Opening day all over: Aces, tributes and extras

By Ben Walker

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, April 5 2012 6:15 p.m. MDT

Stone had taken 6-year-old son Cooper to the game with hopes of catching a ball. Cooper and Rangers President Nolan Ryan said it depicted the happy times families have at games.

In Cincinnati, the Reds threw their annual parade — former third baseman Aaron Boone was the grand marshal — and got started against the Marlins under sunny skies and 60 degrees and brisk winds.

That was quite a turnaround for the Marlins. It was 79 degrees for the first pitch when they lost at home to St. Louis 4-1 on Wednesday night. The team took a postgame flight and arrived at their hotel in Cincinnati at 3 a.m. — not much time to sleep before the 4 p.m. opener.

"I wish we could have stayed home," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "But they made that special schedule for us to play there."

AP Sports Writers Noah Trister, Tom Withers, Joe Kay, Mike Fitzpatrick, Howie Rumberg and Andrew Seligman, AP writer Angela K. Brown and AP freelance writer Scott Held contributed to this report.

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