Now the Washington Nationals might get more of a test.
Righthander Jordan Zimmermann worked around eight hits over six innings, Ryan Zimmerman’s three hits included a two-run double, and the Nationals beat Miami, 6-1, Thursday in Washington to wrap up a lopsided season-opening, three-game sweep.
Jayson Werth padded the margin with a three-run homer in the seventh and Bryce Harper collected two hits for the third consecutive game.
Coming off a majors-best 98-win season in 2012, the Nationals outscored the Marlins, 11-1, in the series.
At least Miami finally scored, ending a 19-inning drought in the second on Justin Ruggiano’s homer.
Blue Jays 10, Indians 8 — J.P. Arencibia hit two solo homers, Edwin Encarnacion added a three-run shot, and the hosts avoided their first 0-3 start since 2004.
Jose Bautista added a two-run homer and Colby Rasmus also connected as the Blue Jays went deep five times.
Twins 8, Tigers 2 — Mike Pelfrey pitched into the sixth inning in his Minnesota debut, Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe hit home runs, and Minnesota took the season-opening series from visiting Detroit.
Pelfrey did not allow an earned run, taking the mound less than a year after Tommy John surgery.
Reds 5, Angels 4 — Shin-Soo Choo homered on Joe Blanton’s first pitch of the game to propel host Cincinnati past Los Angeles. The Reds won the majors’ first interleague series to start a season.
Royals 3, White Sox 1 — Jeremy Guthrie scattered five hits, walked a batter, struck out nine, and gave up one run in six innings to send visiting Kansas City to victory.
Athletics 8, Mariners 2 — Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes each hit two-run homers to lead host Oakland past Seattle.
Michael Morse homered for the third straight day and joined Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997 as the only Mariners to homer four times in the first four games.
Phillies 2, Braves 0 — Cliff Lee allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings and visiting Philadelphia scored twice in the second inning to win their its first game of the season.
Lee didn’t win his first game last year until July 4, but the former Cy Young winner outpitched Kris Medlen.
Ben Revere and Chase Utley drove in runs for the Phillies.
Cubs 3, Pirates 2 — Chicago rode six strong innings from Travis Wood to edge host Pittsburgh, a victory that closer Carlos Marmol nearly gave away.
Looking to bounce back from a shaky performance on Opening Day, Marmol again made things interesting in the ninth, allowing two runs before getting a strikeout and inducing a double play.
Padres 2, Mets 1 — Jedd Gyorko doubled in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning for his first major league RBI, and San Diego got into the win column, beating host New York.