IN THE NEWS: Detroit P Willie Blair suffers a broken jaw when he's struck by a 107-mile-per-hour line drive off the bat of Cleveland's Julio Franco in the 6th inning of the Tigers' 2-0 victory. Blair still gets credit for the win.
IN THE NEWS: Following today's 3-2 win over the Dodgers, Reds' manager Ray Knight announces to the team that he's fining himself $250 for not knowing how many outs there were when he called for a bunt.
IN THE NEWS: The Expos score a National League-record 13 runs in the 6th inning of their game against the Giants on the way to a 19-3 win. The Expos send 17 batters to the plate. Mike Lansing homers twice in the inning to drive in five runs, becoming the 3rd Expo to perform the feat, and the 1st NL second baseman to do so since Bobby Lowe in 1894. Henry Rodriguez hits a grand slam in the 5-run 5th.
At Fenway, Red Sox C Scott Hatteberg hits a pair of homers—his first two in the majors—to pace the Sox to an 11–3 win over the Twins. Teammate Reggie Jefferson also hits a pair of homers.
Former Tiger star Denny McLain is sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution for stealing from the pension fund of a company he owned. The company, Peet Packing, went bankrupt 18 months after McLain bought it.
IN THE NEWS: Jason Kendall's 3-run double leads Pittsburgh to an 8-run 4th inning as the Pirates outslug the Rockies, 10–8. Al Martin and Kevin Elster homer for the Bucs, who have scored 24 runs and 31 hits in their two games at Coors Field.
In Baltimore, the O's stop Randy Johnson's 16-game win streak with a decisive 13–3 pasting of the Mariners. Baltimore is led by Chris Hoiles, who collects six RBIs on two homers and a double. Johnson strikes out 10 in six innings, but gives up five runs on six hits and two walks as he attempted to become the first American League pitcher since Dave McNally (1968-69) to win 17 straight.
IN THE NEWS: Against the Royals in the 6th inning, the Yankees catch Jay Bell in a rundown when Bell is suddenly called out by umpire Dale Ford, who thinks he passed the preceding baserunner, Jose Offerman. Offerman, however, had been forced out at 3B. Royals' manager Bob Boone argues until the umps agree and put runners back at 2B and 3B and call for a resumption of play. Chili Davis then lines a 2-run single off Kenny Rogers to tie the score. The Royals win 7–5 in 12 innings, with the victory going to Randy Veres. The Yanks protest that the rundown play should not have been reversed. Gene Budig will dismiss the protest, stating that with the rundown there were several scenarios where Bell could have escaped a tag.
Seattle tops Baltimore, 8-2, with the help of five hits, including a double and homer, by 2B Joey Cora.
Prior to the team's game with Atlanta, Pirates players stand inside the stadium gates to shake hands and pose for pictures. They then proceed to beat the Braves, 9-0.
IN THE NEWS: A streak of 19 straight steals by Twins baserunners is stopped when Denny Hocking is caught stealing. The Twins fall to the Blue Jays, 6-4.
In San Francisco, the Cubs pull off the first triple play in the majors this year, taking advantage of the infield-fly rule and the wind at San Francisco to turn an odd one against the Giants. With two on, Stan Javier lofts a fly into shallow center field and umpire Bob Davidson waits before calling an infield fly rule. Three Cubs lunge for the ball before it bounces off center fielder Brian McRae's glove and hits the ground for the first out. Kirk Rueter tries for third, but McRae's throw beats him. Hamilton tries for second, but 3B Jose Hernandez's throw to Ryne Sandberg nabs him to complete the triple play. The Giants will win the game, however, 4-2.
After missing April due to a hand injury, Juan Gonzalez shows his old clout, hitting a grand slam and knocking in six runs in the Rangers 11–5 win over the Red Sox.
IN THE NEWS: The Orioles sink the Mariners, 9–5, behind B.J. Surhoff's six RBIs. Robbie Alomar adds three hits and two steals to help the O's split the four game series with the M's.
Albert Belle is 3-for-3, including his 8th career grand slam, and drives in five runs to lead the White Sox to a 8–5 win over the A's. Wilson Alvarez (2-4) strikes out 12 in seven innings to give the Sox a sweep of the 4-game series from Oakland. Sox outfielders Dave Martinez and Lyle Mouton are injured when they collide while chasing a fly ball in the fifth inning. Mouton breaks a bone in his face while Martinez suffers a slight concussion.
Ruben Sierra, released by the Cincinnati Reds last week, signs a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Sierra, 31, hit .244 with two homers with the Reds. The Yankees sent Sierra to Detroit last season as part of the Cecil Fielder trade, but Detroit is paying $4,875,000 of his $5.5 million contract. Sierra will play 14 games with Toronto, then get released again.
IN THE NEWS: The Angels tie a franchise record by scoring 13 runs in the 7th inning to beat the White Sox, 16–8. Garret Anderson's single drives in 2, including the go-ahead run, and Jim Edmonds adds a 2-run homer in the big inning. Jim Leyritz has three hits and four RBIs.
Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley confirms that he wants to sell his team to the conglomerate controlled by media mogul Rupert Murdoch. He has asked Major League Baseball to approve the negotiations.
Tony Tarasco hits a 3-run homer to help beat the A's, 5–1. Jimmy Key allows six hits in seven 2/3 inning to run his record to 7–0.
Baseball's executive council votes unanimously to immediately remove George Steinbrenner from the ruling body. This is the latest salvo between the two parties since the Yankee owner sued ML baseball over disagreements regarding the club's 10-year $93 million Adidas deal.
Tim Belcher faces 30 hitters in pitching KC to a 9–0 win over the Red Sox. Belcher retires the first 15 batters and finished with a two-hitter as the Kansas City Royals routed the slumping Boston Red Sox. Belcher also stretches his scoreless skein to 19 innings. Before the game, the Royals release Mitch Williams; The Wild Thing was 0–1 with a 10.80 ERA in his comeback attempt.
Tino Martinez continues his hot hitting with a home run in the Yankees' 7-run 6th inning, as New York beats the Twins, 11–2. Bernie Williams belts a solo homer in the 5th to snap a 2–2 tie. Martinez homer, his 15th, leaves him one behind Griffey and puts him in select Yankee company: only Mantle and Ruth (4 times) have hit 15 homers in the first 40 games of a season. The defending World Series champions have won 17 of their last 23, while the Twins lost for the 16th time in 20 games.
St. Louis starter Andy Benes blanks the Phillies for seven innings but his bullpen blows it. Scott Rolen's two-run triple highlites a three-run eighth inning for Philadelphia as they beat the visiting Cardinals, 3–2. Philadelphia starter Garrett Stephenson allows just two hits—both solo homers—and strikes out 12 in seven innings of his first start. Stephenson fans the first five batters. Jerry Spradlin pitches the eighth for the win and Ricky Bottalico the 9th.
In Minneapolis, New York's Paul O'Neill ties the score with an RBI double in the ninth, then homers in the 12th inning to lead the Yankees to a 6–5 win over the Twins. O'Neill doubles off Rick Aguilera, and hit his seventh homer of the season off Eddie Guardado. O'Neill also makes an error, his 2nd in six days: he had gone 235 straight games without an error. Tino Martinez adds his 16th homer, as Brian Boehringer (2-2) pitches one inning for the win.
In Detroit, Blue Jay catcher Charlie O'Brien doubles in two runs, then breaks a 2–2 tie with his first career grand slam. O'Brien drives in six runs to back Pat Hentgen's (4-1) win.
At Three Rivers Stadium, Kevin Young's two-run pinch double puts Pittsburgh ahead and Al Martin finished a nine-run eighth inning with a grand slam as the surprising first-place Pirates beat Colorado, 15–10. Rockies pitching gives up 13 walks and blows leads of 6-3, 7-5 and 9-6. Tomorrow, the Pirates spot the Rocks three runs and beat them again.
Barry Bonds' solo homer in the 10th inning leads San Francisco to a 4–2 win over Cincinnati. The Giants' 4th consecutive victory improves their record to 23-13, their best start in 24 years. The Giants opened the 1973 season at 25-11. On the other end, Cincinnati is off to its worst start in 47 years. The Reds (11-26) have lost four in a row for their worst opening mark since 1950, when they had an identical record.
IN THE NEWS: In Chicago, the Cubs erupt for 21 hits in clubbing the Padres 16–7. Sammy Sosa goes 4-for-4 with a career-high six RBIs. Brian McRae also has four hits for the Cubs.
Montreal spots the Giants an early 9-run lead, then stages its biggest rally in franchise history to win, 14–13. Barry Bonds and Glenallen Hill homer as the Giants take an 11-2 lead after three innings. Montreal responds with four runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and three more in the sixth for a 12-11 lead.
Michael Tucker's 2-out double in the 9th breaks up Alan Benes' no-hitter. Benes, unfortunately, is matched against Greg Maddux, who holds the Cards scoreless for eight innings. The Braves finally push across a run in the 13th on Andruw Jones' infield dribbler to beat Cardinals reliever John Frascatore, 1–0. The teams combine for 33 strikeouts, three shy of matching the National League record for an extra-inning game set by the Giants and Mets in 23-innings in 1964.
IN THE NEWS: Led by Kenny Lofton, the Braves pound out 19 hits to beat the Cardinals, 11–6. Lofton has his 3rd five-hit game of the season and winning pitcher John Smoltz (5–3) adds two hits to lift his average to .435 (10-for-23).
At the Metrodome, Darrin Jackson, hits a grand slam and drives in a six runs to lead Minnesota to an 11–5 win over the Red Sox. Jackson, who played the last two seasons in Japan, was brought up from Triple-A earlier in the day. The Red Sox have lost seven straight and 11 of 12.
IN THE NEWS: At Oakland, hot-hitting Frank Thomas goes 4-for-4 to lead the White Sox to a 10–4 win over the A's. Thomas has two RBIs, a walk and three runs; he has now reached base in 12 straight plate appearances. In the 6th inning, Albert Belle scores and throws an elbow at the face of A's catcher George Williams as he goes by. Belle is hit on the leg by a pitch from Aaron Small in his next at bat.
The Mets use five straight walks by Colorado pitchers—three with the bases loaded—to score eight runs in the 8th inning and beat the Rockies, 10–4. New York trails 4-2 entering the eighth before Colorado's bullpen totally unravels, throwing 20 balls in 23 pitches to five batters. Rockie pitchers walk 12 in the game.
The Expos defeat the Dodgers, 7-4, with the help of five hits, including two doubles and a homer, by 2B Mike Lansing.
In the Tigers' 6-5 victory over the Royals, KC left fielder Bip Roberts has a 14-minute at bat against P Felipe Lira. The 1st-inning at bat features 18 pitches, as well as nine pickoff throws to first and six aborted attempts to steal by Tom Goodwin, who was on 1st base.
IN THE NEWS: Cy Young Award-winner Pat Hentgen outpitches Andy Pettitte, to lead Toronto past New York, 2–0. Hentgen (5-1), who extends his streak of not allowing an earned run to 39 innings. strikes out eight and allows five hits.
After losing to the Mets, 8-2, in the opener of their doubleheader, the Cubs win the 2nd game, 4-3, to snap their record-setting, 14-game, season-opening, losing streak.
In a 10–1 win over Boston, Chicago's Frank Thomas reaches base his first three times up before flying out against Rich Garces. Thomas reached base 15 straight times, one short of ML record, (Hr, three 2B, six 1B, five BB). Jaime Navarro (4-2) is the victor, winning his 10th straight game against the Red Sox going back to September 28, 1991. He'll lose his next decision to the Bosox.
Cleveland's Jack McDowell undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his elbow that will sideline him for two months.
IN THE NEWS: The visiting Red Sox collect 19 hits, but strand 16, in beating the Yankees, 8–2. Former Yankee Mike Stanley hits a three-run homer, and Wil Cordero adds five hits, Tim Naehring has four hits and Mo Vaughn belts his 10th homer of the season in the 8th.
San Diego P Joey Hamilton homers and Tony Gwynn has three hits off Hideo Nomo as the San Diego Padres top the Dodgers, 4-1. It is the Pads' seventh straight win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gwynn, whose wife, Alicia, is being sued by Nomo, goes 3-for-4 to raise his average to .387. Nomo sued Alicia Gwynn last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming the unauthorized use of his name and picture in a jigsaw puzzle.
At the Metrodome, Edgar Martinez and Jay Buhner both homer twice, and Joey Cora extends his hitting streak to 21 games as Seattle wins, 13–8. Martinez collects a pair of three-run homers, while Buhner's are two solo shots as the Mariners won for just the third time in 11 games. Cora leads off the game with a homer, and Russ Davis finishes with a solo homer in the ninth for Seattle. Scott Sanders is shaky but wins his first of the year for the M's.
In Toronto, Roger Clemens allows one run and four hits in seven innings and strikes out seven to beat the Rangers, 8–1. The Rocket is now 9–0, his best start since beginning 1986 at 14-0.
Barry Bonds has three hits, including a game-winning leadoff home run in the 9th, to give the Giants a 4–3 win over the Astros. Craig Biggio is 4-for-5 for Houston.
Playing against Huntsville, Mobile OF Justin Mashore triples twice in the same inning. The last player to pull off that feat was Nick "Coocoo" Demaggio while playing for the Beaumont Exporters (Texas League) in 1922. In Mobile's 8-run 6th inning, 1B Dusty Allen also hits two homers.
IN THE NEWS: Barry Larkin's streak of consecutively reaching base at 13—one shy of the N.L. record—is stopped by Curt Schilling, who goes all the way to beat Cincinnati, 2–1. Larkin singles in the first inning, but flies out in the 3rd to end his streak one shy of Pedro Guerrero's N.L. record set in 1985.
Kansas City takes a 2-0 lead into the ninth before the visiting A's -- held to one hit for eight-plus innings by Jose Rosado -- get a two-run homer from Mark McGwire and a solo shot from Scott Spiezio to take the lead. Pinch-hitter Scott Cooper's homer in the bottom of the ninth then ties it. The A's bat around in the 10th, scoring five runs, and the Royals three-run answer falls short as the A's win, 8–6.
Mariners' reliever Norm Charlton walks Chuck Knoblauch with the bases loaded, as Minnesota caps a six-run ninth-inning rally to win, 11–10. Seattle's collapse mars a game in which Ken Griffey Jr. and Joey Cora each set records. Griffey hits his 23rd homer, breaking his own major league mark for homers through May; Cora is 4-for-6 to extend his hitting streak to a team-record 22 games, and also ties the A.L. mark for switch-hitters.
IN THE NEWS: In Seattle, Randy Johnson is dominating as he strikes out 15 in eight innings and allows four hits as Seattle shuts out Texas, 5–0. Johnson walks one. Seattle's Joey Cora singles in the third, extending his hitting streak to 23 games, an American League record for a switch-hitter.
In Toronto, Tino Martinez hits his 20th homer—his third in three games—and David Cone strikes out 12 to lead New York over Toronto, 4–0. Jeff Nelson strikes out three Jays in relief. Martinez raised his RBI total to 56 with a single in the first off Woody Williams (1-5) and a solo shot in the third.
IN THE NEWS: The Orioles' Mike Mussina retires the first 25 Indian batters before Sandy Alomar ruins his no-hit bid with a one-out single in the 9th. Mussina then strikes out the final two batters for a 3–0 victory.
Give it to me one Mo time. Mo Vaughn goes 4-for-4 and slugs three home runs in Boston's 10-4 win over the Yankees.
IN THE NEWS: Cal Ripken snaps a 7th-inning tie with a record-breaking home run as the Baltimore Orioles rally from a 4-run deficit to beat Cleveland, 8–5. Ripken's homer gives him 4,274 total bases with Baltimore, breaking the franchise mark for total bases in a career. The O's also place Eric Davis on the DL. Davis is suffering from colon cancer and will be operated on in early June.
In Miami, Andres Galarraga golfs a 529-foot grand slam, the longest home run ever at Pro Player Stadium, then gets ejected four innings later. His homer gives the Colorado Rockies a 7-0 lead over the Marlins, and they eventually win, 8–4. Galarraga has three home runs in the past three games against Florida that traveled 1,435 feet, an average of 478 feet. He hit a 455-foot homer Thursday and a 451-foot homer Friday. The longest previous homer at the stadium was 482 feet by Pete Incaviglia of the Phillies off Al Leiter on May 1, 1996.
P Ila Borders of the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League faces three Sioux Falls Canaries batters, and surrenders three earned runs, in her professional baseball debut. The Canaries, who led 4-0 when she entered the game, to on to defeat St. Paul, 11-1.