» May 11, 1978: Jim Rice belts his 11th homer of the season to lead the Red Sox to a 54 win over Baltimore. Fred Lynn adds a single, double and triple to help Bill Lee (50) to his 5th win. Dennis Martinez takes the loss.
» April 22, 1981:
At Chicago, Orioles pitcher Dennis Martinez is injured when he's hit by a bottle tossed by a fan.
» July 13, 1985:
The White Sox take a 90 lead over the Orioles and hang on for a 108 win. Gary Roenicke drives in six runs for the O's on a 2-run home run and a grand slam off Britt Burns, who goes all the way. Dennis Martinez takes to loss.
» June 16, 1986:
The Orioles trade Dennis Martinez, whose ERA had swelled to over 5.00 the last three seasons, to the Expos for a player to be named later.
» August 23, 1989: Rick Dempsey homers off Dennis Martinez in the top of the 22nd inning to break up a scoreless tie and give the Dodgers a 10 win over the Expos. The game features one thumbing -- the umps toss the Expos mascot Youppi in the 11th for annoying Tommy Lasorda -- and he then returns in the 13th wearing pajamas. He carries a pillow and sleeps on the home dugout roof, where the umps have restricted him. In the 16th, Larry Walker apparently scores the game-winner, but the Dodgers appeal -- with two umps in the tunnel -- and get it. Eddie Murray in the 18th moves the 2B ump and slams a drive that Walker makes a phantom catch off the padding in RF. Fans stand for three "seventh-inning stretches" during the major-league record (in time, and for a 10 game) six hours: 14 minute game. Other club records are set and several ML records are noted: most innings (22) without a walk by the Expos tops the Pirates (who used one pitcher) against the Giants, July 17, 1914.
» July 28, 1991: Dennis Martinez of the Expos tosses the 13th (excluding Haddix and Shore) perfect game in major league history, setting down all 27 Dodgers to face him in a 2-0 win. Martinez strikes out five in the contest. Catcher Ron Hassey becomes the 1st receiver to catch two perfectos, having been behind the plate for Len Barker's masterpiece in 1981. Dodger IF Alfredo Griffin goes 0-for-3 against Martinez, to go along with his 0-for-3 in Tom Browning's perfect game in 1988, and 0-for-2 in Barker's perfecto in 1981.
» August 28, 1991: Cincinnati's Tom Browning defeats Montreal's Dennis Martinez, 11-3, in the first matchup of perfect game hurlers in 25 years. Sandy Koufax and Jim Bunning performed the feat on October 2, 1966.
» July 27, 1992: Sammy Sosa, disabled since June 13 after being hit on the right hand by Dennis Martinez and breaking a bone, bats leadoff and has three hits. He homers on the first pitch from Doug Drabek. In his first start at Wrigley since his announcement that he's leaving, Greg Maddux beats the Pirates, 32. In the 8th inning the Wrigley faithful give the ace pitcher a standing ovation.
» June 18, 1993: Montreal P Dennis Martinez records his 200th career victory, getting the decision in a 2-1 win over the Braves.
» September 28, 1993: After three unsuccessful attempts, Dennis Martinez of the Expos picks up his 100th National League victory, defeating the Marlins, 3-2. He becomes the 7th pitcher in history to win 100 games in each league, joining Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins, Jim Bunning. and Al Orth.
» December 12, 1993: The Orioles sign free agent 1B Rafael Palmeiro, while the Indians hand free agent Dennis Martinez a two-year contract worth $9 million. With the Expos, Martinez passed up his chance to reach the playoffs with the Braves when he nixed an August 25 trade, exercising his veto rights as a 10-and-5 player. Instead he stayed with Montreal and helped them make their run at the Phillies.
» July 16, 1994: At Comiskey Park, the Indians win their 2nd straight game, 2-0, behind Dennis Martinez. Tomorrow, Chicago will hammer Jack Morris, 52, to move back into first place by two percentage points.
» September 28, 1995: Kirby Puckett is hit by a pitch by Cleveland's Dennis Martinez and suffers a broken jaw and a burst artery in his mouth. The Indians go on to win the game, 12-4.
» October 17, 1995: The Indians shut out Seattle, 4-0, behind the pitching of Dennis Martinez, Julian Tavarez, and Jose Mesa, to clinch the AL pennant.
» April 30, 1997: The Yankees get a lead off home run from Tim Raines and nine strike outs from David Wells to beat the Mariners, 32. Joe Torre wins his 1,000th game while Dennis Martinez takes the loss, dropping his record against the Yanks to 218. Jay Buhner homers for the M's in the 9th against closer Mariano Rivera. Tino Martinez hits his 9th home run in the 8th inning, upping his ML-record RBI total to 34 for the month. Martinez will have 40 RBIs in his first 30 games, the first player to do so since Roy Campanella in 1953; Campy had 44.
» June 2, 1998:
Atlanta P Dennis Martinez hurls a 12hit shutout as the Braves defeat the Brewers, 90. It is the 243rd victory of Martinez's career, as he ties Juan Marichal's record for most wins by a Latin American pitcher. 1B Andres Galarraga hits a pair of homers and drives in five runs for Atlanta.
» August 9, 1998: Atlanta's Dennis Martinez defeats the Giants, 75, for his 244th career victory to set the record for most wins by a Latin American pitcher. Juan Marichal held the old mark. 3B Chipper Jones backs Martinez pitching with four hits and four ribbies.
» September 25, 1998:
The fading Mets (8872) lose another to the Braves, 65, as Dennis Martinez, the 3rd of seven pitchers, is the winner. Meanwhile, the rampaging Giants (8872) top the Rockies to move into a tie for the National League wildcard.
» February 7, 1999: Veteran pitcher Dennis Martinez announces his retirement. He leaves with 3,999.2 innings pitched.
» September 4, 2002:
Aaron Myette, ejected yesterday for two pitches behind Melvin Mora, starts today's game, allowing six of the 11 walks in an 83 loss to Baltimore. According to the New York Times, it is the first back to back start by a pitcher since Steve McCatty in 1980 [though five pitchers -- Dennis Martinez (Baltimore), Bert Blyleven (Cleveland), Pete Vuckovich (Milwaukee), Rick Langford (Oakland), and Juan Eichelberger (San Diego) -- made the last start before the 1981 strike and the first start after].