The improbable start

Who would’ve thought that after two starts — at least the one by hard-throwing CC Sabathia, if not the one by ground-ball specialist Chien-Ming Wang — the Yankees would have zero strikeouts in eight innings by their starting pitchers?

Who would’ve thought that the defending World Series champion Phillies could be down seven runs, on the verge of going 0-3 at home, and then stage an eight-run seventh-inning rally without hitting a home run in their bandbox ballpark?

Who would’ve thought that the Major Leagues’ home run leader would be 5-foot-11, 190-pound Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge?

And who would’ve thought that after Opening Night and three days of baseball, the Orioles, Rangers and Marlins would be three of the four undefeated teams in baseball. OK, maybe we all would’ve thought the Marlins, since they opened at home with the Nationals.

That’s what’s so fun about the first few days, the first week of the season. It’s not going to end this way, and we know that, but it’s fun to see while it’s there.

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