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Greg Luzinski, who has slimmed down by 24 pounds since last season, and Dave Kingman, who has beefed up by 15, both got the results they sought. In his first at bat, Luzinski, who now weighs 214, slugged a three-run homer to help Philadelphia beat Montreal 6-3. The Phillies also defeated the Expos 6-2, despite giving up 10 walks, including a league-record five to Rodney Scott. Kingman, now a 225-pounder, contributed two big blasts in a five-homer barrage that provided all the runs as the Cubs dumped New York 7-5. Jerry Martin also had two home runs in that game. Kingman unloaded No. 3 and Barry Foote hit a three-run shot the next day as the Cubs downed the Mets 6-3.
The magic is back, New York's new slogan, is part of a reported $400,000 ad campaign to reawaken fan interest. The most impressive trick for Mets rooters during a season-opening 5-2 win over Chicago was Craig Swan's pitching and hitting. He had two singles and two RBIs.
The world champion Pirates took two of three against the Cardinals without hitting a homer and without using ace Reliever Kent Tekulve. Ed Ott's two-run single in the ninth made Pittsburgh a 4-3 winner, and Jim Bibby's six-hitter and four hits by Omar Moreno produced a 7-2 triumph. St. Louis had opened the series with a 1-0 victory behind the nine-strikeout, three-hit pitching of Pete (Kooky Vooky) Vuckovich. Said Stan Musial of Vuckovich, "The guy throws the best righthanded breaking pitches I ever saw."
PHIL 2-0 PITT 2-1 CHI 2-1 ST.L 1-2 NY 1-2 MONT 0-2
"Our ball club is 100% ready," Atlanta Manager Bob Cox said as he waited for the Braves to face Tom Seaver on Opening Day in Cincinnati. Maybe so, but clearly Atlanta was not set for Tom's terrific replacement, Frank Pastore, who started instead of the flu-ridden Seaver. Pastore pitched the Reds' first Opening Day shutout since 1943, winning 9-0 with the aid of a homer and four RBIs by George Foster. Next time out, another Foster home run, Mike LaCoss' seven-hitter and four Atlanta errors enabled the Reds to win 6-0 in a rain-shortened six-inning game. The Braves seemed about to notch their first win the following day after they ended a 21-inning scoreless drought with a four-run seventh. But one strike from a 4-3 victory, Atlanta was stunned by Dave Concepcion's two-run homer.
Like Cincy, San Diego won three at home. In between 6-4 and 4-2 victories over San Francisco, both of which were saved by Bob Shirley, the Padres triumphed 5-3 as Rollie Fingers tossed 2? innings of one-hit relief. Dave Winfield, who had turned off many Padre fans with his demand for a 10-year $13 million contract, turned many of them back on by driving in seven runs, walloping a homer, stealing a base and throwing out two base runners from rightfield. The Giants, who committed an error a game in 1979, had nine in the three outings in San Diego. Four were by Darrell Evans, who tied a league record for third basemen with three miscues in one inning. Houston and Los Angeles started off with a rousing four-game series (page 34).
SD 3-0 CIN 3-0 HOUS 2-1 LA 1-2 ATL 0-3 SF 0-3