On December 22, 2004, former major league infielder Doug Ault dies in Tarpon Springs, Florida, from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Ault slugged a pair of home runs in the Blue Jays first game in franchise history on opening day in 1977, and later managed in the Toronto organization.
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2002 – The Minnesota Twins score 10 runs in the 7th inning to close out the scoring in a 23 – 2 win over the Cleveland Indians, the most runs in franchise history. Minnesota also gets a franchise-record 25 hits (they hit 24 five times as the Washington Senators) and tie the American League record as four players have four or more hits. They are the fifth team to do it. On the flip side, the Indians tie their team record for the biggest loss, tying the mark set in a 21 – 0 loss to the Detroit Tigers on September 15, 1901. Cleveland also becomes the first team since the 1969 San Diego Padres to lose two games in the same season by 19 or more runs.
June 4, 2002
A 15-inning, 8 – 8, tie game between St. Louis and the Nationals is called for darkness. Reliever Walter Johnson fans a major-league record 15 in the last 11 innings, but he hits rookie catcher Sam Agnew with a pitch, breaking his jaw. Browns P Carl Weilman sets a major-league record by striking out six times. He becomes the first player in history to strike out six consecutive times in a game, as Johnson gets him four times, and Joe Engel and Long Tom Hughes once each. Johnson’s strikeout mark for relievers will last this century before another Johnson, Randy, breaks it, in 2001.
July 25, 1913
At Cleveland, the Naps top the Tigers, 5 – 0, in game called after six innings on account of rain. To underscore the soggy conditions, Detroit outfielder Germany Schaeferplays the last few innings wearing a raincoat over his uniform.
July 3, 1906
Yu Darvish flirts with perfection in his first start of the season for the Rangers, retiring the first 26 Astros batters he faces in succession before Marwin Gonzalez singles through the middle with two outs in the 9th. Having struck out 14 batters and with his pitch count at 111, Darvish is then removed from the game and reliever Michael Kirkman gets the game’s final out after allowing another single, to Jose Altuve. Texas wins, 7 – 0.
April 2, 2013
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