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Major League Baseball 2014: Opening Day Pictures

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Buster Posey hit a tie-breaking homer as the San Francisco Giants completed a remarkable comeback victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on the opening night of the new Major League Baseball season.

Arizona exploited a poor defensive display from the visitors to Chase Field to grab a 7-3 lead but the Giants pulled even with four runs in the seventh inning.

The deadlock remained intact until the ninth, when Brandon Belt singled and Posey made it 9-8 for the win by driving a pitch deep into the left-field stands.

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Members of the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles line up for the National Anthem

Jose Fernandez matched an opening-night strikeout record in the Miami Marlins' 10-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

The Cuban pitcher struck out nine to match the team mark previously set by Josh Beckett against Montreal in 2004.

Felix Hernandez struck out 11 as the Seattle Mariners enjoyed a first win under new manager Lloyd McClendon at the expense of the Los Angeles Angels, who lost 10-3 at Angel Stadium.

Yadier Molina led the St Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 win at Cincinnati Reds, who therefore endured their first opening-day shutout since 1953, while Neil Walker hit a homer to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

The Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 9-7, the Philadelphia Phillies won 14-10 against the Texas Rangers in Arlington and the Baltimore Orioles downed the Boston Red Sox 2-1.

There was a shutout for the Atlanta Braves as the Milwaukee Brewers triumphed 2-0 and the Chicago White Sox edged the Minnesota Twins 5-3 while the Cleveland Indians won 2-0 against the Oakland Athletics.

The Tampa Bay Rays claimed a 9-2 home victory over the Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers crept past the Kansas City Royals to win 4-3.

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    MIAMI, FL - MARCH 31: A general view of Marlins Park during Opening Day at Marlins Park between the Miami Marlins and the Colorado Rockies on March 31, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 31: General view of action between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants during the Opening Day MLB game at Chase Field on March 31, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 9-8. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    MIAMI, FL - MARCH 31: A general view of Marlins Park during Opening Day at Marlins Park between the Miami Marlins and the Colorado Rockies on March 31, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 31: General view as the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants stand attended for the National Anthem during the Opening Day MLB game at Chase Field on March 31, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 9-8. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 31: A general view of Angel Stadium of Anaheim is seen during the singing of the National Anthem prior to the start of the Opening Day game between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on March 31, 2014 in Anaheim, California. The Mariners defeated the Angels 10-3. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 31: Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws out the first pitch, as Abraham Almonte #36 of the Seattle Mariners stands at the plate in the first inning during Opening Day at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on March 31, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 31: Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches the first pitch of the game against Nyjer Morgan #6 of the Cleveland Indians on Opening Day at O.co Coliseum on March 31, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 31: A general view during the playing of the National Anthem before the Oakland Athletics played against the Cleveland Indians on Opening Day at O.co Coliseum on March 31, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    BALTIMORE, MD - MARCH 31: Members of the Boston Red Sox (L) and Baltimore Orioles stand on the field during the national anthem before the start of Opening Day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on March 31, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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    PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 31: The Arizona Diamondbacks line up for the National Anthem before the Opening Day MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on March 31, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    DETROIT, MI - MARCH 31: A detailed view of Comerica Park prior to the start of the Opening Day game between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers on March 31, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Royals 4-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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    MIAMI, FL - MARCH 31: A general view of Marlins Park during Opening Day at Marlins Park between the Miami Marlins and the Colorado Rockies on March 31, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    CINCINNATI, OH - MARCH 31: A general view of the stadium before the St. Louis Cardinals game against the Cincinnati Reds on Opening Day for both teams at Great American Ball Park on March 31, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    CINCINNATI, OH - MARCH 31: Zach Cozart #2 of the Cincinnati Reds greets his teammates before the game against the St. Louis Cardinalson Opening Day for both teams at Great American Ball Park on March 31, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MARCH 31: The Tampa Bay Rays stand for the national anthem during Opening Day ceremonies at the start of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 31, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 31: A general view of U.S. Cellular Field during the National Anthem before the Opening Day game between the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins on March 31, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MARCH 31: The grounds crew readies the field before the start of the Tampa Bay Rays' Opening Day game against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 31, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)