Dodgers beat D-Backs as season opens in Australia
SYDNEY (AP) — Scott Van Slyke of the Los Angeles Dodgers has hit the first home run of the 2014 Major League Baseball season on opening day in Australia.
Van Slyke connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning Saturday at Sydney Cricket Ground. He homered off Wade Miley of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The new season began after thunderstorms caused a 14-minute delay at the start.
Once the weather cleared, Miley threw the first pitch. It was a called strike to Yasiel Puig, who struck out on three pitches.
Aaron Hill got the first hit of the regular season, an infield single for Arizona off NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw in the first inning.
Adrian Gonzalez drew a leadoff walk in the Dodgers second, moved up on a double by Van Slyke and scored the first run on a groundout by Andre Ethier.
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