Tag: April 20

2005 – Back-to-back homers by Adam Everett and Craig Biggio in the first pace the Astros over Ben Sheets and the Brewers, 6-1. Biggio drives in himself for the 1,000th RBI of his career, the second Astro to achieve that many in a Houston uniform. Later, he swipes third for his 399th career steal. Roy Oswalt tosses a complete-game four-hitter while Everett enjoys a three-hit night. 

2005 – Back-to-back homers by Adam Everett and Craig Biggio in the first pace the Astros over Ben Sheets and the Brewers, 6-1. Biggio drives in himself for the 1,000th RBI of his career, the second Astro to achieve that many in a Houston uniform. Later, he swipes third for his 399th career steal. Roy Oswalt tosses a complete-game four-hitter while Everett enjoys a three-hit night. 

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1997 – Craig Biggio blasts two homers to topple Los Angeles, 3-1, at Dodger Stadium. His solo shot off Ismael Valdes stakes the Astros to an early lead but Raul Mondesi ties the game with a blast off Chris Holt. After Tim Bogar doubles, Biggio takes Tom Candiotti deep in the eighth for the game-winner. 

1997 – Craig Biggio blasts two homers to topple Los Angeles, 3-1, at Dodger Stadium. His solo shot off Ismael Valdes stakes the Astros to an early lead but Raul Mondesi ties the game with a blast off Chris Holt. After Tim Bogar doubles, Biggio takes Tom Candiotti deep in the eighth for the game-winner. 

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Sean Manaea tosses the 12th no-hitter in A’s franchise history and the first since southpaw Dallas Braden’s perfect game in 2010, when he keeps the opponents hitless in the team’s 3-0 victory over the 17-2 Red Sox at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The 26 year old southpaw’s performance ends Boston’s run of 3,987 games without being no-hit, a streak dating back Mariners’ Chris Bosio’s no-no against the club at the Kingdome on April 22, 1993.

Sean Manaea tosses the 12th no-hitter in A’s franchise history and the first since southpaw Dallas Braden’s perfect game in 2010, when he keeps the opponents hitless in the team’s 3-0 victory over the 17-2 Red Sox at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The 26 year old southpaw’s performance ends Boston’s run of 3,987 games without being no-hit, a streak dating back Mariners’ Chris Bosio’s no-no against the club at the Kingdome on April 22, 1993.

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Tyson Ross makes a bid to pitch the first no-hitter in the history of the Padres

Tyson Ross makes a bid to pitch the first no-hitter in the history of the Padres, keeping the Diamondbacks from getting a base hit until two are out in the game. Unfortunately, CF Franchy Cordero, who has accounted for the game’s only run until then with a massive homer in the 4th, mis-judges a very catchable fly ball by PH Christian Walker, and it falls in for a game-tying double. Ross then leaves the game, with nothing to show for his tremendous performance. Reliever Brad Hand records the last four outs without allowing another safety and gets credit for the 4 – 1 win after San Diego scores three runs in the top of the 9th.

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Sean Manaea tosses the 12th no-hitter in A’s franchise history

Sean Manaea tosses the 12th no-hitter in A’s franchise history and the first since southpaw Dallas Braden’s perfect game in 2010, when he keeps the opponents hitless in the team’s 3-0 victory over the 17-2 Red Sox at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The 26 year old southpaw’s performance ends Boston’s run of 3,987 games without being no-hit, a streak dating back Mariners’ Chris Bosio’s no-no against the club at the Kingdome on April 22, 1993.

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Paulo Orlando hits 5 Triples in First Seven Games

2015 – Rookie Paulo Orlando continues to be a triples-hitting machine, as he hits his fifth three-bagger in his first seven major league games in the Royals’ 7 – 1 win over Minnesota. No one has ever done this before, and neither had anyone before him ever have his first first three big league hits be triples either.

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Ian Kinsler scores from first on a base-on-balls as the result of the Angels committing three errors on the same play in the first inning of the Tigers’ 2-1 victory over the Angels at Comerica Park. The unusual route to home begins when backstop Hank Conger, to thwart Kinsler’s potential theft of second base, throws a called ball four to batter Miguel Cabrera into centerfield, where Mike Trout makes an error on his throw to third trying to nail the base runner now advancing to third, who will score when pitcher Hector Santiago makes an errant toss to the plate.

Ian Kinsler scores from first on a base-on-balls as the result of the Angels committing three errors on the same play in the first inning of the Tigers’ 2-1 victory over the Angels at Comerica Park. The unusual route to home begins when backstop Hank Conger, to thwart Kinsler’s potential theft of second base, throws a called ball four to batter Miguel Cabrera into centerfield, where Mike Trout makes an error on his throw to third trying to nail the base runner now advancing to third, who will score when pitcher Hector Santiago makes an errant toss to the plate.

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Angels commit 3 errors on 1 play

Ian Kinsler scores from first on a base-on-balls as the result of the Angels committing three errors on the same play in the first inning of the Tigers’ 2-1 victory over the Angels at Comerica Park. The unusual route to home begins when backstop Hank Conger, to thwart Kinsler’s potential theft of second base, throws a called ball four to batter Miguel Cabrera into centerfield, where Mike Trout makes an error on his throw to third trying to nail the base runner now advancing to third, who will score when pitcher Hector Santiago makes an errant toss to the plate.

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After flying from Los Angeles, Neil Diamond shows up unannounced at Fenway Park to ask the Red Sox if he can sing Sweet Caroline at the first game played at the ballpark since the bombing at the Boston Marathon. The crowd and the rest of the nation are truly ‘Boston Strong’ after his eighth-inning performance of the team’s

After flying from Los Angeles, Neil Diamond shows up unannounced at Fenway Park to ask the Red Sox if he can sing Sweet Caroline at the first game played at the ballpark since the bombing at the Boston Marathon. The crowd and the rest of the nation are truly ‘Boston Strong’ after his eighth-inning performance of the team’s

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In an emotional ceremony before the team’s first game at Fenway Park since the bombing at the Boston Marathon, the Red Sox recognize the victims and the heroes of the tragedy. David Ortiz sums up the mood of the city when he tells the capacity crowd, “This jersey that we wear today, it doesn’t say Red Sox. It says Boston. This is our f’***ng city, and nobody’s going to dictate our freedom. Stay Strong.”

In an emotional ceremony before the team’s first game at Fenway Park since the bombing at the Boston Marathon, the Red Sox recognize the victims and the heroes of the tragedy. David Ortiz sums up the mood of the city when he tells the capacity crowd, “This jersey that we wear today, it doesn’t say Red Sox. It says Boston. This is our f’***ng city, and nobody’s going to dictate our freedom. Stay Strong.”

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Boston Red Sox play first game after Marathon Bombings

2013 – The Red Sox play their first home game since the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, defeating Kansas City, 4 – 3. David Ortiz, playing his first game of the year, gives a rousing speech thanking municipal authorities and police before the game. Ortiz sums up the mood of the city when he tells the capacity crowd, “This jersey that we wear today, it doesn’t say Red Sox. It says Boston. This is our f’***ng city, and nobody’s going to dictate our freedom. Stay Strong.” Neil Diamond comes in person to sing “Sweet Caroline” in the 8th inning. Daniel Nava has the key blow, a three-run homer in the bottom of the 8th. The Red Sox would hang a uniform in the club house for the remainder of the season “617” was the number and Boston Strong was the name. They used this energy and theme to propel them to the 2013 World title.

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With more than 200 former players in attendance, including the likes of team icons Johnny Pesky, Luis Tiant, Carl Yastrzemski, Bill Buckner, and Pedro Martinez joining the celebration, the Red Sox commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park. Caroline Kennedy, the great-granddaughter of Boston’s former mayor known as Honey Fitz, who threw out the first pitch on opening day in 1912, tosses one of the three ceremonial first pitches.

With more than 200 former players in attendance, including the likes of team icons Johnny Pesky, Luis Tiant, Carl Yastrzemski, Bill Buckner, and Pedro Martinez joining the celebration, the Red Sox commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park. Caroline Kennedy, the great-granddaughter of Boston’s former mayor known as Honey Fitz, who threw out the first pitch on opening day in 1912, tosses one of the three ceremonial first pitches.

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Fenway Celebrates its 100th Birthday – Yankees Spoil Party

The Red Sox celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park by inviting 200 former players and coaches, including the likes of team icons Johnny Pesky, Luis Tiant, Carl Yastrzemski, Bill Buckner, and Pedro Martinez joining the celebration, to come on the field for pre-game celebrations. Caroline Kennedy, the great-granddaughter of Boston’s former mayor known as Honey Fitz, who threw out the first pitch on opening day in 1912, tosses one of the three ceremonial first pitches. However, the Yankees spoil the party by hitting five homers, including two by Eric Chavez, on their way to a 6 – 2 win. For Ivan Nova, it is his 15th consecutive victory, dating back to last season. The victory moves the right-hander ahead of Whitey Ford (1961) and Steve Sundra (1938-39), and one shy of the franchise record of 16 consecutive wins, established last season by Roger Clemens.

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Commissioner Bud Selig steps in and takes control of the day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers from owner Frank McCourt

Commissioner Bud Selig steps in and takes control of the day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers from owner Frank McCourt, who is tangled in a messy divorce with his wife Jamie. “I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the club, its great fans and all of Major League Baseball,” Selig says in a statement. For his part, McCourt states he is planning to sue MLB, but instead, he will be forced to sell the club as part of his divorce settlement. Los Angeles was facing substantial debt payments, which the owner plans to meet by using funding from the club’s new $2.5 billion, 20-year media-rights deal with Fox Sports, but the Commissioner has withheld his approval of the agreement between the News Corp.’s media company and the team.

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Bud Selig announces MLB is taking over operations of the Dodgers because of concerns over team finances and the ability of Frank McCourt to run the franchise. Los Angeles is facing substantial debt payments, which the owner plans to meet by using funding from the club’s new $2.5 billion, 20-year media-rights deal with Fox Sports, but the Commissioner has withheld his approval of the agreement between the News Corp.’s media company and the team.

Bud Selig announces MLB is taking over operations of the Dodgers because of concerns over team finances and the ability of Frank McCourt to run the franchise. Los Angeles is facing substantial debt payments, which the owner plans to meet by using funding from the club’s new $2.5 billion, 20-year media-rights deal with Fox Sports, but the Commissioner has withheld his approval of the agreement between the News Corp.’s media company and the team.

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Braves walkoff with late HR barrage

The Braves stage a late-game homer barrage to beat the Phillies, 4 – 3. Trailing 3 – 0 entering the bottom of the 9th, after being muzzled for 8 innings by Kyle Kendrick, who had entered the game with a 17.47 ERA, the Braves tee off against Ryan Madson after two outs. Troy Glaus goes deep with a runner on base and rookie Jason Heyward follows with a game-tying blast. Nate McLouth then hits a walk-off long ball against Jose Contreras in the 10th inning.

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Texas Rangers ties record for most thefts in a game

On the day the struggling Boston Red Sox have to place two starting outfielders – Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron – on the disabled list, they eke out a dramatic 7 – 6 win over the Texas Rangers. Entering the game with a 4-9 record, they fall behind 5 – 1 and 6 – 2 while the Rangers run wild, stealing 9 bases against the duo of Tim Wakefield and Victor Martinez. the Rangers swipe nine bases, including a club-record of five in one inning, to establish a franchise mark. The number of stolen bases allowed by the Boston backstops ties the 1913 mark for the most ever yielded by the team in one game. They then mount a comeback when Darnell McDonald, called up earlier in the day from AAA Pawtucket, hits a two-run game-tying pinch homer in the 8th, then ends the game with a run-scoring single off the Green Monster in the bottom of the 9th.

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The Blue Jays release former superstar Frank Thomas

2008 – The Blue Jays release former superstar Frank Thomas, who has 516 major league home runs and a 979 career OPS to his name. A five-time All-Star and two-time MVP, Thomas has gotten into conflict with manager John Gibbons, who benched him. After a clubhouse meeting, Toronto G.M. J.P. Ricciardi and the designated hitter reach a “mutual agreement,” that gives the disgruntled player an opportunity to continue to be a full-time player on another team. Thomas is 12th all-time in major league history in OPS, 9th in walks and 18th in home runs. It is the third major player-manager conflict for Gibbons in his time with Toronto; he will be fired and replaced by Cito Gaston in a few weeks.

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Ryan Freel Dirty T-shirt giveaway from the Reds

In honor of their hard playing center fielder, the first 10,000 adult fans attending the game at Great American Ball Park receive a Ryan Freel Dirty T-shirt giveaway from the Reds. The Cincinnati leadoff hitter, known to finish games wearing a filthy uniform, doesn’t disappoint as he raises lots of dust getting on base twice, including a key single in the tenth inning, in the Reds’ 2-1 victory over the Phillies. 

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Alex Rodriguez becomes the second player to hit twelve home runs in the season’s first fifteen games when he goes deep twice in the Yankees’ 7-6 loss to Boston at Fenway Park. Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt also accomplished the feat, hitting a dozen for the Phillies in 1976.

Alex Rodriguez becomes the second player to hit twelve home runs in the season’s first fifteen games when he goes deep twice in the Yankees’ 7-6 loss to Boston at Fenway Park. Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt also accomplished the feat, hitting a dozen for the Phillies in 1976.

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Julio Franco, at 47 years, 240 days old, becomes the oldest player in major league history to hit a home run

Julio Franco, at 47 years, 240 days old, becomes the oldest player in major league history to hit a home run. At Petco Park, Franco connects for a two-run, pinch-hit shot off Scott Linebrink that launches the Mets’ six-run 8th inning and propells them to a 7 – 2 comeback victory against the Padres. This gives Franco the spot in the record book that had belonged to Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Jack Quinn, who was 46 years, 357 days old when he homered on June 27, 1930. Franco already was the oldest player to hit a grand slam and a pinch-hit homer, and to have a multi-homer game. He also has four career pinch-hit homers. Kazuo Matsui hits another notable homer for the Mets early in the game. His inside-the-park home run leading off the 3rd inning makes this the third consecutive year he’s homered in his first at-bat of the season. The last player to do that was Ken Griffey, Jr.from 1997 to 1999, while with Seattle.

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Kaz Matsui hits an inside-the-park round tripper, making it the third successive season in which the Mets second baseman has hit a home run in his initial plate appearance of the year.

At Petco Park in his first at-bat of the season, Kaz Matsui hits an inside-the-park round tripper, making it the third successive season in which the Mets second baseman has hit a home run in his initial plate appearance of the year. Ken Griffey Jr. also accomplished the feat starting in 1997 with the Mariners but had walked before going deep.

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Appearing as a pinch hitter at Petco Park, Julio Franco becomes the oldest major leaguer to hit a home run. The 47 year, 240 days old’s eighth-inning blast, which put the Mets ahead in their 7-2 victory over the Padres, surpasses Jack Quinn, who accomplished the feat as a pitcher for the Philadelphia A’s at the age of 46 years, 357 days.

Appearing as a pinch hitter at Petco Park, Julio Franco becomes the oldest major leaguer to hit a home run. The 47 year, 240 days old’s eighth-inning blast, which put the Mets ahead in their 7-2 victory over the Padres, surpasses Jack Quinn, who accomplished the feat as a pitcher for the Philadelphia A’s at the age of 46 years, 357 days.

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Craig Biggio drives in 1000th run – second Astro in history to accomplish this

2005 – Back-to-back homers by Adam Everett and Craig Biggio in the first pace the Astros over Ben Sheets and the Brewers, 6-1. Biggio drives in himself for the 1,000th RBI of his career, the second Astro to achieve that many in a Houston uniform. Later, he swipes third for his 399th career steal. Roy Oswalt tosses a complete-game four-hitter while Everett enjoys a three-hit night. 

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Blue Jay first baseman Carlos Delgado hits three homers for the second time this month, accounting for four of the runs in the team’s 12-4 victory over Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. The Toronto clean-up hitter also turned the homer hat trick in Tampa Bay during the third game of the season.

Blue Jay first baseman Carlos Delgado hits three homers for the second time this month, accounting for four of the runs in the team’s 12-4 victory over Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. The Toronto clean-up hitter also turned the homer hat trick in Tampa Bay during the third game of the season.

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Carlos Delgado of the Toronto Blue Jays hits three home runs for the second time this season

Carlos Delgado of the Toronto Blue Jays hits three home runs for the second time this season, as Toronto beats the Kansas City Royals, 12 – 4. On two of the homers, Delgado combines with Raúl Mondesi to go back-to-back, the first time that teammates have twice gone back-to-back in the same game. Delgado hit 3 homeruns vs Tampa Bay during the 3rd game of this young season.

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Cubs stop losing streak at 14 straight

The Chicago Cubs stop their season-opening losing streak at 14 games, rallying in the 6th inning to beat the New York Mets, 4 – 3, in the second game of a doubleheader. The Mets won the opener 8 – 2. Chicago’s 0-14 start sets a National League record and is the second worst behind the 1988 Baltimore Orioles, who began 0-21.

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Mark McGwire becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit a home run over the left field roof at Tiger Stadium. The A’s first baseman joins Harmon Killebrew (1962), Frank Howard (1968), and Cecil Fielder (1990) as the only players to accomplish the feat.

Mark McGwire becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit a home run over the left field roof at Tiger Stadium. The A’s first baseman joins Harmon Killebrew (1962), Frank Howard (1968), and Cecil Fielder (1990) as the only players to accomplish the feat.

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