Trevor Cahill was the hard-luck loser in his home debut Sunday afternoon, as the 21-year-old right-hander lost to Seattle despite seven innings of one-run ball that included a dozen ground-ball outs. Cahill may have trouble consistently throwing strikes after jumping to the majors following 39.2 innings at Double-A and zero at Triple-A, but his sinker that induced 60 percent grounders in the minors is legit.
Cahill lost the game because Erik Bedard came two outs shy of shutting out the A's, leaving after allowing three hits and one walk in 8.1 innings. His first start of the year against the Twins was also impressive, and Bedard now has 15 strikeouts over 13 innings. He's no sure thing to remain healthy thanks to a balky shoulder, but so far at least Bedard's raw stuff looks as dominant as ever.
While the Mariners get off to a 5-2 start after losing 101 games in 2008, here are some other notes from around baseball …
* Daniel Murphy's ugly drop of a fly ball and Josh Johnson dominating the Mets' lineup Sunday combined to hand Johan Santana his first loss in 19 starts despite 13 strikeouts, three hits, one walk, and no earned runs in seven innings. Santana has posted a sparkling 2.44 ERA in 36 starts with the Mets, but has only 17 wins to show for it thanks to poor support from his offense, bullpen, and now defense.
* Johnson keeps looking stronger and stronger after Tommy John elbow surgery and is now 9-1 with a 3.15 ERA in 15 outings following Sunday's complete-game victory over the Mets. He's throwing harder than ever before while inducing more ground balls, missing more bats, and issuing fewer walks. He worked regularly in the mid-90s Sunday and has a 15-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio through two starts.
* Chris Young was 0-3 with a 12.96 ERA while struggling with decreased velocity during spring training, but he's now 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA when the games matter after giving up just an unearned run in seven innings Sunday versus the Giants. His velocity is back to the usual high-80s and Young has totaled 12 strikeouts in 13 innings while allowing just nine hits.
* If the first week is any indication, Travis Hafner's shoulder is healthy again after he hit just .197 while missing 105 games last season. Hafner went deep Sunday for the third time in five games and is off to a .300/.417/.800 start. He remains a big risk and is two years removed from back-to-back 1.000-OPS campaigns, but a healthy Hafner has huge upside and the early signs are very encouraging.
* Aaron Harang went 6-17 with a 4.78 ERA during a brutal 2008, but looked solid versus the Mets on Opening Day and turned in a complete-game shutout Sunday against the Pirates. Shutting down Pittsburgh's lineup is no amazing feat, but he looked very good while allowing just three hits compared to eight strikeouts. Also encouraging is that he issued zero walks and threw 80 of 108 pitches for strikes.
AL Quick Hits: Evan Longoria stole a base and collected three hits Sunday, one of which was his MLB-leading fifth homer … Kevin Millwood shut out the Tigers for seven innings Sunday and left up 4-0 in his second straight very good outing, but the bullpen blew the lead … Mark Teixeira sat out his second straight game Sunday with a sore left wrist … Torii Hunter and Justin Speier were ejected from Sunday's game following a bench-clearing incident started by Josh Beckett and Bobby Abreu … James Shields bounced back from a poor first start against the Red Sox to shut out the Orioles for seven innings Sunday … Delmon Young took Mark Buehrle deep Sunday after going 252 plate appearances before homering last year … B.J. Upton (shoulder) is slated to come off the disabled list Monday, pushing fill-in center fielder Matt Joyce to Triple-A … David Purcey allowed five runs on four hits and six walks in 4.2 innings Sunday, but did total 10 strikeouts.
NL Quick Hits: Brandon Webb (shoulder) landed on the disabled list Sunday, but the Diamondbacks are hoping that he'll miss just one more start … Dan Haren has given up just three runs in 13 innings through two starts, but is 0-2 thanks to getting one measly run of support … Kyle Lohse set down the final 24 batters he faced Sunday in a complete-game, three-hit shutout of the Astros … In the least surprising news of Opening Week, the oft-injured Milton Bradley exited Sunday's game with a groin strain … Tom Glavine left Sunday's minor-league rehab start at Double-A with shoulder soreness, making him unlikely to come off the DL as scheduled Saturday … Nick Hundley came a home run short of the cycle Sunday while going 4-for-4 … Marlins prospect Logan Morrison will miss 6-8 weeks with a fractured right wrist … Jeff Francoeur smacked a pair of triples Sunday, but ends Week 1 of his oft-hyped supposed resurgence hitting .240 with one walk.