2013 April

1stThe Nationals shut out the Marlins, 2-0, behind Bryce Harper’s 2 homers. Harper becomes the first player in ML history under the age of 21 to hit 2 or more homers in his team’s season opener. Don Money was the previous youngest to do so.

The Dodgers shut out the Giants, 4-0, behind Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw becomes the second pitcher in ML history to hit a homer and throw a shutout in his team’s season opener, joining Bob Lemon who did so for the Indians in 1953.

The White Sox shut out the Royals, 1-0, as Tyler Flowers powers a homer. He becomes the fourth player in ML history to homer in a 1-0 game in a season opener. Others to do so were Bob Bailey (1965), Frank Fernandez (1968) and Gary Sheffield (2001).

The Angels defeat the Reds, 3-1, in 13 innings. The 2 teams set an ML record by striking out 30 times, most ever in a season opener. Seventeen Angels fan, as do 13 Reds. Starter Jared Weaver contributes 2 of the strikeouts at bat as he allows a run in 6 innings. He is the first A.L. pitcher since Pat Dobson and Mel Stottlemyre, Sr., in 1972 to start on Opening Day and make at least one plate appearance in the game. Weaver will get 2 more at bats this year and strike out each time.  The Reds have now gone 60 opening day games without being shut out (as noted by Bill Arnold).

At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees open against the Boston Red Sox Yankee opener as 6 players debut in the lineup for the Bombers, the most since 1903 when the team started. Boston jumps on CC Sabathia for 4 runs in the 2ndand beat the Yankees, 8-2, behind Jon Lester.

2ndThe Rangers shut out the Astros, 7-0. Yu Darvish retires the first 26 Houston batters to face him before losing his perfect game bid to Marwin Gonzalez’s 2-out single through Darvish’s legs in the 9thinning. The game marked the 11thtime a perfect game has been broken up by the 27thhitter, the most recent being Armando Galarraga’s bid in 2010. The Astros have never been no hit at home.

3rdThe Rangers shut out the Astros, 4-0, behind Alexei Ogando. Texas becomes the first team since 1900 to register back-to-back shutouts while recording 15 or more strikeouts in each game.

Roy Halladay, who had a miserable spring (21 hits and 9 walks in 16 1/3 innings) struggles through 3 1/3 innings against the Braves, giving up 2 homers and 5 runs as the Phillies lose, 9-2. The 36-year-old star missed two months of last season with various ailments. He does strike out 9 batters, the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out that many in such a short span, according the Elias Sports Bureau.

4thThe Baltimore Orioles defeat the Rays, 6-3. Baltimore’s Chris Davis has a homer and 4 RBIs and becomes the just the second player in ML history (since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920) to have at least 3 homers and 11 RBIs in his team’s first 3 games of a season. Dolph Camilli of the Phillies was the first to do so in 1935.  The O’s suffer a loss in the 8thwhen Brian Roberts steals second but ruptures a tendon behind his right knee and will not return till June 30th.

The Nationals beat the Marlins, 6-1, to sweep their 3-game series. They become the fourth team in ML history to allow no more than one run over its first 3 games of a season, joining the 1963 Cardinals, 1969 Padres and 1979 Astros. The hapless Marlins went 7-for-57 in three games against the Nationals, with 3 extra base hits and one run.

5thThe Astros fall to the Athletics, 8-3. In doing so, they become the first team ever to strike out at least 13 times in each of 4 consecutive games in a season. Brett Wallace sets a ML record with 11 K’s for Houston, the most ever in a team’s first 4 games of a season. Not far behind is Rick Ankiel, who strikes out 4 times today. Between April 2 and April 10, Ankiel will strike out 10 straight times, a ML record for position players(as noted by author Joe Taxiera). The former pitcher breaks the record shared by Steve Balboni, Eric Davis, Bo Jackson, Reggie Jackson, Adolfo Phillips and Mark Reynolds. Astros pitcher Xavier Cedeno relieves starter Brad Peacock and gives up 6 runs without recording an out and allowing just two hits, just the fifth pitcher in ML history to do so.  The Astros will waive Cedeno in two weeks and Washington will pick him up.

The Orioles defeat the Twins, 9-5, as a red-hot Chris Davis hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs. He is the fourth player to homer in each of his team’s first 4 games of a season, and the first player to hit a homer and drive home at least 3 runs in each of 4 consecutive games. His 16 RBIs smashes the record for most runs batted in through 4 games of a season. The previous mark was 12.

In a rare interleague home opener, the Phillies lose to Kansas City, 13-4. Alex Gordon and Chris Getz hit bases-loaded triples for KC.

Not a great day for Emilio. The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 6-4, as Toronto’s Emilio Bonifacio becomes just the second player in the last 100 years with 4 strikeouts and 3 errors in a single game. Ryan Zimmerman also did so in 2007.

Wilson Rosario and Dexter Fowler homer to back Jeff Francis as the Rockies beat San Diego, 5-2, in the home opener at Coors. Francis goes 6 sharp innings and the soft-tossing lefty almost becomes the first Rockies pitcher to throw 100 pitches since June 6, 2012.

In San Francisco, the Giants raise their 2012 world champion banner, then get to work with a 1-0 win over the Cardinals. Barry Zito and 2 relievers allow 3 hits. It is the Giants 15th consecutive win when Zito starts, including the post-season.

6thThe Braves edge the Cubs, 6-5, as B.J. and Justin Upton hit game-tying and game-winning homers in the 9thinning, off Chicago’s faltering closer Carlos Marmol. The Uptons become the fourth pair of brothers to homer as teammates in the same inning, joining the Waners, Aarons and Ripkens.

The Yankees fall to 1-4, their worst start in 7 years, as Detroit whips them, 8-4.  Detroit carves up Yankee pitching for 17 hits.

Shoulda made it three intentionals. Texas pitchers intentionally walk Albert Pujols 3 times, but the other 2 times he hits homers as the Angels win, 8-4.

The Dodgers send P Aaron Harang to the Rockies in exchange for C Ramon Hernandez and cash. He will be in Denver less than a week.

7thThe Red Sox shut out the Blue Jays, 13-0, as Will Middlebrooks clouts 3 homers, two off reigning NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey.

Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall hits 3-run homers off reigning AL Cy Young winner David Price as visiting Cleveland belts the Rays, 13-0. Masterson (7 IP) and 2 relievers combine on the shutout.

The Marlins 20-year-old rookie Jose Fernandez looks good in his debut striking out 8 batters in 5 innings. He is the youngest pitcher to strike out eight in his Ml debut since 18-year-old David Clyde did it for the Rangers in 1973. However, the Marlins fall to the Mets, 4-3, when Marlon Byrd hits a 2-run single in the bottom of the 9th.

The Cardinals trounce the Giants, 14-3, scoring 9 runs in the 4thinnings against Matt Cain.

The Athletics defeat the Astros, 9-3. Oakland pitchers fan 14 Astros, giving Houston a total of 74 strikeouts. It is the most Ks for an ML team through its first 6 games of the season in the modern era.

For the second time in 5 days, Atlanta batters strike out 16 times, but again they win, beating the Cubs, 5-1. Justin Upton leads the swishers with 4 K’s.

Kansas City’s Billy Butler hits a 5thinning grand slam off Cole Hamels, and drives in 7 runs, as the Royals edge the Phillies, 9-8. Butler’s hit caroms off the cement backing and rebounds onto the field. Initially, the umps call it a double before viewing the replay and changing it to a homer. Jimmy Rollins hits a 3-run homer in the 9thfor Philadelphia as they score 4 runs but leave 2 on base.

Three pitchers for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, (Class A Midwest League), combine to throw a no-hitter against the Beloit Snappers.

8thThe Red Sox edge the Orioles, 3-1. Boston becomes the fourth team in ML history to win at least 9 consecutive home openers. Daniel Nava hits a 3-run homer in the 7thand Adam Jones solos in the 9th.

Tied going into the frame, the Reds score 9 runs in the 9thinning on their way to a 13-4 victory over the host Cardinals. Four other teams have done that before: the 1939 Indians, 1950 Braves, 2001 Tigers and 2002 Mets.

10thAt Fenway, Chris Davis solos in the 9thand Manny Machado hits a 3-run homer as the Orioles score 5 to win, 8-5. The sellout streak at Fenway ends after 794 regular season games stretching back to May 15, 2003.

The Phillies score 5 runs in the 1stinning off Jeremy Hefner, and hold on for a 7-3 win over the visiting Mets. Including a start last year, Hefner puts 13 straight Phillies bsatters on base.

The Orioles send P Luis Ayala to the Braves in exchange for minor league P Chris Jones.

11thThe Mariners acquire P Aaron Harang from the Rockies for minor league P Steven Hensley. Harang will go 5-11 for Seattle before they release the vet at the end of August. The Yankees will rent him for a month.

12thThe Mets crush the Twins, 16-5. John Buck hits a grand slam for New York, giving him 19 RBIs through the first 10 games of the season. He is the fourth player in history to accomplish the feat, joining Lou Gehrig (1927), Manny Ramirez (1999) and Chris Davis (2013). Murphy has 4 RBIs on 4 hits and David Wright has a single, double and triple and 4 RBIs.

For those who like numbers, the Yankees turn the first 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play in history, against the Orioles. Manny Machado hits a line drive to Cano who fields it on a short hop and tosses to SS Nix. Nix throws to Youkilis at 3B and after an exchange of throws, tags out Casilla. A throw to Overbay at 1B and a toss to Cano completes the tri-killing. The Yankees are outhit, 9 to 6, but come away with a 5-2 win over the Orioles.  CC Sabathia goes a solid 8 innings and Rivera cleans up with a save.

13thAdam Wainwright of the Cardinals shuts out the Brewers, 8-0, and collects 2 hits in the 7-run 7th. He becomes the first pitcher in modern ML history to toss a shutout with at least 12 strikeouts and no walks allowed, while also getting 3 or more hits.

The Mets defeat the Twins, 4-2, behind their young ace Matt Harvey. Harvey becomes the first pitcher in modern ML history to win each of his first 3 starts of a season, with at least 25 strikeouts and 6 or fewer hits allowed. Justin Morneau’s homer in the 7thhalts Harvey’s bid for a no-hitter.

Mark Reynolds hits a grand slam and Yan Gomes adds a 2-run homer as the Indians scalp the White Sox, 9-4. The two homers come in the 6thinning. Nick Swisher hits one in the 1stfor Cleveland.

Tim Hudson pitches 7 innings as the Braves beat Stephen Strasburg and the Nats, 3-1. It is Atlanta’s 8thstraight win. They will win tomorrow, 9-0, to go to 11-1.

14thThe Phillies edge the Marlins, 2-1. Roy Halladay records the 200thvictory of his ML career to become the 109thhurler to reach the milestone.

The Cubs have their pitching problems against the Giants at Wrigley Field. Edwin Jackson and Michael Bowden combine to throw a ML record-tying 5 wild pitches in the 6th inning and Shawn Camp gives up a tying run in the 9thand 3 in the 10th. San Francisco wins, 10-7.

15thIn a morning Patriot’s Day game, the Red Sox edge the Rays, 3-2, as Mike Napoli’s double in the 9thoff the Green Monster drives in Dustin Pedroia from 1B. The game concludes at 2.10 p.m., about an hour before the explosion at the Boston Marathon. Most of the players had left the park when it occurred.

At Dodger Stadium, Padres starter Eric Stultz hits his first ML homer, connecting for a 3-run shot in the 2ndinning off Chad Billingsley.  It is the margin of difference as San Diego wins, 6-3.  It is the only score off Billingsley in 6 innings, but it is his last appearance of the year. He will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the 2013 season and all of 2014.

16th  The visiting Red Sox jump on Ubaldo Jimenez for 7 runs in the 2ndinning as they whip the Indians, 7-3. They don’t do much after Jimenez departs as Cleveland relievers set a franchise record with 15 strikeouts.

After Jeremy Guthrie leaves with a 2-2 tie, the Braves jump on KC reliever Kelvin Herrera for 4 runs to win, 7-3. Herrera had pitched a MLB-high 82.1 innings without allowing a homerun, but allows 3 to his first 4 Braves hitters.

17th  The Tigers edge the Mariners, 2-1, in 14 innings. Starting pitchers Felix Hernandez and Max Scherzer each record 12 strikeouts, marking only the 5thtime since 1900 that opposing starting pitchers each had 12 or more Ks while allowing one run or less in the same game. The 2 teams combine for a total of 40 strikeouts. It is only the second time in ML history that both teams have more than 18 Ks apiece. Helping the total is Prince Fielder, who strikes out 5 times.

The Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 5-0, as AJ Burnett, Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and Jason Grilli combine on a one-hitter. Carlos Beltran’s 7th-inning double is St. Louis’ only safety.

18th  The Cardinals edge the Phillies, 4-3, behind Adam Wainwright. Wainwright becomes the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out 25 or more batters, without issuing a walk, in his first 4 starts of a season.

19th  The Mets defeat the Nationals, 7-1. Matt Harvey continues to post stellar numbers as he becomes the first pitcher in modern ML history to win his first 4 starts of a season while allowing no more than 10 hits in the 4 games combined.

Hey, rook! Do you know who Babe Herman is? At Milwaukee, Ryan Braun gives the Brewers a lead with a 3-run homer in the 1stagainst the Cubs and Milwaukee wins, 5-4. Milwaukee has a chance to cushion the lead in the 8thwhen Jean Segura walks and steals 2B, and Braun follows with a walk.  With cleanup hitter Rickie Weeks up, Segura is caught off second by pitcher Shawn Camp, who starts a rundown between 2B and 3B. With that, Braun goes to 2B, but Segura is run back to 2B and both Brewers encamp there. Braun is called out. Segura heads to the dugout but, when informed that he was not tagged, reaches 1B safely. After Weeks strikes out and Lucroy is up, Segura takes off for 2B but this time is tagged out on the attempted steal.

20th  The Indians score 8 runs in the 1stinning, all off Philip Humber who records one out, and 6 more in the 2ndon their way to a 19-6 win over the Astros. They collect 22 hits.  Leading the offensive highlights are 4 hits, including 3 doubles by Nick Swisher, a 3-run homer and 5 RBIs by Jason Giambi, and a 3-run homer by Mark Reynolds.

The Angels score 9 runs in the 1stinning, all off Rick Porcello, on their way to a 10-0 whitewashing of the Tigers. Mike Trout clubs a grand slam off Porcello who does not finish the inning. Garrett Richards allows 2 hits in 7 innings for his first win of the year.

At Boston, the Royals sweep Red Sox, 4-2 and 5-4, the Sox 7-game win streak. Until today Sox starters had allowed 3 or fewer runs in their first 16 games, to tie AL record. The Royals take the second game in the 10thinning, scoring a run on 2 hits and 2 walks off Andrew Miller. Greg Holland gets 2 saves, pitching the last inning in each game and striking out 5 of the 6 batters he faces.

The Rays Jeremy Hellickson (7 IP) and 2 relievers combine on a 1-0 whitewash of the Athletics. Center fielder Desmond Jennings helps preserve it with an unassisted double play in the 3rdinning, the first by a CF since 2003.  Jennings catches a soft liner by Coco Crisp and keeps running towards 1B to catch Eric Sogard for the DP.

21st  At Arlington, the Rangers gun down the Mariners, 11-3. Nelson Cruz hits a grand slam in the 5thoff Aaron Harang. It is Cruz’s 5thgrand slam, all coming at home. Mitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre add 2-run homers while Leonys Martin triples and homers.  Texas has a half game lead on Oakland.

At Anaheim, Mark Trumbo belts a leadoff walkoff homer in the bottom of 13th, as the Angels beat the Tigers, 4-3. Phil Coke serves up the four bagger.

22nd  You might want to go back to Cleveland. Reds OF Chin Soo Choo, who was twice hit by pitches yesterday, gets plunked again today, the 10thtime this month, setting a club record. With a leg up like that, Soo Choo will lead the NL with 26 HBPs this year.  Ron Hunt, who led the NL 6 straight years in the category, had his best/worst month in July 1971 when he got drilled 11 times. Meanwhile, the Cubs bullpen lets them down again as they fail to capitalize on Valbuena’s 2-run homer in the top of the 13that Cincinnati. The Reds plate 3 runs on 4 hits in the bottom of the inning to win, 5-4. The Reds lead the Cardinals by a half game in the NL Central.

At Fenway, Will Middlebrooks hits a 3-run homer and Mike Napoli connects for a grand slam, as the Red Sox beat the A’s, 9-6. Napoli totals 5 RBIs and his 25 RBIs now leads the AL.

Matt Moore (4-0) allows 2 hits—an infield single and a home run by Robinson Cano–in 8 innings as Tampa Bay beats the Yankees, 5-1. CC Sabathia takes the loss. CC has registered 3 wins in 20 starts against Tampa Bay.

At Houston, the M’s hit 3 homers off Houston starter Brad Peacock and Felix Hernandez allows no runs in 6 innings as the Mariners beat the Astros, 7-1. For King Felix, it is his 100thwin as he joins Randy Johnson (130) and Jamie Moyer (145) as the only 100+ winners for Seattle.

The Athletics obtain OF Casper Wells from the Blue Jays for cash. Wells, signed two weeks ago, will get 5 at bats for the A’s before moving on to the White Sox in a week. He’ll finish up with the Phillies in August.

23rd  The Cardinals shut out the Nationals, 2-0, behind Adam Wainwright and take the lead in the NL Central. Wainwright pitches into the 9thand fans 7 batters before issuing his first walk of the season, giving him 35 strikeouts since the start of the year. No other pitcher since 1900 has struck out more than 30 batters before his first walk of the season.

In the first of 2 at Denver, the Braves slug 3 homers to beat the Rockies, 4-3, in the coldest (23 degrees) game ever played at Coors Field. Justin Upton hits one of the homers and then in game 2 goes back-to-back with his brother BJ, the first time that has happened since the Waner brothers did it on September 15, 1935. The Braves complete the sweep with a 10-4 victory.

In a rain-shortened 7-inning game at Fenway, Bartolo Colon and the A’s wallop the Red Sox, 13-0. Oakland takes advantage of 8 walks, 2 balks and 2 errors.

24thThe Blue Jays edge the Orioles, 6-5, in 11 innings. The victory snapped Baltimore’s streak of 17 consecutive extra-inning wins, which tied the 1949 Indians for the longest such streak in ML history.

At Citi Field, Jordany Valdespin connects for a walkoff grand slam in the 10th, off Josh Wall, to give the Mets a 7-3 win over the Dodgers. Matt Harvey is just mortal as he strikes 8 batters in 6 innings, but allows 3 runs.

25thThe Nationals one-hit the Reds, 8-1, behind Gio Gonzalez. Joey Votto’s 4th-inning solo shot is Cincinnati’s only hit.

26thThe Nationals shut out the Reds, 1-0, on Jordan Zimmermann’s one-hitter. Xavier Paul’s leadoff single in the 3rdinning is Cincinnati’s only hit.

The Tigers shut out the Braves, 10-0, behind Anibal Sanchez, who fans 17 Atlanta batters in his 8 innings of work to set a record for an interleague game. With his 17 K’s he breaks a 44-year-old team record set by Mickey Lolich on May 23, 1969.

27th  At Yankee Stadium, CC Sabathia goes 8 innings to beat Tampa Bay, 5-4. It is CC’s fourth win in April, the best start of his career.  Joba Chamberlain picks up the save, his first since 2010, and just the 5thof his career.

28th  Rookie Jeff Locke allows 3 hits in 7 innings as the Pirates shut out the Cardinals, 9-0, to move into first place in the NL Central.

The Reds Tony Cingrani strikes out 11—including 4 in one inning—while pitching a 2-hitter through the 6thas Cincinnati tops the Nationals, 5-2.

29th  At Marlins Park, the Mets score a run in the 15thto take a 3-2 lead on Miami, but Shawn Marcum can’t hold the lead and the Marlins win, 4-3.  Nick Green, who hit a game-tying sac fly in the 9th, does it again in the 15th to win it.

Brandon Moss’s second homer of the game, a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 19thinning, gives Oakland a 10-8 win over the Angels. Moss also strikes out 4 times as the two teams combine to K 35 times in the 6 hour: 32 minute contest.

30thThe Braves pound the Nationals, 8-1, behind Tim Hudson who wins the 200thgame of his career. Hudson also hits a homer and a double for Atlanta.