Bruce gets 1st hit of 2019 MLB season, Piscotty 1st home run

Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman (26) gives his autographs to fans prior to Game 1 of a Major League opening series baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Athletics at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in Tokyo, (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO — Jay Bruce of the Seattle Mariners has gotten the first hit of the 2019 Major League Baseball season and Oakland's Stephen Piscotty has connected for the first home run.

Bruce lined a single off the glove of shifted Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien with two outs in the top of the first inning Wednesday at the Tokyo Dome. Piscotty homered to center field in the bottom of the first off Marco Gonzales.

Oakland's Mike Fiers threw the first pitch of the season, a ball to Dee Gordon at 6:36 p.m. (5:36 a.m. EDT).

Mariners newcomer Edwin Encarnacion was the first player to strike out this year and Seattle third baseman Ryon Healy made the first error.

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