The Mets win their 11th consecutive home opener
8-4 over St. Louis at Shea Stadium. New York
has won on Opening Day in 18 of the last 20 seasons.
Forty-five-year-old Tommy John starts for the
Yankees on Opening Day and sets a modern ML record
by appearing in his 26th season. He also wins his
287th game 4-2 over the Twins.
Rangers DH Buddy Bell gets his 2,500th career
hit, a single off Jack Morris in a 4-0 win over
In his first start of the season, Orel Hershiser
gives up a run in the first inning of a 4-3
loss to the Reds to end his ML-record consecutive-scoreless-inning
streak at 59.
One-handed pitcher Jim Abbott makes his ML debut
but lasts only 423 innings in California's 7-0
loss to Seattle. Abbott, who bypassed the minors completely
after starring at the University of Michigan, will
finish the season 12-12 with a 3.92 ERA.
Rickey Henderson steals his 800th career base in
New York's 4-3 loss to the Indians.
Dave Stieb pitches a one-hitter against the Yankees,
giving him 3 one-hitters in his last 4 starts (dating
back to last September). Jamie Quirk's 5th-inning
single is the only hit off Stieb in the 8-0 Blue
Ken Griffey, Jr. hits his first ML home
run in Seattle's 6-5 win over the White Sox.
He and his father, a reserve outfielder on the
Reds, are the first father-and-son duo to play
in the major leagues at the same time.
San Diego's Bruce Hurst pitches a one-hitter
and collects his first ML hit in a 5-2 win
over the Braves.
Eddie Murray hits his first NL home run,
a grand slam in the top of the 9th inning that leads
the Dodgers to a 7-4 win over the Giants. It
is Murray's 15th career grand slam.
At Washington's RFK Stadium, the Soviet national
baseball team loses to George Washington University
20-1. Soviet 1B Nugzar Pophadze stuns the crowd
with a long HR in the left-field stands, one
of 2 Russian hits. Two days earlier, the Russians
were beaten 21-1 by a team from Annapolis.
In his 2nd start for Texas, Nolan Ryan no-hits the
Brewers for 7 innings before Terry Francona singles.
Ryan also sets a club record with 15 strikeouts on
the way to an 8-1 win.
Kelly Gruber becomes the first Blue Jay to
hit for the cycle as Toronto beats Kansas City 15-8.
Kent Tekulve pitches 2 shutout innings in the Reds
3-2, 10-inning win over the Dodgers to pass Hoyt
Wilhelm as the major leagues' all-time leader in relief
appearances with 1,019.
Mets SS Kevin Elster plays his 73rd consecutive
errorless game in a 4-2 win over the Phillies,
breaking Ed Brinkman's ML record for shortstops.
Nolan Ryan is 2 outs from a no-hitter when Nelson
Liriano triples and Ryan settles for a 4-1 one-hitter
over the Blue Jays. It is Ryan's 10th career one-hitter.
Nelson Liriano breaks up a no-hitter in the 9th
inning for the 2nd time in 6 days, ending Kirk McCaskill's
bid with a pinch-hit double. McCaskill settles for
a 9-0 one-hitter.
The Yankees trade 23-year-old lefthander Al Leiter
to the Blue Jays for OF Jesse Barfield.