Padres topple Dodgers in North American opener 

click to enlarge Yasiel Puig
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  • Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig breaks his bat as he grounds out while playing the San Diego Padres during the third inning of an opening night baseball game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in San Diego.
Seth Smith hit a tying homer leading off the eighth and Chris Denorfia singled home two runs to give the San Diego Padres a 3-1 victory against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in baseball’s North American opener Sunday night.

Smith’s first hit with the Padres came on a 2-0 pitch from Brian Wilson, who started the eighth after Hyun-Jin Ryu threw seven scoreless innings. It sailed an estimated 360 feet into the right-field seats. It was his seventh career pinch-hit homer.

He was acquired in an offseason trade with Oakland for reliever Luke Gregerson.

Dale Thayer (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the win. Huston Street pitched the ninth for the save.

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