Tag: April 9

 Red Sox  raise their World Series banner

After starting the season with 11 consecutive road games – and losing 8 of them – the Red Sox finally hold their home opener. The raise their World Series banner and their players receive their rings, but they lose again, 7 – 5 to the Blue Jays. On the positive side, Dustin Pedroia starts at second base in his first game since last May, and it is the first time ever that both managers hail from Puerto Rico: Alex Cora for Boston and Charlie Montoyo for Toronto.

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the Angels score 7 in the 9th mounting a tremendous comeback to defeat the Mariners

Trailing 8 – 1 in the 8th and 9 – 3 in the bottom of the 9th, the Angels mount a tremendous comeback to defeat the Mariners, 10 – 9. Albert Pujols, who had homered earlier in the inning, ties the game with a two-run single, before Cliff Pennington drives in Mike Trout with the winning run. Yunel Escobar adds a two-run double as Casey Fien and Edwin Diaz give up 7 runs in the fateful inning. Robinson Cano drives in 5 runs with a double and a homer in a losing cause.

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Tigers set an American League record by extending their streak of innings without allowing since the start of the season to 24

The Tigers set an American League record by extending their streak of innings without allowing since the start of the season to 24, before giving up an unearned run in the 7th inning of a 7 – 1 win over the Twins. The previous mark of 22 innings was set by the 1947 Chicago White Sox, while the major league mark of 32 innings belongs to the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals. Shane Greene is the winner against Kyle Gibson as Detroit improves to 3-0 and Minnesota falls to 0-3.

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Four Indians pitchers make a bid for a combined no-hitter 

Four Indians pitchers make a bid for a combined no-hitter until Jed Lowrie hits a solo homer with one out in the 9th inning for the Astros’ sole hit as Cleveland wins, 5 – 1. Trevor Bauerstarts things off with 6 hitless innings, followed by Kyle Crockett and Scott Atchison with one inning each, before Nick Hagadone is tagged for the homer after striking out Chris Carterto start the 9th inning. It’s not a dominant pitching performance, however, as the four Cleveland hurlers combine to allow 7 bases on balls, although they do record 16 strikeouts. Asher Wojciechowski is the loser in his major league debut.

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Major League Baseball’s Diversity Task Force, created exactly a year ago, issues three recommendations to increase the number of African-Americans players: expanding MLB support for existing programs aimed at developing baseball in inner cities; launching programs to improve the quality of coaching available to young African-American players; and raising its profile in inner cities by engaging current and past stars in outreach programs directed at the African-American community. Former manager Jerry Manuel will head the task force on a day-to-day basis, to ensure the implementation of the three initiatives, while Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski will continue as its chairman.

Major League Baseball’s Diversity Task Force, created exactly a year ago, issues three recommendations to increase the number of African-Americans players: expanding MLB support for existing programs aimed at developing baseball in inner cities; launching programs to improve the quality of coaching available to young African-American players; and raising its profile in inner cities by engaging current and past stars in outreach programs directed at the African-American community. Former manager Jerry Manuel will head the task force on a day-to-day basis, to ensure the implementation of the three initiatives, while Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski will continue as its chairman.

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Garrett Richards allows only one hit in seven innings and Albert Pujols, closing in on 500 career homers, hits a two-run long ball as the Angels blank the Mariners, 2 – 0. Joe Smith and Ernesto Frieri compete the one-hitter with a scoreless inning each.

Garrett Richards allows only one hit in seven innings and Albert Pujols, closing in on 500 career homers, hits a two-run long ball as the Angels blank the Mariners, 2 – 0. Joe Smith and Ernesto Frieri compete the one-hitter with a scoreless inning each.

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The Astros erase a week’s worth of offensive impotence by racking up 22 hits and 5 homers in defeating the Mariners, 16 – 9, snapping a six-game losing streak. Chris Carter has the first two-homer game of his career, and J.D. Martinez, Marwin Gonzalez and Jose Altuve each hit their first long ball of the year. Erik Bedard, making his first start of the year, leaves with a 13 – 0 lead after four innings, but does not earn the win as he fails to go 5 innings; Paul Clemens gets the “W” in spite of giving up 5 runs and three homers in 4 innings of relief in his major league debut.

The Astros erase a week’s worth of offensive impotence by racking up 22 hits and 5 homers in defeating the Mariners, 16 – 9, snapping a six-game losing streak. Chris Carter has the first two-homer game of his career, and J.D. Martinez, Marwin Gonzalez and Jose Altuve each hit their first long ball of the year. Erik Bedard, making his first start of the year, leaves with a 13 – 0 lead after four innings, but does not earn the win as he fails to go 5 innings; Paul Clemens gets the “W” in spite of giving up 5 runs and three homers in 4 innings of relief in his major league debut.

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The Yankees also use the long ball, as they bang out five homers of their own in crushing the Indians, 14 – 1. Indians starter Carlos Carrasco gives up seven runs before being ejectedby home plate umpire Jordan Baker for throwing at Kevin Youkilis in the 4th. Ironically, Carrasco had just finished serving a five-game suspension incurred in 2011, but only served at the start of the season as he has undergone Tommy John surgery and been out of the big leagues in the meantime. He claims that he slipped on the pitch to Youkilis, which comes just after a home run by Robinson Cano; he will receive an eight-game suspension this time. Andy Pettitte is the winner for the Yankees.

The Yankees also use the long ball, as they bang out five homers of their own in crushing the Indians, 14 – 1. Indians starter Carlos Carrasco gives up seven runs before being ejectedby home plate umpire Jordan Baker for throwing at Kevin Youkilis in the 4th. Ironically, Carrasco had just finished serving a five-game suspension incurred in 2011, but only served at the start of the season as he has undergone Tommy John surgery and been out of the big leagues in the meantime. He claims that he slipped on the pitch to Youkilis, which comes just after a home run by Robinson Cano; he will receive an eight-game suspension this time. Andy Pettitte is the winner for the Yankees.

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Ciro Silvino Licea becomes the 7th pitcher to win 200 games in the Cuban Serie Nacional, reaching that mark with a seven-inning, three-hit shutout of Holguín. The long-time Granmaace has a record of 200-140 after today’s game.

Ciro Silvino Licea becomes the 7th pitcher to win 200 games in the Cuban Serie Nacional, reaching that mark with a seven-inning, three-hit shutout of Holguín. The long-time Granmaace has a record of 200-140 after today’s game.

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Alarmed at seeing a historically-low number of African-American players on major league rosters at the start of the season – just 7.7% of players – Commissioner Bud Selig creates a 17-person committee that will look at the issue of diversity in baseball.

Alarmed at seeing a historically-low number of African-American players on major league rosters at the start of the season – just 7.7% of players – Commissioner Bud Selig creates a 17-person committee that will look at the issue of diversity in baseball.

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Prize Japanese signee Yu Darvish, making his major league debut for the Texas Rangers, gives up 4 runs to the Mariners in the 1st inning before settling down. The Rangers’ offense bails him out with four homers, though, and Darvish pitches into the 6th inning to earn his first win, 11 – 5.

Prize Japanese signee Yu Darvish, making his major league debut for the Texas Rangers, gives up 4 runs to the Mariners in the 1st inning before settling down. The Rangers’ offense bails him out with four homers, though, and Darvish pitches into the 6th inning to earn his first win, 11 – 5.

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Joining Roy Oswalt, Barry Zito becomes only the second opposing pitcher to whitewash the Rockies at Coors Field, posting a 7-0 victory. The shutout is the Giants left-hander’s first in 274 starts, the longest span in major league history without one.

Joining Roy Oswalt, Barry Zito becomes only the second opposing pitcher to whitewash the Rockies at Coors Field, posting a 7-0 victory. The shutout is the Giants left-hander’s first in 274 starts, the longest span in major league history without one.

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The catchers did it: Carlos Ruiz hits a pinch grand slam off Scott Linebrink in the 7th inning as the Phillies defeat the Braves, 10 – 2. The Phils’ other catcher, Brian Schneider, starting in place of Ruiz, also homers in the game, good for two runs. Ruiz stays in the game and adds a run-scoring double in the 8th, giving him a personal high of 5 RBI in the game. Roy Oswalt records his first career win over Atlanta.

The catchers did it: Carlos Ruiz hits a pinch grand slam off Scott Linebrink in the 7th inning as the Phillies defeat the Braves, 10 – 2. The Phils’ other catcher, Brian Schneider, starting in place of Ruiz, also homers in the game, good for two runs. Ruiz stays in the game and adds a run-scoring double in the 8th, giving him a personal high of 5 RBI in the game. Roy Oswalt records his first career win over Atlanta.

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Hiroki Kuroda gets two decisions as the Dodgers sweep a rare southern California doubleheader. In the completion of a suspended game necessitated by four rain delays in San Diego the previous day, Tony Gwynn drives in the winning run in the top of the 11th and Kuroda pitches the bottom of the frame to save the 4 – 2 win. He then starts and wins the regularly-scheduled game, pitching into the 9th inning in a 4 – 0 shutout of the Padres. Jonathan Broxton relieves Kuroda with two out and two on in the 9th; he proceeds to walk Chris Denorfiato load the bases, but the game ends on a rare interference call against baserunner Chase Headley, who collides with 3B Casey Blake as he is attempting to field Cameron Maybin’s ground ball. Broxton has five saves in five outings this season but will soon be lost for the season with an elbow injury.

Hiroki Kuroda gets two decisions as the Dodgers sweep a rare southern California doubleheader. In the completion of a suspended game necessitated by four rain delays in San Diego the previous day, Tony Gwynn drives in the winning run in the top of the 11th and Kuroda pitches the bottom of the frame to save the 4 – 2 win. He then starts and wins the regularly-scheduled game, pitching into the 9th inning in a 4 – 0 shutout of the Padres. Jonathan Broxton relieves Kuroda with two out and two on in the 9th; he proceeds to walk Chris Denorfiato load the bases, but the game ends on a rare interference call against baserunner Chase Headley, who collides with 3B Casey Blake as he is attempting to field Cameron Maybin’s ground ball. Broxton has five saves in five outings this season but will soon be lost for the season with an elbow injury.

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18-year-old Japanese female pitcher Eri Yoshida signs to play with the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League. She will be the first female player for a professional team in the United States since Ila Borders retired in 2000.

18-year-old Japanese female pitcher Eri Yoshida signs to play with the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League. She will be the first female player for a professional team in the United States since Ila Borders retired in 2000.

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The Blue Jays beat the Tigers, 6 – 2, as Ricky Romero outduels Rick Porcello. It is only the 19th time since 1901 that opposing starters both make their major league debuts together and it is the first time that two former first-round draft picks debut against one another.

The Blue Jays beat the Tigers, 6 – 2, as Ricky Romero outduels Rick Porcello. It is only the 19th time since 1901 that opposing starters both make their major league debuts together and it is the first time that two former first-round draft picks debut against one another.

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Just hours after pitching six shutout innings against Oakland, Nick Adenhart is killed in a hit-and-run car accident. In memory of the 22 year-old right-handed rookie, the Angels postpone tonight’s game with the A’s.

Just hours after pitching six shutout innings against Oakland, Nick Adenhart is killed in a hit-and-run car accident. In memory of the 22 year-old right-handed rookie, the Angels postpone tonight’s game with the A’s.

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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart is killed in the early hours of the morning in Fullerton, California, hours after making his first start of the season, when the car he is riding in is hit by a van that ran a red light. Two fellow passengers are also killed in the hit-and-run collision. The Angels’ game today is cancelled in mourning.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart is killed in the early hours of the morning in Fullerton, California, hours after making his first start of the season, when the car he is riding in is hit by a van that ran a red light. Two fellow passengers are also killed in the hit-and-run collision. The Angels’ game today is cancelled in mourning.

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Cory Sullivan becomes the 11th player in big league history to hit two triples in the same inning, and the first since Gil Coan of the Senators accomplished the feat in 1951. The Colorado leadoff hitter’s two seventh-inning three-baggers contribute to the Rockies’ 10-4 win over the Padres.

Cory Sullivan becomes the 11th player in big league history to hit two triples in the same inning, and the first since Gil Coan of the Senators accomplished the feat in 1951. The Colorado leadoff hitter’s two seventh-inning three-baggers contribute to the Rockies’ 10-4 win over the Padres.

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Juan Pierre’s consecutive innings streak comes to an end at 1700 as his name is not in the starting lineup of Florida. The Marlins’ center fielder, whose consecutive game streak stays intact at 340 by entering the contest as an eighth-inning defensive replacement, joins Cal Ripken (Orioles, 1983-86) and Travis Fryman (Tigers, 1995) as the only big leaguers to play every inning for his team during a season.

Juan Pierre’s consecutive innings streak comes to an end at 1700 as his name is not in the starting lineup of Florida. The Marlins’ center fielder, whose consecutive game streak stays intact at 340 by entering the contest as an eighth-inning defensive replacement, joins Cal Ripken (Orioles, 1983-86) and Travis Fryman (Tigers, 1995) as the only big leaguers to play every inning for his team during a season.

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Juan Pierre’s consecutive innings played streak comes to an end at 1,700 as his name is not in the starting lineup of the Florida Marlins. His consecutive game streak stays intact at 340 when he enters the contest as an 8th-inning defensive replacement.

Juan Pierre’s consecutive innings played streak comes to an end at 1,700 as his name is not in the starting lineup of the Florida Marlins. His consecutive game streak stays intact at 340 when he enters the contest as an 8th-inning defensive replacement.

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The New York Yankees and Joe Torre agree to a three-year contract extension. The contract also includes an additional six-year deal in which the 62-year old manager will serve as a team advisor through the 2013 season. That adjunct to the deal will never be implemented.

The New York Yankees and Joe Torre agree to a three-year contract extension. The contract also includes an additional six-year deal in which the 62-year old manager will serve as a team advisor through the 2013 season. That adjunct to the deal will never be implemented.

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Pittsburgh’s PNC Park makes its major league debut as hometown product Sean Casey leads the visiting Reds past the Pirates, 8-2. The Cincinnati first baseman, who belted the first home run at Miller Park three days ago, goes 4-for-4 and again has the honor of recording the first round-tripper in a major league park’s history. The bat, which was used to hit both historic homers, is sent to the Hall of Fame.

Pittsburgh’s PNC Park makes its major league debut as hometown product Sean Casey leads the visiting Reds past the Pirates, 8-2. The Cincinnati first baseman, who belted the first home run at Miller Park three days ago, goes 4-for-4 and again has the honor of recording the first round-tripper in a major league park’s history. The bat, which was used to hit both historic homers, is sent to the Hall of Fame.

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Pittsburgh’s PNC Park makes its major league debut as hometown product Sean Casey leads the visiting Reds past the Pirates, 8 – 2. The Reds first baseman, who hit the first home run ever at Miller Park three days ago, goes 4 for 4 and again has the honor of hitting the first home run in a major league park’s history. The bat which was used to hit both historic homers is sent to the Hall of Fame.

Pittsburgh’s PNC Park makes its major league debut as hometown product Sean Casey leads the visiting Reds past the Pirates, 8 – 2. The Reds first baseman, who hit the first home run ever at Miller Park three days ago, goes 4 for 4 and again has the honor of hitting the first home run in a major league park’s history. The bat which was used to hit both historic homers is sent to the Hall of Fame.

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At Kauffman Stadium, the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals, 13 – 7, as both teams each hit three consecutive home runs in the same game for the first time in major league history. Ron Coomer, Jacque Jones and Matt LeCroy connect consecutively in the 6th inning for Minnesota, followed by three in a row by Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye, and Mike Sweeney of Kansas City two innings later.

At Kauffman Stadium, the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals, 13 – 7, as both teams each hit three consecutive home runs in the same game for the first time in major league history. Ron Coomer, Jacque Jones and Matt LeCroy connect consecutively in the 6th inning for Minnesota, followed by three in a row by Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye, and Mike Sweeney of Kansas City two innings later.

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1999 – On the Astrodome’s final anniversary, Tim Bogar drives home Richard Hidalgo with the winning run as Houston nips Milwaukee, 3-2. Starter Sean Bergman adds a solo homer but Scott Elarton takes the win in relief. 

1999 – On the Astrodome’s final anniversary, Tim Bogar drives home Richard Hidalgo with the winning run as Houston nips Milwaukee, 3-2. Starter Sean Bergman adds a solo homer but Scott Elarton takes the win in relief. 

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A hearty but paltry gathering of 1,677 comes out to see the Toronto Blue Jays blank the Chicago White Sox, 5 – 0, at Comiskey Park. Roger Clemens is the winning pitcher over Wilson Alvarez. The game was originally scheduled at night, but was moved to daylight because of extreme cold. The only thing lower than the attendance (the paid take is just 746) is the temperature, which is 34 degrees at game time. It is the smallest crowd to see the White Sox in 27 years.

A hearty but paltry gathering of 1,677 comes out to see the Toronto Blue Jays blank the Chicago White Sox, 5 – 0, at Comiskey Park. Roger Clemens is the winning pitcher over Wilson Alvarez. The game was originally scheduled at night, but was moved to daylight because of extreme cold. The only thing lower than the attendance (the paid take is just 746) is the temperature, which is 34 degrees at game time. It is the smallest crowd to see the White Sox in 27 years.

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At Mile High Stadium, the Colorado Rockies beat the Montreal Expos, 11 – 4, for their first victory ever and set a National League record for attendance in their home debut. The crowd of 80,227 breaks the NL record of 78,672 set on April 18, 1958, by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

At Mile High Stadium, the Colorado Rockies beat the Montreal Expos, 11 – 4, for their first victory ever and set a National League record for attendance in their home debut. The crowd of 80,227 breaks the NL record of 78,672 set on April 18, 1958, by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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“Bo Knew,” – Nike’s full-page ad in tomorrow’s USA Today. Bo Jackson, in his first at-bat after eighteen months of rehab following his hip replacement surgery, connects for a home run with his first swing of the season in the team’s 11-6 Opening Day loss to New York at Comiskey Park. En route to being named the AL Comeback Player of the Year, the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner, will hit 16 home runs and collect 45 RBIs in 85 games, contributing to the White Sox’s American League West Division title.

“Bo Knew,” – Nike’s full-page ad in tomorrow’s USA Today. Bo Jackson, in his first at-bat after eighteen months of rehab following his hip replacement surgery, connects for a home run with his first swing of the season in the team’s 11-6 Opening Day loss to New York at Comiskey Park. En route to being named the AL Comeback Player of the Year, the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner, will hit 16 home runs and collect 45 RBIs in 85 games, contributing to the White Sox’s American League West Division title.

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Thanks to a four-run first inning sparked by Eric Young’s leadoff home run, the Rockies defeat the Expos 11-4 for their first win ever. The crowd of 80,227 at Colorado’s Mile High Stadium establishes a new major league Opening Day attendance record.

Thanks to a four-run first inning sparked by Eric Young’s leadoff home run, the Rockies defeat the Expos 11-4 for their first win ever. The crowd of 80,227 at Colorado’s Mile High Stadium establishes a new major league Opening Day attendance record.

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Hal Morris chooses the Reds song for the year U Can’t Touch This

Keeping with the team’s tradition of having a rookie select the music, Reds freshman first baseman Hal Morris picks U Can’t Touch This, following the Opening Day 8-4 extra-inning victory at the Astrodome. The iconic MC Hammer tune will become the team’s mantra and the unofficial theme song for the eventual world champs.

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Delino DeShields goes 4-for-6 to become only the second rookie to collect four hits in an Opening Day debut

Delino DeShields, the 21 year-old second baseman of the Expos, goes 4-for-6 to become only the second rookie to collect four hits in an Opening Day debut. Forrest Jacobs, also a second baseman, became the first major league rookie to accomplish the feat in his 1954 Opening Day debut with the Philadelphia A’s.

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