Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila: Avila is playing in his fifth season with the Tigers after batting .243 with nine home runs and 48 RBI in 116 games. Avila started at catcher for the Tigers, catching Justin Verlander, and batting eighth.
Opening Day Activity: Avila went 0-4 from the plate with two strikeouts in the eight hole and left six batters on base. But he did catch the entire game without committing an error. The Tigers beat the Twins 4-2.
Colorado Rockies middle infielder Josh Rutledge: Rutledge came on strong at the end of the 2012 season replacing fallen star Troy Tulowitzki. Rutledge ended up playing in 73 games in 2012, batting .276, driving in 37 runs and stealing all seven bases he attempted to steal. Rutledge will move to second base after playing shortstop in Tulowitzki’s absence and will bat second on Opening Day.
Opening Day Activity: Rutledge went 1-5 from the plate, striking out twice. His one hit came in the top of the seventh, opening the frame with a single to left field. The batter following him, Carlos Gonzalez, grounded into a double play. The Rockies lost to the Brewers 5-4 in 10 innings.
New York Yankees releif pitcher David Robertson: Robertson, once a candidate to replace Mariano Rivera as the closer after his injury, is entering his sixth season with the Yankees. In 2012, Robertson pitched 60.2 innings in 65 appearances with an earned run average (ERA) of 2.67 and a walks and hits per inning pitched (WHIP) of 1.170. Robertson also had two saves and 52 holds in 2012.
Opening Day Activity: Robertson did not pitch on Opening Day, but will likely pitch either Tuesday or Wednesday as the Yankees used five bullpen pitchers in the 8-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter: After being traded from the Texas Rangers to the Baltimore Orioles at the trade dealine in 2011, Hunter has been moved from a starting pitcher to a relief pitcher for the AL East championship contenders. Hunter pitched in 33 games in 2012, 20 of them starts, with a 5.45 ERA and a 1.406 WHIP.
Opening Day Activity: The Orioles open the season one day after Opening Day, starting a three-game series against the Rays on Tuesday. Hunter is not slated to start in the series and could start in the following series against the Twins.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc: LeBlanc is entering his second season with the Marlins, this season as the No. 3 starting pitcher, after pitching 68.2 innings with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.311 WHIP last season out of the bullpen. LeBlanc was previously with the Padres for four years.
Opening Day Activity: The Marlins lost to the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Opening Day. LeBlanc is slated to start the series-ending game on Thursday, facing off against Washington starter Jordan Zimmerman.