Two former local Rutherford County prep baseball players were opening day pitchers for MLB teams. The Oakland A's Sonny Gray, a former Smyrna player, came within six outs of throwing the second Opening Day no-hitter in major-league history before Texas' Ryan Rua singled to right field leading off the eighth. The A's and Gray downed the Rangers 8-0.
David Price, a former Blackman standout, fell just short of the third complete game of his Major League career. He went 8 2/3 innings without giving up a run and allowed five hits in Detroit's 4-0 opening day win over the Minnesota Twins.