at Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium during the 1996 Olympics and an opposing pitcher when the team played at Turner Field.

Hardy's two-run blast in a three-run fifth was his first of the season and gave the Orioles the lead for good after they trailed 3-1.

BOSTON - Chris Sale was dominant with 12 strikeouts over seven innings for his first victory with Boston, Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay.

"I would venture a guess the word mumbled the most - maybe not even mumbled - would be "Wow, '" the Braves" icon said.

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Markakis, who grew up in nearby Woodstock, put the Braves ahead in the first with a two-run double off Jhoulys Chacin (1-2).

Of course, the Braves being the Braves, such euphoria was short-lived. Teheran proved he could hit as well as Chacin with his own single, giving Atlanta the last run they would need for the evening. NY has homered in 10 straight games and has hit 17 long balls in the past six contests. The 83-year-old, Aaron needed a cane to walk on the field, and then proceeded to toss an underhand pitch to Cox, who was the former Braves manager.

Braves manager Brian Snitker was taken aback when informed of Dickey's unique claim of playing in all three Atlanta stadiums.

"I'd like to welcome you to baseball's newest gem", MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said to fans during the pregame ceremony.

Fans also got to the see the statue of Aaron, which shows the moment of impact during his home run that broke Babe Ruth's record. The 70-year-old Vietnam veteran graduated from Farragut High School in 1967, only to wind up in Vietnam as a member of the Marines' 7th Engineers by February 1968. The defending American League champion Indians have lost six of their last seven games and were outscored 41-20 in that span.

Dickey was replaced by Jose Ramirez, who got out of the jam and induced an outstanding double play, where Phillips fielded Swanson's throw at second barehanded and relayed a one-hopper to Freeman, who picked it successfully to barely nab Wil Myers.

"(It's) way better than Turner Field", he said.

Nothing worse than a new ballpark with lots of empty seats in August.

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