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PITTSBURGH - Ryan Braun already was being booed loudly and that was before he hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning.
CHICAGO - Pedro Alvarez stepped to the plate ready to strike in a big spot.
PITTSBURGH - For his first start with the Pirates, Edinson Volquez beat Adam Wainwright. That'll do nicely as an early return on that offseason contract he signed with the Pirates.
PITTSBURGH - The weary Chicago Cubs' bullpen needed a break. New manager Rick Renteria needed a win.
Jimmy Rollins began the season with a slam, Neil Walker with a walkoff homer and the Washington Nationals with a thrilling ninth-inning comeback.
PHILADELPHIA - Neil Walker had three hits and an RBI to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
Mike Scioscia moved his left fielder onto the infield dirt, then watched him start a double play. Matt Williams tried a similar trick - he put his right fielder on the grass behind the mound, only to see a bases-loaded triple fly into the vacated spot.