Tag: April 1

2018 – Three days after being the starting designated hitter on Opening Day in his major league debut, Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani makes his debut on the mound, pitching 6 innings in leading the Angels to a 7 – 4 win over the Athletics. The only blemish on his ledger is a three-run homer by Matt Chapman in the 2nd. Ohtani is the first player since Babe Ruth in 1919 to start as a position player on opening day and then start a game on the mound within his team’s first ten games. Joe Bush and Clarence Mitchell had also started games on the mound and in the field in their first ten games in 1920.

2018 – Three days after being the starting designated hitter on Opening Day in his major league debut, Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani makes his debut on the mound, pitching 6 innings in leading the Angels to a 7 – 4 win over the Athletics. The only blemish on his ledger is a three-run homer by Matt Chapman in the 2nd. Ohtani is the first player since Babe Ruth in 1919 to start as a position player on opening day and then start a game on the mound within his team’s first ten games. Joe Bush and Clarence Mitchell had also started games on the mound and in the field in their first ten games in 1920.

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In his much-anticipated his pitching debut, Shohei Ohtani, striking out six batters in six innings while allowing three runs picks up his first big league win when the Angels beat the 7-4 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The 23 year-old Japanese sensation, also touted for his prowess as a hitter, does not have a plate appearance in the American League contest.

In his much-anticipated his pitching debut, Shohei Ohtani, striking out six batters in six innings while allowing three runs picks up his first big league win when the Angels beat the 7-4 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The 23 year-old Japanese sensation, also touted for his prowess as a hitter, does not have a plate appearance in the American League contest.

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The Diamondbacks get bad news as CF A.J. Pollock breaks his right elbow sliding head-first into home plate in the penultimate game of spring training. He will need surgery and will start the season on the disabled list.

The Diamondbacks get bad news as CF A.J. Pollock breaks his right elbow sliding head-first into home plate in the penultimate game of spring training. He will need surgery and will start the season on the disabled list.

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For the third straight year, fans turn out in droves at Stade Olympique in Montreal, QC for the first of two exhibition games by the Toronto Blue Jays against the Boston Red Sox. Over 52,000 pack the stadium to see former Montreal Expos greats Pedro Martinez and Tim Raines throw the ceremonial first pitch. Boston wins the game, 4 – 2, in 10 innings, on Ryan LaMarre’s two-out, two-run double off Pat McCoy.

For the third straight year, fans turn out in droves at Stade Olympique in Montreal, QC for the first of two exhibition games by the Toronto Blue Jays against the Boston Red Sox. Over 52,000 pack the stadium to see former Montreal Expos greats Pedro Martinez and Tim Raines throw the ceremonial first pitch. Boston wins the game, 4 – 2, in 10 innings, on Ryan LaMarre’s two-out, two-run double off Pat McCoy.

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Auction items featured in Sotheby’s “New York Sale” include the 1967 Mets’ bullpen cart, which is shaped like a baseball wearing a cap. The electric-powered vehicle, valued between $20,000 and $30,000, fetches an amazing high bid of $125,000.

Auction items featured in Sotheby’s “New York Sale” include the 1967 Mets’ bullpen cart, which is shaped like a baseball wearing a cap. The electric-powered vehicle, valued between $20,000 and $30,000, fetches an amazing high bid of $125,000.

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Auction items featured in Sotheby’s “New York Sale” include the 1967 Mets’ bullpen cart, which is shaped like a baseball wearing a cap. The electric-powered vehicle, valued between $20,000 and $30,000, fetches an astounding mazing high bid of $125,000.

Auction items featured in Sotheby’s “New York Sale” include the 1967 Mets’ bullpen cart, which is shaped like a baseball wearing a cap. The electric-powered vehicle, valued between $20,000 and $30,000, fetches an astounding mazing high bid of $125,000.

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The Yankees and Astros are the last two teams to open their season, meeting before a crowd of 42,117 at Minute Maid Park. The game does not follow the expected script as the Astros, coming off three straight 100-loss season and having lost their last 15 games in 2013, defeat the Bronx Bombers, 6 – 2. Scott Feldman pitches 6 2/3 scoreless innings and Jesus Guzman and L.J. Hoes homer against Yankee starter CC Sabathia.

The Yankees and Astros are the last two teams to open their season, meeting before a crowd of 42,117 at Minute Maid Park. The game does not follow the expected script as the Astros, coming off three straight 100-loss season and having lost their last 15 games in 2013, defeat the Bronx Bombers, 6 – 2. Scott Feldman pitches 6 2/3 scoreless innings and Jesus Guzman and L.J. Hoes homer against Yankee starter CC Sabathia.

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On Opening Day Jackie Bradley Jr. becomes the first major leaguer to wear “Jr.” on the back of his jersey

On Opening Day, Jackie Bradley Jr. has a memorable major league debut when he walks three times, scores twice, and robs Robinson Cano of an extra-base hit with an outstanding defensive play in the Red Sox’ 8-2 victory over New York at Yankee Stadium. The 22 year-old Boston rookie outfielder also makes uniform history, becoming the first major leaguer to wear “Jr.” on the back of his jersey.

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Bryce Harper, providing all of the offense the Nationals will need, becomes the youngest player to homer twice on Opening Day. The 20 year-old outfielder, playing in his first Opening Day as a major leaguer, hits solo shots in the first and fourth frame in Washington’s 2-0 victory over Miami.

Bryce Harper, providing all of the offense the Nationals will need, becomes the youngest player to homer twice on Opening Day. The 20 year-old outfielder, playing in his first Opening Day as a major leaguer, hits solo shots in the first and fourth frame in Washington’s 2-0 victory over Miami.

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Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino, who will end the day with an 0-1 record when he gives up a walk-off sac fly in an Opening Day loss to Milwaukee, becomes the first big league pitcher to wear the number 0, joining position players Oddibe McDowell (1985-88), Junior Ortiz (1989-2004), and Al Oliver (1978-85). Several players, including hurlers including Bobo Newsome (1943), Curtis Leskanic (2000-01), Rick White (2005-06), and Brian Wilson (2003-14), have donned a double-zero.

Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino, who will end the day with an 0-1 record when he gives up a walk-off sac fly in an Opening Day loss to Milwaukee, becomes the first big league pitcher to wear the number 0, joining position players Oddibe McDowell (1985-88), Junior Ortiz (1989-2004), and Al Oliver (1978-85). Several players, including hurlers including Bobo Newsome (1943), Curtis Leskanic (2000-01), Rick White (2005-06), and Brian Wilson (2003-14), have donned a double-zero.

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Bryce Harper, providing all of the offense the Nationals will need, becomes the youngest player to homer twice on Opening Day. The 20 year-old outfielder, playing in his first Opening Day as a major leaguer, hits solo shots in the first and fourth frame in Washington’s 2-0 victory over Miami.

Bryce Harper, providing all of the offense the Nationals will need, becomes the youngest player to homer twice on Opening Day. The 20 year-old outfielder, playing in his first Opening Day as a major leaguer, hits solo shots in the first and fourth frame in Washington’s 2-0 victory over Miami.

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For the first time since the New York Mets started play in 1962, both New York teams open the season at home on the same day. The Mets improve their Opening Day record to a major league best 34-18 by crushing the Padres, 11 – 2, behind the pitching of Jon Niese and a double and grand slam from new CF Collin Cowgill. Things aren’t so good for the Yankees, who lose to the Red Sox, 8 – 2.

For the first time since the New York Mets started play in 1962, both New York teams open the season at home on the same day. The Mets improve their Opening Day record to a major league best 34-18 by crushing the Padres, 11 – 2, behind the pitching of Jon Niese and a double and grand slam from new CF Collin Cowgill. Things aren’t so good for the Yankees, who lose to the Red Sox, 8 – 2.

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The legend of Bryce Harper keeps growing. He homers off Miami’s Ricky Nolasco in his first two at-bats of the season and accounts for all of the Nationals’ runs in a 2 – 0 Opening Day win at home. Harper, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year, is the youngest player to homer twice on Opening Day. Stephen Strasburg gets the win, giving up three hits and no walks in seven innings.

The legend of Bryce Harper keeps growing. He homers off Miami’s Ricky Nolasco in his first two at-bats of the season and accounts for all of the Nationals’ runs in a 2 – 0 Opening Day win at home. Harper, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year, is the youngest player to homer twice on Opening Day. Stephen Strasburg gets the win, giving up three hits and no walks in seven innings.

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Clayton Kershaw turns in a great all-around performance on Opening Day, pitching a four-hit shutout and homering off George Kontos in the 8th to break a scoreless tie as the Dodgers defeat the Giants, 4 – 0. Don Drysdale, back in 1965, was the last major league pitcher to pitch a shutout and homer on opening day, also for the Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw turns in a great all-around performance on Opening Day, pitching a four-hit shutout and homering off George Kontos in the 8th to break a scoreless tie as the Dodgers defeat the Giants, 4 – 0. Don Drysdale, back in 1965, was the last major league pitcher to pitch a shutout and homer on opening day, also for the Dodgers.

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For the first time in major league history, an interleague contest is played on Opening Day, as the American League’s Angels visit the National League Reds. The Angels win, 3 – 1, in 13 innings, after both starters, Jered Weaver and Johnny Cueto are dominant in the early going. Worse than the loss for the Reds is the dislocated shoulder suffered by LF Ryan Ludwick, sustained when he dives for a ball in the 3rd inning. With the Houston Astros moving to the AL this season, there is a necessity to play at least one interleague series at all times, as both leagues now number an odd 15 teams.

For the first time in major league history, an interleague contest is played on Opening Day, as the American League’s Angels visit the National League Reds. The Angels win, 3 – 1, in 13 innings, after both starters, Jered Weaver and Johnny Cueto are dominant in the early going. Worse than the loss for the Reds is the dislocated shoulder suffered by LF Ryan Ludwick, sustained when he dives for a ball in the 3rd inning. With the Houston Astros moving to the AL this season, there is a necessity to play at least one interleague series at all times, as both leagues now number an odd 15 teams.

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Indians P Ubaldo Jimenez starts a bench-clearing brawl when he plucks former teammate Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow in the 1st inning of a Cactus League game. The Rockies are convinced the gesture is intentional, as there is some bad blood between the two, dating back to Jimenez criticizing his former team for not offering him a long-term contract last year, and Tulowitzki replying through the media that “there’s a certain point in this game where you go play and you shut your mouth.” Tulowitzki is taken out of the game, but x-rays on his elbow are negative. For his part, Jimenez will receive a five-game suspension.

Indians P Ubaldo Jimenez starts a bench-clearing brawl when he plucks former teammate Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow in the 1st inning of a Cactus League game. The Rockies are convinced the gesture is intentional, as there is some bad blood between the two, dating back to Jimenez criticizing his former team for not offering him a long-term contract last year, and Tulowitzki replying through the media that “there’s a certain point in this game where you go play and you shut your mouth.” Tulowitzki is taken out of the game, but x-rays on his elbow are negative. For his part, Jimenez will receive a five-game suspension.

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The Cardinals’ Lance Berkman plays an April Fools prank on teammate Adam Wainwright. Before the 3rd inning of a Grapefruit League game, Wainwright’s white Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck is driven on the warning track at Roger Dean Stadium as the public address announcer states that it will be given away to a lucky fan. A stunned Wainwright watches from the bench as the supposed prize winners, a father and his son, climb into the bed of the truck when it stops in front of the home dugout and Berkman, who is driving, pokes his head out of the window, waves to everyone, and drives away.

The Cardinals’ Lance Berkman plays an April Fools prank on teammate Adam Wainwright. Before the 3rd inning of a Grapefruit League game, Wainwright’s white Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck is driven on the warning track at Roger Dean Stadium as the public address announcer states that it will be given away to a lucky fan. A stunned Wainwright watches from the bench as the supposed prize winners, a father and his son, climb into the bed of the truck when it stops in front of the home dugout and Berkman, who is driving, pokes his head out of the window, waves to everyone, and drives away.

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The Reds trade 3B Juan Francisco, once a top prospect but now out of minor league options, to the Braves­ in return for minor league P J.J. Hoover after he fails to make the team out of spring training.

The Reds trade 3B Juan Francisco, once a top prospect but now out of minor league options, to the Braves­ in return for minor league P J.J. Hoover after he fails to make the team out of spring training.

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Doug Glanville becomes a baseball color analyst for ESPN, the network where he has contributed to the Baseball Tonight television show, ESPN.com, and ESPN – The Magazine. The former major league outfielder, best known for his playing days with the Phillies, also is a guest columnist for the New York Times, where he writes about the culture of sports.

Doug Glanville becomes a baseball color analyst for ESPN, the network where he has contributed to the Baseball Tonight television show, ESPN.com, and ESPN – The Magazine. The former major league outfielder, best known for his playing days with the Phillies, also is a guest columnist for the New York Times, where he writes about the culture of sports.

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The Blue Jays open their season with an offensive outburst in beating the Twins, 13 – 3, before a sell-out crowd at the Rogers Centre. Rookie C J.P. Arencibia is the star, homering twice and adding a two-run triple on a 5-RBI night. Jose Bautista and Adam Lind also go deep as the Jays take a quick 10 – 0 lead against starter Carl Pavano and reliever Jeff Manship. Ricky Romero picks up the win in his first Opening Day start and John Farrell has his first win as a manager.

The Blue Jays open their season with an offensive outburst in beating the Twins, 13 – 3, before a sell-out crowd at the Rogers Centre. Rookie C J.P. Arencibia is the star, homering twice and adding a two-run triple on a 5-RBI night. Jose Bautista and Adam Lind also go deep as the Jays take a quick 10 – 0 lead against starter Carl Pavano and reliever Jeff Manship. Ricky Romero picks up the win in his first Opening Day start and John Farrell has his first win as a manager.

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Marlins P Josh Johnson takes a no-hitter into the 7th inning, and C John Buck, in his first game for the team, hits a grand slam in Florida’s 6 – 2 Opening Day win over the New York Mets. Logan Morrison also homers for the Fish, while Willie Harris breaks the no-no bid with a double to lead off the 7th.

Marlins P Josh Johnson takes a no-hitter into the 7th inning, and C John Buck, in his first game for the team, hits a grand slam in Florida’s 6 – 2 Opening Day win over the New York Mets. Logan Morrison also homers for the Fish, while Willie Harris breaks the no-no bid with a double to lead off the 7th.

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Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez of the Mariners starts off his defense of the title with a complete game 6 – 2 win over the Athletics. He is the first pitcher in team history to throw a complete game on Opening Day. The evening does not start well for King Felix, who gives up a two-run homer to Josh Willingham in the 1st, but he then settles down, throwing six perfect innings in a row while the M’s take the lead on Chone Figgins’ solo shot against Craig Breslow in the 6th, matching his homer total from last season.

Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez of the Mariners starts off his defense of the title with a complete game 6 – 2 win over the Athletics. He is the first pitcher in team history to throw a complete game on Opening Day. The evening does not start well for King Felix, who gives up a two-run homer to Josh Willingham in the 1st, but he then settles down, throwing six perfect innings in a row while the M’s take the lead on Chone Figgins’ solo shot against Craig Breslow in the 6th, matching his homer total from last season.

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Cardinals OF Matt Holliday undergoes an emergency appendectomy in St. Louis, MO. The surgery goes well, and the Cardinals wait to put Holliday’s name on the disabled list, hoping he can come back before the mandatory 15 days after going 3 for 4 with a homer in the team’s opener yesterday.

Cardinals OF Matt Holliday undergoes an emergency appendectomy in St. Louis, MO. The surgery goes well, and the Cardinals wait to put Holliday’s name on the disabled list, hoping he can come back before the mandatory 15 days after going 3 for 4 with a homer in the team’s opener yesterday.

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Neil Walker hits the second Opening Day grand slam in Pittsburgh Pirates history, powering a shot out of Wrigley Field. It had been 49 years since Roberto Clemente had delivered a grand slam in an opener for the Bucs. Pittsburgh wins, 6 – 3, over the Cubs.

Neil Walker hits the second Opening Day grand slam in Pittsburgh Pirates history, powering a shot out of Wrigley Field. It had been 49 years since Roberto Clemente had delivered a grand slam in an opener for the Bucs. Pittsburgh wins, 6 – 3, over the Cubs.

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It is Opening Day in the Italian Baseball League. Bologna starts the year by beating the Godo Knights, 4 – 0, behind the two-hit pitching of Jesus Matos and Victor Moreno. Jairo Ramos Gizzi goes 3 for 4 with two RBI to lead their offense. Godo’s new import players are not sharp – Gary Burnham and Carlos Villalobos are a combined 0 for 7 while Robert Palencia takes the loss.

It is Opening Day in the Italian Baseball League. Bologna starts the year by beating the Godo Knights, 4 – 0, behind the two-hit pitching of Jesus Matos and Victor Moreno. Jairo Ramos Gizzi goes 3 for 4 with two RBI to lead their offense. Godo’s new import players are not sharp – Gary Burnham and Carlos Villalobos are a combined 0 for 7 while Robert Palencia takes the loss.

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After tallying a run in the top of the first, Kentucky State finds themselves on the short end of a 22-1 score at the end of the inning. After the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky University score 27 more times in the next three frames, the teams decide to halt the contest in the middle of the fifth, giving EKU a 49-1 triumph over the Thorobreds.

After tallying a run in the top of the first, Kentucky State finds themselves on the short end of a 22-1 score at the end of the inning. After the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky University score 27 more times in the next three frames, the teams decide to halt the contest in the middle of the fifth, giving EKU a 49-1 triumph over the Thorobreds.

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Alfredo Despaigne’s consecutive homer streak, tying the Cuban record, is stopped at six games. Despaigne got hot right after returning from the 2009 World Baseball Classic, where he was the only Cuban starting outfielder left off the All-Tournament team.

Alfredo Despaigne’s consecutive homer streak, tying the Cuban record, is stopped at six games. Despaigne got hot right after returning from the 2009 World Baseball Classic, where he was the only Cuban starting outfielder left off the All-Tournament team.

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With two outs in the 10th inning, Robert Andino’s first career round-tripper is a memorable one as his walk-off homer to deep left off Matt Wise gives the Marlins a 5-4 victory over the Mets at Dolphin Stadium. The post-game celebration is short-lived when the Miami native takes off for home to meet police after getting a text message from his wife informing him their house may have an intruder.

With two outs in the 10th inning, Robert Andino’s first career round-tripper is a memorable one as his walk-off homer to deep left off Matt Wise gives the Marlins a 5-4 victory over the Mets at Dolphin Stadium. The post-game celebration is short-lived when the Miami native takes off for home to meet police after getting a text message from his wife informing him their house may have an intruder.

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On Opening Day in Los Angeles, Juan Pierre’s 434 consecutive game streak, the longest current one in the major leagues, comes to an end, when the Dodger outfielder does not play in the 3-2 victory over the Giants. New skipper Joe Torre plays Andre Ethier in left field in place of the highly paid, but light-hitting fly chaser.

On Opening Day in Los Angeles, Juan Pierre’s 434 consecutive game streak, the longest current one in the major leagues, comes to an end, when the Dodger outfielder does not play in the 3-2 victory over the Giants. New skipper Joe Torre plays Andre Ethier in left field in place of the highly paid, but light-hitting fly chaser.

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The New York Yankees set a major league record by winning their 11th straight home opener. Oddly, the record had been held by the 1945-1954 Pittsburgh Pirates, a club which lost 100 or more games three times in that period. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 3 – 2. Chien-Ming Wang allows two runs in 7 innings for the win over Roy Halladay.

The New York Yankees set a major league record by winning their 11th straight home opener. Oddly, the record had been held by the 1945-1954 Pittsburgh Pirates, a club which lost 100 or more games three times in that period. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 3 – 2. Chien-Ming Wang allows two runs in 7 innings for the win over Roy Halladay.

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With two outs in the 10th inning, Robert Andino’s first career round-tripper is a memorable one as his walk-off homer to deep left off Matt Wise gives the Marlins a 5-4 victory over the Mets at Dolphin Stadium. The post-game celebration is short-lived when the Miami native takes off for home to meet police after getting a text message from his wife informing him their house may have an intruder.

With two outs in the 10th inning, Robert Andino’s first career round-tripper is a memorable one as his walk-off homer to deep left off Matt Wise gives the Marlins a 5-4 victory over the Mets at Dolphin Stadium. The post-game celebration is short-lived when the Miami native takes off for home to meet police after getting a text message from his wife informing him their house may have an intruder.

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On Opening Day in Los Angeles, Juan Pierre’s 434 consecutive game streak, the longest current one in the major leagues, comes to an end when the Dodger outfielder does not play in the 3-2 victory over the Giants. New skipper Joe Torre plays Andre Ethier in left field in place of the highly paid, but light-hitting fly chaser.

On Opening Day in Los Angeles, Juan Pierre’s 434 consecutive game streak, the longest current one in the major leagues, comes to an end when the Dodger outfielder does not play in the 3-2 victory over the Giants. New skipper Joe Torre plays Andre Ethier in left field in place of the highly paid, but light-hitting fly chaser.

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A day prior to the start of the season, the White Sox ink Jose Contreras (15-7, 3.61) to a $29 million, three-year contract extension. The 34 year-old Cuban native was the World Champs’ most effective pitcher during the team’s stretch run to the AL pennant, posting an 11-2 mark following the All-Star game.

A day prior to the start of the season, the White Sox ink Jose Contreras (15-7, 3.61) to a $29 million, three-year contract extension. The 34 year-old Cuban native was the World Champs’ most effective pitcher during the team’s stretch run to the AL pennant, posting an 11-2 mark following the All-Star game.

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A day before the start of the season, the White Sox ink Jose Contreras (15-7, 3.61) to a $29 million, three-year contract extension. The 34 year-old Cuban native was the World Champs’ most effective pitcher during the team’s stretch run to the AL pennant, posting an 11-2 mark following the All-Star Game.

A day before the start of the season, the White Sox ink Jose Contreras (15-7, 3.61) to a $29 million, three-year contract extension. The 34 year-old Cuban native was the World Champs’ most effective pitcher during the team’s stretch run to the AL pennant, posting an 11-2 mark following the All-Star Game.

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Albert Pujols does not strike out in any of the 21 Cardinals spring training games. In his 68 plate appearances, the St. Louis first baseman finishes the exhibition season with a .458 batting average, six homers, and 20 RBI.

Albert Pujols does not strike out in any of the 21 Cardinals spring training games. In his 68 plate appearances, the St. Louis first baseman finishes the exhibition season with a .458 batting average, six homers, and 20 RBI.

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Cinci Freedom, who evaded capture for ten days after jumping a six-foot fence to avoid slaughter, is excused from her scheduled appearance in the Reds’ traditional Opening Day parade. Before the Reds’ 5-4 walk-off victory over the Cubs at Cinergy Field, the Charolais cow, after receiving a key to the city, is deemed too jumpy to participate in the Findlay Market activities.

Cinci Freedom, who evaded capture for ten days after jumping a six-foot fence to avoid slaughter, is excused from her scheduled appearance in the Reds’ traditional Opening Day parade. Before the Reds’ 5-4 walk-off victory over the Cubs at Cinergy Field, the Charolais cow, after receiving a key to the city, is deemed too jumpy to participate in the Findlay Market activities.

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The Mets, with a 6-2 victory over the Bucs at Shea Stadium, improve their mark for Opening Day victories to 26-15 (.634), a major league record. The New York expansion team didn’t win their first season opener until the ninth year of the franchise’s existence.

The Mets, with a 6-2 victory over the Bucs at Shea Stadium, improve their mark for Opening Day victories to 26-15 (.634), a major league record. The New York expansion team didn’t win their first season opener until the ninth year of the franchise’s existence.

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Cinci Freedom, who evaded capture for ten days after jumping a six-foot fence to avoid slaughter, is excused from her scheduled appearance in the Reds’ traditional Opening Day parade. Before the Reds’ 5-4 walk-off victory over the Cubs at Cinergy Field, the Charolais cow, after receiving a key to the city, is deemed too jumpy to participate in the Findlay Market activities.

Cinci Freedom, who evaded capture for ten days after jumping a six-foot fence to avoid slaughter, is excused from her scheduled appearance in the Reds’ traditional Opening Day parade. Before the Reds’ 5-4 walk-off victory over the Cubs at Cinergy Field, the Charolais cow, after receiving a key to the city, is deemed too jumpy to participate in the Findlay Market activities.

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The Mets, with a 6-2 victory over the Bucs at Shea Stadium, improve their mark for Opening Day victories to 26-15 (.634), a major league record. The New York expansion team didn’t win their first season opener until the ninth year of the franchise’s existence.

The Mets, with a 6-2 victory over the Bucs at Shea Stadium, improve their mark for Opening Day victories to 26-15 (.634), a major league record. The New York expansion team didn’t win their first season opener until the ninth year of the franchise’s existence.

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In the first major league game ever played in Puerto Rico, the Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 8-1, in the major league season opener. In his debut with Texas, $252 million shortstop Alex Rodriguez gets the season’s first hit and scores the first run, but also makes a throwing error on his first chance.

In the first major league game ever played in Puerto Rico, the Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 8-1, in the major league season opener. In his debut with Texas, $252 million shortstop Alex Rodriguez gets the season’s first hit and scores the first run, but also makes a throwing error on his first chance.

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In the first major league game ever played in Puerto Rico, the Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 8-1, in the major league season opener. Making his Texas debut, $252 million shortstop Alex Rodriguez gets the season’s first hit and scores the first run, but also makes a throwing error on his first chance.

In the first major league game ever played in Puerto Rico, the Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 8-1, in the major league season opener. Making his Texas debut, $252 million shortstop Alex Rodriguez gets the season’s first hit and scores the first run, but also makes a throwing error on his first chance.

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At Camden Yards, the Orioles rock the Royals, 10-1, as Scott Erickson records his 100th major league victory. O’s skipper Ray Miller, who hadn’t won a game since managing the Twins in 1986, enjoys his first win with Baltimore.

At Camden Yards, the Orioles rock the Royals, 10-1, as Scott Erickson records his 100th major league victory. O’s skipper Ray Miller, who hadn’t won a game since managing the Twins in 1986, enjoys his first win with Baltimore.

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At Camden Yards, the Orioles rock the Royals, 10-1, as Scott Erickson records his 100th major league victory. O’s skipper Ray Miller, who hadn’t won a game since managing the Twins in 1986, enjoys his first win with Baltimore.

At Camden Yards, the Orioles rock the Royals, 10-1, as Scott Erickson records his 100th major league victory. O’s skipper Ray Miller, who hadn’t won a game since managing the Twins in 1986, enjoys his first win with Baltimore.

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