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Phillies' Opening Day notebook

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Four times, the Phillies' earliest season opener was on March 31. That all changes this year, with a March 29 game in Atlanta.

Overall, Phillies are 61-72 on Opening Day.

Four times, the Phillies' earliest season opener was on March 31. That all changes this year, with a March 29 game in Atlanta.

Overall, Phillies are 61-72 on Opening Day.

They have also played two tie games, 5-5, 14 innings (1923) and 6-6, 11 innings ('24). It is assumed both were called because of darkness as there were no lights.

Twelve openers have gone extra innings. The last one was in 2007, a 5-3 loss in 10 innings vs. Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies are 2-3 in season openers in Atlanta. Wins: 7-4 (1999, Curt Schilling) and 5-0 (1984, Steve Carlton).

Notable openers vs. Braves
April 19, 1900: The Phillies won at Boston, 19-17, in 10 innings in the highest scoring opener in baseball history. Boston tied the game by scoring nine in the bottom of the ninth.

April 14, 1915: The Phillies won at Boston, 3-0, as Grover Cleveland Alexander blanks the defending World Series champions. The Phillies went on to win their first National League pennant.

April 19, 1937: The Phillies won a doubleheader beating Boston, 2-1, in 11 innings and 1-0 at Braves Field. It was the only time the Phillies started the season with a twin bill.

Most Opening Day starts
C: Mike Lieberthal (10)
1B: Ryan Howard (10)
2B: Chase Utley (8)
SS: Jimmy Rollins (14)
3B: Mike Schmidt (16)
LF: Greg Luzinski (9)
CF: Richie Ashburn (10)
RF: Johnny Callison (9)
P: Carlton (14)       

Club records
Most home runs: 5, Mike Schmidt; 3, Scott Rolen and Rollins
Most wins: 5, Robin Roberts
Most starts: 14, Carlton
Most losses: 9, Carlton
Most shutouts: 3, Chris Short

First opener: May 1, 1883
The Phillies lost their initial opener, 4-3, to Providence at Recreation Park when the Grays scored four runs in the eighth to overcome a 3-0 deficit. Attendance: an estimated 1,200. Future Hall of Famer Charles (Old Hoss) Radbourne was the winner, the first of 48 victories for him that season. John Coleman was the loser, the first of his 48 defeats (13 wins). 

2017 opener
The Phillies won, 4-3, in Cincinnati on April 3
WP: Jeremy Hellickson; SV: Jeanmar Gomez
LP: Scott Feldman
HR: Cesar Hernandez (leading off the game); Freddy Galvis (2nd inning).

Hernandez, 2B
Howie Kendrick, LF
Odubel Herrera, CF
Maikel Franco, 3B
Michael Saunders, RF
Tommy Joseph, 1B
Cameron Rupp, C
Galvis, SS
Hellickson, P

Larry Shenk is in charge of alumni relations and team historian for the Phillies.

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