With his start Thursday, catcher Ivan Rodriguez has started 20 consecutive opening day games behind the plate. This is the longest streak in Major League Baseball regardless of position.
Meanwhile, starter Livan Hernandez made his ninth opening day start. Hernandez is 4-3 with a 4.65 in previous opening day games. He’s also tied for most opening day starts and wins among active pitchers.
Across the diamond, Chipper Jones made his 16th career opening day start for the Atlanta Braves.