Snakebytes: 1 down; 161 to go

Christian Petersen

Ian Kennedy got the season off to a great start for the Snakes. The No Homers Club was in full-effect. Can the D-Backs run the table? Yes.

Quotes of the Day

"Maybe we don’t have a lot of power, but we have a lot of fast guys. You saw a lot of doubles. We want to put the baseball in play. Nothing too much. Just continue one at-bat after another and don’t put any pressure on ourselves."

- Gerardo Parra on the team's new offensive approach

"It was a matter of executing. I felt like in the past, maybe I didn’t execute as well. I felt like my command (tonight), especially on the down-and-away pitches, when I missed, I was down. I wasn’t missing up. They have some really good hitters over there who (like the ball up)."

- Ian Kennedy on his Opening Day Start

"It’s great stuff. We’ve talked about it. I told you guys that was one of the things we were going to work on and one of the things we wanted to try to change a little bit. We’ll hit some balls out of the ballpark, but sustained innings, putting more pressure on guys, and it was well-executed tonight against very good pitching."

- Manager Kirk Gibson on hitting with two strikes.

Diamondbacks Links

D-backs' new look a good one in opener - Fox Sports Arizona

The Diamondbacks are on pace for 162 - 0 after beating the Cardinals 6-2 on Opening Day. Ian Kennedy allowed only two runs on five hits while striking out eight over seven innings. "He just had everything working, the fastball pumped up to 94 (mph). That's kind of the old Ian we saw a couple of years ago" said Kirk Gibson of IPK's stellar start. On the offensive side, The Killer Pees Prado, Parra, and Pollock (featuring Jason Kubel) all had solid days at the plate, providing the bulk of the Diamondbacks' fifteen hits.

The D-Backs’ new-look offense; Ian Kennedy’s night; & other stuff - AZ Central

Nick Piecoro talks about the D-Backs' new approach at the plate and Ian Kennedy's big night. Piecoro notes that the Diamondbacks went just 17-40 in games in which they didn't homer last year. This year they're 1-0. Other notable information: Wade Miley will definitely start Friday and Willie Bloomquist isn't close to resuming baseball activities.

Rest of the West

Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers - Recap - April 01, 2013 - ESPN

Brewers beat the Rockies 5-4 in ten innings on Jonathan Lucroy's walk-off sac fly.

San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets - Recap - April 01, 2013 - ESPN

Mets thump the Padres 11-2. Former Diamondback Colin Cowgill did his part in the drubbing with a grand slam.

San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - Recap - April 01, 2013 - ESPN

The Clayton Kershaws beat the Giants 4-0. Kershaw pitched a complete game shutout and broke a 0-0 stalemate with a solo homerun in the 8th inning. Magic, give this kid a Zillion dollars already.

Around Baseball

Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals - Box Score - April 01, 2013 - ESPN

Unheralded youngsters Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg got the season started on the right foot for the Nat'nls. Strasburg allowed only three hits over seven shutout innings. Bryce Harper provided all the offense the Nats would need with two solo homers in his first two at-bats.

Marginalia

Comcast SportsNet's White Sox Intro Video Is One Of The Worst Things Ever Put On Television And Possibly Harmful To Your Health

What have the good people of Chicago done to deserve this? I suppose this video might hype you up for some White Sox baseball if really bad butt-rock being lip synched poorly is your thing. First Hawk Harrelson, now this. These fans' ears need a good attorney.

IS THE ROOF OPEN? Daily retractable roof status updates for your favorite stadium.

Pretty self-explanatory. Unfortunately, the answer will always be NO in a month or so.

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