RA Dickey shines as Atlanta Braves defeat San Diego, 4-2

Aaron tossed the underhand pitch to Cox, the former manager who had a new bronze statue unveiled at a stadium entrance on Thursday.

The team had a lot of exciting things planned - Braves legends Bobby Cox, John Smoltz and Chipper Jones took part in a processional leading into the stadium.

"Once you let Bartolo get deep in the count, he starts pitches that look like strikes that really aren't", Green said. "A lot of us hadn't seen it before".

Jaime Garcia takes the ball for the Braves in this spot and he will be looking to build on what has been a rocky start.

Batting just.189 during the season-opening, eight-game road trip, Inciarte broke out of his slump Wednesday with a two home run effort in a win at Miami. The Braves played in the old stadium, built for the 1996 Olympics, for only 20 years. Saturday night's game was a continuation of the series against the San Diego Padres.

"I've always tried to pitch relaxed and be in a good place when it's my turn", Colon said through a translator. A recent study showed Atlanta is in the top 10 of the worst congestion in the world, and the stadium is where two of the clogged interstates, I-75 and I-285, intersect, which means the rush-hour snarl could coincide with fans trying to get to the games.

Commissioner Rob Manfred welcomed fans to "baseball's newest gem".

Snitker on opening SunTrust Park with a win: "It was great".

"Now with 85 down, everyone is taking 285, so that's sort of the main drag for everyone now anyways so I think it would be monumental if they got this in time", said another Braves fan.

CLEVELAND - Jose Ramirez was 4 for 4 with a pair of three-run homers for Cleveland, and Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander matched a career high by allowing nine runs in a loss to the Indians.

"I'm in a section right under the Jumbotron", he said. "I'm up on him right now". "It has that ambiance". When it comes to this season, they want a better result.

Freeman said walking into the stadium from the mixed-use development "is the big wow factor".

Inciarte would also hit a homerun in the sixth inning to help assure success in the first regular season game at Sun Trust Park.

Jackson-Hamel deflected Hernan Bernardello's shot from distance off the post and just past the outstretched Alec Kann in Atlanta's net.

Atlanta Braves' Nick Markakis (22) drives in a run with a base hit in the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Atlanta.

Before the game, Hank Aaron threw out the first pitch after throwing out the first pitch for the last game at Turner Field.

Baseball fans from all over the country came just for the first game, one from MI here for his 23rd opening day in a new major league stadium.

United States Navy fighter jets fly over SunTrust Park during the national anthem before a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the San Diego Padres in Atlanta, Friday, April 14, 2017.

  • Julie Sanders