Just five games into the season, Houston manager A.J. Hinch already feels like a broken record when discussing his starting pitchers.
There were a lot of people here that were hoping for (a win), he said. It’s a big moment for the city. So I’m glad that I did all right.
Brad Peacock pitched a perfect seventh and Will Harris allowed one hit in the eighth before Collin McHugh took over. The starter-turned-reliever allowed a homer to Trey Mancini and a double to Colby Rasmus before retiring the last three batters.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman (0-1) was tagged for seven hits and four runs in four-plus innings in an uncharacteristically poor season debut. He entered with a 3-0 record and a 2.68 ERA in his first appearance of the year.
The trip to Miami stirred memories for Cora, who played for the Miami Hurricanes when their football team was a powerhouse. Among the players he knew were Warren Sapp, Ray Lewis and Dwayne Johnson.
I played PlayStation with the Rock my freshman year, Cora said with a laugh. We went to his room and played, and all of a sudden 10 years later he’s a superstar. I don’t think he knows who I am.
Marlins: C J.T. Realmuto (bruised back) began catching drills but is expected to be sidelined a few more weeks.
LHP Chris Sale (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Red Sox in the finale of their trip Tuesday night against RHP Jose Urena (0-1, 11.25 ERA). Sale allowed one hit in six innings on opening day but is the lone Boston starter without a win. This is a good road trip, Cora said. It can be a great road trip Tuesday, and we’ve got the right guy going.
Billy McKinney, a young left fielder who was playing in his second major league game after making his debut Friday, exited Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning when he crashed hard into the wall in left-center while chasing down a fly ball.
With the Yankees playing back, the Jays’ Kevin Pillar said he decided to gamble, and it paid off when he stole home in the eighth inning to help clinch Toronto’s 5-3 win on Saturday.
Later in the game, reliever Adam Warren left with a right ankle bruise after being struck by a hard comebacker.
X-rays for McKinney and Warren were negative, but McKinney was diagnosed with a left AC joint shoulder sprain after being evaluated by Blue Jays orthopedist Dr. Jason Smith, and manager Aaron Boone said he will be out at least a few weeks.