NEW YORK — Daniel Murphy is proud he put fatherhood ahead of baseball, and Mets manager Terry Collins said criticism his second baseman received for taking paternity leave this week was unfair.
Murphy made his season debut Thursday, three days after the birth of son Noah. He called staying in Florida an extra day "the right decision to make" following wife Victoria's cesarean section and said "we felt the best thing for our family was for me to stay."
He missed losses Monday and Wednesday. Noah was born at 12:02 p.m. Monday. New York radio broadcaster Mike Francesa said Murphy should not have skipped the second game.
"One day, I understand. And in the old days, they didn't do that," Francesa said. "You can hire a nurse to take care of the baby if your wife needs help."
boston celebration: The Red Sox will celebrate their third World Series title in a decade at tonight's home opener against the Brewers. They will receive their rings and raise another championship banner in a pregame ceremony that will last about an hour. The ceremony will also make note of the remarkable era in Boston sports history. The city's four major pro sports teams have won eight championships since 2002. The team will acknowledge the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and hold a moment of silence for two firefighters who died in a Boston fire last week.
diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt homered in the first inning off Tim Lincecum, his sixth homer in 21 career at-bats against the Giants right-hander. "I'm going to start throwing underhand to him," Lincecum said. "I don't know, I've just got to figure out something."
dodgers: Slugger Matt Kemp was expected to make his season debut in tonight's home opener after rehabilitating after left ankle and shoulder operations.
nationals: Scratched from Thursday's series finale against the Mets because of flu symptoms, RHP Jordan Zimmermann may be okay for tonight's home opener against the Braves. The other option would be a series of relievers.