» June 23, 1978:
In Cleveland's 8–3 win over visiting Toronto, the Jays C Brian Milner, 18, is 1-for-4 in his ML debut, He is the youngest player to start in the American League since Ed Kirkpatrick, 17, in 1962: Alex Rodriguez, in 1994, will be next youngest.
» June 3, 1993: Seattle selects SS Alex Rodriguez of Westminster Christian HS in Miami with the 1st pick in the amateur draft. Rodriguez hit .417 with 17 homers and 90 stolen bases. The Brewers get pitchers Jeff D'Amico and Kelly Wunsch with two 1st round picks. Both will prove injury prone, but they do take SS Mark Loretta on the 7th round. The Phils take Scott Rolen on the 2nd round; the Braves select Kevin Millwood (11th) and John Rocker (18th), while the Indians take Richie Sexson (24th).
» July 8, 1994: In Seattle's 7-4 win over Boston, Red Sox SS John Valentin turns the 10th unassisted triple play in major league history. In the 2nd inning. he catches a line drive off the bat of Marc Newfield, steps on 2nd base to retire Mike Blowers, then tags runner Keith Mitchell who is heading for 2nd. Valentin then homers in the bottom of the 2nd. Blue chipper Alex Rodriguez, 18, is 0-for-3 in his ML debut, but makes a long throw to start a DP.
» July 9, 1994: Alex Rodriguez, the first draft pick in 1993, has his first two ML hits in Seattle's 7–4 win over Boston. Rodriguez is the youngest player to start in the majors since C Brian Milner for Toronto, June 23, 1978.
» May 12, 1996:
Randy Johnson (5–0), backed by Alex Rodriguez' pair of two-run homers, tops the Royals, 8–5. It is Johnson's 12th straight win over two seasons. Royals rookie OF Chris Stynes steals 2nd, 3rd, and home in the 1st inning for the 1st SBs of his career, He adds a 4th later in the contest.
» May 14, 1996: Dwight Gooden, on the verge of being dropped from the Yankees just two weeks ago, twirls a no-hitter to sink the Mariners, 2–0. Dr. No walks two in the 9th, but retires Ken Griffey, Jr., K's Jay Buhner, and induces Paul Sorrento to pop out to end it. Gerald Williams saves the no-hitter when he runs down a 400-foot Alex Rodriguez liner in the first inning and turns it into a double play. Gooden (2–3) has now thrown 16 straight innings of hitless ball.
» May 17, 1996:
At Baltimore, the Orioles outlast the Mariners, 14–13, and outhit the M's 21 to 20. The winner is Alan Mills, despite his giving up four earned runs in one 1/3 innings. Rafael Palmeiro and Alex Rodriguez each collect six RBI, while the O's Chris Hoiles chips in with 4. The Orioles bang four homers and score seven runs in the last two innings, while the M's hit two homers and score seven runs in the last three innings. Each team strands 13 runners in the four hour, 20 minute marathon. Palmeiro strokes five hits for the Orioles. Hoiles becomes only the 4th player in history to hit a game-ending grand slam on a 3-2 pitch with two outs and his team trailing by three runs.
» June 11, 1996: The Mariners make Rick Aguilera's 2nd start of the season a disaster by rocking him for 10 runs and 10 hits in 3+ innings. Dan Wilson has five of the M's 24 hits as Seattle wins over host Minnesota, 18–8. Joey Cora and Alex Rodriguez each have four hits to back Bob Wells (6–1).
» July 31, 1996: The Mariners club the Brewers, 9–3, hitting seven homers in the game. Jay Buhner, Ken Griffey, and Alex Rodriguez each have a pair, with Brian Hunter adding one. Sterling Hitchcock (11–4) is the winner.
» August 21, 1996:
Cal Ripken is 4-for-5 including a homer to lead the surging Orioles to a 10–5 win over the Mariners. The O's overcome a pair of homers by Alex Rodriguez to win their 16th in 22 games.
» August 25, 1996: The Red Sox defeat the Mariners by a score of 8-5. Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez hit back-to-back homers for Seattle in the 8th inning, marking the 17th time this season Mariner players have hit consecutive homers, for a major league record.
» August 29, 1996:
OF Mark Whiten hits a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to give Seattle a 9-6 win over Baltimore. Alex Rodriguez gets five hits for the Mariners, including a double and two home runs.
» September 1, 1996: After the Baltimore manager has his bat removed in the 5th inning, Seattle SS Alex Rodriguez borrows a bat from Ken Griffey and belts a 3-run homer to lead the Mariners to a 5–1 win over the O's. A-Rod's 34th home run pins the loss on David Wells.
» November 1, 1996: The major league All-Star team opens their 8-game series in Japan with a 6–5 loss to the Japan All-Stars. Players include Cal Ripken, Sammy Sosa, Steve Finley, Brady Anderson, Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza, Hideo Nomo, Gary Sheffield, Alex Rodriguez, and Shane Reynolds.
» November 14, 1996:
Texas star Juan Gonzalez beats out Seattle's Alex Rodriguez for the AL MVP. He averaged 1.08 RBI per game, the best ratio in the majors since 1938. He finished the year with 47 homers and 144 RBI.
» June 5, 1997:
In Detroit, Alex Rodriguez becomes the 1st Seattle player to hit for the cycle in a nine-inning game as the Mariners collar the Tigers, 14–6. The only other Seattle player to hit for the cycle was Jay Buhner, who did it in 14 innings on June 23, 1993.
» April 20, 1998: In the Mariners 8–7 win over the Royals, Alex Rodriguez again paces Seattle with two doubles and a homer. the young star ties Earl Sheehy's 1926 American League record of eight extra base hits in three straight games: Alex had a triple and home run on the 18th, two doubles and a triple on the 19th.
» July 17, 1998:
The Mariners sink the Royals, 18–5, for their 5th straight win. Bill Swift gives up five runs in 5+ innings, but it is good enough to win. Dan Wilson is 3–for–4 and drives in six runs for the M's. Wilson, Alex Rodriguez, and Jay Buhner clout homers.
» July 30, 1998: The Indians score three runs in the top of the 17th inning against Seattle, then hold on as the Mariners fight back with two of their own in the bottom of the stanza. Cleveland gets 16 hits in the contest while Seattle accounts for 19 in a losing cause. Alex Rodriguez steals his 30th base in the game, to go along with his 31 homers. He's the 6th 30-30 player in American League history.
» August 12, 1998: Seattle loses to Toronto, 11–5, despite a home run by SS Alex Rodriguez. It is the 100th homer of Rodriguez's career, making his the 4th–youngest player to reach the plateau. The only players to do so at a younger age were Mel Ott, Tony Conigliaro, and Eddie Mathews.
» August 18, 1998:
Detroit edges Seattle, 7–6, despite five hits by Mariners' SS Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez hits two doubles and a pair of homers and drives in two runs in a losing cause.
» September 19, 1998: Mariners SS Alex Rodriguez hits his 40th home run of the season, off Jack McDowell of the Angels, to become the 3rd player in history to have 40 home runs and 40 SBs in the same season. Jose Canseco and Barry Bonds are the others. The Mariners lose the game, however, 5–3.
» March 30, 1999:
Mariners SS Alex Rodriguez is injured in spring training while doing an agility exercise which involves jumping over boxes. He'll undergo surgery on April eight that will keep him out of action for six weeks.
» August 16, 1999:
Alex Rodriguez homers for the 5th straight game to pace the Mariners to a 7–5 win over Toronto. He'll go homerless tomorrow.
» April 16, 2000: The Mariners rout the Blue Jays, 19-7, as SS Alex Rodriguez strokes three home runs, drives in seven runs, and scores 5.
» September 16, 2000:
Seattle's Jamie Moyer (13–9) scatters three hits over seven scoreless innings to coast to his 11th straight win over the Orioles, winning 14–0. Alex Rodriguez hits his 37th home run in the 1st off Mike Mussina. Moyer, 11–1 against his old team, started his win streak on April 18, 1996, when he was with Boston.
» September 30, 2000:
The Mariners outslug the Angels, 21-9. It is the most runs ever scored against the Angels and the two teams combine to have 18 players scoring runs in the game, one short of the AL record. Alex Rodriguez drives home seven runs for Seattle, with four hits, including two home runs.
» October 10, 2000: The Mariners defeat the Yankees, 2-0, to take the opener of the ALCS. Freddy Garcia and the Seattle bullpen combine on the 6-hitter, while Alex Rodriguez hits a home run.
» December 11, 2000: The Rangers sign free agent SS Alex Rodriguez to a record $252 million, 10-year contract. It is the richest contract in the history of professional sports.
» December 14, 2000: The White Sox obtain SS Royce Clayton from the Rangers in exchange for pitchers Aaron Myette and Brian Schmack. Clayton became expendable with the signing of A-Rod.
» April 1, 2001: The Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 8-1, as the major league baseball season opens in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Former Ranger Esteban Loaiza gets the victory, striking out nine in seven innings while Shannon Stewart and Tony Batista slug home runs for Toronto. Alex Rodriguez gets two hits in his Texas debut but makes a critical error.
» May 12, 2001:
Texas whips the White Sox, 16–6 as Alex Rodriguez hits a 1st inning home run, his 200th. He's the 5th youngest to reach the mark. He adds his 201st, a 3-run shot, in the 9th. Gabe Kapler and Ken Caminiti also homer.
» September 7, 2001:
Texas defeats KC, 8–2. Alex Rodriguez breaks his own AL record for home runs by a SS with his 43rd of the year.
» September 23, 2001:
The Rangers defeat the Angels, 5–2, as SS Alex Rodriguez hits his 48th home run of the year to set a new major-league record for shortstops. He also ties the franchise record for home runs in a season, set by Frank Howard in 1969.
» April 14, 2002:
The Mariners top the Rangers, 9–7, as Ruben Sierra strokes five hits, including a double. Seattle rookie DH Ron Wright makes his ML debut in the game, going 0–for–3 and accounting for six outs on a strikeout, double play, and triple play. He becomes the 2nd player since 1950 to hit into a TP in his debut (Leo Foster did it for Atlanta in 1971) when Kenny Rogers fields his comebacker in the 4th. It is Wright's only appearance this year. Rogers allows a run in six innings, but the bullpen almost blows it for him. Alex Rodriguez has a pair of homers for Texas.
» April 30, 2002:
The Rangers defeat the Blue Jays, 10–3. Alex Rodriguez hits the 250th home run of his career for Texas, becoming the 2nd–youngest player in history to reach that number. Jimmie Foxx was eight days younger when he did so.
» May 31, 2002:
Carlos Beltran hits a grand slam and adds a solo homer in the 11th to pace the Royals to a 10–7 win over Texas. His solo shot is the first of three consecutive home runs in the 11th, as Mike Sweeney and Joe Randa follow suit. They became just the 2nd team to hit at least three consecutive home runs in extra innings. The Twins had four consecutive home runs, from Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Jimmie Hall and Harmon Killebrew, in the 11th inning, on May 2, 1964. Neifi Perez homers for KC, and Alex Rodriguez hits two for Texas.
» July 14, 2002:
The Twins beat the Rangers, 5–4, despite a pair of home runs by Alex Rodriguez. The round–trippers give Rodriguez his 6th 30–HR season, breaking Ernie Banks' record for SSs.
» August 17, 2002:
The Rangers pound the Blue Jays, 9–5, as Alex Rodriguez clouts three home runs. By doing so, he becomes the 6th player ever with five straight 40–HR seasons.
» August 18, 2002: The Rangers stop the Blue Jays, 10–7, as SS Alex Rodriguez ties an major-league record by becoming the 4th player to hit six home runs in a 3–game span. His two round–trippers give him the American League lead with 44.
» September 5, 2002:
Texas pounds Baltimore, 11–2, as SS Alex Rodriguez homers twice to give him 50 for the year. He becomes the 5th player in history to record successive 50–HR seasons.
» November 12, 2002: Oakland SS Miguel Tejada wins the American League MVP award, Texas' Alex Rodriguez finishes second in the voting.