The 2012 MLB season kicked off this week with opening day pageantry and a few walk offs. MVP candidates are beginning to emerge while some stars have yet to hit their stride. At 49, Jamie Moyer got into a pitchers duel with 22-year-old Madison Bumgarner, the largest age gap between pitchers since ’65. Tim Lincecum struggled at Coors Field in the shortest outing of his career. Nick Swisher’s extra innings homer helped seal the sweep of the O’s. It was an exciting week in baseball and here are the top high quality photos of the week.
San Diego Padres grounds crew works on the third base line prior to a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during opening day at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (28) in the dugout prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) hits a single in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field. Mandatory Credit Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) hits a sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Yankees defeated the Orioles 6 – 2. Mandatory Credit Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
Open Day attendance of 39,585 was the largest ever to see a game at PNC Park
Rockies 49-year-old pitcher Jamie Moyer tosses the ball to first base to retire Jordan Schafer of the Astros. Schafer hit a home run as Houston beat Moyer and Colorado 7-3 on Saturday. (Pat Sullivan/Associated Press)
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson holds his head as a medical team prepares to remove him from the bull pen after he was hit in the head by a fly ball during batting practice
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) delivers a pitch to Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (left) during the second inning at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Chipper Jones’ farewell tour begins…
The Harvard University baseball team helped commemorate the exhibition game between the Red Sox and Harvard on April 9, 1912 by taking batting practice and working out on the field where Harvard students played exactly 100 years ago on Monday
A.J. Burnett is on the mound tonight making his first rehab start with the Bradenton Marauders.
Swag for the American League champs
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine walks off the field after the Detroit Tigers’ 13-12 win on Alex Avila’s two-run home run in the 11th inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
F-18 fighter jets fly over Dodger Stadium during pregame festivities during opening day against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
How did Padres outfielder Will Venable spend his first off day of the season? Hanging with Dottie the dolphin at SeaWorld San Diego
Texas Rangers designated hitter Ian Kinsler (5) in the dugout during the 5th inning against the Chicago White Sox at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
A general view outside Coors field before the opening day game between the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies. The Giants won 7-0. Mandatory Credit\ Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
Nick Swisher hit a 2-run shot to win it in extras.
Jason Werth went deep vs Tigers
Marines hold a large flag on the field of Dodger Stadium during pregame ceremonies at the home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 10.
Los Angeles Dodgers Juan Rivera, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier prepare for home Opening Day against the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday April 10,2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles,California. © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012
Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) looks into the stands while warming up in the on-deck circle in the third inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Opening Day at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Friday afternoon, April 6, 2012.
Texas Rangers fans hold up a sign supporting starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) during the game against the Seattle Mariners at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Strasburg dominant in 4-0 win over Mets.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) is relieved by manager Bruce Bochy (right) during the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
Andy Pettitte getting ready in Florida
Bat in the stands
Chipper returns with a bang; Braves beat Astros, 6-4.
Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Colby Rasmus (28) catches a fly ball by Boston Red Sox Dustin Pedroia (not pictured) in the 4th inning at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
PNC Park is the best stadium in baseball
Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Yamaico Navarro (36) slides into home ahead of the tag of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee (33) during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Mandatory credit Vincent Pugliese-US PRESSWIRE
Chris Sale was brilliant in his first Major League start with a 4-2 win over the Indians
Derek Holland and Matt Harrison relax in the clubhouse playing a hockey video game before game time.
Firework night in LA
Johan strong but Mets held in check in loss to Nationals.
MVP candidate suiting up
Pirates get back-to-back walk-off wins, this one off the bat of Andrew McCutchen
Cincy Reds start the year.
Gomes takes walk-off HBP
Heyward’s big night leads Braves over Astros, 6-3.
Murphy came up cluth for the Mets this first week
Matt Moore was sharp in his 2012 debut
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera (42) pitches in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Yankees defeated the Orioles 6 – 2. Mandatory Credit Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
Padres players lined up for the National Anthem performed by Navy Band Southwest at Opening Day 2012
Ryan Dempster recorded his 1,000th strikeout as a Cub, but the Brewers won 2-1 off a two-run homer in the 7th.
Twins use 7th-inning rally to defeat Angels, 6-5.
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