2000 – 2009

2000

JANUARY

4th Padres pitcher Carlton Loewer, recently acquired, suffers a broken leg after falling from a tree while hunting. He’ll not pitch in 2000 and will appear in just 7 more ML games. While pitching for the Phillies last year, Loewer missed almost 4 months due to a stress fracture in his arm, an injury that doctors say could easily have resulted in a situation in which the arm broke while he was throwing a pitch.

5th The Dodgers sign free agent pitcher Gregg Olson to a two-year contract. The reliever will get into 41 games in two ineffective years, and the Dodgers will release him in June 2001.

Gene Budig resigns as American League president and is appointed a senior adviser to baseball commissioner Bud Selig. The American and National leagues will be disbanded as legal entities later this month, with their functions consolidated in the commissioner’s office.

7th The Cardinals sign free agent pitcher Andy Benes to a three-year contract, reuniting him with his brother Alan. Andy will have one good year, two mediocre seasons, and out.

In a solid signing, the Angels ink free agent 2B Scott Spiezio.

The Dodgers sign free agent outfielder F.P. Santangelo to a two-year contract. He’ll hit below .200 in 2000 and earn his release.

8th The Devil Rays sign free agent pitcher Juan Guzman to a two-year contract.

10th The Mariners sign free agent pitcher Aaron Sele to a two-year $15 million contract after Orioles owner Peter Angelos nixes a negotiated four-year $29 million (one report says 3-year $21M) because of questions of Sele’s physical condition. Sele had been offered a 4-year, $28 million deal by the Rangers, but didn’t act on it. “Sele fell out of the sky,” marvels M’s GM Pat Gillick. Sele will win 17, just one of 7 pitchers to win 15 or more games in each of the past 3 seasons (Martinez, Maddux, Johnson, Wells, Burba, Nagy).

11th The baseball writers elect C Carlton Fisk and 1B Tony Perez to the Hall of Fame. Fisk is chosen in his second year on the ballot, while Perez is picked on his ninth try.

12th The Brewers obtain P Jaime Navarro and John Snyder from the White Sox for SS Jose Valentin and P Cal Eldred. Navarro, the Majors loss leader (43) the past 3 seasons, was disgruntled with the Sox. Valentin will compete with Mike Caruso for the SS job.

With Sele signing with the Mariners, the Rangers ink free agent pitcher Darren Oliver to a three-year deal worth $19 million.

13th The Devil Rays sign free agent P Steve Trachsel to a one-year contract. Trachsel (8-18) led the Cubs in innings pitched (206) and was expected to ink a multi-year contract.

14th The Mets stock up in Joneses, acquiring their second Bobby Jones, along with P Lariel Gonzalez, from the Rockies for P Masato Yoshii.

The Brewers trade OF Alex Ochoa to the Reds for OF Mark Sweeney and a player to be named.

The Royals sign free agent P Ricky Bottalico. Bottalico had 34 saves for the Phils in 1996-97, but in the past 2 seasons has not fully recovered from elbow surgery.

17th Free agent C Dave Nilsson signs a contract to play with the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese League. This will allow him to play for Australia in the upcoming Olympics in Sydney.

19th Major league baseball owners vote to approve the $320 million sale of the Indians to Larry Dolan and his family trusts. They also vote to give Commissioner Bud Selig power “without limitation” to ensure “there is an appropriate level of long-term competitive balance among the clubs.” He can override all of baseball’s rules, and even attempt to impose a salary cap if he thinks it necessary to reach an agreement with the players following the 2001 season.

20th Baseball owners vote to give all their Internet rights to the commissioner’s office. Selig is expected to parcel out monies in 30 equal amounts.

21st The National Labor Relations Board refuses to overturn the election, which removed Richie Phillips and the Major League Umpires Association from power. A new union will represent the umps.

The Tigers sign free agent P Hideo Nomo to a one-year contract. Nomo’s agent had declined a multi-year contract with the Brewers, expecting more on the open market.

The Mets sign free agent P Rich Rodriguez to a two-year contract and reacquire Bill Pulsipher from the Brewers in exchange for IF Luis Lopez.

24th The Rockies sign free agent closer Billy Taylor.

Yankee prospect D’Angelo Jimenez suffers a broken neck when a car he is driving in the Dominican Republic collides with a bus. Jimenez is not paralyzed but will miss the 2000 season. He figured to be the Yankee reserve infielder, taking over the role that Luis Sojo, now with the Pirates, filled last season.

27th The Indians sign free agent P Scott Sanders after his agent had spurned a multi-year contract with the Brewers.

28th The Orioles sign free agent P Pat Rapp to a contract.

29th The Mets announce that singer Garth Brooks will participate in spring training with the team. The 37-year-old singer worked out last spring with the Padres going 1-for-22.

31stCommissioner Bud Selig suspends Braves reliever John Rocker from baseball until May 1for his racial and ethnic remarks in an article published in Sports Illustratedlast month. He’s also fined an undisclosed amount and ordered to undergo sensitivity training.

FEBRUARY

2nd The Rockies sign free agent OF Darren Bragg to a contract.

The Milwaukee Brewers sign pitcher Juan Acevedo to a two-year contract.

3rdThe St. Louis Cardinals take out insurance signing veterans Shawon Dunston, OF Brian McRae, 1B Eduardo Perez, and C Rick Wilkins.

4th The Mets sign free agent vet Dennis Springer to a contract.

10th “Baseball is back in Cincinnati,”announces Reds GM Jim Bowden. The Mariners accommodate OF Ken Griffey Jr. by trading him to his hometown Reds in exchange for P Brett Tomko, OF Mike Cameron, IF Antonio Perez, and P Jake Meyer. The Reds resist giving up INF Pokey Reese. Griffey declined a trade that would send him to the Mets for pitchers Armando Benitez and Octavio Dotel and outfielder Roger Cedeno. Griffey signs a 9-year $116.5 contract with the Reds, but injuries will keep his production down.

15th The Boston Red Sox sign outfielder Carl Everett to a three-year contract.

18th The Athletics obtain OF Jeremy Giambi from the Royals for P Brett Laxton. Giambi joins his brother, Jason, in Oakland, becoming the sixth brother combo to play for the team.

22nd A Florida Department of Corrections report says Yankees OF Darryl Strawberry tested positive for cocaine on January 19.

23rd The Padres obtain OF Al Martin from the Pirates for OF John Vander Wal, and pitchers Jim Sak and Geraldo Padua. The Bucs also shell out signing pitcher Matt Clement to a four-year agreement.

24th The National Labor Relations Board certifies the results of the November election that kicked out the Major League Umpires Association and replaced it with the newly formed World Umpires Association. About 50 of the 71 major league umpires have joined the new union. The decision ends Richie Phillips’ 2one-year reign as union chief.

25th Hall of Fame OF Frank Robinson is hired by major league baseball to handle on-field disciplinary matters. Previously, the individual league offices handled such matters.

28th Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announces the Yankees OF Darryl Strawberry is suspended for one year for having tested positive for cocaine last month. It is Strawberry’s 3rd cocaine-related suspension.

AL umpire John Hirschbeck is elected as the first president of the World Umpires Association, which was certified last week by the NLRB.

29th ManagerSparky Anderson, 19th century star Bid McPhee, and Negro League player Norman “Turkey” Stearnes are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.

MARCH

1st Independent arbitrator Shyam Das cuts Braves P John Rocker’s suspension from 28 days to 14 days. Rocker, who is allowed to report to spring training with the team, also has his fine cut.

4thThe Red Sox sign Cuban 1B Juan Diaz, who was declared a free agent after the Dodgers illegally signed him. At 270 pounds, he fits the mold of Red Sox first basemen, but he’ll appear in just 4 games.

8th The Braves announce that P John Smoltz will undergo elbow surgery to repair a torn medial collateral ligament. He will miss the entire season.

16th In a 3-team deal, the Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, and Montreal Expos all exchanged first basemen. Toronto trades David Segui to Texas. The Rangers then send Lee Stevens to the Expos. Montreal then swaps Brad Fullmer to the Blue Jays.

Marlins pitcher A. J. Burnett ruptures a ligament in his right thumb during a fielding practice drill. He will be sidelined for 10-12 weeks.

18th The Mets trade P Jesse Orosco to the Cardinals for IF/OF Joe McEwing. The Mets had acquired the four-decade vet in December.

20th The new World Umpires Association agrees to consolidate all umpires as part of an interim agreement with the commissioner’s office. The umps will merge beginning with this season.

21st Padres OF Al Martin is arrested on charges that he exchanged punches with a woman who claimed to be his wife. Shawn Haggerty-Martin said the couple were married in Las Vegas two years ago. Martin said the couple had the ceremony, but that he didn’t think it was real. Haggerty-Martin contends that the outfielder is a bigamist.

23rd The Cardinals obtain All-star OF Jim Edmonds from the Angels in exchange for P Kent Bottenfield and 2B Adam Kennedy.

Yankees OF Tim Raines announces his retirement after 21 major league seasons.

The Cubs send busted-arm pitcher Rodney Myers to the Padres for Gary Matthews, Jr., whom they option to Iowa (AAA).

25th  Boston pitcher Juan Pena is hit on the right wrist by a ball off the bat of the Reds Sean Casey during a spring training game. According to the Sox, he suffers a torn MCL in his right elbow and will be out of the ML.

27th The Blue Jays sign former Rookie of the Year OF Marty Cordova to a contract.

The White Sox obtain SS Jose Olmedo from the Indians for future considerations. Tomorrow, they option SS Mike Caruso to Charlotte.

28th  The Phillies obtain 2B Mickey Morandini from the Expos for cash.

29th The Cubs open the major league season in the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, by defeating the Mets, 5-3, in the first big league game ever played outside of North America. Jon Lieber gets the victory and new ace Mike Hampton takes the loss. Shane Andrews hits the first HR of the new millennium. Mark Grace and Mike Piazza also homer.

The Astros and Phils swap lefty pitchers, with Houston getting Yorkis Perez and the Phils receiving Trever Miller.

Diamondbacks slugger Matt Williams breaks a bone in his right foot in the D’Backs last exhibition game in Tucson versus the Mariners when the All-star 3B fouls a Frankie Rodriguez pitch off his foot. Williams broke the same bone in 1995 and missed 68 games.

30th The Mets defeat the Cubs in the Tokyo Dome, 5-1, in 11 innings on Benny Agbayani’s pinch-hit grand slam to dead centre, off Danny Young, the first of four appearances before the reliever is demoted. Rey Ordoñez commits an error in the game, ending his major league record streak of 101 consecutive errorless games at SS. With a swipe of 2B, Rickey Henderson joins Ted Williams as the only players to steal a base in each of 4 decades.

The Rockies sign AL stolen base champ Brian Hunter to a contract.

APRIL

1stAutoZone Park opens in Memphis, replacing Tim McCarver Stadium as the home of the AAA Memphis Redbirds. It is owned and operated by the Memphis Redbirds Foundation, a non-profit corporation. At a cost of $80.5 million ($72 in bonds), the stadium is and will remain for the next decade, the most expensive minor-league stadium constructed.

3rd In Ken Griffey Jr.’s debut as a Red, the Reds and Brewers play to a 3-3 tie, called in the 6th inning because of rain. It is the first tie game on Opening Day in 35 years.

In their opener, the Rangers defeat the White Sox, 10-4, as OF Gabe Kapler becomes the first player to homer in his first 2 at bats as a Ranger. C Ivan Rodriguez also hits a pair of HRs for Texas before the largest regular-season crowd in the team’s history. Ranger starter Kenny Rogers ties Frank Viola for third place in consecutive home wins with the victory over Mike Sirotka. Rogers has won 19 consecutive home games and hasn’t lost on his own turf since June 28, 1997, a span of 1,012 days (through April 4). Ray Kremer of the Pittsburgh Pirates holds the record of 22 consecutive home wins set in 1926-27: Lefty Grove of Boston (1938-41) is 2nd with 20 straight home wins.

The Blue Jays defeat the Royals, 5-4, as SS Tony Batista and OF Shannon Stewart each homer twice.

The Braves beats the Rockies, 2-0, as Andres Galarraga homers in his first game back after missing the entire 1999 season following cancer surgery.

Steve Trachsel pitches 7 shutout innings and Fred McGriff has 3 hits, including a 5thinning grand slam off Brad Radke, and the Devil Rays spoil the Twins opener, 7-0.

The Dodgers defeat the Expos, 10-4, behind Eric Karros’ grand slam. OF Vladimir Guerrero hits a pair of homers for Montreal as a new major league record for opening day is set with 5 players having multiple HR games.

4th The Rockies defeat the Braves, 5-3. Atlanta SS Rafael Furcal goes 2-for-4 in his major league debut, becoming the first big league player born in the 1980s. It will come out later that Furcal shaved 2 years off his birth year, which was really 1978.

Ugueth Urbina strikes out the Dodgers in the top of the ninth on nine pitches tying the ML record. Since it comes in the ninth inning of a 10-4 Expos loss before a small crowd, nobody seems to notice this particular feat.

At the Opener in Pittsburgh, Houston’s Richard Hidalgo drives in all 5 runs, 4 on a grand slam, to lead the Astros to a 5–2 win. Shane Reynolds is the winning pitcher. John Vader Wal has a 2-run pinch HR for the Bucs in the 7th, his 14th career pinch HR.

5th Lennie Harris belts a 1stinning grand slam, off Paul Byrd, as the Diamondbacks bite the Phillies, 11-3, with Mike Morgan picking up the save. Arizona is Morgan’s 12th major league team, an ML record. (though Bobo Newsom switched teams more often). He also becomes the 25th player, and 9th pitcher, to appear in 4 decades. Earlier today, Jesse Orosco of the Cardinals became the 24th player, and 8th pitcher, to do so. (See also Elmer Valo, September 30, 1939).

The Reds sign Ron Villone, released 3 days ago by the Indians.

6th The Pirates defeat the Astros, 10-1, as OF Brian Giles goes 5-5, including 2 homers and a triple. Pittsburgh P Francisco Cordova does not give up a hit to Houston until one man is out in the 8th inning.

In St. Louis, Fernando Tatis hits a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs, while J.D. Drew contributes two homers, one a grand slam, as the Cardinals paste the Cubs, 13-3. Garrett Stephenson is the winner.

The Royals defeat the Blue Jays, 9-3, as rookie P Chad Durbin allows just 1 hit in 6 innings in his first big league start, and second big league appearance. The Royals score all 9 of their runs in the 6th inning.

7th 41,583 fans, including George W. Bush, are on hand for the opener at brand-new Enron Field. Enron president Kenneth Lay throws out the first ball. Led by Randy Wolf’s 7 strong innings, the Phillies top the Astros, 4–1. Octavio Dotel gives up 2 runs before leaving in the 7th with the loss.  Scott Rolen and Ron Gant homer for the Phillies, while Richard Hidalgo goes deep for the Astros.

The Orioles defeat the Tigers, 14-10. The two teams combine to hit 5 HRs in the 5th inning, tying the major league mark.

The Indians defeat the Devil Rays, 14-5, in Tampa Bay’s home opener, scoring 9 runs in the 2nd inning. Omar Visquel hits a grand slam in the frame. Wade Boggs’ uniform #12 is retired by the Devil Rays prior to the game. It is the only number to be issued only once by the Rays.

A total of 57 home runs are hit in the 15 games played, for a new major league record. The previous mark of 55 was set in 17 games last August 13. There were 36 homers hit in the AL, smashing the previous mark for a single league.

Berley W. Visgar is sentenced to 90 days in jail, and fined $1,000, for jumping outfielder Bill Spiers in a game played last September 24.

A boy who was struck in the head with a baseball before a Florida Marlins game in 1997 is awarded $1.05 million by a state court jury. Andrew Klein has permanent brain damage since the injury during batting practice as he took part in a pregame `”Bullpen Buddies” program with 100 other youngsters at Pro Player Stadium. A line drive hit by Ray Lankford came into the stands and struck Andrew in the left temple.

The Reds obtain P Manny Aybar from the Rockies for P Gabe White.

8th Toronto’s David Wells allows 9 hits in shutting out the Rangers, 4–0. Kenny Rogers loses at home ending his 19-game home winning streak, the third longest in ML history. The streak dates to June 28, 1997 when Rogers was with the Yankees. Since then he’s pitched for Oakland and the Mets.

The Dodgers score 4 runs in the 9th and 1 in the 10th to defeat the Mets, 6-5. Dodger Pitcher Kevin Brown breaks the pinkie on his throwing hand during the game and will be out 3-to-4 weeks.

Andres Gallaraga’s grand slam is the difference for Atlanta as they beat the Giants, 7-5. Greg Maddux (2-0) goes 7 innings and hits his second career triple.

The Cardinals announce plans for a new $370 million ballpark, possibly to open in time for the 2004 season.

9th The Twins defeat the Royals, 13-7. In the process they become the first teams in history to each hit back-to-back-to-back HRs in the same game. Ron Coomer, Jacque Jones, and Matt LeCroy hit consecutive blasts for Minnesota in the 6th inning, followed by 3 in a row by Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye, and Mike Sweeney of Kansas City an inning later.

In Oakland, the A’s overpower the White Sox, 14-2, with the help of the Giambi brothers. Jason Giambi belts a grand slam and drives in 5 runs while Jeremy has a triple and 2 RBI.

10th The Rockies beat the Reds, 7-5, despite Ken Griffey Jr.’s 400th career HR. Griffey is the youngest in history to reach that milestone.

11th The Dodgers edge the Giants, 6-5, in the first game played at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco. SS Kevin Elster leads the Dodger attack with 3 HRs.

The Tigers sink the Mariners, 5-2, in the first game played at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Houston scores 6 in the 3rdand the Cards come back with 7 in the 7thas St. Louis beats the Astros, 10-3. Thomas Howard’s pinch grand slam in the 7this the big blow.

In Denver, Dmitri Young has 4 hits, including a homer, and Ken Griffey Jr. hits a grand slam and drives in 5 to pace the Reds to a 10-3 win over the Rockies.

The Red Sox defeat the Twins, 13-4, scoring 8 runs in the 2nd inning.

12thRichard Hidalgo has 3 hits, including 2 doubles and a HR to lead the Astros to a 7-5 win over the Cardinals. The game is tied, 5-5 in the bottom of the 7th, before Hidalgo gives the Astros the lead with a 2-RBI double. Jim Edmonds ties Chick Hafey’s club record by reaching base safely 12 consecutive times. Hafey set the record in 1929.

13th The Rockies defeat the Cardinals, 12-6, scoring 10 runs in the 2nd inning.

The Devil Rays purchase P Dwight Gooden from the Astros. Doc will go 2-3 in his hometown before the Rays release him at the end of May. He’ll sign with the Yankees.

Couldn’t have done it better myself.  In an 11-7 loss to the Dodgers, Barry Bonds hits a 1st-inning home run and then in the 7th, with the Dodgers ahead of the Giants 10-3, is pinch-hit for by Calvin Murray.  Murray hits his first ML homer, off Onan Masaoka.  It is the only time that a Giants pinch hitter for Bonds connects on a homer.

14th The Mets outlast the Pirates, 8-5, in 12 innings. Catcher Mike Piazza gets 5 hits for NY, including a double and 2 HRs.

At Qualcomm Stadium, Jeff Bagwell hits a grand slam, one of 3 Houston homers, as the Astros beat the Padres, 10-4.

At Fenway, Eric Chavez hits a grand slam in Oakland’s 6-run 1stinning as the A’s pummel the Red Sox, 13-6. Jason Giambi adds a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs.

15th The Orioles defeat the Twins, 6-4, as Cal Ripken Jr. gets the 3,000th hit of his illustrious career. Ripken goes 3-for-5 in becoming the 24th player to reach the milestone, and the 7th to get 3,000 hits and 400 HRs.

Pedro Martinez (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 9 SO) paces the Red Sox to a 14–2 win over the A’s Tim Hudson. Carl Everett had 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and 4 RBI.Three sons of former major-league umpires work the game: Jerry (son of Shag) Crawford, Mike (son of Lou) DiMuro and Brian (son of Tom) Gorman.

16th The Mariners rout the Blue Jays, 19-7, as SS Alex Rodriguez strokes 3 HRs, drives in 7 runs, and scores 5 runs. One of the homers is a grand slam in the 8th, off Pedro Borbon, who served up a slam yesterday to Edgar Martinez.

The Padres defeat the Astros, 13-3, as OF Al Martin sets a team record by scoring 5 runs in the contest.

The Indians defeat the Rangers, 2-1, behind Chuck Finley. Finley, the only pitcher in history to fan 4 batters in an inning on 2 occasions, performs the feat for a record 3rd time, fanning 4 Texas batters in the 3rd inning.

The Cardinals and Rockies split a doubleheader, with St. Louis winning the 1st game, 9-3, and the Rockies taking the 2nd, 14-13. Colorado scores 8 runs in the 6th inning of the nightcap, while St. Louis 2B Fernando Vina strokes 5 hits for the Cards.

Texas Rangers OF Rusty Greer has surgery to remove bone chips from his right ankle. He will be out of action for six weeks.

17th Major league owners vote to approve the $96 million sale of the Kansas City Royals to team chairman, David Glass.

At the Skydome, the Blue Jays knock out the Angels with a 5-run 8thto win, 7-1. Raul Mondesi hits a solo homer, and Brad Fullmer connects for a grand slam.

18th The Angels defeat the Blue Jays, 16-10, as second baseman Adam Kennedy drives home 8 runs for Anaheim. Kennedy hits a grand slam and a bases-loaded triple, the first time a player has done that since Luis Olmo in 1945. The last American Leaguer to do it was Harry Heilmann in 1928. Craig Grebeck, Raul Mondesi, and Carlos Delgado hit back-to-back-to-back homers for the Jays in the 6th inning.

Robin Ventura hits a grand slam in the 4thinning to give the Mets a 9-2 lead, and the hang on to defeat the Brewers, 10-7.

The White Sox outslug the Mariners, 18-11, scoring 11 runs in the 4th inning.

The Giants defeat the Reds, 13-9, as OF Barry Bonds scores 5 runs for San Francisco.

19th The Astros top the Dodgers, 10-3, as LA starter Orel Hershiser ties a modern major league record by hitting four batters in only 1 1/3 innings of work. OF Richard Hidalgo is hit by 2 of Hershiser’s pitches, and is also plunked by reliever Matt Herges, to tie another ML mark. The 5 HPB also ties another 20th century mark by both pitchers and batters, done by Atlanta and Cincinnati on July 2, 1969.

Trot Nixon has 4 hits, including a grand slam in the 6th, off Jim Poole, as Boston homers 5 times to beat the host Tigers, 10-0. Brian Rose goes 6 innings to earn the win.

The A’s connect for 4 homers, including a grand slam by Miguel Tejada, to beat the Indians, 10-5. Robbie Alomar has a pair of homers for the Tribe.

20th The Reds defeat the Giants, 11-1, as Pokey Reese gets 5 hits, including a double. Ken Griffey Jr. hits a pair of HRs for Cincinnati.

The Marlins defeat the Pirates, 3-2 in 14 innings, with P Vic Darensbourg getting the win in relief. It is Darensbourg’s first major league win, ending the longest streak of winless appearances at the start of a career at 123. His career record in the majors before today was 0-8.

Pitcher Rick Ankiel homers and batterymate Eli Marrero clubs 2 homers, including a grand slam, as the Cardinals defrock the Padres, 14-1.

Sammy Sosa has a double and a grand slam to drive in 6 runs for the Cubs as they whip the host Expos, 10-6.

The Indians defeat the A’s, 9-5. John Jaha strikes out 5 times for Oakland to tie a major league mark, last done by Jim Thome on April 9.

Rick Ankiel pitches 5 shutout innings and contributes 3 hits as the Cardinals pound the Padres, 14-1. Batterymate Eli Marrero drives in 5 runs, 4 on a grand slam.

The Blue Jays come back to beat the Angels, 12-11. Anaheim, down 11-2, scores 8 runs in the 6th inning. Darrin Fletcher drives in 5 runs for the Jays, 4 on a grand slam.

21st The Twins defeat the Rangers, 10-5, as Ron Coomer slugs 2 HRs and drives home 7 runs for Minnesota.

At Cinergy Field, the Dodgers down the Reds, 9-2. Kevin Elster caps the LA scoring with a 9th inning grand slam.

The Angels down the Devil Rays, 9-6. Mo Vaughn and Tim Salmon hit back-to-back homers for Anaheim in the 4th inning, then repeat the feat in the 9th. Troy Glaus also homers in those same 2 innings, marking the first time in major league history that 3 players homer in the same inning twice in the same game. The 3 players with 2 HRs in the game ties another ML record.

22nd The White Sox defeat the Tigers, 14-6, in a game marked by two brawls and 11 ejections. Chicago OF Chris Singleton goes 5-for-5, including a double and HR, and drives home 5 runs for the White Sox.

The Rockies clip the Cardinals, 7-6. Mark McGwire and Fernando Tatis homer for St. Louis as the Cards set an NL mark for most HRs in the month of April (42).

23rd The Yankees score 7 runs in the 4th inning on their way to a  10-7 win over the Blue Jays. New York OF Bernie Williams and C Jorge Posada each hit HRs from both sides of the plate, marking the first time in major league history that a pair of teammates switch-hit homers in the same game. Jose Cruz hits a leadoff homer for Toronto for the second straight game. He had 2 homers yesterday.

The Dodgers beat the Reds, 11-3, scoring 8 runs in the 6th inning.

The Giants defeat the Diamondbacks, 12-7, scoring 8 runs in the 1st inning.

Placido Palenco hits a grand slam in the 2ndinning to pace the Cardinals to a 6-3 win over the Rockies.

25th Several players and coaches skip Tuesday’s games to join the work stoppage begun by Miami’s Cuban-American community to protest Elian Gonzalez’s removal from his relative’s Miami home. Gonzalez was reunited with his father in Cuba.

The Expos obtain P Brad Rigby from the Royals in exchange for P Miguel Batista.

26th The Cardinals whitewash the Brewers, 7-0, as Rick Ankiel, Jim Edmonds, and Fernando Tatis all hit HRs. This gives St. Louis 50 homers for April, setting a new ML mark.

Jermaine Dye hit a pair of homers off Tampa Bay starter Ryan Rupe, the first being a grand slam, as Kansas City edges the Rays, 7-6. Mark Quinn’s 2-out single in the 9thdrives in the winning run.

Pat Meares has a grand slam as the host Pirates hold on to beat the Padres, 9-8.

Frank Thomas has a grand slam and 5 RBI to lead the White Sox to an 11-6 win over the Orioles. Three other Sox sock homers.

27th The Cubs defeat the Astros, 12-3, as they hit 4 HRs in the 1st inning of their game at Enron Field. Jose Lima serves up all 4 dingers to tie the ML record for an inning. Henry Rodriguez has two of the homers, one a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs.

The White Sox trip the Orioles, 13-4, as Chicago SS Jose Valentin hits for the cycle doing it in order. Valentin singles in the 1st inning, doubles in the 2nd, triples in the 3rd, and homers in the 7th.

John Vander Wal hits Pittsburgh’s second grand slam in two games, but that is all of the Pirates scoring as they lose to San Diego, 12-4. Ryan Klesko hits his second 9thinning homer in two days as the Padres plate 6 in the frame.

Major league baseball announces what is believed to be a record 16 suspensions for a total of 82 games to members of the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers for their parts in two brawls in last Saturday’s game between the teams. Managers Phil Garner and Jerry Manuel are suspended for 8 games apiece, Detroit coach Juan Samuel for 15 games, and Tigers 3B Dean Palmer for 8 games.

28th The Astros whitewash the Brewers, 7-0, behind Chris Holt’s 1-hitter. Ron Belliard’s single is the only Milwaukee hit.

29th The Giants finally win, beating the Expos, 2-1, for their 1st victory at Pacific Bell Park. They are the first team to lose 6 straight game to begin play in a newly constructed home park.

Gary Sheffield has three extra base hits, including 2 homers, in the first three innings as the Dodgers outslug the Marlins, 13-12.

Ben Grieve clubs a 10thinning grand slam, off Eddie Guardado, to lift the Athletics to a 6-2 win over the Twins.

Led by Edgardo Alfonzo and Todd Pratt, with 4 hits each, the Mets pepper the host Rockies for 23 hits in a 13-6 win.

30th The Diamondbacks defeat the Cubs, 6-0, as Randy Johnson becomes just the 3rd pitcher in modern history to win 6 games in April.

The Cardinals defeat the Phillies, 4-3, as Mark McGwire and Jim Edmonds hit HRs. St. Louis finishes the month with 55 homers, a new record for April. It also ties the NL mark for homers in any month.

Getting 2-run homers from Mark Quinn and Joe Randa, Kansas City beats Seattle, 6–3. After getting rocked in his last 2 outings, Jose Rosado (2–2) goes 5 2/3 innings before a 50-minute rain delay ends his day. He gets the win, but this is his last ML appearance as a torn shoulder cartilage, suffered on opening day, sidelines him.

Edgardo Alfonzo has 4 hits, including a homer, and drives in 4 runs as the New York Mets prevail in a 14-11 win at Coors Field. Tom Goodwin has a grand slam and 5 RBI for the Rockies.

Adam Piatt, the Texas League triple crown winner last year (the only other this century was Del Pratt, in 1927, at the age of 39) hits his first ML homer and adds a pair of triples in the A’s 8-2 victory over the Twins.  Ben Grieve is 4-for-4.

Going deep. Major league batters set a record for most homers in a month by hitting 931 in April. The total is 140 more than the number hit last season.

MAY

1st The Rockies defeat the Expos, 15-8, as OF Todd Helton slams 3 HRs for Colorado. The two teams combined for a Coors Field record 10 homers in the game.

The Giants defeat the Mets, 10-3, as Barry Bonds hits the first splashdown homer, off Rich Rodriguez, in Pacific Bell Park history. His 11th homer of the year drops into McCovey Cove just past the right field wall. Bonds will splash a pair on May 10th.

2nd The Royals score 3 runs in the 10th inning to defeat the A’s, 8-7. Oakland P Jason Isringhausen, who was 14-for-14 in career saves, was 2 outs away from tying the major league mark for consecutive saves to start a career.

The Braves defeat the Dodgers, 5-3, to become the first NL team in 49 years to win 15 consecutive games. The last team to do so was the 1951 NY Giants. While pitching the 9th inning, Atlanta P John Rocker is approached by a fan who runs out of the stands. Before security can get to him, the man turns his back to Rocker, drops his pants, and moons the pitcher. The Braves’ streak will end tomorrow.

The fireworks continue at Coors Field as 5 homers are hit, including a 1st-inning grand slam by Jeffrey Hammonds, in the Rockies 12-6 victory over the Expos.

Livan Hernandez wins his first of the year, a 7-1 complete game win over the visiting Mets.  Bobby Estalella helps with a grand slam for the Giants.

In Kerry Wood’s comeback game following surgery, the fireballer sets down Houston for 6 innings, allowing 3 hits and one run. The Cubs make it easy, scoring 10 runs in the first 5 innings. Wood helps himself with one of the 3 Cubs homers: batterymate Joe Girardi has a 3-run homer and Willie Greene is 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs.  Brian Williams gets the save and goes 1-for-1 in his 100thcareer plate appearance.  He is the only batter with 100 PAs to have a lower OBP (.174) than BA (.176).

3rd The Rockies bash the Expos, 16-7, setting a team record in the process by stroking 24 hits. OF Todd Helton goes 5-for-5 in the contest, while all 9 Colorado starters get at least 1 hit and 1 RBI each.

The A’s defeat the Royals, 14-5, scoring 8 runs in the 7th inning. Oakland gets a team record 10 hits in the inning, sending 13 men to the plate.

The Major League Baseball Players Association again denies several major-leaguers admission to the union. The players crossed picket lines during the 1994-95 strike becoming replacement players. These players don’t pay union dues, receive full pension benefits, and can to use the Association’s grievance procedure. However, they do not receive a share of royalties from the sale of baseball merchandise. Historian Stuart Shea notes the players are the only ex-replacements currently on major-league rosters: Benny Agbayani and Rick Reed, Mets; Trinidad Hubbard, Kerry Ligtenberg, Keith Lockhart of the Braves; Cory Lidle and Damien Miller, Diamondbacks; Keith Osik and Rich Loiselle, Pirates; Matt Herges, Dodgers; Joe Slusarski, Astros; Shane Spencer, Yankees; Jeff Tam, A’s; Donne Wall, Padres.

4th The Phillies bash the Reds, 14-1, as OF Doug Glanville gets 5 hits. The Phils tie the ML record by hitting 4 consecutive doubles in the 1st inning.

5th In a slugfest, the Rangers overcome an 8-run deficit to defeat the A’s, 17-16, The teams tie an AL record as all 18 starting players scored at least 1 run.

Atlanta C Eddie Perez is put on the DL with a torn rotator cuff, and is likely out for the season.

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda is named manager of the United States’ Olympic baseball team, which will compete in September in Sydney, Australia.

6th The Yankees defeat the Orioles, 3-1, as Roger Clemens records his 250th career victory. He is the 39th pitcher to reach the mark.

Devil Rays defeat the Red Sox, 1-0, ending Pedro Martinez’s 13-game winning streak. Martinez strikes out 17 Devil Rays in a losing effort. Steve Trachsel goes the distance to win for Tampa Bay.

In a Japanese League game at the Nagoya Dome against the Yokohama BayStars, home plate umpire Atsushi Kittaka calls a third strike on Dragons infielder Kazuyoshi Tatsunami. Tatsunami contests the call, and his teammates rush from the dugout, surrounding and wrestling the umpire. Kittaka’s uniform is left with spike marks and his ribs are fractured. Three years ago, ML ump Mike DiMuro quit the Japanese Leagues after being pushed in the chest by a batter.

7th The Marlins calcimine the Mets, 3-0, behind Ryan Dempster’s 1-hitter. Mike Piazza’s 6th inning double is the Mets only hit.

The Astros score 7 runs in the 10th inning to defeat the Dodgers, 14-8. Mitch Meluskey gets 5 hits for Houston, including a double. Craig Biggio is twice hit by pitches, and coupled with getting hit twice tomorrow, ties a ML mark last done by Craig Kusick in 1975.

The Twins whitewash the Tigers, 4-0, as manager Tom Kelly gets his 1,000th career win. He is the 46th skipper to reach the milestone.

8th The Angels defeat the A’s, 9-8, despite HRs by brothers Jason and Jeremy Giambi for Oakland. Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero of the Expos were the last brothers to homer in the same game.

The Royals defeat the Tigers, 4-1, in 11 innings. OF Johnny Damon grounded out to start the game, ending his streak of 10 consecutive games with a leadoff hit in the 1st inning. It is the longest such streak since 1975.

Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hits his 12th home run of the season, against the San Francisco Giants. The homer tied “Big Mac” with Jimmie Foxx for ninth place on the all-time list with 534 career homers. McGwire needs just two taters to catch number 8 on the list, Mickey Mantle, at 536.

9th The Cardinals score 8 runs in the 2nd inning on their way to a 13-6 win over the Giants.

10th The Twins defeated the Indians, 10-9, overcoming an 8-1 deficit. It is the biggest comeback in Minnesota’s 40-year history.

The Pirates defeat the Mets, 13-9, as Wil Cordero goes 5-for-5 with a double, HR, and 4 RBIs. The MetsRickey Henderson becomes the 21st major-leaguer to garner 10,000 at bats in his career. Henderson finishes the night with 10,002 ABs and trails only Cal Ripken, Jr. among active players.

Marlins P Ricky Bones is scratched from his start after injuring his lower back watching television. The injury occurs while Bones is relaxing in a clubhouse recliner.

Richard Ankiel, father of Cardinals rookie P Rick Ankiel, is arrested for allegedly throwing a loaded handgun from his car. The elder Ankiel is soon to begin serving an almost 6-year sentence for participating in a cocaine and marijuana trafficking operation.

11th The Marlins edge the Braves, 5-4, as Florida rookie P Joe Strong makes his major league debut at age 37. He is the oldest rookie to debut in a game in nearly 40 years.

The Brewers defeat the Cubs, 14-8, in the longest 9-inning game in NL history. The 4 hour and 22 minute contest features 35 hits and 19 walks. Mark Loretta is 5-for-5 in the game, while Glenallen Hill hits a 490-foot HR, which lands on the roof of a 3-story building across Waveland Avenue.

The Boone brothers battle each other as Bret hits two for San Diego, one inside-the-park, as the host Reds win, 11-9. Aaron Boone breaks a 9-9 tie in the bottom of the 9thwith a homer off the RF foul pole. Afterwards, he is asked about his walkoff dinger. “I refuse to call it a walk-off home run,” says Boone. “It was a game-winning home run.”

Devil Rays defeat the Yankees, 1-0, behind P Steve Trachsel, who hurls the first 7 innings. Trachsel, who defeated the Red Sox, 1-0, in his last start, becomes the first AL pitcher in 24 years to win back-to-back 1-0 games.

12th The Rangers defeat the Angels, 13-11, as P John Wetteland becomes the 12th reliever in history to reach 300 saves. Only Dennis Eckersley has reached the mark in fewer appearances (499) than Wetteland (553).

The Rockies trim the Giants, 15-7, as OF Jeffrey Hammonds homers twice, both 3-run homers–and drives in 7 runs. Todd Helton has 4 hits, including 3 doubles, and Armando Rio has a pair of homers and 5 RBI for the Giants.

At Three Rivers, Jimmy Haynes (5-2) pitches into the 8thinning as Milwaukee whips the Pirates, 6-1. Henry Blanco belts a 2nd-inning grand slam, off Jason Schmidt.

Behind Pedro Martinez’ AL-record tying performance, the Red Sox sink the Orioles, 9–0. Pedro allows 2 hits and strikes out 15; he has struck out 32 in 2 consecutive games.

Texas P Justin Thompson undergoes surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. He will miss the entire season.

Phillies 1B Rico Brogna undergoes surgery to repair a broken left forearm. He is expected to be out 10-to-12 weeks.

Angels P Kent Mercker is hospitalized following a cerebral hemorrhage. He had left Anaheim’s game Thursday night complaining of headaches and dizziness. Doctors say the bleeding has stopped and that Mercker is completely coherent.

The Devil Rays obtain P Mark Guthrie from the Cubs for veteran OF Dave Martinez.

13th The Diamondbacks defeat the Padres, 6-2, as Todd Stottlemyre wins the 136th game of his career. He joins his father, Mel, as the first father-son duo to combine for 300 wins.

The Mets release all-time stolen base leader Rickey Henderson. He’ll quickly sign with Seattle.

14th The Expos defeat the Cubs, 16-15, despite 2 HRs and 7 RBIs by Chicago OF Henry Rodriguez. OF Sammy Sosa has 5 hits, including a double, and 5 RBIs for the Cubbies, while Eric Young steals 5 bases.

The Cardinals defeat the Dodgers, 12-10, as 3B Craig Paquette is 5-for-5, with a HR and 4 RBIs.

16th The Dodgers defeat the Cubs, 6-5, in a game at Wrigley Field. The contest is held up for almost 10 minutes when a fan steals Chad Kreuter’s hat and hits him in the back of the head in the 9th inning. Several Dodgers go into the stands where several fans are arrested in the fight that follows. Sixteen players will receive fines or suspensions.

At Shea, the Rockies edge the Mets, 4-3, when rookie Bubba Carpenter hits a pinch homer in the 11thoff Turk Wendell for his first ML roundtripper. Turk prevents any further scoring when he twice picks runners off first base with a fake throw to 3B and a whirl and throw to 1B.  The move will be outlawed in 2013.

The Brewers defeat the Astros, 6-5, in 16 innings. 3B Ken Caminiti gets 5 hits for Houston, including a double.

17th The Rangers defeat the Devil Rays, 11-6, as 1B Frank Catalanotto gets 5 hits in the game.

18th The Cardinals defeat the Phillies, 7-2, behind Mark McGwire’s 3 HRs and 7 RBIs. The homers move McGwire past Mickey Mantle into 8th place on the all-time list with 539.

Must’ve missed the class on holding runners. The Padres defeat the Marlins, 6-2. Florida steals 10 bases in 10 attempts in the game, falling one shy of the modern NL mark. All the steals come with Stan Spencer, the Padres starter, is in the game. Luis Castillo and Cliff Floyd steal 3 apiece, while Mark Kotsay and Preston Wilson each pilfer a pair.

Brothers Wilton and Vlad Guerrero each homer for Montreal, but Arizona emerges the winner, 8-6 scoring two runs in the top of the 9th.

The Rangers defeat the Orioles, 8-7. Frank Catalanotto gets 3 hits for the Rangers, and extends his consecutive hit streak to a team-record 10 before making an out. He does set a team record for reaching base safely in 12 consecutive at bats.

Twins defeat the A’s, 10-5, as Denny Hocking has 5 hits, including 2 doubles and a HR, and 3 RBIs.

19th The Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 13-1, as C Jason Kendall hits for the cycle, becoming the first Pirate ever to do so at Three Rivers Stadium. Kendall homers in the 1st, singles in the 2nd, doubles in the 3rd, and triples in the 8th, driving in 5 runs in the process. The last Pirate to cycle was Wally Westlake in 1949.

20th The Devil Rays defeat the Mariners, 4-3. Rickey Henderson wastes no time hitting a HR in his 1st at bat as a Mariner, increasing his career record for leadoff homers to 76.

Catcher Keith Osik of the Pittsburgh Pirates is pressed into service on as a relief pitcher in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Gene Lamont has Osik finish the game and save the bullpen with the Pirates down, 14-3. Osik made a relief appearance last year giving up four runs in one inning of work, and today is not any better as he allows 5 runs on 5 hits, hits 2 batters, has a wild pitch and hits a 2-run home run in one inning. The final is 19-4.

21st A major league record 6 grand slams are hit on the day, breaking the record of 5, which was set last year. The record-breaker was hit by Anaheim OF Garret Anderson off KC pitcher Chris Fussell in the Angels’ 10-6 loss to the Royals.

The White Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 2-1, despite getting only one hit in the game. Five Toronto errors helped Chicago score 2 unearned runs. C Mark Johnson’s 3rd-inning single is the White Sox’ only hit.

Behind two grand slams and the complete game win by Kevin Brown, the Dodgers gaff the host Marlins, 12-3. Adrian Beltre has a pair of doubles and a slam, and Shawn Green hits another grand slam in the 9th. Gary Sheffield homers in the 9thfor LA, while Cliff Floyd homers for Florida.

The Mariners defeat the Devil Rays, 8-4, as OF Rickey Henderson hits a leadoff HR for the 2nd consecutive game, and for the 77th time in his career.

The Braves defeat the Padres, 12-6, as 1B Andres Galarraga goes 5-for-5, including a double. OF Brian Jordan has 4 hits for Atlanta, including 2 HRs, and drives in 7 runs.

The Giants score 11 runs in the 6th inning on their way to a 16-10 win over the Brewers. OF Terrell Lowery collects 5 hits for SF, including 3 doubles and J.T. Snow hits a grand slam in the 6th. Starter Russ Ortiz is the winner, allowing 10 earned runs, the most earned runs in a win since Bob Friend, in 1954. The last pitcher to notch a win and give up 10 runs—9 earned—was Vida Blue against the Padres on April 19, 1979. The Giants are the second team to score 11 runs in an inning this year. Earlier this season, the White Sox dropped 11 runs against the Seattle Mariners in one inning.

Paced by Jason Giambi’s 2nd grand slam of the season, Oakland scores 8 runs in the 2nd inning and cruises to a 13-4 win over the Twins.

22nd The Brewers defeat the Astros in the 1st game of a DH, 10-9, coming back from a 9-2 deficit to tie the score with 7 runs in the bottom half of the 9th inning. It is a club record rally for the 9th inning. They win the game in the 10th on a HR by Jose Hernandez. Milwaukee also wins the 2nd game of the twinbill, 6-1.

23rd The Orioles defeat the Mariners, 4-2. Seattle’s Rickey Henderson draws his 2,000th career walk in the 9th inning, making him the 3rd player to reach that level, behind Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.

24th The Giants defeat the Expos, 18-0, as pitcher Shawn Estes hits a grand slam and narrowly misses another as he collects 5 RBIs. The game is the Giants largest shutout win in modern times breaking their previous record, 16-0, set on July 3, 1949, against the Dodgers; the previous SF record was 14-0, against the Reds, on August 23, 1961. Their all-time record is a 24-0 win against the Buffalo Bisons, on May 27, 1885. On the other side, the game was also the worst shutout loss in Expos history, breaking the record of 16-0, set against the Cardinals, on August 11, 1980.

The Phillies defeat the Astros, 9-7, overcoming a 7-0 deficit. It is the 2nd time within a week that Houston has blown a 7-run advantage. The Astros also lose CF Roger Cedeno who breaks 2 bones in his right hand and will miss 2 months.

The Reds defeat the Dodgers, 10-3, with OF Dante Bichette leading the way going 5-for-6, with a double and 4 RBIs.

The Cardinals gaff the Marlins, 5-1, as Mark McGwire hits his 20th HR of the year. He becomes the fastest player to ever reach 20 homers, doing so in his 35th game, 6 fewer than Mickey Mantle in 1956 and McGwire himself in 1998.

The Angels defeat the Twins, 6-5, in 10 innings. First sacker Mo Vaughn goes 5-for-5 for Anaheim, with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs.

Sixteen Dodger players and 3 coaches are handed suspensions for going into the stands during a fight with fans at Wrigley Field on May 16. The 19 suspensions are believed to be the most ever stemming from one incident. The suspensions totaled 60 games for the players and 24 games for the coaches. All 19 individuals were also assessed fines.

25th Medical alert! Devil Rays P Wilson Alvarez and Angels SS Gary DiSarcina both undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery and will miss the rest the 2000 season. Phillies P Mike Jackson will undergo his shoulder surgery tomorrow.

26th The Royals defeat the Angels, 9-4, scoring 8 runs in the 6th inning. KC hits 4 HRs in the frame.

Randy Johnson is staked to a 6-run lead in the first to easily beat the Brewers, 9–2. The D’Backs knock out John Snyder, handing him his 8th straight loss. Johnson goes the other way, pitching 7 scoreless innings in beating the Brewers for the 11th straight time (14–4 overall). Johnson, 2-for-3, is lifted for fear he might have aggravated a leg injury sliding into 2B in the 6th.

27th The Marlins defeat the Reds, 8-6. Prior to the game, Cincinnati retires former 1B Tony Perez’s uniform.

28th The Angels defeat the Royals, 8-4, smashing 4 HRs in a 6-run 5th inning. Darin Erstad hits the first, then one out later, Mo Vaughn, Tim Salmon, and Garret Anderson follow with consecutive blasts.

At Yankee Stadium, Pedro Martinez (8-2) fires a shutout, stopping New York, 2-0. Trot Nixon drives in both runs with a 2-out, 2-run homer in the top of the 9thoff starter Roger Clemens (4-5). Martinez becomes the first pitcher since 1900 to make at least 10 starts before June and allow no more than 10 earned runs and 50 hits (as noted by Stats, inc). Justin Verlander will match the mark in 2018.

The Devil Rays sink the Mariners, 14-4, scoring a team-record 11 runs in the 8th inning. Jose Mesa gives up 9 runs in the inning and then is tossed for pitching too close to Mike DeFelice his 2nd time up. His first time up he homered.

Forbesmagazine reports the New York Yankees are worth $540 million, making them the most valuable team in baseball for the 3rd straight year.

29th The Yankees defeat the A’s Olivares, 4-1, on Andy Pettitte’s 2-hitter. In the 6th inning, Oakland 2B Randy Velarde turns an unassisted triple play, just the 11th in history, on a line drive by Shane Spencer. With runners on 1st and 2nd running with the pitch, Velarde tags Jorge Posada as he nears 2B, then touches the bag to retire Tino Martinez. In 1995, while with the Yankees, Velarde turned an unassisted triple play against the Dodgers in spring training following the strike.

The Dodgers defeat the Mets, 4-1, on Shawn Green’s 6th inning grand slam, his second in 8 days. Mets SS Rey Ordoñez breaks his left forearm on a tag play in the 1st inning and will be out the season. His arm hits the helmet of a sliding F.P. Santangelo. The Mets will fill in with various bodies for 2 months before renting Mike Bordick from the O’s.      The Mets and the Reds will agree in July on a trade of Alex Escobar and pitchers Eric Cammack and Jason Saenz for veteran Barry Larkin, but Larkin vetoes the deal because it is not a multi-year contract. Larkin will re-sign with the Reds for 3 years at $27 million.

30th The Cubs release veteran pitcher Brian Williams, who will be signed by Cleveland on June 5th.

At Dodger Stadium, Todd Pratt hits a pinch grand slam in the Mets’ 6-run 9th as New York tops LA, 10-5. John Franco, who got the final out in the 8th, gets the win.

JUNE

1st The Royals defeat the Red Sox, 13-11, scoring 9 runs in the 6th inning to erase an 8-2 deficit.

Boston 3B John Valentin undergoes surgery on his left knee and will miss the rest of the 2000. Valentin suffered the injury on May 29th.

Japanese righthander Tomokazu Ohka, a top prospect with the Pawtucket Red Sox, becomes the first pitcher in nearly 50 years to throw a 9-inning perfect game in the International League. Ohka retired all 27 batters he faced in a 2-0 triumph over the Charlotte Knights. The 24-year-old Ohka needs just 76 pitches to toss the first nine-inning perfect game in the IL since Dick Marlowe did it for Buffalo in 1952.

2nd The Cubs defeat the Tigers, 2-0, as Rick Aguilera picks up the 300th save of his career.

The Mets beat the Devil Rays, 5-3, as Tampa Bay as 1B Fred McGriff hits career HR number 400, making him the 31st player to reach the plateau. On June 4th he gets his 2000th hit in the Devil Rays win.

The Yankees sign Cuban defector Adrian Hernandez to a 4-year $4.4M contract. He will have a fine 2000 in the minors, then go 0-3 in the big leagues before the Yankees release him. He will have a cup of café with the Brewers before going to the minors, leaving his major league stats at 0-6.

The Diamondbacks defeat the Rangers, 5-4. Texas rookie OF Ruben Mateo breaks his leg while running out a grounder and will be out the rest of the season.

The Mets trade former phenom Bill Pulsipher to the Diamondbacks for IF Lenny Harris.

The Expos announce they will wear Maurice Richard’s No. 9 on their uniforms for the rest of the season to honor the Montreal Canadians great who died last week. It is believed to be the first time a major league team has honored an athlete from another sport in this way.

3rd Brian Jordan has 4 RBIs to lead the Braves to a 11-7 win over the Yankees. Greg Maddux (5 2/3 IP, 13 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO) allows hits to the first 4 batters he faces for the first time in his career. Roger Clemens (5 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO) is equally ineffective and neither get a decision. Derek Jeter has 4 hits and 2 walks, just the 6th player to get 4 hits in a game off Maddux.

4th The Yankees edge the Braves, 7-6. Prior to the game, Atlanta P John Rocker confronts Jeff Pearlman, the reporter who wrote the infamous article about him in SportsIllustrated. Rocker reportedly threatens Pearlman, although there is no physical contact between the two.

At Shea, the Devil Rays defeat the Mets, 15-5. SS Felix Martinez and winning pitcher Esteban Yan hit their first career homers on consecutive pitches from Bobby Jones in the 2nd inning. Yan’s HR is on the first pitch he sees in his first major league at bat. He’s the 77th MLer to hit a HR on his first at bat, and just the 4th AL pitcher. The last AL pitcher was California’s Don Rose, in 1972. Yan will go to bat twice in the majors, adding a single and finishing with a 1.000 average.

5th The Braves send P John Rocker to the minors, a day after his latest confrontation with a reporter from Sports Illustrated.

In the 2000 amateur draft, the Marlins use the #1 pick on San Diego prep 1B Adrian Gonzales, who will sign for $3 million. The Cubs, picking third, take Miami HS shortstop Luis Montanez. In between the 2 preps, the Twins take righty Adam Johnson from Cal State-Fullerton. The Expos pick Stanford’s Justin Wayne with the 5th, while the Devil Rays go the prep route taking Rocco Baldelli with the 6th selection. Baldelli was a 7-sports star, including volleyball, in Warwick, RI. The Rockies, picking 7th select prep fireballer Matt Harrington, but the team and high schooler will go through months of contentiousness. Harrington will go back in the draft next year and go through the same experience with the Padres, then get draft thrice more and becoming the poster boy for draft holdout risks. The Padres take Cal-Berkeley infielder Xavier Nady, who will be the first draftee in 5 years to skip the minors and debut in the ML. Xavier signs late and goes 1-for-1 on September 30, win the Cal League MVP in 2001 before undergoing Tommy John surgery. Picking 8th, the Tigers sign Matt Wheatland for $2.15 million, but a shoulder injury limits him to 3 minor league wins.  Picking 12th, the White Sox take Stanford QB Joe Borchard, who will sign for $5.3 million, the highest bonus in the draft, and give up football. The Expos sign Borchard’s Stanford teammate Justin Wayne, the #5 pick, for $2.5 million. The Indians spend $2.25 million on their first two prep picks, SS Corey Smith (26thoverall) and prep pitcher Derek Thompson (37thoverall). Neither make it. The Giants take P Boof Bonzer in the first round: Bonzer will tube this year and go 13–3 in the minors next year. The Braves start a good draft by using the 29thand 30thpicks on two prep players: Adam Wainwright and Canadian Scott Thorman. Other picks on the low rounds are Anthony Gwynn, son of Tony, by the Braves and Virginia Tech star QB Micheal Vicks, by the Rockies. Picking on the 26th round, the Yankees select junior college P Sean Henn in a draft-and-follow move. They will ink the lefty to a $1.7 contract next year.

6th  Depending on your point of view, today is a dark day or a great one for baseball at Edison Field in Anaheim. Down to the Giants by 3 runs in the 7th, the rally monkey makes his first appearance on the Diamondvision, and the Angels rally to win, 6–5 with 2 runs in the 9th. Erstad’s single ties it and Mo Vaughan’s single wins it, all against Robb Nen. Salmon homers in the 8thto win it for the Angels. The Giants took a 3-run lead in the 3rdon a 2-run homer by Benard and a 493-foot shot over the RF fence by Barry Bonds. It is Barry’s 25thof the year, and it is the longest HR ever hit at Edison.

Pitchers take the day off in Cincinnati as the Chicago White Sox top the Reds, 17-12.  Frank Thomas scores 4 runs and knocks in 4 while Carlos Lee has 4 hit and 4 RBI.  Helped by a Dante Bichette grand slam in the 9th, the Reds plate 6 runs to make it respectable.

7th The A’s defeat the Padres, 10-4, as Jason Giambi drives home 7 runs with a single, double, and 2 homers, one a grand slam.  It is his third grand slam of the year.

Anaheim edges the Giants, 10–9, with the help of 5 RBI from Darin Erstad. Erstad hits 2-run homers in the 5thand 6thinnings and a single in the 8th.

Cubs 3B Shane Andrews undergoes successful back surgery to remove a herniated disc. He is expected to be out at least 8 weeks.

At Atlanta, Carlos Delgado has 6 RBI and 2 homers including a grand slam, to pace the Blue Jays to a 12–8 win. Kevin Millwood takes the loss. Blue Jays rookie pitcher Clayton Andrews bloops an apparent single to right for his first ML hit, but Brian Jordan, playing very shallow, throws him out at first. Jordan will throw out 3 runners at 1B this year.

9th Toronto beats it rival Montreal, 13-3, behind homers by Carlos Delgado and Shannon Stewart. Stewart adds 3 doubles and drives in 4 runs.

     The Cubs, Rangers and Marlins complete a 3-way trade, with OF Brant Brown going from Florida to Texas in exchange for P Chuck Smith. The Rangers then send him to the Cubs for vet Dave Martinez.

The Marlins trade OF Danny Bautista to the Diamondbacks for IF Andy Fox.

Pitcher John Rocker makes his first appearance for the Richmond Braves since being sent down by Atlanta. Prior to the game, he again has words with reporters.

10th The Royals defeat the Pirates, 2-1 in 12 innings. Second baseman Warren Morris gets 5 hits in a losing cause.

At Bank One, the Angels pummel the Diamondbacks, 10-3, as Darin Erstad contributes a 2-run double. It is his 100thhit in just his 61stgame of the season, making him the fastest to reach the 100-hit mark since Heinie Manush in 1934 (102 in 60 games).

13th The Tigers defeat the Blue Jays, 16-3. Bobby Higginson drives home 7 runs for Detroit on 2 singles and 2 HRs.

14th  At Camden Yard, the Orioles score 4 in the 8th to tie and push across a run in the 9th to edge the Rangers, 11-10. Albert Belle has a 1st-inning grand slam and B.J. Surhoff drives in 4 runs for the O’s.

15th Albert Belle hits his second grand slam in two days, and adds a solo shot as he drives in 6 runs in Baltimore’s 10-1 win over the Rangers. Belle is the first AL player to accomplish this since Ken Griffey, Jr. a year ago.

The White Sox pummel Pettitte for 6 runs in 5+ innings as they beat the Yankees, 12-3. Brook Fordyce and Paul Konerko each have 3 hits and 3 RBI.  Also coming up with a 3 spot is Yankee 2B Chuck Knoblach who makes 3 errors in 6 innings and pulls himself out of the game,   leaving the Stadium before the game ends.

17th The White Sox edge the host Yankees, 10-9, despite 7 runs driven in by New York’s Bernie Williams. Williams strokes a single, a pair of doubles, and a HR in the losing effort.

The Pirates defeat the Marlins, 4-3. Home plate umpire Greg Bonin suffers a concussion in the 8th inning when a foul ball by Wil Cordero strikes him in the mask.

Ron Belliard hits a leadoff HR for the Brewers and John Snyder pitches 7 strong innings as Milwaukee beats the Mets, 3-2. Belliard will hit another leadoff HR tomorrow in a 7-3 loss.

Darin Erstad laces a double, his 100th hit of the year, in the Angels 10–3 win over Arizona.  Erstad’s hit comes in his 61st game, and he is the fastest to reach 100 hits since Heinie Manush, in 1934.

LSU defeats Stanford, 6-5, to win its 5th College World Series since 1991.

18th The Rockies defeat the Diamondbacks, 19-2, as Colorado Mike Lansing completes the cycle by the 4th inning. Lansing has an RBI triple in the 1st, a 2-run HR in the 2nd, a 2-run double in the 3rd, and a single in the 4th as Colorado stroked a team-record 23 hits. 3B Jeff Cirillo gets 5 hits for the Rockies, including a HR, while Brent Mayne has 4. The Rocks total 10 extra base hits, one short of yesterday’s total against the D’Backs. The win moves the Rockies into 1st place in the NL West, percentage points ahead of the Diamondbacks.

The White Sox continue to pummel the Yankees, 17-4, to give them a sweep of their 4-game series. Chicago scores 9 runs in the 1st inning off El Duque on the way to its team-record 11th straight road victory. They also set a little-known ML mark by winning their 10th straight over a team with a .500 record or better.

The A’s tie a team record as they run over the Royals, 21-3, scoring 10 runs in the 3rd inning. The A’s scored 21 runs on June 14, 1969 against Boston. Every Oakland starters gets at least 1 hit, 1 RBI, and 1 run scored.  Gil Heredia is an easy winner over Jeff D’Amico, making his first ML start.

19th The Yankees embarrass the Red Sox, 22-1. The Yankees break open a close game by scoring 9 times in the 8th inning, and 7 times in the 9th.

20th In an 18-6 win, Detroit and Toronto combine for 10 homers, with Detroit pounding a club-record 8 of them. Nine different players hit homers, tying the AL record. Tony Clark goes deep twice to drive in 4 runs and Jeff Weaver gets the win despite giving up 6 runs in 6 innings.  Chris Carpenter is worse, allowing 9 runs in 2 innings.

The A’s come from behind to tie the Orioles 5-5 in the 8thon Matt Stairs’ solo homer, then go ahead in the same frame on Ramon Hernandez’s 3-run homer.  The A’s win, 8-5, as the Orioles rack up no assists, just the 7thteam to do that.

21st The A’s defeat the Orioles, 10-3, as Eric Chavez becomes the first Oakland player to hit for the cycle at home since the team moved to Oakland in 1968. It is the A’s 8thstraight win, a streak they haven’t done since 1994.

Pat Burrell’s second homer of the game, a 9th-inning grand slam, powers the Phillies to a 10-5 win over the host Mets. The Mets announce that SS Rey Ordoñez will be out for the season because his broken left forearm is not healing properly.

22nd The Cardinals defeat the Giants, 11-10. SF scores 8 runs in the 5th inning in a losing cause.

23rd The A’s defeat the Royals, 10-6, for their 9th straight win. Randy Velarde, Jason Giambi, and Ben Grieve hit consecutive homers for Oakland in the 2nd inning.

The Mets roll over the Pirates, 12-2, scoring 9 runs in the 3rd inning.

The Padres bash the Reds, 10-7 in 10 innings. Bret Boone slugs 3 HRs and drives home 6 runs against his former Cincinnati teammates.

24th The Cardinals defeat the Dodgers, 6-1, behind Mark McGwire’s major-league-leading 28th HR of the season. It is McGwire’s 550th career homer.

The Giants bash the Astros, 13-4, as C Doug Mirabelli strokes 5 hits, including 3 doubles and a HR.

The Reds beat the Padres, 11-5, as Barry Larkin goes 5-for-5 with 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, and 4 runs scored.

The Tigers trim the Indians, 14-8, in the second game of a day-night doubleheader behind OF Bobby Higginson’s 3 HRs and 6 RBIs. The Indians took the first game by a score of 8-1.

25th The man finishes what he starts. Darin Erstad hits a leadoff homer for Anaheim, off Twins starter Mark Redman, then finishes the game in the 11thinning with a 2-out walkoff homer off Eddie Guardado. Erstad has 3 hits and 3 runs in the 7-6 Angels victory over the Twins.

26th The Padres defeat the Dodgers, 9-5, scoring 8 runs in the 2nd inning.

The Diamondbacks defeat the Astros, 6-1. Arizona rookie 1B Alex Cabrera hits a PH 2-run HR off Yorkis Perez in his first major league at bat. In the starting lineup tomorrow, he’ll triple in his first at bat. Cabrera will hit 4 homers and collect 13 RBI in his first week. This follows a tear in the Texas League where Cabrera hit 35 homers in just 212 at bats, good enough to lead the league.

27th The Devil Rays defeat the Blue Jays, 11-1. In doing so, Tampa Bay end Toronto’s streak of 23 consecutive games with at least 1 HR—2 shy of the major league mark.

Heavy medical news. Houston reliever Billy Wagner undergoes surgery to repair a partially torn flexor tendon and is out for the year. Pitchers Anaheim’s Jason Dickson and Tampa Bay’s Juan Guzman, undergoes arthroscopic surgery on their right shoulders and will miss the remainder of the season.

The Dodgers release veteran P Orel Hershiser, who announces his retirement.

The Diamondbacks release Bernard Gilkey, who drove in just 50 runs over three seasons, but they still must pay Gilkey $500,000 a year for the next 30 years. The Red Sox will sign Gilkey on July 4thfor the rest of the season.

The Atlanta Braves back off from their decision to bar from their chartered flights 4 team announcers who had raised questions about the catcher’s box at Turner Field. After TBS discussed the width of the catcher’s box in a game against the Brewers 3 days ago, Skip Caray, Pete Van Wieren, Joe Simpson and Don Sutton were kicked off a flight to Montreal and had to take a commercial flight. TBS aired a video showing the catcher’s box was 4 to 5 inches smaller than it was the previous night, when Milwaukee management complained about where Braves catcher Javy Lopez was setting up. Opposing teams have long said that Atlanta pitchers are given the benefit of an extra-wide strike zone, particularly on the outside corners. Catchers who set up wide of the plate can increase the chances of an outside pitch being called a strike. The video was shown after a rare balk call against Fernando Lunar, the Braves catcher. Home-plate umpire John Shulock ruled that Lunar set up with his right foot outside the 43-inch-wide box. The balk led to Milwaukee’s first run and a heated argument between Shulock and Braves manager Bobby Cox, who was ejected. Atlanta lost the game 2-1.

28th The Rockies overcome a 7-run deficit to defeat the visiting Giants, 17-13, as 3B Jeff Cirillo slugs a double and 3 homers, drives home 6 runs, and scores 5 himself.  Cirillo’s 3rd homer, a 2-run shot off John Johnstone, breaks a 12–12 tie.

The Orioles nip the Red Sox, 8-7 in 11 innings, as B.J. Surhoff goes 5-for-6 for Baltimore, stretching his hitting streak to 21 games.

29th The Royals defeat the Indians, 6-1. Bartolo Colon takes the loss for Cleveland, in the process becoming just the fifth pitcher in major league history to start a game by walking the first 4 batters he faces. He leaves in the 4th after serving up consecutive homers to Joe Randa and Carlos Beltran, then recording an out and a walk.

In a prescient move, the Yankees obtain OF David Justice from the Indians for OF Ricky Ledee and two players to be named. When Shane Spencer goes down in 10 days, Justice will take over LF. Justice, with 58 RBI, will knock in another 60 with the Yankees, the first player to collect 50 RBIs in a season with two teams. Mike Piazza in 1998 with LA-FLA-NY is the only player to have a 100-RBI season while playing with three teams. The trade occurs minutes before the start of the game against Detroit, an 8–0 Yankee win, and Ledee is scratched from the lineup.       The Yanks tie a ML record with 3 sac flies in one inning in their 8-0 win over the Tigers. Andy Pettitte scatters 5 hits in the whitewash.

30th Trailing by a score of 8-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning, the Mets score a team-record tying 10 runs and defeat the Braves, 11-8. Mike Piazza’s 3-run HR is the deciding blow as NY score 9 of the runs with 2 outs.

Tampa Bay scores 2 in the 8thoff Jeff Nelson to beat the Yankees, 6–4. Jim Mecir (6-1) is the winner.

The Cubs outlast the Brewers, 7–4, in 15 innings. Fifteen pitchers appear in the match with Leyrault the loser.

The Red Sox seemingly answer their third base needs by acquiring Ed Sprague from the Padres for minor league IF Cesar Saba and P Dennis Tankersley.

Ila Borders, the first woman to play in men’s professional baseball, retires at age 26. Borders was pitching for the Zion Pioneerzz of the Western Baseball League.

JULY

1st On Canada’s 133rd birthday, Florida’s Ryan Dempster and Montreal’s Mike Johnson hook up in a rare matchup of Canadian starters. Dempster comes out on top as the Marlins defeat the Expos by a score of 6–5. Johnson hails from Edmonton, Alberta, while Dempster is a native of Sechelt, British Columbia. Theirs is the first matchup of Canadian-born starters since last September when Dempster took on Eric Gagne of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

3rd The White Sox outslug the Royals, 14-10, scoring 8 runs in the 5th inning. Chicago becomes the first team since the 1984 Detroit Tigers to win 12 straight games on the road.

The Marlins defeat the Mets, 2-0 on Derrick Lee’s 2-run homer in the 9th, off Turk Wendell. Jesse Sanchez, 0–6 versus NY, is the winner. The loss ends Mike Piazza’s streak of 15 consecutive games with an RBI, 2 short of the major league mark, but he does have a hit to extend his consecutive-game hit streak to 21 games. He is the first catcher in the 20thCentury to compile two 20-game hitting streaks: he had a 24-game hitting streak last season.

Red Sox beat the Twins, 11-8, hitting 4 HRs and scoring 9 runs in the 4th inning.

4th The Cardinals defeat the Reds, 14-3. St. Louis rookie C Keith McDonald becomes only the third player in St. Louis history to homer in his first major league at bat, doing so as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning against Andy Larkin.

Ray Durham and Jose Valentin homer to lead off the first for the White Sox. Frank Thomas has a solo shot in the 2ndfor Chicago but it is not enough as the Royals win, 10-7.

In the Tigers 11–0 blowout over Tampa Bay, Shane Halter takes over the catching duties in the 8th from Detroit’s Brad Ausmus. Halter has now played every position in the majors: with the Royals, he pitched on July 17, 1998. Dave Mlicki is the winner with Dean Palmer powering a pair of homers.

5th The Diamondbacks trip the Astros, 12-9. Arizona OF Luis Gonzalez becomes the first Diamondback to hit for the cycle, hitting a double in the 1st inning, a single in the 3rd, a triple in the 8th, and a HR in the 9th. It is the 1st time the feat is accomplished in new Enron Field. Gonzalez is just the 9th player to both hit for the cycle and have a 30+ game hitting streak.

The Mets gaff the Marlins, 11–2, behind six innings of one-run pitching from Mike Hampton.  Derek Bell has a 3-run homer and scores 3 times. Rookie Eric Cammack mops up with 2 innings of shutout ball and, in what will be his only ML at bat, hits a triple. He joins Eduardo Rodriguez and Scott Munninghoff as the only pitchers to triple in their only at bat: no pitcher has homered in a lone at bat.

6th The Yankees clip the Orioles, 13-9, scoring 8 runs in the 2nd inning to come back from a 7-run deficit. Sidney Ponson helps with 4 straight walks in the inning. Yankees Scott Brosius ties the ML record for 3B by starting 4 DPs in the game.

The Reds defeat the Cardinals, 12-6. St. Louis rookie C Keith McDonald homers in the 2nd inning, becoming only the second person in major league history to hit HRs in each of his first 2 big league at bats. Bob Nieman, in 1951, is the other. McDonald walks his 3rd time up. McDonald’s 3rdhit this year will also be a homer. He’ll be 0-for-1 next season ending his career with three hits and three homers.

Dodgers P Orel Hershiser announces his retirement.

The American Sportscasters Association names Dodgers legend Vin Scully as the No. 1 sportscaster of the 20th century. Howard Cosell finishes 2nd, followed by Mel Allen and Red Barber.

7th  David Wells (15-2) posts his ML-leading 15th win in Toronto’s 6–3 victory over the Montreal Expos. David Wells becomes just the 2nd pitcher since 1988 to win 15 games before the All-Star break. The portly ace wins his 13th consecutive game on the road, stretching back to September 7, 1999. His only mistake is serving up a gopher to reliever Felipe Lira, who connects for his 1st ML homer. Jose Cruz, Jr. hits his 20th homer, joining teammates Delgado, Batista, and Mondesi as Toronto becomes the first team in ML history with 4 players hitting 20 homers before the All-Star break.

8th The Yankees whip the Mets by identical 4-2 scores in both ends of an unusual day-night doubleheader. With the first game played at Shea Stadium and the nightcap at Yankee Stadium, it is the first time since 1903 that 2 teams played 2 games in different stadiums on the same day. Dwight Gooden wins the first game with a 6-inning effort in his first start since returning to the Yankees. Roger Clemens wins the nightcap and precipitate a near brawl when he drills Mike Piazza in the helmet with an inside fastball. Piazza suffers a concussion.

The Reds defeat the Indians, 14-5, as Ken Griffey Jr. hits 2 HRs and drives in 8 runs for Cincinnati. Chris Stynes strokes 5 hits for the Reds.

The Tigers defeat the Brewers, 4-2 in 15 innings. Twenty Milwaukee batters strike out in the contest to set a new franchise mark.

9th Houston’s Jose Lima ends his 13-game losing streak and the Astros beat the Royals, 9-6.

In the Padres 4–3 win over the Rangers, closer Trevor Hoffman becomes the 17th pitcher to record 250 career saves.

The Angels win over the Rockies, 10-4, as OF Darin Erstad gets 4 hits. Erstad now has 144 safeties, the most by any player at the All-Star break since Ralph Garr had 149 in 1974.

Led by 1B Tyler Houston, who strokes 3 HRs and drives home 6 runs, the Brewers beat the Tigers, 10-3.

The Yankees lose to Mike Hampton and the Mets, 2–0. Benitez closes for the Mets, while Andy Pettitte is the loser.  The Yanks also lose Shane Spencer, who blows out his knee and ends his season. The game at Shea draws 54,283, the largest regular season crowd for the Mets since 1970.

10th Sammy Sosa wins the All-Star Game Home Run Derby by defeating defending champ, Ken Griffey Jr., in the finals.

11th The American League wins its 4th consecutive All-Star Game, beating the National League, 6-3. Derek Jeter of the Yankees and Chipper Jones of the Braves each go 3-for-3 in the contest. Jeter takes MVP honors, while Chicago’s James Baldwin gets the victory.

12th The Yankees obtain P Denny Neagle and OF Mike Frank from the Reds in exchange for 3B Drew Henson, OF Jackson Melian, and pitchers Brian Reith and Ed Yarnell.

The Braves swap pitchers Bruce Chen and Jimmy Osting to the Phillies for P Andy Ashby. Chen, who made 22 appearances for the Braves this year, all in relief, will make 15 appearances for the Phils—all starts (as noted by Wayne McElreavy).

13th  The Dodgers edge the Angels, 4–3, in 10 innings but not before California executes an unusual play. After the Dodgers Adrian Beltre triples off the newly renovated RF fence in the bottom of the 10th, the Angels move LF Darin Erstad to the infield to prevent the run scoring. Erstad, playing at about 2B, throws out Kevin Elster for an OF assist. Jim Leyritz then singles in the run.

14th Atlanta 2B Quilvio Veras tears the ACL in his right knee. He will miss the remainder of the season.

15th The White Sox defeat the Cardinals, 15-7, scoring 9 runs in the 7th inning. OF Eric Davis goes 5-for-5 for St. Louis.

A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball club is auctioned for a record $1.1 million on eBay. Other high priced items in the auction include a baseball autographed by the entire 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” team, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, as well as the umpires who worked the final game of the 1919 World Series sells for $93,666, including a 15 percent buyer’s premium. A ball signed by the 1919 Reds goes for $11,208, while a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth sells for $76,020. A contract from Shoeless Joe Jackson’s sale of his Chicago pool hall to teammate `Lefty” Williams, sells for $36,098. The contract, dated Oct. 6, 1921, is for just $1.

The Rockies obtain OF Butch Huskey and 2B Todd Walker from the Twins for IF Todd Sears and cash.

16th Dodgers manager Davey Johnson is hospitalized after experiencing dizziness as a result of an irregular heartbeat.

17th The Cardinals defeat the Twins, 8-3. St. Louis OF Chris Richard becomes the 2nd Cardinal in 2 weeks to hit a HR in his 1st major league at bat, doing so on the first ML pitch he sees.

18th The Royals defeat the Cubs, 12-4, as OF Johnny Damon gets 5 hits, including a major league record-tying 4 doubles. 2 players do it today.

The Mets outslug the Blue Jays, 11-7, as C Mike Piazza hits his 3rd grand slam of the season. Toronto OF Shannon Stewart gets a ML record-tying 4 doubles in the game.  It is his second game this year with four extra base hits, also tying a ML record last tied by Albert Belle last year.

The Tigers purchase vet 1B Hal Morris from the Reds.

19th The Reds defeat the Astros, 4-0, as Pete Harnisch hurls the first complete-game shutout ever at Enron Field.

The Dodgers beat the Rockies, 9-1, as Kevin Brown and Mike Fetters combine on a 1-hitter. Larry Walker’s single off Brown is Colorado’s only safety.

Chicago Cubs general manager Ed Lynch resigns. His job will be taken over by team president Andy MacPhail.

The Blue Jays get P Esteban Loaiza from the Rangers in exchange for 2 minor leaguers.

20th The Astros defeat the Reds, 6-2. Cincinnati PH Mike Bell strikes out in his major league debut, making history be becoming part of the first third-generation family to play for the same major league team. His grandfather, Gus, and father, Buddy, also played for the Reds.

The Twins David Ortiz has no at bats in the Twins 5–1victory over Chicago, but he drives in 3 runs. He knocks in the runs with two sacrifice flies and a bases-loaded walk before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the 6th inning with a runner on 2nd base.

Red Sox OF Carl Everett receives a 10-game suspension for twice bumping an umpire in a game with the Mets last week. A defiant Everett places most of the blame for the suspension on the media.

Major league baseball offers to rehire 10 of the 22 umpires let go last September. The offer stands only as part of a new labor contract, and only if the umpires’ old union agrees to settle its grievance with baseball.

21st The Orioles defeat the Blue Jays, 9-5, ending their 20-game losing streak in Canada. Baltimore wins in Canada for the first time since June 13, 1998.

Wasting no time in his new capacity as GM, Cubs prez Andy MacPhail sends popular OF Glenallen Hill to the Yankees for minor league pitcher Ben Ford and Ozwaldo Mairena.

22nd The Expos defeat the Marlins, 17-7, as rookie Andy Tracy hits a grand slam and drives in 7 runs.

The Indians lose to the Twins, 10-6, as Cleveland SS Omar Vizquel makes an error, snapping his AL-record 95 game errorless streak.

The Mariners defeat the Rangers, 13-5, at Safeco Field. The game is halted by a rain delay of 54 minutes when the retractable roof fails to close after 3 innings of play.

23rd The Astros defeat the Cardinals, 15-7, hitting a record-tying 4 HRs off Andy Benes in the 2nd inning, and 6 homers all told. Benes is the 17th pitcher to surrender 4 homers in a single frame, and the 2nd his year.

Behind Pedro, the Red Sox defeat the White Sox, 1-0. Martinez goes the distance, striking out 15 and not walking a batter.

Tony Perez, Sparky Anderson, Carlton Fisk, Bid McPhee, and Turkey Stearnes are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Reds announcer Marty Brennaman is also enshrined, in the broadcasters’ wing.

24th The Angels defeat the Rangers, 6-5, in 12 innings. Texas also loses C Ivan Rodriguez, who breaks his thumb on Mo Vaughn’s bat while attempting to throw out a runner. He will miss the remainder of the season. Angels Darin Erstadt ties the AL mark for extra-inning game with 12 putouts by a left fielder, last tied by Rickey Henderson, in 1988.

Led by Kevin Brown and Gary Sheffield, the Dodgers down the Rockies, 4-1. Sheffield has a double, triple and homer his first three times up, then gets plunked by Julian Tavarez in the 7thand walked in the 9thto miss out on a cycle. In 8 innings Brown (10-3) allows 3 hits including Butch Huskey’s first NL homer. Huskey was acquired from the Twins 9 days ago.

26th The Blue Jays defeat the Indians, 8-1, as David Wells wins his major league-leading 16th game. Bartolo Colon takes the loss for Cleveland, despite striking out the first 6 batters to face him to tie Bob Feller’s team record.

Mark Grace has 4 hits, including a 9th inning grand slam, as Chicago scores 6 times to win, 14-9, over the host Phillies.

The Phillies deal ace Curt Schilling, sending him to the Diamondbacks for 1B Travis Lee, and pitchers Omar Daal, Vicente Padilla, and Nelson Figueroa.

The Dodgers obtain oft-injured P Ismael Valdes from the Cubs for minor leaguers Jamie Arnold and Jorge Piedra. The Dodgers swapped Valdes to the Cubs last year. Piedra was a top prospect in 1998, hitting .383 at Great Falls, while reaching base in 54 straight games.

27th The Blue Jays sink the Mariners, 7-2, giving Toronto manager Jim Fregosi his 1,000th win as a big league skipper. He joins Tom Kelly, who earlier this year won his 1,000th game.

The Dodgers outslug the Rockies, 16-11, despite OF Larry Walker who scores 5 runs for Colorado, while going 4-for-4.

The Red Sox obtain pitchers Rolando Arrojo and Rick Croushore, IF Mike Lansing, and cash from the Rockies for pitchers Brian Rose, John Wasdin, and Jeff Taglienti, and 2B Jeff Frye.

28th The Mets pick up All-star SS Mike Bordick from the Orioles for IF/OF Melvin Mora, C Mike Kinkade, and pitchers Lesli Brea and Pat Gorman. New York then picks up OF Bubba Trammell and P Rick White from the Devil Rays for light hitting OF Jason Tyner and P Paul Wilson. Bordick will hit .240 for the Mets and then re-sign with the O’s after the season.

The Indians obtain pitchers Bob Wickman, Steve Woodard, and Jason Bere from the Brewers for slugging 1B Richie Sexson, pitchers Paul Rigdon and Kane Davis, and a player to be named.

The Indians keep trading, bringing back OF Wil Cordero from the Pirates for talented prospects IF Enrique Wilson and OF Alex Ramirez. The Tribe had declined to resign Cordero after last season and he upped with the Bucs for 3 years. Then they pick up slick-fielding 1B David Segui from the Rangers for OF Rickie Ledee.

The Athletics obtain pitchers Jim Mecir and Todd Belitz from the Devil Rays in exchange for P Jesus Colome and a player to be named. Mecir will fill in for the slumping Jason Isringhausen.

29th The Pirates defeat the Padres, 10-2, as OF Brian Giles goes 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

The White Sox obtain C Charles Johnson and DH Harold Baines from the Orioles in exchange for C Brook Fordyce and minor league pitchers Miguel Felix, Juan Figueroa, and Jason Lakman.

The Cardinals obtain P Mike Timlin from the Orioles for 1B Chris Richard and P Mark Nussbeck.

30th The Braves defeat the Astros, 6-3, as Tom Glavine wins his 200th career game.

The Phillies bring P Kent Bottenfield back to the NL, sending cash and vet Ron Gant to the Angels.

The Cardinals trade IF Jack Wilson  to the Pirates for P Jason Christiansen.

The Astros trade P Doug Henry to the Giants for P Scott Linebrink.

31st The Giants edge the Brewers, 4-3 in 11 innings, as Robb Nen sets a new major league record with his 14th save of July, one shy of the mark for any month.

The Braves obtain OF B.J. Surhoff and P Gabe Molina from the Orioles in exchange for OF Trenidad Hubbard and 2 minor leaguers.

The Cubs pick up oft-injured OF Rondell White from the Expos for P Scott Downs. making Henry Rodriguez expendable. They then make their fifth trade in 11 days sending Rodriguez to the Marlins for 1B/OF Russ Gload and P Dave Noyce.

The Thrill is gone. To fill in for the injured McGwire, the Cardinals pick up vet 1B Will Clark from the Orioles for 3B Jose Leon. In this, his last season, Clark will hit .345 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs in 171 at-bats as the Birds will go 37-20. The Cardinals also obtain C Carlos Hernandez from the Padres in exchange for P Heathcliff Slocumb. Two minor leaguers are also involved in the deal.

The Blue Jays obtain pitchers Steve Trachsel and Mark Guthrie from the Devil Rays for 2 minor leaguers.

The Dodgers ship former Rookie of the Year Todd Hollandsworth, along with OF Kevin Gibbs, and P Randey Dorame, to the Rockies for OF Tom Goodwin and cash.

The Mariners obtain OF Al Martin from the Padres in exchange for OF John Mabry and P Tom Davey.

The Padres obtain P Jay Witasick from the Royals in a trade for P Brian Meadows.

AUGUST

1st The Astros defeat the Marlins, 4-3. Houston 2B Craig Biggio suffers torn ligaments in his left knee while completing a double play, and will miss the rest of the season.

The Orioles defeat the Twins, 10-0, as Mike Mussina hurls the 3rd 1-hitter of his career, while striking out 15 batters. Ron Coomer’s single with 2 outs in the 7th inning is Minnesota’s only hit.

The Mariners defeat the Red Sox, 5-4, in 19 innings. OF Mike Cameron’s HR leading off the 19th is the deciding score.

4th The Blue Jays obtain OF Dave Martinez from the Rangers for a player to be named later. Martinez becomes the 9th major leaguer to play for 4 teams in a season. He began the year with Tampa Bay and also played with the Cubs, in addition to Texas and Toronto. The last to do so was Dave Kingman, in 1977.

The Padres obtain SS Desi Relaford from the Phillies for a player to be named later.

6th The Mariners defeat the Yankees, 11-1. OF Stan Javier goes 5-for-6 for Seattle, including a double.

The Padres defeat the Cubs, 8-6, behind rookie Adam Eaton, who gives up 2 runs in 7 innings. Another rookie, Dan Garibay, takes the loss. In front of his hometown fans Mark Grace records his first 5-hit day, going 5-for-5 for Chicago, with 2 doubles and a HR. Grace had his first ML hit and his first HR in San Diego.

The Blue Jays obtain 2B Mickey Morandini from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named. He just misses moving into second on the all-time games played list for Philadelphia Phillies second sackers having played 926 games at second base for Philadelphia, the third highest total in franchise history, six games short of Otto Knabe (1905, 1907-13). Tony Taylor (1960-71 and 1974-76) holds the record having played in 1,003 games for the Phils at second.

The Reds obtain OF Brian Hunter from the Rockies in exchange for P Robert Averette.

7th The Yankees obtain Jose Canseco from the Devil Rays. The move, which mystifies even manager Joe Torre, is presumably designed to keep the high priced slugger away from AL East rivals.

8th The Dodgers defeat the Cubs, 7-5, hitting 4 HRs (Kevin Elster, Darren Dreifort, Gary Sheffield, and Shawn Green) in the 4th inning off Chicago P Phil Norton, making his ML debut. Pitcher Darren Dreifort hits 2 homers in the contest for LA, becoming the first pitcher to do so since 1990. Norton also sets a record becoming the first Cub pitcher in the team’s four-year history to surrender four homers in an inning.

Jeff Cirillo has 3 RBIs and Juan Pierre debuts with 2 hits as the Rockies top the Pirates, 6-1. Starter Brian Rose (1-0) is the winner.  Pierre will reel off a batting streak of 16 games, the second longest in ML history to start a career. The mark is 17, set in 1941 by Chuck Aleno.

12th The Mets defeat the Giants, 3-2, despite a mental mistake by OF Benny Agbayani which costs the team a run. After catching a fly ball for the 2nd out in the 4th inning, the Mets OF hands the ball to a 7-year-old boy in the stands, mistakenly thinking the out was the 3rd of the inning. Two Giant runners score as each runner is awarded two bases.

The Rockies defeat the Expos, 14-2. 3B Jeff Cirillo drives in 7 of Colorado’s runs with 4 hits, including a pair of HRs. For the 4th time this year, Larry Walker has 4 hits ns the Rocks bang out 22.

Albert Belle’s 2-run HR highlites a 4-run 9th for Baltimore as they edge Kansas City, 12–11. Jermain Dye has 2 homers for KC.

13th The Astros defeat the Phillies, 14-7, in the process hitting 6 HRs to tie a club mark. 1B Jeff Bagwell ties another club record by driving home 7 runs.

14th The Tigers score 8 runs in the 5th inning and go on to defeat the Mariners, 15-4.

At Fenway, Rico Brogna hits a walkoff grand slam, off Billy Taylor, in the 9th as Boston beats Tampa Bay, 7-3.

16th The Astros defeat the Pirates, 11-10, hitting 6 HRs in a game for the 2nd time in 4 days. Houston has now hit an NL-record 18 homers in its last 4 contests.

The Rangers shut out the Yankees, 5-0, as P Brian Sikorski hurls scoreless ball into the 8th inning in his major league debut. Texas OF Gabe Kapler goes hitless in the game, ending his 28-game hitting streak.  During the streak, Kapler batted .375 (42-for-112) and his average jumped from .241 to .289. The outfielder’s streak is the 10th of at least 28 games in the A.L. since 1950.

In a little-noticed waiver pickup from the Red Sox, the Angels snag minor leaguer David Eckstein, who will be their starting shortstop for the next four years. On August 30th, the Angels will claim on waivers minor league pitcher Ben Weber, who will pitch in 181 games for the Haloes from 2001-2003 chalking up a 2.86 ERA.

17th The Orioles defeat the White Sox, 5–3. Chicago P James Baldwin ties an AL record by hitting 4 batters with pitches in the contest. Previously, he had hit only 2 in 154 innings.

18th The Angels defeat the Yankees, 9–8 in 11 innings. Anaheim scores 5 runs in the 9th to tie the game before Darin Erstad’s HR wins it in the 11th. It is the 1st time in 12 years that the New Yorkers blow a 5-run lead in the 9th inning.

19th The Yankees beat the Angels, 9-1, hitting a ML record-tying 3 sacrifice flies in the 3rd inning.

The Astros defeat the Brewers, 10–8, as Jeff Bagwell hits 2 HRs and drives home 5 runs. Bagwell becomes the first Houston player to reach 300 homers in his career.

The Diamondbacks defeat the Cubs, 11–3, scoring 8 runs in the 3rd inning to tie a franchise mark for the inning.

20th The Indians defeat the Mariners, 12-4 in a game delayed by a rogue squirrel. The loss is the 7th in a row in which Seattle has surrendered at least 9 runs, tying a 99-year-old ML record set by the New York Giants on September 3-6, 1901. The Giants lost 7 in a row allowing 10+ runs in each.

21st The Brewers defeat the Diamondbacks, 16-8, scoring 8 runs in a 2nd inning which featured 3 HRs.

Led by the Jones boys, the Braves defeat the Rockies, 7-4. Andruw Jones has 4 hits, including a 2-run homer in the 9th, scores 3 and knocks in 3. Chipper Jones has a homer and 2 RBIs. Todd Helton is 2-for-5 on the day, making outs in his last two at bats. After his single in the 6th, Helton is hitting an even .400 in 532 plate appearances, enough to qualify for the batting title. He’ll slump to .372.

Devil Rays P Bryan Rekar is arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.

Potomac’s Esix Snead breaks Len Dykstra’s Carolina League record of 105 steals by swiping his 106th. Snead has a batting average of .242 and OBA of .338. It’s the 10th time in the last 20 years that a minor-leaguer has stolen 100 or more bases in a season. According to Howe Sports data, the eight thieves who stole 100 or more bases in the minors were: Vince Coleman, Macon (South Atlantic), 1983—145: Donell Nixon, Bakersfield (California), 1983—144: Jeff Stone, Spartanburg (South Atlantic), 1983—123: Alan Wiggins, Lodi (California), 1980—120: Marcus Lawton, Columbia (South Atlantic), 1985—111: Len Dykstra, Lynchburg (Carolina), 1983—105: Donell Nixon, Chattanooga (Southern), 1984—102: Vince Coleman, Louisville (American Assoc.), 1983—101: Albert Hall, Durham (Carolina), 1980—100.

22nd The Phillies defeat the Reds, 5-4, despite a grand slam by Cincinnati OF Alex Ochoa. Ochoa’s blast is the 142nd slam of the season, setting a new major league record. The Oakland A’s have hit 11, one shy of the record shared by the Braves (1997) and Indians (1999).

Two position players take the mound in mop up rolls. Catcher Brent Mayne is called upon after the Rockies use 9 pitchers through 11 innings against the Braves. Mayne starts the 12th—setting a NL record for most pitchers used in a game–and allows a walk but no hits in a scoreless inning. Mayne, who never pitched at any level, gets Chipper Jones on a ground out to end the frame. The Rockies score to win 7–6 in 12 innings on rookie Adam Melhuse’s first career hit. Mayne is the first position player to win since Rocky Colavito on August 25, 1968 and the first catcher to win a game since Buck Ewing, in 1889. Todd Helton is 1-for-4 and finishes the game hitting .39690.

The Mets have less success using OF Derek Bell to mop up in a 16-1 loss to the Padres.  Bell, who keeps his sunglasses on, lobs in 36 pitches to 10 batters and allows 3 hits, 3 walks, and 5 runs (4 earned) in his inning.

The Dodgers defeat the Expos, 14-6, as Eric Karros becomes the first Dodger player to hit 2 homers in a single inning. He homers twice in LA’s 9-run 6th as the Dodgers connect for 6 homers in the contest.

23rd Brian Jordan clubs a 3-run homer and Greg Maddux (14-7) pitches 7 innings as the Braves stop the Rockies, 5-2. Colorado rookie Juan Pierre has a base hit to run his hitting streak to 16 games. According to streakmeister Trent McCotter, this is the second longest streak to start a career that he’s found; Chuck Aleno in 1941 had a 17-game streak.

26th The Devil Rays defeat the Orioles, 4-1, in the 1st game of a DH. Tampa Bay 1B Fred McGriff ties a major league mark by hitting a HR in his 37th different ballpark. Mark McGwire has also performed the feat. The Orioles take the 2nd game, 2-0.

27th The Angels edge the Indians, 10-9 as OF Tim Salmon hits his 30th HR of the year in the 5th inning. Anaheim become the first team in AL history to have 4 players (Troy Glaus, Mo Vaughn, Garret Anderson, Salmon)reach the 30-homer mark in a single season. The Blue Jays are close with 2 hitters over 30 and 2 at 28.  It’s been done 7 times in the NL.

Led by Darrin Fletcher’s 3 HRs the Blue Jays beat the Rangers, 6–4.

Bobby Abreu of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a pair of solo homers, including a game-winning inside-the-park shot off San Francisco Giant reliever Aaron Fultz in the 10th inning to win 2–1. Abreu’s homer, his 20th, is the 5th IPHR game-ender in Phillies history and the first since Bob Dernier did it in 1989, also against the Giants. He’s the 29th major-leaguer since 1900 to end a game with an IPHR and the 38th extra-inning IP (according to David Vincent). Ed Vosberg (1–0) picks up his 1st win since 1997.

28th The Athletics defeat the White Sox, 3-0, as Tim Hudson hurls a 1-hitter. Frank Thomas’ 4th inning single is the only hit.

29th The Red Sox defeat the Devil Rays, 8-0, as Pedro Martinez hurls a 1-hitter. Martinez takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning before John Flaherty leads off with a single. Martinez retires 24 in a row after hitting the game’s first batter. Eight Devil Rays are ejected during the course of the game, including manager Larry Rothschild and two coaches.

The Angels defeat the Blue Jays, 9-4. Anaheim’s Darin Erstad gets 3 hits to reach the 200 mark for the season. It is the fastest any batter has reached 200 in 65 years.

The Pirates defeat the Giants, 8-0. Barry Bonds’ single is the only hit allowed by Kris Benson (8 innings) and Josias Manzanillo (1 inning).

The Dodgers defeat the Brewers, 7-2, as Chan Ho Park (8 innings) and Mike Fetters (1 inning) combine on a one-hitter. James Mouton’s HR is Milwaukee’s only hit.

31st The Rangers defeat the Indians, 14-7, as OF Rusty Greer gets 5 hits and drives home 4 runs. 2B Luis Alicea scores 5 runs for Texas.

The Reds Sox obtain OF Dante Bichette from the Reds for pitchers Chris Reitsma and John Curtice.

After an all-night negotiating session, MLB’s Rob Manfred and player union lawyer Mike Weiner agree to significant changes in the draft rules: clubs that lost major league free agents will no longer receive high-round compensation picks, but teams that do not sign a first-round pick will be compensated will only have to draft one position lower in the following year. Other agree-to changes include opening the draft up to international players and shortening the number of rounds to between 20 and 38. The next meeting between the two sides on this issue will be on May 3, 2003 when MLB decides it doesn’t want to make the changes because of the logistics involved.

SEPTEMBER

1st  The Baltimore Orioles turn the season’s fifth triple play and the first triple-killing in Jacobs Field history in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians. On a pop up to short the infield fly rule is not called. With runners at first and second and no outs, O’s SS  Melvin Mora lets Sandy Alomar’s pop fly drop, apparently intentionally, and throws to 2B Jerry Hairston who tags the runner at second as well as the runner coming from first. Alomar, believing the infield fly rule had been called, retreated to the dugout and was called out for leaving the basepath resulting in a 6-4-3 triple play. Charlie Manual doesn’t agree and gets tossed. Cleveland overcomes the TP to win, 5–2, behind Chuck Finley.

The Reds ink Hawaiian Dane Sardinha, a 2nd round draft pick in June, and high school SS David Espinosa, a 23rd round pick. Both players are represented by agent Scott Boras and held out all summer for long-term ML contracts.

2nd The White Sox defeat the Angels, 13-6, as C Charles Johnson drives home 7 runs on a 3-run homer, a 3-run double, and an RBI single.

3rd The Indians defeat the Orioles, 12-11 in 13 innings. Cleveland OF Kenny Lofton scores a run in the 1st inning, tying the major league record by scoring in his 18th consecutive game. Red Rolfe set the mark in 1939. Lofton’s streak will be stopped tomorrow. Lofton also steals 5 bases in the contest, tying a franchise single-game record, and hits a walk-off HR in the 13th to win the game.

The Mariners defeat the Red Sox, 5-0. Paul Abbott does not allow a hit until 1 out in the 8th inning. He combines with Jose Paniagua on the 1-hitter.

4th  In the Red Sox win over the Mariners, 5-1, Carl Everett of the Sox became only the sixth major-league switch-hitter to drive in 100 runs in both leagues when he knocked in his 100th ribbie of the year. Everett drove in 108 runs for the Houston Astros last season. The other five 100-100 switches were Ted Simmons, Ken Singleton, Eddie Murray, Bobby Bonilla and J.T. Snow. Pedro Martinez is the big star, striking out 11 in 8 innings to go 7–0 over the M’s. Jamie Moyer loses his 6th in a row, though not his fault as a routine fly ball by Jose Offerman to Mike Cameron becomes a 3-run triple when the center fielder stumbles. Prior to the game, Boston retires Hall of Fame C Carlton Fisk’s uniform No. 27.

The A’s defeat the Blue Jays, 10-0. Mike Stanley goes 5-for-5 for Oakland, including a double and HR, and drives home 5 runs.

The Rockies trim the Cubs, 6-2, as rookie OF Juan Pierre gets 5 hits.

6th The White Sox defeat the Rangers, 13-1, scoring 10 runs in the 1st 2 innings. Ordonez and Thomas, with his AL best 41st, homer in the 7-run 1st. Texas’ Scott Sheldon becomes the third player in major league history to play all 9 positions in a single game. He enters the game in the 4th inning as catcher and pitches in the 8th, striking out Jeff Leiter, before taking over 3B. Sheldon also played all 9 positions in spring training against Oklahoma (AAA). Cesar Tovar was the last, in 1968, to play all 9 spots.

7th The Giants defrock the Padres, 13-1, scoring 8 runs in the 6th inning.

8th The Yankees calcimine the Red Sox, 4-0, behind Roger Clemens. A scary moment occurs in the 9th inning when Boston P Bryce Florie is hit in the face with a line drive off the bat of Ryan Thompson. The Red Sox hurler never loses consciousness and leaves the field with blood streaming down his face. Florie suffers a fractured cheekbone and a fracture of the orbital socket, the bone that surrounds the eye, and retinal damage. He will undergo surgery and return to pitch next June 28.

The Astros outslug the Cubs, 13-10, as Houston 2B Julio Lugo has the first 5-hit game of his career.

9th The Astros kick the Cubs, 14-4, hitting a team-record 7 HRs in the process. Richard Hidalgo, Lance Berkman, and Tim Bogar each hit a pair, with Daryle Ward adding another.

10th The Marlins defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-3 in 12 innings. Randy Johnson strikes out 14 Florida players in 7 innings, including Mike Lowell to end the 4th for his 3,000th career strikeout. He is the 12th hurler to reach the milestone. Johnson first strikeout of the game gives him 300 for the 3rd consecutive year. Only Nolan Ryan has reached 300 Ks more times (6).

At KC, the Rangers score 5 runs in the 9th, but the Royals prevail, 13-8. Frank Catalanotto’s grand slam, off Andy Larkin, accounts for 4 of the runs.

11th The Royals double the Mariners, 6-3. Johnny Damon goes 5-for-5 for KC, with 2 doubles and a HR.

12th The Diamondbacks edge the Dodgers, 5-4, despite Dave Hansen’s ML record-breaking 7th pinch-hit home run of the season. Hansen’s blast, off Curt Schilling, breaks the mark set in 1932 by Brooklyn’s Johnny Frederick.

The Cubs Kerry Wood pitches his 2nd career CG, winning, 2–1, over Reds. Two unearned runs do in Osvaldo Fernandez.

Suspended NY Yankee Darryl Strawberry is sentenced to 2 years’ house arrest after admitting he violated probation by driving under the influence of medication, and leaving the scene of an accident.

15th The Tigers outlast the Red Sox, 7-6. The two teams combine to use an AL record-tying 42 players in the contest.

The Athletics pound the Devil Rays, 17-3. Jason Giambi drives home 7 runs with a single, double, and grand slam and brother Jeremy homers as well. The A’s are one game in back of the Indians for the wild card.

Rickey Henderson scores on his first two at bats to pace the Mariners to a 10–2 win over the Orioles. Rickey moves into 2nd place on the all time list of runs scored (2175), one ahead of Ruth and Aaron.

16th The Cardinals defeat the Cubs, 7-6, despite Sammy Sosa’s 50th HR of the season. Sosa becomes the 2nd player to hit 50 or more in 3 consecutive years, joining Mark McGwire.

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 HR in the 1st off Mike Mussina. Moyer, 11–1 against his old team, started his win streak on September 10, 1989.

18th The Indians defeat the Yankees, 2-0, as Bartolo Colon hurls a 1-hitter. Luis Polonia’s 8th inning single is the New Yorkers only safety.

Behind the Guerrero brothers, Montreal beats the Marlins, 11-4.  Wilton hits a homer and Vlad hits two, including his 41stof the year.

The Braves defeat the Mets, 6-3, as Greg Maddux extends his scoreless streak to 29 innings.

19th The Pirates bash the Phillies, 12-8, scoring 9 runs in the 6th inning.

After a 16–3 loss to Toronto, New York manager Joe Torre has a team meeting, and blisters the Yankees for poor play. It won’t help as they lose their next 7 games—15-4, 2-1, 11-1, 11-3, 13-2, 9-1, 7-3.

In the Reds 7–3 loss to the Giants, Ken Griffey pinch hits his 400th HR. He is the first to reach the mark with a PH. Livan Hernandez is the winner as Bonds knocks in a run and Jeff Kent adds 3 hits.

20th The Cardinals shoot down the Astros, 11-6, to clinch the NL Central and become the first team to earn a playoff spot. Jim Edmonds hits a grand slam for St. Louis and is followed by Ray Lankford’s HR. It is the 15th time this year that the Cards have homered in consecutive at bats, tying the NL mark set by Cincinnati in 1956.

Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks, 1-0, when Eric Karros hits a game-ending homer in the 9thoff Byung-Hyun Kim. Karros is the only batter Kim faces.

San Diego Adam Eaton is staked to a 15–4 lead, and the Padres hang on for a 15–11 win over the Rockies. Dave Magadan and Mike Darr each have 4 RBIs, while the Rock’s Pen Petrick knocks in 4 runs without a hit, likely a ML record. Petrick has a sac fly, bases loaded walk, and 2 ground outs.

21st The Giants edge the Diamondbacks, 8-7, to clinch the NL West.

The Blue Jays defeat the Yankees, 3-1, as former Yankee David Wells becomes the majors’ first 20-game winner.

22nd The Devil Rays defeat the Blue Jays, 3-2, ending their 10-game losing streak. It is the longest such streak in the AL this season.

The Reds defeat the Astros, 12-5, in a contest that sees 9 HRs hit—6 by Cincinnati and 3 by Houston. Houston’s homers give the team 240, for a new NL mark for a single season. Cincinnati’s Juan Castro, Michael Tucker, and Sean Casey all homer off Jose Lima in the 2nd inning, giving Lima a new NL record of 47 HRs allowed on the year.

The Marlins double the Rockies, 8-4, as Preston Wilson homers to become the 23rd player in history to have 30 HRs and 30 steals in a season.

23rd The Braves whitewash the Expos, 10-0, clinching their 9th consecutive trip to the playoffs. Greg Maddux hurls the shutout, extending his streak of scoreless innings to 36 1/3.

At Wrigley, the Cardinals defeat the Cubs, 6-5, despite 1B Mark Grace’s 1,000th career RBI for Chicago. Cubs rookie Joey Nation makes his ML debut and takes the loss. He walks his first batter Placido Polenco, then picks him off, but Polenco gets his revenge in the 2nd, hitting a 3-run homer. Nation’s consolation is singling in his first ML at bat, off Britt Reames. His 2-game career will finish next week and he’ll go 0-2 with a .500 batting average.

The Giants and Diamondbacks split a DH, with Arizona winning the 1st game, 7-5, and San Francisco taking the nightcap, 9-5. Arizona OF Luis Gonzalez hits a 3-run HR in each game, and has a total of 8 RBIs on the day.

The Angels batter the Rangers, 15-4, despite Rafael Palmeiro’s 400th career HR. He is the 32nd player to reach that total.

Former Dodger Carl Erskine fires up the crowd by playing the national anthem on the harmonica and then Kevin Brown fires a 2-hitter to give the Dodgers a 2–1 win over the Padres. Brown strikes out 13 in beating Woody Williams.

24th The White Sox lose to the Twins, 6-5 in 10 innings, but still clinch the AL Central as Kansas City defeats Cleveland, 9-0.

25th  The Indians play the 2nd three-team doubleheader since 1900 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. The Tribe defeats the Chicago White Sox, 9-2, in the opener, then loses the 2nd game to the Minnesota Twins, 4-3. The last 3-team doubleheader was September 13, 1951.

The Braves defeat the Expos, 6-0, as Tom Glavine becomes the NL’s first 20-game winner. Glavine’s 20th career shutout gives him 20 victories in a season for the 5th time in his career.

26th The Braves defeat the Mets, 7-1, to clinch the NL East for their record 9th straight division title.

27th The Mets beat the Braves, 6-2, to clinch the NL wild-card berth for the 2nd year in a row.

The A’s defeat the Angels, 9-7. Anaheim’s Darin Erstad hits a HR in the 2nd inning for his 99th RBI of the year from the leadoff spot to set a new record. Nomar Garciaparra drove home 98 in 1997 for the previous mark.

The Rockies knock Schilling out of the box en route to a 6–4 win over the Diamondbacks. Gabe White (11–2) is the winner in relief, with offensive help from Jeff Cirillo (3-for-5) and Larry Walker’s 5th 4-hit game of the year. Terry Shumpert homers and Todd Helton goes into the record books with his 100th walk. Helton is the 8th major leaguer to collect 100 walks, 100 runs, 100 RBIs, and 200 hits in a season. Cirillo puts his name in the record books with a double today, his 53rd of the season. He is the only MLer to collect 45 or more doubles in a year in both the NL and AL. The Rocks have not been shutout at home in 124 straight games.

28th The Orioles roast the Blue Jays, 23-1, to eliminate Toronto from any possible spot in the playoffs. The 23 runs scored is a O’s team record. The Orioles score 10 runs in the 4th inning, highlighted by Brady Anderson’s 200th career HR. Roy Halladay gives up 7 runs and gets 2 outs in the 4th, but the good news is that all the runs are unearned. Halladay’s ERA actually drops a tad and he finishes the year with an ERA of 10.64, the first pitcher (William Stecher, 1890) in 110 years to notch 10 decisions and compile an ERA over 10. Darrin Fletcher hits his 20th homer of the year for Toronto, giving the Blue Jays 7 players with 20 or more HRs on the season. That ties the AL record set by Baltimore in 1996.

The Cardinals nip the Padres, 7-6, behind Darryl Kile who becomes the 2nd NL pitcher to win 20 games this season.

The Mets defeat the Braves, 8-2, ending Greg Maddux’s scoreless streak at 39 1/3 innings.

In the last game at Milwaukee County Stadium, the Reds trip the Brewers, 8–1 on Elmer Dessens (11-5) 2–hitter. Raul Casanova has both hits for the Brewers. Dmitri Young is 4-for-4, including 2 triples, with 4 runs.

29th The Orioles defeat the Yankees, 13-2, scoring 10 runs in the 2nd inning. Chris Richard has a pair of homers and 5 RBIs.  New York clinches its 3rd straight AL East title, however, when the Red Sox lose to the Devil Rays, 8-6.

For the 2nd day in a row, the Reds win 8–1 on a 2-hitter. This time it is the Cardinals, as Ron Villone strikes out 16 batters—Tatis 4 times—to tie the club record set by Noodles Hahn (1901) and Jim Maloney (1963). Villone’s previous high was 8.  He allows just 2 hits in what will be his last game as a Red: Cincy will trade him to the Rockies on November 8 for 2 players to be named later. Sean Casey homers for the 2nd day in a row.

The Anaheim Angels beat Seattle, 9–3, slugging 3 homers off Jim Abbott. Troy Glaus and Bengie Molina each hit 3-run homers, while Darren Erstad has a triple and drives in his 100thrun, a ML record for a leadoff batter. Ramon Ortiz is the winning pitcher. The loss, coupled with an Oakland win, leaves Seattle a half game back of the A’s in the AL West.

At Tropicana, Tampa Bay beats the Red Sox, 8-6. Nomar Garciaparra has 2 hits to give him a 20-game hitting streak. He finishes with a league-high .372.  He’ll hit safely in his first game next year to extend the streak to 21 games (as noted by Trent McCotter).

In a home accident, Cards C Mike Methany cuts his finger with a kitchen knife and the injury will force him to miss the post-season play.

30th Don’t mess with Texas?The Athletics pound the Rangers, 23-2, in the highest scoring game in Athletics history, and also the most runs allowed by Texas in a game. Oakland scores 9 runs in the 1st inning, capped by Randy Velarde’s 2-run HR. Miguel Tejada hits a grand slam in the 5th, the ML record 14th of the year for Oakland and 8 more A’s are plated in the 7th. Fourteen players score runs to set a new ML record. Barry Zito is the easy winner.

The Mariners outslug the Angels, 21-9, scoring in every inning but the 5th. It is the most runs ever scored against the Angels and the 2 teams combine to have 18 players scoring runs in the game, one short of the AL record. Alex Rodriguez drives home 7 runs for Seattle, with 4 hits, including 2 HRs, his 39th and 40th, as the M’s collect 5. A-Rod has now reached 40 homers in 3 seasons. The M’s remain a half game behind the red-hot A’s and a game ahead of Cleveland in the wild card race.

At Qualcomm Stadium, Todd Hundley clubs a 1st-inning grand slam and the Dodgers add 6 in the 6thto beat the Padres, 10-2. San Diego’s second round draft pick Xavier Nady makes his ML debut without playing in the minors, just the 20thplayer to do so. Nady hits a 7thinning single and scores.  He’ll be sent to the minors and make his next ML appearance in 2003.

The White Sox whip the Royals, 9-1, as Jose Valentin hits homers from both sides of the plate.

OCTOBER

1st  Oakland completes an 18–4 stretch drive by beating Texas, 3–0, and clinching the AL West title. Tim Hudson wins his 20th game.

The Mariners clinch the AL wild-card spot, defeating the Angels, 5-2. The M’s finish a half game behind Oakland.

After Sister Sledge sings the National Anthem to a season-high crowd of 55,352, the Cubs edge the Pirates, 10-9, in the final game to be played at Three Rivers Stadium. The Bucs have a chance when the first 3 batters in the 9th single, but 3 outs follow, including the final PO by Mark Grace, who is then hugged by his teammates. Bucs soon-to-be manager Gene Lamont gets a 2-minute standing O when introduced.

The Tigers nip the Twins, 12-11, as Shane Halter becomes the 4th major leaguer in history to play all 9 positions in a game. Halter goes 4-for-5 at the plate and scores the winning run in the bottom half of the 9th inning. The 2 teams combine to use 15 pitchers, tying the ML mark and setting an AL record.

The managerial heads start rolling as Terry Francona is fired as manager of the last-place Phillies. The Phils allow him to manage the last game of the year, a loss.

Davey Johnson makes short work of his last game as manager of the Dodgers, getting thumbed out by ump Fieldin Culbreth before the first inning starts. His Dodgers lose, 4-0, to the Padres. It is Davey’s last ML game.

2nd  Three more managers get their walking papers today: Buck Showalter is fired as manager of the Diamondbacks. Jack McKeon is let go as manager of the Reds; and Gene Lamont is fired as manager of the Pirates. Under McKeon this year, the Reds matched the ML record of the 1932 Yankees by going an entire season without being shut out.

3rd  The A’s defeat the Yankees, 5-3, in the first game of their AL division series. Catcher Ramon Hernandez hits a double off Roger Clemens in the 6th inning to give Oakland the lead.

The Cardinals defeat the Braves, 7-5, in the first game of their NL division series. St. Louis scores 6 runs in the 1st inning off Greg Maddux, then hold on as the Braves take advantage of Rick Ankiel’s wildness to get back in the game. Ankiel becomes the first pitcher in 110 years to throw 5 wild pitches in an inning.

The Mariners defeat the White Sox, 7-4 in 10 innings, in the 1st game of their AL division series. Edgar Martinez and John Olerud hit consecutive homers off Keith Foulke for the margin of victory.

4th  The Giants defeat the Mets, 5-1, in the 1st game of their NL division series. Livan Hernandez gets the win for SF, raising his lifetime postseason play record to 5-0. Ellis Burks’ 3-run HR is the key hit for the Giants.

The Mariners take a 2-0 lead in their series with the White Sox by defeating Chicago, 5-2. Jay Buhner hits a HR for Seattle while Paul Abbott gets the win.

The Yankees even their series with the Athletics at 1 game apiece with a 4-0 victory. Andy Pettitte holds Oakland scoreless for 7 2/3 innings for the win.

5th  The Mets even their series with the Giants at 1 game apiece by winning a 10-inning thriller, 5-4. Jay Payton’s single drives home the winning run in the top of the 10th after J.T. Snow’s pinch-hit 3-run HR ties the game in the bottom of the 9th. Edgardo Alfonzo hit a 2-run homer for NY in the top half of the frame. Al Leiter pitches 8+ innings for the Mets. Armando Benitez gives up the tying homer, but gets the win in relief.

The Cardinals defeat the Braves, 10-4, to take a 2-game-to-1 lead in their series. Will Clark hits a 3-run HR for St. Louis and Jim Edmonds ties a division-series record with 3 doubles. Darryl Kile gets the win for the Cards, while Tom Glavine takes the loss in his shortest outing in 7 years.

6th The Mariners defeat the White Sox, 2-1, to give them a sweep of their 3-game division series. Pinch-hitter Carlos Guillen’s bunt single brings home Rickey Henderson with the winning run in the bottom half of the 9th inning.

The Yankees defeat the A’s, 4-2, to give them a 2-games-to-1 lead in their division series. Orlando Hernandez gets the win for NY, his 6th straight postseason victory.

Struggling to get public financing for a new ballpark, the Boston Red Sox are put up for sale by the Yawkey Trust.

Davey Johnson is fired as manager of the Dodgers, the 5th manager let go this month.

7th The Mets defeat the Giants, 3-2, on a 13th inning HR by Benny Agbayani to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their division series. The Mets last 5 postseason wins have come in their last at bat.

The A’s defeat the Yankees, 11-1, behind Barry Zito to tie their division series at 2 games apiece. Olmedo Saenz hits a 3-run homer off Roger Clemens for Oakland.

The Cardinals defeat the Braves, 7-1, to sweep their series and move on to the NLCS. Jim Edmonds and Fernando Vina drive in 3 runs apiece for St. Louis as Atlanta fails to make the NLCS for the 1st time since 1990.

Mariners lefty Jamie Moyer breaks his kneecap during a workout and will miss the AL championship series.

8th The Mets defeat the Giants, 4-0, on Bobby Jones’ 1-hit shutout to take their division series. Robin Ventura homers for NY. Jones’ gem is the 6th complete game 1-hitter in postseason history. Jeff Kent’s 5th inning double is SF’s only hit as Jones puts the Giants down in order in 8 of the 9 innings.

The Yankees score 6 runs in the 1st inning and hold on to defeat the A’s, 7-5, to take their division series.

10th  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 HR.

Jim Fregosi is fired as manager of the Blue Jays, the 6th down in 10 days.

11th  The Mets defeat the Cardinals, 6-2, in the opener of the NLCS behind the pitching of Mike Hampton. Todd Zeile and Jay Payton hit 9th-inning homers for New York, whose pitchers had their streak of 26 consecutive scoreless ended by 2 unearned runs in the 9th.

The Yankees score 7 runs in the 8th inning to defeat the Mariners, 7-1, and tie the ALCS at 1 game apiece. Bernie Williams’ hit breaks NY’s 21-inning scoreless streak. Jorge Posada hits a HR later in the inning. Orlando Hernandez’s record improves to 7-0 in postseason play.

12th  The Mets defeat the Cardinals, 6-5, to take a 2-games-to-none lead in the NLCS. Jay Payton drives home the winning run for NY, who wins in its last at bat for the 3rd time this postseason. Mike Piazza homers for the Mets.

13th  The Yankees batter the Mariners, 8-2, to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez hit back-to-back HRs in the 2nd inning for NY, while David Justice drives home 3 runs. Mariano Rivera breaks Whitey Ford’s record for consecutive scoreless innings in postseason play with 33 1/3 scoreless frames.

14th  The Cardinals defeat the Mets, 8-2, for their 1st win in the NLCS. Andy Benes gets the win for St. Louis as all 9 Cardinal starters get hits.

Yankees whitewash the Mariners, 5-0, behind Roger Clemens’ 1-hit shutout. Clemens fans 15 Mariners as New York moves out to a 3-games-to-1 lead over Seattle. The Yankees score their runs on a 3-run homer by Derek Jeter and a 2-run blast by David Justice. Al Martin’s double off the glove of Tino Martinez in the 7th inning is the Mariners’ only hit. The two team’s total of 6 hits ties an ALCS record for fewest safeties in a game.

15th  The Mets defeat the Cardinals, 10-6, to take a commanding 3-games-to-1 lead in the NLCS. NY strokes a record 5 doubles in the 1st inning, and Mike Piazza slams a HR for the Mets. Glendon Rusch gets the win with 3 scoreless innings in relief.

The Mariners defeat the Yankees, 6-2, to close within 1 game of the New Yorkers, who hold a 3-games-to-2 lead in the ALCS. Edgar Martinez and John Olerud hit successive HRs in the 5th inning for Seattle.

16th  The Mets defeat the Cardinals, 7-0 behind Mike Hampton, to win their first pennant since 1986. Hampton takes NLCS MVP honors with his 16 scoreless innings and 2 victories. Todd Zeile drives home 3 runs with a bases loaded double for NY.

17th  The Yankees defeat the Mariners, 9-7, to win the ALCS and their 37th AL pennant. David Justice’s 3-run HR in the 7th inning gives NY a lead it never relinquishes. Justice win the ALCS MVP award. Seattle C Dan Wilson’s single breaks his 0-for-42 hitless streak, the longest ever in post season history.

20th  The Toronto Blue Jays sign Carlos Delgado to a four-year, $68 million contract, making him the highest-paid player in the game. The $17 million per year surpasses Roger Clemens’ salary of $15.45 million.

Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton win the Hank Aaron Award for 2000. The award is given to the best overall hitter in each league.

21st  The Yankees defeat the Mets, 4-3 in 12 innings in Game 1 of the WS. The longest game in WS history (4 hours, 51 minutes) is ended on Jose Vizcaino’s single which drives home Tino Martinez. It is Vizcaino’s 4th hit of the night. The Mets lead, 3-2, going into the 9th, but Armando Benitez surrenders the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Chuck Knoblauch. The victory is the Yankees 13th in a row in Series play for a new record. Todd Pratt of the Mets ties a Series mark by being hit by pitches 2 times.

22nd  The Yankees defeat the Mets, 6-5 behind Roger Clemens, to take a 2-games-to-none lead in the WS. The Mets score 5 runs in the 9th inning on HRs by Mike Piazza and Jay Payton to throw a scare into the Bombers. In a bizarre incident, Clemens throws a piece of a shattered bat at Piazza in the 1st inning, with both benches clearing. It is the first meeting between the two players since Clemens beaned Piazza during the regular season. On Tuesday, Clemens will be fined $50,000 for his actions.

23rd  The Pirates hire hitting coach Lloyd McClendon as their manager.

Toronto’s Carlos Delgado is named Player of the Year by The Sporting News.

24th  The Mets defeat the Yankees, 4-2, behind the pitching of Rick Reed and their bullpen. Benny Agbayani’s 8th inning double is the key hit for NY as the cut the Yankees Series lead to 2-games-to-1. Orlando Hernandez fans 12 but loses his first postseason game after 8 wins. The loss ends the Yankees record streak of 14 consecutive wins in World Series action.

25th  The Yankees defeat the Mets, 3-2, to take a commanding 3-games-to-1 lead in the Series. Derek Jeter homers off Bobby Jones on the first pitch of the game for the Bronx Bombers. The Yankee bullpen saves the game with 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Mike Piazza’s 2-run homer accounts for all the Mets scoring.

Yankees OF Darryl Strawberry is arrested and jailed after leaving a treatment center following a weekend drug binge.

26th  The Yankees defeat the Mets, 4-2, to win their 26th World Series, 4-games-to-1. Luis Sojo’s single in the top of the 9th drives home the winning run for NY. Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter homer for the Yankees, and Jeter is named the Series MVP.

27th Colorado Rockies pitcher Bobby Chouinard, who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for abusing his wife, will serve a year in jail under an agreement approved by a judge. Chouinard will serve his time in Colorado during the offseason. Chouinard, then with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was arrested last Christmas at his Phoenix home after he hit his wife, Erica, and held a loaded gun to her head while she begged for her life, police said. The Diamondbacks released him at his request in February.

30th The Diamondbacks name former major league catcher and announcer Bob Brenly as their new manager.

31st According to rankings of the Elias Sports Bureau, Randy Johnson is named the top player for the 2000 season.

NOVEMBER

1st The Dodgers name coach Jim Tracy as their new manager.

The Phillies pick former Phils SS Larry Bowa as their new manager.

2nd The Blue Jays select former C and announcer Buck Martinez as their new manager.

Todd Helton of the Rockies is named The Associated Press Player of the Year.

3rd After being turned down by several candidates, the Reds name Bob Boone as their new manager.

6th Mariners relief P Kazuhiro Sasaki wins the AL Rookie of the Year award. He is the second-oldest player to ever win rookie honors; only Sam Jethroe, who played in the Negro Leagues before the Braves, was older.

7th Braves SS Rafael Furcal wins the NL Rookie of the Year award.

Sandy Alderson, executive vice president of baseball operations in the commissioner’s office announces that baseball will try to bring back the high strike next season.

8th Jerry Manuel of the Chicago White Sox is named the AL Manager of the Year.

The Rockies obtain P Ron Villone from the Reds for 2 minor league players to be named. They’ll complete the trade next month by sending Justin Carter and Jeff Tahlienti to the Reds.

9th Dusty Baker of the SF Giants is named the NL Manager of the Year for a record 3rd time.

13th Red Sox P Pedro Martinez is the unanimous winner of the AL Cy Young Award for the 2nd consecutive year, giving him 3 wins in the last 4 years.

14th Diamondbacks P Randy Johnson wins his 2nd consecutive NL Cy Young Award, and his 3rd overall.

15th Athletics 1B Jason Giambi wins the AL MVP Award. Giambi hit .333 with 43 homers and 137 RBIs.

16th Giants 2B Jeff Kent wins the NL MVP Award, just edging out teammate Barry Bonds.  Kent hit 334 with 33 homers and 114 RBIs for the NL West champs. Bonds had 49 homers and scored 129 runs.

The Red Sox obtain IF Chris Stynes from the Reds for OF Michael Coleman and IF Donnie Sadler.

The Indians obtain C Eddie Taubensee from the Reds for pitchers Jim Brower and Robert Pugmire.

The Cubs sign free agent P Julian Tavarez to a two-year contract.

The Toronto Blue Jays announce that they will open the 2001 season against the Texas Rangers in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

17th The Rangers swap pitchers Ryan Cullen and Aaron Harang to the A’s for 2B Randy Velarde.

The Phillies sign free agent P Jose Mesa to a two-year contract worth $3.4 million.

18th The Mariners sign Japanese star OF Ichiro Suzuki to a three-year contract.

19th The Indians sign free agent OF Ellis Burks to a three-year contract.

The Cubs obtain 3B Bill Mueller from the Giants in exchange for P Tim Worrell.

20th The Astros sign free agent IF Jose Vizcaino to a contract.

21st The Yankees sign free agent C Joe Oliver to a contract.

22nd The Blue Jays obtain P Steve Parris from the Reds for pitchers Clayton Andrews and Leo Estrella.

29th The Phillies sign free agent P Rheal Cormier to a three-year contract worth $2.9 million.

30th The Yankees sign Orioles free agent P Mike Mussina to a 6-year contract worth $88.5 million. Mussina says a deciding factor was a call from Joe Torre.

DECEMBER

4thThe Rockies sign free agent P Denny Neagle (15-9 Atlanta) to a five-year contract.  Neagle will go 19-23 in three seasons, earning his release.

The Mariners sign free agent P Jeff Nelson to a three-year contract.

6thThe Dodgers sign free agent P Andy Ashby to a three-year contract.

7thThe Red Sox sign free agent P Frank Castillo to a two-year contract.

8thThe Diamondbacks sign free agent 1B Mark Grace to a two-year contract. Grace was with the Cubs for 13 years and had more hits in the 1990s than any other player.

Cubs sign free agent P Jeff Fassero to a two-year contract.

The Pirates sign free agent P Terry Mulholland to a two-year contract.

The Giants sign free agent vet IF Shawon Dunston to a contract.

The Rangers sign free agent 1B Andres Galarraga to a contract.

9thThe Rockies sign free agent P Mike Hampton to an 8-year contract worth $121 million. Hampton will go 21-28 in two seasons before being traded. Batwise, Hampton will hit .291 and .344 in his two seasons in Denver, so maybe he should’ve played the outfield. As compensation for losing Hampton to the Rockies, the Mets receive the #38 draft pick in 2001. They’ll use it to pick David Wright.

10thThe Pirates sign free agent OF Derek Bell to a two-year contract.

The Rockies sign free agent OF Ron Gant to a contract.

The Rangers sign free agent P Mark Petkovsek to a two-year contract, and free agent 3B Ken Caminiti to a contract.

The Marlins obtain OF Jeff Abbott from the White Sox in exchange for OF Julio Ramirez.

11th  The Rangers sign free agent SS Alex Rodriguez to a record $252 million, 10-year contract, $2 million more than Tom Hicks paid for the team in 1998. It is the richest contract in the history of professional sports. A-Rod will later say that he regretted signing this contract and that he would have been happier signing with the Mets for less money but that his agent Scott Boras had talked him into it.  Echoing the sentiments, Ranger owner Tom Hicks will later say (October 2010), “I’ve done some smart things. I’ve done some dumb things. That [signing Rodriguez] was one of the dumb things.”

The Royals sign free agent P Doug Henry to a two-year contract.

The Dodgers retain free agent P Darren Dreifort, signing him to a five year, $55 million contract.  He’ll win just 9 games during those years.

The Angels sign free agent P Pat Rapp.

The Blue Jays sign free agent 2B Jeff Frye to a contract.

The Mets sign free agent P Kevin Appier to a four-year $42 million contract, and free agent P Steve Trachsel to a two-year contract. Appier, who led the AL in walks, was signed after the Mets were unable to ink Mike Hampton. They also trade OF Bubba Trammell to the Padres for P Donne Wall.

The Tigers obtain P Chris Holt, OF Roger Cedeno, and C Mitch Meluskey from the Astros for C Brad Ausmus, and pitchers Doug Brocail and Nelson Cruz. Houston catchers threw out 22 % of base stealers in 2000, while Ausmus gunned down 42%.

The Expos swap minor leaguers with the Orioles sending pitcher Jorge Julio to Baltimore for 3b Ryan Minor.

13thThe Braves sign 1B Rico Brogna to a contract.

The Padres sign IF Alex Arias to a two-year contract.

The Red Sox sign free agent OF Manny Ramirez to an 8-year contract worth $160 million

.     The Cubs sign free agent C Todd Hundley to a four-year contract, and free agent pitchers Tom Gordon and Jason Bere to contracts.

14thThe 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.

The Expos obtain 3B Fernando Tatis and P Britt Reames from the Cardinals for pitchers Dustin Hermanson and Steve Kline. The Cards, snubbed by Mike Hampton, pick up a starter in Hermanson.  Tatis missed 54 games after an April 29 groin injury.

The Astros sign free agent P Mike Jackson to a contract.

15thThe Diamondbacks sign free agent OF Midre Cummings to a contract.

The Red Sox sign free agent P Hideo Nomo to a contract.

The Phillies sign free agent P Ricky Bottalico to a contract.

The Tigers acquired P Matt Perisho from the Rangers for pitchers Kevin Mobley and Brandon Villafuerte.

18thIn related signings, the White Sox ink free agent C Sandy Alomar to a two-year contract, while the Marlins sign free agent C Charles Johnson to a five-year contract. Johnson was the Sox catcher last season.

19thWhat youth movement? The Orioles sign free agent P Pat Hentgen to a two-year contract and tomorrow SS Mike Bordick will come back to the O’s inking a two-year contract. The day after they will sign another vet, 1B David Segui to a four-year contract worth $28 million. Not a good deal: Segui will bat just 674 times in 193 games.

23rdThe Brewers sign free agent OF Jeffrey Hammonds to a three-year contract.  The Giants sign OF Eric Davis, and the Cardinals sign free agent OF Quinton McCracken to a contract.

  • 2001

JANUARY

3rdThe Astros sign free agent P Kent Bottenfield.

4thThe Angels sign free agent P Ismael Valdes to a contract.

5thFree agent signings include Reggie Sanders to the Diamondbacks; INF Greg Norton to the Rockies; P Mark Guthrie to the A’s for 2 years; and vet Bobby Bonilla by the Cards.

8thIn a three-way deal, the Royals obtain catcher A.J. Hinch, OF Angel Berroa and cash from the A’s, and P Roberto Hernandez from the Devil Rays; the A’s receive P Cory Lidle from the Devil Rays, and OF Johnny Damon, IF Mark Ellis, and a player to be named from the Royals; and the Devil Rays receive OF Ben Grieve and a player to be named from the A’s.

9thThe Indians sign free agent OF Juan Gonzalez to a contract.

The Reds sign free agents C Kelly Stinnett and IF Wilton Guerrero to contracts.

The White Sox announce that P Bill Simas will miss the entire 2001 season following ligament replacement surgery on his elbow last month.

10thThe Phillies sign free agent OF Brian Hunter to a contract, while the Cubs ink free agent INF Ron Coomer to a contract. Coomer will go on the DL April 4 with a knee injury, opening the door for Julio Zuleta.

12thThe Red Sox sign free agent P David Cone to a contract. Cone, 4–14 in 2000, had turned down a Yankee offer to try and make the team as the 5th starter.

13thMajor league baseball announces that the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays will open the 2001 season in Puerto Rico, marking the 3rd straight year the season will begin outside the US and Canada.

14thThe White Sox obtain pitchers David Wells and Matt DeWitt from the Blue Jays for pitcher Mike Sirotka, Kevin Beirne, and Mike Williams, and OF Brian Simmons. Sirotka will pass one physical but a later one will show arm damage and the Jays will seek, unsuccessfully, additional compensation. Sirotka will be operated on April 24 and will be out for the season without ever throwing an inning for the Jays. Boomer will struggle to 5–7 before going down in July and need surgery.

16thOutfielders Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett are elected to the Hall of Fame in their first year on the ballot. After much speculation, Winfield announces he’ll go in as a Padre.

18th  President-elect Bush, in an interview with the AP, says he is worried about baseball’s labor contract, which expires on October 31. “I was around when the last strike occurred and it hurt the game.” Bush, once managing partner of the Texas Rangers left the job to run for governor in 1994. The team was sold in 1998. “I can just say loud and clear, I hope there’s not a strike. But it’s going to be up to the participants. . . . They shouldn’t be looking to me. They need to get this settled themselves.”  He suggests, “Get rid of arbitration if possible and have, maybe, free agency occur at an earlier time, and if there’s three shortstops and two bidders the price goes down, and vice versa, it goes up.”

26thThe Royals sign free agent IF Luis Alicea.

31stA story in The Wall Street Journalquotes three former members of the 1951 New York Giants as admitting that they stole catchers’ signs at the Polo Grounds to help the club overtake the Dodgers and win the pennant. Except for Sal Yvars, all the participants will deny using the system during the 3-game playoff with the Dodgers.

FEBRUARY

6th  Anaheim 1B Mo Vaughn undergoes surgery to repair a ruptured biceps tendon in his left arm. Mo will miss the entire 2001 season.

8th  The Dominican Republic defeats Mexico, 5-3, to take its fourth Caribbean Series title in five years.

11th  Phillies P Robert Person is arrested on charges of obstructing or opposing an officer without violence, and giving a false name, after failing to walk away from a fight when ordered.

Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, the home of the Pirates since 1970, is imploded before thousands of onlookers. The team will play in new PNC Park this year.

14th  Major league baseball announces that umpires have been instructed to eject pitchers who throw deliberately at hitters, and not to give them a warning first.

15thThe Padres sign free agent P Bobby Jones to a one contract for $625.000. Jones left the Mets after 7+ seasons, declining a Mets offer of salary arbitration that would have netted him, at worst, $2 or $3 million. Last year Jones, 11–4, made $5.25M.

The Yanks sign Henry Rodriguez, to a one year contract. The agreement was reached a month ago and H-Rod is already listed in the team’s spring training program.

18thDave Winfield, Paul Molitor, Jim Rice, and Robin Yount are inducted into Ted Williams’ Hitters Hall of Fame in Hernando, Florida.

20th  Braves OF Andruw Jones wins a record $8.2 million contract in salary arbitration. The previous record of $7.25 million was set last year by Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera.

23rd  In what is believed to be a first of its kind test, umpire Mike Everitt meets with the Milwaukee Brewers to test out baseball’s new strike zone.

26thThe Dodgers obtain OF Marquis Grissom from the Brewers for OF Devon White.

MARCH

6th  2B Bill Mazeroski and Negro League pitcher Hilton Smith are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Old-timers Committee.

Making a comeback after sitting out a year with Lupus, Montreal OF Tim Raines plays in the same exhibition game as his son, Tim Jr., an outfielder with the Baltimore Orioles. Tim gets 2 hits, while Tim Jr. gets one as the Orioles win the game, 7-6. Each Raines drives in a run.

7th  Rockies 32-year-old reliever Jerry Dipoto retires due to a bulging disc in his neck.

8th  The Orioles announce that Albert Belle is “Totally disabled and unable to perform as a major league baseball player” due to a severe case of degenerative arthritis of the right hip.

11th  The Yankees formally announce the signing of Cuban defector Andy Morales, a third baseman, to a four-year contract worth $4.5M. Morales will wash out and be waived from his minor league team by July. The Yanks will try and sidestep his contract with proof that his listed age of 26 years is really 29.

19th  The Padres sign Rickey Henderson and send him to AAA to get in shape. It is Rickey’s first time in the minor since a 3-game rehab 16 years ago.

21st  The Yankees reobtain 3B prospect Drew Henson, along with OF Michael Coleman, from the Reds for hot prospect OF Wily Mo Pena and cash. Henson agrees to a 6-year $17 million dollar contract that calls for him to leave the University of Michigan football program and to bypass the NFL. The 21-year-old Henson, a QB, had been projected as a #1 NFL draft choice. Henson will break his hand in April and be out of action till June 14.

23rd  The Reds announce the retirement of 1B Hal Morris. Pitcher Tim Belcher retires tomorrow, and Dwight Gooden on the 30th

24th  Arizona P Randy Johnson kills a dove with a pitch during the Diamondbacks 10-6 exhibition win over the Giants. The dove makes the mistake of darting in front of a 95 MPH fastball. The ball and the bird are ruled dead, and the play is ruled “no pitch.”

26th  The Mets trade P Mark Leiter to the Rockies for P Brian Rose. Rose will make 3 appearances for the Mets before being waived to the Marlins.

28th  The Yankees trade 36-year-old Glenallen Hill, who hit .297 with 29 homers last season, to the Angels for minor-league OF Darren Blakely. Hill, taking the place of the just-released Canseco, will go 9-for-66, spend 5 weeks on the DL, and get his release June 1.

The Pirates acquire P Omar Olivares from the A’s for a player to be named. It’s Omar’s eighth team in 8 years. At the end of this season, the Indians will take a chance on Omar, but he will get his release in April 2002 and call it quits.

The Padres give up on P Matt Clement sending him to the Marlins for OF Mark Kotsay. The Pads also throw in righty Omar Ortiz, a 1999 first round pick.

30th  Tigers C Mitch Meluskey is out for the season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder.

The Marlins swap P Manny Aybar to the Cubs for P Oswaldo Mairena.

The Mets top prospect, Brian Cole, 22, is killed when the car he is driving home to Mississippi from spring training flips over. Cole, who stole 69 bases last year, was voted the organization’s player of the year in 2000.

31stAfter 31 years in Three River Stadium, the Pirates move into their new $262 million home at PNC Park, losing to the Mets, 4–3, in an exhibition game. The 38,000 seat stadium is nestled at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers with a spectacular view of the city.

APRIL

1st  The Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 8-1, as the major league baseball season opens in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Former Ranger Esteban Loiza gets the victory, striking out 9 in 7 innings while Shannon Stewart and Tony Batista slug HRs for Toronto. Alex Rodriguez gets 2 hits in his Texas debut but makes a critical error.

2nd  The Yankees defeat the Royals, 7-3, as Roger Clemens records 5 strikeouts and ties (or beats) Walter Johnson as the all-time leader in strikeouts in AL history with 3,509. According to TotalBaseball, Clemens has 3,509 but the Elias Sports Bureau has him with one fewer. The extra strikeout was first discovered in the early 1990s by John Schwartz and it came on September 12, 1907. The Rocket makes it moot in his next outing.

Gary Sheffield homers over the CF fence as the Dodgers beat Milwaukee, 1–0, to give new manager Jim Tracy his first win. Park is the winner, running his consecutive scoreless innings to 32 over 2 seasons.

David Wells pitches 6 strong innings and Magglio Ordonez hits a 3-run homer as the White Sox beat the Indians, 7–4 in the opener for both teams. Bartolo Colon gives up all 7 Chicago runs. The bright spot for the Tribe is Juan Gonzalez, who bangs 2 homers, the 1st Indian with 2 HRs on Opening Day since Duke Sims, in 1968. Gonzalez also became just the 4th player to twice hit 2 HRs on Opening Day (Eddie Mathews: 1954, 1958; Raul Mondesi: 1995, 1999; Joe Torre: 1965, 1966).

Vlad Guerrero has an RBI single in the 10th to give the Expos a 5–4 win over the Cubs. The Expos finish with INF Mike Mordecai behind the plate replacing Sandy Martinez, who injures his elbow trying to throw out Eric Young in the 10th. Starting C Mike Barrett is thumbed out of the game in the 8th. Rock Raines pinch hits for the Expos, thus becoming the 27th ML player to play in 4 decades.

The Giants Livan Hernandez beats the Padres, 3–2, with relief help from Robb Nen, who K’s the side in the 9th. Barry Bonds homers for the Giants. Tony Gwynn’s 8th inning RBI-single is his 3,110th hit, tying him with Dave Winfield for 17thon the all-time list. With his start today, Gwynn becomes the 5th player in NL history to spend 20+ years while playing his entire career with one team. The others are: Cap Anson; 1871-97 Cubs (5 years in the NA); Mel Ott: 1926-47 Giants; Stan Musial: 1941-44, 1946-63 Cardinals; Willie Stargell: 1962-82 Pirates.

The Reds sell lefty Ed Yarnell to the Orix Blue Wave (Japan) for $300,000. Yarnell, the 2000 IL pitcher of the year, came to the Reds in the Denny Neagle trade with the Yankees.

Former Yankees OF Darryl Strawberry is arrested at a Tampa hospital on a violation of a probation warrant. He has been missing for 4 days after leaving his drug treatment center on Thursday.

Boston’s Nomar Garciaparra has surgery for a split tendon in his right wrist. He will be out till late August and play in just 21 games.

3rd  The Astros defeat the Brewers, 11-3, as Craig Biggio gets 5 hits for Houston, tying a ML record for an opener. Daryle Ward, filling in for the injured Moises Alou, adds a grand slam to back Scott Elarton. Jose Hernandez and Jeromy Burnitz hit solo HRs for the Brew.

Miguel Tejada hits a grand slam in the 3rdinning, off John Halama, to pace the Athletics to a 5-1 win over the Mariners. Barry Zito allows no runs in 7 innings for the win.

4th  The Red Sox defeat the Orioles, 3-0, as Hideo Nomo hurls a no-hitter in his Boston debut. It is Nomo’s second career no-no, making him the 4th pitcher in history to hurl one in both the NL and AL. It is also the earliest no-hitter, by date, in history.

The Blue Jays outslug the Devil Rays, 11-8, as Carlos Delgado hits 3 HRs and drives home 4 runs for Toronto.

At Yankee Stadium, New York scores 4 runs in each of the first two innings to beat the Royals, 8-2. David Justice accounts for 4 runs with a grand slam.

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The Indians double the White Sox, 8-4, before the first non-sellout in 6 years at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. It ends the longest consecutive game sellout streak in major league history at 455 games. To honor the streak and the fans, the Indians retire a jersey with the number 455 on it.

Todd Helton and Larry Walker each drive home 4 runs to back Denny Neagle’s 5 inning, 3-run effort. The Rockies beat the Cards, 13–9, scoring 10 earned runs off Benes in 2.2 innings. Jim Edmonds hits a pair of homers, both upper deck shots, a first at Coors.

An MRI on Cincinnati hurler Scott Williamson’s right elbow reveals a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He will undergo surgery and miss the 2001 season.

The Colorado Rockies send pitchers Mark Leiter and Mike DeJean, and IF Elvis Pena, to the Milwaukee Brewers for pitchers Juan Acevedo and Kane Davis, and IF Jose Flores.

5th  Paul O’Neill hits a 1st inning HR, off Dan Reichert, for the only run in the Yankees’ 1-0 win over the Orioles. Mike Mussina (7.2 IP) is the winner. It is only the 2nd time in team history that the Yankees win a 1-0 game with a 1st inning HR. Previously, it was done in 1941, with the HR by Phil Rizzuto.

Tom Goodwin and Mark Grudzielanek homer to lead off the game for the Dodgers, and it is the margin of victory in the 7-5 win over Arizona.

6th  The Phillies retire Jim Bunning’s uniform number before their home opener, a 3–2 loss to the Cubs. The game is delayed an hour, 51 minutes by rain. Cubs reliever Todd Von Poppel strikes out all 5 batters he faces while Jeff Fassero gets his 2nd save in 2 nights. Previously, his last save was June 30, 1993. Julio Zuleta hits the first Cub homer of the year.

A crowd of 42,024, including President George Bush is on hand for the first game ever played in Milwaukee’s Miller Park. After Bush tosses out the first ball, the Brewers come from behind on Richie Sexson’s 2-run HR in the 8th to defeat the Reds, 5-4. Reliever David Weathers takes the win.

At The Ballpark in Arlington, Ichiro Suzuki has 4 hits, including a 2-run homer in the 10th, to lead the Mariners to a 9-7 win over the Rangers. Rafael Palmeiro drives in 5 runs for Texas, 4 scoring on his 7thinning grand slam off Norm Charlton.

The Tigers score 8 runs in the 6th inning to take a 9–5, then hold on to defeat the White Sox, 10-9 in 10 innings. Tony Clark has 2 hits in the 6th, including a grand slam. Thomas, Durham, and Valentin hit solo HRs for the Sox.

Behind 5 shutout innings by Greg Maddux, the Braves whip the visiting Marlins, 7-5. Mike Lowell makes the score close with an 8thinning grand slam.

The Cardinals score 8 runs in the 5th inning of their 12-9 win over the Diamondbacks. St. Louis 2B Fernando Vina gets 5 hits, including a triple.

7th   In the 10th against the Indians, the Orioles shift LF Delino DeShields behind 2B with 1 out and the bases loaded. RF Brady Anderson moves to shallow LF and CF Mora moves to right center. Jolbert Cabrera hits a fly near the LF line to Anderson who fires a strike to get the surprised runner Ellis Burks trying to score. The O’s score 2 in the top of the 11th to win, 4–2.

Sammy Sosa hits his first homer, a solo shot to right center, as the Cubs defeat the Phillies, 8-4.

8th  The Pirates defeat the Astros, 9-3, as 3B Aramis Ramirez hits 3 HRs and drives home 6 runs.

The Red Sox defeat the Devil Rays, 3-0. Boston’s Pedro Martinez hurls 8 innings of 3-hit shutout ball, and strikes out 16 batters.

In the Yankees 16–5 win over Toronto, Yankee PH Scott Seabol becomes the lowest-drafted player (88th round in 1996: 1,718thpick) to ever appear in ML. Al Cowens, picked on the 75th round in 1969, was the previous player. This distinction will last just 11 days before Travis Phelps—the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ selection in the 89th round, also in 1996—makes his debut on April 19. Seabol will get one at bat this year, then come back again in 2005. Clemens is the winner as batterymate Jorge Posada belts his first grand slam, one of 20 Yankee hits. He’ll hit two more grand slams this year.

9th   Sean Casey’s 4 hits and 5 RBIs to lead the Reds over the Pirates, 8-2, in the first game ever at PNC Park. The occasion is marred by the death of Willie Stargell just a few hours before game time. Pops died after an extended illness and the Bucs pay tribute with a 90 second visual presentation.

The Cardinals sell 1B-OF John Mabry to the Marlins.

Chicago rookie Rocky Biddle survive 5 rocky innings—2 run and 10 hits—to get the 9–2 win over the Indians. In the 6th Tribe reliever Steve Woodard stops a Frank Thomas line drive with his pitching elbow and leaves the game on a stretcher. He’ll be out of action for a month and when he comes back he’ll ask to be traded.

11th  The Braves defeat the Mets, 2-0, as Greg Maddux (7 innings), Mike Remlinger (1 inning), and John Rocker (1 inning) combine on a one-hitter. Todd Zeile’s 2nd single is the only NY hit and Maddux retires the last 17 batters he faces. Maddux has more wins against the Mets (27–16) than he has against any other team.

The Pirates try and catch lightning in a bottle by signing P Ramon Martinez to a one-year contract. Ramon will get hammered in a few appearances and retire for good next month.

12th  The Braves defeat the Astros, 12-4, as SS Jose Hernandez hits 2 HRs and drives home 7 runs. One of the homeruns is a grand slam.

Despite pinch homers from Dellucci and Colbrunn, the Diamondbacks fall to Dodgers at Bank One Park, 5-4.

In Toronto, the game between the Royals and Blue Jays is postponed when pieces from the SkyDome roof start falling on the field during batting practice. One large piece of metal dangles for an hour before crashing down.

13th  Texas scores 4 in the 1stagainst Oakland and 2 runs in each of the next 4 innings to roll over Oakland, 13-1. Rusty Greer and Randy Velarde lead off the game with back-to-back homers. Alex Rodriguez and Andres Galarraga also homer.

At Camden Yards, the Rays Albie Lopez and the Orioles Pat Hentgen each fire three-hitters as Tampa Bay edges Baltimore, 2-0.  For the Rays, this is the only complete game a Tampa Bay pitcher will throw this year, tying a ML record.

14th  A major league record is set as 11 one-run games are played, breaking the mark of 10 set in 1967. With a 1–0 win over the Mets, the Reds set the modern day NL record with their 175th consecutive game without being shut out, breaking the mark of 174, set by the 1992-93 Phillies. Chris Reitsma and Danny Graves combine to beat Al Leiter.

15th  The Rockies defeat the Diamondbacks, 10-7, as Todd Hollandsworth hits 3 HRs and drives home 7 runs. Hollandsworth is the ninth major-leaguer to hit three homers in a game with the last being a game-ender. Jack Clark, with the Red Sox in 1991, was the last to do it.

The Braves Odalis Perez (7 IP) allows just 4 singles in sinking the Phillies, 3–0. Perez is making his 1st start after missing the entire 2000 season because of Tommy John surgery. Brian Jordan and Andruw Jones homer for the Braves.

Eric Milton strikes out 10, including the first 4 hitters on called 3rd strikes, in 7 innings. The surprising Twins edge the visiting White Sox, 4–3, to complete a 3-game sweep. Corey Koskie is 4-for-4 for the Twins.

The Cubs complete sweep of Pirates as Kerry Wood strikes out 10 in 5-1 win.

17th  The Giants edge the Dodgers, 3-2, as Barry Bonds hits his 500th career HR.

The Diamondbacks beat up on the Cardinals, 17–4, collecting 15 runs in the first 4 innings off Dustin Hermanson and Chad Hutchinson. The last 2 runs come in the 9th off Bobby Bonilla, making his ML pitching debut. The most successful Card pitcher is Gene Stechschulte, who belts a 6th inning pinch homer on the first pitch of his first ML at bat (also his last at bat). He is the 15th pitcher to accomplish hitting a pinch HR, according to HR maven David Vincent. Also getting beat up is Umpire Larry Young who is struck in the forehead by a throw from Arizona’s Jay Bell and requires 14 stitches to close the gash. He’ll be out 2-3 weeks. Arizona is paced by Jay Bell’s 4 hits, including a HR, and WP Armando Reynoso.

Mike Burba wins his first of the year as Cleveland beats Baltimore, 8-1. Russell Branyan supplies the offense with a grand slam.

18th  Mike Hampton pitches his second strong effort (8 IP, 4 hits) of the year with an 8–0 win over San Diego. Jeff Cirillo homers and Larry Walker homers in his 4th straight game.

After just 14 games, the Devil Rays fire manager Larry Rothschild and hire Hal McRae to take his place.

19thThe Yankees defeat the Blue Jays, 6-5, in 17 innings and almost 6 hours. Six relievers pitch 11 scoreless innings before Chuck Knoblauch walks and Jeter singles him to 2B. O’Neill’s 4th hit of the game finally ends it. Both teams total 14 pitchers, who throw 538 pitches (336 Ks) and strand 35 runners.

Boston downs Hal McRae’s Tampa Bay, 8-3, with the decision going to Pedro Martinez over Paul Wilson.  In his ML debut, Travis Phelps pitches two scoreless innings for TB. Phelps was taken on the 89thround of the 1996 draft and is the lowest draft pick to make the majors.  Scott Seabol (88thround in 1996) held the record for 11 days.

20th  Toronto’s Carlos Delgado hits 3 HRs in a game for the 2nd time this season as Toronto defeats KC, 12-4. On two of the dingers, Delgado combines with Raul Mondesi to go back-to-back, the first time in a year that teammates have twice gone back-to-back in the same game. Mondesi’s homer in the 7this a grand slam.

At the Stadium, Tino Martinez hits a 1stinning grand slam, off Hideo Nomo, and the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 6-1. Pettitte is the winner.

Dodgers’ GM Kevin Malone resigns. The final straw that did in the controversial GM was a verbal altercation with a fan during a Dodger game. The team was 178-176 in his 2+ years as GM. Assistant GM Dave Wallace will serve on an interim basis.

A new musical, “The Curse of the Bambino,” opens in Boston. Written by David Kruh with music and lyrics by Stephen Bergman, the comedy is staged as a Greek tragedy complete with a Greek chorus composed of four fans.

At the Vet, a pinch grand slam by Kevin Jordan is the highlight of the Phillies 6-run 7thinning as they beat the Braves, 8-3. For Jordan, it is his last career homer.

Barry Larkin hits a grand slam off Al Leiter, who surrenders 8 runs as the Mets lose to the Reds, 9-5.

At Pittsburgh, Sammy Sosa belts a 2-out grand slam in the 9th to ice it for the Cubs in an 8-2 victory over the Pirates. Sosa collects 5 RBI. It is the first grand slam at the new PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

21stJohn Olerud hits a 3rdinning grand slam and Jamie Moyer (3-0) pitches 5 innings as Seattle whips Anaheim, 5-2.

At Kansas City, the Royals edge the Blue Jays, 5-4, in 13 innings. Joe Randa has 4 hits and 4 RBIs for KC, while Brad Fullmer’s 3rd-inning grand slam is all the scoring for the Jays.

In Arizona, the Diamondbacks use the long ball to subdue the Rockies, 10-5. Luis Gonzalez hits a 3-run homer, Rod Barajas hits a solo homer, and Reggie Sanders contributes a solo homer and a grand slam.

22ndColorado’s Pedro Astacio throws a brilliant game against the Snakes in Arizona, winning, 2–1. They hit him 2 times, and he hits them 4 times, tying a ML record for HBP in a game. The last to do so was Orel Hershiser on April 19, 2000. Pedro is lifted in the 9th after hitting his 4th batter and allowing a single. Larry Walker has a solo HR to back Astacio’s 50th career win with the Rocks, the first franchise pitcher to reach that level.

Eric Davis of the San Francisco Giants hits the third pinch-hit homer of his career, a 3-run shot off Milwaukee Brewer pitcher Jeff D’Amico in the fifth inning. His last pinch homer was in 1989, off Rich Gossage (then with the Giants). D’Amico follows the blast with 2 walks, then reliever Will Cunnane adds 2 more walks and a HBP, good for 2 runs. Shawn Estes wins, 6–4. Jamie Quirk went the longest between pinch dingers at 5,486 days, or approximately 15 years

24th  The American League celebrates its 100th anniversary.

At Fenway, Carl Everett hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs to pace the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Twins.

25th  Rickey Henderson’s 9th-inning walk from Philadelphia’s Jose Mesa is the 2,063rd of his career and breaks Babe Ruth’s all-time record. The Phillies defeat the Padres, 5-3.

26th  Luis Gonzalez bangs 2 HRs in Arizona’s 13-6 win over Atlanta to tie the ML record for HRs in the month of April with 13 held by Ken Griffey, Jr. His first HR, off Greg Maddux, ties the NL record. Steve Finley also homers off Maddux, a 3-run shot, and adds a triple and single to drive in 5 runs. Damian Miller has 2 homers, including a back-to-back shots with Erubiel Drazo in the 8th. Robert Ellis (3–0) is the winner.

27th  The Marlins beat the Astros, 9-8, as Eric Owens gets 5 hits, including a HR.

The Braves defeat the Diamondbacks, 9-0, as Chipper Jones has his first career 5-hit game, including a double and HR. John Burkett fires a 3-hitter to win easily.

At Fenway, Carl Everett hits his second grand slam in four days in the Red Sox’ 9-2 win over the Royals. Manny Ramirez adds a 3-run homer.  The Sox stay tied with the Jays for top spot in the AL East.

The White Sox absorb two losses today, once to the Mariners. 8–3 and the second from a doctor. Frank Thomas is injured during the game and is out for the rest of the season. The hot Mariners win their 19th of the month behind Aaron Sele. Mike Cameron gets on base 5 times and steals 3 bases.

Kerry Wood strikes out 14 in the Cubs’ 7-3 win over San Francisco.

28th  The Mariners defeat the White Sox, 8-5, for their 20th win this month, a new ML record for April. Kazuhiro Sasaki sets a new record for saves in April with his 13th.

Hot-hitting Albert Pujols ties the ML record for HRs in April by a rookie with 8 but his Cardinals fall to the Mets, 6-5 in 11 innings.

The Brewers double the Expos, 8-4, as Geoff Jenkins hits 3 HRs and drives in 6 runs.

29th  The Brewers whitewash the Expos, 10-0, as Geoff Jenkins gets 4 hits, including 2 homers, and drives home 6 runs for the 2nd straight game. His 5 HRs in 2 games ties the ML mark.

Cubs starter Julian Tavarez apologizes to fans after making derogatory remarks toward San Francisco fans the previous day. He is later fined by the club.

30th  PCL baseball returns to Portland as the transplanted Albuquerque Dukes, now the Beavers, open before 18,616. The season will be a success but the team will lose $800,000.

MAY

1st  The Giants beat the Pirates, 11-6, as Jeff Kent drives home 7 runs. His 3-run HR in the 1st chases Ramon Martinez, and he adds a 3-run double in the 4th. Emil Brown homers for the Bucs.

Mike Mussina 3-hits the Twins to win, 4–0, for the Yankees. Justice has a solo HR in the 6th off Eric Milton, the losing pitcher, and Posada adds ribbie singles in the 7th and 9th.

2nd  The Braves beat the Brewers, 1-0, as Greg Maddux hurls a 2-hitter and strikes out a career high 14. Maddux K’s 8 of the last 10 batters he faces as he hurls his 100th complete game. B.J. Surhoff’s HR in the 3rd off Paul Rigdon is the only score.

Oakland’s Mike Mulder 3–hits Toronto to win 6–0. Manuel Tejada backs him with 2 homers.

Texas manager Johnny Oates resigns and Jerry Narron takes over as interim manager. Narron dodges a bullet when today’s game is called after 3 innings with the visiting White Sox leading, 6–0.

5th   Leading the Dodgers, 4-1, the Cubs score 8 runs in the 7th and 8 more in the 8th to defeat LA, 20-1. Sosa, Hundley, and Zuleta homer for Chicago, with Zuleta’s 3-run pinch blast capping the scoring in the 7th. Chicago scores 8 in the 8th on 5 hits before LA third baseman Chris Donnels takes the mound and gets the final out. It was the 15th time since 1900 that the Cubbies have scored 20 runs in a game and the 11th time they’ve done it at “The Friendly Confines.” The Cubs last scored 20 runs at Wrigley on June 3, 1987.

Dee Brown follows a Dave McCarty walk in the 12th with a homer off Travis Miller as the Royals beat the visiting Twins, 12–10. After Rey Sanchez scored, McCarty tied the score in the bottom of the 9th with a 2-out single off LaTroy Hawkins, his first blown save after a ML record 23 straight to start a career. Sanchez scored from 3B after 1B Doug Mientkiewitcz tumbled into the stands after making a diving catch.

New York’s Andy Pettitte allows 2 hits and no earned runs in 7 innings to beat the Orioles, 5–2. Derek Jeter has a straight steal of home—the first Yankee to do it in 8 years—in New York’s 4-run 3rd inning. The next to do it will be Jacoby Ellsbury, in 2016.

The Angels place Benjie Molina on the DL and bring up brother Jose Molina from Salt Lake.

6th  The Phillies score 9 runs in the 2nd inning, then hold on to beat the Giants, 10-8. Pitcher Omar Daal has 2 hits in the big score, the first Phillies pitcher to have 2 hits in a frame since Dennis Cook, in 1990.  In his next start on May 12, Daal will go 3-for-3.

The Astros defeat the Expos, 13-7, as Julio Lugo gets 5 hits, including a pair of doubles. Jeff Bagwell has 4 hits, including a grand slam off Anthony Telford, and 5 ribbies. Geoff Blum has 4 hits for the Expos.

At Camden Yards, the Yankees continue to beat up on the Orioles, winning 2–1, behind Mike Mussina. Scott Brosius hits a solo HR in the 8th to break a 1–1 tie. The Yanks tie a ML record by starting the season 13-0 against below .500 teams, matching a mark set by the 1902 Pirates and the 1966 Indians.

7th  Kevin Brown retires 17 straight batters, allows 2 hits as the Dodgers subdue the Marlins, 1–0. For the second of three times in 6 weeks, Gary Sheffield provides the only scoring with a HR. Teeing it up is A.J. Burnett, just off the DL after 5 weeks with a stress fracture in his foot.

8th  Diamondbacks flamethrower Randy Johnson strikes out 20 Reds in Arizona’s 4-3 win over Cincinnati in 11 innings. Johnson gets all 20 in his 9 innings of work, but does not tie Clemens and Woods record since the contest goes into extra frames. The Reds score 2 in the top of the 11th, but the D’Backs come back with 3, scoring the winning run on a bases loaded walk by reliever Danny Graves.

The Devil Rays edge the Orioles, 4-3, as Tampa Bay’s Fred McGriff joins Mark McGwire, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Eddie Murray, and Reggie Jackson as the only players to homer off 300 different pitchers in their career. McGriff’s solo in the 8th snaps a 3–3 tie.

J.T. Snow  hits a pair of solo homers, and Marvin Bernard adds a grand slam to help the Giants to a 9-1 win over the Expos. Bernard’s grand slam comes off Anthony Telford, who served up a 4-run homer on the 6th.  After coughing up 4 runs on 4 hits in a third of an inning on the 10th, Telford will be sent down.

The Padres steal 8 bases en route to a 7–1 win over the Braves.

9thRed Sox 2B Chris Stynes, who had 3 hits in yesterday’s win, suffers 2 fractures in his left cheekbone when he is hit by an Aaron Sele pitch in the 2nd inning. He’ll miss 6 weeks. Seattle breaks a 5–5 tie in the 8th on Olerud’s double to win, 10–5.  David Bell has 4 RBI for the M’s, while Trot Nixon homers and Ramirez and O’Leary go back-to-back in the 4th.

10th  The Brewers defeat the Cubs, 11-1, as OF Jeromy Burnitz hits 3 HRs and drives in 6 runs. Devon White adds a grand slam, while Sosa does the only Cubs damage with his 398th career HR.  The Brewers, 8–0 in their new ball park, are just 3 games in back of Chicago in the NL Central.

The Royals defeat the Indians, 8-3, ending Cleveland’s 10-game winning streak. Brian Meadows goes 6 2/3 innings for the win over Colon. Sweeney and Quinn each have 3 hits.

The Giants score 8 runs in the 6th inning and roll by the Expos, 13-0. Kirk Reuter goes 8 innings for the win. Britt Reames loses his 4th in a row. The Giants, led by 4 by Armando Rios, collect 18 hits.

At the SkyDome, the A’s outslug the Blue Jays, 14–8, as 7 homers leave the park. Tejada hits a 3-run HR, the 6th game in a row he’s homered at the SkyDome. Jason Giambi and Carlos Delgado match homers, and Simmons and Fletcher go back-to-back for Oakland.

11th  An arbitrator rules that major league baseball must reinstate 9 of the 22 umpires who lost their jobs when they resigned last season.

12th  At Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, the Marlins’ A.J. Burnett no-hits the Padres, 3-0. He strikes out 7, but walks 9—the most in a no no—and hits a batter in his gem. It is the 228th complete game no-hitter in major-league history. Burnett mixes just five curveballs and one changeup with 122 fastballs.

The Royals beat the Twins, 12-4, as Joe Randa gets 5 hits, including 3 doubles.

The Dodgers edge the Braves, 1–0, on Gary Sheffield’s 9th inning HR off Matt Whiteside. Kevin Brown is the winner. Rookie Jason Marquis makes his first start a good one going 5 innings. Sheffield becomes the first player in major-league history to win three 1-0 games in a season with a home run. He also supplied the only scoring by homering on April 2 versus Milwaukee and on May 7 against Florida.

The Yankees extend their mouthful ML record of 15 straight wins since the start of a season over teams with a below .500 record. They beat the Orioles, 8–5, on Derek Jeter’s 3-run HR in the 8th. Justice and Williams also homer for New York.

Texas whips the White Sox, 16–6 as Alex Rodriguez hits a 1st inning HR, 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.

Pedro goes 7 strong innings as the Red Sox beat Oakland, 9–3. Martinez allows 2 hits including a 3-run HR by Jason Giambi. Trot Nixon has 4 hits with a HR, and Manny Ramirez hits a 468 (sic) foot dinger over the Green Monster that ends up on the Mass Turnpike.

13thDiamondbacks P Randy Johnson strikes out 12 to match Luis Tiant’s mark of 32 K’s in 2 straight games. The major league record is 33, by Kerry Wood. It’s Big Unit’s 6th game in a row with 10+ strikeouts. Arizona beats the Phillies, 6–1.

Houston scores 4 runs in the 1stinning off the Reds Jim Brower, who records one out, then hold on for a 4-3 win. Julio Lugo’s leadoff HR sparks the scoring.  He’ll hit another leadoff HR tomorrow.

Montreal takes a 9–0 lead over host Colorado in the 4th inning, then holds on for a 14–10 win. Milton Bradley has 4 hits, including a HR, and 5 RBIs, while Guerrero and Jose Vidro also homer. Todd Helton has 4 hits, with a HR and double.

The Yanks finally lose to a below .500 team as the Orioles double them, 10–5. Paul O’Neill hits a 2-out, 2-run homer in the 9th to tie, but the O’s score 5 runs off Mariano Rivera in the 11th to win. The big blow is Jeff Conine’s HR.

The Cubs suffer a big loss when 3B Bill Mueller injures his knee sliding into a railing going for a foul ball. He misses three months of the season.

15th  The Brewers pound out 22 hits as they defeat the Phillies, 14-10. The Brewskis almost blow an 8-run lead before going ahead in the 10th inning on Richie Sexson’s double. Tyler Houston gets 5 hits, including a double, for Milwaukee, while Devon White hits a grand slam.

16th  The Astros defeat the Cubs, 6-2, despite Sammy Sosa’s 400th career HR, off Shane Reynolds, at Chicago.

At Shea Stadium, the Padres Rickey Henderson leads off with a home run, extending his ML record for leadoff HRs to 79. This is more than twice the total for the #2 and #3 players on the list, Brady Anderson (44), and Bobby Bonds (35). San Diego scores 4 in the 1stand holds on for a 5–2 win.

At KC, the Royals score 5 in the 9th to beat Tampa Bay, 9-5. Joe Randa’s walkoff grand slam is the capper.

17thLuis Gonzalez clubs a pair of 2-run homers and scores 3 runs to pace the Diamondbacks to a 7-2 win over the Reds. The red-hot Gonzo now has 20 homers in just 40 games, the fastest ever to reach 20 homers surpassing Mickey Mantle: Mantle reached that number in 41 games in 1956. Jason LaRue’s 2-run homer off Brian Anderson is the only Cincinnati score.

     Desi Relaford of the New York Mets becomes the third position player this year to take the mound as he pitches the ninth inning of a 15-3 blowout by the San Diego Padres. Relaford displays a 91-mph fastball as he fires a perfect inning. Starter Steve Trachsel takes the loss and sets a club record by serving up 4 homers (Arias, Henderson, Klesko, Trammell) in the 3rd inning. The Pads set a team record with 11 extra base hits.  Manager Bobby Valentine comments on the score, “It could’ve been worse if Relaford didn’t have his good stuff.”

18th  The Tigers defeat the Devil Rays, 18-2, scoring 9 runs in the 5th inning. Nine Tigers drive home runs. The win goes to Victor Santos, his first ML win, but his consecutive innings pitched without an earned run is snapped at 27.1.

The Diamondbacks defeat the Cubs, 4-0, as Randy Johnson (5 innings), Byung-Hyun Kim (3 innings), and Bret Prinz (1 inning) combine on a one-hitter. Coomer’s single off Big Unit is the only safety. The Cubs have now lost 8 in a row. Before tomorrow’s game, Julio Zuleta will borrow a scene from the movie Major Leagueand use a voodoo stick on the Cubs bats to instill hits. It works.

The Yanks stop Seattle’s 8-game win streak, winning, 14–10. Ex-Mariner Tino Martinez is 4-for-5 with a homer and 4 ribbies. John Halama is the loser with 7 runs in 3 IP. Ichiro Suzuki is 3-for-6 with 2 steals to extend his hitting streak to 23 games.

 

19th  In a rain-delayed game, the Giants defeat the Braves, 6-3, as Barry Bonds hits 3 HRs. He takes over 13th place on the all-time homer list.

The Padres score in every inning except the 4th as they defeat the Expos, 20-7. It is the first time in franchise history that Expo pitchers have surrendered that many runs, a span of 5,098 games. It also ties the Padres club record. The Pads really heat it up in the 5th, scoring 3-3-5-3-3 in the last 5 innings to score 20 for the second time in franchise history (July 27, 1996). Bubba Trammell leads with a 3-run homer and 6 RBIs, and Rickey Henderson adds a 2-run HR in the 8th.

Florida nips Colorado, 1–0, as Brad Penny (4–0) wins his 8th in a row. Kevin Millar provides the only score with a 7th inning homer. In yesterday’s 2–1 win, Millar and Charlie Johnson hit back-to-back HRs.

Both Ichiro Suzuki’s and Marty Cordova’s hit streaks end. The Yankees defeat the Mariners, 2-1, ending Ichiro’s 23-game hitting streak, It was the fifth longest hit streak recorded by a “true” rookie. Cordova is 0-for-4 stopping his 22-game hit streak, but his Indians beat the Angels, 4–3 in 10 innings.  Robby Alomar has 3 hits, driving home the winning run in the 10th, and Ellis Burks has 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Adam Kennedy has 4 hits for Anaheim. Jaret Wright makes his appearance since June 2, 2000, giving up 2 runs in 5 innings. Troy Percival takes the loss and is now 0–8 against Cleveland.

The Cubs end an eight-game skid with a 6–2 win over Arizona. The win kicks off a 12-game winning streak. Kerry Wood (2-4) pitches 6 innings, K’s 6, and walks 6 for the win.

The Mets obtain P Justin Speier from the Indians in exchange for a player (P Brian Jenkins) to be named.

20th  The Braves defeat the Giants, 11-6, despite 2 HRs—#515 and #516—by Barry Bonds. His 5 four-baggers, including 4 consecutive, in 2 games ties a ML mark. Bonds also homered on the 17th and 18th, giving him 7 HRs in his last 4 games. Atlanta does a bit of homering of their own, thanks in part to Giants reliever Alan Embree who gives up taters to 4 of the first 6 batters he faces in the 7th inning. He is the first reliever since Paul Foytack of the 1963 Los Angeles Angels to surrender four long balls in an inning. The Giants add a HR to tie the two team mark for the inning.

Devon White clubs his second grand slam in a week to give the Brewers the lead, but the Pirates plate 5 runs in the 8thto win, 8-7.

The Red Sox beat the Royals, 10-3, as Jason Varitek is 4-for-4 hitting 3 HRs and an RBI single and driving in 7 runs. Varitek came into the game with 2 homers. Ramirez and Carl Everett solo to back Frank Castillo’s pitching.

21st  The Diamondbacks double the Giants, 4-2, overcoming another homer by Barry Bonds. His 8th homerun in 5 games ties another ML record.

Jeff Bagwell clubs his second grand slam of the month, but his Astros fall to San Diego, 7-6. Ryan Klesko hits a triple and two homers to drive in 6 runs.

22nd  The Giants lose to the Diamondbacks, 12-8, despite Barry Bonds’ 9th HR in the last 6 games. His streak of 6 straight games with homers is his second of the season. Mark Grace has 4 hits, including 2 doubles.

The Twins score 8 runs in the 3rd inning to give Brad Radke an 8–0 lead, then hold on to edge the Mariners, 12-11. The M’s will use the momentum to win their next 15 and set a franchise record.

23rd  The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 7-3 as SS Derek Jeter gets 5 hits, including a double and HR. David Cone (0-1) takes the loss, going 5 innings and giving up 3 runs. Pettitte is the winner.

24th  The Cubs Jon Leiber one-hits the Reds, 3-0, ending Cincinnati’s NL-record streak of 208 straight games without being shut out. 2B Juan Castro gets the Reds only hit. The efficient Leiber needs only 78 pitches in the game.

25th  More one-hitters. At Wrigley, the Cubs edge the Brewers, 1-0, on Kerry Wood’s one-hitter. Mark Loretta’s single in the 7th is the only Milwaukee hit. Woods strikes out 14. The Cubs staff has now thrown back-to-back one hitters: it was last done by the Rangers, in 1996, when Ken Hill and Roger Pavlik did it.

At Fenway, the Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 4-0, on Hideo Nomo’s one-hitter. The only Toronto hit is Shannon Stewart’s double in the 4th, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Mike Lansing’s 3-run double in the 8th gives Nomo some breathing room.

Greg Maddux becomes the first Brave pitcher since Dick Rudolph and Lefty Tyler in August 1916 to throw two 1-0 shutouts in the same month as he whips the Pirates, 1–0. Maddux beat the Brewers, 1–0 on May 2. Rafael Furcal’s RBI single off Todd Ritchie (0–6) is the winner. The Bucs waste a chance in the 8th when they have 3 singles, but 2 runners are caught stealing.

26th  Arizona’s Curt Schilling takes a no hitter into the 8th inning against the Padres before catcher Ben Davis breaks it up with a bunt single. The bunt in a no no is controversial. Schilling allows a run in the 9thand finishes with a 3-hitter and a win, 3–1.

At the Metrodome, the Twins host the A’s in the last scheduled doubleheader in history, celebrating the first doubleheader in AL history which took place on May 30, 1901 (as noted by Charlie Bevis) between the Washington Senators and the Philadelphia A’s. Both teams wear throwback uniforms. The previous doubleheader in the ML was five years ago between these same Twins and A’s.  The two teams show why doubleheaders are extinct by playing 7 hours and 45 minutes of baseball, culminating in the A’s winning the 10-inning opener, 5-4, and the Twins taking the 10-inning nightcap, 7-6. Torii Hunter has 2 homers among his 4 hits in game 2.

27thAgainst the Rockies’ Denny Neagle in the 1st inning, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hits the franchise’s 12,000th home run. It is Bonds 26th of the year. Only the Yankees have hit more. Neagle gives up all 5 runs, including solos to Armando Rios and Rich Aurilia, in the 5–4 loss to SF.

28thThe Dodgers defeat the Rockies, 11-10 in 11 innings. Catcher and leadoff hitter Paul LoDuca gets 6 hits, tying the NL record for extra innings, including a 3-run homer for LA. He drives home 4 runs, including the tying run in the 9th, and scores 3 himself, plating the winning run in the 11th. Todd Helton has a grand slam for the Rocks.

The sizzling Cubs win their 8th straight, 9–6, in 13 innings over the Reds. Guttierez hits a 2-run homer in the 13th after an Eric Young RBI single. Reds 1B Sean Casey leaves the game with a strained lower back, and the Reds use 3 more first basemen, tying a NL mark set by the Phillies, on July 23, 1964. The 2 teams combine to tie the major league record by using 6 at first base: the mark was set by the White Sox (5) and Yankees (1), on June 25, 1953.

At Pac Bell Park, Mark Grace connects for a homer in the 12thoff Todd Worrell to give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 victory over the Giants.  Felipe Crespo’s pinch homer in the 10this the only score for SF. Crespo’s is the first splash homer hit by a Giant not named Bonds. He’ll splash another in two weeks.

The Marlins  (22-26) fire manager John Boles, reacting in part to players’ grumbling for a year about his approach. Reliever Dan Miceli was the most outspoken, ripping Boles for his rigid style and the fact he never played organized ball. Tony Perez agrees to manage until a new manager is found, then agrees to finish the year. Under Perez, the Marlins will go 54-60.

29th  The Diamondbacks defeat the Giants, 1-0 in 18 innings with the game lasting five hours and 53 minutes. Erubial Durazo throws out a runner at home in the 17th, then drives in Steve Finley with a double in the 18th. The loss goes to Ryan Vogelsong, making his ML debut. Vogelsong almost redeems himself with a double in his first ML at bat in the 18th. The 2 teams combine for 139 plate appearances and their 14 pitchers throw a total of 503 pitches (301 strikes and 202 balls).

30th  The Expos fire manager Felipe Alou, their skipper since May 1992. Owner Jeffrey Loria says the team has been underperforming and needs a change. The new manager is his long-time friend Jeff Torborg, who is also an old friend of Alou’s. The 66-year-old Alou, with the Expos organization for 27 years, turned down the job of managing the Dodgers after the 1997 season to stay in Montreal. A year later he called that a big mistake.

31st  On “Buhner Buzz Night” at Safeco Field, Mariners ace Aaron Sele (8–0) trims the Orioles 2–1. The sizzling Mariners are now 40–12. The O’s only run is Cal Ripken’s 420th career homer. The 7th annual Buhner promotion, celebrating the smooth-pated outfielder, allows fans with shaved heads into the park free. This year, 6,246 fans, including 112 women, were admitted, bringing the 7-year total of baldies to 22,302.

Montreal’s Tim Raines, who had struggled back from Lupus, undergoes orthopedic surgery on a torn left bicep tendon and is out for the year.

JUNE

1st  In a rarity at Yankee Stadium. Cleveland starter C.C. Sabathia earns a win despite pitching only 4 innings. The game is called because of rain after 5 innings with the Tribe ahead, 7–2. The rules state that in a 5-inning game, a starter need not go the full 5 to earn a victory, Retrosheet’s David W. Smith notes that there are just 5 other cases since 1978 to match C.C.

     The Cubs sign Korean high school P Jae Kuk Ryu. He turned 18 two days ago.

The Indians trade Jacob Cruz to the Rockies for minor leaguers Josh Bard, a catcher, and OF Jody Gerut. Cruz spent most of last year on the DL, and will be waived to the Tigers in December.

2ndThe red-hot Cubs push their winning streak to 12 games, beating Milwaukee, 10–4. Matt Stairs hits a 3-run homer, while Sosa and Rondell White add 2-run shots, all off Paul Rigdon. Frank Tapani is the winning pitcher. The streak is the longest by the Cubbies since they won 15 in 1936. The streak ends tomorrow.

3rdThe Dodgers edge the Astros, 9-8, in 10 innings. OF Tom Goodwin gets 5 hits for LA, including a double.

4thSeattle 2B Bret Boone drives home 7 runs in the Mariners 11-6 win over the Rangers. Boone’s 4 hits include a double and 2 HRs.

5th  The Red Sox edge the Tigers, 4-3, in 18 innings on Shea Hillenbrand’s HR over the Green Monster. Tim Wakefield, with a scoreless inning, is the winner. Sox DH Manny Ramirez is handed 4 intentional walks, tying the AL mark set by Roger Maris, on May 22, 1962. Maris did it in a 12-inning game. The ML record is 5, by Andre Dawson, in a 16-inning game, on May 22, 1990.

At Coors Field, Mike Hampton (8–2) beats Houston, 9–4, and hits a pair of homers. Hampton, who came into the season homerless, now has 4 dingers: The Mets, Hampton’s team last year, have a combined 5 homers from their outfielders.

Greg Maddux outduels Javier Vazquez to give the Braves a 3–1 win over the Expos. The lone Expo run comes in the 4th inning when Maddux throws 2 wild pitches, the only time in his career he’s thrown 2 in one inning. Maddux lost his last outing a week ago to Vazquez, but will go undefeated in June and July.

The Phillies trade P Paul Byrd to the Royals for P Jose Santiago.

Picking first in the June free agent draft, The Twins pass over top prospect Mark Prior and select Minnesota prep catcher Joe Mauer. Mauer immediately signs a $5+ million contract. Later, the Twins will pick Joe’s older brother Jake. The Cubs then select USC’s Prior who will eventually sign a ML contract for $10.5 and debut in 2002. Tampa Bay takes RHP Dewon Brazleton with the 3rd pick and will bring him up in September. The Phils take high schooler Gavin Floyd with the #4, while the Rangers take the draft’s top hitter Mark Teixeira, from Georgia Tech, with #5 and sign him for $9.5 for 4 years. Teixeira, who graduated from Floyd’s high school, missed most of the 2001 season with a broken ankle, but was the player of the year in 2000. UCLA’s Josh Karp goes to the Expos on #6, Picking 7th, the Orioles chose pitcher Chris Smith, who will fail to win a game in pro ball. The Pirates take Kent State slugger John Van Benschoten with #8. The Bucs plan on converting the slugger to a pitcher. Kansas City picks prep fireballer Colt Griffin, the first high school to hit 100-MPH on the radar gun, with the #9. Picking 18th, the Mets take Notre Dame pitcher Aaron Heilman, who turned down a $1.5 million offer from the Twins last year. New York will ink him for slightly more. The Diamondbacks take P Jason Bulger in the first round, and take his brother Kevin on the 43rd round. Third brother Brian goes to the Giants on the 49th round. The Angels use the #13th pick to take Casey Kotchman, son of Angels minor league manager Tom. The Mariners use their top pick to take Michael Garciaparra, Nomar’s brother. Several teams passed on Garciaparra after he injured his knee in last fall. On the 11th round, Florida hopes for a hit by picking SS Rex Rundgren, son of 70s rocker, Todd Rundgren. Cuban defector Rolando Viera, who lost a court case and had to go through the draft, is taken by the Red Sox on the 7th round. At 27, he is the oldest in the draft. The Expos take lefty Chad Benz on the 7th round; Benz was born without a complete right hand. The Padres take pitcher Matt Harrington in the 2nd round but will not sign him this year. Harrington will sit out the summer and did the same in 2000 when he and the Rockies, who took him #7 overall, could not reach an agreement. The A’s, picking 25th, take Jeremy Bonderman, the first high school junior ever selected. Bonderman became eligible when he obtained his GED.

6thBaltimore’s first two hitters, Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Mike Bordick, hit homers against New York. Despite a 2ndhomer by Bordick, the Yankees win, 7-4, going ahead on an 8thinning pinch grand slam by Jorge Posada. The Yanks won’t hit another pinch grand slam until 2015.

7thIn Boston’s 8–1 win over the Tigers, the Sox lose C Jason Varitek when he breaks his right elbow diving for a pop bunt in the 7th inning. Varitek earlier hit a homer. Carl Everett drives home 5 to back Tim Wakefield’s 4th win.

The Padres pound Russ Ortiz (7-4) and outslug the Giants, 10–7, to snap their 8-game losing streak. Cesar Crispo hits his first ML homer for the Pads, while his brother Felipe, playing 1B for the Giants in J.T. Snow’s absence, hits a pair. It was the 9th time that brothers on opposing teams had both homered in the same game. The last time was when Bret and Aaron Boone did it last year. Bobby Bonds hits #32, his 13th homer in 18 games. Mike Darr has 4 hits and 4 RBIs for SD.

The Cubs complete a sweep of Cardinals, winning 4–3, and posting their 15th win in 16 games. Cub fans haven’t seen that since 1945. Matt Morris takes a no hitter into the 7th before Matt Stairs 2-out double opens the door. Rondell White’s single in the 10th inning drives home Sammy Sosa for the winner. Chicago takes a five game lead over St. Louis in the Central Division with the win.

Edison International Field, Frank Menechino and Troy Glaus hit homers in the 6-4 A’s win over the Athletics, but most of the hitting seems to be done by the two pitching staffs as an AL-record tying 7 batters get hit by pitches. Oakland batters get plunked 5 times, twice for Menechino. Winning pitcher Scott Schoeneweis plunks 4 and walks no one. It will next be tied in 2008.

8th  The Tigers defeat the Brewers, 9-4, as Damion Easley hits for the cycle and drives home 4 runs. Easley is the 9th player in team history and the first since Travis Fryman, on July 28, 1993, to cycle.

The Mariners (47-12) swamp the Padres, 7-1, for their 15th straight victory. Paul Abbott (7-2) gets help in the 1st inning when Edgar Martinez and Brett Boone homer off Kevin Jarvis.

At Comiskey, Carlos Lee belts a walk off grand slam, off rookie Courtney Duncan in the 10thto give the White Sox a 7-3 win over the Cubs. Lee drives in 5 runs.

Ismael Valdes pitches 6 2/3 innings and Garret Anderson homers off Giovanni Carrara to give the Angels a 1–0 win over the Dodgers.

The Diamondbacks trim the Royals, 11-4, as OF Luis Gonzalez hits 3 HRs. Gonzo now has 25 homers, second in the NL to 32 by Bonds.

Tigers owner Mike Ilitch names himself team president, replacing John McHale, who became the CEO of the Devil Rays.

9thBobby Jones stops Seattle’s 15-game winning streak with a 6–3 victory over the M’s. Rickey Henderson drives in 3 runs as the Padres hand Freddy Garcia his first loss of the year.

10thNick Regilio of the Port Charlotte Rangers fires a perfect game against the Jupiter Hammerheads, striking out 9 and allowing only 2 balls to reach the outfield in a 3-0 victory.

11thPirates owner Kevin McClatchy fires Cam Bonifay. Seven losing seasons and several ill-fated free-agent signings do in the long-time GM. New GM Dave Littlefield will start July 13 and wholesale housecleaning will start soon thereafter.

12thThe Mariners defeat the Rockies, 10-9, as 9 HRs are hit at Coors Field, 6 by Seattle and 3 by Colorado. Mike Cameron, drilled in the 7th inning following Bret Boone’s second HR of the game, hits the go-ahead homer in the 9th. The M’s bullpen blows a lead and Aaron Sele (8–0) misses a W.

At Dodger Stadium, LA beats the Texas Rangers, 8–4. Darren Dreifort of the Dodgers goes 5+ innings allowing 2 earned runs and scores a run by stealing home.

13th  Adam Walker, pitcher for Reading (AA) throw the first 9-inning no-hitter in the five-year history of Reading, blanking the New Haven Ravens, 4–0. In his last start, against Altoona, Walker allows a leadoff single, then holds the next 29 batters hitless. The 27th round draft choice has no hit his last 59 batters. According to SportsTicker, the last pitcher to throw back-to-back no hitters was Vancouver’s Tom Drees, in 1989, beating Calgary and Edmonton by 1–0 scores.

14thMatt Morris strikes out 11 in the Cardinals 3–2 win over the Dodgers, and Mark McGwire clubs a solo homer off Jose Lima to pass Reggie Jackson on the all-time homer list. McGwire’s homer is his 563rd, putting him 6th on the HR list.

Phil Nevin hits his 2nd homer of the game, a grand slam in the 8th, to give the Padres a 6–4 win over Oakland.

15thThe Mariners defeat the Padres, 8-4, to run their mark to 51-14. No AL team has ever won as many of their first 65 games of the year.

The Reds acquire OF Ruben Mateo and 3B Edwin Encarnacion from the Rangers for P Rob Bell. Bell, 0–5 at Cincy, tries changing his luck by wearing #6. The Rangers also claim C Marcus Jensen off waivers from the Red Sox.

16thBrad Penny (7 innings) and Rickey Bones (2 innings) combine to shut out the Devil Rays, 11-0, on one hit. C Ray Flaherty’s single is the only Tampa Bay safety.

The Mariners trip the Padres, 9-2, as Seattle 1B John Olerud hits for the cycle. It is the second time in his career that Olerud has cycled even though he has hit just 12 triples in his three-year career, by far the fewest number of triples by a player with more than one cycle. Wally Westlake is second on the list with 33. Olerud joins Bob Watson as the only two players to cycle in each league to date.

The Blue Jays recall veteran Tony Fernandez, signed a week ago to a minor league contract with Syracuse after the Brewers released him May 30. Tony hits a 6th inning pinch single. For Fernandez, it is his 4th tour of duty with the Jays making him just the second player since Bobo Newsom to make 4 tours of duty with one team. Bobo made 5 separate appearances for the old Senators, the last in 1952. The other player is Rickey Henderson, who has done 4 tours of duty with the A’s.

Miami defeats Stanford, 12–1, to win the College World Series. It is the Hurricanes 4th national title. Miami’s Charlton Jimerson, a 5th round draft pick of the Astros, is named the CWS Most Outstanding Player.

17th  Royals fireballer Blake Stein fans 8 straight Brewers, and 11 in 5 2/3 innings, but Milwaukee defeats Kansas City, 5-2. Only Ryan (twice), Ron Davis and Roger Clemens have struck out 8 in a row in the AL. Tom Seaver holds the ML record with 10 straight K’s, in 1970.

Love that interleague play. Pittsburgh’s Todd Ritchie allows just 4 hits in beating Cleveland, 1-0.  C.C. Sabathia allows just one hit in 7 innings but the Pirates score in the bottom of the 9thon Aramis Ramirez’s RBI double. Five days ago Ritchie went 8 innings in beating Detroit, 13-3. Against NL competition, he is 0-8 with a 5.15 ERA. Ritchie will be voted NL Player of the Week despite not facing any NL batters.

The Cubs edge Minnesota, 5–4 for their 13th straight home win and a sweep of the 3-game series with the Twins. Kerry Wood wins over Brad Radke. Ricky Gutierrez again leads the way with a HR, the 3rd straight game he’s gone deep. Sosa scores his 1,000th career run, a mark he’s already topped in RBIs.

18th  Well, it’s not Wrigley. The Cubs lose their 12th straight in St. Louis as the Cards beat them, 6–2. McGwire and Edmonds match homers with Sosa and Eric Young. Back home, the Cubs announce plans to renovate Wrigley Field, adding more than 2,200 seats.

The Diamondbacks roll past the Astros, 14-5, as rookie 2B Junior Spivey goes 5-for-6 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored.

The Washington Postreports that Baltimore’s Cal Ripken will retire at the end of the season. They’ll be right.

Major League Baseball fires umpire Al Clark. Speculation is that he had been asking players for a large number of autographs with implicit threats of retaliation in terms of close calls if they didn’t agree.

19th  The Twins defeat the Indians, 10-9 in 12 innings, despite 5 hits, including a double and 3 HRs, by Cleveland OF Ellis Burks.  A two-run double by A.J. Pierzynski in the 12th allows the Twins to win the opener of the 3-game set with the Tribe.

Trailing 2–0 with 2 outs in the 9th and an 0–2 count by Robb Nen, San Diego scores 3 runs and wins in the 15th, 4–3. Rick Aurilia’s throwing error with 2 out allows Phil Nevin to score in the 15th. Barry Bonds belts his 37th homer, setting a mark for dingers before the All-star game. Pinch running, Rickey Henderson steals 3B, snapping a swipe drought of 24 games, his longest. Rickey will still top 20 steals this year for the 23rd straight time.

20thUsing the long ball, the Cubs record their first win at Busch Stadium in 13 tries over last two seasons, beating the Cards, 9–4. Sammy Sosa belts a 2-run homer and a grand slam, and makes a diving catch to save a run. Gary Matthews, Jr. adds a 3-run homer.

21stIn a slugfest between Seattle and Oakland, the brothers Giambi each homer, Jason in the 4thand Jeremy in the 5th. But the M’s get a pinch 3-run homer from Bret Boone and another 3-run homer from Mike Cameron to win, 12-10.

It looks like homerun derby as 9 homeruns are hit in the Reds 8-7 win in 11 innings over the Astros. Craig Biggio hits a leadoff homer—a feat he will duplicate tomorrow—and Lance Berkman clubs 2 homeruns. Michael Tucker hits a pair of homers for the Reds.

At Coors Field, Junior Spivey has 5 hits and Luis Gonzalez hits a grand slam to lead the Diamondbacks to a 14-5 win over the Rockies. In his third start rookie Nick Bierbrodt (2-0) goes 7 innings and allows 3 runs for the win. Arizona scored 13 runs in each of his first two starts, but it will drop to single digits in his next two starts, both losses.

The Giants beat the Padres, 8-6, as OF Barry Bonds hits his 38th HR to set a new mark for homers hit before the All-Star break.

In the annual Congressional baseball game, the Republicans defeat the Democrats, 9-1. Republican Congressman Steve Largent of Oklahoma, a former NFL great, strikes out 8 while allowing just 6 hits and no walks. The Dems can breathe easier next year since Largent will be resigning his seat to run for governor. The elephants have compiled a 26-14 record since the Congressional newspaper, Roll Call, began sponsoring the game in 1962. Before 1962, the game was played intermittently beginning when former major-leaguer John Tener, then a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, organized the first contest in 1909.

22nd  The Giants double the Cardinals, 10-5, despite a HR by Mark McGwire. It is the first meeting between teams sporting 500-HR hitters (Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire) since 1976.

The Braves send controversial P John Rocker and IF Troy Cameron to the Indians in exchange for pitchers Steve Karsay and Steve Reed.

At Wrigley, Milwaukee beats the Cubs and Kerry Wood, 2–1, snapping Chicago’s home win streak at 12 games, their longest win streak since 1936. It’s their first loss since May 18, snapping their longest win streak since 1936. James Mouton’s infield single in the 9th drives home the winner.

23rd  At Fenway, Manny Ramirez has 2 homers totaling 964 feet, but he also leaves the bases loaded twice and the Blue Jays come back on the Red Sox, 9–6. Manny’s shots are 463 feet and 501 feet, the latter banging the net around the coke bottle in left. It’s measured at 501 feet, a suspicious one foot short of Ted Williams 502-foot homer for the Fenway record.

The Yankees attempt to shore up their bullpen by getting P Jay Witasick from the Padres for infield prospect D’Angelo Jimenez. The Yanks first choice, Expos P Ugueth Urbina, failed to pass a physical and will end up with the Red Sox.  The Padres released vet SS Chris Gomez yesterday.

The Astros acquire P Dave Mlicki from the Tigers for P Jose Lima and cash.

24th  After being outscored 20–2 in 2 losses to Florida, the Phils rebound with a 9–3 win. The Phils stay 2 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta with Florida another game back. Bobby Abreu has 3 hits including an inside-the-park in the 9th when Cliff Floyd crashes into the wall trying for the ball. Floyd, who had an IPHR earlier this year, keeps his 18-game hit streak alive, off winning pitcher Bruce Chen.

The Royals send C Sal Fasano and P Mac Suzuki to the Rockies for C Brent Mayne.

25th  The Orioles claim 3B Tony Batista off the waiver list when the Blue Jays attempt to send the struggling slugger to the minors.

26thThe Marlins Brad Penny (8 innings) and Antonio Alfonseca (1 inning) combine to 1-hit the Expos, 3-0. 3B Geoff Blum’s single is the only Montreal hit.

The Reds get homeruns from their first two batters leading off, Alex Ochoa and Barry Larkin, and hang on for a 10-9 win over St. Louis. The Cards leadoff hitter Jose Vina has 5 RBIs.

McClendon steals first base. After protesting two questionable calls at 1B by ump Rick Reed against his Pirates, Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon is ejected, but not before he rips up first base and marches off with it.  The field crew replaces the base rather than trying to go after McClendon to retrieve it. His Pirates rally to beat the Brewers, 7-6 in 12 innings.

27th  The Braves bump the slumping Phillies out of first place in the NL East with a 10–4 win over them. The Phils were 35–18 on June 1, and led the Braves by 8 games. Chipper Jones drives in 3 runs and Odalis Perez allows 2 earned runs.

The Astros obtain P Ron Villone from the Rockies for P Jay Powell.

28thThe Reds defeat the Cubs, 5-2, as OF Alex Ochoa gets 5 hits, including a HR, for Cincinnati. OF Dmitri Young adds 4 hits.

Atlanta’s Javy Lopez hits his second homer of the game, a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the 10thoff Armando Benitez, to give the Braves a 6-2 victory over the Mets.

The Padres announce that OF Tony Gwynn will retire following the end of the season.

29th  The Royals slug the Indians, 5-3, scoring all their runs on four 4th-inning HRs.

The Cubs defeat the Reds, 7-1, behind Jose Alcevedo’s first ML win. Cincinnati OF Dmitri Young gets 4 hits for the second straight game, giving him 9 consecutive safeties.

30th  Oakland defeats Texas, 15-4, as SS Miguel Tejada hits 3 HRs and a single and drives home 8 runs. Tejada had gone 26 games without a homer before hitting a grand slam in the 1st, followed by a 3-run shot in the 2nd. He adds a solo in the 9th. Erik Hiljus is the benefactor, winning his first ML decision. Hiljus, also strikes out 4 batters in the 7th.

Damian Miller and Craig Counsell hit solo homers in the 8thinning to help give the Diamondbacks a 6-5 win over the Rockies. Adam Melhuse collects his first ML hit for the Rox, a homer.

JULY

1st The Orioles defeat the White Sox, 11–3, on Cal Ripken Day. Ripken gets 3 hits in the Baltimore cause.

The Giants clip the Cardinals, 5–4, on Barry Bonds Day. Barry has a double and 3 walks as Calvin Murray provides the scoring with a 3-run HR. McGwire is 0-for-4 and is now 0-for his last 22 at bats.

2ndAt the SkyDome, Manny Ramirez belts a 3-run homer in the 1st and the Red Sox roll to a 16-4 clipping of the Blue Jays. Manny’s blast travels 491 feet, the longest homer in Dome history; it is his 7th of the year against the Jays, the most an opponent has hit in a season; and his 5th at the Dome, which also ties an opponents record. Stynes has 3 hits, 3 runs, and 3 errors in the hitfest.  Nomo is the winner.

3rd The Indians trounce the Red Sox, 9–1, as 2B Roberto Alomar gets 5 hits, including a double.

The Braves score 8 runs in the 7th inning on their way to a 14–7 victory over the Phillies. Chipper Jones goes 4–for–4 in the contest and scores 5 runs.

Rockies OF Ron Gant is traded to A’s in exchange for OF Robin Jennings.

Arizona’s Randy Johnson strikes out 13, including 7 batters in a row, to earn a 3-2 win over the Astros.  It is the second of three games in 2001 where Johnson strikes out 7 in a row.

Pawtucket’s Izzy Alcantara makes every sport show in the country when he reacts to an inside pitch by drop-kicking Wilkes Barre/Scranton C Jeremy Salazer and then charging the mound. Izzy’s Bruce Lee impression will earn him a 7-game suspension and get him dropped from the IL All-star game. The Sox will call up the slugger on September 1.

5th Atlanta’s Greg Maddux notches the 250th win of his career with a 9–5 decision over Philadelphia. Maddux will finish the season with 15 or more wins for the 14th year in a row, one ahead of Gaylord Perry and one behind Cy Young.

The Rangers score 9 runs in the 4th inning and go on to defeat the Mariners, 14–2.

The Expos beat the Marlins, 9–6. Montreal 3B Geoff Blum homers from both sides of the plate in the contest.

6th Braves SS Rafael Furcal dislocates his shoulder in Atlanta’s 6–5, 10–inning win over Boston. He will be out for the rest of the year.

The Tigers score 7 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning in their game against the Cubs, but Chicago bounces back to score 7 in their next turn at bat and go on to a 15–9 victory. Cubs DH Roosevelt Brown gets 5 hits in the game, including a double and HR.

Oakland ace Mark Mulder hurls a near–perfect game against the Diamondbacks, surrendering only a single to OF Danny Bautista in the A’s 3–0 win.

The Indians defeat the Cardinals, 14–2. 1B Jim Thome hits 3 HRs and drives home 6 runs for Cleveland.

Delino DeShields is signed by the Cubs after being waived by Baltimore.

7th Houston 1B Jeff Bagwell drives home 7 runs to tie a team record in the Astros 10–8 win over Kansas City.

Lefty John Halama pitches the first 9-inning perfect game in PCL history as Tacoma tops Calgary, 6–0. Halama, who won 14 games for Seattle last year, was demoted June 28, but the perfecto will earn him a recall. Seattle and Tacoma teammate Brett Tomko tossed a 7-inning no hitter over Oklahoma 5 days ago.  Blake Barthol is the catcher in both no no’s.

8th In Toronto’s 9–3 win over Montreal, Jays’ rookie Cesar Izturis hits his 1st ML homer inside the park, thanks to Expo LF Mark Smith losing the ball in the lights. He gets a glove on it, but Izturis beats the relay throw from Orlando Cabrera, who also hit his first homer inside-the-park. The win goes to 30-year-old rookie Chris Michalak (6-6), who will be waived next month and picked up by Texas.

Lance Berkman has 3 hits to extend his streak to 21 games. It’ll end here, but Moises Alou reaches 16 straight game today on his way to a 23-game streak. Bagwell and Mendy Lopez collect 3 RBIs for Houston as they outslug the Royals, 10–8. Scott Elerton is tossed in the first after plunking leadoff hitter Rey Sanchez in retaliation for Biggio being hit.

     A librarian finds an 1823 reference to “base ball” marking the earliest known reference to the game.

9th Arizona OF Luis Gonzalez beats Chicago OF Sammy Sosa in the HR Derby during the All–Star festivities.

10th The AL defeats the NL, 4–1, in the All–Star Game. Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr. thrills the crowd by hitting a HR and winning the MVP award at the affair. Derek Jeter and Magglio Ordonez also homer for the Junior Circuit.

11th  The Pirates trade OF Emil Brown to the Padres for minor leaguers P Shawn Camp and OF Shawn Garrett.

Dodgers P Darren Dreifort has reconstructive arm surgery. He last pitched on June 29.

12th Three Minnesota players homer twice in the Twins 13–5 defeat of Milwaukee. Jacque Jones, Torii Hunter, and Corey Koskie each hit a pair of four–baggers to tie a ML record.

13th Pittsburgh P Todd Ritchie has a no hitter against the Royals, until Luis Alicea bounces a one-out 9thinning single in the Pirates 1–0 win. After Chad Durbin throws 8 scoreless innings for KC, Jason Grimsley gives up an RBI single to Aramis Ramirez in the bottom of the 9th.  Ramirez won a 1-0 game for Ritchie on June 17thwith a 9thinning RBI.

Mets C Mike Piazza hits his 300th career HR in New York’s 3–1 loss to Boston.

Ichiro Suzuki and Kazuhiro Sasaki announce a boycott of members of the Japanese press, who have been hounding them all season.

14th Mets manager Bobby Valentine wins his 1,000th career game as pitchers Glendon Rusch and Armando Benitez combine to defeat Boston on a 1–hitter. When Rusch is unable to cover 1B, Trot Nixon’s 1st inning bunt single is Boston’s only hit in the 2–0 game.

At Enron Field, Padres SS Damian Jackson shatters a bat on a Wade Miller pitch, but still reaches the LF seats for a grand slam. The Pads win, 8–6.

15thThe battle of 2 first place teams draws 59,470 at Philadelphia as the Yanks lose a sloppy game to the Phils, 9–3. In the 5th, Rollins takes 2B on a passed ball, then swipes 3rd for his 26th straight successful steal. Posada has 3 passed balls and should have been charged with a 4th, while Derek Jeter makes a critical error. Posada will lead the majors in passed balls this year with 18.

Behind Piazza’s 3 hits and 3 RBIs, the Mets win, 5–2, over Toronto as both teams celebrate Negro League Tribute Day by wearing old NL uniforms. The Mets wear the uniforms of the NY Cubans, 1947 NL Negro League champs.

Brian Lawrence pitches a complete game 5–1 win over the Angels, and the Padres reward him after the game by sending him down to Portland (PCL). The move is to make room for Brian Tolberg, out since May 6th when he broke a finger on a comebacker from Sean Casey. Lawrence will be back in two weeks.

     Umpires file a grievance against ML baseball, saying the commissioner’s office is pressuring them to call more strikes by keeping track of total pitch counts. As part of the ML’s efforts, cameras were installed over the weekend, July 13 and 14, at Shea to track each pitch. Fenway and Shea are the only parks with the tracking system, which is similar to that used on Fox’s broadcasts, but ML officials hope to have 4 more by September.

16th Ichiro Suzuki and Kazuhiro Sasaki call off their boycott of the Japanese press.

17th Braves 1B Rico Brogna announces his retirement, effective immediately, opening a spot for Bernard Gilkey. The injury-plagued Broca will coach high school football. Without him, the Braves win, 4–0, behind Greg Maddux’s 34th career shutout. Maddux K’s 9 and walks none.

Indians P Bartolo Colon is ejected from Cleveland’s 10–4 win over Houston after throwing a pitch near the head of Astros C Scott Servais, which actually hits his bat. Colon will be suspended 6 games for his actions.

Expos coach Ozzie Guillen is thrown out before first pitch is thrown out, continuing an argument from last nite with ump Greg Gibson. The Expos then pound Boston’s Tim Wakefield to beat the visiting Red Sox, 117. Five homers are hit in the game, including a 457-foot shot by Vladimir Guerrero.

18th A train carrying toxic substances derails in Baltimore, causing the postponement of the second game of the Orioles day-night doubleheader against the Rangers. Texas takes the first game, 6–4, behind Frank Catalanatto’s 4-for-4, battering Sean Douglass (0-1) in his ML debut.

ML umpires drop their grievance over pitch counts against major league baseball.

The Mets down Florida, 4–3, in 11 innings and see Marlins manager Tony Perez ejected for arguing a call. It is his first ejection in 31 seasons and more than 3,800 games as a player and manager.

Houston batters St. Louis, 17–11, as 3B Jeff Bagwell hits for the cycle. He is the 212th major-league player since 1901 to cycle, 106 in the NL. The Cardinals score 6 runs in the 5th inning, but the Astros answer with 8 in their next at bat. Batting notables include Moises Alou, who has a 3-run HR to stretch his hit streak to 23 games, and Bobby Bonilla, with his 2,000th career hit. McGwire, with his 564th, and Pujols also homer for the Birds.

Jeremy Giambi is 4-for-4 with 6 RBIs to lead the A’s to a 7–2 won over the Twins.  It is their 15th win in 19 games.

The Padres–Diamondbacks game is suspended after 2 innings because of an explosion in a LF light tower.  Curt Schilling throws 2 perfect innings allowing no hits.

Quack. Carlos Baerga, who was playing with the Long Island Ducks, in the independent Atlantic League, has his contract sold to the Samsung Ducks, in the Korean Baseball League.

19th Arizona defeats San Diego, 3–0, in the completion of a game that was suspended after 2 innings on July 18. Randy Johnson strikes out 16 batters in his 7 innings of relief of Schilling to break the ML mark set by Walter Johnson on July 25, 1913. He allows just 1 hit—Wiki Gonzalez’ 8th–inning single—for the Padres only hit in the contest. In addition to setting the record for strikeouts in a game by a reliever, Johnson also sets the NL reliever record with 7 consecutive strikeouts. Johnson was one shy of the major league mark, set by Ron Davis, on May 4, 1981.

The Rockies obtain IF Alex Ochoa from the Reds for 2B Todd Walker and minor league OF Robin Jennings. The Reds also call up top OF prospect Adam Dunn, who hit 32 homers in the minors this year, 12 in 39 games for Chattanooga, and 20 in 55 games for Louisville Dunn will clout 19 homers for the Reds including 12 in August, setting the NL rookie record for most HR in any month. The old mark of 11 was set by Frank Robinson, in August 1956. The only other rookies to hit more HR in a month were Rudy York (18, August 1937), Mark McGwire (May, 1987) and Jimmie Hall (13, August 1963). With 50 homers in OB in a season, Dunn is the 3rdyoungest to do it; Tony Lazzeri (1925) and Calvin Felix (4 days younger) in 1947 were younger. Erubial Durazo, in 1999, was the first player to reach double figures in HRs with 2minor league teams and a ML team in one year.

Moises Alou’s 23–game hitting streak is ended in St. Louis’ 4–1 victory over Houston.

20th The Cincinnati Reds send OF Michael Tucker to the Cubs. In return, they get minor league pitchers Chris Booker and Ben Shafer. The Reds also recalled 1B D.T. Cromer.

The train fire of 2 days ago forces another postponement of Anaheim’s game at Baltimore.

21st The Dodgers set a LA team record as they trounce the Rockies, 22–7, the most runs scored by a Dodgers team since July 10, 1943, when they beat the Pirates. LA breaks open the game with 9 runs in the 8th inning. The Dodgers last scored 20 runs at home in 1957, beating the Braves, 20–4. For the Rocks, it is the 5th time they have had a team run up 20 runs on them; they’ve yet to do it themselves. The franchise record for the Blue is 25, done on May 20, 1896 and September 23, 1901.

The Angels defeat the Orioles, 6–5, in 10 innings. 3B Troy Glaus hits a pair of HRs, making him the fastest Angel ever to the 100 career-HR mark.

22nd The Phillies pull out a 3–2 win over the Mets on Bobby Abreu’s 8th inning HR off John Franco. It is the first HR hit by a lefty off Franco since September 22, 1993.

Shane Reynolds, Octavio Dotel, and Billy Wagner become the first Astro pitchers to throw a shutout at Enron Field as they combined to blank the Cubs, 3-0. It took 132 games before the home team calcimined an opponent at Enron, which opened on April 7, 2000. That shutout drought at a new facility tops the old record of 103 games set by the Colorado Rockies after moving into Coors Field in 1995. Last season, Astro hurlers threw only 2 shutouts, both on the road.

Greg Maddux wins his 9th straight, 8–2, over the Expos. Maddux strikes out 7 in 8 innings, and has now pitched 51 innings without a walk. John Smoltz, in his first-ever relief appearance, throws the 9th.

In the Marlins 11–7 win over the Reds, Cincy P Frankie Rodriguez strikes out 4 batters in one inning, the 7th.  He’s the 4th Reds hurler to do it. Earlier this season, Eric Hiljus of the Oakland A’s turned the trick.

At Cleveland, Bartolo Colon pitches the Tribe to a 6–3 win over the Tigers and pulls Cleveland within a game of Minnesota in the AL Central.  Thome adds his AL-high 31st homer. Before the game, the Indians honor their Century 100, with 38 of their all-time greats in attendance. Receiving the biggest applause is Rocky Colavito. Bob Feller, as well as 91-year-old great Mel Harder, also receive huge hands.

23rd The Indians defeat the White Sox, 2–0, as C.C. Sabathia becomes the youngest pitcher to win 10 games in the majors since Edwin Correa did so for the 1986 Texas Rangers.

24th The Yankees edge the Tigers, 6–5, despite an 8th inning moon shot by Detroit’s Juan Encarnacion, off Ramiro Mendoza, that lands in the 2nd row of the empty blue bleacher seats in left CF. It is believed to be the first ball hit into that area since Yankee Stadium was remodeled in 1976.

David Cone runs his record to 6–1 as the Red Sox get past the visiting Blue Jays, 6–4.  The Sox have won the last 10 games that Cone has started.

The Brewers lose their 11th in a row as the Dodgers whip them, 7–2. Green and Sheffield homer in the 6-run 5th inning.

In a three–way deal, the A’s obtain OF Jermaine Dye from the Royals, the Royals get SS Neifi Perez from the Rockies, and the Rockies get 2B Jose Ortiz, OF Mario Encarnacion, and P Todd Belitz from the A’s.

The Rangers send 1B Andres Galarraga to the Giants for minor leaguer OF Chris Magruder, P Erasmo Ramirez, and P Todd Ozias.

25th The Mets leave a club-record 16 runners on base, but still beat the Marlins, 5–2, pinning the loss on Ryan Dempster. Rusch is the winner. Lenny Harris ties Smoky Burgess for 2nd place on the all-time pinch hit list when he doubles.

The Diamondbacks get P Albie Lopez and Mike Difelice from the Devil Rays in exchange for P Nick Bierbrodt (2-2) and OF Jason Conti.

26th Rookie P Chris George, 21, becomes the first lefthander to start for Kansas City in 239 games as he loses to the Mariners, 4–0. The winner is Joel Piniero, who allows one hit in 6 innings to win his first ML decision.

At Bank One Ball Park, Barry Bonds hits a pair of homers off Curt Schilling (14-5), one a grand slam, as the Giants trim the Diamondbacks, 11-3.

The White Sox send P James Baldwin to the Dodgers for 3 minor leaguers—pitchers Onan Masaoka and Gary Majewski, and OF Jeff Barry.

27th The Giants get P Wayne Gomes from the Phillies in exchange for OF Felipe Crespo.

Nearly two weeks after invoking a no-trade clause so he could stay near his family in Tampa, 1B Fred McGriff relents and agrees to a trade with the Cubs. The Devil Rays receive P Manny Aybar and a player to be named. McGriff’s first game will be a night contest at Wrigley on the 29th, a 7-5 Cubs win.

The Mets trade experience for youth, sending pitchers Turk Wendell and Dennis Cook to the Phillies in exchange for pitchers Bruce Chen and Adam Walker. The 2 vets will struggle with the Phils.

28th In a day-night doubleheader, Vinny Castilla of the Houston Astros became the 13th player this season to hit three home runs in a game when he does it against Pittsburgh, but the Pirates still edge the Astros, 9–8, with an amazing comeback. Pittsburgh becomes only the second team in NL history (Cubs, June 29, 1952) to win a game by scoring 7 runs with 2 outs and nobody on base in the 9th inning. Down by 3 runs, Brian Giles caps the scoring with a walk-off “ultimate” grand slam off Astros ace Billy Wagner to win it. Omar Olivares, who allows 4 runs in 2 innings, is the happy winner.  Houston is a 12-3 winner in game 2.

The Twins trade P Mark Redman to the Tigers for P Todd Jones.

30th The Cubs receive P David Weathers and P Roberto Miniel in a trade with the Brewers for P Ruben Quevedo and OF Peter Zoccolillo.

The Yankees reacquire P Sterling Hitchcock from the Padres, sending to San Diego P Brett Jodie and OF Darren Blakely. New York will pluck Jodie off the waiver list in January.

The Giants obtain P Jason Schmidt and OF John Vander Wal from the Pirates for OF Armando Rios and P Ryan Vogelsong. Schmidt will go 7–1 the rest of the year for the Giants and then sign a four-year contract. Vogelsong will undergo Tommy John surgery on September 20.

The Mets send All–Star P Rick Reed to the Twins for OF Matt Lawton.

31st Oakland scores 8 runs in the 3rd inning against Cleveland and go on to defeat the Indians, 11–2.

Troy Glaus hits a 2-run homer in the 8thoff Rich Garces and the Angels edge the Red Sox, 4-3 at Fenway Park.  It is the 7023rdgame played at Fenway, the most ever played in one park. The previous high was Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis with 7022 games.

Brewers manager Davey Lopes is suspended for 2 games and fined by the commissioner’s office for threatening to have his pitchers hit Rickey Henderson. Lopes became upset when Henderson took off for 2nd base in the 7th inning of the Padres 12–5 win on Sunday.

The July 31st trading deadline produces a frenzy of deal-making as 31 players change teams in a total of 12 deals on the last 2 days. A total of 68 players were involved in 24 deals in all of July.

The Indians get OF Milton Bradley from the Expos for P Zach Day.

The Pirates trade P Terry Mulholland to the Dodgers for pitchers Mike Fetters and Adrian Burnside.

The Orioles send P Mike Trombley to the Dodgers for pitchers Kris Foster and Geronimo Gil.

The Red Sox obtain P Ugueth Urbina from the Expos for pitchers Toma Ohka and Rich Rundles. Urbina’s name was one of the most widely mentioned in the trade rumors.

The Royals ship SS Rey Sanchez to the Braves for P Brad Voyles and 2B Alejandro Machado.

The Pirates trade P Mike Williams to the Astros for P Tony McKnight.

The Astros trade P Scott Elarton and a player to be named to the Rockies for P Pedro Astacio.

The Cardinals trade lefty Jason Christianson and cash to the Giants for P Kevin Joseph.  Joseph will go 0-1 in 11 relief appearances next year for St. Louis, while Christianson will make 187 relief appearances for the Giants.

AUGUST

1st The Mets defeat the Astros, 8–2 in 10 innings. New York scores 6 runs in the 10th, the most ever in that frame for a Mets club, with Edgardo Alfonso’s 3–run HR the big blow. It is the first 3–run homer for New York since June 21.

2nd The A’s make it easy for Mark Muldur, giving him an 11–0 lead after 4 innings. With Dye, Tejada and Saenz homering, they roll to a 17–4 pasting of Cleveland.

     The Padres send P Woody Williams to the Cardinals for OF Ray Lankford, who had recently been benched. Williams will prove to be the real deal for the Cards, going 7–1 in 11 starts, with a 2.28 ERA during the regular season and 45-22 over 4 seasons.

3rd  Oakland edges the Detroit Tigers, 2-1, on Jason Giambi’s 9th inning solo homer. The win goes to Tim Hudson who outduels Tiger ace Jeff Weaver. The A’s collect only 4 hits, with Giambi’s blast completing a team cycle—Terrence Long has a triple, Johnny Damon a double, Jeremy Giambi a single, and Jason Giambi the HR.

White Sox P Mark Buehrle tosses a 1–hitter in defeating Tampa Bay 4–0. Damian Rolls’ leadoff single in the 7th is the Devil Rays’ only hit. Buehrle walks one and faces just 28 batters.

The Blue Jays defeat the Orioles, 10–1, despite an infestation of aphids in the 3rd inning. Although the game is not delayed, home plate ump Tim Welke asks that the roof of the SkyDome be closed. Because of the insects, Toronto’s Jeff Frye wears a dust mask in the dugout.

The Brewers edge the visiting Atlanta Braves, 3–2, winning on a wild pitch by Cabrera in the 11th. The Brewers break the two million mark in attendance for just the second time in their franchise history, the first being in 1983; however, the Brewers predecessor in Milwaukee, the Braves, broke two mil each season from 1954 to 1957.

The Blue Jays release P Joey Hamilton ending a three-year struggling relationship between the club and the pitcher. The Jays had originally signed Hamilton to a three-year $16.5 million contract.

A jury orders Anheuser–Busch to pay the family of the late Roger Maris $50 million for improperly taking away a beer distributorship. Both sides plan to appeal the ruling, as attorneys for the Maris family said the panel meant to award the family $139 million, but were confused by the judge’s instructions to the jury.

4th Braves’ 1B Wes Helms drives home a career–high 7 runs with a triple and a pair of HRs as Atlanta defeats Milwaukee, 14–2. Helms had been hitless in his previous 18 at bats coming in to the game.

In a 4–2 Mets win at Arizona, Arizona’s Mark Grace ends the game with a ground single, which hits pinch runner David Dellucci for the last out. It’s the D’backs 7th loss in 9 games.

5th The Indians tie a major league record (the Tigers, June 18, 1911 and the Athletics June 15, 1925)  by overcoming a 12–run deficit to shock the Mariners, 15–14 in 11 innings. Cleveland, which trailed 12–0 and 14–2, scores 3 runs in the 7th inning, 4 in the 8th, and 5 in the 9th to become the first team in 76 years to come back from a 12–run hole.  With one out in the bottom of the 11th, Kenny Lofton singles, goes to 2nd when Omar Vizquel singles and Jolbert Cabrera’s RBI single completes the comeback. Vizquel had tripled with the sacks full in the 9th off All-star reliever Sasaki.

Detroit falls to Oakland by a score of 5–1. In doing so, the Tigers tie a major league record by scoring only one run in their 5th consecutive game. The last of the 7 teams to do so was the 1968 Dodgers.

Dave Winfield, Kirby Puckett, Bill Mazeroski, and Negro League star Hilton Smith are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

6th The Red Sox defeat the Rangers, 10–7, as Boston C Scott Hatteberg performs the ultimate baseball opposite in consecutive at bats. With 2 men the 4th inning and the Sox ahead 4–2, he lines into a triple play. Two innings later, after the Rangers score 5 to go ahead, he hits a grand slam to put Boston in the lead to stay.

Baseball’s Hall of Fame announces changes in its voting procedure as it eliminates the closed–door Veterans Committee meetings held since 1953. It also gives new hope to 1,700 players who had failed to receive at least 5 percent of the votes cast by the writers. The new rules will likely make it more difficult for Negro League and pre–1900 players to be enshrined, and also will make it tougher for players not elected by the writers to be enshrined.

In a Vanity Fair magazine interview, Tommy Gioiosa, a former friend of Pete Rose, alleges that Rose bet on baseball, used a corked bat, and participated in drug dealings.

7th The Braves defeat the Astros, 6–5, as Greg Maddux sets a NL record for consecutive innings without a walk. Maddux hurls 6 innings in the game to extend his streak to 70 1/3 frames without a free pass. The old mark of 68 innings was held by Christy Mathewson, in 1913, and Randy Jones, in 1976. Maddux leaves the game with the streak intact and is 14 IP away from the major league record, set by Bill Fischer in 1962.

During the 7th inning stretch of the Cubs 5–4 win over the Rockies, former Chicago Bears player Steve McMichael leads the crowd in the singing of Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Prior to singing, however, McMichael, upset at a call that went against the Cubs in the previous inning, tells the crowd, “Don’t worry, I’ll have some speaks with that home plate umpire after the game.” Umpire Angel Hernandez throws McMichael out of the game, as the umps fear his remarks could incite the crowd. The Cubs win in 9th when Ricky Gutierrez slides under a tag at home.

8th Tigers P Nate Cornejo makes his ML debut against Rangers P Joaquin Benoit. It is the first time since August 21, 1990, that both starting pitchers are making their big league debuts: it won’t happen again until 2014. The Tigers tie a modern ML record by scoring 13 runs in the 9th inning to snap a 6–6 tie and roll, 19–6. [The all time record for the 9th frame is 14, by the Baltimore Orioles (NL version), against Boston, on April 24, 1894.] Damion Easley gets 6 hits, including 2 in the 9th, to tie an AL and team record, last done by Ty Cobb.  Detroit clubs 3 homers in the 9th, including a grand slam by Shane Halter. Randall Simon has a bases-loaded triple in the frame after homering in the 5th. The winning pitcher is former Ranger Danny Patterson, who faces one batter in the 8th.

With 50,863 on hand at Oakland, the A’s down the Red Sox, 6–1 behind the pitching of Tim Hudson. Carl Everett’s HR accounts for the only Bosox score, while Jason Giambi homers for Oakland. Johnny Damon hits a double the hard way when his drive down the RF line lands in a beer cup. Trot Nixon is the right fielder.

Rob Mitchell of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, agrees to pay $577,610 for “Shoeless” Joe Jackson’s famous bat, “Black Betsy.” It is believed to be the highest price ever paid for a bat.

9th The Rockies defeated the Cubs, 14–5, despite 3 successive HRs by Sammy Sosa. Winning pitcher Mike Hampton ties the NL record for HRs in a season by a pitcher by hitting his 7th. The ML record is 9.

The Giants score a 6–4 victory over the Reds in a game marked by two milestone HRs. Ken Griffey Jr. hits the 450th of his career, becoming the youngest player (by 15 days, over Jimmie Foxx) in history to reach that mark. He was also the youngest to hit 350 and 400. Barry Bonds hits his 49th of the season, becoming the fastest to ever reach that number.

On the hottest August 9th (103 degrees temperature) in New York history, the Mets edge the Brewers, 4-3. Joe McEwing’s HR off reliever DeJean gives the win to Al Leiter.

Yankees P Ted Lilly is suspended for 6 games for hitting Anaheim’s Scott Speizio in the head with a pitch in a game last Sunday. NY manager Joe Torre rips into baseball’s dean of discipline Frank Robinson for the decision. Lilly was not thrown out of the game by the umpires when the incident occurred.

10th Colorado slams Cincinnati, 16–7, as newly–acquired rookie 2B Jose Ortiz strokes 5 hits—including a double and HR—and drives in 4 runs.

The Royals defeat the Tigers, 7–3, in a game marked by a 6th inning brawl set off when KC 1B Mike Sweeney charges Detroit P Jeff Weaver after Weaver calls him a profane name. Numerous punches are thrown as both benches and bullpens clear. After a 12–minute delay, the game resumes with Sweeney, KC coach Al Nipper, and Detroit coach Doug Mansolino ejected from the contest. Sweeney will be suspended 10 games for his actions, and Detroit catcher Robert Fick 8 games. Five other players and four coaches will also be disciplined.

The Cubs claim Miguel Cairo off waivers from St. Louis and waive Gary Matthews Jr. to Pittsburgh.

11th  Chuck Borowski serves up home run No. 50 to Barry Bonds and the Giants roll to a 9–4 win over the Cubs. Winning pitcher Livan Hernandez is 4–for-4 with 3 runs and 3 RBIs, including his first ML homer. He now has NL –record 8 straight hits and is 12-for-13.

Led by the 2 Giambi brothers, Oakland beats the visiting New York Yankees, 8–6, for their 10th straight win. Jason and Jeremy each club 2-run homers, the 2nd time they’ve both gone deep in the same game. They did it twice last year as well. Oakland will win tomorrow to run their win streak to 11.

In the Twins 4–3 loss to Tampa Bay, Minnesota 1B Doug Mientkiewicz makes all 3 outs in the bottom of the 2nd without touching first base. The Devil Rays have Toby Hall on 3B and Randy Winn on 1B with no outs in the inning when Aubrey Huff hits a weak grounder to Mientkiewicz. The first sacker crosses the diamond to chase Hall back to third then tags out Winn who had run all the way around from first. Mientkiewicz then catches Hall wandering off the base to complete an unassisted double play. The next Rays’ batter, Jared Sandberg, hits a towering foul pop-up that Mientkiewicz catches for the third out.

Travis Lee hits a 1stinning grand slam and the Phils beat the host Dodgers, 7-3. With Atlanta losing, the Phillies are now tied for first place in the NL East.

12th The Braves fall to the Diamondbacks, 9–1, as Greg Maddux’s NL record streak for innings without allowing a walk is ended at 72–and–one–third. Maddux intentionally walks Steve Finley in the 3rd inning to end the streak. Arizona 2B Junior Spivey gets 5 singles in the contest, becoming the 5th rookie in 50 years to have a pair of 5–hit games in his first season. His other 5–hit contest was on June 21.

13thCraig Biggio hits his 26th leadoff HR on the first pitch from Jason Bere and the Astros never look back, beating the Cubs, 9–5. Shane Reynolds is the winner, now 7–0 against Chicago. The Cubs fall out of first place as the Astros take over.

14th Craig Biggio hits a leadoff homer for the second straight game—a feat he did earlier in the year—but that is all the scoring for the Astros as 5 Cubs pitchers shut them down to win, 3-1.

Maybe it should have been four walks. At Pac Bell, Barry Bonds is walked three times but clubs #51, a grand slam in the 6thoff Ricky Bones. The Giants outpoint the Marlins, 13-7.

15th The Tigers defeat the Angels, 5–1, as Detroit OF Roger Cedeno leads the team with 5 hits.

The Cardinals defeat the Reds, 8–4, for their 7th straight win. St. Louis 1B Mark McGwire singles in the 5th inning, marking his first hit other than a HR in 72 at bats. McGwire’s last 11 hits have been homers, a run unprecedented in ML history. Cleveland’s Albert Belle had 8 straight hits for homers in 1995.

At Denver, the Braves cuff around Mike Hampton for 6 runs in 4 innings as they beat the Rockies, 7-2. Chipper Jones has a grand slam.

The Mets lose their 5th straight game, falling to the Padres by a score of 2–1. SD’s Trevor Hoffman gets the save, becoming the 14th pitcher in history to reach the milestone. He also ties John Wetteland as the second–fastest to reach the mark.

OF Shawn Green hits 3 homers and drives home 7 runs to pace the Dodgers to a 13–1 victory over the Expos.

16th OF Barry Bonds strokes 2 HRs and drives in 4 runs to lead the Giants to a 5–3 win over the Marlins. The homers give Bonds 53 for the year, setting a new league record for HRs in a season by a lefthanded hitter. Johnny Mize of the Giants held the previous mark with 52 in 1947.

The Padres defeat the Mets, 6–5. SD rookie P Jeremy Fikac gets the win in his major league debut as he strikes out the side in his only inning.

David Justice hits a 3-run homer in the 1st, off Ryan Rupe, and Paul O’Neill does him one better in the 2nd, clubbing a grand slam. The Yankees roll to a 12-5 win over the Blue Jays.

The Red Sox fire manager Jimy Williams and hire pitching coach Joe Kerrigan as his replacement.

17th The Brewers defeat the Reds, 5–1. Cincinnati P Jose Rijo hurls the last 2 scoreless innings in relief, his first major league action in 6 years.

Mike Mussina throws 7 shutout innings and the Yankees club 3 homers to beat the Mariners, 4-0.  Derek Jeter hits a leadoff HR and will do it again tomorrow.

Toronto beats Texas, 11–3, as Jeff Frye becomes the second Blue Jay ever to hit for the cycle. Frye’s final hit of the evening is a liner to deep right-center that, in other circumstances, might have gone for a double. But with his team safely in the lead, Frye stops at first to record a single and give himself a cycle. After the game, Frye finds a bicycle leaning against his locker, the traditional reward for the feat. Kelly Gruber is the only other Toronto player to accomplish the feat.

Atlanta’s Greg Maddux pitches the Braves to a 2–1 win over the Giants and Livan Hernandez. Hernandez came into the game with 8 straight hits and in his first at bat reaches on an error. He goes 1–for-3. John Smoltz racks up his first regular season save, striking out 4 batters.

18th The Rangers pound the Blue Jays, 12–5, scoring 8 runs in the 9th inning. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez’s grand slam is the big blow for Texas.

Randy Johnson is not sharp, but he’s good enough to give Arizona a 5–3 win over the Cubs. It is Big Unit’s 10th straight win over the Cubs going back to September 20, 1988. The loss leaves the Cubs a game ahead of Houston in the NL Central and puts the Diamondbacks 2 1/2 games ahead of the Giants in the West.

Danny Almonte, pitching for the Bronx Little League entry, the Rolando Paulino all-stars, hurls the first perfect game since 1957 in the Little League WS, beating the eventual winner, Apopka, FL, 2–0. The Bronx team will win next week, but all the victories will be stripped from them when an investigation proves a number of rules infractions, not the least of which is that Almonte is too old. His brother, who pitched last year, will also be shown to be too old.

19th The Mariners rout the Yankees, 10–2, as OF Mike Cameron gets 4 hits—including 2 HRs, one a grand slam—and drives home 8 runs. OF Ichiro Suzuki stretches his hitting streak to 16 games, giving him 3 streaks of 15 or more games this year. He’s the first major leaguer with three 15–game streaks in the same season since Milwaukee’s Cecil Cooper in 1980.

The Orioles bounce back from a 6–1 deficit to defeat the Red Sox, 13–7. Jeff Conine has 5 hits for Baltimore. The Birds steal 5 bases on slow Nomo. Manny Ramirez belts a grand slam for the Sox.

Greg Colbrunn hits a pinch HR in the Diamondbacks’ 13–6 win over the Cubs. Colbrunn’s round tripper is the 13th pinch hit round–tripper of the year for Arizona, breaking the NL mark set by the 1957 Reds.

Jake Elmore catches and pitches in the same game, a 16-5 Houston loss to the Rangers. Trailing 16-5, going into the bottom of the 8th, Astros manager Bo Porter moves Elmore from catcher to pitcher and moves Jason Castro from DH to catcher. Elmore retires all 3 batters he faces.  This is the third time in the past two seasons that a player caught and pitched in the same game. Last year, Jeff Mathis and Rob Johnson did it.

20th The Reds defeat the Cardinals, 5–4, on Ken Griffey Jr.’s 11th–inning inside–the–park home run. The run-off HR breaks the Cardinals 11-game winning streak. The Cards, who also won 10 in a row in May, are the first team since the 1978 Pirates to post a pair of double–digit win streaks in the same season.

Kerry Wood has an MRI that comes out clean, but the Cubs ace will miss a month with tendonitis in his shoulder.

21st  In what is believed to be an OB first, Tim Raines, Jr. and Tim Raines face each other in a double header between Ottawa and Rochester (IL).  Each is 1-for-3 in the opener, while Jr. tops his dad in the nightcap, going 1-for-4.

In Anaheim, the Red Sox do all their scoring in the 3rdas they beat the Angels, 8-5. Doug Mirabelli has a grand slam for Boston and David Eckstein hits a 3-run homer in the 9th.

22nd Cubs OF Sammy Sosa hits 3 HRs in a game for the second time in 2 weeks as he leads Chicago to a 16–3 win over the Brewers. Sosa is removed from the game following his HR in the 6th inning, missing a chance to tie the ML single–game mark of 4.

The Mariners score 6 runs in the 1st inning and 7 in the 3rd on their way to a 16–1 victory over the Tigers. Third sacker David Bell gets 5 hits for Seattle, including a double and HR.

KC scores 7 runs in the 1st inning, but the White Sox bounce back with an 8–run 6th frame on their way to a 13–12 win over the Royals. Carlos Beltran hits a grand slam for the Royals in the 7th.

23rd The Pirates defeated the Diamondbacks, 5–1, despite a 16–strikeout performance in 7 innings of work by Randy Johnson. In doing so, Johnson becomes the first pitcher in history to fan 300 in 4 straight seasons. Johnson strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 6thinning

Barry Bonds and Shawon Dunston of the San Francisco Giants became just the 12th pair of teammates to hit back-to-back homers as pinch hitters when they go deep in the top of the ninth. Bonds pinch homer is his first since 1989 and snaps a 5–5 tie. It is also his 549th HR, moving him ahead of Mike Schmidt into 8th place. The Giants win, 10-5.

a 6–2 loss to the Blue Jays, it is a busy night for Twins CF Torii Hunter. Hunter throws out consecutive runners at Darren Fletcher and Homer Bush, both trying to stretch singles. Later in the inning he bobbles a ball for an error. Roy Halladay is the winning pitcher.

In his ML debut, Rockies rookie Jason Jennings is near perfect, shutting out the Mets, 10–0, and going 3-for-5 including a 9th inning HR. The former Golden Spikes award winner becomes the first pitcher since 1900 to hurl a shutout and hit a HR in his first big league game.

24thAt Arlington, Trot Nixon of the Red Sox breaks a 3-3 tie with an 8thinning grand slam off Danny Kolb. The Sox beat the Rangers, 7-4.

25th The Mariners edge the Indians, 3–2 in 11 innings, in a game marked by a bench–clearing incident in the 9th inning. When Seattle’s Arthur Rhodes comes on to pitch in relief, Cleveland batter Omar Vizquel complains that sunlight is reflecting off the reliever’s right earring. Rhodes begins yelling at Vizquel and is eventually ejected by 3rd–base umpire Tim McClelland.

With Aramis Ramirez hitting a grand slam, the Pirates score 6 runs in the 1stinning and beat the Astros, 8-2.

Hey, Ricky, I’m home. At Pro Player Stadium, the Padres whip the Marlins, 7-1. Bubba Trammell ices the game with a 9th inning grand slam, off Ricky Bones.

The Yankees defeat the Angels, 7–5, as Roger Clemens becomes the first AL hurler to go 17–1 to begin a season. Paul O’Neill hits his 20th HR of the year, making him the oldest player in history—at age 38—to reach the 20 HR–20 SB mark in a season.

The Rangers defeat the Red Sox, 8–7 in 18 innings, in 6 hours, 35 minutes—the longest game of the season. The teams combined to use 17 pitchers, one away from the ML record for an extra–inning contest. Boston makes an error and a wild pitch in the last frame, and Chad Curtis scores on a grounder after stealing 3B. Chris Michalak is the winning pitcher: he was the loser yesterday.

26th The Cubs defeat the Cardinals, 6–1, as Sammy Sosa hits 2 more HRs, his 50th and 51st of the season. In doing so, he joins Mark McGwire and Babe Ruth as the only players with four 50–homer seasons.

The Indians edge the Mariners, 4–3, ending Ichiro Suzuki’s 21–game hitting streak.

Led by hot-hitting Adam Dunn’s 4 hits and Ken Griffey Jr.’s 4 RBIs, the Reds roll by Montreal, 17–4. Robin Jennings, in his ML debut, collects 4 hits, a Reds club record and tying the ML record.

The Diamondbacks score in the 10th inning to defeat the Phillies, 4–3. Philadelphia rookie SS Jimmy Rollins is caught stealing in the 3rd inning, the first time in his career after a streak of 35 consecutive steals. Luis Gonzalez receives the ultimate compliment when the Phils give him an intentional walk with the bases empty. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Gonzalez joins Manny Ramirez, Jason Giambi, Mike Piazza, and Jim Thome as the only players to receive an intentional pass with the bases empty this season. Ramirez is the only one of the group to have been walked intentionally twice this year with no ducks on the pond.

28th Thanks to Cubs miscues, the Marlins defeat the Cubs, 4–3, in 14 innings, despite Sammy Sosa’s 52nd HR. The blast gives Sosa a share of the NL record for HRs in August (17), tying the mark set by Willie Mays in 1965. He also ties Babe Ruth for the most homers in 7 consecutive seasons: the Babe hit 343 between 1926-32. Mark McGwire has hit 338 homers from 1995 through this year. Cliff Floyd, playing RF, pulls off an unassisted double play in the 10thinning with Cubs on 1B and 3B and no outs. LF Delino DeShields drops Dave Berg’s fly to open the 14thand he will come around to score on a hit.

Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki reaches 200 hits for the season as the Mariners fall to the Devil Rays, 6–0. By going 2–for–3, Suzuki becomes only the third AL rookie to reach 200 hits since 1964. KC’s Kevin Seitzer reached the mark in 1987 and Boston’s Nomar Garciaparra ten years later.

29th The Cardinals down the Padres, 16–14, in the highest scoring game of the season. St. Louis scores 9 runs off Bobby Jones in the 2nd inning, while Ryan Klesko goes 5–for–6 for San Diego, with 2 HRs, 2 doubles, and 5 RBIs. One of the homers travels an estimated 472 feet, the longest by an opposing player at Busch Stadium since figures were recorded in 1988.

The Diamondbacks whitewash the Giants, 2–0, as OF Luis Gonzalez becomes the 19th player in history to hit 50 HRs in a season.

30th Bill Mueller’s walk–off HR gives the Cubs a 5–4 victory over the Marlins. Fred McGriff hits a 3–run HR as he reaches 80 RBIs for the 14th straight season, becoming only the second player in ML history to do so. Hank Aaron holds the record with 17 straight years.

The Mariners defeat the Devil Rays, 4–0, giving them a ML record 27 consecutive regular–season road series without losing a series. The old record of 26 road series without a loss was set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs.

Led by Eric Chavez, who has a grand slam and drives home 8 runs, the A’s defeat the Orioles, 15–0. He’ll knock in 3 more tomorrow in the A’s 9–5 win over Tampa Bay.

The Little League forfeits all games won by the Bronx WS entry after it is discovered that star pitcher Danny Almonte is 14. Sports Illustrated first broke the story with evidence of two birth registrations, the 2nd, which took 2 years off, made just weeks before the boy entered the United States. Continued protests of racism against Dominicans prompts further investigations which will show that Almonte and others did not even attend school in the Bronx, did not play the requisite number of games with their Bronx team, that their coach had been banned from Caribbean Little League play in 1988 for using overage players, and that Danny’s older brother was 14 when he played in 2000.

31stThe Reds route the Pirates, 11–3, behind the slugging of rookie Robin Jennings. Jennings hits his first ML homer, a grand slam, in the 7-run 4th and adds a bases-loaded triple for 7 RBIs. His homer and triple, both with the sacks full, matches the feat of Adam Kennedy in the AL last year: Luis Olmo in 1945, was the last to do it in the NL.

At Kansas City, Ruben Sierra belts a first inning grand slam, off Paul Byrd, and the Rangers go on to beat the Royals, 7-2.

The Braves acquire vet Julio Franco from the Mexico City Tigers. Franco, 40, who led the Mexican League with a .437 average, has been out of the majors since 1997.  In a separate deal, the Braves pick up P Rudy Seanez from the Padres for a player to be named later.

SEPTEMBER

1stRay Lankford hits a grand slam in the Padres 6-run 8thinning as they defeat the Diamondbacks, 6-4.

2nd The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 1–0, as P Mike Mussina comes within a strike of hurling a perfect game. PH Carl Everett’s two–out, two–strike single in the 9th inning ruins Mussina’s gem. It is the third time in his career that the righty has taken a perfect game into the 8th inning. The Yankees score the only run of the contest in the top of the 9th on Enrique Wilson’s double. Opposing hurler David Cone, who takes the loss, is the most recent hurler to toss a perfecto. The Yankees sweep of the Red Sox was the first in baseball history by a team that did not score in the first 7 inning of any of the games. In a move that enrages many players, Red Sox GM Dan Duquette abruptly relieves pitching coach John Cumberland of his duties just minutes after the game. A visibly angry Cumberland, who was promoted from bullpen coach to pitching coach last month when Joe Kerrigan became manager, said Duquette told him he was being reassigned to the team’s training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. ”I’m not going,” Cumberland said. ”That’s official, that’s for damn sure. That’s OK. We’ve had a lot of good people leave this organization, and now it’s going to be me because I’m not going to be reassigned.”

The White Sox outslug the Indians to win, 19-10, on 17 hits. Karim Garcia has a pair of homers for Cleveland, while Paul Konerko has a HR and 5 RBIs for the Sox and Magglio Ordonez has 4 RBIs. Chris Singleton has 4 hits including a homer, and Jose Canseco connects as well.

Esteban Loaiza (10-11) scatters 5 hits as he shuts out the Tigers, 11-0. Darrin Fletcher has a homer and 5 RBIs and Chris Fletcher contributes a 3-run homer for the Jays.

Ryan Klesko hits a game ending homerun in the 13thinning to give the Padres a 1-0 win over the D’Backs. The loser is Byung-Hyun Kim. It is the 2ndtime that Kim has ended a 1-0 game allowing a homer to the only batter he faces.

In the fourth 1-0 game of the day, Wade Miller goes 8 innings as Houston beats the Brewers.  It is the first time in ML history that there are four 1-0 games. It will next occur on July 27, 2013.

In the first game of a DH, New Haven pitcher Jimmy Journall makes his first Eastern League start a memorable one, tossing a no hitter to beat Bowie. Journall, co-pitcher of the year in the Carolina League, finishes the year with a 12-game win streak.

In a 11-7 loss to Columbus, Toledo gives up 3 runs on a unusual 4-base error (as noted by John Lewis). With runners on 1B and 2nd, catcher Dave Lindstrom pounces on a sacrifice bunt, starts to throw to third, then stops and rushes a too-high throw to first. The ball goes through the Toledo bullpen area to the fence about 60 feet from the fair pole allowing Kary Bridges to easily circle the bases.

3rd Cardinals P Bud Smith becomes the 16th rookie in history to hurl a no–hit game, stifling the Padres by a count of 4–0. Smith fans 7 in his gem in his 11th ML start. Smith threw a pair of no-no’s in the minors within a month last year.

The Indians defeat the White Sox, 6–3, as Jose Canseco steals the 200th base of his career. He becomes just the 9th player in history to have that many steals and 400 HRs.

4th  The Mariners cinch a tie for the playoffs with a 3–2, 11-inning win over Tampa Bay. The win gives the M’s a 99-39 record.

The Marlins Josh Beckett debuts with a 6-inning one hit effort as the Fish beat the Cubs, 8–2. Beckett, who was 14–1 in the minors, also adds a double.  Kevin Millar has a grand slam, off Jon Lieber, and Preston Wilson a 3-run homer.

The first-place Braves draw just 3,613 fans in Montreal as they beat the Expos, 3–2. Andruw Jones hits a leadoff homer in the 9th for the difference. The crowd is the smallest at Olympic Stadium in 17 years.

The Blue Jays roll over the sleep-walking Yankees, 14–0. Pettitte last just 3 inningsin losing to Chris Carpenter, who goes the distance, allowing 6 hits while striking out 11. Tony Fernandez adds a pinch grand slam in the 7th, off Ted Lilly, and Felipe Lopez drives in 5 runs. New York still has a comfortable lead in the AL East.

In the 34th World Cup, 16-year-old Taiwan pitcher Luo Chin-lung stops Australia, 14–4. He works 5 innings, fanning 8. His performance will earn him a $1.4 signing bonus from the Rockies.  Later in the day, teammate Lee Cheng-nan allows 2 hits in beating Japan allows just 2 hits over 9 frames. An embarrassed Japan national team, stacked with 14 Japan League professionals, fails to win a medal after losing to Cuba.

New Britain (AA) OF Lew Ford becomes the first National Association player in nearly two years to hit 4 homers, doing so in a 13-5 win against Binghamton (Mets).

6th The Giants edge closer to the Diamondbacks in the NL West race by beating Arizona, 9–5. Barry Bonds hits his 60th HR of the year for SF, becoming just the 5th player in history—and the oldest—to reach the magic mark.

7th The Dodgers beat the Cardinals, 7–1, as OF Shawn Green homers twice to set a Dodgers franchise record with 45.

Texas defeats KC, 8–2. Alex Rodriguez breaks his own AL record for HRs by a SS with his 43rd of the year.

8th Shawon Dunston hits the Giants’ 14th pinch hit HR of the season to tie the Diamondbacks for the big league record. SF defeats Colorado, 7–3.

In Anaheim, Minnesota hits 2 homers in a 6-run 4thinning to defeat the Angels, 6-4. One of the homers is a grand slam by Corey Koskie.

Juan Gonzalez hits a solo homer and a grand slam, both off White Sox starter Gary Glover, as Cleveland edges Chicago, 8-7. The Tribe tie the game in the 8thon a 2-run homer by Jim Thome, then win it in the 9thwhen Kenny Lofton doubles home Travis Fryman. Cleveland leads the AL Central by 7 games.

Jim Edmonds hits a grand slam off Chan Ho Park and the Cardinals roll to an 8-1 victory over the Dodgers. T.J. Mathews throws 4.1 innings of hitless relief to earn the win.

9th The Giants squeak by the Rockies, 9–4, in 11 innings. Barry Bonds hits 3 HRs in a game for the second time this season, giving him 63 for the year, besting Roger Maris’ mark of 61 for lefthanded hitters.

Darryl Kile (6 IP) and Mike Matthews (3 hitless innings) combine to give the Cardinals an 8-0 win over the Brewers.

Seattle beats up on the hapless Orioles, winning 6–0 behind Jamie Moyer. Moyer walks one and gives up 2 hits—all to Jeff Conine—in notching his 12th straight win over the O’s. The Birds are still winless at Safeco Field, losing 13 straight.  Brett Boone supplies all the runs needed with a 2-run HR in the 1st, his 35th, off Josh Towers, to break a 67-year-old AL record for RBIs by a second baseman.

10th  The Cardinals shut out the Brewers, 8–0, as Darryl Kile pitches 6 innings for the win. Mark McGwire hits his 24th homer. Jamey Wright is the loser and also fails to plunk any batters, ending his possible ML record of hitting a batter in 10 straight games.

11th All major league baseball games are canceled due to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, flight #93, and the Pentagon. The Blue Jays take a 12-hour bus ride from Baltimore back to Toronto while the White Sox take a 15-hour bus from New York to home.

13th  The IL cancels the Governors Cup playoff in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attack. Louisville held a 1–0 over Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

Bud Selig announces that the weekend games will also be postponed because of the terrorist attack and security considerations. Games will resume on Monday September 17.

17th Montreal scores 6 times in the 5th inning to take a 6–0 lead over the Marlins. Florida comes back with 8 runs of its own in its next at bat and goes on to defeat the Expos, 10–6.

Boston OF Carl Everett is suspended for 4 games by the Red Sox. Everett was late for a schedule workout on Sunday and got into a shouting match with manager Joe Kerrigan after being told to go home.

Bud Smith follows up his September 3rdno-hitter with a 2–1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The only run in 7 innings against the Cards’ budding young ace is unearned. Jeromy Burnitz of the Brewers comes within one fielding chance of joining Harry “Silk Stocking” Schafer (1877), Greasy Neale (1920), Casey Stengel (1920), Bill Nicholson (1945) and Bake McBride (1978) as the only N.L. right fielders to register 11 chances in a game. The major-league record is held by Tony Armas who handled 12 chances in an A.L. game in 1982.

18th  The Rockies came back from a 6-0 deficit in the first inning deficit, in which they make 5 errors, and pound Curt Schilling to defeat the Diamondbacks, 10-9. The Rocks win it on dramatic back-to-back homers by Helton and Cirillo off Byung Hyun Kim in the bottom of the 9th. The D’Backs lead over the Giants is now just 1 1/2 games.

Kenny Lofton has a pair of homers, both off starter Chad Durbin, and Travis Fryman adds a grand slam as Cleveland belts the Royals, 11-2.

At Comiskey, the Yankees pound Mark Buehrle (13-8) for 6 runs as they beat the White Sox, 11-3. Jorge Posada hits his third grand slam of the year and drives in 5 runs.

19th Going wire to wire in first, the Mariners become the first team to clinch a playoff berth by downing the Angels, 5–0, for their 106th win of the year.

Tampa Bay defeats Boston, 12–2, scoring a season–high 8 runs in the 6th inning. Aubrey Huff has a career–high 5 RBIs for the Devil Rays.

The Cardinals beat the Brewers, 8–2, as Matt Morris wins his 20th game of the season. Albert Pujols drives in 3 runs for St. Louis to set a new NL rookie mark with 120 for the season. The old mark of 119 was set by Wally Berger of the Boston Braves in 1930.

Roger Clemens wins his 20th game of the year against only one defeat, hurling the Yankees to a 6–3 win over the White Sox. The 39–year–old Clemens is the first pitcher in history to start a year 20–1.

Major League Baseball and the Players Association donate $10 million and announce the creation of the MLB–MLBPA Disaster Relief Fund to aid victims of last week’s terrorist attacks in the United States.

20th Joe Mays of the Twins shuts out the Tigers, 3-0, on 6 hits. Mays is the first pitcher since the Angels George Brunet in 1966 to beat the Tigers 5 times in a season.

21st The Cardinals defeat the Pirates, 9–5, as Albert Pujols hits his first career grand slam. It comes in the 9th off Omar Olivares and gives him a new ML rookie record for extra base hits in a season with 83. The old mark of 82 was set by Brooklyn’s Johnny Frederick in 1929.

Miguel Batista (7 IP) and two relievers shut out the Dodgers, 10-0, in an Arizona win. Matt Williams has a grand slam in the 4thoff Terry Mulholland.

The Brewers fall to the Reds, 5–2. In the process, they set a new ML record for most strikeouts in a season with 1,272. The old mark of 1,268 was set by the Detroit Tigers in 1996. Milwaukee will end the year with more strikeouts than hits—a ML first.

Yankees ace closer Mariano Rivera blows a save, giving up a 2-run single to Jerry Hairston and the Orioles prevail, 7–6. Rivera will still lead the AL with 50 saves, the league’s most since Dennis Eckersley’s 51 in 1992.

22nd The Dodgers score 3 times in the bottom half of the 11th inning to eke out a 6–5 victory over the Diamondbacks. Damian Miller gets 2 hits for Arizona, giving him 100 for the season. By doing so, he helps the Diamondbacks tie an NL record for most payers (9) with at least 100 hits in the same season. The NL teams include the 1923 Phils, 1928 Giants, and the Pirates in 1972 and 1976.

The Mariners lose their 3rd straight game for the first time all season, falling to the A’s, 11–2. It also marks the first series the Mariners have lost on the road this year, ending their ML record streak of 29 consecutive road series without a loss. Eric Hiljus (4-0)  is the winner. Tejada and Chavez hits solo HRs in the 7th as both reach the 100 RBI mark.

23rd The Braves rally in the 9th for 3 runs off Armando Benitez, 2 coming on a HR by Brian Jordan, and then win in the 11th over the Mets, 5–4, on another Jordan homer. Rookie Jerrod Riggan serves up the second dinger. Had the Braves lost, as they did yesterday, they would have dropped out of first place in September for the first time since 1991.

Sammy Sosa becomes the first player in history to hit 3 HRs in a game 3 times in a season. Despite his trio of blasts, the Cubs still lose to the Astros, 7–6.

Magglio Ordonez hits a grand slam and Royce Clayton drives in 4 runs as the White Sox beat the Royals, 10-2. Mark Buehrle (14-8) goes 8 innings for the win.

Oakland defeats Seattle, 7–4, to clinch the AL wild–card spot as Mark Mulder wins his 20th game of the season. The A’s become the 6th team in ML history to make the postseason after falling 10 games under .500. They were 8–18 on May 1.

The Rangers defeat the Angels, 5–2, as SS Alex Rodriguez hits his 48th HR of the year to set a new ML record for shortstops. He also ties the franchise record for HRs in a season, set by Frank Howard in 1969.

The Giants rout the Padres, 11–2, as Barry Bonds hits his 65th and 66th HRs of the season. The homers give Bonds a ML record 34 road round–trippers. He also breaks Babe Ruth’s ML mark for most HRs over 2 seasons by a lefthanded batter (115).

24th Pittsburgh rookie Craig Wilson ties the ML record for pinch HRs in a season by hitting his 7th in the Pirates’ 7–6 win over the Cubs. Dave Hansen of the Dodgers set the mark last season.

The Marlins score a second inning run on Javier Lopez’s throwing error, and Brad Penny and 2 relievers hold on to beat the Braves, 1–0. The Braves drop into a tie for first place in the NL East with the idle Phillies.

Jamie Moyer (19–5) wins his 10th straight as the Mariners beat the Rangers, 9–3. The win snaps the M’s 4-game losing streak. Moyer’s win is his 150th.

Larry Walker is 4-for-4 with 2 homers and scores 5 runs to pace the Rockies to a 15–11 win over the Padres. Todd Helton hits his 44th and drives in 4, and Juan Uribe has 4 hits, as the Rockies score in all 8 innings they go to bat. The Pads Rickey Henderson is 4-for-5 with 3 runs scored, leaving him 3 shy of Cobb’s runs record.

In Los Angeles, Barry Bonds walks his first two at bats and then slugs his 67th homer in the 7th inning to give the Giants a 2–1 win over the Dodgers. Bonds hit a pair in his last 2 at bats yesterday. Bonds now has 35 homers on the road, extending his ML record.

Former MLer Tuffy Rhodes, playing for the Kintetsu Dragons, hits his 55th homer to tie Sadaharu Oh’s Japanese League single season HR record. His homer, off hard-throwing Daisuke Matsuzaka comes at home and gives the Buffaloes a 7–6 win over the Seibu Lions. He’ll hit no more as Tuffy will see few good pitches from here on out.

25th The Brewers blast 6 HRs as they defeat the Diamondbacks, 9–4. Jeromy Burnitz and Richie Sexson each hit 3 homers, a ML record, becoming the first teammates ever to accomplish the feat in the same game. It is also the first time two players have each hit three homers in the same game. Twice they hit back-to-back home runs, the 2nd time teammates have done it this year.

Seattle tops Texas, 13–2, setting an AL record for road victories with its 56th of the season.

The Pirates rout the Cubs, 13–1. SS Craig Wilson, after getting hits in each of the final 3 innings of Pittsburgh’s last game, gets hits in each of the first 3 innings against Chicago, giving him hits in 6 consecutive innings, against 6 different pitchers, a ML mark. Cubs pitchers fan 10 Pirates, giving them 1,250 Ks for the year for a new ML mark.

Tim Raines joins the odd couple of Ted Williams and Rickey Henderson as the only players in ML history to steal a base in 4 different decades as the Expos are shut out by the Mets, 2–0.

The hot Oakland A’s slug the Angels, 9–3, using an 8-run 7th inning. It’s the A’s 13th home win in a row. Jeremy Giambi has a 3-run pinch double in the big frame. Angels SS David Eckstein ties the major league rookie record with his 20th HBP, matching the mark set by Frank Robinson, in 1956.

At Fenway, Tony Batista is a double shy of a cycle in Baltimore’s 12-7 win over the Red Sox. Batista pickles a pitch for a grand slam in the 9th, off Allen McDill.

26th Philadelphia’s Randy Wolf hurls a one–hitter against the Reds, defeating Cincinnati,8–0. The Reds’ only hit is Raul Gonzalez’s first ML hit in the opening inning.

At Kauffman Stadium, Randall Simon starts the scoring off with a 1stinning grand slam, off Blake Stein, but Kansas City cores 8 runs in the first 5 innings to beat Detroit, 8-6.

Jeromy Burnitz, who had 3 homers yesterday for the Brewers, hits a grand slam and Luis Lopez adds a 3-run homer, but the Diamondbacks outslug Milwaukee to win, 14-9. Steve Finley poles a pinch grand slam in the 8th, then stays in the game and drives in another run with a single.

27thRandy Johnson has 16 strikeouts, raising his total to 366 in winning his 20th game and beats the Brewers for the 13th consecutive time. Johnson exits with an 8-run lead and 2 outs and the sacks full in the 7th, but Mike Morgan gives up a 3-run double to Sexson.            The Diamondbacks barely edge the Brewers, 13–11, to move into a 2-game lead over SF. Womack scores 4 runs and has 2 RBIs, while Jeromy Burnitz homers for the 5th time in 3 games.

At the Vet, the Reds edge the Phillies, 2-1, the margin of difference being a straight steal of home in the 6thby Reds rookie catcher Corky Miller.  It will be his only ML steal.

In Montreal, the 3rd-place Mets score in each of the last four innings to upend the Expos, 12-6. Desi Relaford, who enters the game in the 4thinning, has 3 hits, including a homer, 3 RBIs and 3 runs. The Mets pound out a team-record 10 doubles.

At Coors Field, San Diego’s Phil Nevin hits a 2ndinning grand slam to give the Padres an 8-0 lead. But it is not enough as the Rockies roar back with 9 in the 3rd.  on their way to a 13-9 victory. Nevin adds a double and another homer to drive in 7 runs.  He will hit another grand slam in two weeks.

The Cubs return home for the first time since the terrorist attacks. An emotional pregame ceremony is followed by a first inning Sosa homer, one of 4 hits he collects. He carries an American flag around the bases with him in tribute. But Shane Reynolds hits a 2-run single in the 2nd and Vinnie Castilla has a 3-run HR in the 6th to lead Houston to a 6–5 win and dash Chicago’s post-season hopes. Reynolds is 9–0 in his last 10 starts versus Chicago.

Behind Cory Lidle (12-6), the A’s stop the Angels, 6-2.  The A’s have now won 22 of their last 25 games.  Despite playing .617 ball, the A’s trail the Mariners by 15 games.

28th  Kevin Millar’s 10th inning HR gives the Marlins a 6–5 win over the Phils and drops them 2 games behind the Braves in the NL East.

In the Mariners 5–3 win over the A’s, Ichiro Suzuki has infield hits in his first 2 at bats to tie Shoeless Joe Jackson’s rookie hits record of 233. Before the game, Mariners starting SS Carlos Guillen is hospitalized after being diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis. He’ll make it back for the ALCS.

On Jeff Weaver bobblehead doll night, Weaver pitches 8 scoreless innings as Detroit beats Boston, 4–1.

29th As he did last Sunday, Brian Jordan provides the late inning slugging to give the Braves an 8–5 win over the Mets. Jordan’s 9th inning 2-out, 2-strike grand slam, off John Franco, caps a stunning 7–run rally for the Braves. The Mets waste a gutty 8-inning performance from Al Leiter and are now 5 games behind the Braves with 7 to play.

At Denver, pitcher Denny Neagle hits a 4th inning grand slam to put the Rockies ahead 13–6 but he’s not around for the decision, a 12–10 win over the Brewers. Milwaukee cuffs Neagle for 9 runs. Neagle’s slam is the big blow in a 7-run 4th that also features a double steal, with Greg Norton swiping home. The Brewers launch 4 homers, including Richie Sexson’s 40th. Shumpert is 4-for-4 for the Rocks.

The A’s defeat the Mariners, 8–4, as SS Miguel Tejada hits for the cycle, capping his night with a 7th–inning grand slam. As noted by Chris Strohmier, he’s the first player to do that since Tony Lazzeri, in 1932. Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki gets his 234th hit of the season to set a new ML rookie record. The previous mark had been set by Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1911. Suzuki also ties the AL record for singles in a season (187) with the hit. Wade Boggs performed the feat in 1985.

Fred McGriff, Rondell White, and Todd Hundley hit HRs on consecutive pitches off Dave Mlicki in the 1st inning and the Cubs roll to a 6–2 win over the Astros.

30th Todd Helton’s double is his 100th extra base hit of the season. He is the first player in history to have 100 extra base hits in back–to–back seasons. Lou Gehrig and Chuck Klein were the only others to do it twice in their careers. Colorado scores 8 runs in the 3rd inning and calcimines Milwaukee, 10–0.

OCTOBER

2ndRandy Johnson (21–6) strikes out 6 batters in 7 innings in the Diamondbacks 10–1 win over Colorado. Arizona stays 2 games ahead of the Giants with Johnson’s 200th career victory. The 6 K’s give Johnson a season total of 372—his 8th K title and his 2nd ERA title— and leaves Nolan Ryan’s modern day single season record of 383, set in 1973, safe. Sandy Koufax’s 382 in 1965 is also safe.  Johnson struck out 10 or more exactly 23 times for the third straight season, again matching the record Nolan Ryan set with the California Angels in 1973. Johnson also hits Larry Walker with a pitch, giving him 18 HBPs for the year. Mike Hampton (14–13) retaliates by plunking Johnson, upsetting the D’Back’s bench. Gonzalez hits his 57th HR for Arizona.

San Francisco keeps its NL West hopes alive with a 4–1 win over Houston. Bonds is homerless as Kirk Rueter throws 6+ strong innings. The slumping Astros drop into a tie for the NL Central with St. Louis, 5–1 winners over Milwaukee.

The Cubs are eliminated from the Wild Card race and Sammy Sosa hits home run No. 60 in Chicago’s 5-4 loss. He’s the first player in history with three 60+ HRs in a season.

3rd The A’s defeat the Rangers, 5-4, for their 98th win of the season to set a new record for victories by a wild-card winner. The A’s will end the season with a 17-game home winning streak.

San Francisco again pounds the Astros, 11–8. Bonds has no homers, but walks 3 times and scores 3. His 171 walks is a new ML record, topping Ruth’s 1923 base on balls mark. He’ll finish with 177. The Astros lose for the 7th time in 8 games.

Cubs ace Jon Lieber picks up his 20th win of the season, beating the Reds, 13–7. He’s the first Cubs 20-game winner since Maddux, in 1992. Sosa hits a 3-run HR for roundtripper No. 61, as the Cubs score 5 in the 7th. Sosa pushes his RBI total to 154 to lead the majors. Corey Patterson has 4 hits for Chicago while Corky Miller homers twice for the Reds. Cubs pitching coach Oscar Acosta resigns from the organization, effective immediately following the game and will take a job with Texas.

In arguably the latest trade ever, the Montreal Expos send Tim Raines to Baltimore so that he can play with Tim Raines, Jr., who made his debut on October 1. Senior will play in four games, going 3-for-11 with a HR.

4th The Giants defeat the Astros, 10-2, as Barry Bonds hits his 70th HR of the season to tie Mark McGwire’s ML mark. Rookie P Wilfredo Rodriguez surrenders the historic blast.

Henderson hits a HR to become baseball’s all-time career runs scored leader with 2,246. The Padres defeat the Dodgers, 6–3.

Tim Raines Jr. plays center field and Tim Raines Sr. plays left field in the Orioles’ 5-4 loss to Boston. They become the 2nd father-son duo to play in the same game, matching the feat turned by Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. The Orioles acquired the senior Raines yesterday from the Expos.

5th Barry Bonds hits his 71st and 72nd HRs of the season to set a new ML single-season mark in the Giants’ 11-10 heartbreaking loss to the Dodgers. The 1st inning blast to break the record comes off Dodgers P Chan Ho Park.  Aurilia hits his 37th but the Dodgers eliminate the Giants from a possible playoff berth. The game takes 4 hours: 27 minutes, the longest 9-inning game in ML history. With the Giants eliminated, Bonds will not start tomorrow, but will hit a pinch single on the only good pitch he sees. Aurilia’s 37 homers and Barry’s 73 set a NL record for homers by teammates (110): The ML record is Mantle and Maris with 115.

The Mariners defeat the Rangers, 6-2, for their 115th win of the season to set a new AL mark. In doing so, Jamie Moyer, at age 38, becomes the oldest first -time 20-game winner in history.

In only the second doubleheader ever played at the SkyDome (the first was 1989), the Blue Jays sweep the Indians, 5–0 and 4–3 in 11 innings. Jose Cruz Jr. leads the offense by stealing 3 bases and hitting a homer, a grand slam, in his 6th straight game—a club record: he joins the 30-30 club. The third inning slam in game 1 comes off Chuck Finley. Roy “Doc” Halladay flirts with a no-hitter before Travis Fryman singles with 2 out in the 8th. Cordero added a single in the 9th. Halladay lost a no-hitter in 1999 when he gave up a 2-out 9th inning HR to Bobby Higginson in his first ML win. Halladay had been sent all the way to single A Florida State league earlier in the year, following his 10.64 ERA in 2000, the worst in ML history (for pitchers with 50+ innings).

The Expos defeat the Mets, 8-6, as New York’s Lenny Harris ties Manny Mota’s ML record with his 150th career pinch hit.

The Braves clinch their 10th straight division championship with a 20-3 gaffing of the Marlins.  Kevin Millwood gives up a field goal in the 1st inning, but the Braves, led by Chipper Jones’ grand slam, score 10 runs in the bottom of the frame. Ryan Dempster allows just one hit but walks 6 before leaving in the 1st. Reliever Benito Baez gives up 8 runs in 1 2/3 IP, and OF John Mabry tries his hand in the 9th, but gives up 5 runs while recording just one out. Chipper Jones adds a triple to his grand slam and reaches the 100 RBI mark for the 6th straight year.

Albie Lopez throws a 3-hit shutout to beat the Brewers 5–0 and clinch a tie for the Diamondbacks in the NL West. With the win, Lopez avoids becoming the 1st 20-game loser in the Majors since Brian Kingman in 1980. Lopez was 5–12 with the Tampa Bay and 3–7 with the D’Backs.

Jamie Moyer, 38, wins his 20thgame as Seattle beats Texas, 6-2, at Safeco Field. For Moyer, it is his frist 20 win season. He’ll repeat at age 40.

The Orioles lose to the Red Sox, 7-5, as Cal Ripken becomes the 7th player in history to play in 3,000 career games.

6th Little used pitcher Dennis Stark and 4 relievers give Seattle a 1–0 win over Texas, handing the Rangers their only shutout of the year. Bret Boone’s solo HR, off Doug Davis, is the scoring. The win is #116 for Seattle, tying the win mark of the 1906 Cubs. Texas will beat Seattle in tomorrow’s season finale. Seattle ends the season having won the season series against all 18 opponents they faced: 13 AL teams and 5 NL. The last team to win every season series was the Tigers in 1968 against 9 AL teams.  The Mariners broke the record of the 1899 Brooklyn Dodgers (as noted by Walt Wilson), who won series against 11 NL teams.

Lenny Harris breaks Manny Mota’s all-time mark for pinch hits with the 151st of his career as the Mets defeat the Expos, 4-0.

Colorado drops a 10-4 decision to San Diego. Rockies 1B Todd Helton gets a double in the game, making him the first big league player ever to have back-to-back seasons of 400 total bases. He had 405 last year. Phil Nevin starts the scoring with a 1st-inning grand slam, his fourth of the season, off Scott Elarton, then adds a solo homer in the 6thoff Elarton. In the 7thhe hits a solo shot off reliever Chris Nichting. Brian Tollber wins his 10th.

At Wrigley, Julian Tavarez takes a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Pittsburgh before giving up a bases loaded single—the only hit he allows—to Mendy Lopez.  Roosevelt Brown drives in 7 runs on a pair of 3-run HRs and a sac fly. Sammy Sosa has 3 hits, 3 runs and 3 RBIs, including an inside-the-park homer for No. 63.

7th Rickey Henderson gets the 3,000th hit of his career, a leadoff bloop double, as the Padres lose to the Rockies, 14-5. Ricky then leaves the game. The game is the final one of Tony Gwynn’s career. Gwynn pinch hits in the 9th and grounds out, then walks around the field shaking hands with hometown fans. Larry Walker, who sits, wins his third NL batting title in three years at .350. Walker and Rockies teammate Todd Helton (.336) become the first teammates to finish 1-2 since John Olerud (.363), Paul Molitor (.332) and Roberto Alomar (.326) were the top 3 for Toronto in 1993.

The Astros defeat the Cardinals, 9–2, to clinch their 4th NL Central crown in 5 years. The loss leaves the Cardinals with the NL wild card spot. Albert Pujols ties Emmet “Snags” Heidrick (1899) for most hits by a Cardinal rookie when he makes his 194th

The Giants beat the Dodgers, 2-1, as Barry Bonds extends his ML record with his 73rd HR of the season. He will finish the year with a slugging percentage of .863 to break Babe Ruth’s all-time single-season record. Bonds will have 411 total bases, 3rd in the NL behind Gonzalez and Sosa.  He also is the only player besides Kevin Maas to have more than 20 homers and not double his home run total in RBI. (Maas had 21 HR, 41 RBI, in 1991).

Carlos Beltran hits a 2-run homer and a 9thinning grand slam, off Adam Bernero, to pace the Royals to a 10-4 win over Detroit.

The Cubs lose to the Pirates in their final game of the season, 4-3, but they become the first team in ML history to not allow an opposing pitcher to throw a complete game against them all season. Sosa closes out 2001 with his 64th homer in his final at-bat of the game and sets a new franchise record with 103 extra base hits, six more than Hack Wilson smacked in 1930. He also finishes with another franchise record of 425 total bases, the 7th best all-time total, 2 ahead of Wilson, and the most in the majors since Stan Musial’s 429 in 1948. His 160 RBIs is the highest total in the NL since Chuck Klein knocked in 170 in 1930; Sammy’s RBI total for the past 4 years also breaks Klein’s four-year mark set in 1929-32. To finish out the record day, 5 Cubs pitchers combine for 12 strikeouts as the staff sets a Major League record with 1,246 strikeouts. The Yankees do the same, setting an AL mark with 1,266 strikeouts.

9th The Braves defeat the Astros in the opener of their NL Divisional Series, 7-4, behind Chipper Jones’ 3-run HR. Shortstop Julio Lugo’s error sets up the deciding blast, as Rudy Seanez gets the victory in relief.

The Diamondbacks take the first game of their Divisional Series as Curt Schilling outpitches Matt Morris in hurling a 3-hit, 1-0 shutout. Steve Finley gets 3 hits for Arizona and drives home the game’s only run.

In Seattle, Bartolo Colon strikes out 10 while hurling 8 innings of a 6-hit shutout as the Indians take the opener of their Divisional Series with the Mariners, 5-0. OF Ellis Burks gets 3 hits for Cleveland, including a HR. The action in the bullpen comes when Indians P John Rocker throws water on some heckling fans. According to Rocker, the fans’ reaction is the media’s fault—”You guys should see the monster you’ve helped create. They wouldn’t be there if not for the biased coverage, so thank you for making my life on the road hell.”

10th The Braves take a 2-games-to-0 lead in their series with the Astros behind Tom Glavine’s 1-0 victory. SS Julio Lugo’s throwing error aided the winning run, which crossed the plate on a double play.

St. Louis evens its series with Arizona by defeating the Diamondbacks, 4-1. Woody Williams notches the win for the Cardinals, who get a 2-run HR from rookie Albert Pujols. Randy Johnson takes his record 7th consecutive playoff loss for Arizona.

The Yankees fall to the A’s, 5-3, in the first game of their Divisional Series. Terrence Long hits a pair of HRs for Oakland and Jason Giambi adds another. Mark Mulder gets the win for Oakland while OF Johnny Damon goes 4-for-4.

11th The Mariners even their series with the Indians with a 5-1 victory. Mike Cameron, Edgar Martinez, and David Bell smack homers to back the pitching of Jamie Moyer, who gets the win.

The A’s take the 2nd game of their series with the Yankees, 2-0, behind the pitching of Tim Hudson. Ron Gant homers for the A’s, who escape a two-on, nobody-out threat by the Yankees in the 9th.

12th Atlanta defeats Houston, 6-2, to sweep their Divisional Series and move into the NLCS for the 9th time in 10 seasons. Paul Bako, Julio Franco, and Chipper Jones hit HRs to back the solid pitching of starter John Burkett. The game is the Astros 14th loss in their last 16 postseason games.

Arizona takes a 2-games-to-1 lead in its Divisional Series with St. Louis with a 5-3 victory. Craig Counsell’s 3-run homer in the 7th inning is the deciding blow. Starter Miguel Batista gets the win for the Diamondbacks.

Minnesota manager Tom Kelly announces his retirement after 15 years at the Twins’ helm.

13th Cleveland routs Seattle, 17-2, behind rookie pitcher C.C. Sabathia to take the lead in their Division Series. Omar Vizquel leads the Indians with 4 hits and 6 RBIs—1 short of the Division Series record.

Jorge Posada’s 5th inning solo homer accounts for all the scoring as the Yankees defeat Oakland, 1-0, to stay alive in their Division Series. Mike Mussina gives up just 4 hits in 7 innings to get the win.

The Cardinals defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-1, behind rookie hurler Bud Smith to even their Division Series at 2 games apiece. Fernando Vina hits a 2-run HR for St. Louis.

14th Seattle ties its series with Cleveland at 2 games apiece with a 6-2 victory. Down 1-0, the Mariners score 6 times over the final 3 innings. Edgar Martinez’s 2-run homer in the 9th caps the scoring as Freddy Garcia gets the win.

Yankee bats finally come alive as New York defeats Oakland, 9-2, to even their series at 2 games apiece. Orlando Hernandez gets the victory as he improves his postseason mark to 9-1. OF Bernie Williams drives home 5 runs to lead the Yankees. Oakland OF Jermaine Dye fractures his leg when he fouls a ball off his left shin. He will miss the rest of the postseason and the start of spring training next year.

The Diamondbacks advance to the NLCS with a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals. Tony Womack’s 2-out single in the bottom half of the 9th plates the winning run and makes a winner out of Curt Schilling.

15th The Yankees defeat the A’s, 5-3, to move into the ALCS. In doing so, they become the first team ever to win a best-of-5 series after losing the first 2 games at home. SS Derek Jeter gets a pair of hits to break Pete Rose’s postseason record with 87. David Justice hits a PH HR for NY while Mike Stanton gets the win in relief. Jason Giambi goes 4-for-4 for Oakland.

The Mariners advance to the ALCS with a 3-1 win over Cleveland in the deciding game of their Division Series. Ichiro Suzuki gets 3 hits for Seattle, Mark McLemore drives home 2 runs, and Jamie Moyer gets the win.

16th Randy Johnson stops his postseason losing streak with a 2-0 win over the Braves in the opener of the NLCS. Johnson allows 3 hits and strikes out 11. Reggie Sanders and Luis Gonzalez drive home runs for the Diamondbacks.

17th The Yankees take the first game of the ALCS with a 4-2 win over the Mariners. Andy Pettitte gets the victory while Paul O’Neill hits a 2-run HR for New York.

Braves P Tom Glavine stops Arizona, 8-1, to even Atlanta’s series with the Diamondbacks at 1 game apiece. Marcus Giles, Javy Lopez, and B.J. Surhoff all homer for the Braves.

In the Arizona Fall League Championship game, Mike Hessman of the Phoenix Desert Dogs hits a two-out walk off grand slam in a 12–8 win over the Grand Canyon Rafters. The slam caps an 8-run 9th that started with back-to-back homers by Lamont Mathews and Mark Ellis.

18th New York wins its 2nd straight game in Seattle, 3-2, to take a 2-game-to-0 lead in the ALCS. Mike Mussina gets the victory and 3B Scott Brosius drives in 2 runs for the Yankees.

Houston manager Larry Dierker resigns. Dierker led the Astros to 4 division crowns in 5 seasons at the helm, but never made it past the first round of the playoffs.

19th Curt Schilling’s 4-hitter gives the Diamondbacks the lead in the NLCS as Arizona defeats Atlanta, 5-1. Schilling fans 12 for Atlanta as Craig Counsell gets 3 hits and Steve Finley drives home 3 runs.

20th The Diamondbacks take a 3-1 lead in their series with an 11-4 victory over Greg Maddux and the Braves. Six of Arizona’s runs are unearned as a result of 3 Atlanta errors. Luis Gonzalez hits a 3-run homer for Arizona while Andruw Jones connects for the Braves. Brian Anderson gets the win in relief of starter Albie Lopez.

The Mariners clobber the Yankees, 14-3, to win their first game of the ALCS. Bret Boone ties an ALCS record with 5 RBIs as Jamie Moyer gets the win. Boone, John Olerud, and Jay Buhner all homer for Seattle.

21st The Diamondbacks defeat the Braves, 3-2, to win the NLCS and reach the World Series for the first time in their history. They get to the Series faster than any expansion team in history, doing so in the 4th year of their existence. Randy Johnson gets the win for Arizona. Erubiel Durazo’s PH 2-run HR is the key blow. Craig Counsell is named the NLCS MVP.

The Yankees take a 3-1 lead in their ALCS matchup with Seattle, defeating the Mariners by a score of 3-1. Bret Boone’s 8th inning HR broke a scoreless tie, but Bernie Williams hits a HR in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score. NY wins on Alfonso Soriano’s 2-run dinger in the 9th. Mariano Rivera gets the victory in relief.

22nd At Oakland the Mariners lose to the A’s, 11-2, for their third straight loss. It is the first time this year they’ve lost three straight. They will lose tomorrow as well.

27th The Diamondbacks pound the Yankees in the opener of the WS by a score of 9-1 behind Curt Schilling. Schilling hurls 7 innings to win his 4th game of the postseason. Craig Counsell and Luis Gonzalez homer for Arizona as Mike Mussina takes the loss.

At the Vet, the Reds edge the Phillies, 2-1, the margin of difference being a straight steal of home in the 6thby Reds rookie catcher Corky Miller.  It will be his only ML steal.

28th Arizona jumps out to a 2-0 Series lead as Randy Johnson hurls a 3-hit shutout. Matt Williams hits a 3-run homer for the Diamondbacks, his third WS homer, all for different teams. No one else has done that. Andy Pettitte takes the loss for New York.

Arizona’s Curt Schilling is announced as the winner of the annual Roberto Clemente Award for his contributions to the game both on and off the field.

Commissioner Bud Selig says it is possible that two major league teams could be eliminated by the start of next season. The Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins, Minnesota Twins, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays are the teams mentioned as most likely to be eliminated.

30th Roger Clemens and Mariano Rivera hurl the Yankees to a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the WS. Jorge Posada homers for New York while Scott Brosius’ 6th-inning single drives home the winning run. Brian Anderson takes the loss for Arizona.

31st In a thrilling contest, the Yankees defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-3 in 10 innings, to tie the Series at 2 games apiece. Tino Martinez’s 2-out, 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th ties the game, and Derek Jeter’s blast in the bottom of the 10th wins it for New York. Both homers come off Byung-Hyun Kim who relieved Curt Schilling in the 8th inning. Mariano Rivera gets the win in relief for the Yankees.

Joe Falls of The Detroit Newsis voted the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, and will be inducted into the writer’s wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame next summer.

NOVEMBER

1st In an amazing case of history repeating itself, the Yankees again come from 2 runs down with 2 outs in the 9th inning to defeat the Diamondbacks, 3-2 in 12 innings. Byung-Hyun Kim is again victimized, this time by Scott Brosius’ 2-run HR in the 9th. Alfonso Soriano’s single wins it in the 12th. Steve Finley and Rod Barajas homer in the 5th for Arizona’s runs.

Former Red Sox manager Jimy Williams signs a three-year contract to take over the reins of the Houston Astros.

3rd The Diamondbacks even the Series at 3 games apiece with a 15-2 win over the Yankees in Game 6. Randy Johnson gets the win for Arizona while Danny Bautista drives in 5 runs. Arizona knocks out a WS-record 22 hits, and scores 8 runs in the 3rd inning.

4th The Arizona Diamondbacks win the first WS of their four-year existence with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Yankees. Alfonso Soriano breaks a 1-1 tie with a HR in the 8th inning to give NY the lead, but Arizona comes back with 2 runs in the bottom half of the 9th off Mariano Rivera to get the win. Luis Gonzalez drives home the winning run while Randy Johnson gets the win in relief. Johnson and Curt Schilling share the WS MVP award.

5th  The Tigers hire Dave Dombrowski as president and CEO to replace John McHale, Jr. Dombrowski, 45, had been president and GM of the Marlins.

6th Major league owners vote to eliminate 2 teams before the start of next season. Minnesota, Montreal, Florida, and Tampa Bay are the teams under consideration.

Gold Glove award winners are announced. Ivan Rodriguez wins his 10th straight to tie Johnny Bench for the most by a catcher, Greg Maddux wins his 12th straight to extend his NL record for pitchers, and Roberto Alomar wins for the 10th time, the most ever for a 2B.

9th The Dodgers obtain P Omar Daal from the Phillies in exchange for minor league pitchers Eric Junge and Jesus Cordero.

11th Cardinals’ 1B Mark McGwire announces his retirement, saying “I am unable to perform at a level equal to the salary the organization would be paying me.” McGwire’s 583 career HRs place him 5th on the all-time list.

12th Cardinals’ 3B Albert Pujols is the unanimous choice for NL Rookie of the Year. In the AL, Ichiro Suzuki takes rookie honors.

13th Randy Johnson wins his third consecutive NL Cy Young Award.

14th Seattle’s Lou Piniella is named the AL Manager of the Year. Philadelphia’s Larry Bowa takes honors in the NL.

Former NL MVP Ken Caminiti is arrested in Houston on drug possession charges after being found with crack cocaine.

After Marvin Miller, former head of the players union, calls on Bud Selig to resign because of a conflict of interest with the Twins contraction and his ownership, the Commissioner reacts angrily. “St. Louis is closer to Minneapolis than Milwaukee is,” misstates Selig in the Milwaukee JournalSentinal. “Are the Red Sox going to benefit if Montreal is contracted? No. I don’t think the Brewers will gain either. Its so outrageous and not worthy of comment,” he comments.

15th Roger Clemens wins his 6th AL Cy Young Award.

16th A Minnesota judge issues a temporary injunction that orders the Twins to play their full home schedule and prevents owner Carl Pohlad from selling the team to anyone who will move it. While this ruling will be appealed, it will be difficult to get the injunction overturned in enough time to contract the Twins for a potential 2002 season.

19th San Francisco OF Barry Bonds wins the NL Most Valuable Player award. He becomes the first player in history to win the award four times.

20th Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners is named the AL Most Valuable Player. He becomes the second player in history to win both the Rookie of the Year and MVP honors in the same season.

26th The Rangers sign free agent P Todd Van Poppel to a three-year contract.

27th The White Sox send IF Herb Perry to the Rangers in exchange for a player to be named.

30th Arizona P Curt Schilling wins the 2001 Hutch Award, given each year by Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to a player who displays “honor, courage & dedication to baseball while overcoming adversity in their personal or professional lives.”

DECEMBER

1st The Mets sign star Japanese P Satoru Komiyama to a one-year contract. The 36-year-old Komiyama was a 7-time All-Star in Japan, but there’s not much left in the tank.

3rd The Phillies sign free agent OF Brian Hunter to a two-year contract.

4th The Orioles sign free agent OF Marty Cordova to a three-year contract.

6th Major league baseball reportedly gives John Henry permission to sell the Florida Marlins to Montreal Expos owner, Jeffrey Loria. The Expos are expected to be either contracted or taken over by Major League Baseball, which would buy the team from Loria in case contraction is aborted, leaving him an opportunity to own the Marlins.

7th Figures released by major league baseball show that the Milwaukee Brewers were baseball’s most profitable club, after revenue sharing, in 2001. Without revenue sharing, the Brewers were the fourth-most profitable team.

The Mets send 3B Robin Ventura to the Yankees in exchange for OF David Justice. It is the first deal between the two New York teams in 8 years.

The Blue Jays trade closer Billy Koch to the A’s. In return, Toronto gets minor league 3B Eric Hinske and minor league P Justin Miller.

The Orioles sign free agent OF Brady Anderson to a one-year contract.

8th The Yankees sign free agent P Steve Karsay to a four-year contract.

The Braves sign free agent 3B Vinny Castilla to a two-year contract.

The Astros sign free agent C Gregg Zaun to a two-year contract.

10th The Blue Jays send SS Alex Gonzalez to the Cubs in exchange for P Felix Heredia and a player to be named. The Cubs make the move after talks with SS Ricky Gutierrez reached an impasse 3 days ago, and the team elected not to go to arbitration. Gonzalez just completed the first year of a four-year $19 million contract.

The Cardinals sign free agent P Jason Isringhausen to a four-year contract.

11th The Mets obtain 12-time All-Star Roberto Alomar in an 8-player deal with the Indians. In addition to Alomar, New York also receives P Mike Bacsik and OF-1B Danny Peoples. Cleveland gets outfielders Matt Lawton and bluechip prospect Alex Escobar, P Jerrod Riggan, and pitching prospect Billy Traber.

In a swap of outfielders, the Reds send Dmitri Young to the Tigers in exchange for Juan Encarnacion. Cincinnati also gets pitcher Luis Pineda in the deal.

The Mariners and Padres complete a 6-player deal that sends P Brett Tomko, SS Ramon Vazquez, and C Tom Lampkin to San Diego. C Ben Davis, IF Alex Arias, and P Wascar Serrano move on to Seattle.

Former USC P Mark Prior wins the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player in the US. Prior signed a five-year contract with the Cubs after being selected in the June draft.

The Rangers sign free agent P Jay Powell to a three-year contract.

12th The Diamondbacks sign free agent OF Jose Guillen to a one-year contract.

13th The Yankees sign free agent All-Star 1B Jason Giambi to a 7-year, $120 million contract. In another move, New York acquired OF John Vander Wal from San Francisco in exchange for P Jay Witasick. For the oft-traveled Witasick, it is his second stint with the Padres.

The Dodgers obtain P Paul Quantrill and IF Cesar Izturis from the Blue Jays in exchange for pitchers Luke Prokopec and Chad Ricketts.

The Pirates send P Todd Ritchie and C Lee Evans to the White Sox. In return, Pittsburgh gets pitchers Kip Wells, Sean Lowe, and Josh Fogg.

The Red Sox send troubled OF Carl Everett to the Rangers in exchange for P Darren Oliver.

The Phillies trade P Chris Brock to the Orioles for P John Wasdin.

The Mets sign free agent OF Roger Cedeno to a four-year, $18 million contract and free agent P David Weathers to a three-year pact worth $9.4 million.

The Tigers sign free agent IF-OF Craig Paquette to a two-year contract.

14th The Mets send recently acquired OF David Justice and $1.2 million to the Oakland A’s in exchange for pitchers Mark Guthrie and Tyler Yates.

A federal judge upholds an arbitrator’s decision that ordered major league baseball to rehire nine of the 22 umpires who lost their jobs following a failed mass resignation two years ago.

15th The Mariners get 2-time All-Star 3B Jeff Cirillo from the Rockies in exchange for pitchers Jose Paniagua, Dennis Stark, and Brian Fuentes. Fuentes’ lone victory in 2002 will come on June 12 against the Rockies.

16th The Red Sox acquire P Dustin Hermanson from the Cardinals in exchange for 3 minor leaguers—OF Rick Asadoorian and first basemen Luis Garcia and Dustin Brisson.

The busy Mets make another deal, obtaining P Shawn Estes from the Giants in exchange for OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo and now expendable infielder Desi Relaford. They also sign free agent P Pedro Astacio, suffering from a torn labrum, to a one year contract worth $5 million.

17th The Yankees sign free agent OF Rondell White, who played for the Cubs this past year, to a two-year contract.

The Indians sign free agent SS Ricky Gutierrez to a three-year contract.

18th The Cardinals sign free agent 1B Tino Martinez to a three-year contract.

The Royals sign 2B-OF Chuck Knoblauch to a one-year contract.

The Reds, who tried to sign Pokey Reese in April to a four-year, $21 million contract, ship the second baseman and P Dennys Reyes to the Rockies for pitchers Gabe White and Luke Hudson. In turn, Colorado sends Reese tomorrow to the Red Sox for C Scott Hatteberg. The Sox will make Pokey a free agent by not tendering him a contract and he’ll sign in January with Pittsburgh. Hatteberg will go the same route and sign with the A’s.

The Indians send troubled P John Rocker to the Rangers in exchange for minor league P Dave Elder. For Rocker, his ERA will inflate every year for 7 straight years: he’s going into year 6.

19th The Red Sox sign free agent P John Burkett to a two-year contract.

The Cubs sign free agent OF Moises Alou to a three-year contract. They also trade OF Michael Tucker to the Royals in exchange for a player to be named.

The Rangers sign free agent P Dave Burba to a one-year contract.

The Angels sign free agent P Dennis Cook to a one-year contract.

20th The Braves sign free agent P Albie Lopez to a one-year contract.

The Dodgers sign free agent P Hideo Nomo to a two-year contract. It is Nomo’s second tour of duty with the Dodgers, whom he first played for in 1995. Nomo posted an AL-high 220 strikeouts, the league’s lowest total in a non-shortened season since Bert Blyleven’s 206 in 1985.

The limited partners of the Red Sox vote unanimously to sell the team to a group led by Florida Marlins owner John Henry and former Padres owner Tom Werner. The $660 million price, plus an assumption of $40 in debt, would double the record price for a baseball team.

21st The Red Sox sign free agent speedster OF Johnny Damon to a four-year contract.

22nd The Rangers sign free agent P Chan Ho Park to a five-year contract worth $65 million. Park will win just 22 games for the Rangers.

The Indians trade Dave Roberts to the Dodgers for Christian Bridenbaugh and Nial Hughes.

26th The Angels sign free agent P Aaron Sele to a three-year contract.

The Mariners sign free agent OF Ruben Sierra to a one-year contract.

27th The Mets obtain slugging 1B Mo Vaughn from the Angels in exchange for their #2 starter Kevin Appier, who they are trading after one year on his four-year contract. Vaughn did not play a game in 2001 due to injuries. As compensation for Appier, the A’s will select minor leaguer Jeremy Bonderman.

The Padres sign free agent P Alan Embree to a one-year contract.

29th The Mets acquire OF Gary Matthews Jr. from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

30th The A’s sign free agent C Scott Hatteberg to a one-year contract.

  • 2002

JANUARY

2nd The Pirates sign free agent P Mike Williams to a two-year contract. Williams began last season with Pittsburgh until being traded to Houston in July.

4th The Twins hire third base coach Ron Gardenhire as their manager, replacing Tom Kelly who resigned in October.

The Rockies sign free agent C Tony Eusebio to a one-year contract.

Tony Tavares resigns as president of Anaheim Sports Inc. He had been president of the Anaheim Angels since May 1996.

5th The Giants sign free agent OF Reggie Sanders to a one-year contract.

7th The Diamondbacks obtain submarine–style relief P Mike Myers from the Rockies in exchange for OF Jack Cust and catcher JD Closser.

8th Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the baseball writers in his first year of eligibility. Smith, named on 91.7 percent of the ballots, is the 37th player to be elected in his first year.

9th The Rangers sign free agent OF Juan Gonzalez to a two-year contract.

Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan says Bud Selig should resign because he appeared to violate major league rules in a 1995 loan from a company controlled by the owner of the Minnesota Twins. Conyers, The House Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat says the loan created an “irreparable conflict of interest” for Selig in his plan to fold two franchises, a proposal that most likely would include the Twins.” Selig rejects the suggestion saying, “`The suggestions made in your letter are wholly unacceptable.”

10th The Yankees sign free agent P David Wells to a two-year contract.

The Rockies sign free agent P Rick White to a one-year contract.

Bud Selig asks the players to accept a luxury tax that would slow the increase of salaries. He also proposes that teams vastly increase the amount of local revenue they share.

11th The Rockies sign free agent P Todd Jones to a one-year contract.

The Mariners sign free agent P Shigetoshi Hasegawa to a one-year contract.

14th The Cubs sign free agent OF Darren Lewis to a one-year contract.

Grady Fuson, newly named Assistant GM of the Rangers, acquires four players he had drafted when he was Scouting Director of the A’s. Texas sends bluechip prospect Carlos Pena and Mike Venafro to the A’s for Jason Hart, Gerald Laird, Ryan Ludwick and Mario Ramos.

15th The Braves obtain All–star OF Gary Sheffield from the Dodgers in a trade for OF Brian Jordan, P Odalis Perez, and minor league P Andy Brown.

The Phillies sign free agent P Terry Adams to a one-year contract.

16th The Mets sign free agent P Pedro Astacio to a one-year contract.

The Brewers sign free agent 2B Eric Young to a two-year contract.

17th The Angels obtain DH-1B Brad Fullmer from the Blue Jays for P Brian Cooper.

19th The Diamondbacks sign free agent P Rick Helling to a one-year contract.

21stIn a complicated three–team deal, the Colorado Rockies trade Alex Ochoa and 2 prospects to the Mets for veterans Benny Agbayani and Todd Zeile. The Rocks will pay $2 mil of Zeile’s $6 million contract, while the Mets agree to pay $3.25 million of it, plus a $500,000 buyout payment on the contract. The Mets receive minor leaguers Ross Gload and Craig House from Colorado. The 3rd team in the deal, the Brewers, pay $250,000 of it. The Brewers then send slugger Jeremy Burnitz, starter Jeff D’Amico, INF Lou Collier, and 2 prospects to the Mets. New York ships pinchhitter/IF Lenny Harris, P Glendon Rusch, and Ochoa to Milwaukee.  The Mets have now replaced half of their 2001 roster.

25th The Mariners deal 3B David Bell to the Giants in exchange for recently–acquired IF Desi Relaford and cash.

The Brewers sign free agent OF Matt Stairs to a one-year contract.

28th The Rangers continue to shore up their pitching staff by signing free agent Ismael Valdes to a one-year contract.

29th The White Sox trade OF Chris Singleton to the Orioles for minor league 2B Willie Harris.

30th The Phillies sign free agent OF Ricky Ledee to a one-year contract.

The Pirates sign free agent 2B Pokey Reese to a two-year contract. Pittsburgh is Reese’s 4th team since the end of the 2001 season. He finished the year with Cincinnati, and then was traded to the Rockies and the Red Sox in a span of three days in December. Boston did not offer him a contract, making him a free agent.

The Mariners sign free agent P James Baldwin to a one-year contract.

31st Philadelphia Phillies announcer Harry Kalas is voted the Ford C. Frick Award. He will be inducted into the broadcasters’ wing of the Hall of Fame on July 28.

FEBRUARY

1st The White Sox sign free agent OF Kenny Lofton to a one-year contract. He’ll end the year with the Giants.

5th Commissioner Bud Selig announces that major league baseball has postponed plans for contraction until 2003.

8th Mexico defeats Puerto Rico to win the Caribbean Series title.

10th The Astros sign free agent P Hipolito Pichardo to a one-year contract.

11th Major league baseball owners approve the sales of the Florida Marlins and Montreal Expos. Florida owner John Henry is selling the Marlins to Jeffrey Loria for $158.5 million, while Loria is selling the Expos to Baseball Expos LP, a limited partnership owned by the other 29 teams, for $120 million. The sales won’t officially close until later this week.

12th Mets assistant general manager Omar Minaya becomes the first Hispanic GM by accepting the position with the Montreal Expos. Frank Robinson is also announced as the manager of the team, which will be run by Major League Baseball for the 2002 season.

15th San Diego Padres OF Mike Darr is killed in an early morning accident when his car rolls over in Phoenix near the team’s spring training camp. Surviving is pitcher Ben Howard, who was sitting in the back seat wearing a seatbelt.

16th The sale of the Florida Marlins to a group headed by Jeffrey Loria becomes official.

21st Bob Watson is named to replace Frank Robinson as Major League Baseball’s vice president in charge of discipline.

27th The sale of the Boston Red Sox to a group headed by John Henry becomes official.

The Astros buy back the stadium naming rights from bankrupt Enron for $2.1 million. The stadium will be known as Astros Field, until the rights are resold.

28th Major league baseball announces it has rehired 5 umpires—Gary Darling, Bill Hohn, Larry Poncino, Larry Vanover, and Joe West—who had resigned during the 1999 season. Four other umpires—Drew Coble, Greg Kosc, Terry Tata, and Frank Pulli—are allowed to retire.

MARCH

1stThe Red Sox fire GM Dan Duquette and hire Mike Port, on an interim basis.

Giants 2B Jeff Kent breaks his thumb while washing his truck and is expected to be out for the next 4–6 weeks. Rumors immediately start that the accident occurred while Kent was riding his motorcycle, something usually forbidden in a player’s contract under the danger clause. Two 911 calls about a motorcycle accident near Scottsdale Stadium resulted in no police report or accident found. Statesmanlike, Kent remarks, “I think what is sad is that this incident has become bigger than the game. There are so many good things that happen on this field with this team that are good for baseball. I’m not going to comment anymore on the issue.”

4th  Indians CF Alex Escobar will have reconstructive knee surgery, after he crashed into an OF wall, and will miss the entire season. Escobar, who was acquired in the Roberto Alomar trade, was once a highly touted Mets prospect. His stock has fallen considerably in recent years, due to injury problems.

11thThe Red Sox hired Grady Little as their new manager.

Thrown out stealing. The Yankees release OF Ruben Rivera for stealing Derek Jeter’s mitt out of his locker, and selling it on the black market for $2,500. There are rumors that Rivera also took other memorabilia items, such as things belonging to Roger Clemens, but Clemens denies it. Rivera had been signed to a one year contract for $1 million.

12thBaseball czar Bud Selig announced he’s going to start enforcing the 60–40 rule, which says teams can’t have an assets/debts ratio below that level. According to Doug Pappas, an expert on baseball finances, “At best, this is one more example of Bud’s arbitrary and selective enforcement of MLB’s rules, retroactively punishing owners who’ve spent more on players than Bud would like. At worst, it’s yet another grotesque case of Selig, he of the permanent conflict of interest, twisting the rules for his own benefit. In 1995, his Milwaukee Brewers were so far in debt they couldn’t borrow money to contribute to the construction of their new park. Forbes estimated that as of the 1997 season, the Brewers’ debt had risen to an incredible 97% of franchise value. Selig said nothing about the 60/40 rule. But the Brewers’ new park opened in 2001. The first-year attendance spike sent club revenues to a record $113 million. Isn’t it amazing how the Commissioner suddenly decided to enforce the rule just when his own club could finally meet the standard?”

20th  The Brewers trade C Henry Blanco to the Braves for C Paul Bako and P Jose Cabrera.

24th  The Expos trade prospects Jason Bay and Jim Serrano to the Mets for journeyman Lou Collier. Bay hit .361 in the class A Midwest League.

27th  In need of relief help, the Cubs trade RHP Julian Tavarez and three prospects to the Marlins for reliever Antonio Alfonseca and RHP Matt Clement. The three—C Ryan Jorgensen, and pitchers Jose Cuetro and Dontrelle Willis—are rated among the Cubs’ top 20 prospects. Alfonseca, nicknamed El Pulpo (octopus) because he was born with 6 fingers on each hand and 6 toes on each foot—will replace the injured Tom Gordon.

APRIL

1st  The Mets beat the Pirates, 6–2, improving their record in openers to 26–15, the best record in the majors.

At Camden Yards, the Orioles rough up Yankee starter Roger Clemens for 8 runs in 4+ innings as they beat New York, 10-3. Tony Batista hits a grand slam off the Rocket.

In the opener at Boston, the Blue Jays take an 8–3 lead against Pedro Martinez and hold on for a 12–11 win. Darrin Fletcher, with 4 RBIs, hits a sac fly in the 9thfor the win.

A cow named Cinci Freedom, who jumped a six-foot fence to avoid slaughter and evaded capture for 10 days before being sent to a sanctuary by artist Peter Max and his wife Mary, is excused from scheduled participation in the Cincinnati Reds’ opening day parade, because she is too skittish. Following the parade, Aaron Boone’s 9thinning sac fly gives the Reds a 5–4 win over the Cubs.

2ndIn beating the Padres, 9–0, the Diamondbacks became the first defending World Champions to open the season with back-to-back shutouts since the 1919 Red Sox. The Red Sox shutouts were thrown by Carl Mays and Sad Sam Jones. The last team to start the year with consecutive shutouts was the 1994 Giants. Schilling is the winner today, following Randy Johnson’s 2–0 two–hitter yesterday over the Padres. The D’backs get all 9 runs off Brian Tolberg, who leaves after 2 2/3 innings. Damian Miller has a grand slam. Before the game the Diamondbacks receive their WS rings: Curt Schilling’s son, Gehrig, accepts for him.

Preston Wilson gives the Marlins a 6-1 lead over the Expos by belting a 7thinning grand slam, but Montreal plates 3 runs in the 8thand again in the 9thto win, 7-6.

The Giants whip the Dodgers, 9-2, behind 8 effective innings by Livan Hernandez.  San Francisco batters Kevin Brown for 7 runs in 4 innings—the most since 1999–as the Dodger ace is still suffering from the effects of an elbow injury suffered last July. He’ll miss three months of this season.

3rdIndians P Chuck Finley is scratched from his start, after his wife was arrested and charged with spousal abuse and battery yesterday. When the police arrived at his home, they noticed abrasions and scrapes on him. The team says Finley’s physically able to pitch, but wanted to stay with his daughters. Ryan Drese starts in his place and records his first ML win, 6–5 over the host Angels. Drese allows 3 runs in 5 2/3 innings as the Tribe takes the rubber game.

The visiting Marlins use a grand slam by Derrek Lee in the 1stinning, off Tony Armas,  and a 2-run homer by Gavin Floyd in the 9thto defeat the Expos, 6-5. Montreal makes in close with two 9thinning homers, including a 3-run shot by Vladimir Guerrero.

The Giants defeat the Dodgers, 12–0, as Barry Bonds hits a pair of HRs for the second day in a row. He becomes only the second player in history to begin a season with a pair of 2–HR games. Eddie Mathews was the other.

At Oakland, the A’s lose to Texas, 9–6, as the Rangers score 3 in the 8th. The loss snaps the A’s string of 20 straight wins at home stretching back to August 24. The A’s move past the 1974–75 Cincinnati Reds for most consecutive home wins over two seasons; The Reds mark was 17.

The Astros score 8 runs in the 4th inning on their way to a 15–2 rout of the Brewers. Daryle Ward’s 3–run HR, of Ruben Quevado, is the highlight of the big inning.

The Mets trade Gary Matthews Jr. to the Orioles for John Bale. New York had purchased Matthews, Jr. from the Pirates in December.

4thThe Rangers defeat the A’s, 7–5, snapping Oakland’s 20–game home winning streak. The last time the A’s lost at the Coliseum in the regular season was last August 24th against the Tigers.

The Devil Rays defeat the visiting Tigers, 9–2, for their 3rd straight victory. They become the 7th team in ML history to start a season 3–0 after losing 100 games the previous year. The Rays connect for 4 homers, including a pinch grand slam by Randy Winn off Matt Miller.

In a 3–2 Mets loss to Pittsburgh, LF Joe McEwing has a good first inning hitting a leadoff HR and making an unassisted DP. He catches Armando Rios’ soft liner and tags Jason Kendall running from 2B.

MLB announces that major league salaries for 2002 have cracked the $2 billion barrier.

5thThe Giants defeat the Padres, 3–1 in 10 innings on Barry Bonds’ 5th HR of the year. In doing so, Bonds ties the mark for most HRs in the 1st 4 games of the season set by Lou Brock in 1967.

Adam Ashby and Omar Daal combine to hold the Rockies to one hit, a single by Todd Zeile, in shutting out Colorado by a score of 9–0.

At Wrigley Field, the Pirates nip the Cubs, 2–1. David Williams pitches 6 innings for the Bucs, leaving after Sosa hits a homer that bounces back on the field. A new addition to Wrigley is a green tennis wind screen the Cubs erected on the fence lining the back of the bleachers in left field to block views from the rooftops on Sheffield and Waveland avenues. This is the latest skirmish in the war between the Cubs and bar owners who have put up roof top venues. FX Reprographics had 22 people at $113 apiece in the bleachers atop Michael Kaufman’s skinny building on the left–field line on Waveland. Kaufman and the other ten rooftop owners disagree that they are stealing the Cubs’ product.

The Mets acquire RP Scott Strickland from the Expos in exchange for pitchers Bruce Chen and Dickey Gonzales, and IF Luis Figueroa. The Mets also receive minor leaguers Matt Watson and Philip Seibel.

6th  Highly touted Japanese pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii makes his ML debut and pitches 5 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out 10, in LA’s 9–2 win over the Rockies. Brian Jordan backs Ishii with a grand slam to give the loss to Jason Jennings. Relief pitcher Jesse Orosco of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores just the third run of his 4–decade major–league He last scored while playing for the Mets on July 22, 1986.

The White Sox roll by the Kansas City Royals, winning 14–0. Mark Buehrle allows 5 hits in 6 innings pitched. Paul Konerko has 3 runs and 3 RBIs, and Magglio Ordonez has 3 RBIs. Trailing 9–0 in the 8th, the Royals bring in Miguel Asencio, the youngest pitcher in the majors. Making his ML debut, Asencio walks Kenny Lofton on 4 pitches and does the same to the next three batters. He leaves, having thrown 16 pitches.

The Mets score 9 runs in the 9th inning—8 off John Smoltz—to break a 2–2 tie and defeat the Braves, 11–2. Rey Ordonez’s bases–loaded double is the big blow as the Mets have 15 at bats in the 9th. It is the most runs they’ve ever scored in the frame.

7th  The Diamondbacks defeat the Brewers, 2–0, as Curt Schilling strikes out 17 batters in hurling a one–hitter. Raul Casanova’s 2nd–inning single is the only Milwaukee hit.

The Phillies Pat Burrell breaks a 2–2 tie with Florida by belting a no-out 11thinning homer off Braden Looper, as the Phils win, 3–2. Burrell will win a game on April 10 with a 11thinning HR against Atlanta.  It is one of three extra inning walk-off homers today in the NL: Marcus Giles, Atlanta, hits one in the 14thagainst the Mets Satoru Komiyama and Houston’s Daryle Ward takes the Cards Luther Hackman deep in the 12th.

8thHouston turns back Colorado, 8–4, as Craig Biggio hits for the cycle. Biggio drives home 4 runs in recording the 6th cycle in Astros’ history. He began the day batting .174.

The Yankees pound out 22 hits in defeating the Blue Jays, 16–3. Alfonso Soriano gets 5 hits for the Bronx Bombers, including a double and 3–run HR, while Robin Ventura drives home 6 runs.

Travis Fryman hits a grand slam in the 3rdinning for Cleveland, as the Tribe whips the Twins, 9-5.

After opening their season with 6 straight losses, the Tigers fire manager Phil Garner and general manager Randy Smith. Coach Luis Pujols takes over the reins on an interim basis while team president Dave Dombrowski assumes the GM’s responsibilities. Pujols will sign a one-year deal to become the full–time manager tomorrow. Smith is the 2nd of 4 GM’s to leave their post this season. In early July, Chicago Cub GM Andy McPhail will give up his position to concentrate on his duties as club president, and Brewer GM Dean Taylor will get axed in the last week of the season.

9thThe Red Sox crash 5 homers to beat the Royals, 8-4. Tim Wakefield is the winning pitcher, giving up 5 hits in his 5 innings, including a 5thinning grand slam to Chuck Knoblauch.

10th  At the Superdome in New Orleans, a crowd of 27,673—a record for a college baseball game—watch LSU beat Tulane, 9–5. Aaron Hill has 4 RBIs for LSU. The previous record was 24,859 at consecutive games at the CWS in 1999 in which Miami played Alabama and Rice played Oklahoma State. The record will last till the San Diego State–Houston matchup on March 11, 2004 at newly built Petco Park in San Diego.

11thThe Orioles pound Tampa Bay, 15–6, scoring a franchise–high 12 runs in the 6th inning. They also collect a club–high 11 hits in 16 at bats. Mike Bordick leads the way with 3 RBIs.

Doug Davis (2–0) fires a 2–hit complete game as Texas beats Mark Mulder and the A’s, 7–0. Davis, an 11-game winner last season, had been criticized by pitching coach Oscar Ocasta in spring training for not working hard enough. He will go 1–5 in his next 8 starts and be demoted to (AAA) Oklahoma. Kevin Mench hits his first ML HR and drives in 4 runs, while Rodriguez and Palmeiro each have 3 hits.

Cubs P Kyle Farnsworth breaks his foot warming up in the bullpen and will be out of action for 6 weeks.

14thThe Twins score 8 runs in the 8th inning to overcome a 7–5 deficit and go on to defeat the Tigers, 13–7. David Ortiz’s pinch 3–run triple is the big blow in the inning.

Tough day, rook. The Mariners top the Rangers, 9–7, as Ruben Sierra strokes 5 hits, including a double. Seattle rookie DH Ron Wright makes his ML debut, going 0–for–3 and accounting for 6 outs on a strikeout, double play, and triple play. He becomes the second 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 ML appearance. Rogers allows a run in 6 innings, but the bullpen almost blows it for him. Alex Rodriguez has a pair of homers for Texas.

16thHouston defeats Cincinnati, 8–3, as Lance Berkman becomes the first player this year to slug 3 HRs in a game. Berkman drives home 5 of the Astros’ runs.

The Tigers win for the 1st time this season, defeating the Devil Rays, 9–3. Detroit had lost its first 11 games for the 5th–worst start by a ML team this century.

The White Sox score 9 runs off Chuck Finley in the 2nd inning and go on to defeat the Indians, 10–5, ending Cleveland’s 10–game winning streak. Magglio Ordonez has a grand slam in the 2nd, and Royce Clayton adds a 2–run HR. Damaso Marte picks up his first ML win in relief.

17thThe Royals explode for 9 runs on 8 hits in top of the 8th inning as they rout the Twins, 16–3. Carlos Beltran hits a 3–run HR in the 7thfor KC, and Joe Randa and Raul Ibanez also have 3 RBIs. Paul Byrd (3–0) is the easy winner.

Montreal scores 8 times in the 4th inning and the Expos go on to defeat the Cubs, 15–8. Chris Truby hits a 2–run triple in the frame and Vlad Guerrero lines a bases–loaded triple. Expo starter Tomokazu Ohka exits after failing to retire any of the first 6 batters, but Bruce Chin supplies 4 solid innings.

In the Braves 2–1 win over the Mets, B.J. Surhoff makes a 9–3 fielding play; throwing out Jeff D’Amico at 1B on an apparent RBI single. Greg Maddux leaves in the 1stwith lower back pain, but Kevin Millwood throws 4 innings of 2–hit ball.

18thMilwaukee fires manager Davey Lopes and hires coach Jerry Royster as interim manager in his place. In their first game under Royster, the Brewers beat the Cardinals, 7–5, as Richie Sexson drives home all 7 runs on 2 HRs and a triple.

19thThe Rangers shut out the Mariners, 9–0, ending Seattle’s 10–game winning streak. Seattle 3B Jeff Cirillo ties a ML mark by playing his 99th consecutive errorless game. His streak will end tomorrow.

20thTony Mongelluzzo of the Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League) hits 4 homers before drawing a walk in his fifth plate appearance.

USC first baseman Bill Peavey homers twice against the Washington State Cougars. His second homer clears the RF fence at the Cougars’ field and bounces on to the university’s adjacent nine–hole golf course. When the equipment manager goes to retrieve the ball, he is directed to the center hole of the practice green, where the baseball had rolled in and stuck.

21st  Rafael Furcal triples 3 times to tie the modern ML record as the Braves defeat the Marlins, 4–2. The last player to accomplish the feat was Lance Johnson of the White Sox in 1995.

The Diamondbacks trounce the Rockies, 7–1, as Randy Johnson strikes out 17 batters in becoming the first pitcher this year to win 5 games. It is the 6th time he has fanned 17 or more in a game.

The White Sox score 8 runs in the 1st inning off Jose Lima and hold on to beat the Tigers by a score of 11–8. PH Ray Durham strokes a 2-run single in the 8thto snap an 8–8 tie.

Making his first start in almost 7 years, Cincinnati’s Jose Rijo allows one unearned run in 5 innings as the Reds defeat the Cubs, 5–3. It is Rijo’s first win since July 13, 1995.

Tulsa Driller manager Tim Ireland is ejected in a Texas League game for arguing about organ music at Rich Winder Field in Little Rock, Arkansas. Against the Travelers Ireland becomes irate when organist Rich Pharris starts playing “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” while Trent Durrington bats in the 6th. Twice, Durrington, distracted by the music, tries to call time, but umpire Jason Markley refuses. Durrington, an Australian, yesterday was greeted at the plate by “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Boy.” He asked Pharris to replace the song with “anything else.” Ireland expresses his irritation to umpire Markley who tosses him, but orders Pharris to play only between innings. As Ireland leaves the field, Pharris plays “Happy Trails.”

24thThe Mariners outhit Texas to win, 9–7. Ruben Sierra is 5-for-5 and John Olerud 4for-4 for the M’s to offset two homers and 5 RBIs by Alex Rodriguez. In his only ML game, Mariner’s DH Ron Wright goes 0-for-3, striking out, grounding into a DP and lining into a triple play.

25thThe Diamondbacks jump on Greg Maddux and score 8 runs in the 5th inning and go on to defeat the Braves, 11–5. The D’Backs send 12 batters to the plate—11 off Maddux—and the future Hall of Famer helps by walking 4 batters—2 intentionally—in the 5th. He gives up 10 runs, 6 of which are earned. Damian Miller has 4 RBIs for Arizona.

26thThe Mets defeat the Brewers, 1–0, behind Shawn Estes’ one–hitter. A 7th–inning single by Eric Young is Milwaukee’s only hit.

LA pitcher Odalis Perez faces the minimum 27 batters in hurling a one–hit, 10–0 shutout over the Cubs. A bad–hop infield single by OF Corey Patterson leading off the 7th inning is the only Chicago hit.

The Braves shut out the Astros, 9–0, ending Houston’s club–record streak of 122 straight games without being held scoreless.

27thBoston P Derek Lowe hurls Fenway Park’s 1st no–hitter since 1965, shutting out Tampa Bay, 10–0. It is the first career complete game for Lowe, who began last season as the Red Sox closer. In his first start this year, he hurled 7 hitless innings against the Orioles.

The Mets defeat the Brewers, 2–1, getting 6 hitless innings from their starting pitcher for the second game in a row. Pedro Astacio surrenders a single to Geoff Jenkins with 1 out in the 7th to break up his no–hit bid.

The Mariners score a run in the bottom of the 8th inning to defeat the Yankees, 1–0, despite being 1–hit by NY’s Ted Lilly. Desi Relaford’s single with 1 out in the 8th inning scores the only run of the game.

The Royals fire manager Buddy Bell and hire former coach Clint Hurdle to take his place.

28thThe Angels defeat the Blue Jays, 8–5, as SS David Eckstein hits a grand slam for the second day in a row, a 14thinning blast off Pedro Borbon. He also homered in yesterday’s 11–4 win over Toronto. Eckstein will total just 8 HRs for the year.

The Giants edge the Reds, 5–4, behind homers by Reggie Sanders and Benito Santiago. Robb Nen relieves in the 8thafter Adam Dunn hits a 2-run HR. An insurance run in the top of the 9thoffsets another Dunn homer, off Nen.  Ump union head John Hirschbeck tells fellow ump Mark Carlson not to issue a warning to Reds P Gabe White after a pitch sails over the head of Barry Bonds. Hirschbeck will be sent a warning letter about this, which will end up before a judge.

29thFormer ML OF Darryl Strawberry is sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating the terms of his probation six times.

30thMike Piazza hits 2 HRs and drives home 6 as the Mets defeat the Diamondbacks, 10–1. Al Leiter gets the victory for NY and in doing so becomes the first pitcher to have defeated all 30 ML teams. Both Randy Johnson of the Diamondbacks and Kevin Brown of the Los Angeles Dodgers have beaten 29 teams, but Johnson needs a win against his own team, the D’Backs, for 30.

The Rockies score 8 times in bottom of the 4th inning on the way to a 10–0 whitewashing of the Pirates. The wheels come off for Buc starter David Williams as he hits 2 batters and makes 2 balks in the 4th. Mike Hampton goes 7 innings for the win.

The Rangers defeat the Blue Jays, 10–3. Alex Rodriguez hits the 250th HR of his career for Texas, becoming the 2nd–youngest player in history to reach that number. Jimmie Foxx was 8 days younger when he did so.

The Angels hand the Indians their worst loss ever at Jacobs Field, defeating the Tribe by a score of 21–2. Anaheim scores in 7 innings and plates 10 runs in the 8th inning to give them their highest total in 23 years. Troy Glaus has 5 RBIs and Jeff DaVanon 4.

For the 2ndday in a row, Barry Bonds belts 2 homers to lead the Giants to a 12–0 rout of the Dodgers. Winner Russ Ortiz helps with a 2–run HR and batterymate Benito Santiago chips in a 3–run HR. Going back to last year, Bonds is now 10 for his last 14 at bats, with 7 homers.

The Royals name bullpen coach John Mizerock as their interim manager, replacing Tony Muser who was fired yesterday.

The Brewers name Jerry Royster as their permanent manager.

The Rockies, with permission, are storing their balls in a humidity– and temperature–controlled room, according to Rockies president Keli McGregor. The room keeps the humidity at 40 percent, compared with 10 percent or less humidity often felt in the mile–high city. In their first 7 Aprils, the Rockies and their opponents combined to average 15.1 runs per game. This April, the average total score at Coors was 9.8 runs—a 35.1 percent decrease. Through the first 16 games at Coors, scoring is off 4.69 runs a game—2.15 runs a game greater than the park with the second–biggest run decrease, San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. However, once the warm weather—and the Yankees—hits and run production will jump.

MAY

1st  The Padres defeat the Cubs, 4–3, with Trevor Hoffman saving the game for Bobby Jones. It is Hoffman’s 321st save for SD, a ML record for most with one team. Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley held the old mark.

2nd  The Mariners rout the White Sox by a score of 15–4 as OF Mike Cameron becomes the 13th player in ML history to slug 4 HRs in a single game, all solo shots. Cameron is also hit by a pitch and flies out to deep right in a bid for a 5th homer. Cameron and 2B Bret Boone also become the first teammates in history to hit back–to–back HRs twice in the same inning, performing the feat in Seattle’s 10–run 1stinning. The duo waste little time putting their names into the record book. After Ichiro Suzuki is hit by a pitch leading off, Boone homers. Cameron follows with a drive off Jon Rauch that barely clears the center–field wall and a leaping Kenny Lofton. Two outs later, Boone again homers on the first pitch, this time off reliever Jim Parque. Cameron goes to a full count, then homers to center again. The Mariners also tie a team record with seven homers in the game. James Baldwin is the easy winner, with 7 innings pitched. There had only been 39 previous occasions of a player hitting two home runs in an inning, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Eric Karros was last to do it, on Aug. 22, 2000, for Los Angeles. Mark McGwire was the previous AL player to do it, on Sept. 22, 1996, for Oakland.

3rdThe Braves defeat the Cardinals, 2–1, on Chipper Jones’ 2–run HR in the 11th inning. Braves’ starter, rookie Damian Moss, hurls 7 hitless innings for Atlanta, walking 7 and striking out 6. He leaves for a pinch–hitter in the 8th with the game scoreless.

Peoria’s Tyler Johnson loses a no–hitter when Michigan’s Brooks Conrad is credited with a single when his batted ball hits baserunner Kerry Hodges, who had walked with two out in the 8th inning.

4th  Barry Bonds hits his 400th HR as a Giants, leading the Giants to a 3–0 win over Cincinnati. Ryan Jensen relieves starter Jason Schmidt in the 1st inning and carries a no–hitter into the 8th before surrendering a single to Jason LaRue.  Bonds is the first player to hit 400 homers for one team and 100 with another.

Pinch–hitter Shea Hillenbrand hits a 2–out grand slam in the 9thinning, off Victor Zambrano, to give the Red Sox a 7–5 win over host Tampa Bay. It is the 3rdstraight game in which Tampa Bay has blown a lead in the 9th; According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Devil Rays are the first A.L. team since the 1929 White Sox to lose three straight games after taking the lead into the 9th inning.

5thThe Indians top the Rangers by a score of 9–2. SS Omar Vizquel strokes 5 hits for Cleveland, including 3 doubles.

The Red Sox snap a scoreless tie with a run in the 8thand add another in the 9thon a solo HR by Nomar Garciaparra to give Tampa Bay its 10thstraight loss. Frank Castillo pitches 8 innings for the win. Boston will sweep by winning tomorrow, 7–5

7thThe White Sox defeat the Rangers, 11–6, scoring 8 runs in the 6th inning. It is the third time this season they’ve had an outbursts of 8 or more runs in an inning.

At Atlanta, the Dodgers edge the Braves, 6-5, in 16 innings. Brian Jordan, with 4 hits including 2 homers, puts LA ahead in the 9thwith a 2-out homer; Gary Sheffield matches that hitting one off Eric Gagne.  In the 16th, Marquis Grissom hits a one-out single, steals second, and goes to 3B on a wild throw. After a walk, Paul LoDuca’s grounder scores him. Giovanni Carrara is the winner with 5 scoreless innings.

A collector from Pennsylvania buys Shoeless Joe Jackson’s famous bat, Black Betsy, for $577,610, believed to be the highest price ever paid for a bat.

10thThe Angels score 8 runs in the 3rd inning on their way to a 19–0 rout of the White Sox. The Haloes join the 1923 Indians, 1939 Yankees and 1950 Red Sox as the only teams to beat two opponents by 19 or more runs in the same season. Earlier this year, the Angels beat the Indians, 21–2. The Anaheim calcimine of Chicago is just the 11th since 1901 in which a team scored 19 or more runs while shutting out its opponent, and the first such shutout in the A.L. since 1955 when Cleveland beat Boston, 19–0.

The Phillies Vicente Padilla holds Arizona hitless until Chris Donnels doubles with 2 outs in the 8th inning. He surrenders another hit in tossing a 4–0 victory.

11thTampa Bay defeats Baltimore, 6–4, breaking the Devil Rays’ 15–game losing streak. Randy Winn hits a 2-out 2-run HR off Jorge Julio in the 9thinning.

12thThe Yankees top Minnesota on Mother’s Day, 10–4, giving Joe Torre his 1,500th career win as manager.

Milwaukee breaks a game wide open with grand slams in the 7thand 8thinnings to beat the Cubs, 13-4. Paul Casanova and Richie Sexton each hit a salami for Milwaukee. Glendon Rusch is the victor.

The Reds take an 8–0 lead over St. Louis after 2 innings, but the Cardinals bounce back and score 5 runs in the 8th to pull out a 10–8 win.

13thThe Giants defeat the Braves, 7–6 in 11 innings, as an earthquake jolts Pac Bell Park during the 9th inning. The game was not stopped by the quake.

Houston tops Philadelphia, 17–3, plating 8 runs in the 8th inning to finish the scoring.

14thFor the 2ndtime in 4 days, Orioles closer Jorge Julio serves up a 9thinning game-ending HR. Matt Lawton hits a 2-run 2-out homer to give Cleveland a 6–5 win.

15thThe Royals hire Tony Pena as their new manager replacing interim skipper John Mizerock.

The Blue Jays send P Pedro Borbon (Marte) to the Astros for a player to be named.

MLB allows the Rockies to use a humidor to store baseballs. It is predicted that the move will help the pitchers. Tough to tell today as the Rockies hit 3 homers in subduing the Marlins, 7-2. Colorado will hit 97 fourbaggers at home this year, 55 on the road.

16thThe Mariners score 8 times in the 7th inning and go on to batter the Blue Jays, 15–2. LF Mark McLemore goes 5–5, including a double and 3–run HR, for Seattle.

The Tigers obtain 3B Chris Truby from the Expos in exchange for IF Jose Macias.

17thAfter the Twins score 3 times in the top of the 14th, the Yankees come back to win, 13–12, on Jason Giambi’s one-out grand slam, hitting the first pitch from reliever Mike Trombley over the RF fence. It is the 21st time in history that a player has hit a game–winning grand slam with his team down by three runs. Babe Ruth, in 1925, was the only previous Yankee to have performed the feat. Giambi’s HR is one of 6 by New York as each team has 20 hits.  The last time that 2 teams reached 20 hits was also on May 17—1996. Baltimore beat Seattle, 13–12, on 41 hits total.

The Mets score 8 runs in the 7th inning, highlighted by Mike Piazza’s grand slam, to defeat the Padres, 13–4.

Erubiel Durazo hits 3 HRs and a double and drives in 9 runs for the Diamondbacks as Arizona downs Philadelphia, 12–9. It is Durazo’s 2ndgame of the season after spending six weeks on the DL with a broken right hamate bone. Phillies 2B Marlon Anderson strokes 5 hits, including a double and Jimmy Rollins hits a leadoff homerun. He will hit another leadoff HR tomorrow.

The Royals send P Bryan Rekar to the Rockies. In return, KC receives minor league P Eduardo Villacis. For Rekar, signed by KC after Tampa Bay released him, this will be his second stint with the Rockies.

Centerfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo reaches Braden Looper for a grand slam as the Giants score 5 runs in the 8thto whip the Marlins, 9-3.

18thAfter sitting through a 2-hour rain delay, the Red Sox defeat the Mariners, 4–1, behind the pitching of Pedro Martinez. Martinez strikes out the side in the 1st inning on 9 pitches, the 17th time the feat has been performed since 1970. Pedro is now 10–0 against the Mariners, with a 0.93 ERA against them. For the M’s, it is just their 4throad defeat in 21 games.

At Coors Field, the Rockies top the Braves, 7-3. as Denny Stark earns the decision over Kevin Millwood.  Stark gives up one run in 7 innings, a 3rdinning homer by Millwood. An inning later, Stark hits a 2-run homer off Millwood. For Stark, it is his only ML homer, while it is number 2 for Millwood.

19thThe Pirates defeat the Astros, 5–3, in Houston. Prior to the game, the Astros retire former pitcher and manager Larry Dierker’s uniform #49.

The Detroit Tigers stage a unique promotion—a octopus–throwing contest in honor of the Stanley Cup Western Conference Championship Series, which began yesterday at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. Throwing boiled octopi on the ice is a hockey tradition in Detroit. Each participant in the Tigers’ contest threw the octopi at a target with the winner getting a limo ride to the nearby Arena and tickets to the second game of the Conference Championship. Tiger pitchers Jeff Weaver and Matt Anderson try their luck along with fifty fans, but neither pitcher hits his target. The Rangers must’ve thought they were hitting octopus, as they lose the game, 2–1. Greisinger allows one run in 6 2/3 innings, and Dmitri Young’s homer in the 4thsnaps a 1–1 tie.

20th  Behind a combined 2-hitter by Derek Lowe (7–1) and Rich Garces, the Red Sox defeat the visiting White Sox, 9–0. Shea Hillenbrand pokes a 3-run homer, a 303 ft. drive around the Pesky pole, one of the shortest homers in decades. It lands in the front-row lap of a youngster.

21stThe Diamondbacks set down the Giants, 9–4, behind Randy Johnson. Johnson notches the 3,500th strikeout of his big league career in the contest.

Trailing the Dodgers 6–0, the Brewers score 8 times in the 7th inning to pull out an 8–6 victory.

The Devil Rays defeat the Mariners, 1–0, behind Joe Kennedy’s 4–hitter. The contest ends Tampa Bay’s streak of 194 consecutive games without a complete game. Kennedy’s only misplay is an error on a bad throw; Kennedy will make 10 errors on 41 chances this year to lead the majors in E’s.

22ndThe Tigers defeat the Indians, 2–0, on Jeff Weaver’s 1–hitter. OF Chris Magruder’s double with 2 outs in the 8th inning in his Cleveland debut is the Tribe’s only safety.

The Athletics send OF Jeremy Giambi to the Phillies in exchange for IF/OF John Mabry. The trade, viewed as one–sided for the Phils, will be a good one for Oakland. Giambi will homer in his first 2 Philley at bats on the 25th, and be the first player in major–league history to hit eight homers in each league before the All–Star break. He’ll finish the year with 20. That, plus Jason’s 41, will give the Giambi boys the record for homers by brothers in the same season, topping the 59 hit in 1937 by Joe (46) and Vince DiMaggio (13).

Behind Shawn Green’s RBI triple, the Dodgers beat the Brewers, 1–0. Green also throws out Jenkins at home to complete a DP. Hideo Nomo pitches 6 innings to earn the win.

Minnesota receives a boost in its efforts to save the Twins when Governor Jesse Ventura approves a financing plan for a new $330 million stadium.

The Wichita Wranglers (Texas L) score 14 runs in the 3rdin beating Tulsa, 19–2. They set league records for singles (10) in an inning, and by having 16 straight players reach base. Five players make 2 hits in the inning.

23rdAt Miller Park, Dodger OF Shawn Green becomes the second player this year to hit 4 HRs in a game, doing so in LA’s 16–3 shellacking of the Brewers. Green goes 6–6 in the contest, scores 6 runs (both Dodgers records), drives home 7 runs, and sets a major league record with 19 total bases. This breaks Joe Adcock’s former mark of 18 set in 1954. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, six players have produced 17 or more total bases in a game with the last being Mike Schmidt in 1976. Green is the first player to collect 6 hits while hitting 4 homers, and his 4 homers + a double ties the NL mark for extra base hits. The Dodgers hit 8 homers in the game, another franchise record. Before today’s power display, Green had gone 0-for-15, and been benched May 18.

Marlins’ 2B Luis Castillo hits his first HR from the left side of the plate in his 600th ML game, pacing Florida to an 8–4 win over Cincinnati.

24thThe Dodgers lose to the Diamondbacks, 14–3, despite Shawn Green’s 5th HR in 2 games, tying a ML record. Green also hits 2 singles to tie another mark with 25 total bases in the 2 games.

The pilot of a small plane carrying the remains of an avid Mariners’ fan attempts to drop the ashes above SAFECO Field, but the canister bounces off the stadium roof and lands on the street. Fear of an attack brings police and firemen rushing to the stadium.

25thThe Royals defeat the Rangers, 6–3. Closer Roberto Hernandez gets the save, becoming the 15th pitcher in history to tally 300 saves.

The Rockies beat the Giants, 6–3, as Barry Bonds takes over sole possession of 5th place on the all–time HR list with the 584th round–tripper of his career.

Joe Vidro hits a no-out walk off grand slam in the 10thoff Hector Mercado as Montreal outslugs the Phillies, 13-9. The Phils get a homer from Pat Burrell and two from Jeremy Giambi.

The Dodgers top Arizona, 10–5, as Shawn Green hits 2 more HRs and drives home 6 runs. The 7 HRs in 3 games is a new ML record.

26thArizona edges Los Angeles, 10–9 in 10 innings. Craig Counsell gets 5 hits for the Diamondbacks, including a 2B.

Cory Bailey of the Kansas City Royals wins both ends of a doubleheader against the Rangers, becoming the first pitcher since David Wells in 1989 to do that. He pitches the top of the 9th in the first game trailing, 5-4; but a 3-run rally gives him the victory. In the second game, Bailey gets two outs to end the top of the sixth after the Rangers tied the game 7-7, The Royals rally to take a 9-7 lead in the bottom half and go on to win 9-8.

The Phillies and Blue Jays exchange pitchers with Cliff Politte (2-0) going to Toronto and Dan Plesac to Philadelphia. The high-priced 40-year-old Plesac had declared that this would be his last year.

27thThe Dodgers best the Brewers, 5–3, with the help of Shawn Green’s 10th HR in 7 days.

28thArizona’s Miguel Batista hurls 9 innings of 1–hit ball against the Giants, but the Giants win in 10 innings, 1–0. Bonds walks off Myers, and Jeff Kent’s 2ndhit of the game, off Prinz, moves him to 3rd. Santiago’s single wins it. Nen, in relief of Jason Schmidt, picks up the win.

29thIn an article in SportsIllustratedmagazine, former NL MVP Ken Caminiti says that about 50 percent of current ML players use some form of steroids.

Twenty-five-year–old minor leaguer Joe Bauldree dies in his sleep. The former Atlanta farmhand, a pitcher for the Indy Allentown Ambassadors, had a history of irregular heart beat.

31st    The Devil Rays score 8 runs in the 4th inning of their game against Oakland, but still come out on the short end of a 13–9 score. Home plate umpire Steve Rippley is forced to leave the game after being hit in the head by a pitch from Tampa Bay’s Lee Gardner, which hits Adam Piatt and deflects off catcher John Flaherty before hitting Rippley. He suffers a slight fracture between his left temple and cheekbone but never loses consciousness and is removed on a stretcher.

Carlos Beltran hits a grand slam and adds a solo homer in the 11thto pace the Royals to a 10–7 win over Texas. His solo shot is the first of 3 consecutive HRs in the 11th, as Mike Sweeney and Joe Randa follow suit. They became just the second team to hit at least 3 consecutive HRs in extra innings. The Twins had 4 consecutive HRs, 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.

At Comerica Park, Adam Bernero pitches 7 strong innings to get the win as the Tigers beat the Yankees, 4-2. The rest of Bernero’s year will not go so well as he finishes 1-14.

JUNE

2nd  The Phillies score 10 runs in the 1st inning and go on to trounce the Expos by a score of 18–3. Philadelphia pitcher Robert Person gets the win, slugs 2 HRs and drives in 7 runs in the contest. He will end up with a .117 career batting average.

At Detroit, Roy Halladay struggles through 8 innings, allowing 11 hits and 6 runs, but finds a way to win as the Blue Jays edge the Tigers, 7-6. Eric Hinske has a homer and triple off Jeff Weaver, while Randall Simon is 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs off Halladay.  When Halladay retires at the end of the 2013 season he will cite this game as his most memorable.

3rdAgainst Pedro Martinez, the Tigers first 2 hitters, Ramon Santiago and Damion Easley hit homers. Pedro does not get the decision though the Tigers, win, 7-6, over the Red Sox. Santiago will repeat tomorrow with another leadoff HR.

Buck Martinez is fired as Toronto manager. He is replaced by 3B coach Carlos Tosca.

4th  The Yankees ride an 8–run 6th inning to a 13–5 win over the Orioles.

The Twins score 10 runs in the 7th inning to close out the scoring in a 23–2 win over the Indians, the most runs in franchise history. Minnesota strokes a franchise–record 25 hits (the Washington Senators hit 24 five times) in the contest and ties the AL record as 4 players have 4+ hits––Jacque Jones, Dustan Mohr, A.J. Pierzynski and Luis Rivas: Rivas also scores 5 runs. They are the 5th team to do it.  On the flip side, the Indians tie their team record for biggest loss, tying the mark set in a 21–0 loss to the Tigers, on September 15, 1901. The Tribe also becomes the first team since the 1969 Padres to lose 2 games in the same season by 19+ runs. Rick Reed (6-2) is the winning pitcher, allowing 3 hits in 7 innings. Two of the hits are homers by Jim Thome.

High school players dominate the first round picks of the amateur as 16 of the 30 first rounders are prep stars. After Ball State righty Bryan Bullington is taken with the first pick, by Pittsburgh, the next 7 are high schoolers; Bullington won’t win his first game in the Majors until August 2010 and will end up with a career mark of 1-9. Tampa Bay takes SS Melvin Upton with the #2 pick; the Reds take P Chris Gruler #3; the O’s take LHP Adam Lower #4; the Expos choose P Clint Everts #5; KC takes SS Don Greinke #6; and the Brewers pick first baseman Prince Fielder, son of Cecil, with #7. Detroit takes SS Scott Moore at #8; and the Rockies take British Columbian P Jeff Francis #9.  The Padres pick Clemson SS Khalil Greene with the #`13 pick; and the A’s, picking #16, take OSU 1B Nick Swisher, son of Steve.  With the 21stpick the Cubs choose Bobby Brownlie, the #1 collegiate pitcher a year ago before injuries hit. He won’t sign until March 2003. The Athletics take Alabama catcher Jeremy Brown with the 35thpick overall.  Brown will be lionized in the book Moneyball, but will get just 10 at bats in the majors. On the 12thround, the Twins select Marshalltown’s Jeff Clement, the high school home run champion with a record 71 this year. He broke the mark of 70 set by Drew Henson in 1998. Tampa Bay takes high school pitcher Brandon Mann in the 27thround. He will finally make the majors in 2018. The Blue Jays take catcher Randy Wells in the 38thround, but he will make the Bigs as a pitcher.

5thThe Giants batter the Padres, 12–2, as Barry Bonds hits his 587th HR to move him into 4th place on the all–time list ahead of Frank Robinson.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announces that the sport will contract by at least two teams before the 2003 season.  Doesn’t happen.

The Astros announce that Astros Field is being renamed Minute Maid Park.

7thThe Reds obtain 3B/OF Russell Branyan from the Indians for minor league 2B Ben Broussard.

Tampa Bay minor league P Nick Bierbrodt is shot 3 times while sitting in a taxi as a fast food drive–in. He is listed in serious but stable condition. Bierbrodt made his ML debut last June 7.

In a Northern League (Independent) game between the visiting Gary Southshore RailCats at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Saints owner Mike Veeck gives away seat cushions that feature the likeness of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig on one side and that of Players Association Executive Director Don Fehr on the other. During the seventh-inning stretch, an informal poll shows that about 90 percent of the fans on the cushions are sitting on Bud.

8thThe Expos defeat the White Sox, 2–1. Following the game, the Sox host their inaugural Sleepover at Comiskey Park, allowing fans to sleep overnight on the field.

At Seattle, Mark Prior pitches seven strong innings to give the Chicago Cubs a 2–0 interleague victory over the Mariners. Prior gives up just four hits and a walk while striking out 11, including the last five batters he faces. Sammy Sosa hits his major league–leading 21st homer in the sixth inning and Fred McGriff hits his 10th in the eighth.

In a heralded match of aces at Fenway, Curt Schilling (12-1) and the Diamondbacks beat the Red Sox’ Pedro Martinez, 3–2. Pedro, complaining of a sore arm, pitches 6 innings, gives up 3 runs on 7 hits, and strikes out 10. Schilling allows a solo HR to Carlos Baerga in the 1st, and a run in the 8thin winning his 9thstraight.

9thThe Cubs trade C Robert Machado to the Brewers for minor league OF Jackson Melian.

10thThe Yankees best the Diamondbacks, 7–5. On the first pitch he sees in the majors, NY rookie OF Marcus Thames hits a HR off fireballing lefthander Randy Johnson.

11thWith Jared Sandberg hitting 2 homers in the frame, Tampa Bay scores 9 runs in the 5th inning on its way to an 11–2 win over the Dodgers.

Two days after losing a 15-inning 4.5 hour marathon, the Braves waste no time in doing in the Twins, 11–0. Andruw Jones, Vinny Castilla and Matt Franco hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the 7 run 5thinning. The Braves last hit 3 straight on April 18, 1994. Tommy Glavine (11–2) pitches 7 scoreless innings for the win.

14thThe Rangers down the Astros, 9–6, as 2B Mike Young gets 5 hits, including a pair of HRs.

The Reds and Expos exchange pitchers, with Bruce Chen going to Cincinnati and Jim Brower to Montreal.

Aaron Boone has a pair of homers, including a walk off HR off Mike Williams in the 11th. The Reds beat Pittsburgh, 4–3.

In San Diego, the Seattle Mariners release veteran outfielder Eugene Kingsale, and the Padres immediately grab him. No one informs the Mariner players or coaches that Kingsale had changed teams. After the Mariners take the field for warm–ups, several players run back to the clubhouse to tell the coaching staff that Kingsale had jumped ship and is wearing a Padres uniform. Mariner manager Lou Piniella is as surprised as the rest. Kingsale flies out as a pinch hitter in the 5thfor Tomko as the Mariners win, 6–3.

.15th. Shawn Green ties the major league record by homering in 4 consecutive ABs––his last 2 on Friday and his first 2 in today’s 10–5 win over visiting Anaheim. LoDuca and Jordan also homer to back Odalis Perez (7–3)

It is a day for Shawns as Shawn Estes of the Mets becomes the 10th pitcher since the introduction of the DH in 1973 to hit a homer off an A.L. pitcher when he hits a 2-run HR off Roger Clemens of the Yankees. All 10 post-DH pitcher homers off A.L. pitching have come during interleague play. Estes throws 7 innings and strikes out 11 in the 8–0 win. He also gets a warning in the 3rdwhen Clemens makes his first batting appearance against the Mets since drilling Piazza 2 years ago. Estes throws his first pitch behind Clemens. Piazza answers in his own way, homering off Roger in the 5th, his 4thhomer in 15 at bats against the Rocket. Roger leaves in the 6thafter hurting his foot sliding into 2B on a double.

Houston evens its series with the Texas Rangers as Wade Miller pitches 7 scoreless innings in the 4–0 win. He allows 3 hits including a double in the fifth inning by Rafael Palmeiro, the 1,000th extra-base hit of his career. Palmeiro is the 25th major-leaguer to accomplish the feat. He has 505 doubles, 36 triples and 462 homers.

16th  Barry Zito wins his 8thstraight game as Oakland beats their rivals, the SF Giants, 2–1. The win gives the A’s a 58-37 record against the National League, the best inter-league record of any team. The A’s will finish the season 16–2 against the NL.

The Red Sox, behind Derek Lowe, defeat the Atlanta Braves, 6–1. Lowe strikes out 10 to pin the loss on Tom Glavine. For the Braves, it is one of their few losses to AL foes; they will go 15–3 in inter-league games this year.

Mo Vaughn belts a 3-run HR in the bottom of the 8thoff David Wells to give the Mets a 3–2 win over the Yankees. Mark Guthrie, in relief of Pedro Astacio, picks up the win. In the 5th, Piazza throws out Alfonzo Soriano, ending a streak of 51 successful runners against Mike, not counting a 1-3-6 throwout on April 16.

18thThe Cubs defeat Texas, 4–3, as for the first time in ML history, 4 members of the 400–HR club play in the same game. Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez start for the Rangers and Sammy Sosa and Fred McGriff for Chicago.

Long-time Cardinals announcer Jack Buck dies in St. Louis of lung cancer and other illnesses. The flags at St. Louis City Hall and the St. Louis County Government Center are lowered to half-staff. Buck’s coffin will be on display at Busch Stadium tomorrow prior to the Angels-Cards game and all mourners are admitted free to the game, a 6-4 St. Louis win. Placido Palenco hits 2 homers and drives in 4 runs. Buck is just the third person—and first non-ball player—to lie in state at a ball park. Miller Huggins and Babe Ruth were the other two.

19thThe Braves trade OF George Lombard to the Tigers for RP Kris Keller.

The Yankees pound out 19 hits, including 3 HRs, as they defeat the Rockies, 20–10. But the Rockies are just the second major–league team to score seven runs in an inning (4th), but still lose by 10 or more.

20thFlorida beats Cleveland, 3–0, as Marlins 2B Luis Castillo extends his hitting streak to 34 games, the longest ever by a second baseman.

Todd Zeile ends an 11-11 slugfest between the Mets and the visiting Rockies, by hitting a 10thinning 3-run homer off Steve Karsay.

21stThe Marlins defeat the Tigers, 4–1, as Luis Castillo extends his hitting streak to 35 games with a 3rd inning infield hit. Castillo’s streak is the longest ever by a Latin player, surpassing Benito Santiago’s 34–game streak on 1987.

22ndThe Marlins score 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat the Tigers, 5–4. Luis Castillo hitless in 4 at bats to end his 35–game hitting streak.

St. Louis Cardinals P Darryl Kile is found dead in his hotel room prior to Saturday’s scheduled game against the Cubs. His room is locked from the inside and he is believed to have died in his sleep. The game between the Cubs and Cardinals is postponed.

The Texas Longhorns win the 5thCollege World Series, beating South Carolina, 12–6. Chris Carmichael hits a 3–run HR and closer Huston Street picks up his 4thsave and is selected the Outstanding Player. Augie Garrido is the first coach to win CWS championships at 2 schools.  Texas last won a CWS in 1983, when Roger Clemens pitched for the Longhorns.

23rdThe San Diego Padres blow out the Florida Marlins, 18–2, collecting a club–record 10 hits in a 9–run fifth inning Bubba Trammell has 4 hits, including 2 homers, one a leadoff HR in the 5th. The final 11 Padres in the inning all bat with the bases loaded as the Padres score eight runs, one base at a time.

24thThe Twins beat the White Sox, 5-4, by scoring the winning run in the last of the eighth when Jacque Jones doubles home Luis Rivas.  Jones is thrown out at third trying for a triple. When he’s called out, a security guard who sits in the Twins bullpen comes toward 3B, takes off his glasses, and offers them to the umpire who made the call. The guard gets ejected for his offer, though he won’t lose his job.

At Safeco Field, the A’s throttle the Mariners, 13-2, behind Corey Lidle’s solid 7 innings. Oakland has now won 16 of their last 17 games.

25thThe Blue Jays trounce the Devil Rays, 20–11, scoring 20 runs in a game for the first time since 1978. Shannon Stewart scores 5 runs while 7 others score 23 apiece. Vernon Wells has 6 RBIs.

History is made in Kansas City as Detroit’s Luis Pujols and KC’s Tony Pena become the first Dominican–born managers to oppose each other in a ML game. The Royals go on to defeat the Tigers, 8–6.

The Dodgers beat the Rockies, 4–0, as Odalis Perez hurls his second one–hitter of the season. A leadoff single in the 6th inning by Bobby Estalella is the only Colorado hit.

26th  Toronto’s Shannon Stewart leads off with a homerun against Toronto, but the Expos answer in the bottom of the 1stwhen its first two batters, Brad Wilkerson and Jose Vidro homer. Montreal wins, 6-5.

27th  Gregg Zaun turns a 3-4 Houston deficit into a 7–4 win with a pinch grand slam in the 9thoff Arizona’s Byung-Hyun Kim.

What if, Omar. In a seeming steal, the Expos obtain pitchers Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew from the Indians in exchange for 1B Lee Stevens, prospects P Cliff Lee and OF Grady Sizemore, and SS Brandon Phillips. Stevens will finish this season, and his career, in Cleveland, while the three prospects will all become All-stars. Colon (10-4) will match that mark in Montreal, before bing traded next year to the White Sox. Drew will win one game for the Expos.

28thTampa Bay whips their cross-state rival Marlins, 4–0, behind Wilson Alvarez and 2 relievers. Jared Sandberg homers for TB. In the 7th, Kevin Millar of the Marlins hits a towering fly that lands on one of the catwalks that hang from the stadium’s dome. It never comes down and it is ruled a double. It’s the second time a ball has gotten stuck in a catwalk at the Trop. In 1999, Jose Canseco hit a home run drive that lodged there. Millar joins Ruppert Jones, Rickey Nelson, Dave Kingman, Alvaro Espinoza and Canseco as the only players to hit a fair ball that got stuck in a stadium obstruction. Jones and Nelson both had hits get caught in the overhead speakers at the old Kingdome. The balls hit by Kingman and Espinoza were at the Minneapolis Metrodome with Kingman’s getting stuck in a drainage valve and Espinoza’s lodging in an overhead speaker.

29thThe Orioles pound the Phillies, 11–1, as Baltimore OF Gary Matthews Jr. gets 5 hits, including a 2B and HR. Melvin Mora hits a leadoff HR for the 2ndstraight game.

30thIn a 13–1 drubbing by the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Padres second baseman D’Angelo Jimenez comes in to pitch with 2 outs in the seventh inning. He retires the 4 batters he faces.  But Jeff Suppan allows 1 run in 7 innings, and Raul Ibanez uses a HR and triple to drive in 4 runs for the Royals.

JULY

2nd  The Giants scored 8 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 18–5 rout of the Rockies. OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo gets 5 hits for SF, including a 2B and 2 HRs. Damon Minor, Shinjo, and Reggie Sanders each homer twice to tie a ML record. The Giants become the 16th team to have 3 players with multiple HRs in the same game.

The White Sox batter the Tigers, 17–9. The two teams combined to hit a ML  record–tying 12 HRs, 6 apiece,  in the contest, matching the record they set together on May 28, 1995. Nine different players hit homers, which also ties the ML mark. Dmitri Young and Magglio Ordonez connect for a deuce with Magglio’s 2nda grand slam. Todd Richie gives up 5 runs in 7 innings for the win.

At Cincinnati, the Astros and Reds play the first inning with non–regulation baseballs, the result of a mix–up by an attendant in the umpires’ locker room. The attendant did not notice the word “practice” stenciled on the 144 balls he rubbed up for the game; the practice balls generally have defects such as irregular stitching or weight deviations. Astros pitcher Wade Miller notices the practice ball when warming up and informs ump Mark Hirschback, who rules that the practice balls must be used in the bottom of the 1stbefore switching. Reds starter Wade Miller served up a homer in the 1stto Lance Berkman, who hits another in his next at bat, good for 5 RBIs. He leads the NL with 74 ribbies. The Astros win in the 10th, 6–5. Austin Kerns has 4 hits, and Adam Dunn a homer for the Reds.

A combined total of 62 HRs are hit in today’s games, breaking the old ML mark set on April 7, 2000. A record 9 players have multiple HR games, breaking the previous mark of 8.

The Yankees obtain OF Raul Mondesi from the Blue Jays in exchange for minor league P Scott Wiggins.

4thThe Yankees defeat the Indians, 7–1. Jim Thome has his streak of consecutive games hitting a HR stopped at 7, one short of the ML record.

5thThe Cubs fire manager Don Baylor and hire Bruce Kimm in his place.

The Twins score 8 runs in the 7th inning to down the Mariners, 8–4.

Ted Williams passes away at age 83.

The Yankees obtain P Jeff Weaver from the Tigers in a 3–team deal. NY sends P Ted Lilly to the Oakland A’s while the Athletics send IF Carlos Pena to Detroit. The Tigers also acquire P Franklin German and a player to be named from Oakland, while the A’s get OF John–Ford Griffin and P Jason Arnold from New York.

6thThe Astros defeat the Pirates, 10–2. Houston OF Daryle Ward becomes the first player to hit a HR into the Allegheny River beyond PNC Park’s right–field wall on the fly.

The Diamondbacks bolster their bullpen by acquiring P Mike Fetters from the Pirates in exchange for minor league prospect Duaner Sanchez.

The Phillies call up 30-year–old Joe Roa, winner of 20 straight games in the minor leagues. He won his last 6 decisions with Calgary in 2001 and was 14–0 at Wilkes–Barre this year. Roa was closing in on the IL record of 20 straight wins set by Jim Parnham of Baltimore, in 1923. The last 20–game winner in the IL was in 1950.

7thCardinals 2B Placido Polanco gets 5 hits in leading St. Louis to a 12–6 win over the Dodgers.

The Indians score 8 runs in the 3rd inning on their way to a 9–3 win over the White Sox.

8thJason Giambi outhomers Sammy Sosa, 7–1, in the final round to take the 2002 All–Star Home Run Derby.

Mike Veeck’s Class A Charleston Riverdogs defeat the Columbus RedStixx, 4–2, on “Nobody Night” in Charleston. Fans were barred from Joe Riley Stadium in the team’s attempt to set an all–time record low attendance for a single game. The previous mark is believed to have been 12 set in 1881. Fans are let into the park after the 5th inning, at which time the attendance is officially recorded as 0. All the scoring occurs before the fans are let in.

9thIn a controversial finish, the All–Star Game ends in a 7–7 tie after 11 innings as both the National and American leagues run out of pitchers. Both managers discuss it with commissioner Bud Selig, who calls the game. Alfonso Soriano and Barry Bonds hit HRs in the contest.

10thClemson SS Khalil Greene is named winner of the 2002 Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

11thThe Mets score 8 runs in the 8th inning to break a 1–1 tie and defeat the Phillies, 9–1.

The Indians fire manager Charlie Manuel and replaced him on an interim basis with coach Joel Skinner.

The Marlins trade P Ryan Dempster to the Reds for OF Juan Encarnacion, IF Wilton Guerrero, and minor league P Ryan Snare. A casualty of the trade is 15,000 Dempster bobblehead dolls that the Marlins are stuck with. Florida then sends OF Cliff Floyd, IF Guerrero, minor league P Claudio Vargas and $1.5 million to the Expos in exchange for pitchers Carl Pavano and Graeme Lloyd, IF Mike Mordecai, and minor leaguer Justin Wayne.

13thThe Tigers defeat the White Sox twice, 5–3 and 3–1, to mark their first sweep of a double–header in almost 9 years. The Tigers also trade pitcher Adam Bernero (1-12) to the Rockies, where he will add 2 losses to his record for the year.

14thThe Royals defeat the Angels, 12–3, as Raul Ibanez hits a grand slam in the 1st inning and a 3–run HR in the 2nd inning to tie a club record with 7 RBIs.

The Twins beat the Rangers, 5–4, despite a pair of HRs by Alex Rodriguez. The round–trippers give Rodriguez his 6th 30–HR season, breaking Ernie Banks’ record for shortstops.

Jared Fernandez of the Cincinnati Reds wins his first major–league game, pitching 7 strong innings to beat Houston, 8–3. The game is played with Houston’s retractable roof closed because of the heat. The 30-year–old is the third knuckleballer in the majors joining Steve Sparks of the Detroit Tigers and Tim Wakefield of the Boston Red Sox. Scott Sullivan takes over for Fernandez, retiring Jeff Bagwell, who is 0–for–22 against him.

Cleveland’s Bill Selby turns a 6-7 deficit into a 10–7 Indians win with a 9thinning ultimate walkoff grand slam. His 2-out blast comes off Yankees ace Mariano Rivera, who allows 6 runs in 2/3 inning.  The Yankees blow a 7-0 lead after cuffing around Chuck Finley for 4 innings.

Nelson “The Admiral” Barrera, the Mexican League’s all–time home run leader dies in Campeche, Mexico. He is electrocuted when he tried to free roofing that had blown into high-tension lines on his property. Barrera hit 455 home runs during a 26-year career in the Mexican Baseball League. Up to 2 months, the 4four-year–old Barrera was the player–manager of the Campeche Pirates of the Southern Division of the MBL. He also has the career record for RBIs with 1,944.

15thThe Phillies slug 3 HRs in an 8–run 9th inning to come from behind and overtake the Expos, 11–8.

Reds P Chris Reitsma hurls a 5–hitter, shutting out the Brewers, 2–0. The win ends a streak of 151 starts by Cincinnati pitchers without a complete game.

16thThe Red Sox defeat the Tigers, 9–4, as OF Manny Ramirez gets a career–high 5 hits, including a double and homer. Detroit 2B Damion Easley ties a major league record by being hit by pitches 3 times.

17thMinnesota’s Torii Hunter, angered after he is hit by a pitch, picks up the ball and fires it at Indians pitcher Danys Baez in the fifth inning of an 8–5 Twins win. Hunter’s throw hits the pitcher in the leg but he stays in the game. After the game Baez goes into the Twins clubhouse to apologize. Thome, Selby and Broussard homer for the Tribe, while David Ortiz and Dustan Mohr hit 2–run homers. Rick Reed (7–5) wins but has to shoo away a seagull that walks out to the mound: it’s the gull’s 3rdstraight appearance.

18thThe Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 5–4, as Baltimore SS Melvin Mora ties a major league record by being hit by a pitch 3 times.

Kenny Lofton hits a leadoff HR for the White Sox, who take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 9thagainst KC.  But Carlos Beltran leads off with a homer and Michael Tucker hits 2-run homer for the game ender.  Lofton will hit another leadoff HR tomorrow, also a Sox loss.

19thAnaheim OF Tim Salmons strokes 5 hits in the Angels 15–3 win over the Mariners. He drives home 5 runs in the contest, including 3 on his 15th HR of the year. The Angels score 8 runs in the 6th inning to break open the game.

Oakland defeats Texas, 10–0, behind Cory Lidle’s 1–hitter. The Rangers’ only hit is Juan Gonzalez’s leadoff 2B in the 8th inning.

The Cardinals acquire veteran P Chuck Finley from the Indians for minor league 1B Luis Garcia and outfielder Covelli “Coco” Crisp, the Cards minor league player of the year in 2001. Finley will go 7-4 but retire at the end of the season. Coco will be a good addition but Garcia, considered the key to the deal for Cleveland, will flop.

20thLeading 4–1, the Blue Jays score 7 runs in the 5th inning to take an 11–1 lead over the Devil Rays. Tampa Bay, however, comes back with 7 runs of their own in the next inning. Toronto holds on for a 12–10 win.

Pittsburgh defeats St. Louis, 15–6. Pirate OF Adam Hyzdu drives home 7 runs with 4 hits, including a pair of homers.

21stThe Royals score a run in the bottom half of the 10th inning when Raul Ibanez is HBP with the bases loaded. Heath Murray does the plunking after giving up a hit and 2 walks. KC pulls out a 13–12 win over the Indians, overcoming homers from the first two Tribe batters, Chris Magruder and Omar Visquel. Ibanez helps KC with a homer and triple and 5 RBIS, while Carlos Beltran has a grand slam.  Milton Bradley gets 5 hits and 5 RBIs for Cleveland, including 3 doubles and a HR.

Orioles’ P Scott Erickson is arrested after getting into a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. He is charged with second–degree assault.

22ndThe Twins top the White Sox, 11–6, as OF Jacque Jones gets 5 hits, including a HR.

23rdNomar Garciaparra strokes 3 HRs, including a grand slam, and drives in 8 runs on his birthday as the Red Sox pummel the Devil Rays, 22–4, in the opener of a day–night doubleheader. The round–trippers give him 5 in 2 games to tie a ML record. Boston scores 10 runs in the 3rd inning to break the game open. Tampa Bay comes back to take the second game, 5-4.

The Reds obtain P Brian Moehler and IF Matt Boone from the Tigers in exchange for IF David Espinosa and two players to be named. Moehler, 1–1 with a 2.29 ERA, will go 2-4 with a  6.02 ERA as a Red.

The Dodgers get IF Tyler Houston from the Brewers in exchange for pitchers Ben Diggins and Shane Nance.

24thDamian Moss allows only a single safety in 7 innings as the Braves hold the Marlins to that one hit in a 10–0 victory. Derrek Lee’s leadoff single in the 5th inning is Florida’s only hit.

The Tigers shut out the Royals, 3–0, in 1 hour and 41 minutes—the fastest 9–inning game in the major leagues since 1984.

Oakland defeats Anaheim, 5–1, as Miguel Tejada hits his 22nd HR of the season. It is the 117th round–tripper of his career, breaking Eddie Joost’s career record for an Athletic SS.

Blue Jays veteran catcher Darrin Fletcher retires. Tom Wilson, with 68 ML games, is now the Jays vet backstop.

25thThe Athletics obtain 2B Ray Durham from the White Sox in exchange for Triple–A P Jon Adkins.

The Dodgers sent OF Hiram Bocachica to the Tigers for minor league P Tom Farmer and a player to be named.

26thThe Rangers defeat the Athletics, 12–4, as Carl Everett becomes the first Ranger ever to homer twice in the same inning. He does so in Texas’ 9–run 7th.

27thThe Mariners defeat the Angels, 3–1, ending Jarrod Washburn’s 12–game winning streak, the longest in the majors this season.

Alex Rodriguez has a pair of homers, including a 10thinning walkoff grand slam of Billy Koch, to lift the Rangers to a 10–6 win over Oakland. A-Rod’s grand slam comes on his birthday, the second birthday grand slam in 4 days. Garciaparra celebrated on the 24th.

Jason Giambi has a homer and 5 runs scored as the Yankees double the Indians, 14-7. Nick Johnson also homers to back David Wells.

28thOakland scores 8 runs in the 9th inning to complete their 12–2 win over Texas. Dave Burba allows 7 of the runs in a third of an inning. Tejada’s 3-run triple and David Justice’s 2-run homer provide the punch in the inning.

The Indians score 5 runs in the bottom of the 9thoff Juan Acevedo to beat Detroit, 9–6. Jim Thome, who has 5 RBIs on 3 hits, caps the scoring with a walkoff grand slam.

At Tropicana, the Yankees back Andy Pettitte with two homers, a solo by Posada and a grand slam by Robin Ventura, to beat the D Rays, 9–1.

The White Sox trade OF Kenny Lofton to the Giants in exchange for minor league pitchers Felix Diaz and Ryan Meaux.

The Indians send P Paul Shuey to the Dodgers. In return, the Tribe gets P Terry Mulholland and minor league pitchers Ricardo Rodriguez and Francisco Cruceta.

Ozzie Smith is inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

29thThe Phillies send soon–to–be free agent All–Star 3B Scott Rolen to the Cardinals in exchange for 3B Placido Polanco, and pitchers Bud Smith and Mike Timlin. Rolen will re–up with the Cards. Bud Smith, a budding star last year when he went 6-3 with a no-hitter, slumped to 1-5 in his sophomore season with the Birds.  The Phillies will send him to the minors and his promising career is over.

The White Sox trade C Sandy Alomar Jr. to the Rockies. In return, Chicago gets P Enemencio Pacheco.

30thMontreal OF Cliff Floyd is traded for the second time in 3 weeks, going to the Red Sox in exchange for a song–minor league pitchers Seuny Jun Song and Sun Woo Kim.

31st  The Angels obtain OF Alex Ochoa and C Sal Fasano from the Brewers in exchange for C Jorge Fabregas and two players to be named.

The Red Sox get P Bobby Howry from the White Sox in return for pitchers Frankie Francisco and Byeong Hak An.

The Cubs and Pirates swap outfielders with Chad Hermanson going to Chicago and Darren Lewis to Pittsburgh.

The Rockies send OF Todd Hollandsworth and P Dennys Reyes to the Rangers for OF Gabe Kapler and IF Jason Romano.

The Rockies trade P John Thomson and OF Mark Little to the Mets in exchange for OFs Jay Payton and Robert Stratton, and P Mark Corey.

The Mets get pitchers Steve Reed and Jason Middlebrook from the Padres for pitchers Bobby Jones and Josh Reynolds, and minor league OF Jason Bay, obtained in March.

AUGUST

1st  The Rangers clobber the Red Sox, 19–7, as Texas OF Carl Everett hits a pair of HRs, including a grand slam, and drives home 7 runs against his former teammates. Newly acquired Todd Hollandsworth chips in with a 3 run homer and drives in 4 runs.  It is the second game in a row that the Rangers have reached 20 hits: they beat the Yankees yesterday with 21 hits.

A.J. Burnett (11–7) fires his 4thshutout of the year, beating the Cardinals, 4–0, on 4 hits. The high point for St. Louis is a 6thinning triple play (9–6–3), just the 11thin history started by a right fielder. With runners on 1stand 2B, J.D. Drew snags Eric Owen’s line drive and throws to SS Edgar Renteria who steps on 2B and relays to first baseman Tino Martinez. Jay Buhner was the last right fielder to start a triple play, accomplishing the feat for the 1992 Mariners.

Ken Griffey, Jr. ends a 4-4 tie with the Dodgers by belting a 13thinning 2-run HR off the Dodgers Omar Daal.

Next time, walk him.  For the second time in 3 days, Vlad Guerrero hits a walk-off HR to beat the Diamondbacks. He hit a 10-inning HR on July 30 off Kim, and today breaks a 1–1 tie by hitting a solo homer off Curt Schilling in a 2–1 win.

.3rdThe Giants defeat the Pirates, 11–6, as Barry Bonds hits his 30th HR of the season. In doing so, he extends his NL record streak to 11 consecutive seasons with 30 or more homers.

The Mariners wallop the Indians, 12–4. Seattle’s Edgar Martinez ties a ML record with 3 sacrifice flies, becoming the 11th player in history to do so. The last was Juan Gonzalez for Texas in 1999. Cleveland’s Ellis Burks homers for the Tribe, extending his ML record of hitting a homer in 41 different parks.

4th Cincinnati defeats San Diego, 15–10, as LF Russell Branyan slugs 3 HRs and drives home 5 runs for the Reds.

The Braves edge the Cardinals, 2–1, as Damian Moss and John Smoltz combine on a 1–hitter. Mike Matheny’s single is the only St. Louis hit.

The Athletics defeat Detroit, 4–0, as Cory Lidle, Ricardo Rincon, Chad Bradford, and Billy Koch combine on the 1–hit shutout. Tiger OF Wendell Magee’s single is the only Detroit safety.

6thThe Athletics down the Red Sox, 9–1, but SS Miguel Tejada’s 24–game hitting streak comes to an end. The streak began the day after the All–Star break, July 11, and is the second–longest in the majors this year behind Luis Castillo’s

The Blue Jays nearly blow a 13–2 lead, but hold on to defeat the Mariners, 14–12. P Mark Hendrickson makes his ML debut for Toronto. Hendrickson also played pro basketball with four teams, thus becoming the 10th major leaguer to have also played in the NBA.

In the 13thinning of an AA game, Tom Nevers, a first baseman for Chattanooga, takes the mound and pitches 5 innings. He gets the victory as the Lookouts beat the Huntsville Stars, 8–7 in 18 innings. He also goes 3–for–8 with a homer and two RBIs at the plate.

7thThe Mariners upend the Blue Jays, 5–4, despite Toronto SS Chris Woodward’s 3 HRs.

In a historic move, ML baseball players end their long–held opposition to mandatory drug testing by agreeing to be tested for illegal steroids beginning in 2003.

8thAtlanta defeats Arizona, 4–1, as Braves RP John Smoltz reaches 40 saves in a season faster than any pitcher in history.

9thBarry Bonds hits the 600th HR of his career, but the Giants still fall to the Pirates by a score of 4–3. Bonds joins Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Willie Mays (his godfather) in the exclusive club.

The Reds defeat the Padres, 12–10, as Cincinnati 3B Aaron Boone hits 3 HRs. Two of the blasts come in Cincinnati’s 9–run 1st inning. Brother Brett Boone has also homered twice in one inning.

The Expos trounce the Brewers, 11–4, as OF Vladimir Guerrero ties Ken Griffey Jr. as the 2nd–youngest player ever to reach 200 HRs (However, Guerrero will admit in March 2009 that he is a year older than the records say).

Erubial Durazo accounts for all of Arizona’s runs with a pair of homers in the D’back’s 2–1 win over Florida. His 2ndhomer, off Braden Looper, snaps a 1–1 tie in the 9th.

10thThe Diamondbacks beat the Marlins, 9–2, as Randy Johnson fans 14 Florida batters to move past Tom Seaver into 5th place on the all–time list.

The Giants beat the Pirates, 8–3, as Barry Bonds draws 3 intentional walks to give him an ML–record 46 for the season. The 3 intentional passes also tie a record for a 9–inning game. Bonds will receive 68 intentional walks this year, 23 more than the old record, set by the Giants’ Willie McCovey in 1969.

The Cubs wallop the Rockies, 15–1, as Sammy Sosa clouts 3 HRs and drives home 9 runs. His three homers come in three consecutive innings, just the 6thto do that. Andres Galarraga did it in 1995.

11thThe Cubs defeat Colorado, 12–9, as Sammy Sosa hits a grand slam and drives home 5 runs. The RBIs give him an NL–record 14 in 2 consecutive games.

The Phillies beat the Dodgers, 5–3, as Philadelphia SS Jimmy Rollins strokes 5 hits and steals 2 bases.

Chipper Jones strokes 5 hits, including a pair of doubles, as the Braves rout the Astros, 13–3.

12thThe Astros down the Cubs, 9–6, despite Sammy Sosa’s 5th HR in the last 3 games. Sosa’s blast makes him only the 3rd player in NL history with 5 straight 40–HR seasons.

13thWarring Mets co–owners Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday finally complete their deal to transfer full ownership of the team to Wilpon within the next 30 days. But Nelson will question the valuation of the team by the independent arbitrator, and the transaction will not be resolved until the fall.

14th  Reds C Jason LaRue has a bad first inning with knuckleballer Jared Fernandez on the mound, and allows 3 consecutive passed balls and a run scoring wild pitch. LaRue will lead the majors this year with 20 passed balls. The Diamondbacks break a tie in the 6thas Womack singles off reliever John Riedling to win, 7–2, their 18thout of 22 games. Luis Gonzales misses the game because of a strained rib cage, and breaks his ML high streak of 446 consecutive games played.

Two contests in the AL go 14 innings. Geronimo Gil hits a 2-out 14thinning homer to give Baltimore a 6–5 victory over Minnesota, while the Yankees overcome a straight steal of home by Mike Sweeney to beat the Royals, 3–2. Bernie Williams hits an RBI single to give Ramiro Mendoza (8-3) the win.

15thThe Yankees top the Royals, 7–5, as Bernie Williams gets 5 hits, including a double.

Mark Prior strikes out 12 batters in 6 innings, including 7 in a row, but gets no decision as the Cubs trip Houston, 6–4. Chicago goes long ball with homers from Moises Alou, Fred McGriff, Corey Patterson, Mark Bellhorn, and Sammy Sosa. Jeff Bagwell homers for Houston.

The Mets trade P Shawn Estes to the Reds for minor leaguers Pedro Feliciano and Elvin Andujar, and two players to be named.

16thThe Twins down the Red Sox, 5–0, in the process ending Pedro Martinez’s scoreless inning streak at 35. It is the longest such streak in the majors since 2000.

Major league players announce a tentative strike date of August 30 if an agreement cannot be reached with the club owners,

17thThe Yankees defeat the Mariners, 8–3, as Alfonso Soriano homers to become the first 2B ever to hit 30 HRs and steal 30 bases in a season. NY OF Bernie Williams singles in his 1st at bat to give him 11 consecutive hits. He makes out his next time up to fall one short of the ML record.  His 5-for-5 and 4-for-4 in back-to-back games, the first in 45 years, won’t be duplicated until the Phils’ Jayson Werth matches him in 2007.

The Rangers pound the Blue Jays, 9–5, as Alex Rodriguez clouts 3 HRs. By doing so, he becomes the 6th player ever with 5 straight 40–HR seasons.

The Padres down the Expos, 6–5. In doing so, they set a new ML record for pitchers used in a season.

Houston scores 5 runs in the 9th inning to beat Cincinnati, 6–1. SS Jose Vizcaino gets 5 hits, including a leadoff HR.

18th     The Rangers stop the Blue Jays, 10–7, as SS Alex Rodriguez ties an ML record by becoming the 4th player to hit 6 HRs in a 3–game span. His 2 round–trippers give him the AL lead with 44.

19th  Chipper Jones hits consecutive homers in the 8thand 9thto lift Atlanta to a 7–6 win over the Rockies.  Jones 2ndhomer follows a homer by Gary Sheffield, both off Jose Jimenez. Jose tosses just 7 pitches in the 9th.

20thThe Pirates shut out the Cardinals, 8–0, on a combined one–hitter hurled by Kris Benson (7 innings), Brian Boehringer (1), and Al Reyes (1). Kerry Robinson’s one–out single in the 1st inning is St. Louis’ only safety.

Jacques Jones hits a leadoff HR for the Twins, and that is all the runs Kyle Lohse needs as he shuts out the White Sox, 5-0, striking out 8.  For Jones, it is his 2ndleadoff HR in 2 games.

21stThe Cardinals defeat the Pirates, 4–1, for Tony La Russa’s 1,887th career win as a manager, moving him into 10th place on the all–time list.

The Athletics win their 8th straight game behind Cory Lidle’s 1–hitter, beating Cleveland by a score of 6–0. Lidle gives up a 2–out single to Ellis Burks in the 1st inning, walks the next batter, then retires the last 25 batters.  It is the 4thstraight start for Lidle in which he’s been part of a shutout, but it is the only one he’s completed.

The Astros obtain RP Tom Gordon from the Cubs in exchange for minor league P Russ Rohlicek and two players to be named.

23rdCleveland’s rookie C Josh Bard hits a game–winning 2–run HR in the bottom of the 9th inning against Seattle in his 1st ML appearance. He joins Billy Parker (1971) as the only rookies to hit walkoff homers in their first game. The Tribe wins, 4–2.

Padres score 9 runs in the 5th inning on their way to an 18–2 win over the Marlins. Bubba Trammell, who has 2 homers in the game, starts the scoring in the 5thwith a homer.7 players have RBIs in the 5th, and the last 11 hitters come up with the bases loaded. Jake Peavy is the easy winner.

Bobby Abreau hits a solo homer in the 14thto give the Phillies a 5–4 win over the Cards in 5 hrs: 13 minutes. Scott Rolen is 4–for–5 in his 1stappearance against his old team.

The Orioles spot the Blue Jays 6 runs and then roar back with 4 homers to win, 11–7.  The win puts Baltimore (63–63) at .500. From here on it’ll downhill.

24thThe Angels defeat the Red Sox, 2–0. Manny Ramirez’s streak of reaching base in 14 straight plate appearances is stopped 2 short of the ML mark.

The Orioles drop a pair to the Blue Jays, losing 4–1 and 8–3. This is the start of a miserable 4–31 year–end slide. In game 1, a makeup of a July 23 rainout, Vernon Wells has 4 hits, including a homer, and scores 3 runs. Pete Walker pitches 7 innings for the win.  The bright spot for Baltimore is Mike Bordick, who fields 4 chances flawlessly to set a ML record with 428 straight chances without an error. It breaks the mark that Cal Ripken set in 1990.  Wells and Chris Woodward hit homers in game 2.

25thArizona’s Randy Johnson (19-4) strikes out 16 Cubs as the Diamondbacks defeat Chicago, 7–0. Johnson complete game win gives him an 11-0 record against the Cubs, the best lifetime mark of any current pitchers.

26thThe Red Sox score a 10–9, 10–inning victory over the Angels as Manny Ramirez gets 5 hits, including a pair of HRs.

27th  Barry Bonds slugs 3 HRs and a double to lead the Giants to a 7–4 win over the Rockies. It is the 4th three–homer game of Bonds’ career.

The Angels defeat the Devil Rays, 7–3. as OF Darin Erstad gets 5 hits, including a pair of doubles, for Anaheim.

The Players Union and the ML owners agree for the first time to test players for steroids. If more than 5% of the anonymous tests next year are positive, mandatory testing will go into effect and the players will face a scale of penalties. First time offenders will remain anonymous but will be placed in treatment. At the end of next year, 5–7% will test positive.

The Twins top the Mariners, 5–2. Minnesota SS Cristian Guzman is held hitless, ending his 23–game hitting streak.

The White Sox down the Blue Jays, 8–4. Rookie 3B Joe Crede’s 9th inning 2–run homer ties the score and his 10th inning grand slam wins it. Crede drives home 7 runs in the game.

28thOdalis Perez of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo homer, off Arizona’s Rick Helling, for the only run of the game. He is the first pitcher (and the 12thever) since Bob Welch in 1983 to hit a solo homer for the only run.

The Cardinals obtain P Jamey Wright from the Brewers in exchange for minor league OF Chris Morris and cash.

29th  1B Mark Bellhorn becomes the 1st player in NL history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning, doing so in the Cubs’ 10–run 4th inning in Chicago’s 13–10 win over the Brewers. He also ties a team record with 5 RBIs in the inning.

The IOC votes to drop baseball from the Olympics and replace it with golf.  The reason is that the competition does not draw the best players, since MLB does not release their players to play.

30thMajor league baseball players and owners agree to a historic contract that prevents the players from going out on strike. Included is an agreement on a drug-testing program.

31st  The Mets are shut out by the Phillies, 1–0, to mark their 13th consecutive home defeat. In doing so, they become the first NL team to lose all their home games over the course of a month.

The Astros acquire free–agent–to–be Mark Loretta from the Brewers for cash and a player to be named. In 2 days, the player turns out to be Keith Ginter, hitting .264 at New Orleans.

SEPTEMBER

1st  Boston trims the Indians, 7–1, behind the strong pitching of Tim Wakefield, who doesn’t allow a hit before Matt Lawton’s HR in the 5th. Manny Ramirez and Brian Daubach hit back–to–back homers, and Johnny Damon scores 3 runs. Jim Thome reached 100 walks for the 4th consecutive year and the 6th time in his career. Thome is the only player in Indians history to ever have consecutive 100 walks seasons.

Arizona tips the Giants, 7–6, as Tony Womack smacks 2 homers and lays down a 9thinning bunt single to load the bases. David Pellucci follows with a 2-run double to win it.  Jeff Kent has 2 RBIs to reach the 100-RBI mark for the 6thstraight time, a record for second basemen. D’Back pitchers continue to respect Barry Bonds, walking him 4 times today. They walked him twice yesterday and 4 rimes on the 30th, giving him 10 walks in three straight regulation-length games. Barry will have tomorrow off and get a walk on the 3rd.

2ndThe A’s defeat the Royals, 7–6, for their 19th straight victory to match the longest winning streak in AL history. The 1906 White Sox and the 1947 Yankees both reached 19.

The Dodgers pummel the Diamondbacks, 19–1, with only a 9thinning score preventing them from tying the team mark for most lopsided shutout ever. The 24 hits ties the mark for the team in Los Angeles. They score 8 of their runs in the 7th inning, with Beltre and Kinkade homering in the frame. The last hit for LA is the first ML homer by Dave Ross, and it comes off Mark Grace, who pitches the 9thinning. Grace brings down the house with his best impression of relief pitcher Mike Fetters, who is noted for  taking a deep breath, staring at third base, and then jerking  his head toward the batter and giving him an intense glare. He might look like Mike Fetters but he pitches like Mrs. Fetters giving up four runs.

The Cubs beat the Brewers, 17–4, to salvage a split in their doubleheader after Milwaukee takes the opener by a score of 4–2 on solo homers by Ron Belliard (2), Eric Young and Jose Hernandez. Glendon Rusch wins his 8thstraight over the Cubs.  Chicago P Kerry Wood ties a ML record in the second game by fanning four Brewers in the 4th inning. Wood also homers off Andrew Lorraine, one of 5 gophers he serves up. Another is Sammy Sosa’s 494thhomer, moving him ahead of Lou Gehrig on the all-time list.

Four pitchers post their first win of the year:

Braden Looper (1–5) in his 66th relief appearance of the year, extends the Mets home losing streak to 15 in the 12–inning first game of a doubleheader. Florida wins 3–2. Preston Wilson ties the game in the 9thwith a HR, and Juan Encarnacion wins it with an RBI double. The Mets take the nightcap, 11–5, overcoming back-to-back home runs in the 2ndby Derrek Lee and Mike Lowell. Mike Piazza drills a pinch 3-run HR. The win snaps the Mets home loss streak at 15 games, a NL record set the 1911 Braves. They last won at home on July 31.

Rauch (1–1), the tallest pitcher in major league history lowers his career ERA from 9.82 to 9.72 with 2 ER in 2 IP in his first appearance since May 2. The White Sox win, 5–4, as Jose Valentin hits a pair of homers, the 2ndsnapping a tie.

Pittsburgh’s Salomon Torres (1–0), pitching in the majors for the first time since July 20, 1997, starts and goes 8.1 scoreless innings against the Braves. He also collects his first hit since 1994. as the Pirates win, 3–0. Torres, 30, retired as an active player in 1997 and served as Montreal’s pitching coach in the Dominican Summer League before signing with Pittsburgh in January. Fortunately for the Braves, only 18,931 fans, the smallest crowd in Turner Field history, see the game.

3rdThree Rangers pitchers combine to one–hit the Orioles, winning by a score of 7–1. Starter Aaron Myette was ejected after throwing two pitches and replaced by Todd Van Poppel who threw 2 hitless innings. Van Poppel was in turn replaced by rookie Joaquin Benoit who did not give up a hit until Jerry Hairston’s leadoff triple in the 9th. Benoit got credit for a 7–inning save, the longest since saves were first recorded in 1969.

Pittsburgh P Salomon Torres makes his first ML appearance since 1997 as he defeats the Braves, 3–0. Torres retired in 1997, became a coach in the Dominican Republic, then began his comeback in January.

Andy Van Hekken (1–0), with a fastball topping out in the mid–80s, becomes the first American Leaguer to throw a complete game shutout in his debut since Mike Norris in 1975, and the first Tiger since Schoolboy Rowe in 1933. He stops Cleveland 4–0. The Holland, Michigan native was 5–0 at Toledo (AAA) before his promotion.

The Mets lose the first game of their doubleheader against the Marlins, 3–2, but bounce back to take the nightcap, 11–5. The loss in the opener sets a new NL record for consecutive home losses with 15. The AL mark is 20.

4thThe Athletics set an AL record by defeating the Royals, 12–11, for their 20th straight win. Oakland blows an 11–0 lead, but scores in the bottom of the 9th on Scott Hatteberg’s pinch homer for the game winner.

Aaron Myette, ejected yesterday for 2 pitches behind Mora, starts today’s game, allowing 6 of the 11 walks in an 8–3 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 5 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].

By beating the Dodgers, 7–1, Randy Johnson (20-5) wins his 20thto join Arizona teammate Curt Schilling. Big Unit strikes out 8 in his CG victory.  Only Sean Green’s 40thhomer, with 2 out in the 9th, prevents the shutout.  Matt Williams, with a 3 run homer, and Steve Finley hit back-to-back homers off Allan Ashby in the 1stto provide Johnson with his cushion.

5thAnaheim beats Tampa Bay, 10–1, as OF Garret Anderson homers twice and drives home 7 runs.

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.

6thThe Twins shut out the A’s, 6–0, to end Oakland’s AL–record winning streak at 20 games.

The Cardinals defeat the Cubs, 11–2, as brothers Andy and Alan Benes oppose each other in the 7th matchup of brothers in ML history. Andy gets the win while Alan takes the loss. The Cards score all 11 of their runs in the 3rd inning as Andy has two hits, both off his brother.

7th  The Tigers defeat the Yankees, 2–1. Detroit 1B Eric Munson hits a HR in his 1st ML at bat.

Texas pounds Tampa Bay, 11–2, with Herbert Perry’s 3–run home run being the big blow. The round–tripper enables the Rangers to tie a ML record of hitting homers in 25 consecutive games.

8thThe Rangers set a ML record by homering in their 26th consecutive game as Texas falls to Tampa Bay, 6–3. Rafael Palmeiro’s solo shot in the 6th inning is the record–breaker. The streak will be ended at 27 games on the 10th.

The Mariners score 8 runs in the 11th inning and go on to defeat the Royals, 16–9. This ties the AL mark for most runs by a team in the 11th, last tied in 1991.

In Houston’s 6–2 win at Los Angeles, Dodger P Kazuhisa Ishii is struck by a line drive off the bat of Brian Hunter that fractures his skull.  Ishii will be out of action until next spring.

9thThe Diamondbacks beat the Padres, 5–2, as Randy Johnson reaches 300 strikeouts for the 5th consecutive season, extending his ML record.

Texas shrugs off two Seattle homers from their first two batters, Ichiro Suzuki and Desi Relaford, and beats Seattle, 12-7. Alex Rodriguez hits two 3-run homers for Texas and Dennys Bayes throws 3 scoreless innings of relief for the win.

For the 3rdtime this season, Alex Gonzalez ends a game with a HR, as the Cubs beat Montreal, 3–2. His 9thinning solo HR off Jim Brower snaps a 2-2 tie.

10th   A game after their 10–game win streak ends, the Angels inch closer to the first place A’s with a 6–5 win at Anaheim. The A’s blow a 4–0 lead but the Angels tie in the 4thand go ahead on Shawn Wooten’s 2–run double in the 6th. The Angels lead the M’s by 6 games in the wild card race.

11thAt Yankee Stadium the Yankees remember the tragedy of last year with a special monument in Monument Park memorializing those killed as part of the 50–minute pregame ceremony. The Orioles wear 5–sided patches honoring the victims of the attack on the Pentagon. The game goes 11 innings, before Nick Johnson ends in with an RBI single. The Yankees win, 5–4, despite striking out 14 times. Orlando Hernandez issues a walk in the 8thwhen he goes to his mouth on a 3–2 count while standing on the mound. It was the first walk in 6 full games (65 innings) by a Yankee pitcher, the longest steak since WW2, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Steve Karsay later hands out another walk.

The Mets and Braves split a doubleheader, with Atlanta winning the 1st game, 8–5, and New York taking the nightcap, 5–0. John Smoltz gets the save in the opener, making him the 7th pitcher in history to record 50 saves in a season. Smoltz will set the NL season saves record with 55, topping the old mark of 53 shared by Randy Myers and Trevor Hoffman. Chicago’s Bobby Thigpen set the major league record of 57 in 1990.

13thThe White Sox score 8 runs in the 9th inning to seal a 13–2 win over the Yankees.

14thP Derek Lowe wins his 20th game as the Red Sox beat the Orioles, 6–4. Lowe becomes the first pitcher in history to win 20 games the season after saving 20. He is also the first to record at least 40 saves and later win 20. Dennis Eckersley and John Smoltz did it the other way around.

The Yankees beat the White Sox, 8–4, in a rain–shortened affair. Chicago C Miguel Olivo hits a 3–run HR in his first ML at bat.

The Diamondbacks shut out the Brewers, 5–0, as Randy Johnson wins his 22nd game of the season. Johnson fans 17 Milwaukee batters in the contest.

15thThe Minnesota Twins become the first team to clinch a spot in the playoffs, defeating the Indians, 5–0. Minnesota will be making its first postseason appearance since 1991,

The Angels trounce the Rangers, 13–4, as 3B Troy Glaus strokes 3 HRs.

The Diamondbacks beat the Brewers, 6–5, as Curt Schilling fans 8 batters to give him 300 on the season. He and Randy Johnson become the first teammates to record 300 strikeouts in the same season.

The Cubs shut out the Reds, 6–0, as OF Sammy Sosa drives in his 100th run of the season on a 3–run HR in the 8th inning. In doing so, he joins Mel Ott and Willie Mays as the only NL players to post 8 consecutive 100–RBI seasons.

At Comerica Park, the Royals spoil the unveiling of Ernie Harwell’s statue by beating the Tigers, 9-3.  Harwell is on hand as is 82-year-old former player Cliff Dapper. Dapper was on Brooklyn’s Montreal roster in 1948 when he was traded for Harwell, then the announcer for the Atlanta Crackers. They had not met before today.

17thAlfonso Soriano gets 5 hits, including a double and HR, as the Yankees fall to the Devil Rays, 9–7. Bernie Williams scores his 100thrun in the loss to reach that mark for the 7thstraight year. He is the 4thYankee to score 100 this year, the first Yankee team to do so since 1941. Williams and Jeter combine to tie the ML record for consecutive years for teammates both having 100+ runs.

18thThe Diamondbacks trounce the Padres, 10–3, as 1B Greg Colbrunn hits for the cycle. Colbrunn adds a 2nd HR among 5 hits and drives home 4 runs for Arizona. Colbrunn is the first player to hit 2 HRs in a game while hitting for the cycle since George Brett (May 28, 1979).

19thThe Braves defeat the Phillies, 6–0, as Bobby Cox becomes the 12th manager in ML history to reach the 1,800–win mark.

The Expos beat the Marlins, 6-5, behind Bartolo Colon. Colon becomes just the 2nd pitcher in ML history to win 10 games in both leagues in a single season, joining Hank Borowy who turned the feat for the Yankees and Cubs in 1945.

Toronto beats Baltimore, 9–3, as Blue Jays OF Shannon Stewart gets 5 hits, including a double and HR.

In Chicago, the Royals top the White Sox, 2–1. In the 9th inning of the contest, KC 1B coach Tom Gamboa is attacked by 2 shirtless fans that jump out of the stands. He suffers several minor cuts, and the father, William Ligue, Jr., and son pair are arrested and charged with assault.

Minnesota rookie OF Mike Ryan gets 2 hits, scores 2 runs, and drives home 2 runs, all in the 1st inning of his ML debut. Unfortunately, the game is rained out after 2 innings and all records are washed away.

20thThe Cardinals clinch the NL Central title with a 9–3 win over the Astros.

Baltimore’s Mike Bordick sets a ML record with his 102nd consecutive errorless game at SS as the Orioles drop a 4–2 decision to the Red Sox. He also extends his ML mark of errorless chances at SS to 504.

21stThe Yankees beat the Tigers, 3–2, to clinch the AL East for the 5th straight year.

The Rockies collect 20 hits and crush the Diamondbacks, 15–8, as OF Juan Pierre strokes 5 base hits. The Snakes blow a 5-run lead, but need just one win to clinch the NL West. They also lose P Brian Anderson who is forced to leave the game after suffering a broken foot when he is hit by a line drive off the bat of Bob Petrick in the 3rd.

Speedster Esix Snead shows he can do more than run as he hits a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 11thto give the Mets a 6-3 win over the Expos.  Snead entered the game as a pinchrunner in the 8thand was picked off.

Florida’s Brad Penny goes to 3–0 this year against the Braves, winning 6–4. Kevin Millar, whose 25-game hit streak was stopped yesterday, has an RBI in the 8th.

Behind Wade Miller’s 12thstraight win, Houston beats the Cardinals, 6–3. Miller’s streak ties a club record. Lance Berkman has a double and homer, driving in 3 runs, and Eli Marrero hits a HR for the 3rdstraight game. Miller’s batterymate Brad Ausmus collects his 1000th career hit, but also ties the NL record with his 30th GIDP of the season. Ernie Lombardi had 30 GIDP to set the mark.

22ndIn the final game to be played at Cinergy Field (the former Riverfront Stadium), the Phillies top the hometown Reds, 4–3.

The Braves beat the Marlins, 4–1, as Greg Maddux joins Cy Young as the only pitchers in ML history to win 15 or more games in 15 consecutive seasons.

Pedro Martinez (20-4) allows 2 runs in the 1stinning, then coasts to his 20thwin of the season as the Red Sox beat the hapless Orioles, 13–2. Trot Nixon hits a grand slam and Johnny Damon a pair of homers to keep the Sox playoff hopes alive. Martinez joins Derek Lowe in giving the Sox the first pair of 20-game winners since 1949.

Mike Sweeney of the Kansas City Royals and Manny Ramirez of the Boston Red Sox are locked in a tight race for the American League batting title. After play today, Sweeney has a lead of less than .001 over Ramirez, .346578 to .346062. But, by Thursday, Ramirez will move ahead by .003099 after going 4–for–11 to raise his average to .3465116 while Sweeney will go 2–for–10 to put his mark at .343413.

The Pirates beat the Cubs, 5–4, as Kris Benson wins his 5thstraight. Fred McGriff hits his 30thHR for the Cubs, setting several marks with the round-tripper. He is the first player to hit 30 homers for 5 different teams, and it is the 42ndML park he has homered in, breaking a tie with Ellis Burks at 41.

23rdThe Cardinals use 9 consecutive 2–out hits to score 10 runs in the 7th inning on their way to a 13–1 win over the Diamondbacks. The D’Backs lose more than the game when Luis Gonzalez separates his shoulder in an outfield collision with Womack’s knee.

The Red Sox edge the visiting Orioles, 5–4 in 15 innings. Johnny Damon walks, goes to 3B on a wild throw to 1B by Willis Roberts, then scores on a wild pitch. Both teams score in the 14th, as Jeff Conine homers to make up for an error in the inning. Gibbons has 2 solo HRs for Baltimore, and Shea Hillenbrand one for Boston. The O’s have lost 26 of 30.

24thThe host Royals mount a 15-hit barrage to flatten the Tigers, 17-2. Miguel Asencio leaves after 5 innings with the win, allowing 2 runs and Aaron Guiel hits a pinch 3-run homer off Kyle Farnsworth in the 8th. Another bright spot for the Royals is Dusty Wathan, son of John, who makes his ML debut as a catcher in the 8thand doubles in a run in his first at bat. It will be his only ML hit.

25thThe Braves beat the Phillies, 7–1, as OF Andruw Jones clouts 3 home runs and drives home 4 runs.

Casey Fossum gives up solo homers to Frank Thomas and Joe Crede, but the Red Sox score 4 in the 6thoff Jon Garland to beat Chicago, 4–2. Fossum helps his cause by snaring a pop bunt in the first inning and trotting to 1B to complete an unassisted DP.

Curt Schilling strikes out 10 in 8 innings, but allows 6 runs as St. Louis beats Arizona, 6-1. Schilling passes the 300 strikeout mark for the season and his 33 walks allowed is the best ever for a pitcher striking out 300 in a season.

Completing the worst season in the franchise’s 34-year history, the Milwaukee Brewers replace Wendy Selig–Prieb as president and Dean Taylor as general manager. Ulice Payne takes over as president while Doug Melvin replaces Taylor. Milwaukee (56-106) is one of four teams this year to lose 100 games, a first in major league history. Kansas City will finish 62–100, Detroit (55–106) and Tampa Bay (55–106). The last season with three 100–game losers was 1985 (Cleveland, Pittsburgh and San Francisco).

26th  Livan Hernandez (12–16) pitches a masterful 2–hitter as the Giants beat the Padres, 6–0. Hernandez is tied with Ben Sheets for most losses in the NL. The Giants stay 3 games ahead of LA for the wild card spot. Reggie Sanders connects twice for homers, and Barry Bonds walks in his 16thstraight game to tie Jack Clark’s NL record set in 1987. He’s walked 194 times; he’ll end the year with 198 passes, a new ML record topping Ruth’s mark of 1923. Bonds will finish with a .582 on–base percentage, easily topping the old mark of .553 that Ted Williams had set in 1941.

27thThe Pirates beat the Cubs, 13–3. Brian Giles scores 5 runs for Pittsburgh and drives home 6 with a double and a pair of HRs. Giles will hit a pinch 2-run HR, his 38thhomer of the year, tomorrow to finish the year with 103 RBIs.  He now has 4 years in a row when he’s reached 35 homers, joining just 3 others—Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, and Rafael Palmeiro.

The Dodgers keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a 1–0, 10-inning win over the Padres. Paul Lo Duca’s homer off Jeremy Fikac is the winner.

28thAt San Francisco, the Giants clinch the NL wild card over LA by defeating the Astros, 5–2. The two clubs set a ML record by using 16 pitchers in the game. Barry Bonds has 2 RBIs, including a splash homer, his 46thof the year. It’s the 20thhe’s plopped in the bay; only 26 have been hit there. Bagwell and Lane homer for the Astros.

The Diamondbacks clinch the NL West title by virtue of a 17–8 win over the Rockies. The 17 runs ties a club mark. Matt Williams and Steve Finley each homer twice and Rob Barrajas has 4 hits and 4 RBIs.

29thThe D’Backs clinch the home field advantage with an 11–8 thumping of the Rockies. John Patterson is the winner over fellow rookie Stark (11–4). In the 2nd, Patterson is thrown out at 1B by RF Gabe Kaplar 9–3, on an apparent hit, and serves up a HR to Juan Pierre, his first homer in 590 at bats. Pierre avoids matching Harold Reynolds, who went homerless in 1989. Curt Schilling, in his first relief appearance since 1992, tees up a 3–run HR to Brant Butler in the 8th. Chad Moeller leads the Snakes with a 4–for–4 effort, including 2 homers and 6 RBIs.

The Cardinals win their 97th, beating the Brewers, 4–0. Andy Benes pitches 5 innings before leaving with a back twinge. Wayne Franklin pitches 7 innings for the Brewers. Edgar Renteria knocks in the game’s first run in the 8thwith the first of 2 RBIs. He finishes with 82 RBIs, the highest for a Bird SS since Doc Lavan’s 82 in 1921. Albert Pujols has no RBIs, but finishes with 127, one behind NL leader Lance Berkman. Pujols is the first batter since Ted Williams in 1939–40 to drive in more than 250 runs in his first two seasons in the majors. Pujols drove in 257 runs in his first two campaigns. Just 4 big–leaguers have posted 250 or more RBIs in their first two years in the majors. Joe DiMaggio holds the record with 292 ribbies in his first two; Dale Alexander with 272, is in 2ndplace.

The Florida Marlins report their second–largest crowd of the year—28,599—thanks to the purchase of 18,000 tickets by an unnamed fan. Thus the Marlins end the season with an attendance mark of 813,118 just ahead of the Expos reported 812,545. The Marlins reward the fans with a 4–3, 10th-inning win over the Phillies. Luis Castillo, with 3 stolen bases in the game, scores from 3B on a foul fly. He finishes the year with 48 steal, high in the NL. The Marlins finish below .500 again, and have only finished above .500 in 1997, when they won the WS. The Phils (80-81) finish below .500 for the 14thtime in 16 years.

The Cubs fire manager Bruce Kimm, who took over from Don Baylor on July 5. Kimm requested that the announcement be made prior to the game, a 7–3 Cubs win. Kerry Wood (12-12) strikes out 9 in 6 innings, and the Cub relievers add 6 more. The Cubs end the season leading the majors in strikeouts by batters (1,269) and pitchers (1,333), the first team to accomplish the feat since Boston (UA) in 1884. Sammy Sosa hits his 49thto lead the NL; it is 499th career homer (45 have come in starts by Wood). Pluses for the Bucs include 2 homers, one by Tony Alvarez, his first in the majors. Josh Fogg (12-12) sets a modern club record for starts by a rookie (33); Sam Leever had 39 in 1899.

30thThe Devil Rays and Tigers both fire their managers, with Hal McRae leaving Tampa Bay and Luis Pujols exiting from Detroit.

OCTOBER

1st  The Yankees score 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to come from behind and defeat the Angels, 8–5, in the first game of their division series. Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, Bernie Williams, and Rondell White all homer for NY while Troy Glaus hits a pair of HRs for Anaheim. Steve Karsay gets the win in relief. This is the Angels first time in the playoffs since 1986, but hey face the same starting pitcher today as they did in their last playoff appearance: Roger Clemens.

The Cardinals pound Randy Johnson for 6 runs in 6 innings and go on to defeat Arizona, 12–2, in the opener of their division series. Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen homer for St. Louis while Matt Morris gets the victory.

In a sloppily played game, the Twins bounce back from a 5–1 deficit to beat Oakland by a score of 7–5 in their division series opener. Corey Koskie and Doug Mientkiewicz go deep for Minnesota and Brad Radke gets credit for the win.

The Mets fire manager Bobby Valentine. In Texas, the Rangers do the same to manager Jerry Narron.

2ndThe Angels even their series with the Yankees at 1 game apiece by coming from behind to take an 8–6 decision. Anaheim gets HRs from Tim Salmon, Garret Anderson, Troy Glaus, and Scott Spiezio while Alfonso Soriano and Derek Jeter stroke round–trippers for NY. Francisco Rodriguez gets his first ML win in relief.

The Giants shock the Braves by pounding Tom Glavine for 6 runs in 5 innings on their way to an 8–5 win in the first game of their division series. Gary Sheffield and Javy Lopez homer in the 8th to make the game close, but Robb Nen comes in to save the game for starter Russ Ortiz.

The Athletics pummel the Twins, 9–1, to even their division series at 1 game each. Christian Guzman homers for Minnesota’s run while Eric Chavez hits a round–tripper for Oakland. Mark Mulder gets the win with 6 strong innings for the A’s.

The Brewers fire manager Jerry Royster.

Alex Cabrera hits his 55th HR of the season, off Osaka reliever Akira Okamoto, to tie the Japanese League record set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 and matched by Tuffy Rhodes last year. Like Rhodes, Cabrera will see few good pitches for the remaining games.

3rdThe Cardinals take a commanding 2 games to none lead in their series with the Diamondbacks by eking out a 2–1 victory. JD Drew homers for St. Louis and Jeff Fassero gets the win in relief.

The Braves defeat the Giants, 7–3, to even their series at 1 game apiece. Kevin Millwood hurls 6 strong innings for the victory while Javy Lopez and Vinny Castilla support his pitching with HRs. Rich Aurilia, Barry Bonds, and JD Snow all homer in a losing cause for SF.

4thThe Yankees blow a 6–1 lead as the Angels bounce back for a 9–6 victory and a 2-to-1 game lead in their division series. Tim Salmon and Adam Kennedy homer for Anaheim and Francisco Rodriguez again gets the win in relief.

The A’s hit 4 HRs and Barry Zito hurls the club to a 6–3 win over the Twins to give Oakland a 2 games to 1 lead in their division series. Ray Durham hits an inside–the–park homer to open the game and Scott Hatteberg follows with another round–tripper. Jermaine Dye and Terrance Long also homer for Oakland.

5thThe Angels shock the Yankees by scoring 8 runs in the 5th inning and going on to a 9–5 victory. The win give Anaheim its first postseason series victory ever, as they win their divisional matchup, 3 games to 1. Shawn Wooten homers for Anaheim while Jorge Posada adds a round–tripper for NY. Jarrod Washburn gets the victory for the Angels.

The Cardinals oust the defending world champion Diamondbacks by taking a 6–3 win to sweep into the NLCS. David Dellucci and Rod Barajas homer for Arizona, but it’s not enough to stop St. Louis. Jeff Fassero picks up his second win of the series in relief.

The Braves take a 2–1 lead in their series with SF by pounding the Giants, 10–2. Keith Lockhart homers for Atlanta and Barry Bonds for SF. Greg Maddux goes the first 6 innings for the victory.

The Twins even their series with the A’s behind Eric Milton, winning by a score of 11–2. Doug Mientkiewicz homers for Minnesota and Miguel Tejada for Oakland.

6thThe Twins defeat the A’s, 5–4, to take their division series and move on to the ALCS against the Anaheim Angels. Brad Radke wins his second game of the series for Minnesota while being backed by AJ Pierzynski’s HR. Ray Durham and Mark Ellis homer for Oakland in a losing cause. The Twins win comes one month to the day after they ended Oakland’s 20–game winning streak.

The Giants even their division series at 2 games apiece by defeating the Braves, 8–3. Livan Hernandez gets the win while Tom Glavine takes his second loss in the series. Rich Aurilia homers for SF.

7thThe Giants beat the Braves, 3–1, to move on to the NLCS against St. Louis. Russ Ortiz gets his second win of the series while Barry Bonds hits HR number 3.

8thThe Twins take the opener of the ALCS, defeating the Angels, 2–1, behind 8 innings of 4–hit pitching by Joe Mays. Corey Koskie and AJ Pierzynski drove in runs for Minnesota.

9thThe Angels jump out to a 4–0 lead then hold on to defeat the Twins, 6–3, to even the ALCS at a game apiece. Russ Ortiz’s pitching is backed by HRs by Darin Erstad and Brad Fullmer.

Kirk Reuter hurls the Giants to a 9–6 win over the Cardinals in the opener of the NLCS. Kenny Lofton, Benito Santiago, and David Bell homer for SF while Albert Pujols, Miguel Cairo, and JD Drew connect for St. Louis.

The Tigers name Alan Trammell as their new manager.

10thThe Giants take a 2–games–to–0 lead in the NLCS with a 4–1 win over the Cardinals. Jason Schmidt pitches shutout ball into the 8th inning while SS Rich Aurilia drives home 3 of SF’s runs with a pair of HRs.

11thThe Angels defeat the Twins, 2–1, to take the lead in the ALCS. Troy Glaus’ 8th inning HR is the deciding blow. Jarrod Washburn hurls 7 strong innings for Anaheim, with Francisco Rodriguez getting the win in relief.

The Rangers sign Buck Showalter as their new manager, giving him a four-year contract.

12thThree Cardinals HRs help St. Louis to a 5–4 win over the Giants, who lead their NLCS by 2 games to 1. Jim Edmonds, Eli Marerro, and Mike Matheny clout round–trippers for the Cards while Barry Bonds adds one for SF. Chuck Finley gets the win for St. Louis.

The Angels take a commanding 3–games–to–1 lead over the Twins in the ALCS with a 7–1 victory. Rookie John Lackey hurls 7 3–hit shutout innings for Anaheim to get the win. Brad Fullmer and Bengie Molina each drive in a pair of runs for the Angels.

13thThe Angels score 10 runs in the 7th inning on their way to a 13–5 win over the Twins to give Anaheim its first pennant in the team’s history. Adam Kennedy is the hero for Anaheim with 3 HRs and 7 RBIs. Scott Spiezio also homers for the Angels, with Francisco Rodriguez getting the win in relief.

The Giants defeat the Cardinals, 4–3, to move within 1 game of the World Series. Benito Santiago’s 2–run HR in the 8th inning is the deciding blow. Tim Worrell wins the game in relief for the Giants.

14thThe Giants beat the Cardinals, 2–1, to take the NLCS and move on to the World Series against Anaheim. Kenny Lofton’s base hit in the bottom of the 9th scores David Bell with the winning run. Tim Worrell gets the win in relief for SF.

19thThe Giants take the WS opener with a 4–3 win over the Angels. Barry Bonds, Reggie Sanders, and JT Snow homer for SF as Jason Schmidt gets the win. Troy Glaus hits a pair of round–trippers for Anaheim.

20thThe Angels even the Series with an 11–10 win over the Giants. Tim Salmon goes 4–4 with 2 homers and 4 RBIs for Anaheim. Reggie Sanders, David Bell, Jeff Kent, and Barry Bonds connect for SF. Postseason sensation Francisco Rodriguez gets the win in relief.

22ndThe Angels pound out 16 hits in a 10–4 win over the Giants. Ramon Ortiz goes 5 innings for the victory. Rich Aurilia and Barry Bonds homer for SF while Scott Spiezio drives in 3 runs for Anaheim.

Cleveland 1B Jim Thome is announced as the winner of the 2002 Roberto Clemente Award for excellence on and off the field.

23rdDavid Bell drives home a run in the bottom half of the 8th inning to lead the Giants to a 4–3 victory to even the Series at two games apiece. Troy Glaus homers for Anaheim and Tim Worrell gets the win in relief for the Giants.

24thThe Giants stroke 16 hits in a 16–4 rout of Anaheim in Game 5 of the WS. Jeff Kent hits a pair of HRs and drives home 4 runs for the Giants while Rich Aurilia also hits a round–tripper. Chad Zerbe gets the win in relief.

26thWith the Giants leading 5–0 after 6 1/2 innings, the Angels score 3 runs in the 7th and 3 more in the 8th to come away with a 6–5 victory that evens the Series at 3 games apiece. Scott Spiezio hits a 3–run homer for Anaheim while Darin Erstad also connects. Brendan Donnelly gets the win in relief. Shawon Dunston and Barry Bonds homer for SF.

27thThe Angels win their first WS ever as they defeat the Giants, 4–1, in Game 7. Rookie John Lackey gets the Series–clinching win. Garret Anderson’s bases loaded double in the 3rd inning scores 3 runs for Anaheim. Troy Glaus is named Series MVP.

28thThe Mets name former Oakland manager Art Howe as their new skipper.

Lou Piniella is named manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Mariners send SS Antonio Perez to Tampa Bay for OF Randy Winn as part of the compensation package.

29th  The Athletics name coach Ken Macha as their new manager, replacing Art Howe.

The Indians name Eric Wedge as their new manager. At 35, he is the youngest manager in the ML.

The Brewers name Ned Yost as their new manager.

31stThe Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association votes 9–6 to prohibit the use of metal bats in the state high school tournament in 2003. Twenty five of 40 leagues will switch to wood for the regularly season. The state is the first to outlaw metal bats.

NOVEMBER

4th  Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Eric Hinske is named Rookie of the Year in the AL, and Rockies pitcher Jason Jennings is named the NL’s top Rookie. Hinske, 25, was acquired from Oakland in the Billy Koch deal, and hit .279 with 24 homers. He had 122 points to finish ahead of Orioles pitcher Rodrigo Lopez (15–9) with 97 points. Jennings had 150 points to runner–up Brad Wilkerson with 59 points. Jennings was 4–1 in 2001, and posted a 16–8 record this season, including 9–4 at Coors Field. He is the first Rockie to win the award.

5th  Arizona’s Randy Johnson wins the NL Cy Young Award, his 5th overall and 4th in a row. Johnson is the first NL player since the Mets’ Dwight Gooden to win the pitching triple crown, going 24–5 with a 2.37 ERA and 334 strikeouts. He led the major leagues in strikeouts for the ninth time.

The Silver Slugger Award–winners are announced. Barry Bonds and Mike Piazza win their 10th awards.

6th  Oakland’s 24-year–old Barry Zito wins the AL Cy Young Award.

Anaheim’s Mike Scoscia wins the AL Manager of the Year award while St. Louis’ Tony LaRussa takes NL honors.

The Giants announce that manager Dusty Baker won’t be returning with the team.

11thBarry Bonds wins his record 5th MVP award, becoming the unanimous choice of the baseball writers.

12thOakland SS Miguel Tejada wins the AL MVP award. Texas’ Alex Rodriguez finishes second in the voting.

13th  The Diamondbacks trade C Damian Miller to the Cubs for P David Noyce and OF Gary Johnson.

The Giants announce Felipe Alou as their new manager.

The AL Gold Glove winners are announced. Three Mariners—Bret Boone, John Olerud, and Ichiro Suzuki—take awards.

14thThe NL Gold Glove winners are announced. Braves P Greg Maddux wins his 13th straight award.

15th  The Mariners name Bob Melvin as their new manager.

The Cubs name Dusty Baker as their new manager, signing him to a four-year deal.

16thIn a swap of large contracts, the Rockies trade P Mike Hampton and OF Juan Pierre to the Marlins for OF Preston Wilson, C Charles Johnson, P Vic Darensbourg, and IF Pablo Ozuna. It is the start of a three-way deal.

Oakland deals P Cory Lidle to Toronto for minor leaguers IF Mike Rouse and P Chris Mowday.

18thThe Marlins send P Mike Hampton to the Braves. In return, they obtain the young arms of Tim Spooneybarger and Ryan Baker. Spooneybarger had a 2.63 ERA in 51 games as a 22-year–old rookie (he also pitched in 4 games in 2001). Baker, 24, had a 3.72 ERA in class A.

When the financial dust clears, the cash-strapped Rockies move a 6-year $84.5 million commitment they had to Hampton, plus the three-year $6.6 million commitment they had to Pierre. In return they take on $1.1 million due Darensbourg, a three-year $25 million commitment to Johnson as well as a three-year $28 million contract of Wilson. They also will pay Atlanta $11 million left on Hampton’s contract. Colorado saves $26 million over the next 6 years.  Florida agrees to pay $34 million on Hampton’s contract and takes on Pierre’s contract. The net savings to Florida is $13.5 million. The Braves have Hampton for 6 years at a cost of $39.5 million.

22nd  A Diamondbacks–Rockies trade falls apart when Matt Williams chooses to remain in Arizona, so he wouldn’t have to move his children. Larry Walker also wouldn’t agree to the Diamondbacks’ desire to defer some of his salary.

Astros RF Richard Hidalgo is shot in the left forearm during a carjacking in Venezuela. He is released from the hospital and is expected to go to Houston for more tests.

25thDetroit sends 1B Randall Simon to Pittsburgh for minor league P Adrian Burnside and a pair of minor leagues to be named.

The Red Sox sign 28-year–old Theo Epstein as their new general manager. He becomes the youngest GM in ML history.

26thThe Cubs obtain C Paul Bako from the Braves.

29th  The Reds and Padres reach an agreement to trade Ken Griffey, Jr. for Phil Nevin, but Nevin, with a no–trade clause in his contract, nixes the deal. He says he would only agree to a trade to a West Coast team that trains in Arizona. Griffey tore a tendon in his knee during the first week, setting up another season limited by leg injuries. He also pulled a hamstring and strained hip muscles, limiting him to 70 games, a .264 average, 8 homers and 23 RBIs. In a week, the White Sox will turn down an offer of Griffey for Magglio Ordonez.

DECEMBER

2ndIn the biggest free-agent signing this year, the Phillies sign Indians 1B Jim Thome to a 6-year contract.

The Cubs sign free agent P Mike Remlinger to a three-year $10 million contract.

In support of a national strike, the Venezuelan professional league suspends its games.  Many of the 8 teams in the league belong to news media owners opposed to President Hugo Chavez. When the strike continues, the league will cancel its season on January 13.

3rdThe Athletics send P Billy Koch and two minor leaguers to the White Sox in exchange for P Keith Foulke, C Mark Johnson, minor league P Joe Valentine, and cash.

The Dodgers trade 1B Eric Karros, 2B Mark Grudzielanek and cash to the Cubs. In return, they get C Randy Hundley and OF Chad Hermansen.

6th  In a sinister move, the Yankees offer the same two-year $4.6 million contract to three lefty relievers—Mike Stanton, Mark Guthrie and Chris Hammond—and give each 15 minutes to decide. Hammond, 37, signs for $4.8 million over 2 years. Hammond, out of baseball for 2 years, had a remarkable season, posting a .095 ERA in 63 games and did not allow an earned run after June 28. He is the 3rdpitcher since 1900 to post a sub–one ERA while pitching 70+ innings. The veteran Stanton doesn’t bother to respond to the step–child treatment and, preferring to remain in the New York area, will sign a three-year contract with the Mets in a week.

The Indians send C Einar Diaz and P Ryan Drese to the Rangers in exchange for P Aaron Myette and 1B Travis Hafner. Indians GM Mark Shapiro denies that the trade is “Jim Thome-motivated.” In his last 4 minor league seasons, Hafner has averaged .316, 23 homers, and 93 RBIs.

The MLB Players Association agrees to allow the Montreal Expos to play 22 home games in Puerto Rico next summer.

7th  The Giants sign free agent 2B Ray Durham to a three-year contract.

10thThe Devil Rays sell 1B Steve Cox to the Yokohama Bay Stars, pending Cox clearing waivers.

11thThe Brewers sign free agent SS Royce Clayton to a contract.

12thThe Red Sox get 2B Todd Walker from the Rockies in return for 2 minor leaguers to be named.

The Yankees sign free agent P Chris Hammond to a two-year contract.

The Elias Sports Bureau announces that Anaheim OF Darin Erstad set the AL record for consecutive errorless chances for an OF this season and didn’t know it at the time.

13thThe Cardinals sign free agent P Chris Carpenter to a contract.

15thA four way trade is announced at the winter meetings in Nashville. The A’s get 1B Erubiel Durazo from the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks get P Elmer Dessens, who sported the 5thbest ERA (3.03) in the NL, from the Reds. The Reds get SS Felipe Lopez from the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays get Jason Arnold from Oakland.

The Red Sox acquire Jeremy Giambi from the Phillies for P Josh Hancock, 24, For Giambi, it is his 3rduniform this year.

The Mets trade slick fielding SS Rey Ordonez to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for two minor leaguers to be named. The Mets also throw in $4.25 million to help offset Ordonez’s $6.25 million salary. Ordonez, who had called the Mets fans “stupid”, departs as 3B Edgardo Alfonzo signs a four-year deal with the Giants, opening up the left side of the Mets infield.  Nineteen-year–old Jose Reyes, the Mets top prospect, is expected to have first shot at the shortstop’s job.

The Padres traded P Brett Tomko to the Cardinals for P Luther Hackman and a player to be named later.

The Pirates agree to terms with free agent OF Matt Stairs.

The Giants announce that free agent 3B Edgardo Alfonso has agreed to a four-year deal.

16thThe Mets agree to terms on a three-year contract with free agent P Mike Stanton.

The Braves obtain P Ray King from the Brewers in exchange for IF Wes Helms and P John Foster.

The Cardinals sign free agent C Joe Girardi to a contract.

The Orioles sign free agent SS Deivi Cruz to a contract.

The Padres sign free agent IF Mark Loretta to a contract.

The Ortizes move. The Twins released !B David Ortiz yesterday and today the Giants trade P Russ Ortiz to the Braves for P Damian Moss and minor league P Manuel Mateo.

17thThe Braves sign free agent P Paul Byrd to a two-year contract.

The Cubs sign free agent OF Troy O’Leary to a one-year contract for $750,000.

18thThe Astros sign free agent 2B Jeff Kent to a two-year, $18.2 million contract, with a $9 million option for 2005. Kent will play 2B and all–star second baseman Craig Biggio will move to the OF.

The Red Sox sign free agent P Mike Timlin to a contract.

The Yankees sign free agent 3B Todd Zeile to a contract.

The Rangers sign free agent OF Doug Glanville.

19thThe Yankees sign Japanese OF Hideki Matsui to a three-year contract.

20thThe Mets sign free agent OF Cliff Floyd to a four-year contract.

The Braves trade P Kevin Millwood to the Phillies for C Johnny Estrada.Meanwhile, according to Braves GM John Schuerholz, “The economics in baseball stink. The economics stink, and if this isn’t a clear enough signal to the doubters and naysayers, to be forced to trade an 18–game winner to your arch enemy . . .  The economics stink.”

The Cubs sign free agent P Shawn Estes.

The White Sox sign free agent C Sandy Alomar.

The Blue Jays sign free agent SS Mike Bordick to a contract.

22nd  The Rangers sign free agent P Ugueth Urbina to a contract.

The Blue Jays sign free agent P Tanyon Sturtze.

24thThe Yankees agree to terms on a four-year contract with Cuban P Jose Contreras.

The Red Sox sign free agent P Chad Fox to a contract.

The A’s sign free agent OF Chris Singleton.

The Padres sign free agent P Jay Witasick to a two-year contract.

25thIn a meeting with baseball commissioner Bud Selig in Milwaukee, Pete Rose admits that he bet on baseball. “Four or five times a week, but never against my own team, and I never made any bets from the clubhouse,” says Pete. The account of this conversation will be in Rose’s book, published in January 2004.

26thThe Rangers sign free agent P Esteban Yan to a contract.

27thThe Mets sign free agent SS Rey Sanchez to a contract.

29thThe Red Sox sign free agent P Ramiro Mendoza to a two-year contract.

Cinergy Field, the former Riverfront Stadium, is demolished. The former home of the Cincinnati Reds was opened in 1970. The site will become the western concourse of Great American Ball Park and will include the Reds’ Hall of Fame when it opens in 2004.

30thThe Angels sign free agent OF Eric Owens to a contract.

The Blue Jays sign free agent OF Frank Catalanotto.

  • 2003

JANUARY

2ndThe Orioles sign free agent P Omar Daal to a two-year contract. He will go 4-11 in his one year in Baltimore.

The Cubs sign free agent IF Ramon Martinez to a contract.

3rdThe Cubs sign free agent P Dave Veres.

The Mariners sign free agent IF Glenn Colbrunn to a two-year contract.

The Rangers sign free agent P John Thomson to a contract.

6thThe Braves sign free agent OF/1B/C Robert Fick to a contract.

The Cardinals sign free agent pitchers Joey Hamilton and Al Levine.

7thEddie Murray and Gary Carter are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers. Murray is the sixth switch-hitting position player in Cooperstown, joining Mantle, Frisch, Carey, Schoendienst and Bancroft.

The Rockies sign free agent 3B Chris Stynes to a contract.

The Royals sign free agent P Albie Lopez to a contract.

8thThe Red Sox agree on a two-year contract with free agent 3B Bill Mueller.

9thThe Indians sign free agent OF Shane Spencer to a contract. He will have a solid half-year in Cleveland and get traded in July to Texas.

The Marlins sign free agent OF Todd Hollandsworth to a contract.

10thThe Royals sign free agent IF Desi Relaford to a two-year contract.

The Marlins sign free agent OF Gerald Williams to a contract.

The Brewers sign free agent P Dave Mlicki to a contract.

11thThe Marlins obtain P Mark Redman from the Tigers in a deal involving 4 other pitchers. The Marlins also get Jason Fuell while Detroit picks up Gary Knotts, Nate Robertson, and Rob Henkel.

12thThe Mets sign free agent OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo to a contract.

The Reds sign free agent P Paul Wilson to a two-year contract.

13thThe Braves sign free agent P Mike Venafro to a contract.

14thThe Brewers sign free agent P Todd Ritchie to a contract.

The Yankees sign and officially introduce Hideki Matsui, a three-time MVP of Japan’s Central League for the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants. The power-hitting outfielder agreed last month to a $21 million, three-year contract. Today’s news conference is called the biggest in the Yankees 100-year history. Duly impressed, ML Baseball asks the Yanks tomorrow to consider opening the season in Japan.

15thIn a 3-team deal, the White Sox obtain 20-game winner Bartolo Colon from the Expos. The Yankees send P Orlando Hernandez and $2 million to Chicago for pitchers Antonio Osuna and Delvis Lantigua. The Sox then send Hernandez, P Rocky Biddle, OF Jeff Liefer, and cash to Montreal for Colon and minor league IF Jorge Nunez. The durable Colon will become the last Expo active in the majors.

The Rangers sign free agent P Ismael Valdes to a contract.

The White Sox sign free agent OF Armando Rios to a contract.

16thThe Orioles sign free agent P Kerry Ligtenberg to a contract.

The Phillies sign free agent IF Tyler Houston.

The Cubs sign free agent P Mark Guthrie to a contract.

The Mariners sign free agent OF/1B John Mabry to a contract.

Alex Rodriguez is announced as the winner of the first annual Ted Williams Award for being the best hitter in the majors in 2002.

The Mariners announce they will open the 2003 season with a 2-game series against the A’s in Tokyo, Japan.

17thThe A’s sign free agent P John Halama to a contract.

In an effort to make the All-Star Game more meaningful, baseball owners decide unanimously to give the winner of the game the home field advantage in the World Series. The players, who are against the idea, must still agree to the plan.

19thThe Rockies agree to contract terms with free agent IF Jose Hernandez and P Steve Reed.

20thThe White Sox sign free agent P Tom Gordon to a contract.

The Cardinals sign free agent P Dustin Hermanson to a contract.

22ndThe Marlins sign free agent C Ivan Rodriguez to a contract.

The Red Sox sign free agent 1B David Ortiz, who had been released by the Twins last month, to a contract. Minnesota thought they would lose in arbitration and, after six years of solid but not spectacular play from the slugger, they released him. Welcome to Fenway.

The San Diego Padres’ new ballpark will be called PETCO Park after the pet supply company agreed to a naming rights deal worth more than $60 million over 22 years. PETCO was founded in San Diego in 1965. The ballpark is scheduled to be completed by opening day 2004. PETA, an animal rights group, protests the name.

23rdThe Yankees sign free agent P Jon Lieber to a two-year contract. Recovering from arm surgery, Lieber is not expected to pitch till 2004.

The Braves sign free agent P Roberto Hernandez to a contract.

25thThe Dodgers obtain OF Daryle Ward from the Astros in exchange for minor league P Ruddy Lugo.

28thA federal judge tosses out a lawsuit by baseball umpires, ruling that disciplining union head John Hirschbeck is not subject to arbitration. Hirschbeck was sent a warning letter last May 10 by the commissioner’s office, saying that during an April 28 game in Cincinnati he told plate umpire Mark Carlson not to issue a warning to Cincinnati’s Gabe White after a pitch sailed over the head of San Francisco’s Barry Bonds. In addition, baseball said its computerized umpire evaluation system showed “a high percentage of missed calls of balls and strikes” by Hirschbeck in a game on May 4. A union lawyer said last summer that the dispute wasn’t over discipline of Hirschbeck, but was about management’s reliance on the Questec computerized evaluation system, which the union claims is inaccurate.

The Giants sign free agent OF Jose Cruz Jr. to a contract.

31stThe Chicago White Sox announce that Comiskey Park will now be known as U.S. Cellular Field under a 23-year deal with the wireless service provider that will pay the White Sox $68 million over 20 years. The Sox say a major difference from most stadium sponsorship deals is that the revenue from the naming rights will be used for changes within the ballpark they say will enhance the enjoyment of the game for the fan.

Umpire Bruce Froemming is handed a 10-day suspension without pay and will miss a trip to work the major league opener in Tokyo for using an anti-Semitic slur. Baseball’s most senior crew chief made the remark about umpiring administrator Cathy Davis after talking to officials regarding his travel arrangements to Japan. Thinking the phone was disconnected. He referred to her as a “stupid Jew bitch.” “I’m sincerely sorry,” Froemming said. “I made a stupid remark and I accept my punishment. I’ve apologized to Ms. Davis. There was no anti-Semitism whatsoever on my part.”

FEBRUARY

2ndThe Cardinals sign free agent OF Orlando Palmeiro to a contract.

The Red Sox announce that Jackie Robinson will be nominated for the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his achievements as the first black player in modern major league baseball.

5thUmpire John Hirschbeck the head of the umpires’ union, is given a 10-day suspension for reportedly making personal threats to Rob Manfred, executive vice president for labor relations in the commissioner’s office. He is the second umpire in less than a week to be given a 10-day suspension because of inappropriate comments. Hirschbeck got into a heated telephone conversation with Manfred last month and made personal threats against him. Hirschbeck was upset that an acquaintance was one of 26 baseball employees laid off on January 22.

7thThe Devil Rays sign free agent 1B Travis Lee.

8thThe Dominican Republic’s Cibao Eagles defeat Puerto Rico to win the Caribbean Series.

14thIn a letter to the World Umpires Association, baseball says that umpires whose calls do not match Questec at least 90 percent of the time will be judged as not meeting standards. In response next month, 47 of 68 umpires sign a statement expressing no confidence in the QuesTec system.

15thThe Marlins sell Kevin Millar to the Red Sox for $1.2 million, along with an additional $300,000 that will go to charity. This ends the bizarre episode which began when the Marlins sold Millar to the Japan’s Chunichi Dragons for $1.2 million for Millar’s rights last month. A pro forma waiver request was interrupted when the Red Sox claimed Millar.

17thOrioles pitcher Steve Bechler dies less than 24 hours after being forced to leave a spring training workout due to heatstroke. His death is tied to an over-the-counter supplement, which contains the stimulant Ephedrine.

The Braves re-signed P Greg Maddux to a one-year, $14.75 million contract, which avoids salary arbitration.

21stHall of Fame P Sandy Koufax severs ties with his former team because of a gossip item hinting that Koufax is gay that appeared in the New York Post, a newspaper owned by the Dodgers’ team ownership.

25thThe Pirates sign free agent OF Reggie Sanders to a contract, his 6thNL team in 6 years.

26thThe Veterans Committee does not vote anyone into the Hall of Fame for the first time since 1993. Gil Hodges is the top vote-getter, falling 11 votes shy of winning election.

27thMajor league baseball formally bans the drug Ephedrine from use by all minor league players not on a major league 40-man roster.

MARCH

10thThe Yankees fine P David Wells $100,000 for comments in his autobiography that the team feels tarnishes the club’s image.

Sixteen members of the White Sox want to refuse to take steroid test, but are talked out of it by a few veteran players. By refusing they would register as failing and the players wanted to try to inflate the failure rate. If at least 5% of the players test positive, mandatory testing will continue through 2005.

Damian Costantino of Division III Salve Regina singles against Mount Union to extend his hitting streak to an NCAA-record 59 games. Robin Ventura held the old mark of 58 games in a row.

11thMajor league baseball announces that approximately 1,000 games will be broadcast on the Internet this season.

13thThe Twins sign free agent P Kenny Rogers to a contract.

Former major league C Bob Uecker is picked for the Ford C. Frick Award, and will be inducted into the announcer’s wing of the Hall of Fame in July.

14thThe Pirates sign free agent OF Kenny Lofton to a contract.

18thCommissioner Bud Selig announces that major league baseball will cancel its season-opening series March 25-26 at the Tokyo Dome between the Mariners and A’s because of the war with Iraq. “Given the uncertainty that now exists throughout the world, we believe the safest course of action for the players involved and the many staff personnel who must work the games is to reschedule the opening series,” Selig said. “It would be unfair and terribly unsettling for them to be half a world away.” The games are rescheduled for April 3 and June 30 in Oakland.

19thThe Yankees trade OF Rondell White to the Padres in exchange for OF Bubba Trammell and P Mark Phillips.

21stThe Baltimore Orioles trade 1B Chris Richard to the Colorado Rockies for OF Jack Cust.

24thThe Devil Rays send OF Jason Conti to the Brewers for switch-hitting C Javier Valentin.

The Expos obtain minor leaguer Edwards Guzman and P Livan Hernandez and from the Giants in exchange for P Jim Brower and a player to be named. The trade reunites Livan with his older brother, Orlando, otherwise known as “El Duque.” The brothers last played together on the Cuban National team. A week from now, assault charges against Livan for an incident in Miami where he swung golf clubs at a 65-year-old man will be dropped. He will attend anger management classes and perform community service.

27thOn Ebay, the online auction house, a 1976 World Series ring, given to Reds pitcher Will McEnaney, is sold for $6500.01. It is believed to be the first sale on Ebay of a non-replica WS ring.

28thThe Tigers release 2B Damion Easley, setting a major league record for the most expensive player to be released. He has $14.3 million left on his contract and he breaks the record set earlier in the month by Greg Vaughn, he has $9.3 million left on his deal. Easley will ink a deal in 5 days to play for the Marlins.

The Orioles claim INF Jose Morban off waivers from the Twins and release INFs Jeff Reboulet and John Valentin.

30thThe Texas Rangers, powered by 3 HRs, defeat the World Champion Anaheim Angels, 6-3, to open the 2003 season. Michael Young’s 3-run blast in the 4th inning is the big blow, as Ismael Valdes picks up the win.

31stThe Pirates stroke 3 homers in a 6-run 2nd inning on their way to a 10-1 victory over the Reds in the Opener at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Reggie Sanders, Kenny Lofton, and Jason Kendall homer in the frame for Pittsburgh. Ken Griffey Jr.’s first inning double is the first hit in the new ballpark.

The Cubs pound out 16 hits in defeating the Mets, 15-2, for the most lopsided opening day win since 1951. Corey Patterson has 4 hits, including a pair of HRs, and 7 RBIs to lead the way for Chicago.

The Royals defeat the White Sox, 3-0, as Runelvys Hernandez combines with 2 relievers on the 3-hit shutout. KC manager Tony Pena had flipped a coin to see whether Hernandez or Jeremy Affeldt would receive the honor of making the opening day start.

The Devil Rays score 5 runs in the bottom half of the 9th inning to defeat the Red Sox, 6-4. Carl Crawford’s 2-out, 3-run blast gives manager Lou Piniella a win in his debut as Tampa Bay’s manager. Rocco Baldelli debuts with a single and will run off a batting streak of 13 games, 4 short of the record to start a ML career.

At the SkyDome, Alfonso Soriano pounds a 6th-inning grand slam, off Roy Halladay, as the Yankees defeat the Blue Jays, 8-4, in the Opener. Roger Clemens allows no runs in 6 innings for New York. But it is a costly win for the Bombers as they lose Derek Jeter for 6 weeks after the star is injured in the 3rdinning. Jeter draws a walk and when the Jays overshift for Giambi, Jeter tries to take an extra base on an infield out. He slides into 3B just as catcher Ken Huckaby arrives. Huckaby takes a high throw from 1B Carlos Delgado and when he lands his knee and shin guard hit Jeter’s right shoulder, separating it.  Jeter will miss 39 games.

Runelvys Hernandez wins a coin flip over Jeremy Affeldt to be the Opening Day pitcher for the Royals. Hernandez pitches 6 innings as Kansas City beats the White Sox, 3–0.

At Camden Yards, Ellis Burks’s 3rdinning fly ball gets lost in a snow squall and lands near Oriole RF Jay Gibbons for an RBI single. Omar Vizquel scores from second base for the Indians. Play is stopped for 13 minutes as Orioles manager Mike Hargrove argues unsuccessfully that the run should not count. Both teams score in the 12thinning before the Orioles win it, 6-5, in the 13th.

Hideo Nomo stops Arizona on 4 hits and the Dodgers win, 8-0. Arizona’s Oscar Villarreal makes his ML debut entering the game midbatter in the 8th after Brett Prinz hurts his groin. Villarreal throws one strike to get the strikeout and gets lifted the next inning.

APRIL

1st      The Yankees defeat the Blue Jays, 9-7, as Toronto SS Mike Bordick’s record streak for games without an error ends at 110. He booted Bubba Trammell’s grounder in the 3rd inning for his first error after 544 chances without a miscue.

At Qualcomm Stadium, Barry Bonds hits his first homer of the year, and three teammates go deep, as the Giants beat the Padres, 8-1.  Bonds also draws a walk to set a NL record of 20 straight games (going back to 2002) in which he is walked. The ML record is 22 games, set by Roy Cullenbine in 1947.

Kevin Millar hits a homer in the 16th inning to give the Boston Red Sox to a 9-8 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Millar, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the 14th, lines a 1-2 pitch into the left-field seats off loser Jorge Sosa. The Red Sox make 4 hits after the sixth inning, but blow a couple of chances to win before Millar’s homer bails out a bullpen that blows a three-run lead in the late innings for the 2nd straight night. The Devil Rays strand a club-record 21 runners.

2ndThe Angels pound the Rangers, 11-5, as Texas’s Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest player in history to hit 300 HRs with a 3-run blast in the 5th inning. Jimmie Foxx had been the youngest to accomplish the feat prior to Rodriguez.

The Detroit Tigers became the first team to have four pitchers make their major league debuts in the same game, (according to the Elias Sports Bureau). Starter Jeremy Bonderman, Wilfredo Ledezma, Chris Spurling and Matt Roney all appear in their first ML games for the Tigers, who lose 8-1 to the Minnesota Twins.

The Cubs P Matt Clement fires 3 wild pitches in the 1st inning of his start against the Mets. He leaves after 3 innings, due to tightness in his lower back, after giving up 3 runs in the 1stand one in the 2nd. Al Leiter is the winner, 4–1.

The Giants top the Padres, 5-3, as Marquis Grissom drives in 3 runs. Barry Bonds has no hits and, after 19 straight gamers, no walks.  The 19 straight, over two seasons, is a NL record.

3rd  With a 4–0 loss to Montreal’s Javier Vazquez, the Braves start 0-3 for the first time since they started 0-10 in1988. The team also loses back to back shutout games for the first time since 1992.

4th  The Reds defeat the Cubs, 10-9, despite Sammy Sosa’s 500th career homerun. Sosa becomes the 18th player in history to reach 500 homers. Scott Sullivan serves up the 500th.

Brad Ausmus hits a 12thinning homer to give Houston a 6-5 win over St. Louis. Jim Edmonds, with 2 homers and 2 doubles, leads the Cards, while Albert Pujols also homers.

The Mariners P Kazuhiro Sasaki ties the major-league record with 4 strikeouts in the 9th inning against the Rangers. Sasaki K’s Todd Greene, Carl Everett (who reaches on a wild pitch), Michael Young and Mike Lamb. Sasaki gets the save for Franklin in the 6–4 win over the Rangers.

5thThe Phillies pound the unbeaten Pirates, 16-1, as Jimmy Rollins gets 5 hits—including 3 doubles—and scores 4 runs.

The Royals improve their record to 5-0 with a 3-1 win over the Indians. They become the first team in ML history to begin a year with 5 straight wins after losing 100 games the previous season.

The Marlins pound out 23 hits in defeating the Braves, 17-1. Greg Maddux is pounded for 3 homers and 9 runs in 2 innings.

In a 9–7 loss to the Cubs, Reds star CF Ken Griffey, Jr. dislocates his shoulder trying to make a diving catch. He will miss 5 weeks and then finish the season in mid-July having played just 53 games. Last season he played 70. Paul Bako leads the Cubs with 4 hits and 6 RBIs.

6thThe White Sox score 9 runs in the 8th inning to rally for a 10-2 win over the Tigers. Detroit becomes the first team since the 1962-63 Mets to lose their first 6 games of the season in consecutive years.

The Pirates shut out the Phillies, 2-0, behind Kris Benson. Philadelphia’s Jim Thome goes 0-for-4, ending his streak of reaching base safely in 60 straight games, the longest streak in the majors since Mark McGwire reached base in 62 in a row in 1995-96.

Alfonso Soriano and Nick Johnson hit back-to-back homers to start the game as the Yankees beat Tampa Bay, 10-5. Rogers Clemens wins victory #295.

Shea Hillenbrand has a homer, 2 doubles, and 6 RBI to pace the Red Sox to 12–2 win over the Orioles.  Nomar Garciaparra adds a walk, double, triple, and homer, and scores 4 times as the Sox jump on nemesis Rodrigo Lopez, 4–0 versus Boston last year.

7thGary Sheffield, Chipper Jones, and Andruw Jones hit consecutive home runs in the bottom half of the 6th inning to lead Atlanta to a 3-0 victory over Florida.

John Wasdin pitches a perfect game for the Nashville Sounds in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, just the second perfecto in the 100-year history of the league. John Halama, then with the Tacoma Rainiers, pitched the first one in 2001. The 30-year-old Wasdin fires the first perfect game in the team’s 26-year history in a 4-0, 100-pitch victory over the visiting Albuquerque Isotopes at Greer Stadium. He strikes out 15.

8thAfter delaying their home opener by a day because of impending snow, the Yankees beat the Twins, 7-3, with Hideki Matsui’s grand slam the key blow in the game. Matsui becomes the first Yankee in history to hit a grand slam in his first game in Yankee Stadium. He also becomes the first to hit his first Yankee homer with the bases loaded since Horace Clarke did so in 1965. He has hit in all 7 games he’s played. The loss puts the Twins below .500 for the first time since the end of the 2000 season, a club-record span of 328 consecutive games.

The Braves got 3 consecutive HRs, from Gary Sheffield, Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones, in the 6th inning against the Marlins. It is the 2nd consecutive year that Andruw Jones is part of a back-to-back-to-back HR trio, doing it last June 11, with Vinny Castilla and Matt Franco.

Mike Methany tags out Jay Payton at the plate to send the game into extra innings, then hits a 3-run homer in the 13thto give the Cardinals a 15–12 victory over the Rockies. CF Jim Edmonds has 4 hits and 5 RBI and ties the major league record with 7 extra base hits in 2 games. He’s just the sixth to do it; the last was Larry Walker on May 22, 1996.  Todd Helton is 4-for-4 for the losers.

In a 4–2 loss to the Mets, Marlins C Ivan Rodriguez ties the modern NL record with 5 walks in a 9-inning game. The last player to do so was Vince Coleman, who like Rodriguez, had walkaphobia during his career. The Mets allow 7 walks as Al Leiter (2–0) gets the victory.

9thThe Royals send the Tigers down to their 7th straight defeat, winning by a score of 9-6. Detroit becomes just the 2nd team in history to start successive seasons with 7 straight losses (they lost their first 11 games last year). The Mets were 0-9 in 1962 and 0-8 in 1963.

10thThe Royals down the Tigers, 4-2, sending Detroit to its 8th straight defeat to start the season. Tigers’ manager Alan Trammell becomes the first new manager to begin 0-8 since Malachi Kittridge began the 1904 season at 0-13 with the Washington Senators.

The Rockies top the Cardinals, 8-7. In doing so, they turn the first triple play in team history when Orlando Palmeiro lines out to 1B Todd Helton with 2 runners going with the pitch in the 6th inning.

The Astros beat the Reds, 4-2, as Craig Biggio sets an NL record with his 31st career leadoff HR. Rookie Jeriome Robertson picks up his first ML win for Houston.

11thRookie Runelvys Hernandez becomes the majors’ first 3-game winner as KC shuts out Cleveland, 1-0, for their 8th straight win. The Royals become the first team to win their first 8 games of the season since the Cincinnati Reds did so in 1990.

Montreal defeats the Mets, 10-0, in their first of 22 home games they will play in Puerto Rico this season. Brad Wilkerson has a 3rd inning grand slam, off David Cone, one of three homers the Expos hit. Tomo Ohka allows one hit in 8 innings.

Detroit loses to the White Sox, 5-0, to become the first ML team to begin consecutive seasons with 9 straight losses.

The Brewers down Arizona, 11-7, as Geoff Jenkins has his first career 5-hit game for Milwaukee.

12thThe Expos down the Mets, 5-4. NY second baseman Roberto Alomar scores the 1,417th run of his career to move him past Roberto Clemente into first place among Puerto Rican players.

13thIs 13 bad luck? The Phillies, score all 13 of their runs in the 4th inning to set a new team mark, and trounce the Reds, 13-1. Ricky Ledee, who took over in CF when Marlon Byrd injured his knee, hit a 3-run homer in the 4th.

Kansas City loses at Cleveland, 6-1, for their first loss after 9 straight wins.

15thThe Royals rally for 4 runs in the 9th inning to pull out an 8-5 win over the White Sox. Play is temporarily halted in the 8th inning as a fan runs onto the field and attacks umpire Laz Diaz. The last time the two teams met in Chicago on September 19, two fans attacked KC 1B coach Tom Gamboa.

17thCarlos Baerga leads the Diamondbacks to an 11-2 victory over the Rockies. Baerga clouts a pair of homers and drives home a career-high 7 runs for Colorado.

At Hi Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico, Javy Lopez hits his second homer of the game, a grand slam in the 10th, to cap a 6-run inning, as the Braves top the Expos, 14-8. Lopez drives in 6.

18thThe Orioles score 8 runs in the 2nd inning and go on to defeat the Devil Rays, 9-7.

The Yankees beat the Twins, 11-4, as Yankee starting pitchers have a combined 11-0 record, tying the 1990 Milwaukee Brewers for the best start by a rotation in the last 50 years. Robin Ventura has 3 hits, including a pair of homers, to drive in 4 runs.

Bartolo Colon allows 3 runs in 9 innings against his old team the Indians as the White Sox win, 5–3. Frank breaks Luke Appling’s team record for walks when he draws 2 bases on balls, the 2ndintentional, giving him 1,303 for his 14-season career. Appling compiled 1,302 walks over 20 seasons with the Pale Hose.

19thTied at 1 apiece after 9 innings, the cubs score 5 in the 10thagainst Pittsburgh to win, 6-1. Starter Mark Prior goes 9 innings for the victory.

20thThe Yankees defeat Minnesota, 8-2. The win gives New York starting pitchers a 13-0 record, the best mark by any starting staff at the beginning of the season since 1900.

The Mets down the Marlins, 7-4, to give Art Howe his 1,000th win as manager. He is the 49th skipper to reach the milestone, and the 5th active one.

21stMinor league pitcher Jae Kuk Ryu, 20, knocks an osprey from its perch at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach before a game in the Class A Florida State League. The bird, nicknamed “Ozzy’” by fans, is blinded in its right eye  by the ball and dies six days later. Following public outcry over the mascot incident, the Cubs will demote Ryu to the Lansing Lugnuts of the lower-level Midwest League. After the season Ryu will be sentenced to serve 100 hours of public service for his bird assault. Ryu will make his ML debut in 2006.

The Yankees continue their hot start with a 15-1 win over the Twins. With David Well’s victory, the NY starting pitchers are now 14-0. The Twins have played 6 series so far and have either swept, or been swept, in all six.

The Indians defeat the White Sox, 9-2, despite a HR by Derek Lee. Lee has homered in 5 consecutive games to tie a Chicago mark. Frank Thomas was the last White Sox player to perform the feat.

22ndThe Cubs down the Padres, 7-2. San Diego pitcher Brian Lawrence ties a ML record by hitting 3 Chicago players—Alex Gonzalez, Sammy Sosa and Hee Seop Choi—with pitches in the 4th inning. All 3 score. Sosa is able to be in the lineup after having a CAT scan following a nasty beaning on the 20th, which broke his helmet.

Down 5-3 to the Indians going into the bottom of the 9th, the Mariners score 5 runs off Tribe reliever Danys Baez to win, 8-5.  Mike Cameron’s no-out walkoff grand slam caps the scoring.

The Yankees continue their winning ways with an 8-3 victory over the Angels on the 100th anniversary of their first game. New York is off to the best start in its history with a 17-3 record. The team’s starting pitchers are now 15-0 on the year.

24thKC edges Minnesota, 2-1, to become just the 10th team in ML history—and the first since the 1987 Yankees—to start the year with a 10-0 record at home.

The Phillies pound the Rockies, 9-1, with 2B Chase Utley’s grand slam being the big blow. It is Utley’s first ML hit in his 3rd AB. The last to make his first hit a grand slam was Boston’s Creighton Gubanich in 1999.

The Angels hand Andy Pettitte and the Yankees a 6-2 loss. It is the first loss for a New York starting pitcher, ending their ML-record streak of starters going 16-0 to begin the year.

25thBud Selig announces that he will step down as baseball commissioner when his term ends in December 2006. He doesn’t.

The Dodgers score 5 runs in the 9th inning to defeat the Pirates, 5-2. Pittsburgh starting P Kip Wells hits a 457-foot HR off the batter’s eye in center field, becoming only the 2nd player to reach the spot in PNC Park.

The Brewers ride Richie Sexson’s 3 HRs to a 12-5 win over the Braves. Sexson adds a double to give him a team-record 14 total bases.

The Mariners shut out the Tigers, 6-0, sending rookie P Mike Maroth to his 6th defeat. Maroth becomes just the 2nd pitcher in ML history to go 0-6 in April. Dave Stewart of Texas did so in 1984.

27thThe Diamondbacks sweep a doubleheader from the Mets, winning the first game by a score of 6-1 and the 2nd, 7-3. New York commits 8 errors in the twinbill and strikes out 27 times to set a new ML mark for futility. Arizona rookie P Brandon Webb hurls 7 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 10 in his first ML start. Webb is sent down to the minors after the game in order to allow Randy Johnson to come off the DL and pitch the 2nd contest. He strikes out 12.

The Rangers defeat the Yankees, 10-7, as Alex Rodriguez goes 5-5 and drives in 6 runs. Rodriguez has a pair of doubles in his 3rd career 5-hit game.

The Cardinals outlast the Marlins, 7-6, in 20 innings. It is the ML’s first 20-inning game sine 1993. St. Louis scores 3 runs in the 9thand the Marlins hit 3 homers and plate 5 to tie.  Tino Martinez has 5 hits for the Birds. Fernando Vina is 1-for-10 for St. Louis but his single in the 20thdrives in the go-ahead run.

In Anaheim, David Ortiz and Jason Veritek homer in the 14thinning and Boston beats the Angels, 6-4. Mickey Callaway serves up both dingers.

The Phillies beat the Giants, 1-0, as Kevin Millwood pitches the first no-hitter of the season, and only the 2nd in the 33-year history of Veterans Stadium. He strikes out 10 while walking three. Ricky Ledee has 2 of the Phils’ 4 hits, including a solo homer off Foppert to account for the only score.

The Houston Texans take Yankee minor leaguer Drew Henson in the 6thround of the NFL draft.

29th  It shoulda been the Royals. Gene Kingsale misses a game in order to be knighted in his home country of Aruba. Kingsale was joined by Baltimore pitcher Sidney Ponson and Los Angeles pitcher Calvin Maduro. Sir Eugene will be back in the lineup tomorrow.

30thThe Red Sox score 3 runs in the bottom half of the 9th inning to eke out a 5-4 win over the Royals. KC pitchers hit 3 batters in the inning to tie a ML mark. It is only the 2nd time it has ever been done in the 9th inning.

The Yankees defeat the visiting Mariners, 8–5, behind Raul Mondesi’s grand slam. Mariano Rivera, after a month of injury rehab, makes his first appearance of the year, giving up a run in the 9th.

MAY

1st      Baseball players agree to a two-year experiment to give home-field advantage in the WS to the league that wins the All-Star Game. The two sides also agree to increase the roster size from 30 to 32, and to give players, managers, and coaches a say on who makes the team.

The Orioles sweep a doubleheader from the Tigers, winning by scores of 5-2 and 6-4, to drop Detroit’s record to 3-23. In the first game, BJ Ryan earns the win in relief without throwing a single pitch. After relieving Pat Hentgen with two outs in the 7th, he picks Omar Infante off first base to end the inning. The Orioles go on to score 3 runs in the bottom half of the inning to make him the pitcher of record on the winning side. He is relieved by Buddy Groom for the 8thand Jorge Julio in the 9th. In the 2nd game, Detroit P Mike Maroth hurls 7 innings of hitless ball before giving up a leadoff single to Jay Gibbons in the 8th. Maroth eventually takes the loss, dropping his record to 0-7. He misses by one day from becoming the first pitcher in history to lose 7 games in April.

2ndThe Devil Rays defeat the hapless Tigers, 2-0, behind Joe Kennedy’s 1-hitter. It is the first 1-hitter in Tampa Bay history. Kennedy allows a single to leadoff hitter Angel Torres in the bottom half of the first inning, then holds Detroit in check the rest of the way.

In Toronto, the Blue Jays defeat the Angels, 3–1. The game is interrupted in the 9thwhen a fan jumps on the field and jogs toward 2B. Jays second baseman Orlando Hudson shoves him and he is taken away by guards. Tim Salmon stretches his hitting streak to 19 games with a HR.

5thThe Royals defeat the Red Sox, 7-6. KC’s 11-0 start at Kauffman Stadium is the second-best in major league history behind the 1911 Detroit Tigers, who won their first 12 home games.

6thDmitri Young has 2 homers and 2 triples for 15 total bases in leading the Tigers to a 7-6 win over the Orioles. His triple in the 9thdrives home the deciding run.

Jacque Jones is 5-for-5 with 2 homers in the Twins 7-3 victory over Tampa Bay.

8thThe Reds down the Cardinals, 8-6, as Aaron Boone connects for 3 solo homers, his second 3-homer game.  He also did it August 9, 2002.

The Braves sweep the Rockies in a doubleheader, winning by scores of 12-6 in the opener and 5-2 in the nightcap. Andruw Jones drives home runs in both games, giving him a team-record 9 straight games with an RBI.

The Angels defeat the Indians, 7-1, as Garret Anderson drives home all 7 Anaheim runs to tie a career high.

The Yankees jump on the Mariners for 10 runs in the 3rd inning on their way to a 16-5 victory.

10thThe Cubs best the Cardinals, 3-2, in 10 innings on Alex Gonzalez’s walk-off HR. It is the 3rd extra-inning, game-winning homer this month for Gonzalez, tying the team’s single-season record held by Ron Santo and Ernie Banks. Gonzalez hit extra-inning homers on May 1 and May 4. The only other player to hit 3 in one calendar month was Ron Gant, in 1995. Starter Kerry Wood throws 141 pitches but the win goes to reliever Mike Remlinger.

The Cubs trade P Alan Benes to the Rangers for a player to be named later. The Rangers sent P Ryan Drese to the minors, to make room on the roster for Benes.

W.W. Norton publishes Michael Lewis’ Moneyball.

11thThe Marlins fire manager Jeff Torborg and replace him with 72-year-old Jack McKeon. Pitching coach Brad Arnsberg is also relieved of duty.

The Rangers pound the Indians, 17-10, as Rafael Palmeiro hits the 500th HR of his illustrious career. Palmeiro becomes the 19th player—and 5th-oldest—to accomplish the feat, and the second this season.

With the Cards leading the Cubs 11–9 at Wrigley Field in the top of the 5th inning the game is called on account of rain. Starters Matt Clement and Brett Tomko give up all the runs, but they won’t count. The 23-MPH wind helped Albert Pujols hit a grand slam and boosted homers by Tino Martinez (2), Moises Alou, Corey Patterson, Troy O’Leary, and Alex Gonzalez.

13thAt Pac Bell Park, the Expos take a 4-0 lead over the Giants, only to see San Francisco tie it up with 4 in the 5th. With the bases loaded Barry Bonds hits a popup and the infield fly rule is called.  The ball is not caught and all runners advance when the Expos try to nip Neifi Perez at home.  Expos’ manager Frank Robinson says later this was unique in his experience. The Expos add a pair of runs to win, 6-4.

David Eckstein has 4 hits and Ed Spezio hits a solo HR and a 9th inning grand slam as the Angels pummel the host Yankees, 10-3.

14thThe Braves down the Dodgers, 3-1, for their 23rd win in their last 27 games. John Smoltz gets his league-leading 16th save in relief. The Braves have won the last 70 games in which he has appeared—a major league record.

15thCorey Patterson’s 2-run HR in the 17th inning leads the Cubs to a 4-2 win over the Brewers. Todd Wellemeyer notches the save for Chicago, striking out three batters in the bottom half of the 17th in his ML debut. He’s the first Cub to record a save in his debut since the stat became official in 1969. The Brewers set an NL record for strikeouts in an extra-inning game with 24. The previous mark was 22, by the Dodgers vs. the Reds (1972) and Mets vs. Giants (1964).

The Braves spot the Padres a 3-0 lead, then score 8 runs in the 5th inning on their way to a 15-6 rout of the Padres. Marcus Giles has 4 hits including a pair of doubles and a homer, scores 3 and knocks in 3 runs for Atlanta.  San Diego catcher Wiki Gonzalez is 1-for-3 and pitches a scoreless 9thinning in his only ML mound appearance.

16thThe Blue Jays rout the Royals, 18-1, for the largest margin of victory in team history. Toronto batters record 22 hits in the drubbing.

19thThe Indians edge the Tigers, 10-9, despite a 3-HR, 7-RBI performance by Detroit 1B Carlos Pena. It is the first three-dinger game by a Tiger player in 1,059 days and the fifth time in team history that the club lost after receiving such a performance. Three-homer games in the majors generally spell success for the player’s team having resulted in 353 wins and 82 losses, or an .811 winning percentage.

21stThe Brewers defeat the Padres, 10-0, as Wayne Franklin hurls the first complete game of his ML career. Geoff Jenkins slams 3 HRs in the contest and drives home 4.

22nd Ryan Dempster (1-4) allows 11 hits and strikes out 10 in 6 innings as his Reds lose to the Braves, 9-4. His 10 strikeouts is a team high for the Reds this year. Javy Lopez has a pair of homers and a triple for Atlanta.

23rdThe Phillies edge the Expos, 4-2, as Philadelphia’s Jose Mesa becomes the 10th player in history to reach 100 saves with two different teams. He also reached the century mark with the Indians.

The Cardinals rally from a 7-2 deficit to pull out a 10-8, 10 inning win over the Pirates. Albert Pujols strokes 5 hits for St. Louis, including a pair of doubles, to pace their 17-hit attack.

The Padres claim Gary Matthews, Jr. off the waiver list from Baltimore.

In a Class A South Atlantic League game in Lakewood, NJ, between the BlueClaws and Kannapolis, a groundskeeper is ejected from the game. Butler, who wanted to protect the field with a tarpaulin, walks on the field, but the dispute turns heated and he is ejected. Buddy Biancalana’s Lakewood team was leading 3-0, when it started raining hard. Butler is a three-time Groundskeeper of the Year in the minors and is working his 13th season in the business. He said he told umpires Brandon Cooney and Steve Cummings it was time to cover the field.

24thAt Arizona, San Diego’s Brian Lawrence allows 2 hits in beating the Diamondbacks, 5–1. Rondell White clubs a homer off Curt Schilling, and a frustrated Schilling clubs to death a QuesTec camera  near the D’Back’s dugout.

25thThe Orioles beat the Rangers in a slugfest, 13-10. Melvin Mora leads Baltimore’s 18-hit attack with 5 safeties, including a pair of doubles.

26thAt Atlanta, the Reds defeat the Braves, 7-6, in 11 innings when Adam Dunn hits a pinch grand slam off Roberto Hernandez. The Braves then score 3 to make it close. It is the first loss for the Braves in 74 games in which reliever John Smoltz has appeared, a major league record.

27thThe Yankees beat the Red Sox, 11-3, ending Nomar Garciaparra’s 26-game hitting streak in the process.

The Mariners wallop the Royals, 15-7, led by Randy Winn, who strokes 5 hits, including a double.

28thThe Braves pound the Reds, 15-3, as they become just the second team in history to start a game with 3 consecutive homers: Rafael Furcal, Mark DeRosa, and Gary Sheffield connect as Atlanta’s first 3 hitters. The 1987 Padres are the only other club to accomplish the feat. Javy Lopez also homers in the inning for the Braves, to tie the ML record of 4 homers in an inning. They slug a total of 6 in the game. Starter Jeff Austin, who serves up the 3 dingers, makes his second straight start without retiring a batter.

The NL West-leading Giants whip the Diamondbacks, 10–2, as Benito Santiago homers twice and Barry Bonds once.

29thThe Rockies outscore the visiting Dodgers, 12-5, behind Todd Helton’s 3 home runs and Ron Belliard’s 5 hits. Helton adds a single as he bats in six runs.

The Red Sox, in need of a closer, trade Shea Hillenbrand to the Diamondbacks for closer Byung Hyun Kim. The Diamondbacks were reportedly not eager to swap the 24-year-old South Korean. Hillenbrand was almost traded last winter to the Expos for Bartolo Colon.

30thThe Braves slug 4 HRs on their way to a 5-2 win over the Mets. The homers give Atlanta 55 for the month of May, tying the NL mark held by the 1947 Giants and the 2000 Cardinals.

Ken Griffey, Jr. hits a game-tying homer in the 9th, then adds a go-ahead homer in the 11thto pace the Reds to a 4–3 win over the host Florida Marlins, Junior’s first homer is off Braden Looper and his 2nd, a 2-out shot, comes off Armando Almanza.

31stThe Cubs down the Astros, 1-0, in 16 innings. It is the longest 1-0 game for Chicago since a 17-inning win over Boston in 1901. Houston pitchers set a team record with 23 strikeouts in the contest, while the Cubs set a club mark by fanning that many times.

The Pirates beat the Cardinals, 4-3, as Kenny Lofton’s 26-game hitting streak comes to an end. Lofton falls a game short of the Pirates franchise record of 27 games set by Jimmy Williams in 1899. Lofton homered yesterday to match Garciaparra’s streak this year of 26 games.

JUNE

1st      The Yankees defeat the Tigers in 17 innings by a score of 10-9. New York takes a 7-1 lead as Roger Clemens starts in pursuit of his 300th win, but Detroit ties the game in the 7th.

The Mariners score 6 runs in the 1st inning and go on to beat the Twins, 9-5. The first 7 Seattle batters hit safely as the team falls one shy of the ML record for consecutive hits to start a game. The 7 hits all come off Kenny Rogers, who breaks the AL record of 5 hits to first 5 batters, a mark held by 3 pitchers.

The Mets score 8 runs in the 6th inning on their way to a 10-4 triumph over the Braves.

The U.S. House votes 372-0 to congratulate the Chicago Cubs Sammy Sosa on his 500th home run and praise him as a role model. There will be a ceremony on the 5this to present him with a copy of the House resolution.

2ndThe Marlins wallop the A’s, 13-2. Oakland’s Eric Byrnes has his 22-game hitting streak snapped.

The Cubs edge the Devil Ray, 3-2, but the headline news is Sammy. Sosa is ejected from the game in the 1st inning after apparently driving in a run with a broken-bat ground out. Inspection of the bat reveals it to have cork inside and the run is disallowed.

In the opening round of the June Draft, the Devil Rays pick first and take high schooler Delmon Young, quickly inking him to a ML contract that includes a $3.7 million bonus. His brother Dmitri was drafted 4thoverall in 1991. This will be the first draft in history in which every player drafted in the first two rounds will sign, though first round bonuses will average $1.757 million, down from last year’s average of $2.1 million.  Only 16 players of the 307 drafted will not sign, a new record (24 in 2000 was the previous mark). The Expos sign all 19 draftees. Picking 2nd, the Brewers take 2B Rickie Weeks, who set an NCAA record with a career BA of .473. The Tigers take Wake Forest’s Kyle Sleeth and the Padres use #4 to pick Tim Stauffer. The Cubs use the 6th pick to take Ryan Harvey, an OF from Dunedin High School; he’ll sign for $2.4 million. His teammate from last year, Brian Dopirak, is a Cubs minor leaguer drafted in 2002.  The O’s ink 2002 draftee Adam Loewen for $4.2 million, a week before they would lose his rights, then take Nick Markalis with the #7. The best debuts in this class will be put in by Lou Palmisano (Helena, .394), a 3rdround pick of Milwaukee, and Michael Aubrey (Lake County, .348), Cleveland’s first round pick. The Blue Jays #2 pick Josh Banks will go 7–2 for Auburn. In the 24thround, the Giants select future closer Brian Wilson.

4thThe Angels pound out 7 homers in defeating the Expos, 11-2. Garret Anderson hits 3 round-trippers, while Jeff DaVanon has his 3rd straight 2-homer game. DaVanon ties the major league record (Gus Zernial, 1951; Frank Thomas, 1962; Lee May, 1969), ties the AL record with 6 HR in 3 games (first set by Lazzeri in 1936), and becomes the 3rd player to homer from both sides of the plate in consecutive games (Eddie Murray, 1987; Ken Caminiti, 1995).

5thThe Brewers sweep a doubleheader from the Mets, winning the first game, 8-7, and the 2nd, 5-3. John Franco becomes the 8th pitcher in history to appear in 1,000 games when he pitches in game two.

7thThe Royals defeat the Rockies, 9-5, in the 2nd game of their doubleheader as Todd Jones makes his first career start for Colorado after 632 relief appearances to set a ML record. Chuck McElroy was the former record holder with 603 relief appearances before his first start. The Royals take game 1, 13-11, scoring 12 runs off Shawn Chacon (8-3) in 3 2/3 innings.  Mike Sweeney has a grand slam in the 2ndand Charles Johnson answers that with a grand slam for the Rockies.

At Milwaukee the Red Sox play long ball to edge the Brewers, 11-10, and move to a half game behind the idle first-place AL-East Yankees. Kevin Millar, with a grand slam, and Bill Mueller hit pinch homers and Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek hit back-to-back solo homers in the 9thto greet reliever Mike DeJean. Ortiz and Ramirez also homer for the Sox.

Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa is suspended for 8 games for using a corked bat in a 3-2 win over the Devil Rays on June 3. The Cubs also lose the services of Hee Seop Choi, who suffers a concussion in the 4thwhen he collides with P Kerry Wood. Choi is knocked out for 17 minutes. His replacement Eric Karros hits a 3-run HR in the 7thas the Cubs beat Roger Clemens and the Yankees, 5–2, at Wrigley.  Clemens was making his 3rdtry to win his 300thgame. For the Cubs, it is their first win against the Yankees ever.

8thThe Cubs win for the second time in a row against the Yankees, 8-7, as New York scores 4 in the last two innings. Mark Prior (7-2) strikes out 10 in 6 innings.

11thThe Astros shut out the Yankees, 8-0, as six Houston pitchers combine to throw a no-hitter—the most ever to do so on a no-no. Starter Roy Oswalt leaves the game in the 2nd inning with a strained groin. He is followed in turn by Peter Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel, and Billy Wagner, who combine to hold the Yankees hitless for the first time since 1958. It is the longest streak without being no-hit—6,980 games—in ML history. Dotel ties a record by striking out 4 New Yorkers in the 8th inning. The Yankees tie the AL record by striking out 8 consecutive times. It was the 4th time it’s happened, the first since the Mariners struck out 8 consecutive times off Roger Clemens in his first 20 K game (April 29, 1986). The major league record is for pitcher used in a shutout is 8, by the Red Sox, in a 10 inning game on October 3, 1999.

12thThe Blue Jays upend the Pirates, 5-4, ending Aramis Ramirez’s 22-game hitting streak in the process.

At Comiskey, the Giants come from behind to win, 8-4, by scoring 6 runs in the top of the 9th. Rich Aurelia’s pinch grand slam, off Marte, is the big clincher.

Southern University’s All-American 2B Rickie Weeks, the all-time NCAA leading hitter, is named winner of the Dick Howser Award as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s player of the year.

13thThe Yankees defeat the Cardinals, 5-2, as Roger Clemens becomes the 21st pitcher in history to win 300 games. Clemens finishes with 10 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings to become the 3rd pitcher to surpass 4,000 for his career. His 4000thstrikeout comes against Edgar Rentaria in the 2ndinning and when it is posted on the scoreboard elicits a huge roar from the crowd, drowning out the greeting to next batter Tino Martinez, who strikes out.  In the 4thinning, the crowd gets on its feet to welcome back the fan-favorite Martinez.

Devil Rays beat the Pirates, 7-1, as Victor Zambrano combines with 3 relievers to limit Pittsburgh to 1 hit. The Pirates only hit is a bloop single by Jack Wilson leading off the 5th inning. Zambrano walks 5, throws a team-record 4 wild pitches, and ties another team mark with 3 hit batsmen.

14thPhiladelphia scores 10 runs in the 8th inning and goes on to post a 12-2 win over the Reds. David Bell rings a 3-run homer in the big frame.

The Yankees core 10 runs in the first three innings and coast to a 13-4 win over the visiting Cardinals. Birds reliever Brett Tomko allows 9 runs on 12 hits, including 4 homers. The 4 homers off a reliever ties a club mark last matched by Todd Burns in 1993.  Jason Giambi has 2 of the 4 homers, while Tino Martinez hit a pair for St. Louis.

In Anaheim, the Angels beat up the Mets, winning 13-3. Garret Anderson has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and Brad Fullmer adds a grand slam.

15thThe Blue Jays edge the Cubs, 5-4, in 10 innings. Toronto rookie OF Reed Johnson leads off the game for the Blue Jays with a HR, then hits a walk-off homer in the 10th to win it. The last player to start and finish a game with a HR was Darin Erstad of the Angels in 2000.

The Mets shut out the Angels, 8-0, behind Steve Trachsel’s one-hitter. David Eckstein’s 2-out single in the 6th in Anaheim’s only safety. Rookie SS Jose Reyes hits a grand slam to lead NY, becoming just the 2nd player in team history (in addition to Jack Hamilton) to hit a grand slam as his first ML homer.

16thThe Marlins squeak by the Mets, 1-0, as rookie Dontrelle Willis hurls a 1-hitter. Ty Wigginton’s 4th inning single is NY’s only hit as Willis hurls the first complete game of his career in his 8th big league start. Ivan Rodriguez’s HR accounts for the only run of the contest.

17thThe Devil Rays defeat the Yankees, 11-2, in the first game of a doubleheader. Tampa Bay sets a team record with 18 hits in a 9-inning game, and would have scored even more were it not for 6 NY double plays—one shy of the AL mark. NY comes back to win the nightcap, 10-2.

The Mets shut out the Marlins, 5-0, as Jae Seo and two relief pitchers combine to toss a 1-hitter. Juan Encarnacion’s 5th inning single is Florida’s only hit. It is the 3rd straight 1-hitter the Mets have been involved in, believed to be a ML record.

The Royals ride a team-record 12-run 7th inning to a 14-7 victory over the Twins. Trailing 3-1, KC sends 16 men to the plate in the stanza to take a 13-3 lead.

The Dodgers Kevin Brown wins his 10th,game, and 9thin a row, beating San Francisco, 4–2. He leaves the game with a groin injury, but will not miss a start. He won’t win his 11thtill August.

19thThe A’s upend the Rangers, 9-2, behind Miguel Tejada’s 5 hits. One of Tejada’s safeties is a HR off starting pitcher Mario Ramos, who is making his ML debut.

Montreal’s Juan Rivera hits 2 homers in a 9-run 2ndinning of slugfest against the White Sox. His 2ndhomer is a grand slam.  The Expos need it as they win, 17-14. Terrmel Sledge, who comes in as a defensive replacement, hits a 2-run homer in the 8thto give Montreal some breathing room.

Jason Schmidt of the Giants shuts out the Dodgers, 2-0, limiting LA to 3 hits. In the process, he ends Paul LoDuca’s 25-game hitting streak.

The Rockies trade All-Star SS Jose Hernandez to the Cubs in exchange for IF Mark Bellhorn and minor league P Travis Anderson.

20thFlorida beats Tampa Bay, 3-1, in 11 innings as rookie Miguel Cabrera hits a walkoff HR in his ML debut. He is only the 3rd player in history to perform the feat, joining Josh Bard (8/23/02) and Billy Parker (9/9/71).

At San Diego, the Padres go into the bottom of the 9thdown 3–0 to the Mariners. M’s reliever Jeff Nelson then gives up 5 runs, including a 2-out walkoff grand slam by Rondell White as the Pads sink the Mariners, 5-3. Nelson’s collapse negates a fine effort by starter Gil Meche (7 IP).

21stThe Phillies defeat the Red Sox, 6-5 on pinch-hitter Todd Pratt’s 2-out, 2-run HR in the 13th inning. The Phils score 3 in the frame. Nomar Garciaparra strokes a team-record tying 6 hits for Boston, and adds a walk. Todd Walker has two homers, off Wolf, and Kevin Millar has a pair of doubles and a triple. Jim Thome clouts homers in the 8thand the 12th

The Pirates edge the Indians, 7-6, in 15 innings for their 2nd consecutive 15-inning victory over the Tribe. It is the first time since 1996 that two teams have played back-to-back 15 inning affairs.

The red-hot Dodgers beat Anaheim, 4–2, capitalizing on Adrian Beltre’s 3-run HR. Eric Gagne picks up his 27th save despite allowing 3 hits in the 9th. For the 3rdtime (April 27, June 18) this season, Bengie Molina pinch hits for his brother, Jose, singling against Gagne for a run.

22ndBrett Myers shuts out the Red Sox on 3 hits as the Phillies beat the Red Sox for the second day in a row, 5-0. Abreau, Byrd, and Rollins hit homeruns.

23rdThe Giants squeak by the Dodgers, 3-2 in 11 innings. Barry Bonds scores the winning run after stealing the 500th base of his career. He becomes the first player in history to have 500 steals and 500 HRs.

Behind Phillip Humber’s 5-hitter, Rice University trounces Stanford, 14-2, to win the College WS. It is the school’s first NCAA title in any sport.

24thThe Red Sox trounce the Tigers, 10-1, as Nomar Garciaparra gets 5 hits, and Kevin Millar adds 4 hits and 5 RBI. Derek Lowe is the winner with 8 innings of work.

OF Brad Wilkerson hits for the cycle to lead Montreal to a 6-4 victory over Pittsburgh. Wilkerson singles in the 2nd, doubles in the 5th, triples in the 6th, and homers in the 7th to become the 5th Expo to accomplish the feat.

The Cubs pound 6 HRs in a 9-1 win over the Brewers. Kerry Wood, Mark Grudzielanek, and Alex Gonzalez homer in succession in the 6th inning. It is the 9th time in team history that 3 players have homered in a row.

25thThe Red Sox score 9 runs in the 8th inning to cap an 11-2 win over the Tigers.

In Chicago, the Brewers score 6 runs in the 10thto double up the Cubs, 12-6. Jenkins and Brook Kieschnick hits homers in the 10th, the latter a pinch roundtripper. Eddie Perez adds a pinch triple in the 10thand Kevin Ginter hits a pinch HR in the 7thfor Milwaukee. The pair of pinch homers ties the ML mark.

The Yankees obtain OF Karim Garcia and P Dan Miceli from the Indians in exchange for a player to be named.

26thGeoff Jenkins’ 3-run HR in the 9th inning leads Milwaukee to a 5-3 win over the Cubs. Chicago’s Mark Prior fans 16 Brewers in 8 innings.

27thThe Red Sox tie a team record by getting 28 hits in a 25-8 thrashing of the Marlins. Boston scores 14 runs in the first inning, setting a ML mark by plating 10 runs before an out is made. Johnny Damon becomes the 2nd player in history to get 3 hits in an inning, with a single, double, and triple in the frame. Damon gets 5 hits altogether. The Sox also tie a mark with 5 players in the inning scoring twice, and most runs in the first inning. Carl Pavano and Tejara allow 10 runs without recording an out for manager Jack McKeon; The last time that happened to the first two pitchers was 31 years ago at Kansas city when Wayne Simpson and Ken Wright failed to record an out for—you guessed it—manager Jack McKeon. Paced by Bill Mueller’s 6 RBI, the Sox have 6 players with 3+ RBI.

Jason Michaels hits a 3-run homer in the top of the 17th, off Omar Daal, as the Phillies hold on to beat the Orioles, 4-2. The two teams burn through 15 pitchers in the game.

The Blue Jays defeat the Expos, 6-5, as Roy Halladay has his streak of 11 consecutive victories in 11 starts ended with a no-decision.

The Rangers top the Astros, 10-7. Houston’s Dave Matranga homers in his first ML at bat, doing so as a pinch-hitter in the 5th inning.

28thA day after a 25-8 whipping by the Bosox, the Marlins stage their biggest comeback in team history. Trailing 9–2 in the 8thinning against starter Tim Wakefield, the Marlins score 4 runs in the 8thand 4 runs in the 9thto win, 10–9.

Barry Bonds, who splashed #634 into the Bay last night, hits #635 today as the Giants edge the A’s 8-7 in 10 innings. San Francisco wins on Pedro Feliz’s single in the 10th.

After winning yesterday on Jose Valentin’s HR in the 9th, the White Sox beat the Cubs again in the 9th, winning 7-6 before a crowd of 45,440.

The Cardinals batter the Royals, 13-9 as Jim Edmonds has 4 extra base hits, including 2 homers. This is his second four extra-base-hit game this year, tying a ML record last matched by Shannon Stewart, in 2000. Rookie Bo Hart has 4 hits and scores 4 runs for his 7thmulti-hit game in 9 outings. He is hitting .489. Hart will end up with 28 hits in his first 15 games, the first to do so since Irv Waldron accomplished the feat in 1901, his only season. Curiously, Hart’s career will consist of 77 games this season and 11 next. Joe DiMaggio (1936) and Terry Pendleton (1984) each had 27 hits their first 15 games.

Led by Hideki Matsui the Yankees sweep a day-night doubleheader from the crosstown Mets, winning the first by a score of 7-1 at Yankee Stadium and the nightcap, 9-8, at Shea Stadium. It is the 3rd time in history that two teams play two games at two different stadiums in the same day.  Matsui has a grand slam in game 1 as Roger Clemens shuts down the Mets. Matsui has 4 hits in game 2 and he is on base 9 out of 10 plate appearances. For the second time this season, Alfonse Soriano leads off with a homer and a teammate follows with a HR. This time it is Jeter who follows suit.

29thOakland defeats SF, 5-2, as OF Eric Byrnes hits for the cycle. Byrnes gets 5 hits—4 for extra bases—for the day, including two doubles, a triple and a homer.

The Diamondbacks send the Tigers to their 61st loss of the season, winning 5-3 in 10 innings. The Tigers, with a record of 18-61, become the first team in history to lose 60 games before July 1.

For the second time in 10 days the Padres come from behind by scoring 6 runs in the 9th, and for the second time the big hit is a grand slam by Rondell White. White connects off Arthur Rhodes.

30thThe Royals drop out of first place in the AL Central, losing a pair to the Indians, 10-5 and 8-5. Casey Blake has a homer in each game and drives in 5 runs in game 1 and two more in the nightcap.

JULY

1st      The Marlins pound the Braves, 20-1, knocking 25 hits in the process. Both runs and hits are new team marks for Florida.

The Rockies end the Diamondbacks’ franchise-record 12-game winning streak with a 7-4 win over Arizona.

The Mets send 2B Roberto Alomar to the White Sox for pitchers Royce Ring and Edwin Almonte, and IF Andrew Salvo.

The White Sox acquire OF Carl Everett from the Rangers in exchange for 2 or 3 minor leaguers to be named.

2ndMark Clement combines with 3 relief pitchers to hurl a 1-hit shutout over the Phillies, as the Cubs win by a score of 1-0. Sammy Sosa’s leadoff HR in the 9th off Turk Wendell is the game’s only run. David Bell’s single, off the glove of Eric Karros, is the only hit for Philadelphia.

The Royals obtain P Curtis Leskanic and cash from the Brewers. Milwaukee receives minor league P Wes Obermueller and IF Alejandro Machado.

4thThe Red Sox slug 7 HRs in downing the Yankees, 10-3. It is the most homers ever given up in a game by the New Yorkers in their 100-year history.

Trailing 5-0 going into the 8th inning, the Orioles strike for 8 runs and go on to beat the Blue Jays, 8-5.

The Cardinals defeat the Cubs, 11-8, despite 3 HRs by Moises Alou.

5thThe Indians trounce the Twins, 13-2, as Casey Blake stroke 5 hits—including a 2B and 2 HRs—and drives in 7 runs.

6thIn a duel between All-star bound pitchers, Woody Williams of the Cardinals beats the Cubs Mark Prior, 4–1 in Chicago.  The Cubs also lose CF Corey Patterson who tears his ACL trying to beat out a grounder in the 8thinning. Patterson is hitting .298 and leading the team in hits and steals, but he is out for the season.

7thThe Diamondbacks down the Rockies, 14-6. Colorado’s Shea Hillenbrand becomes the seventh player in history to hit HRs in 3 consecutive innings, doing so in the 4th, 5th, and 6th. He has 5 hits for the day—adding a single and double—and drives home 7 runs. Sammy Sosa hit three in three last year.

Matt Clement drives in two runs in the Cubs three-run third as they gaff the visiting Marlins, 6-3. It is the 7023rdgame played at Wrigley Field, surpassing the 7022 games played at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Fenway Park, which surpassed Sportsman’s in 2001 (as noted by historian John Richert), is the leader.

8thThe Indians down the Yankees behind Billy Traber’s 1-hitter, 4-0. It is Traber’s first complete game in his brief career. John Flaherty’s leadoff single in the 3rd inning is New York’s only hit.

9thAdam Everett hits a grand slam off Danny Graves in Houston’s 6-run 1stinning and the Astros add 3 more homers in a 12-2 thrashing of the Reds.

10thThe Republicans defeat the Democrats in the annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, 5-3. The Republican victory is a mild upset since the GOP is without their star pitcher from past years, former Oklahoma Congressman Steve Largent. Roll Call began sponsoring the game annually in 1962 and, since then, the Republicans lead the Democrats, 28-14. The game was originally organized in 1909 by former major-leaguer John Tener, a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, but was played only intermittently until Roll Call stepped in.

11thPittsburgh 1B Randall Simon is suspended for 3 games and fined $2,000 for poking one of the Milwaukee sausage mascots with his bat during the sausage race held between innings of the July 9 game between the Pirates and Brewers.  The whacking caused a collision of sausages, prompting manager Ned Yost to say, “I just looked over and saw our weiners in a wad.”

The Marlins obtain P Ugueth Urbina from the Rangers in exchange for 3 minor leaguers: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, OF Will Smith, and P Ryan Snare.

The Cubs young ace Mark Prior injures his shoulder in a collision with Atlanta’s Marcus Giles in the second inning, but pitches till the 6th. Giles leaves the game with a mild concussion. Prior will be out till August 5, when he returns with a 3-hit shutout over the Padres. Bruised today in the collision, he is further roughed up by Vinny Castilla and Andruw Jones, who hit 2-run homers off him. Mike Hampton is the winner, despite giving up a solo HR to Sammy Sosa, number 516.

12thThe White Sox defeat the Indians, 7-4 in 10 innings, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Paul Konerko’s 3-run HR is the winning blow. Tom Gordon gets the save for Chicago, becoming the 14th pitcher in history to notch at least 100 career wins and 100 saves.

The Giants beat the Diamondbacks, 8-1. Barry Bonds hits his 30th HR of the year to join Jimmie Foxx as the only players with 12 straight 30-HR seasons.

13thThe Rockies trade C Ben Petrick to the Tigers for P Adam Bernero.

The Giants get P Matt Herges from the Padres. In return, SD gets minor league P Clay Hensley and a player to be named.

14thAnaheim OF Garret Anderson defeats St. Louis’ Luis Pujols in the finals of the All-Star Home Run Derby.

The Mets send OF Jeromy Burnitz to the Dodgers in exchange for minor leaguers Victor Diaz, Joselo Diaz, and Kole Strayhorn.

The Dodgers sign OF Rickey Henderson to a contract.

15thThe American League defeats the National League in the All-Star Game, 7-6, on Hank Blalock’s 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning. Anaheim’s Garret Anderson gets a double and a HR for the AL and is named the game’s MVP, while his Angels teammate Brendan Donnelly is the winning pitcher. Donnelly has now won a WS game and an All-star game, and yet has only one regular season career victory. His 2ndcareer win will come on July 28.

16thMinnie Minoso becomes the first player to play professional baseball in 7 decades when he walks in the 1st inning as DH for the St. Paul Saints in their Northern League game against Gary. Minoso currently works in the Chicago White Sox community relations department.

The Mets send P Armando Benitez to the Yankees for pitcher Jason Anderson, Anderson Garcia, and Ryan Bicondoa. Benitez will compile a 1.93 ERA in 3 weeks in pinstripes before the Yanks trade him to Seattle for Jeff Nelson.

The Blue Jays trade OF Shannon Stewart to the Twins in exchange for OF Bobby Kielty.

17thKansas City beats Seattle, 7-1. Royals’ SS Angel Berroa hits his 10th HR of the year, just the 16th rookie shortstop in history to reach double figures in fourbaggers.

18thThe Braves beat the Mets, 11-4. Gary Sheffield goes 5-for-5 for Atlanta, with a pair of homers.

At Kauffman Stadium, Ichiro Suzuki hits a grand slam in the top of the 9th as the Mariners sink the Royals, 6-3. Mike MacDougal serves up the salami.

The Indians trade OF Shane Spencer and P Ricardo Rodriguez to the Rangers for promising OF Ryan Ludwick.

The Diamondbacks send SS Tony Womack to the Rockies in exchange for P Mike Watson.

19thLance Berkman, Richard Hidalgo, and Morgan Ensberg hit consecutive homers for Houston in the 1st inning and the Astros go on to defeat the Reds, 9-8. Ryan Wagner, the Reds’ number one draft pick this season, became the first member of the 2003 draft class to make the majors; Wagner played a total of nine games in the minors prior to his call up.

The Braves beat the Mets, 7-4, as John Smoltz collects his 100th career save. He becomes the 15th pitcher in history to record both 100 career saves and victories.

The Rangers take advantage of Victor Zambrano’s wildness to defeat the Devil Rays, 7-3. Zambrano hits 4 batters with pitches to tie the major league mark.

20thThe Braves score 8 runs in the 8th inning and go on to beat the Mets, 11-8.

The Astros down the Reds, 6-3, as Jeff Bagwell hits a pair of HRs to give him 400 for his career. He is the 35th player in history to reach that mark.

The Cardinals beat the Dodgers, 10-7, as Luis Pujols hits the 100th HR of his career. He becomes the 4th player to reach that number in his first 3 ML seasons, and the 7th youngest to get 100.

The Pirates trade P Mike Williams to the Phillies for minor league P Frank Brooks.

21stThe Cubs trounce the Braves, 15-6. Tom Goodwin gets 5 of Chicago’s 21 hits in the rout, with Matty Alou going 4-for-6 with 2 doubles and 5 RBI. Mark Grudzielanek has 4 hits and 4 runs, and Sosa has a homer and 4 RBI.  This is the second straight game that the Cubs have amassed 20 hits, just the sixth time its been accomplished since 1957. The Rangers did it last year.

In a 5–3 win over the visiting Astros, Matt Stairs of the Pirates becomes the first player to hit two home runs into the Allegheny River at PNC Park; Stairs hit his first river ball while playing for the Cubs two years ago. Josh Fogg (6-4) is the winning pitcher.

22ndBecause of salary cap concerns, the Pirates trade OF Kenny Lofton and 3B Aramis Ramirez to the Cubs in exchange for IF Jose Hernandez, P Matt Brulack, and a player to be named (Bobby Hill). Pittsburgh also sends pitchers Scott Sauerbeck and Mike Gonzalez to the Red Sox for pitchers Brandon Lyon and Anastacio Martinez.

The Yankees acquire vet P Jesse Orosco from the Padres for a player to be named.

23rdThe Yankees top the Orioles, 4-2, as Andy Pettitte wins his 7th straight game. Pettitte becomes the first pitcher to win 12 games in each of his first 9 seasons since Stan Coveleski turned the trick (1916-26).

Well, this is easy.  Rangers bench coach Don Wakamatsu fills in as manager and Texas responds with a 12-9 win over the Angels.  Texas jumps on starter Jarrod Washburn for 10 runs in 3+ innings. Doug Glanville has 4 hits and Shane Spencer drives in 4 runs. Wakamatsu will lose tomorrow but the two games are good training for him when he takes over the helm of the Mariners in 2009.

24thThe Phillies trounce the Cubs, 14-6, scoring 9 runs in the 6th inning. Bobby Abreu ties a team record by driving home 5 runs in the frame.

25thThe White Sox ride Frank Thomas’ 400th career HR to a 7-2 win over the Devil Rays. Thomas becomes the 36th player to reach the milestone.

The Rockies defeat the Brewers, 7-3, as Chin-Hui Tsao, the first Taiwanese pitcher in ML history gets the victory.

26thThe Indians score 8 runs in the 2nd inning and go on to defeat the Mariners, 9-2.

27thThe Expos club the Braves, 13-10. Atlanta’s Marcus Giles ties a ML record with 4 consecutive doubles in the game.

The Blue Jays upend the Orioles, 10-1, as Roy Halladay wins his 15th consecutive decision.

Gary Carter and Eddie Murray are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Former Metrodome superintendent Dick Ericson tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he tried to manipulate the outcome of Twins games by the use of electric fans in the late innings. The power of the electric fans needed to be increased near the end of games to keep the roof inflated as doors were opened for spectators to leave. Ericson said he would increase the number of fans blowing from between first and third bases, starting in the last of the eighth if the Twins were behind, thus giving the Twins the chance at two innings of batting in these conditions and with only one inning at bat for the visiting team.  Despite Ericson’s admission, which was backed up by another Metrodome employee, it remains unclear how much effect the added fans had on the distance of fly balls.  Ericson also made clear that he manipulated the air flow on his own, not at the request of the Twins nor the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. Bobby Valentine, when he was managing the Texas Rangers, was the most vociferous in suggesting that electric fans behind the plate were turned on to blow air toward the outfield when the Twins were at bat.  The Twins scoffed at the charges.

28thThe Rangers rout the Mariners, 10-1, behind Rafael Palmeiro’s 2 HRs and 7 RBIs.

The Reds fire manager Bob Boone and replace him on an interim basis with Dave Miley. General manager Jim Bowden is also fired, as are coaches Tim Foli and Tom Robson.

29thThe Red Sox down the Rangers, 14-7, as Bill Mueller becomes the first player in history to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in the same game. Mueller hits one from the right side in the 7th inning and from the left side an inning later. He also hits a solo HR in the 3rd to give him 3 HRs and 9 RBIs on the day. He is the 12thplayer with two slams in a game.

The Braves beat the Astros, 6-3, behind the hot hitting of Marcus Giles. Giles goes 5-for-5 to give him 9 consecutive hits, just one off the NL record. He is the first Nler since Brett Butler to have three straight four-hit games.

The Diamondbacks get OF Raul Mondesi from the Yankees for OF David Dellucci, P Bret Prinz, and C Jon-Mark Sprowl.

The White Sox obtain pitchers Scott Schoeneweis and Doug Nickle from the Angels for pitchers Gary Glover, Scott Dunn, and Tim Bittner.

The Reds send P Scott Williamson to the Red Sox for minor league P Phil Dumatrait, a player to be named, and cash in excess of $1 million, which is more than the amount allowable. The Yankees protest to Selig in vain.

The Yankees send veteran pitcher Dan Miceli to Houston for future considerations.  For Miceli, it is his fourth ML team this year. Dave Martinez in 2000 was the last player to play for four teams in a season.

The Mariners get vet SS Rey Sanchez from the Mets for minor league OF Kenny Kelly.

30thThe White Sox pound the Royals, 15-4, behind 3 HRs and 6 RBIs from Jose Valentin.

The Mariners score 9 runs in the 1st inning and go on to defeat the Tigers, 13-3.

The A’s send pitchers Aaron Harang, Jeff Bruksch, and Joe Valentin to the Reds. In return, Oakland receives OF Jose Guillen.

The Cubs obtain OF Doug Glanville from the Rangers in exchange for OF Jason Fransz and cash.

31stOakland wins its 9thstraight, edging Tampa Bay, 4–3.  Rookie Rich Harden earns the win with 10 K’s in 7 innings. Devil Ray coaches Lee Elia and John McLaren are tossed in the 5thfor protesting a call, and TB starter Jermi Gonzalez, who goes 8 innings in the loss, is also tossed, one of the few times in memory that a pitcher throws a CG and earns an ejection. After pitching the 8th, Gonzalez, who had complained about ump Joe Brinkman’s calls, continued his grumbling and finally fired a bucket of sunflower seeds onto the field, earning him an ejection (which does not appear in the box score).

In Arlington, the Red Sox get solo homers from David Ortiz and Trot Nixon but Alex Rodriguez breaks a 3-3 tie with a walkoff grand slam in the 9th. Texas wins, 7-3.

The Reds acquire pitchers Brandon Claussen and Charlie Manning and cash from the Yankees for 3B Aaron Boone. They also send P Gabe White to the Yanks for a player to be named.  The deal had been for the 2 Reds players for the Yankee players and about $1.4 million, but Selig vetoed the deal because it exceeded the $1 million limit, forcing the teams to make it 2 transactions.

The Devil Rays send P Al Levine to the Royals for cash.

The Dodgers get 3B Robin Ventura from the Yankees for OF Bubba Crosby and P Scott Procter. Ventura became available when the Yanks obtained Boone from the Reds.

The Giants, vulnerable with Rueter going on the DL, obtain P Sidney Ponson from the Orioles for a hefty package including pitchers Kurt Ainsworth, Damian Moss, and blue chipper Ryan Hannaman. It is more of a rental as Ponson will resign with the Orioles in January saying. “I love Baltimore.”

Did you guys even unpack? The Pittsburgh Pirates trade pitchers Brandon Lyon and Anastacio Martinez to the Boston Red Sox for left-hander Mike Gonzalez. Just a week ago, the Red Sox had swapped Lyon and Martinez to the Pirates for Gonzalez, but Lyon had a sore arm and the deal was rescinded. Whoops. On the mulligan, the Pirates add pitcher Jeff Suppan while Boston throws in minor league infielder Freddy Sanchez. Suppan will start just 10 games for the Sox, while Sanchez and Gonzalez will star for the Bucs.

AUGUST

1st      The Angels shut out the Blue Jays, 5-0, ending Roy Halladay’s 15-game winning streak.

2ndThe Mariners down the White Sox, 10-0, behind John Olerud’s 2 HRs and 7 RBIs.

3rdThe Rockies pound out 24 hits in a 16-4 win over the Pirates. Jay Payton hits a pair of HRs and drives in 7 runs for Colorado.

Eddie Murray and Gary Carter are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, along with announcer Bob Uecker and sportswriter Hal McCoy.

5thMajor League Baseball announces plans to build its first owned and operated Youth Baseball Academy on the campus of Compton Community College as part of its Urban Youth Initiative.

6thThe Yankees send relief P Armando Benitez to the Mariners in exchange for fellow reliever Jeff Nelson. It’s Nelson’s second tour of duty with the Yanks.

8thThe Dodgers defeat the Cubs, 3-1, as Eric Gagne sets an ML record for most consecutive saves from the beginning of the season with 39. It is Gagne’s 48th straight save overall, 2nd on the all-time list to Tom Gordon’s 54.

9thThe Red Sox defeat the Orioles, 6-4, as Kevin Millar hits a 2-run HR in the 8th inning. Millar’s blast is the 10,000th in Fenway Park history.

The Indians sweep a doubleheader from the Angels by identical scores of 3-2. In the 2nd contest, Cleveland’s P Jason Boyd turns an unassisted DP.

10thSammy Sosa clubs 2 home runs good for 3 RBI, as the Cubs down Kevin Brown and the Dodgers, 3–1.

Rafael Furcal of Atlanta turns a rare unassisted triple play, the 12thin history, against the Cardinals to keep the Braves in the game.  But St. Louis ties the score with a run in the 8thoff starter Ramirez and Albert Pujols then clubs a solo homer off John Smoltz to give the host Redbirds a 3-2 win. Gary Sheffield, Perez, and Metheny also hit home runs.

Bronson Arroyo of Pawtucket hurls just the 4th 9-inning perfect game in the International League’s 120-year history, downing Buffalo by a score of 7-0.

11thThe Royals beat the Yankees, 12-9, as the teams set an AL record by stroking 19 doubles. KC strokes 11 of the 2-baggers, just 1 shy of the AL mark.

The Astros down the Cubs, 3-1. Chicago’s Kerry Wood becomes the youngest pitcher in history to reach the 1,000 strikeout mark, doing so in 134 games. Roger Clemens achieved the feat in 143 contests. Wood will lead the NL in K’s this year with teammate Mark Prior second.

 

12thThe Braves obtain P Kent Mercker from the Reds for a player to be named. Atlanta also unveils a statue of Hall of Fame great Warren Spahn outside Turner Field.

Pat Gillick of the Seattle Mariners resigns after a four-year run. He becomes the third GM to leave his position, voluntarily or not, in 2003. The first GM to leave this year was the Mets Steve Phillips who was fired in mid-June and replaced by his assistant Jim Duquette on an interim basis. Jim Bowden of the Reds was the next GM handed his walking papers. He was fired in late July and replaced by assistants Brad Kullman and Leland Maddux as interim co-GM’s.

13thMike Mordecai hits his 2ndhomer of the year and his second extra-inning homer to give Florida a 2-1 win over the Dodgers. Mordecai hit a game winning extra inning HR on July 23, his first homer in two years. His last homer before that, for Montreal on August 8, 2001, was also an extra-inning game winner. The winning pitcher today is rookie Nate Bump (4-0) who also was the winner on Mordecai’s last homer.

14thIn an 8–3 win over the Twins, Travis Hafner of the Cleveland Indians became the 22nd major-leaguer to hit for the cycle as a rookie. He barely legs out a triple in his final at bat becoming the first Indian to cycle since Andre Thornton in 1978. The first rookie to hit for a cycle was Bill Van Dyke in 1890 while playing for the American Association’s Toledo Maumees. Brian Anderson is the winner with 8 1/3 IP. The Twins, who were shutout in 14 innings yesterday, score 3 meaningless runs in the bottom of the 9th.

A major blackout in the Northeast causes the cancellation of the Mets-Giants game at Shea Stadium.

15thThe Mets defeat the Rockies, 5-0, as Tom Glavine wins the 250th game of his ML career. Home plate umpire Justin Kelmm is forced to leave the game in the 8th inning after being hit in the head by a broken bat.

Yanks manager Joe Torre and staff fail to catch two Orioles (Tony Batista and Jay Gibbons) batting out of order in the first inning.  New York rallies after the bullpen fails to win, 6–4, on Aaron Boone’s 3-run HR inside the RF foul pole.

16thIn a 5–4 loss to the host Phillies, Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals becomes just the 38th major-leaguer to produce a hit streak of 30 games or more when he singles in the 7th inning. The feat has been accomplished 40 times overall with George Sisler and Ty Cobb the only big-leaguers who produced multiple streaks of 30 or more. Pujols has batted .390 (46-for-118) during the streak and has kept it alive six times by getting a hit in his final at bat.

Boston’s Pedro Martinez stops the Mariners, 5–1, to run his record against the M’s to a perfect 11–0.  He now matches Randy Johnson for the best current record against one team: Big Unit is 11–0 against the Cubs.

The Pirates send 1B Randall Simon to the Cubs for minor league OF Ray Sadler.

17thThe Angels down the Tigers, 11-6, as Garret Anderson becomes the Angels’ career hits leader. His 3 hits move him ahead of Brian Downing’s club mark.

Up 2-0 in the 9th. Giants starter Sidney Ponson exits with the bases loaded and one out. Todd Worrell strikes out the next batter but then serves up a walkoff grand slam to Brad Wilkerson. The Expos win, 4-2.

18thThe Expos knock off the suddenly slumping Giants, 4–0, behind a 3-hitter by  Javier Vazquez.  Without Bonds, the Giants lose all 4 games to Montreal and finish the season series, 0–7, the first time in their 128-year history they have been swept in a season series (they were 0-3 vs. Texas in 1999).  Montreal also took all 6 games this year with Milwaukee and swept the Padres, 12–0, in 1994. Despite the loss, the Giants are still 8.5 games ahead of the Diamondbacks in the NL West.

The Mets shut out the Rockies, 8-0, as Steve Trachsel hurls his 2nd one-hitter of the season. Colorado pitcher Chin-hui Tsao’s double in the 6th inning is the Rockies’ only hit.

19thThe Giants pick up 2B Eric Young from the Brewers in a trade for minor league P Greg Bruso.

The Rockies send IF Tony Womack to the Cubs for minor league P Enmanuel Ramirez and cash considerations.

20thThe Pirates rout the Cardinals, 14-0, scoring 10 runs in the 5th inning. OF Reggie Sanders hits a pair of homers in the frame, including a grand slam, to tie the ML record.

In the Giants 2-1 win over the visiting Braves, starter Josh Foppert is lifted in the 4thinning when his right hand becomes numb. It turns out to be a torn ulnar collateral ligament and the phenom undergoes Tommy John  surgery. He won’t return until the 2005 season.

22ndSammy Sosa hits a home run off Curt Schilling, his 500thHR as a Cub.  Only 10 players in history have hit that many for one team. It is also Sammy’s 30thof the season, the 9thstraight season he’s reached that level.

The White Sox shore up their bullpen by acquiring P Scott Sullivan from the Reds for a player to be named.

23rdThe Phillies beat the Cardinals, 9-4, in the process ending Albert Pujols’ hitting streak at 30 games. It is the longest streak in the ML this season, and ties him with Stan Musial for the second-longest in St. Louis history. Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby hit in 33 straight games for the Cardinals’ record. Pujols will go hitless in his next 13 at bats.

Baltimore beats Mike Mussina and the Yankees, 7–2, behind Rodrigo Lopez’s complete game. Jay Gibbon has a homer and a double. Before the game, the Yankees retire number 49 in honor of Ron Guidry. The Yanks showered their former captain with gifts including an SUV, a tractor, golf clubs, a ring and even throw in some mountain bikes for Guidry’s kids. Guidry, who hates to fly, is given five round trip train tickets from his home in Louisiana to New York City.

24thThe A’s ride grand slams by Ramon Hernandez and Miguel Tejada to a 17-2 triumph over the Blue Jays. It is the first time in the franchise’s 10three-year history that two players connected for slams in the same game. Prior to today, Oakland had not hit one this season. Mike Neu earns the first save of his career when he pitches the final three innings.

Professional golfer Phil Mickelson tries his hand at baseball in a tryout with the Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Mickelson, who golfs left but throws right, offers a bounty of $300 to any player who can hit a home run off him. Unfortunately for the golfer, his pitching prowess did not impress Mud Hens or Tigers management. Most of the 10 batters he faces are pitchers and former major-leaguer Gene Kingsale was his only strikeout victim. But, he gives up no homers.

25thThe Royals acquire P Brian Anderson from the Indians in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers—1B/OF Trey Dyson and P Kieran Mattison—and cash considerations.

The Yankees claim Reds lefty reliever Felix Heredia off waivers to keep Cincinnati from trading him to an AL East team.

Yuutaro Tanaka dominates the championship game of the 57th Little League WS, leading Tokyo, Japan, to a 10-1 victory over Boynton Beach, Florida.

The lowly Tigers release Steve Sparks, who will sign a minor-league contract with the Oakland A’s. The A’s will recall him on September 3. It is a win swing of 110 games for the knuckler.

26thThe Royals get OF Rondell White from the Padres for minor league pitchers Chris Tierney and Brian Sanches.

The Pirates trade slugger Brian Giles to the Padres. Giles is one of 5 players with 35 or more homers in each of the last 4 seasons. In return, Pittsburgh gets P Oliver Perez, much-traveled minor league OF Jason Bay, and a player to be named (Corey Stewart). Bay will win Rookie of the Year honors in 2004, while Perez will win 12 and strike out 239 in his first season.

27thAt Wrigley, Hideo Nomo fires 6 shutout innings, striking out 3, as the Dodgers whitewash the Cubs, 3-0. The three K’s give Nomo 150 for the 9thstraight season to start his career. He joins Don Sutton and Tom Seaver as the only pitchers in the past 50 years to accomplish the feat.

28thThe Dodgers defeat the Astros, 6-3, as Eric Gagne sets a ML record with his 44th straight save of the season. Former record-holder Tom Gordon began the 1998 season with 43 in a row.

Marlins’ backup C Ramon Castro is arrested and charged with rape in Pittsburgh following Florida’s game with the Pirates.

Pay up!  The Brewers top the host Cincinnati Reds, 4–3, for their 10thstraight win.  Brewers manager Ned Yost fulfills on a vow he  made to his team that, if they won 10 straight, he and his coaches would dress up as Hooters waitresses. They wear the outfits, including the chain’s trademark orange hot pants, on the team’s charter to Chicago and on the bus to their hotel. The Cubs will beat them tomorrow, 4–2, but the  Brewers will take the next 2 from Chicago.

30thThe Phillies down the Mets, 4-2. NY’s runs come on a HR by Jason Phillips, the 5,000th round-tripper in franchise history.

The Mariners score 10 runs with 2 outs in the 5th inning and go on to defeat the Orioles, 13-1.

The White Sox down the Tigers, 5-2, handing Detroit its 100th loss of the season. Detroit becomes the 3rd team in modern times to reach the century mark in losses before September.

The Yanks knock Pedro Martinez out of the box, scoring 5 runs in 4 innings en route to a 10–7 win. Nick Johnson has 4 hits and 4 RBI, while Jorge Posada has a pair of homers to back Pettitte’s pitching. On one of Posada’s homers Sox fan Marty Martin throws the ball back on the field. He is then tossed out of Fenway for throwing an object onto the field.

A storm forces the cancellation of the Royals-Angels game in Kansas City. It drops 7.3 inches of rain in the area around Kauffman Stadium in a 23-hour period beginning at 9 a.m.

31stThe Rangers edge the Twins, 11-10, as Alex Rodriguez becomes just the 2nd player in ML history with 6 straight seasons of 40 or more HRs. Babe Ruth is the only other player to accomplish the feat.

Roger Clemens of the Yankees became the first pitcher to win 100 games at Fenway Park when he defeats the Red Sox, 8-4. In his last regular-season start there. Rocket finishes his career at Fenway with a 100-55 record in 199 appearances; no other pitcher has recorded more than 71 victories at the stadium.

Minutes before the start of the game, Barry Bonds is removed from the lineup and hospitalized for exhaustion. Jason Schmidt then pitches into the 9thinning to give the Giants a 3–1 win over the Diamondbacks.  Bonds homered off Randy Johnson yesterday and then was removed from the game because he had an accelerated heartbeat. It was his first game back following the death of his father.

SEPTEMBER

1st Two 9th inning grand slams are featured today as Jeff Kent and Trot Nixon connect. Kent’s slam comes against the host Dodgers as he drives in 6 runs in a 10-1 Houston  win.  Trot also drives in 6 runs as hits his 4-run homer in Boston’s 6-run burst against the host Phillies, as the Red Sox win, 13-9.

2ndThe Dodgers down the Astros, 4-1, as Eric Gagne sets a ML record with his 55th consecutive save. The old mark was held by Tom Gordon of the Red Sox. Gagne is 44-0 this year in saves, another ML mark.

Sammy Sosa hits a 2-run walkoff homer (his career 9th) in the 15thinning to give the Cubs a 4–2 win over the Cardinals. It is the opener of a doubleheader. Matt Morris goes 7 innings in game 2 as he combines with three relievers to beat the Cubs, 2-0. Kerry Wood (11-11) strikes out 9 in 7 innings.  His 228 strikeouts leads the NL.

3rdThe Brewers suds the Reds, 9-6, as Brady Clark scores 4 runs and is a single shy of the cycle. Luis Martinez, in his ML debut, gives up a leadoff walk to the Reds Juan Castro, allows a single, then picks Castro off 2B.

Before the start of a Cubs-Cardinals game at Wrigley, manager Dusty Baker sprinkles an unknown substance (to be called “magic dust”) over the infield. It works. The Cubs, down 6-0, rally to win 8-7. They will win six in a row to move into a first place tie with the Birds.

5thThe Blue Jays down the Tigers, 8-6, handing Mike Maroth his 20th loss of the season. Maroth becomes the first P in 23 years to lose 20 games in a season.

After three national anthems are played in San Juan, the Expos defeat the Marlins, 6-2, as Todd Zeile hits a pair of HRs. In doing so, he becomes the first player in ML history to homer for 11 different teams. When Zeile went yard for the New York Yankees earlier this season, he tied two 19th century players, Dan Brouthers and Tom Brown, with homers for 10 different teams. The Yanks released Zeile on August 17 and Montreal signed him. With Zeile at bat in the 4thinning, the lights go out and the game is delayed 1 hour 14 minutes.

6thBlue Jays ace Roy Halladay pitches the first extra inning complete game shutout in the majors since Jack Morris, in the classic Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. The last time it was done in the regular season was by Dave Stewart, on August 1, 1990. Halladay takes a no-hitter into the 8thagainst Detroit, and finishes with a 3-hit, 1–0 victory.  Tiger starter Nate Cornejo pitches 9 shutout innings before giving way to Fernando Rodney. Bobby Kielty’s single drives home the winner.

At Yankee Stadium. Tim Wakefield allows 4 hits in 7 innings as the Red Sox wallop Roger Clemens to move 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Nomar Garciaparra hits a 2-run homer to ignite a 6-run 4thinning. Luis Sojo, who appeared in the Yankees old-timers game earlier in the year, pinch hits for Jason Giambi in the 9thand fouls out.

At Milwaukee, the Cubs Mark Prior (15-5) strikes out 7 in 7 innings to win his 7thstraight, beating the Brewers, 4–2. Randall Simon hits a 2-run homer for Chicago and gets a big cheer when it is announced that all 330 fans sitting in section 112, behind the Cubs dugout, would receive free Polish sausages, courtesy of Simon. Simon’s last appearance at Miller Park was in a Pirates uniform on July 9 when he whacked a woman dressed as asausage during a race.

In a 9-2 win over the Pirates, Greg Maddux pitches 7+ innings for the victory. Gary Sheffield has 3 hits including his 35thHR.

8thThe Dodgers score 7 runs in the last 2 innings to pound the Diamondbacks, 10-3, as SS Cesar Izturis goes 5-for-5 with a 2-run HR and 3 runs scored. Shawn Green adds a grand slam in the 9th for the visiting Dodgers.

9thIn an 18-5 laugher over Atlanta, the Phils hits two grand slams and a 3-run homer. Mike Lieberthal hits the 3-run homer while Tomas Perez has a grand slam and 5 RBIs. Jason Michael, who enters in the 5thwith the Phils up 13-2, adds another grand slam. Atlanta has 3 homers, one each by Javy Lopez, Mark DeRosa and Julio Franco.

10thAlbert Pujols homers twice as the Cardinals defeat the Rockies, 10-2. the win is St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa’s 2,000th, making him the 8th man in ML history to reach that mark.

The Yankees rout the Tigers by a score of 15-5 as C Jorge Posada hits a grand slam and drives in 7 runs.

11thThe White Sox release P Jose Paniagua. Paniagua pitched in only one game for the White Sox, but gave up 4runs in 1/3 IP, and made an obscene gesture to the home plate umpire while walking off the field.

Seattle tops Texas, 8–2, behind 8 strong innings from Gil Meche (15-10). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Meche is the first pitcher since Whitey Ford in 1953 to win at least 15 after missing the previous two seasons.

14thThe Tigers become the fist team in 34 years to lose 110 games in a season by dropping a 7-2 decision to the Royals. The last teams to reach the mark were the 1969 expansion Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres.

The Diamondbacks shut out the Rockies, 5-0, as Randy Johnson hurls a 1-hitter. Rene Reyes’ 5th-inning single is Colorado’s only safety.

The Expos down the Mets, 7-3, as Vladimir Guerrero hits for the cycle.

15thThe Rangers defeat the Mariners, 6-4. Rafael Palmeiro hits his 35th HR of the season, making him just the 2nd player in history to reach 35 homers and 100 RBI in 9 consecutive seasons. Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx is the only other player to perform the feat.

Robert Fick has a 3-run homer as the Braves beat the host Expos, 10-6. Brian Schneider hits a pinch grand slam in the 9th for Montreal.

16thDespite blowing a 3-run lead and losing to Montreal, 5-4, the Braves become the first ML team to clinch a playoff berth.

The Astros pound the Rockies, 14-4, as Richard Hidalgo hits 3 homers and drives in 5 runs for Houston.

17thThe Giants down the Padres, 8-3, to clinch the NL West division title. In doing so, they become just the 9th wire-to-wire winner of a division or pennant in ML history. Shortly before the game ends, a fan tries to climb down the outside of the right-field wall and falls 24 feet to his death.

18thThe Astros defeat the Rockies, 6-0. It marks the first time Colorado has been shut out at home since July 5, 1999, a span of 361 games which had been an ML record.

The Blue Jays hand the Tigers their 114th loss of the season, defeating Detroit by a score of 10-6. Mike Maroth becomes the first pitcher in 29 years to lost 21 games.

Major League Baseball asks players to shift about a quarter of the Expos’ home games next year from Montreal to San Juan or Monterey.

19th  Russ Ortiz wins his 20th, outpitching Josh Beckett (8-8) to give Atlanta a 1–0 win over the Marlins.  He gives up only 3 hits, one to Derrek Lee who is caught stealing.  Lee will end up with 30+ homers and 20 stolen bases. Javy Lopez doubles in the 2ndand scores the games only run.

Randy Johnson starts the scoring for Arizona with a 3rd-inning homer off Doug Davis, his first and only ML dinger. The Big Unit strikes our 10 in 6 innings but isn’t around when Steve Finley hits a 9th-inning solo shot to give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 win over the Brewers.

21stGreg Maddux becomes the first pitcher to win 15 or more games in 16 consecutive seasons as the Braves shut out the Marlins, 8-0. Maddux had shared the ML record of 15 seasons in a row with Cy Young.

After a 7-5 Dodger win over the Giants, Mark Allen Antenorcruz, a 25-year-old Giant fan who lives in Covina, is murdered in the Dodger Stadium parking lot following an argument. Antenorcruz attended the game with his family, who have season tickets. The police said the argument was related to the game and that alcohol was involved.

22ndThe Royals down the Tigers, 12-6, handing Detroit its 118th loss of the season for a new AL record.

The White Sox beat the Yankees, 6-3 in 10 innings, despite a pair of HRs by Alfonso Soriano for NY. Soriano’s homer in the first is his 13th leadoff homer of the season to set a new ML mark.

In a 7-5 win over the Orioles, the Boston Red Sox break a major-league record when Kevin Millar lines a double to left field in the eighth inning becoming the 8th Bosox player this season to hit 30 doubles. The previous record was 7 players with 30 two-baggers shared by four teams, the last being the 2001 Florida Marlins. Millar joins Bill Mueller, David Ortiz, Todd Walker, Nomar Garciaparra, Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, and Jason Varitek to set the record.

23rdThe Giants score 10 runs in the 2nd inning and go on to defeat the Astros, 10-3. Edgardo Alfonso’s grand slam is the big blow in the frame.

The Rockies pound out 17 hits on their way to a 20-9 trouncing of the Diamondbacks. Ron Belliard ties a franchise record with 8 RBIs for the night, connecting on a double and 2 homers.  Larry Walker has a grand slam and drives in 6 runs. Each team has 4 homeruns.

The Yankees, Twins, and Athletics all clinch AL division titles. Oakland clinches by defeating Texas, 4-3 in 10 innings, while New York shuts out Chicago, 7-0, to take the East crown. Jose Contreras (7-2) goes 8 innings and Jason Giambi hits his 40thhomer in the 9th, a grand slam. After defeating the Indians, the Twins clinch the Central title when the Tigers knock off the Royals.

24thThe Cubs beat the host Reds, 8-0, behind Sean Estes complete-game shutout. Chicago stays a game ahead of Houston in the NL Central.

At Fenway, the Orioles do all their scoring in the 1stinning in beating the Red Sox, 7-3. Tony Batista has a grand slam off John Burkett, who records one out.

25thThe Red Sox upend the Orioles, 14-3, to clinch the wild-card playoff spot. The Hubmen pound three homeruns among their 18 hits. The Sox will finish with a ML-record .491 slugging average, breaking the .488 mark set by the 1927 Yankees.

The Blue Jays outscore the Devil Rays, 10-8, as Carlos Delgado becomes the 15th player in history to hit 4 homers in a game. His first homer of the game is also the 300th of his career. He has shown a progression of power as he’s reached home run milestones: he hit one homer in a game for his first career dinger, hit a pair in a game for his 100th, hit a threesome to reach 200 and hit 4 today.

The Reds beat the Cubs, 9-7, despite a pair of HRs by Sammy Sosa. His 3 RBI for the night gives his 100 for the season, making him the first NL player to reach the mark in 9 straight years.

26thThe Marlins defeat the Mets, 4-3, to clinch the NL wild-card spot in the playoffs.

Yankee rookie P Jorge De Paula makes his ML debut with 6 1/3 hitless innings against the Baltimore Orioles in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. He is removed after allowing a single to Larry Bigbie, but does not get a decision as the Orioles win, 3-2 in 10 innings.  New York takes the opener, 11–2.

The White Sox down the Royals, 11-2. KC’s Carlos Beltran hits a leadoff homer in the 4th to become just the 6th player since 1900 to have 100 runs, 100 RBI, and 30 stolen bases in three seasons.

27thThe Cubs clinch the NL Central crown with a doubleheader sweep of the Pirates, 4-2 and 7-2. It is their first division title in 14 years. For the first time since 1937, the Cubs are not swept in a three-game series the entire season.

The Cardinals defeat the Diamondbacks, 3-2, as Edgar Renteria becomes the first NL  shortstop in 18 years to drive in 100 runs. Todd Helton of the Rookies narrowly loses the N.L. batting title to Albert Pujols of the Cardinals on the final day of the season, He trailed Pujols by as much as 56 points before making his charge. Also leading the NL is Mike Matheny of the Cardinals, the first catcher since Charles Johnson in 1997 to sport a 1.000 fielding percentage.

At Kansas City, Carl Everett and Joe Crede drive in four runs apiece and Bartolo Colon notches his 100th career win as the Chicago White Sox roll to 19-3 rout of the Royals. The Sox record a season-high 21 hits, including a season-high 7 doubles, (and no homers) and clinch 2nd place in the AL Central.

Ryan Madson of the Philadelphia Phillies became the 16,000th player in major-league history when he makes his debut in a game against the Atlanta Braves. Madson calmly strides in from the bullpen in the sixth inning and proceeds to retire six straight batters in a two-inning relief performance as the Phillies beat the Braves, 7-6. Javy Lopez hits his 42nd HR of the season to set a new ML record for a catcher.

Roy Halladay wins his 22nd, as the Blue Jays beat the Indians, 5–4.

28thThe Yankees win, 3–1, over Baltimore as David Wells (15-7) goes 7 2/3 innings for his 200thcareer victory and last win as a Yankee.  Acting manager Roger Clemens removes him in the 8th.  Drew Henson hits a seeing-eye single for his first and only ML hit. He later scores. The day after the Patriots win the 2004 Superbowl behind Henson’s former Michigan teammate Tom Brady, Henson will give up baseball and $12 million for NFL football.

The Dodgers conclude the season with a 12–3 loss at San Francisco, as Bonds has 2 hits but no homers. Despite the 12 runs, the Dodgers finish with a team ERA of 3.16, best in the NL by .57.  This is the biggest difference between the best ERA and the 2ndbest since the 1907 also had a .57.

At Safeco, Seattle downs the A’s, 9-3, as Jamie Moyer (21-7) goes 7 innings. Moyer joins Piniero, Franklin, Garcia and Meche as the only pitchers to make starts this year for Seattle. Since 1900, only Seattle (2003), Los Angeles NL (1966), Boston AL (1904), Boston NL (1901), Washington AL (1901) have gone through the season using just five starters.  No team since 1900 has used just four (as noted by Clem Comly).

29thThe Orioles fire manager Mike Hargrove after four consecutive losing seasons under his command.

The White Sox fire manager Jerry Manuel after six years at the helm.

30thThe Twins end their 13-game losing streak to the Yankees by beating the New Yorkers, 3-1, to take the opening game of their Division Series.

Jason Schmidt hurls a 3-hit shutout as the Giants down the Marlins, 2-0, to take the first game of their Division Series. The Giants only get 3 hits themselves in the pitcher’s duel between Schmidt and Florida’s Josh Beckett.

Kerry Wood is the story for Chicago as the Cubs beat the Braves, 4-2, in the opener of their Division Series. In addition to allowing just 2 hits in 7 innings for the win, Wood also drives in 2 runs with a double. Marcus Giles homers for Atlanta.

OCTOBER

1st        Mark DeRosa’s 2-out, 2-run double in the 8th inning sparks the Braves to a 5-3 win over the Cubs to tie their Division Series at a game apiece. Atlanta P Mike Hampton ties a postseason record by striking out 6 Cubs in a row in the 2nd and 3rd innings.

The Giants blow a 4-1 lead and lose to the Marlins, 9-5. Juan Pierre’s bases loaded double in the 6th is the key blow for Florida. Juan Encarnacion homers for the Marlins to even the series at one game apiece.

Oakland C Ramon Hernandez lays down a perfect 2-outs squeeze bunt in the bottom half of the 12th inning to give the Athletics a victory in the first game of their Division Series against the Red Sox. Erubiel Durazo’s 2-outs hit in the 9th ties the game and sends it into extra innings. Todd Walker gets 4 hits for Boston, including a pair of HRs. Jason Varitek also homers for the Sox. Rookie Rich Harden gets the win in relief for Oakland.

In a decision announced several months ago, the Hudson Valley Renegades (NY-Penn League) and the Fort Myers Miracle (Florida State League) trade General Managers. Renegades President/GM Steve Gliner heads to the Sunshine State and Miracle GM Dave Burke comes to New York. Same ownership group.

2ndOakland’s Barry Zito shuts down the Red Sox, 5-1, to give the Athletics a 2-0 lead in their Division Series. Oakland scores all its runs in the 2nd inning, with Eric Byrnes’ 2-run double a key blow.

The Yankees even their series with Minnesota with a 4-1 victory behind Andy Pettitte. Jason Giambi hits a 2-run single and Pettitte fans 10 for New York.

3rdThe Marlins down the Giants, 4-3, to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their Division Series. Ivan Rodriguez’s 2-run single in the 11th inning is the game-winner. Rodriguez also hits a 2-run HR.

Chicago beats Atlanta, 3-1, to move ahead of the Braves, 2-1, in their series. Mark Prior hurls a 2-hitter and out-duels Greg Maddux.

4thThe Marlins defeat the Giants, 7-6, to win their Division Series and move on to the NLCS. The game ends in bang-bang fashion as Jeff Conine throws out JT Snow at home plate as Snow tries to score the tying run. Fish starter Dontrelle Willis allows 5 runs in 5+ innings, but goes 3-for-3 with a run scored.

The Athletics lose to the Red Sox, 3-1 in 11 innings, on Trot Nixon’s walkoff homer. The loss ties the series at 2 games apiece. The pinch-hit walk-off home run Nixon is the fifth such long ball in postseason history., and the first in the pinch since Kirk Gibson’s famous homer off Dennis Eckersley to win Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

The Yankees move into the lead in their series with the Twins with a 3-1 win behind Roger Clemens. The Rocket surrenders only 1 run and 5 hits sin 7 innings. Hideki Matsui hits a HR for NY.

The Braves stay alive in their series with the Cubs, riding a pair of 2-run HRs by Chipper Jones to a 6-4 victory. John Smoltz preserves the win by getting Sammy Sosa on a long drive to centerfield in a bid to tie the score with 2 outs in the 9th.

5thThe Yankees pound the Twins behind David Wells, 8-1, to win their Division Series. New York strokes 4 doubles in a 4-run 6th inning to move into the ALCS.

David Ortiz’s 2-run double in the 8th inning helps Boston to a 5-4 victory over Oakland and sends their Division Series to a deciding seventh game. Johnny Damon and Todd Walker homer for the Sox.

The Cubs beat the Braves, 5-1, to win their first postseason series since 1908 and move on to the NLCS. Kerry Wood gets the win for Chicago while Aramis Ramirez hits a HR.

6thThe Red Sox complete their comeback, defeating the Athletics for the 3rd straight game, 4-3, to advance to the ALCS against the Yankees. Manny Ramirez’s 3-run HR is the big blow in the game. Boston starter-turned-reliever Derek Lowe strikes out Terrence Long with the bases loaded for the final out. Red Sox OF Johnny Damon is forced to leave the game in the 7th inning with a concussion after a collision with 2B Damian Jackson.

7thThe Marlins defeat the Cubs, 9-8, on Mike Lowell’s pinch-hit HR in the 11th inning. The Cubs had tied the game at 8-8 on Sammy Sosa’s 2-outs, 2-run homer in the bottom half of the 9th to send the game into extra innings. The two teams combine to hit 7 HRs to set an NLCS record.

The House of Representatives approves legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal for Jackie Robinson, the first black to play in the ML in the modern era.

8thMark Prior handcuffs the Marlins as the Cubs pound out 4 HRs on their way to a 12-3 win over Florida to tie their NLCS at 1 game apiece. Alex Gonzalez homers twice for Chicago, while Sammy Sosa and Aramis Ramirez also connect. Kenny Lofton ties an NLCS record with 4 hits.

Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball baffles the Yankees as the Red Sox take the opening game of the ALCS by a score of 5-2. David Ortiz, Todd Walker, and Manny Ramirez all homer for Boston.

9thThe Yankees even their series with the Red Sox by defeating Boston behind Andy Pettitte, 6-2. Nick Johnson hits a 2-run HR for New York while Jason Varitek hits a solo homer for Boston.

10thDoug Glanville’s RBI triple in the 11th inning gives the Cubs a 5-4 win in the third game of the NLCS. Randall Simon hits a 2-run HR for Chicago.

Boston real estate developer Frank McCourt reaches an agreement with News Corp to buy the LA Dodgers.

11thIn a game marked by several brawls, including a memorable one in which Boston hurler Pedro Martinez throws 72-year-old New York coach Don Zimmer to the ground, the Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 4-3, to take Game 3 of the ALCS. Zim’s slow charge to the mound followed a Pedro pitch behind Karim Garcia’s head in the 4thinning. Garcia followed with a hard slide into 2B upending Todd Walker. When the Red Sox came to bat, Manny Ramirez took exception to a pitch from Roger Clemens that sailed high. Although it is barely inside, he shouts at Clemens, moving at him with bat in hand, and both benches empty. Clemens posts the 11th postseason win of his career while Derek Jeter homers for NY.

The Cubs pound the Marlins for an 8-3 victory and a 3-games-to-1 lead in the NLCS behind Matt Clement. Aramis Ramirez’s first inning grand slam gives the Cubs a lead they never relinquish. Ramirez also hits another homer as the two teams combine to set a new record for most HRs in an NLCS with 16. Ramirez finishes the game with 6 RBI.

12thThe Marlins stave off elimination with a 4-0 win over the Cubs in the NLCS. Josh Beckett dominates Chicago with a 2-hitter, while Mike Lowell, Ivan Rodriguez, and Jeff Conine all homer for Florida.

With Game 4 of the AL championship series postponed by rain, attention is on Don Zimmer, who apologizes for yesterday’s melee. “I’m embarrassed at what happened,” Zimmer said, fighting back tears. “I’m embarrassed for the Yankees, the Red Sox, the fans, the umpires and my family.” Zimmer is fined $5,000 by Bob Watson, baseball’s vice president in charge of discipline, Martinez is fined $50,000, Ramirez $25,000 and Garcia $10,000. Boston owner John Henry, pleased with Zimmer’s apology, says he “wouldn’t mind seeing the same thing coming from our side.” Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar says he hoped Zimmer’s remarks would put an end to the “sideshow.” Boston center fielder Johnny Damon acknowledges that the Red Sox also were to blame in the brawl. “If I was involved, I’d apologize. But then, Zimmer wasn’t coming after my life, he was coming after Pedro’s.”  It is not Zimmer’s last press conference; he will announce after the Series that he is fed up with Steinbrenner’s interference and that he is retiring.

13thTim Wakefield earns his 2nd victory of the series, leading the Red Sox to a 3-2 win over the Yankees to even the ALCS at 2 games apiece. Todd Walker and Trot Nixon homer for Boston, while Ruben Sierra’s 9th inning round-tripper gets NY to within a run.

14thDavid Wells hurls the Yankees to a 4-2 win over the Red Sox and a 3-games-to-2 lead in the ALCS. Karim Garcia’s 2-run single in the 3rd is the key blow for NY while Manny Ramirez homers for Boston.

Trailing 3-0 with 1 out in the 8th inning, the Marlins explode for 8 runs and go on to defeat the Cubs, 8-3, to send the NLCS to a 7th game. A key play occurs when a Cubs fan named Bartman reaches for a foul ball that Chicago LF Moises Alou appears ready to catch at the edge of the stands. An error by SS Alex Gonzalez and a bases-loaded triple by Mike Mordecai are other key plays in the inning. Starter Mark Prior takes the loss.

The Giants announce that Pacific Bell Park will be renamed SBC Park beginning January 1, 2004.

15thThe Red Sox rally for 3 runs in the 7th inning to come from behind and pull out a 9-6 victory over the Yankees to send the ALCS to a 7th game. Boston slugs 16 hits, including 4 by Nomar Garciaparra, and gets HRs from Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon.

The Marlins complete a stunning comeback by defeating the Cubs, 9-6, to win their 3rd straight game and the NLCS. HRs by Kerry Wood and Moises Alou give Chicago a 5-3 lead, but Florida bounces back to take the lead on Luis Castillo’s RBI single in the 6th. Miguel Cabrera hits a 3-run homer for the Marlins. Ivan Rodriguez is named the NLCS Most Valuable Player.

16thAaron Boone’s walkoff HR on Tim Wakefield’s first pitch in the bottom half of the 11th inning gives the Yankees a 6-5 come from behind win over the Red Sox and their 39th AL pennant. Boston blows a 4-0 lead as New York comes back to score 3 runs in the 8th off tired starter Pedro Martinez to tie the score. Sox manager Little’s decision to stay with Pedro will cost him his job. Jason Giambi hits a pair of HRs for NY, while ALCS Most Valuable Player Mariano Rivera hurls 3 innings in relief for the win.

18thThe Marlins surprise the Yankees with a 3-2 victory in the opening game of the World Series. Juan Pierre has a 2-run single for Florida, as Brad Penny defeats David Wells.

19thThe Yankees bounce back behind Andy Pettitte to tie the Series at 1 game apiece with a 6-1 triumph in Game 2. Hideki Matsui’s 3-run HR in the first inning is all Pettitte needs. Alfonso Soriano also homers for NY. Mark Redman takes the loss for the Marlins.

21stThe Yankees beat the Marlins, 6-1, behind the pitching of Mike Mussina and the hitting of Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams. Jeter gets 3 hits off losing starter Josh Beckett (the only hits Beckett allows), while Williams and Aaron Boone hit HRs. Williams’ homer is his record 19th in postseason play. His 65 RBI are also a new postseason record.

Seattle Mariner P Jamie Moyer wins the Roberto Clemente Award for excellence on the field and in the community.

22ndAlbert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez are honored with the Hank Aaron Award, which goes to the top offensive player of the year in each league.

23rdThe Marlins move to one game away from a world championship as they defeat the Yankees, 6-4, to take a 3-games-to-2 lead in the World Series. Winning pitcher Brad Penny’s 2-run single gives Florida a lead they never surrender. Jason Giambi hits a pinch-hit HR in the 9th to bring the Yankees within 2 runs, but Bernie Williams’ attempt for a game-tying homer falls short at the warning track in center field.

25thThe Marlins win their 2nd world championship as World Series MVP Josh Beckett hurls a 5-hit shutout in defeating the Yankees, 2-0, in Game 6 of the WS. Luis Castillo’s 5th-inning single brings home Florida’s first run, and the only one Beckett needs as he outduels Andy Pettitte. Thus the Marlin conclude their 2ndwinning season in the past 11 years in the same manner they concluded their first winning season.

27thThe Red Sox announce that manager Grady Little’s contract will not be renewed for 2004. They also say it has nothing to do with Little’s decision to stay with Pedro Martinez in game 7 of the ALCS. They also ask the question: ‘what do Grady Little and Don Zimmer have in common? Neither could take out Pedro.’

29thBarry Bonds wins his record 11th Silver Slugger Award, given to the top offensive players in each league.

NOVEMBER

3rdIn the first big trade of the offseason, the Phillies obtain relief ace Billy Wagner from the Astros in exchange for P Brandon Duckworth and minor league hurlers Taylor Buchholz and Ezequiel Astacio.

The White Sox hire former SS Ozzie Guillen as manager, replacing fired skipper Jerry Manuel.

Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine signs a three-year contract to manage the Lotte Marines of the Japanese League.

4thSeven repeat winners, including four Seattle Mariners, are named American League Gold Glove Award winners. Yankee hurler Mike Mussina wins for the 6th time.

5thCincinnati Reds OF Dernell Stenson is found dead on a residential street in an Arizona suburb after being shot and apparently run over. Stenson made his ML debut this past season, appearing in 37 games for the Reds. He was in Arizona for the Arizona Fall League.

Atlanta OF Andruw Jones wins his 6th straight Gold Glove Award as the NL awards are announced. St. Louis OF Jim Edmonds also wins for the 6th time.

Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols are named the Outstanding Player of the Year in their respective leagues in a vote of ML players.

7thThe Orioles hire former Yankees coach Lee Mazzilli to be their new manager, replacing Mike Hargrove.

10thKC SS Angel Berroa and Florida P Dontrelle Willis are named Rookie of the Year in the AL and NL respectively. NY’s Hideki Matsui and Milwaukee’s Scott Posednik are the runner-ups.

11thRoy Halladay of the Blue Jays is named the AL Cy Young Award winner, easily outdistancing Chicago’s Esteban Loaiza. Halladay compiled a 22-7 mark with a 3.25 ERA for Toronto. Halladay is the first pitcher since Mike Cuellar in 1974 to win 22 games in a season without posting a victory in April.

SF general manager Brian Sabean is named Executive of the Year by The Sporting News.

The Astros sign free agent P Dan Miceli to a contract.

12thTony Pena of the Royals and Jack McKeon of the Marlins are named Manager of the Year in the AL and NL, respectively.

13thLA closer Eric Gagne is the overwhelming winner of the NL Cy Young Award. Gagne gets 28 of 32 first-place votes in outdistancing runner-up Jason Schmidt of the Giants. Gagne becomes the first reliever since Mark Davis in 1989 to win the award.

ML baseball announces that more than 5% of this year’s random drug tests for steroids came back positive. Because of this, testing with penalties will begin next season. A positive first test will result in treatment, and a second in a 15-day suspension or fine of up to $10,000.

14thThe Giants obtain All-Star C A.J. Pierzynski in a trade with the Twins. The Giants will also receive a player to be named or cash in the deal sent minor league pitchers Boof Bonser and Francisco Liriano to Minnesota.

17thTexas SS Alex Rodriguez wins the AL MVP award, edging out Carlos Delgado of Toronto. Rodriguez joins Andre Dawson as the only players from a last-place team to win the honor.

18thBarry Bonds wins his record 6th MVP award, and his 3rd in a row. Bonds becomes the 2nd-oldest player to win the honor as he outdistances runner-up Albert Pujols of the Cardinals.

The Athletics trade P Ted Lilly to the Blue Jays in exchange for OF Bobby Kielty, acquired from the Twins for Shannon Stewart in mid season, and either $10,000 or a minor league player to be named.

The Blue Jays sign free agent P Pat Hentgen to a contract.

19thThe Mariners sign free agent OF Raul Ibanez to a three-year contract.

21stThe Cardinals send 1B Tino Martinez to the Devil Rays. In return, St. Louis gets minor league P Evan Rust and a player to be named.

22ndBoston SS Nomar Garciaparra marries US soccer star Mia Hamm in Santa Barbara, California.

24thThe Angels sign free agent P Kelvim Escobar to a three-year contract.

The Braves claim Gary Matthews, Jr. off the waiver list from San Diego. Atlanta will release him next April.

25thIn a cost-cutting measure, the Marlins trade 1B Derek Lee, 28, to the Cubs for 1B Hee Seop Choi and minor league player Mike Nannini.  The All-star will hit 78 homers in his first two seasons in the Friendly Confines.

26thThe Athletics send All-Star C Ramon Hernandez and OF Terrence Long to the Padres. In return, Oakland gets OF Mark Kotsay.

28thThe Diamondbacks trade ace Curt Schilling to the Red Sox for pitcher Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon and 2 minor leaguers.  Schilling negotiates his own contract with the Red Sox. Reportedly, the Yankees offered more than the Red Sox—Nick Johnson’s name is mentioned—but Arizona owner Jerry Colangelo is still annoyed at George Steinbrenner for resigning David Wells after Boomer had come to an agreement with the Diamondbacks.

DECEMBER

1st      The Diamondbacks steal slugger Richie Sexson from the Brewers in a 9-player deal. Arizona also receives P Shane Nance and a player to be named while sending IF Craig Counsell, 2B Junior Spivey, 1B Lyle Overbay, C Chad Moeller, and pitchers Jorge De La Rosa and Chris Capuano to Milwaukee.

2ndThe White Sox acquire IF Juan Uribe from the Rockies in exchange for minor league IF Aaron Miles.

3rdThe Phillies continue to bolster their pitching staff by acquiring Eric Milton from the Twins. Philadelphia sends P Carlos Silva, IF Nick Punto, and a player to be named to Minnesota.

The Cubs sign free agent P LaTroy Hawkins to a three-year contract.

4thThe Expos send P Javier Vazquez to the Yankees, who will sign him next month to a four-year, $45 million contract. In return, Montreal gets 1B Nick Johnson, OF Juan Rivera, and P Randy Choate from NY.

The Red Sox hire former Philadelphia manager Terry Francona as their new skipper, replacing the deposed Grady Little.

7thThe Giants sign free agent OF Michael Tucker to a two-year contract.

8thThe Blue Jays sign free agent P Kerry Ligtenberg to a two-year contract.

9thThe Angels sign free agent P Bartolo Colon to a four-year contract.

The Mariners land El Guapo, signing free agent P Eddie Guardado to a three-year contract.

The Phillies sign free agent P Tim Worrell to a two-year contract, continuing a tradition of signing the lesser brother ball player: Tim joins Vince DiMaggio, Ken Brett, Mike Maddux, Rick Surhoff, Mark Leiter, Jeremy Giambi and Frank Torre.

The Braves sign free agent P John Thomson to a two-year contract.

The Royals sign free agent P Scott Sullivan to a two-year contract and free agent OF Matt Stairs to a one-year deal.

10thThe Rockies sign free agent 3B Vinny Castilla, bringing him back to Coors Field.

The Mets sign Japanese SS Kaz Matsui to a three-year contract.

The Rangers sign free agent 1B Brad Fullmer to a contract.

The Devil Rays sign free agent 1B-OF Eduardo Perez to a two-year contract.

The Astros sign free agent hometown lefty Andy Pettitte to a three-year contract after the Yankees take their sweet time tendering him an offer.  Newspaper conjecture that Roger Clemens will come out of retirement to join him on the Astros, but the Rocket decides to stay retired.

The Royals sign free agent C Benito Santiago to a two-year contract.

The Tigers sign free agent 2B Fernando Vina to a two-year contract.

12thIn the first move of baseball’s winter meetings, the Blue Jays sign free agent P Miguel Batista to a three-year contract.

13thMLB announces that it will put in place a more stringent drug program in April 2004. This is because more than 5 percent of the tests done in 2003 came back positive.

The Yankees obtain sore-armed, big contract Kevin Brown from the Dodgers in exchange for P Jeff Weaver, minor league P Yhency Brazoban, a player to be named, and $2.6 million. Weaver will thrive in LA: Brown will do poorly in New York.

The Cardinals send OF J.D. Drew and C Eli Marrero to the Braves for pitchers Jason Marquis, Ray King, and Adam Wainwright.

The Marlins trade OF Juan Encarnacion to the Dodgers for a player to be named.

The Tigers sign free agent OF Rondell White to a two-year contract.

The Red Sox sign free agent closer Keith Foulke to a three-year contract.

14thMurray Chass of The New York Timeswins the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be inducted into the writers’ wing of the baseball Hall of Fame next summer.

The Blue Jays, Devil Rays, and Rockies exchange pitchers in a 3-team deal. Justin Speier goes from Colorado to Toronto, Joe Kennedy moves from TB to Colorado, and Mark Hendrickon switches from Toronto to TB. The Rockies also receive a player to be named or cash considerations from the Blue Jays.

The Orioles sign free agent SS Miguel Tejada to a 6-year contract. He will have four extremely good years in Baltimore before the O’s swap him.

The Devil Rays sign free agent OF Jose Cruz Jr. to a two-year contract and free agent SS Rey Sanchez to a one-year deal.

The Royals sign free agent SS Tony Graffanino to a two-year contract.

The Devil Rays acquire IF Geoff Blum from the Astros for P Brandon Backe.

15thThe Giants obtain OF Dustan Mohr from the Twins for a player to be named.

The Athletics acquire C Michael Barrett from the Expos for a player to be named.

The Mariners get OF Quinton McCracken from the Diamondbacks in exchange for IF Greg Colbrunn.

The Mariners agree to a three-year contract with free agent 1B Scott Spiezio.

The Phillies sign free agent P Roberto Hernandez to a contract.

The Cardinals reach agreement on a two-year contract with free agent P Jeff Suppan.

Free agent OF Carl Everett agrees to a two-year contract with the Expos.

The Pirates and Indians each lose 5 players in the Rule 5 draft. Pittsburgh C Chris Shelton went to the Tigers with the first overall pick.

16thThe Marlins trade P Mark Redman to the Athletics for P Mike Neu, who signs a three-year deal, and either a player to be named or cash considerations. Redman, a 21stC workhorse, with three outing this year of 130+ pitches faded in the 2ndhalf of the season.

The Red Sox acquire IF Mark Bellhorn from the Rockies for a player to be named.

One day after acquiring him in a trade with the Expos, the Athletics send C Michael Barrett to the Cubs for a player to be named.

The Cardinals sign free agent OF Reggie Sanders to a two-year contract. For Reggie, it is his 7thteam in 7 years, all in the NL. Not once did he change teams in mid season.  Only Shorty Radford (1885-1892) played for more teams in straight seasons with 8.

17thThe Yankees sign free agent OF Gary Sheffield to a three-year contract.

The Mariners sign free agent IF Scott Spiezio to a three-year contract.

The Braves sign free agent C Eddie Perez to a two-year contract.

18thThe Yankees send P Chris Hammond and cash to the Athletics in exchange for P Eduardo Sierra and IF J.T. Stotts.

The Mets sign free agent OF Mike Cameron to a three-year contract.

The Cubs sign free agent P Kent Mercker and free agent OF Todd Hollandsworth to contracts.

The Tigers sign free agent C Mike DiFelice to a contract.

The Twins sign free agent C Henry Blanco to a contract.

19thThe Cubs obtain OF-IF Jose Macias from the Expos for P Wilton Chavez.

The Yankees sign free agent IF Miguel Cairo to a contract.

The Angels agree to a two-year contract with free agent OF Jose Guillen.

The Braves sign free agent P Antonio Alfonseca to a contract.

20thThe Rockies sign free agent OF Jeromy Burnitz to a contract.

21stThe Cubs send C Damian Miller and cash to the Athletics to complete an earlier trade.

The Marlins sign free agent P Armando Benitez to a contract.

22ndThe Orioles sign free agent C Javy Lopez to a three-year contract.

The Athletics sign free agent P Arthur Rhodes to a three-year contract.

The Brewers sign free agent OF Ben Grieve to a contract.

Yankees sign free agent P Paul Quantrill to a two-year contract.

The Braves sign free agent P Armando Almanza to a contract.

The Rockies sign free agent C Todd Greene to a contract.

23rdThe Diamondbacks sign free agent pitchers Shane Reynolds and knuckleballer Steve Sparks to contracts.

Three hours before the Texas deadline on Alex Rodriguez, the Red Sox get their infielder, signing free agent 2B Pokey Reese to a one year contract.  GM Epstein says they’ll give up a bit on offense but that Reese is a defensive improvement over 2B Todd Walker. At 5 p.m., Texas owner Tom Hicks declares any deal with Boston is dead and that A-Rod is a Ranger for the next year.

The Cubs sign free agent 2B Todd Walker to a contract.

The Yankees sign free agent OF Kenny Lofton and free agent P Tom Gordon to two-year contracts.

The Pirates sign free agent 3B Chris Stynes to a contract.

24thThe Yankees receive an $11.8 million luxury tax bill for being the only one of the 30 ML teams to exceed the $117 million salary threshold last year.

25thMerry Christmas, Ron. The Indians sign free agent 2B Ron Belliard to a contract.

26thThe Expos sign free agent 3B Tony Batista to a contract.

27thThe Rangers sign free agent OF Brian Jordan to a contract.

The Blue Jays sign free agent P Valerio De Los Santos to a contract.

29thThe Angels announce that their 37-year old stadium has been renamed Angel Stadium.

The Reds sign free agent P Cory Lidle to a contract.

The Rangers sign free agent OF David Dellucci to a contract.

The Devil Rays sign free agent Brook Fordyce to a contract.

30thThe Tigers sign free agent P Jason Johnson to a two-year contract.

The government announces a ban on the sale of ephedra, the herbal supplement linked to the death earlier this year of Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler.

31stLet’s celebrate the new year. The Padres sign free agent P David Wells to a contract as Wells spurns the Yankee offer. Supposedly, the Padre contract does not contain a weight clause, which the Yankees insisted upon.

The Orioles sign free agent P Mike DeJean to a contract.

  • 2004

JANUARY

5thOn ABC’s ”Good Morning America.” Pete Rose admits that he bet on baseball games, though he claims he never bet on the Reds.  Pete’s book, in which he admits the same, is out this week.  He claims he told Bud Selig that he bet ”four or five times a week, but I never bet against my own team, and I never made any bets from the clubhouse.” When Selig asked why, Rose replied, ”I didn’t think I’d get caught.” Rose agreed to the lifetime ban in August 1989 and applied for reinstatement in 1997, but Selig hasn’t ruled on the request. In the book, Rose admits placing bets with Ronald Peters through Thomas Gioiosa and Paul Janszen—the three were the primary witnesses in the 1989 investigation by baseball lawyer John Dowd that led to the agreement in which Rose accepted a lifetime ban. Dowd concluded Rose bet on baseball from 1985-87 and detailed 412 baseball wagers between April 8—July 5, 1987, including 52 on Cincinnati to win.

The Indians acquire P Scott Stewart from the Expos. In return, they send IF Maicer Izturis and OF Ryan Church to Montreal.

The Royals announce the signing of slugger Juan Gonzalez to a one-year contract.

The Rangers sign free agent IF Eric Young to a contract.

6thAnaheim Angels reliever Derrick Turnbow becomes the first Major League Baseball-affiliated player to test positive for illegal drug use since professional players were included in international competition four years ago.

Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley are named to the Hall of Fame by the baseball writers.

The White Sox sign free agent 2B Roberto Alomar.

The Dodgers sign free agent OF Bubba Trammell to a contract.

The Mets sign free agent P Braden Looper to a 2 -year contract.

The Padres get 3B Jeff Cirillo, P Brian Sweeney, and cash from the Mariners in a trade for C Wiki Gonzalez, IF Dave Hansen, P Kevin Jarvis, and OF Vince Faison.

The Devil Rays sign free agent P Danys Baez to a 2 -year contract.

7thThe White Sox sign free agent P Cliff Politte to a contract.

The Blue Jays sign free agent SS Chris Gomez and P Terry Adams to contracts.

8th  The Indians sign free agent P Jose Jimenez to a contract.

The Tigers obtain IF Carlos Guillen from the Mariners in exchange for infielders Ramon Santiago and Juan Gonzalez.

The Mariners sign free agent SS Rich Aurilia to a contract.

The Devil Rays sign free agent 1B Robert Fick to a contract.

9th     The Cardinals sign free agent P Julian Tavarez to a two-year contract and free agent 2B Marlon Anderson to a one-year contract.

The Giants sign free agent P Brett Tomko to a contract.

10thThe Orioles sign free agent 1B Rafael Palmeiro to a contract.

11thThe owners of rooftop seats and beer gardens overlooking Wrigley Field “have agreed to pay the Cubs a $15 to $25 fee for each rooftop ticket sold” under a tentative deal that could earn the team $2M a season, according to Toomey & Spielman of the Chicago Sun Times who noted the deal has been agreed to by 11 of 13 rooftop owners. The 20-year deal “calls for the Cubs to drop a copyright infringement lawsuit against the rooftop owners” that was to go to trial on February 23. The team also agreed “to compensate rooftops whose sightlines would be blocked if bleachers are expanded in the next eight years.”

12th   The Angels sign free agent OF Vladimir Guerrero to a five-year contract.

The Reds sign free agent OF John Vander Wal to a contract.

The Astros sign recently retired P Roger Clemens to a contract.

The Phillies sign free agent OF Doug Glanville to a contract.

13th   The Padres sign free agent OF Jay Payton to a 2 -year contract.

The Rangers sign free agent P Kenny Rogers to a two-year contract.

Andy Pettitte is announced as the winner of the Warren Spahn Award, presented annually to the top left-handed pitcher in the majors.  Pettitte will win just 6 games this year, but notch his 10thstraight winning season out of 10; Babe Ruth is the only other pitcher with 10 seasons or more, all winning years as a pitcher.

14th   The Angels sign free agent IF Shane Halter to a contract.

The Orioles sign free agent P Sidney Ponson to a 3 -year contract.

16th   You can always use a Palmeiro. The Astros sign free agent OF Orlando Palmeiro to a contract.

22nd  The Devil Rays sign free agent P Damian Moss to a contract.

The Cubs sign free agent P Ryan Dempster to a contract.

23rd   The White Sox sign all-time Japanese saves leader Shingo Takatsu to a contract.

25thA-Rod, you might just want to pin the “C” on. Moving on from failed trade talks with Boston, the Rangers name Alex Rodriguez as their team captain. Alex waxes, “I feel privileged to play for such a great owner.”

26th   Pitcher Jamie Moyer of the Mariners is named winner of the Hutch Award, given annually to the player displaying honor, courage and dedication to baseball while overcoming adversity to one’s personal or professional life.

The Mets acquire P Shawn Sedlacek from the Royals in exchange for pitcher Jaime Cerda.

28thThe Mets sign veteran free agent 3B Todd Zeile to a contract.

29thMajor league owners unanimously approve the sale of the Dodgers to Frank McCourt for $430 million. McCourt will own a 52 percent share of the team with Fox retaining a 48 percent non-controlling interest worth $205 million.

The Marlins sign free agent P Darren Oliver to a contract.

FEBRUARY

2ndThe Tigers sign free agent C Ivan Rodriguez to a 4-yr. contract.

The Athletics sign free agent 1B Eric Karros to a contract.

3rdThe Marlins sign free agent IF Wil Cordero to a contract.

5thThe Red Sox sign free agent DH Ellis Burks to a contract.

The Padres sign free agent P Antonio Osuna to a contract.

6thThe Dominican Republic clinches the Caribbean Series with a 4-3 win over Puerto Rico. Jose Offerman had 3 hits and scores 3 runs for the winners. It is the Dominican Republic 15th Series crown to lead all participant countries.

The Cubs reach a tentative deal with the city that will allow them to start adding additional night games, starting this year. The Cubs have been limited to 18 night games a year and that number would grow by 4 a year, up to 30 in 2006.

The Yankees acquire 3B Mike Lamb from the Rangers in exchange for minor league P Jose Garcia.

9thThe Mariners sign free agent P Ron Villone to a contract.

16th   In the most heralded move of the year the Yankees obtain AL MVP Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers in exchange for 2B Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named. Rodriguez goes to the Yankees three weeks after he and the Red Sox could not conclude a deal that would satisfy the players’ union. A key to the trade is A-Rod’s agreement to play third base, a position the Yankees need to fill because of Aaron Boone’s knee injury four weeks ago playing pickup basketball.

18thFree agent P Greg Maddux agrees to a three-year deal to return to the Cubs.

19thThe Pirates sign free agent 1B Randall Simon to a contract.

23rdThe Pirates sign free agent OF Raul Mondesi to a contract.

Former major league umpire Al Clark pleads guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud for his part in selling baseballs that he and a memorabilia dealer falsely claimed were used in historic games. The games included the ones when Cal Ripken Jr. tied and broke Lou Gehrig’s record for the longest playing streak. In May he will be sentenced to four months in prison.

26th   The baseball interfered with by Cubs’ fan Steve Bartmen in Game 6 of last year’s NLCS is blown up in an attempt to exorcise the curse that has kept the Cubs from reaching the WS since 1945. The ball was bought by Grant DePorter at a December auction and sold to Harry Carey’s restaurant for $113,824. The restaurant received more than 20,000 suggestions on how to blow up the ball. ”I have no intention whatsoever of exercising my right to grant clemency or pardon or reprieve,” Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois said shortly before the ball’s demise. ”That baseball has got to go.”

MARCH

2ndThe Yankees sign free agent 1B Travis Lee to a contract.

10th   Senator John McCain tells ML baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and union chief Donald Fehr they must come up with comprehensive steroid testing plan or Congress will act.

11thA new college attendance record is set at newly built Petco Park as Tony Gwynn’s Aztecs of San Diego State host Houston before 40,106. SD’s Scott Shoemaker strikes out 14 in a 4–0 win.

20th   ML baseball announces the Devil Rays OF Josh Hamilton has been suspended for the 2004 season for violating baseball’s drug policy.

21stTattoos are taboo for Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Justin Miller. Baseball tells Miller he must wear long-sleeved shirts under his uniform when he pitches because the tattoos on his arm are a distraction to hitters. More than 50 percent of Miller’s body is covered by tattoos. “We had (umpire supervisor) Jim McKean come in the other day and said that someone had complained about Justin’s tattoos and some of them are colored,” Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. “All they have done is ask that he wear sleeves when he pitches.”

22nd  The Cardinals acquire IF/OF Tony Womack from the Red Sox for P Matt Duff.

25thThe Cubs trade pitchers Juan Cruz and Steve Smyth to the Braves for pitcher Andy Pratt and IF Richard Lewis.

The Astros get IF Mike Lamb from the Yankees for P Juan DeLeon.

The Expos and Diamondbacks exchange pitchers, with John Patterson going to Montreal and Randy Choate to Arizona.

26thThe Reds send P Chris Reitsma to the Braves for pitchers Jung Keun Bong and Bubba Nelson.

The Yankees release journeyman SS Erick Almonte. Last year Almonte set a Yankee record for lowest fielding average (.906) for a shortstop in at least 30 games.

27thThe Mets send OF Timo Perez to the White Sox in exchange for P Matt Ginter.

The Tigers sign free agent P Ugueth Urbina to a contract, and after 3 innings of minor league work, will bring him up.

29thThe Indians send IF Ricky Gutierrez to the Mets for a player to be named.

Jayson for Jason. The Blue Jays trade OF Jayson Werth to the Dodgers for P Jason Frasor. The Cardinals traded OF Kerry Robinson to the Padres for OF Brian Hunter.

30thThe Yankees and Devil Rays open the 2004 season in Japan, with Tampa Bay pounding out an 8-3 victory behind the pitching of Victor Zambrano and the hitting of Tino Martinez. Martinez strokes 3 hits, including the 300th HR of his career.

The Dodgers get OF Jason Grabowski from the A’s in exchange for cash considerations.

The Cardinals and Padres exchange outfielders, with Kerry Robinson going to San Diego and Brian Hunter going to St. Louis.

31stThe Giants obtain pitchers Wayne Franklin and Leo Estrella from the Brewers for pitchers Carlo Vallanueva and Glenn Woolard.

The Astros trade 15-game winner Jeriome Robertson to the Indians for minor league OF Luke Scott and the rights for the Indians to keep minor league OF Willy Taveras. Taveras was taken in the Rule 5 draft and, since he isn’t going to the team, the Indians would have had to offer him back to the Astros for $25,000. But, as part of the deal, the Indians get to keep him and send him to the minors, without the Astros taking him back.

APRIL

1stMLB delays the more stringent drug-testing program for players announced last November. Congress will later question why it was not informed.

Indians CF Milton Bradley leaves the team and is reportedly on the trading block. In an exhibition game yesterday Bradley did not run out a pop fly that dropped for a single, and was promptly pulled. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, even if he’s not traded by Opening Day, he won’t be with the Indians on Monday. They are right. On the 3rdhe goes to the Dodgers for minor league blue chipper Franklin Gutierrez and a player to be named later.

2ndThe Dodgers send P Steve Colyer and a player to be named to the Tigers for OF Cody Ross.

4thThe Marlins and Padres exchange pitchers, with Ben Howard going to Florida and Blaine Neal to SD.

The Expos acquire C Einar Diaz, P Justin Echols, and cash from the Rangers. Montreal sends C/IF Josh McKinley and P Chris Young to Texas.

The Mets trade OF Roger Cedeno to the Cardinals, getting IF Wilson Delgado in return.

The Mariners get IF Jolbert Cabrera from the Dodgers for pitchers Aaron Looper and Ryan Ketchner.

The Dodgers send OF Jason Romano to Tampa Bay in exchange for SS Antonio Perez.

5thThe Brewers defeat the Cardinals, 8-6, on Opening Day in St. Louis. President George Bush throws out the first ball, marking the first time a president performs the honor in St. Louis.

Behind the pitching of Kerry Wood, the Cubs beat the Reds, 7–4 in Cincinnati. Wood is the first Cub pitcher to win back-to-back openers since Claude Passeau in 1941-42.

Barry Bonds hits a 3-run homer off Roy Oswalt to tie the Astros 4–4, and J.T. Snow hits a sac fly in the 9thto win, 5–4. Bonds is 3-for-3 with 2 doubles to go with his 659thcareer homer. His 3 extra base hits puts him ahead of Lou Gehrig into 5th on the career extra base hits vs. league average list and, with 1 walk, he passes Ted Williams for 2nd on career walks vs. league average.

The A’s confirmed that 2B Mark Ellis has a torn labrum and will have to miss the entire 2004 season.

6thThe World Champion Marlins open their 2004 season with a 4-3 win over the Expos. The game marks the first time that 2 WS MVPs oppose each other on Opening Day, with 2003 winner Josh Beckett going for Florida and 1997 winner Livan Hernandez on the mound for Montreal.

The Mets open their season with a 7-2 win over the Braves. SS Kaz Matsui starts the game with a HR on the first pitch from Russ Ortiz, becoming the 20th player in ML history to homer on the first pitch he sees. Matsui adds a pair of doubles and 2 walks in his debut. He is the 3rdplayer in Met history to homer in his first AB, joining Mike Fitzgerald and Benny Ayala.

The Giants down the Astros, 7-5, as rookie P David Aardsma gets the win in his first ML appearance. Aardsma also replaces Hank Aaron in the top sport in baseball’s all-time alphabetical listing.

7thThe Braves overcome a 6-0 deficit and pound out 19 hits on their way to an 18-10 win over the Mets. Atlanta takes the lead for good by scoring 11 runs in the 4th inning. Mike Piazza goes 5-for-5 for NY, including a pair of HRs. He becomes the first catcher in modern ML history to hit 3 HRs in the first 2 games of the season. Rookie Adam LaRoche, Johnny Estrada and Julio Franco combined for six hits and seven RBIs in the 4th inning. LaRoche is the first N.L. player to garner two hits in an inning in his big-league debut; the feat has been accomplished three times in the A.L.

The Astros defeat the Giants, 10-1, as Roger Clemens hurls 7 innings of 1-hit ball in his NL debut. The game marks the first time in history that a pitcher with at least 300 wins (Clemens) faces a hitter with 600 or more homers (Barry Bonds).

The Red Sox top the Orioles, 10-3, as OF Johnny Damon strokes 5 hits, including a double.

Claudio Vargas allows an unearned run in 6 innings as the Expos win their second in a row by a run against Florida. Four relievers preserve the 3-2 win. One of the relievers is Chad Bentz like Jim Abbott before him with a deformed right hand, pitches with his left hand then switches his glove to his left hand to field. The southpaw attended Long Beach State on a baseball scholarship and was drafted by the Expos in the seventh round of the 2001 amateur draft.

8th U.S. Federal agents, looking for information on the BALCO case, seize information linking 104 players to positive tests from 2003.

The Brewers down the Cardinals, 11–5, as Scott Podsednik has 4 hits and Clark knocks in 4 runs. Albert Pujols has a pair of homers for the Birds.  Catcher Cody McKay makes his ML debut as a pinch-hitter for St. Louis, then goes to the mound and hurls 2 hitless innings, walking one. He is the 20th position player to pitch two innings or more in a major-league game since 1973. Jose Oquendo posted the longest pitching stint by a position player since 1973 going four innings against the Atlanta Braves on May 14, 1988.Dave Burba of the Brewers registered his first major-league save since June 8, 1991, a span of 4,668 days.

The Padres tie the game in the 9th and score the winning run in the 10th to defeat the Giants, 4-3, in the first regular season game at new PETCO Park.

Texas signs Gary Matthews, Jr. who was released last week by the Braves.

9thHigh-lighted by Jeff Bagwell’s grand slam, the Astros score 9 runs in the 6th inning on their way to a 13-7 win over the Brewers.

The Cubs Todd Hollandsworth hits a pinch homer in the 9thoff John Smoltz to tie the game with the Braves. Tom Goodwin’s sac fly in the 15this the game winner.

The Royals defeat the Indians, 3-1. They become the first team in modern ML history to start 4 different lefthanded pitchers in the first 4 games of the season.

11thThe Yankees defeat the White Sox, 5-4, as Mike Mussina records his 200th career victory.

12thThe Phillies open new Citizens Bank Park with a 4-1 loss to the Reds.

Travis Hafner hits a grand slam to power the Indians to a 6–3 win over the Twins.

Through today, there had been six pinch-hit homers in the bigs in 2004 with all coming in the ninth inning.

13thThe Giants beat the Astros, 4-2, behind a pair of HRs by Marquis Grissom, and the 661st of Barry Bonds’ ML career. The homer moves Bonds ahead of his godfather, Willie Mays, into third place on the all-time list.

14thThe Yankees defeat the Devil Rays, 5-1, as Kevin Brown wins the 200th game of his ML career. Together with Mike Mussina, they become the first teammates to reach the milestone in the same season, doing so in consecutive games.

The Rockies pound the Diamondbacks, 14-4, as rookie 2B Aaron Miles becomes the first player in Colorado history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.

At Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium, the Marlins shut out the Expos, 9-0, behind Dontrelle Willis (2-0) and three relievers.  Willis leaves with an 8-0 lead after 5 innings, having gone 3-for-3 at the plate, including a double and 3-run homer. Willis was 3-for-3 in his last game and 3-for-3 at the plate in the Marlins NLCS victory in October of last year, giving him a remarkable 9-for-9 in his last 9 appearances at bat (as noted by Trent McCotter).

15thThe Marlins defeat the Expos, 3-0, to become the first team since the 1995 Orioles to sweep a 3-game series with shutouts. Carl Pavano and 2 relievers do the whitewashing today to followup wins by Penny and Willis. It is the 4thconsecutive time the Marlins have shut out Montreal. The Expos have scored just 10 runs in their first 9 games, which is the 2nd lowest figure ever, ahead of just the 1907 Brooklyn Superbas.

16thThe Indians defeat the Tigers, 10-3, behind Jody Gerut’s 5 hits. Gerut collects a single, 3 doubles, and a HR and drives home 3 runs.

Tony Womack and Reggie Sanders hits homers off Denny Stark to lead off the game against the Rockies. Sanders hits another 3-run HR off Stark, who allows 11 runs in 2 + innings. St. Louis wins, 13-5.

On back-to-back pitches Sammy Sosa and Moises Alou homer to help the Cubs beat the Reds, 11–10. Sosa’s is his 512thas a Cub, tying Ernie Banks for the club record. Sammy will hit a pair of solo homers on the 18thto take the club lead.  Dusty Baker is ejected today for arguing the umps call that the Cubs batted out of order. Kerry Wood will be ejected tomorrow for arguing calls and both he and Baker will be fined for inciting the crowd.

18thThe Pirates beat the Mets, 8-1, as pitcher Kris Benson ties a ML record with 4 sacrifices. He becomes the 7th player to accomplish the feat, and only the second since 1920.

19thThe Seattle Mariners became just the third team since 1974 to win a game on a balk in extra innings edging the A’s, 2–1. With runners on first and third and two out in the bottom of the 14th inning, Oakland A’s reliever Justin Duchscherer was called for a balk to score Quentin McCracken from third and give the Mariners a 2-1 win over the A’s. Duchscherer faked a throw to third then threw to first baseman Eric Karros in an attempt to pick off the runner there. However, home plate umpire Paul Emmel ruled that the reliever had stepped toward the plate rather than to first and, under rule 8.05c, had committed a balk. Seattle starter Freddy Garcia pitches 7 scoreless innings but closer Eddie Guardero gives up a HR to Jermaine Dye in the 9thto tie it.

After Jeff D’Amico gives up 4 runs without recording an out, Jake Westbrook relieves and pitches 7 hitless innings against Detroit. Two relievers allow 3 runs apiece after Jake leaves, and the Tigers beat the Indians, 10–4. Westbrook is the first pitcher since 1969 to pitch 7 perfect innings in relief; the previous highs were the 6.2 perfect innings pitched by Casey Cox in 1969 and John Montague in 1977.

20thThe Padres down the Giants, 9-5. Barry Bonds homers in his 7thconsecutive game for SF, leaving him just one shy of the ML mark shared by Dale Long, Don Mattingly, and Ken Griffey Jr.

21st The Cubs score 8 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 12-1 victory over the Pirates. Corey Patterson leads the way for Chicago with 5 hits, including a double.

The Marlins defeat the Phillies, 8-7, in 12 innings as Mike Lowell hits 3 HRs for Florida. He is the first Fish to hit 3 homers in a game.

The Brewers ride an 8-run 7th inning to a 10-6 win over the Diamondbacks and Randy Johnson.

22nd The Diamondbacks defeat the Brewers, 1-9, in 15 innings. Danny Bautista paces Arizona’s 20-hit attack with 5 safeties, including a double, 2 HRs, and 5 RBIs.

23rd The Tigers score 11 runs in the 6th inning on their way to a 17-3 thumping of the Indians.

25thLittle League Baseball grants its northern Virginia district jurisdiction over the planet Mars. The idea is the brainchild of district Administrator Michael Pobat, who wants a theme as northern Virginia prepares to host the annual state tournament this year. Believing the Martian theme might be a way to get kids excited about science and technology, he successfully petitioned Little League to annex the planet into the northern Virginia district.

The Cubs Matt Clement takes a no-hitter into the 7thagainst the Mets and strikes out a career-high 13 as the Cubs sweep the Mets with the 4-1 win.

Manny Ramirez hits a 2-run homer to provide all the scoring as the Boston Red Sox beat the Yankees, 2–0.  Pedro Martinez allows 4 hits in 7 innings for the win.

The Rangers defeat the Mariners, 14-6. Laynce Nix, Rod Barajas, and Adrian Gonzalez hit consecutive homers for Texas in the 6th inning, with Gonzalez’s being the first of his ML career. Kevin Mench scores 5 runs.

26th In a 9-0 win over the Cubs Richie Sexson of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits the longest home run ever at the BOB in Phoenix. In fact, the ball hit Sexson’s own photo on the scoreboard and breaks a few lights, 503 feet from home plate. It’s the 200thHR of his career.         Randy Johnson goes 7 innings allowing 2 hits and striking out 10, while driving in a run with a single. The Big Unit is now 12–0 against the Cubs.

27thThe Brewers edge the Reds, 9-8, as C Chad Moeller becomes the 5thBrewer in history to hit for the cycle. Moeller adds 4 RBIs as he breaks out of a 3-for-24 slump in grand fashion.

A day after being shut out by Randy Johnson, the Cubs fail to score against Brandon Webb, who throws 7 innings. The Diamondbacks beat the Cubs, 10–1. Danny Bautista extends his hitting streak to 19 games for the D’Backs. Steve Finley hits a homer and steals his 300thbase.

28thThe Brewers defeat the Reds, 10-9, in 10 innings. In doing so, they post the biggest rally in team history, overcoming a 9-0 deficit.

The Cubs down the Diamondbacks, 4-3, despite 3 solo HRs by Steve Finley. It is the 4th three-HR game of his career.

29thThe Cardinals beat the Phillies, 5-4, in 13 innings. The win makes St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa only the 2nd manager in history (along with Sparky Anderson) to win 700 games with 2 different teams.

At Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter hits a leadoff homer and the Yankees pound Barry Zito for 6 runs in 6 innings to defeat the A’s, 7-5.  Zito (2-3) serves up three more homers.  With his homer, Jeter breaks out of an 0-for-32 slump, the longest by a Yankee in 27 years.

The Giants lose to the Marlins, 4-3, despite Barry Bonds’ 668th career home run. The blast gives the slugger and his late father, Bobby, a total of 1,000 career round-trippers.

MAY

1st  The Giants defeat the Marlins, 6-3. Barry Bonds is walked intentionally 4 times, the most in a 9-inning game since the stat became official in 1955.

The Yankees rout the Royals, 12-4, as Ruben Sierra hits 2 HRs, including an 8thinning grand slam, and drives in 7 runs.

The Blue Jays pound out 18 hits in defeating the White Sox, 10–6. Frank Catalanotto strokes an AL-record-tying 6 hits for Toronto, including a double.

In a dramatic finish at Tropicana Park, Oakland’s Erubiel Durazo hits a 2-out 9thinning grand slam, off Trever Miller, to give the A’s a 6-1 lead over Tampa Bay. But the Rays come back as Carl Crawford hits his second triple of the game to score 2, and Jose Cruz follows with a homer. But the Rays fall, 6-5.

2ndThe Atlanta Braves end a 5-7 road trip by making an Atlanta-record tying seven errors in a 13-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies. The Braves become the 17th team since 1974 to make seven miscues in a contest. The last team to record more than seven was the 1974 Kansas City Royals who had eight in a game against the Oakland A’s. Braves third baseman Mark DeRosa leads the parade with four errors while Marcus Giles made two and Jesse Garcia, one. DeRosa’s total is one short of the N.L. record held by another Brave Dave Brain, who’s 5 E’s came in an 11-error game by the Boston Braves on June 11, 1906.

In Japan, American Tuffy Rhodes hit his 300th career homer, connecting in the bottom of the 8th inning at the Tokyo Dome, where his Yomiuri Giants lose to the Hiroshima Carp, 4-3. Rhodes, who joined the Giants in the offseason after eight seasons with the Kintetsu Buffaloes of the Pacific League, has the most home runs of any foreign player in Japanese baseball history. Rhodes, who tied Japan’s single-season home run record of 55 in 2001, played for the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs before coming to Japan.

5thThe Mets defeat the Giants, 8-2, as Mike Piazza becomes baseball’s all-time HR leader among catchers with number 352. It is the 363rdhomer of his career all told.

The Astros down the Pirates, 6-2, behind Roger Clemens. Clemens strikes out 9 batters to move ahead of Steve Carlton into 2nd place on the all-time list behind Nolan Ryan.

In Cincinnati, Juan Castro hits a 10thinning pinch homer to give the Reds a 5-4 win over the Brewers.  The Reds keep the Brewers off the board when they intentionally walk reliever Brooks Kieschnick in the 9thto pitch to Scott Posednik, who grounds into a double play. The good-hitting Kieschnick is the first pitcher to receive an intentional walk since Jim Kaat in 1970, and just the second National Leaguer to be handed an IBB.

6thThe Cubs pound the Diamondbacks, 11-3. Derek Lee gets 5 of Chicago’s 15 hits, including a HR, and drives in 5 runs.

7thThe Cubs beat Colorado, 11-0, behind the pitching of Carlos Zambrano.  The Cubs score 6 in the 2ndinning knocking out Shawn Estes in his shortest stint of the year.

8thThe Rangers edge the Tigers, 16-15, in 10 innings. Detroit scores 8 runs in the top half of the 5th inning to take a 14-4 lead. Texas bounces back with 10 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score. The 18 runs are the most ever scored in the 5thinning of a ML game. Alfonso Soriano gets an AL-record-tying 6 hits for the Rangers, including a double.

10thThe Mets pound out 17 hits, including 5 by Ty Wigginton, but still fall to the Diamondbacks, 12-8. Luis Gonzalez clouts 3 homers for Arizona.

12thThe Dodgers shut out the Cubs, 4-0, behind Wilson Alvarez. The final 2 runs come on a 7th-inning HR by Joey Cora after Cora fouls off 14 consecutive pitches.

The Mets Kaz Matsui hits a leadoff home run off Randy Johnson for the only score of the game as the Mets beat Arizona, 1–0.

13thDodger pitcher Jose Lima, lead singer of Bando Mambo, sings the National Anthem and God Bless America before the Dodgers-Cubs game, He also pitches 5 2/3 scoreless innings, of relief his longest ML relief outing. This comes after the Cubs score 6 runs against starter Hideo Nomo in the 2ndinning and roll to a 7–3 win. Carlos Zambrano strikes out 11 in 8 innings pitched. Lima is believed to be the first player to sing the National Anthem since the Cubs’ Dwight Smith on July 21, 1989.

Frank Catalanatto has 3 doubles and 4 RBIs and Orlando Hudson scores 5 runs as Toronto beats visiting Boston, 12-6.

15thAt Yankee Stadium, catcher Dan Wilson leads the Mariners to 13-7 win over the Yankees in 13 innings. Wilson hits a 3-run double in the 6th, then matches it in the 13thinning. He is the first AL player to have two 3-run doubles in a game, though it has been accomplished four times in the NL in regulation games (Gavvy Cravath, in 1915, was the last to accomplish that). Carols Guillen, in August, will match Wilson.

Andruw Jones has a 3-run HR in the 1stand rookie Adam LaRoche has a record-tying 4 doubles in the Braves, 11-6, win over the host Brewers. Johnny Estrada is 5-for-5 with 5 RBIs. Alfonseca (5-0), with 1 2/3 innings of relief is the winner.

16thThe Brewers knock off the Braves, 4-1, as Ben Sheets sets a franchise record with 18 strikeouts. Sheets’ previous high was 10.

In San Diego, Sammy Sosa has two violent sneezes that will put him on the DL for a month with a strained back. Playing without Sosa, the Cubs beat the Padres, 4-2.

18th  Randy Johnson hurls the 17th perfect game in ML history as he defeats the Braves by a score of 2-0. Johnson becomes the oldest pitcher to ever hurl a perfecto, and just the 5th hurler in history to toss a no-hitter in both the National and American leagues.

Jeremy Burnitz and Matt Holliday hit back to back homers twice, connecting in the 2ndand 7th, to lead the Rockies to an 8-3 win over the Reds.

The Giants down the Cubs, 1-0, behind the 1-hit pitching of Jason Schmidt. Michael Barrett’s 2-out infield single in the 5th inning is Chicago’s only safety. Schmidt throws 144 pitches in his complete game win, the highest pitch total in a game over the past two seasons. Besides Schmidt, Kerry Wood of the Chicago Cubs and Mark Redman, then of the Florida Marlins, are the only pitchers over the last two years to surpass the 140-pitch mark.

19th   At the SkyDome, Minnesota’s Matt LeCroy connects for a grand slam, off Terry Adams, in the 9thas the Twins come back from 3 down to beat the Blue Jays, 6-5.

News leaks out that the Yankees have quietly cutCracker Jack, the iconic popcorn snack, from their lineup and replaced it with Crunch N’ Munch. Cracker Jack was first sold at the 1893 World’s Fair and then was immortalized in the 1908 song, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” The Yankees’ chief operating officer, Lonn Trost, states, “Cracker Jack is just a brand name. We’re selling a caramel crunch that is the same thing as Cracker Jack. It’s the same difference as Frigidaire versus refrigerator, or aspirin and Bayer, or Jell-O and gelatin.”Chris Kircher, a spokesman for the company that makes Crunch ‘n Munch, said, “We’d have no heartburn if Yankee fans started standing up in the seventh inning and singing, ‘Buy me some peanuts and Crunch ‘n Munch.”’ The Yankees will rethink their decision and stay with Cracker Jack. The controversy is similar to one in early 1950 when the SF Seals banned shelled peanuts in the ball park.

20thTwo gems. Los Angeles Dodger farmhand Chuck Tiffany of the Single-A Columbus Catfish has 2 wins this season, both no-hitters. The South Atlantic League lefty notched his first victory on May 3 when he combined with reliever Marcos Carvajal to no-hit the Greensboro Bats. Today Tiffany twirls a 7-inning perfect game against the Bats for his second win.

22ndAt Hi Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico, A.J. Pierzynski connects for a grand slam as the Giants score 5 runs in the 11thto beat Montreal, 7-2.

23rdThe Mets down the Rockies, 4-0, as Tom Glavine hurls a 1-hitter. Glavine loses his no-hitter with 2 outs in the 8th inning as Kit Pellow doubles. Kaz Matsui leads off the game with a HR for NY, the 5th time he has done so this year to tie Chili Davis for the most leadoff homers for an NL rookie. He hit one yesterday.

Randy Johnson and the Diamondbacks defeat the Marlins, 4-3. Johnson sets down the first 6 Florida batters he faces, giving him a streak of 39 in a row over 3 starts, 2 shy of Jim Barr’s ML record.

25th   Illinois high school pitcher Joe Labek strikes out 40 batters, a new high school record, but loses 2-1 in 24 innings. Labek, pitching for Ridgewood, came on in relief in the 4thinning of a game against Evergreen Park on May 17. The scoreless game was suspended after 12 innings and resumed today. Both teams score in the 18thand Evergreen Park scores in the 24thon a double, walk and bloop single.  Labek strikes out 3 in the 24thto break the old record of 37, set in 1971 by Asher, Oklahoma pitcher Billy Brimm in a 17-inning game.

26thThe Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 11-8, as OF Daryle Ward becomes the 20th player in the team’s history to hit for the cycle. Ward and his father, Gary, become the first father-son team to perform the feat.

In a 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks. Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants homers and reaches 100 walks breaking his own major-league record for earliest to 100 in a season. In tomorrow’s 5-4 win over Arizona, Barry will get 3 more walks, all intentional. In 2002, Bonds cracked the century mark on June 29, the earliest ever, and finished the season with a major-league record 198 bases on balls shattering his own mark of 178 set the year before.

The Marlins shut out the Reds, 3-0, as Tommy Phelps, Matt Perisho, and Armando Benitez combine on a 1-hitter.

The Mariners beat the Indians, 7-3, as Edgar Martinez becomes the all-time HR leader among DHs with the 236th of his career. He had previously been tied with Harold Baines.

27th The Tigers down the Royals, 17-7, tying a team record in the process by stroking 27 hits. Carlos Pena goes 6-for-6 in the contest, with 5 RBIs. Pena powers two homers, a double and three singles in the game while batting eighth. The first baseman’s six-hit effort made him just the 18th major-leaguer to register both a six-hit and a three-homer game during his career. Pena also became the first player in over 100 years to register six hits in a game while batting eighth. Wilbert “Uncle Robbie” Robinson was the last before Pena when he rapped out six hits in a game from the eight hole in 1892. Shawn Green was the last player to garner six hits and three dingers in the same game when he registered six knocks and four long balls in 2002.

28th The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays, 7-5, as Mariano Rivera records the 300th save of his ML career. He is the 17th pitcher to reach the mark.

Casey Blake of Cleveland hits a game-ending homer off Jim Mecir of Oakland in the 9thinning as the Tribe wins 1-0.

Pittsburgh’s Rob Mackowiak has a day to remember. In the morning, his wife gives birth to his first son. Later that day, his walkoff grand slam in the bottom half of the 9th inning off Joe Borowski gives the Pirates a 9-5 win over the Cubs in the first game of a doubleheader, offsetting a grand slam hit by the Cubs’ Michael Barrett in the 8th. In the second game, Mackowiak hits a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th to tie the score. Pittsburgh goes on to win the game in the 10th, 5-4, on Craig Wilson’s homer. It is just the 3rdtime in history that a doubleheader has ended with two walkoff homers: the other times were July 25, 1967 and May 12, 1962. The other record tied is by Cubs’ game 1 starter Matt Clement who hits three batters in his 4+ innings.

31stA Roman Catholic nun from southeastern Indiana wins $10,000 in a contest during a Cincinnati Reds game with Florida, with the Reds winning, 9-7. Sister Susanna Helms wins the money after her name was on the Reds radio broadcast to win the $10,000 if the Reds hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning. Barry Larkin and Sean Casey, with his second of the game, connect. Sean Casey has a pair of homers and Ken Griffey, Jr. addsa three-run homer in the 7th.

JUNE

1st     The Cardinals drub the Pirates, 8-1, as Albert Pujols goes 5-for-5, including a pair of doubles and a HR.

Scott Podsednik hits a leadoff HR for the Brewers and starter Doug Davis pitches 6 shutout innings as Milwaukee beats Los Angeles, 4–1. Podsednik will hit another leadoff HR tomorrow.

2ndVladimir Guerrero strokes 2 HRs and drives in a team-record 9 runs in the Angels’ 10-7 win over the Red Sox. Five of the RBI come off Pedro Martinez, who takes the loss for Boston, but does record the 2,500th strikeout of his ML career in the process. He is the 26th pitcher to reach the mark. David Eckstein gets 5 hits and scores 4 runs for the Angels as their top 3 hitters (Guerrero, 4-for-4, Phillips, 3-for-4) go 12-for-13.

3rdAtlanta’s Julio Franco becomes the oldest player in ML history to hit a grand slam as he connects in the 1st inning of the Braves’ 8-4 win over the Phillies.

Cards catcher Yadier Molina, 21, is 2-for-4 in his ML debut as St. Louis downs the host Pirates, 4-2. He joins catching brothers Bengie and Jose, the first trio of brothers to play at the same time since the Cruz brothers, in 1977. Woody Williams (3-5) throws 6 shutout innings for the win.  Bucs leadoff hitter Jason Kendall has a hit to extend his consecutive game-hitting streak to 20 games.  He joins Mike Piazza as the only catcher in history to record two 20-game hitting streaks.

4thMark Prior makes his season debut for the Cubs, but the Cubs loses 2–1, to the Pirates, Prior goes 6 shutout innings. The Cubs hit the million mark in attendance, their quickest in history.

5thKen Griffey, Jr. hits his 496 career HR and Adam Dunn hits 2, including a 3-run shot in the 10th, as the Reds beat the visiting Montreal Expos, 6-3.

Todd Helton and Royce Clayton hit 2-run homers to pace the Rockies to an 11-2 win over the Giants. Barry Bonds is walked 3 times, twice intentionally, and hits a double. Yesterday, Jeff Fassero ignored manager Clint Hurdle’s instructions and pitched to Bonds, who hit his 15thhomer.

6thThe Padres, picking first, take into account signability and select local prep SS Matt Bush, possibly the worst first-choice in draft history: as an infielder Bush will struggle for three years before switching to the mound. He’ll also struggle off-field, being arrested for assault in his first week as a pro, and the Padres will send him to the Blue Jays where he will blow out his elbow.  After a series of arrests on drunk driving charges he will end up spending 51 months in jail. He’ll make his ML debut with the Rangers in 2016. Detroit takes franchise-cornerstone Justin Verlander with the 2ndpick, and the Mets take Philip Humber with the 3rdpick. Humber will win just 16 games in the majors, but one of them will be a perfect game. A day after Rice loses to Texas A&M in the College WS, three of its pitchers are chosen in the top 8: Tampa Bay takes 6’9” Jeff Niemann, who was 17-0 as a sophomore, at #4, and Baltimore uses their #9 pick to take Wade Townsend. None of the three will sign this year, and Humber will sign January 11, 2005, a day before a change in the federal tax law makes signing bonuses subject to Medicare and Social Security taxes. Townsend will return to Rice, though he will not play baseball. Several brothers of major leaguers go on the first round: Jered Weaver, brother of Jeff, goes to the Angels with #12, and highly rated SS Stephen Drew, brother of JD, goes to the D’backs at #15. The Cubs top pick, P Grant Johnson, won’t sign till August, miss the fall season to go back to Notre Dame, and miss the spring 2005 with an injury. He’ll finally debut in low class A in June 2005. Low round picks include Ben Zobrist (rd 6), Mark Reynolds (rd 16), Mark Trumbo (rd 18) and Dexter Fowler (rd 14). In 50 rounds in baseball’s 2004 amateur draft a total of 1,498 players are taken; 559 right-handed pitchers, 234 left-handed pitchers, 331 infielders, 248 outfielders and 126 catchers. The 30 big-league clubs draft 996 college players, 494 high-schoolers and eight players affiliated with neither a high school nor a college. California leads the way among the 50 states providing 270 draftees while Florida was second with 172. The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins select the most players choosing 54 each.

8thThe Astros defeat the Mariners, 1-0, as Roger Clemens becomes the oldest pitcher to begin a season 9-0. It is the 319th win of his big league career.

The Brewers shut out the Angels, 1-0, in 17 innings on Scott Posednik’s 2-out double. Ben Sheets retires the first 20 batters he faces before losing his perfect game in the 7th inning on Vladimir Guerrero’s single. It is the only hit Sheets surrenders in 9 innings of work. The Brewers tie a ML record by striking out 26 times in the contest. Geoff Jenkins fans 6 times, also tying a record.

10th   The Cubs down the Cardinals, 12-3, scoring 10 runs in the 4th inning. Chicago ties a team record with 11 hits in the frame, 9 of them straight.

11th   The Yankees lose to the Padres, 10-2, to end NY’s 13-game interleague winning streak, the longest such streak since the advent of interleague play.

12th   The Giants knock off the Orioles, 9-6. Barry Bonds hits the 675th HR of his career for SF, and Rafael Palmeiro hits his 537th for Baltimore. It is only the 3rd time in history that two players with 500 homers connect in the same game. Willie Mays and Ernie Banks did so in 1970, and Mays and Hank Aaron the following year.

13th   The Cubs outlast the Angels in 15 innings by a score of 6-5. Derrek Lee gets a career-high 5 hits for Chicago, including a HR and 2 RBIs.

The Astros down the Brewers, 5-4. Houston’s Brad Liege ties a ML record by striking out 4 batters in the 7th inning.

Seattle beats Montreal, 8-1, as Pat Borders of the Mariners notches a stolen base. He went 3,661 days between stolen bases, last stealing one on June 5, 1994.

The Giants defeat the Orioles, 7-3, as Barry Bonds hits the 676th HR of his career. The blast makes the Giants the first franchise in baseball history to have three players hit 500 homers with the club. Willie Mays had 646 and Mel Ott hit 511.

14th   The Phillies beat the Reds, 10-7, a rain-shortened 8 inning game. Philadelphia 1B Jim Thome becomes the 37th player in ML history to reach the 400 HR plateau with a 1st inning blast off Jose Acevedo.

16thFlorida’s Carl Pavano allows just 3 hits and walks no one as the Marlins trip the White Sox, 4-0. Mike Lowell’s 16thHR is all the scoring Pavano needs. Carlos Lee of the Sox has his 28-game hit streak stopped, but the outfielder does break the team record shared by Luke Appling and Albert Belle.

17th   The Marlins obtain relief P Billy Koch and cash from the White Sox in exchange for IF Wilson Valdez.

The Mets get OF Richard Hidalgo and cash from the Astros, sending pitchers David Weathers and Jeremy Griffiths to Houston.

18thThis is getting boring.  For the third game in a row the Kansas City Royals win, 10-4, beating the Phillies. They defeated the Braves by the same score in their previous two games.   Matt Stairs has 2 homers and a double and Angel Berroa is a homer short of the cycle. Former first -round pick Chris George (1-0) goes 6+ innings for the win.Elias Sports Bureau says that the Royals are the first team to win three straight games by the same score while scoring at least 10 runs in each.

20th   The Reds beat the Cardinals, 6-0, as Ken Griffey Jr. hits the 500th HR of his ML career. Griffey is the 20th player to reach the plateau.

The Giants down the Red Sox, 4-0, as Jason Schmidt hurls his second one-hitter of the season. Kevin Youkilis’ double leading off the 6th inning is Boston’s only safety.

At Denver, the Rockies lose, 4-2, when closer Shawn Chacon (0-5) serves up a 9th inning grand slam to the Orioles Brian Roberts. Starter Joe Kennedy throws 7 shutout innings.

22nd  The White Sox defeat the Indians, 11-9. Chicago reliever Shingo Takatsu surrenders a single to Ron Belliard to end his streak of having retired 29 consecutive batters since May 26.

23rd   The Tampa Bay Devil Rays (33-35) winning streak of 12 straight games ends in extra innings as the Toronto Blue Jays win 2–1 in 10 innings. The 12 consecutive wins are a club record eclipsing the previous D’Ray high-water mark of six straight.

Pitcher Luis Ramirez sets a new pro record by striking out 12 consecutive batters in a game for Class A Aberdeen (Md.).

24th   A day after their win streak ends the Devil Rays slam the Blue Jays, 19-13, setting teams records for runs (19) and hits (24) in the process. Julio Lugo goes 5-7 to set a club record for hits. Aubrey Huff has 2 singles in the 6thand Jose Cruz, Jr and Carl Crawford homer in the frame.

The Rangers down the Mariners, 9-7, in 18 innings as Alfonso Soriano hits a 2-run walkoff HR to win it.

In a 9-3 loss to the Giants, Dodger catcher Paul Lo Duca swipes home on the front end of a double steal with Juan Encarnacion. Brett Tomko, the eventual winner is on the mound. Lo Duca is the first Dodger since pitcher Darren Dreifort in 2001 to steal home and this is his second career swipe of home. Hideo Nomo allows 7 runs in 5+ innings to take the loss.

The Royals send soon-to-be free agent Carlos Beltran to the Astros in a three-team deal. KC receives minor league 3B Mark Teahen and P Mike Wood from the Athletics and C John Buck from Houston. The Athletics get P Octavio Dotel from the Astros.  The Yankees had offered Robinson Cano and C Dioner Navarro for Beltran. Beltran will find NL catchers easier than the AL backstops as he will go 28-for-28 in steal attempts for a new NL record. He was caught a couple of times this year in the AL.

25thThe Rockies defeat the Indians, 10-8, in 10 innings on Larry Walker’s 3rd HR of the game.

The Devil Rays shut out the Marlins, 2-0, behind Dewon Brazelton. Brazelton loses a no-hit bid on Mike Lowell’s double with 2 outs in the 8th inning. The win brings TB’s record to 35-35, enabling them to join the 1899 Louisville Colonels as the only teams in ML history to reach .500 after being 18 games below at any point during the season.

Major league baseball and its players ban the use of androstenedione, the steroid-like substance made famous by Mark McGwire when he hit 70 HRs in 1998.

The Angels collect 22 hits, including 4 homers, in trouncing the Dodgers, 13-0. 2B Adam Kennedy has 4 hits including a HR. For only the fifth time since 1974, the Dodgers use a position player to pitch as Jim Tracy calls on Robin Ventura. Ventura, the 5thpitcher used, faces just four batters while pitching a scoreless ninth with three fly outs and one hit.

27th   After Danny Bautista of Arizona hits a 3-run homer in the 8thto tie Detroit, Carlos Pena answers with a walkoff grand slam off Mike Koplove in the bottom of the 9th. Detroit wins, 9-5.

Cal State Fullerton wins the College WS title with a 3-2 win over Texas.

28th   The Phils down the Expos, 14-6, as 3B David Bell hits for the cycle. Bell doubles in the 2nd inning, homers in the 4th, singles in the 6th, and triples in the 7th. His grandfather, Gus, also hit for the cycle for Pittsburgh in 1951.

JULY

2ndThe Pirates take two games from the Brewers, winning by scores of 8-1 and 13-2. OF Jason Bay drives home 8 runs in the 2ndgame, the 2nd time he has done so in less than a year. He has only 48 career RBIs.

The Baltimore Orioles beat Philadelphia, 7-6, in 16 innings. The Orioles pitching staff registers 19 Philly strikeouts and issues 18 walks.

The Red Sox purchase righty Brandon Puffer from the Padres.  Puffer will spend one night with the Sox on September 2, and be released in October without appearing in a game. However, he will get a world championship ring from Boston (as noted by Bill Nowlin).

The Diamondbacks fire manager Bob Brenly. Al Pedrique takes over as manager on an interim basis.

4thThe Athletics down the Giants, 9-6. Barry Bonds draws 2 walks from Oakland pitchers to become baseball’s all-time leader with 2,191.

Don’t mess with Texas. The Rangers rout Andy Pettitte (4-2) and beat the Astros, 18-3, as Joaquin Benoit goes 6 innings for the win. Texas has a pair of grand slams, one by Hank Blaylock and a 9thinning slam by Mark Teixeira. Kevin Mench has 4 hits including a pair of homers, while Soriano has a homer off Pettitte.

The Rockies bounce back from a club record-tying 8-run deficit to edge the Tigers, 10-8.

5th     The Dodgers defeat the Diamondbacks, 6-5, in 10 innings, but P Eric Gagne’s streak of 84 consecutive saves finally ends. Gagne gives up 2 runs in the 9th inning as Arizona ties the score at 5-5.

6thThe White Sox re-signed P Freddy Garcia to a 3 year, $27 million contract extension. A possible key to the agreement is the fact that Sox manager Guillen is a second cousin to Garcia’s fiancée.

7th  The Dodgers down the Diamondbacks, 11-0, as Kazuhisa Ishii hurls a 1-hitter.

The Blue Jays defeat the Mariners, 12-4, as Josh Phelps homers twice and drives home 7 runs.

8thPenalty backed testing begins for all MLB players except the 104 players linked to the positive tests from 2003. In September the union will begin to inform the 104 players that they tested positive and that their samples were seized.  The union will allegedly alert some players of further tests, an allegation it will deny when the information is leaked in February 2009.

The Blue Jays edge the Mariners, 10-8. Edgar Martinez drives in 2 runs for the losers to become the career RBI leader among designated hitters with 979.

The Diamondbacks beat the Giants, 8-4. Alex Cintron homers from both sides of the plate for Arizona.

10thMike Lowell and Alex Gonzalez homer and Brad Penny pitches 6 solid innings to give the Marlins a 5-2 win over the Mets.  Florida moves above .500 (44-43). The National League has 12 teams above .500, the latest that they have had that many on the winning side.

11th   The Rangers edge the Red Sox, 6-5, as Eric Young goes 5-for-5.

El Duque makes his first appearance for the Yankees this year a good one, earning the win in a 10-3 Yankee victory over Tampa Bay. Hernandez gives up 2 runs in 5 innings as the Yankees hit four homers, two by Tony Clark.  Gil Heredia and Sam Marsonek finish up. For Marsonek, this is his only ML appearance as he slips on a boat dock over the all-star break and injures himself, never pitching again.

The Expos down the Pirates, 2-1, as Scott Downs becomes the first left-handed starting pitcher to win for Montreal in 500 games. The last to do so was Matt Blank on June 21, 2001.

13th   The AL downs the NL, 9-4, in the annual All-Star Game. The AL scores a record 6 runs in the 1st inning off Roger Clemens, including HRs by MVP Alfonso Soriano and Manny Ramirez.

Houston fires Jimy Williams as manager and replaces him with former Astro Phil Garner.

15th   Class A Lancaster  (Calif.) JetHawks P Mike Schultz ties a pro baseball record by fanning 5 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes batters in the 7th inning of a game won by the Quakes by a score of 19-4. Two of his victims reach base on 3rd-strike wild pitches.

16th   The Phillies defeat the Mets, 5-1. Bobby Abreu becomes just the 4th player in ML history to record at least 20 HRs and 20 steals in 6 consecutive seasons. Willie Mays, Bobby Bonds, and Barry Bonds are the others.

Mike Maroth hurls a one-hitter as the Tigers down the Yankees, 8-0. Gary Sheffield’s 4th-inning double is the only hit for New York.

Against the Expos, Jacque Jones homers in the 9thto tie the score at 4-4 and then the Twins win it in the 11thon a leadoff HR into the LF stands by Luis Rivas.  Expo manager Frank Robinson is ejected for protesting that the hit was foul: replays show Robby correct. This is Robinson’s 3rdejection as a manager of the Expos and he and Don Zimmer, Leo Durocher and Casey Stengel are the only major leaguers ejected from games in six decades.

The Indians trounce the Mariners, 18-6. Victor Martinez goes 5-for-5, with 3 HRs and 7 RBI for the Tribe. Cleveland hits 8 homers all told: only two teams have hit more in a game.

17th   The Padres defeat the Astros, 7-4. Lance Berkman, who wears uniform number 17, hits his 17th HR of the season (on July 17). His last homer came a month ago on June 17.

18th   The White Sox acquire OF Carl Everett from the Expos for P Jon Rauch and minor league P Gary Majewski.

19th   The Twins defeat the Tigers, 3-1, as Terry Mulholland becomes the 3rd active pitcher to post a victory against all 30 ML teams. Al Leiter and Kevin Brown are the only others to accomplish the feat.

After the Red Sox Jason Varitek hits a game-tying three-run homer in the 8th, off JJ Putz, Bret Boone answers with a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the 9thas Seattle wins 8–4. Boone has 6 RBIs for the day.

The Orioles obtain OF Karim Garcia from the Mets for P Mike DeJean.

The Padres get SS Rich Aurilia from the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named or cash.

Portland (PCL) Beavers’ Tagg Bozied hits a game-ending and season-ending grand slam against Tacoma, greeting his teammates at home with a jump on the plate. In doing so, he ruptures the patellar tendon in his right knee and has to leave the field in an ambulance.

20th   The Cardinals pound the Cubs, 11-8, as Albert Pujols goes 5-for-5 with 3 HRs, a 2B, and 5 RBIs.

The Indians trounce the Angels, 14-5, as Travis Hafner slugs 3 HRs for the Tribe. The 3 homers give him 5 in 2 games, tying a major league record.

The A’s defeat the Blue Jays, 1-0, in 14 innings. In just his 3rd ML start, Toronto P David Bush takes a no-hitter into the 8th inning before surrendering a safety.

21stIn Cleveland, the White Sox crush the Indians, 14-0, behind Mark Buehrle’s two hitter. Buehrle (10-3) faces just 27 batters, giving up singles in the 7thand 8thinnings. Both runners are erased on DPs.  Carlos Lee has a pair of homers, both off Cliff Lee (10-2), no relation. Grady Sizemore debuts in the 9thas a defensive replacement.

22ndThe Yankees win, 1-0, over the Blue Jays when Ruben Sierra hits a game-ending HR in the 9thinning. Mariano Rivera is the winner with an inning pitched.

At Comerica Park, Mike Sweeney celebrates his birthday by hitting two homers—a three run shot and a grand slam—to pace the Royals to a 13-7 win over the Tigers.

Abe Alvarez make his first and only appearance of the year for the Red Sox, going 5 innings against the Orioles at Fenway in the first of two.  Alvarez (0-1) allows 5 runs as the Birds win, 8-3, getting 2 homers, a double and 4 RBI from Melvin Mora. Alvarez’s start is the only one this year not made by one of the five Sox starters: Arroyo (29); Lowe (33); Martinez (31); Schilling (32). A feature of the game for Sox fans seeing David Ortiz leg out two triples: Papi will have one more this year. In game 2, Wakefield and 2 relievers scatter 10 hits as Boston wins, 4-0.

The Astros obtain P Darren Oliver from the Marlins in exchange for a player to be named or cash.

24thIn a rain-delayed thriller at Fenway, the Red Sox score 3 on Bill Mueller’s walk off homer in the bottom of the 9th to come from behind and win, 11-10.  But things heat up much earlier when Alex Rodriguez is hit by a pitch from Bronson Arroyo in the 3rd inning. A-Rod discusses the weather with the pitcher as he walks to 1B, and after catcher Jason Veritek steps between him and the pitcher, Rodriguez yells, “let’s go.” Still wearing his mask, the catcher shoves his glove and his bare hand into Alex’s face, prompting a bench-clearing melee.  After the dust clears, A-Rod, Veritek, Kenny Lofton and Gabe Kapler are ejected. Yankee starter Tanyon Sturtz suffers a cut to his finger in the fight and leaves the game in the 4th, and Boston manager Terry Frncona is thumbed out in the 5th. The Yankees end the day in first place by 8.5 games.

25thPitcher Dennis Eckersley, IF Paul Molitor, writer Murray Chass, and broadcaster Lon Simmons are inducted into the Baseball Hallof Fame.

The Mariners defeat the Angels, 6-2. Pitcher Kevin Gregg ties a post-1900 ML regular-season record for the Angels by throwing 4 wild pitches in the 8th inning. He’s in good company: the last to do it in the AL was Walter Johnson, in 1914.

You and me, Nolan.  Marcus Thames drives in 5 runs for Detroit, 4 coming home on a 7th inning grand slam off Michael Jackson, as Detroit pounds the host White Sox, 9-2.  For Jackson, it is the 10th grand slam he has served up, tying him with Nolan Ryan for the ML record.

26thThe Diamondbacks beat Houston 4-1 behind Brandon Webb, snapping their losing streak at 14 games. Scott Hairston and Luis Gonzalez homer off Andy Pettitte to provide the scoring. The D’Backs had a losing streak of 11 games in June, making them the first team since the 1962 Mets to fashion two losing streaks of 11 or more in the same year.

The Brewers get IF-OF Russell Branyan from the Indians for future considerations. The Indians sign Aaron Boone, an all-star last year with the Reds.  Boone was released by the Yankees March 1 after he tore up his knee in December playing pickup basketball.

27thWas it something I said? The Twins defeat the White Sox, 7-3 and Minnesota’s Corey Koskie ties a ML record by being hit by pitches 3 times in the game.

The PCL Edmunton Trappers score 12 runs in the 12thinning, a minor league record for an extra inning, to whip the host Memphis Redbirds, 15-3.

28thAt Tropicana Field, Rays pitcher Mark Hendrickson (8-8) allows just 4 hits and an unearned run in the 9thto whip the Royals, 10-1. The Rays collect 15 hits, including 3 homers and Carl Crawford 8thtriple of the month. The last player to have 8 triples in a month was Rod Carew, in 1977.

29thAl Leiter gets good run support and tosses 6 innings as the Mets beat Montreal, 10-1. Eric Valet hits for the cycle, Mike Cameron bangs 2 homers and Richard Hidalo hits one.

30thThe Cubs down the Phillies, 10-7, as Aramis Ramirez hits 3 HRs.

In a swap criticized by New York media, the Mets acquire pitchers Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunado from the Devil Rays in exchange for highly touted pitchers Scott Kazmir and Jose Diaz. It is Zambrano poster day for the Devil Rays. The Mets also obtain pitcher Kris Benson and IF Jeff Keppinger from the Pirates for IF Ty Wigginton, P Matt Peterson, and Jose Bautista, whom they acquired from KC for C Justin Huber. While Bautista does not get into a game for the Mets, the Pirates will be the 4thteam he suits up for this year.  Last year Dan Miceli player for four teams.

The Reds get P Josh Hancock and IF Anderson Machado from the Phillies for P Todd Jones and OF Brad Correll.Hancock will record his first ML win tomorrow when he enters the Cincinnati-Houston game in the 13thinning and wins when Jason LaRue doubles in the winner. The game is the completion of today’s rain-delayed suspended game: Hancock was not a member of the Reds when the game started.

The Marlins acquire C Paul LoDuca, OF Juan Encarnacion, and P Guillermo Mota from the Dodgers in exchange for pitchers Brad Penny and Bill Murphy and 1B Hee Seop Choi.

The Phillies send OF Ricky Ledee and P Alfredo Simon to the Giants for P Felix Rodriguez.

The Padres obtain IF Dave Hansen from Seattle for P Jon Huber.

31stThe Angels edge the Mariners, 9-8, in 11 innings. Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki hits a game-tying HR in the 9th to give him 50 hits for the month. He becomes the first player since Joe Medwick in 1936 to have two 50-hit months in the same season. He is also the first player since Pete Rose to have three 50-hit months in his career.

As part of a 4-team trade, the Red Sox send SS Nomar Garciaparra, P Matt Murton, and cash to the Cubs. They acquire 1B Doug Mientkewicz and SS Orlando Cabrera from Montreal. P Justin Jones goes from Chicago to the Twins. The Cubs also send infielders Alex Gonzalez and Brendan Harris and P Francis Beltran to the Expos.

The Red Sox obtain speedster Dave Roberts from the Dodgers sending Henri Stanley to Los Angeles.

The White Sox send P Esteban Loaiza, a 20-game winner last season, to the Yankees for P Jose Contreras.

The Diamondbacks send OF Steve Finley and C Brent Mayne to the Dodgers for C Koyle Hill, P Bill Murphy, and OF Reggie Abercrombie.

The Braves obtain P Tom Martin and cash from the Dodgers for P Matt Merricks.

The Royals send P Rudy Seanez to the Marlins for OF Abraham Nunez.

AUGUST

1stIn Nomar Garciaparra’s first appearance in a Cubs uniform, he has an RBI single and makes several fine fielding plays in the Cubs 6-3 win over the Phils.

3rd  At Yankee Stadium, Jorge Posada gives the Yanks a lead with a 3-run homer off Mark Mulder in the 1st, but Oakland roars back to win, 13-4. Mulder goes to 15-3. Scott Hatteberg hits a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs and Eric Byrnes triples and drives in 3 runs.

At Busch, Tony Bautista hits a 2-run homer in the 9th to pull the Expos into a tie with the Cardinals, then pounds a grand slam off Dan Haren in the 12th as Montreal wins, 10-6.  Jim Edmonds hits his 29th and Albert  Pujols his 30th for the Cards.

4thThe Cardinals defeat the Expos, 5-4. St. Louis C Mike Matheny commits a throwing error to end his ML-record streak of 252 consecutive errorless games.

6thThe Cardinals obtain OF Larry Walker from the Rockies in a trade for P Jason Burch and 2 players to be named.

The Red Sox acquire P Mike Myers from the Mariners for a player to be named or cash.

The Blue Jays send DH-1B Josh Phelps to the Indians in exchange for 1B Eric Crozier.

7thAt SBC Park, Greg Maddux leads the Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the Giants for the 300th win of his career. He becomes the 22nd hurler to reach the magic number.

The Angels beat the Royals 7-5 as Troy Percival becomes the 6th pitcher in history with 9 straight seasons of 20 or more saves.

The Mariners defeat the Devil Rays, 6-2. Seattle manager Bob Melvin is ejected before the game begins for arguing with crew chief Joe West about a controversial interference call in Friday night’s game.

8thThe Blue Jays lose their 5th straight game, 8-2, to the Yankees. Shortly after the game, Toronto fires Carlos Tosca as its manager and replaces him on an interim basis with coach John Gibbons.

The Red Sox defeat the Tigers, 11-9, despite 7 Detroit home runs. Tim Wakefield records the win for Boston despite tying a ML record by allowing 6 of the homers. Wakefield is the 6th modern pitcher to yield 6 round-trippers, but the first since Philadelphia’s George Caster did so 64 years ago against the Red Sox. The last pitcher to give up 6 homers and still win the game was Brooklyn’s Hollis Thurston in 1932.

The Athletics beat the Twins, 6-5, in 18 innings. It is the 2nd-longest game in the 23-year history of the Metrodome.

The Cardinals defeat the Mets, 6-2, as Edgar Renteria gets 5 hits for St. Louis.

10thThe White Sox down the Royals, 9-3, as Willie Harris goes 5-for-5.

The Pirates defeat the Giants, 8-7, but Barry Bonds sets a ML record by reaching 30 HRs for the 13th straight season.

The Dodgers beat the host Reds, 5-2, in spite of a mammoth HR by Adam Dunn. Believed to be one of the longest homers in ML history, it will be measured at 535 feet. The ball carries over the batter’s eye beyond the centerfield fence, bounces on Mehring Way 20 feet beyond the stadium, and lands on a piece of driftwood in the Ohio River. Since the river is actually claimed by Kentucky, the homer is probably the first in ML history to carry into another state.

12thThe Phillies drub the Rockies, 15-4, as Randy Wolf becomes the first pitcher to homer twice in a game since Robert Person on June 2, 2002.

The Indians trounce the Blue Jays, 6-2. Ben Broussard hits his 2nd pinch grand slam of the season for Cleveland and becomes only the 4th player in ML history to ever do so.

It is all Pedro as the Red Sox down Tampa Bay, 6-0. Martinez (13-4) goes the distance with 10 strikeouts and no walks as he allows 6 hits.  The Sox might’ve had more except for TB centerfielder Rocco Baldelli, who throws out two consecutive runners (Millar and Varitek) at home in the 5th. Baldelli threw out a runner against the Sox last week as well.

13th   The Giants rout the Phillies by a score of 16-6. JT Snow hits 3 HRs for SF, drives in 4 runs, and scores 5 himself. Barry Bonds is walked 3 times, twice intentionally. The 2 intentional walks give him a ML record 86 on the season, helping the Giants break their two-year-old ML record of intentional walks in a season with 104.

The Royals hit a ML-record tying 2 grand slams in a 10-3 romp over Oakland. Rookies Abraham Nunez and John Buck both connect with the bags full for KC. Nunez’s salami breaks up Mark  Mulder’s 1-0 shutout in the 6thand is the first grand slam allowed by Mulder.

Starting pitcher Jon Rauch of the Expos homers off Houston’s Roger Clemens (Shawn Estes is the only other pitcher to do so) but leaves with a bad back and a 4-0 lead. The Astros tie it up and then score a run in the 12thon a homer by Morgan Ensberg. Alex Gonzalez matches that in the bottom of the frame and Terrmel Sledge drives in the winner with a single as the Expos win, 6-5.

14th  At Miller Park, Jeff Coninehits a 9thinning grand slam off Luis Vizcaino as Florida scores 7 times to beat the Brewers, 11-1.

17th   The Rangers crush the Indians, 16-4, as Mark Teixeira becomes the 2nd player in Texas history to hit for the cycle. Teixeira drives in 7 runs with a 2-run double in the 3rd, a 3-run HR in the 4th, a 2-run triple in the 5th, and a leadoff single in the 7th. Oddibe McDowell is the only other Ranger to accomplish the feat, doing so on July 23, 1985.

The Mariners crush the Royals, 16-3, as Raul Ibanez strokes a career-high 5 hits and scores 4 runs. Ichiro Suzuki has 4 hits and 5 RBIs and hits a leadoff HR for the 2ndstraight game. Bret Boone chips in with a pair of homers.

Jason Jennings goes 7 innings and is credited with the win in the Rockies 6-4 victory over the visiting Mets. Matt Holliday has a homer and scores 3 runs. New York loses recently acquired pitcher Victor Zambrano for the season when he runs off the mound after walking a batter in the 3rd.  They will lose him exactly the same way in May 2006.

The Devil Rays down the Angels, 8-3, as Tampa Bay shortstop BJ Upton becomes the first teenager in more than 6 years to homer in a ML game. The last to do so was Aramis Ramirez on June 16, 1998.

19th  In an unusual occurance, all 9 home teams playing today lose (as noted by Rod Nelson and John Rickert). At the Metrodome, Gary Sheffield has a double, a pair of homers and 5 RBI, with his second homer, off reliever Joe Nathan, coming in the Yankees’ 4-run 9th. New York wins, 13-10, over the central-leading Twins. Nathan coughs up all 4 runs. The first place Yankees, which had lost 3 in a row, will lose another 3 in a row.

20th   Randy Johnson fans 14 as the Diamondbacks lose to the Reds, 2-0. It is the 200th time in his career that he fans 10 or more in a game.

At Camden Yards, the Blue Jays bomb the Orioles, 14-4. Eric Hinske hits a 3-run homer in the 7th and Chris Woodward piles on with a grand slam off Eddy Rodriguez in the 9th. Toronto wins, 14-4.

ML baseball owners vote to extend Bud Selig’s term as commissioner three more years, through 2009.

21stThe Dodgers down the Braves, 7-4. LA P Jeff Weaver ties a ML record in the first inning when he hits 3 consecutive batters with pitches.

The Mets down the Giants, 11-9, scoring two unearned runs in the 12thfor the victory.  The two combine to tie the NL record for double plays in an extra inning game with 10 (SF-6). Cliff Floyd has a 3-run HR for the Mets while Barry Bonds is 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, and two walks.

It doesn’t seem fair. Carlos Guillen has a pair of 3-run doubles, connecting in the 5thand 6thinnings as Detroit edges the Mariners, 11-10 in 11 innings. No American Leaguer has had two 3-run doubles in a regulation game—four NLers have—and only one had a pair of 3-run doubles in an extra-inning game. Dan Wilson of Seattle did it in the 6thand 13thinnings of a game this May against the Yankees.

25th   The Angels crush the Royals, 21-6, as Jeff DaVanon became the first Angels player in 13 years to hit for the cycle. The last to do so was Hall of Famer Dave Winfield.

Cuba defeats Australia, 6-2, to take the gold medal in baseball at the Athens Olympics.

26th   The Mariners fall to the Royals, 7-3, despite Ichiro Suzuki’s 200th hit of the season. With the HR, Suzuki becomes the first player to reach 200 hits in each of his first 4 ML seasons.

27thThe Astros jump on Cubs starter Kerry Wood, who lasts 4+ innings, and continue against Kyle Farnsworth. The Astros Roy Oswalt wins 15-7, surviving a confrontation with Cubs C Michael Barrett when he steps in the batter’s box; he plunked Barrett five days ago and he and Wood were ejected. Kent Mercker later hits Oswalt.  Carlos Beltran hits 2 homers, and has now homered in each of his last 5 games. He also steals two bases, matching Howard Johnson who hit 2 HRs and stole twice on July 11, 1987. Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman hit back-to-back homers, and Jeff Kent also goes deep. Nomar Garciaparra and Derrek Lee homer for the Cubs. Farnsworth, after giving up 6 runs in the 9th,kicks an electric fan and sprains his right knee; tomorrow he goes on the 15-day disabled list.

Despite combining for 9 homers, Seattle beats Kansas City by on a  7-5 score. The Mariners have 9 hits, 8 for extra bases, including 3 homers in the 5thoff rookie starter Zack Greinke. The Royals have 2 homers in the same inning to tie a ML record.

Maybe for Dr. Seuss.  To make room on their 40-man roster for RH Alay Soler, the Mets trade reliever Dan Wheeler to Houston for minor league OF Adam Seuss. Seuss will play two games in class A for the Mets before failing a drug test.

28th   The Dodgers defeat the Mets, 4-2, as Adrian Beltre goes 5-for-5, including his league-leading 42nd HR.

The Yankees pound the Blue Jays, 18-6, as Tony Clark slugs 3 HRs. Clark and Ruben Sierra each drive in 5 runs.

29th   The Cardinals shut out the Pirates, 4-0. Albert Pujols becomes the 4th player in history to start his ML career with 4 straight seasons with at least 100 RBIs. The others are Hall of Famers Al Simmons, Joe DiMaggio, and Ted Williams.

30th   The Cubs defeat the Expos, 5-2, to give Dusty Baker his 1,000th win as a manager.

The Astros down the Reds, 11-3. Jeff Bagwell steals a base for Houston, thus becoming the 11th player in ML history to have 400 HRs and 200 stolen bases.

31st    The Indians bomb the Yankees, 22-0, to tie a record for the most lopsided shutout in history. Omar Vizquel ties an AL mark with 6 hits for Cleveland.

The Cubs acquire OF Ben Grieve from the Brewers for a player to be named and cash. Chicago also obtains C Mike DiFelice from Detroit for a player to be named.

SEPTEMBER

1st      The Marlins edge the Mets, 5-4. Armando Benitez gets the save in relief. It is his 10th save of the year against NY for a new ML record for saves against a club in a year. He will add one more save to give him 11 against his former teammates.

Minnesota’s Terry Mulholland goes 6 innings and allows 2 runs in the Twins 4-2 win over Baltimore. Mulholland and catcher Pat Borders, who was obtained yesterday from Seattle for B.J. Garbe,are the first pair of 40-something batterymates since Curt Davis and Clyde Sukeforth for the Dodgers in 1945.

2ndThe Yankees score one in the 1stand five in the 2ndoff Indian starter Cliff Lee en route to a 9-1 win. A-Rod homers and Gary Sheffield has 3 hits and 3 RBI to reach the 100 RBI mark.  He joins 19thcentury star Dan Brouthers who drove in 100 RBIs for 5 different teams between 1887 and 1894. Sheffield also drove in 100 for the Padres, Marlins, Dodgers, and Braves. Joining him today with 100 RBIs is Victor Martinez who hits a solo homer off Steve Karsay, who is making his first appearance since 2003.

The Giants acquire P Dave Burba from the Brewers for minor league P Josh Habel.

3rdThe Baltimore Orioles top the Yankees 3–1 behind Rodrigo Lopez. The loss goes to Kevin Brown who pitches 6 innings and then, frustrated on a grounder he botched, punches a concrete wall inside the Yankees’ clubhouse, breaking two bones in his left (non-throwing) hand that will require surgery. The pitcher, making $15.7 million, will miss the rest of the season except for two ineffective starts. New York leads in the East by 2 1/2 games.

The Marlins three-game series with the Cubs is postponed by Hurricane Frances.

4thThe Rockies down the Padres, 8-2. Prior to the game, the Friars retires former All-Star OF Tony Gwynn’s jersey No. 19.

5thThe Mariners lose to the White Sox, 8-7, despite 5 hits by Ichiro Suzuki. It is the 3rd time this season Suzuki has had 5 or more hits in a game. He now leads the majors with 223 hits, 34 short of George Sisler’s all-time record.

7thThe Dodgers defeat the Diamondbacks, 8-2. Robin Ventura hits a pinch grand slam for LA, moving into a tie with Willie McCovey for 3rd place on the all-time list with 18. Hideo Nomo (4-11) wins his first game since April 21.

8thThe Indians down the Mariners, 8-5. Seattle rookie Greg Dobbs hits a pinch-hit HR in the 9th inning in his first ML at bat. He is the first Mariner player ever to accomplish the feat.

The Astros hand the Reds a 5-2 loss. Pitcher Jose Acevedo ties a ML record by surrendering 4 Houston HRs in the 1st inning.

9thThe Royals score a team-record 26 runs on their way to a 26-5 win over the Tigers in the first game of a DH. KC scores in 7  of their 9 times up, including plating 11 runs in the 3rd. Joe Randa strokes 6 hits and scores a ML record-tying 6 runs for the Royals, becoming the first AL player ever to record 6 of each in a 9-inning game. Jason Johnson gives up 11 runs in 2+ innings, but his replacement does even worse. Lino Urdaneta, coming off a 60-day rehab, makes his ML debut and allows 6 runs without recording an out. The Tigers hand him his release in 4 days, but he will make it back to the Bigs with the Mets. The worn out Royals are shut out by Detroit in the 2nd game, 8-0, as Jeremy Bonderman goes 8 innings.

The Mariners down the Red Sox, 7-1, as Ichiro Suzuki breaks his own AL record for singles in a season with 194. He set the mark as a rookie in 2001.

The Phillies get homers from their first two batters, Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco, leading off the game and go on to beat the Braves, 9-4. Lieberthal and Burrell add homers to back Ryan Madosn (9-2).

The Tribune Company, owners of the Cubs, misses the Mark with a check. Mark Guthrie, 43, a former newspaper carrier for the Hartford Courant, which is owned by the Tribune, receives a check meant for former pitcher Mark Guthrie. A year ago, the Tribune’s payroll department mixed the two men up and deposited $301,000 of the baseball player’s pay into the newspaper carrier’s bank account.  It took five weeks for the company to detect the error. The deliveryman noticed the money, but didn’t touch it. He knew it was a mistake, and cooperated with Tribune. But Guthrie of Connecticut stopped the last $26,000 from being taken out of his account until the company proved to him that he would not suffer any tax ramifications over the company’s error. Guthrie, the baseball player, didn’t get picked up by the Cubs and is now a free agent. Guthrie the newspaper carrier was also dropped by the media conglomerate due to the lawsuit, and is presumably also a free agent.

11thThe Phillies defeat the Mets in 13 innings by a score of 11-9. The teams combine to use a ML record 18 pitchers in the contest, 10 by the Phillies to tie a NL mark.

Texas beats Toronto, 10-7 despite the Jays hitting two pinch homeruns in the 8thinning.  Eric Hinske and Chris Gomez hit the pinch homers, the latter hitting his off Ron Mahay, who gets one out and the win. Mark Teixeira has a 3-run homer for Texas.

The Cubs best the Marlins, 5-2 on Derrek Lee’s 3-run double in the 8th. Relief P LaTroy Hawkins strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 9th inning to nail down the victory for Chicago.

12thThe Orioles lose to the Yankee, 9-7. In the process, they set an AL record by using 10 pitchers in the game.

13thThe Marlins down the Expos, 6-3, in a game played at the Cell in Chicago because of Hurricane Ivan. The two teams thereby set a record by playing a game in their 21st different stadium in a single season.

The Cubs knock off the Pirates, 7-2. Sammy Sosa hits his 30th HR of the year to become the 3rd player in history to hit 30 or more HRs 10 seasons in a row.

In Oakland, Texas reliever Frank Francisco is arrested on a charge of aggravated battery after he tosses a chair into the right-field box seats and hits two spectators in the head and woman’s nose is broken when the chair bounces and hits her. Francisco will be suspended for the rest of the season by ML baseball. With two outs in the 9th inning, the Rangers’ Alfonso Soriano ties the game 5-5 with his 2nd homer of the night. Moments later, the Texas bench and bullpen clears. After a delay of 19 minutes, the Athletics win 7-6 in the 10th inning when Eric Chavez hits a single following 3 walks and an error. Chavez ties the game in the 8thafter Mark Teixeira hits his 35thhomer, off starter Tim Hudson. “Tonight, it went over the line,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said after the game. “It was a real break from the normal trash you hear from fans. We’ve had problems about every time we’ve come here.” Texas reliever Doug Brocail is seen screaming at a fan, and the pitcher has to be restrained by his teammates and bullpen coach Mark Connor.

The Twins, leaders in the AL Central, top the Tigers, 5-3, to sweep the 4-games series in Detroit. Joe Nathan saves all four games.

Kansas City outhits the Yankees by just 2, but a 10-run 5thinnings helps as the Royals flush the Yanks, 17-8. Angel Berroa scores 5 runs for KC.

14thThe Mets fire manager Art Howe, effective at the end of the season.

Corey Patterson hits a 2-run homer in the 8thto tie the Pirates, 2-2, then hits a walkoff homer in the 12thfor a 3-2 Cubs win.

15thThe Diamondbacks edge the Rockies, 3-2, as Randy Johnson moves past Steve Carlton to become baseball’s leader in strikeouts for a left-hander. Johnson now has 4,139 to move into third place on the all-time list behind Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens.

With the Expos leading 2-1, they load the bases with 2 out in the 4thinning against Florida ace Carl Pavano.  As Brian Schneider steps off 3B, Mike Lowell tags him with the hidden ball trick.  It is the first in the majors in 5 years.

Derrek Lee, Sammy Sosa and Michael Barrett hit back-to-back-to-back HRs in a 13-5 win over the Pirates. Lee’s homer is his 30th, giving the Cubs four players with 30 homers for the first time in club history. Sosa adds a grand slam and now has 32 homers, while SS Perez homers off pitcher Perez. The Cubs will lead the NL with 235 roundtrippers.

17th   The Giants defeat the Padres, 4-1, as Barry Bonds hits the 700th HR of his ML career. The blast comes off SD hurler Jake Peavy in the 3rd inning. Barry will ends the season with more homeruns than strikeouts (45 to 41), just the second player since 1959 to do that (minimum 10 homers). The other was George Brett in 1980.

The Mariners beat the Athletics, 6-3. Ichiro Suzuki gets his 199th single of the season to break Wee Willie Keeler’s old mark.

The Cubs edge the Reds, 13-4, on the strength of 3 HRs and 5 RBI by Aramis Ramirez.

18th   The Cardinals knock off the Diamondbacks, 7-0, to lower their number to 2 games to clinch a division title. It is a costly win as starter Chris Carpenter leaves in the 4thwith an injury that will prevent him from pitching in the post season. Reggie Sanders has an RBI and 2 steals to give him his 4th20 homer, 20 SB season.

For the second day in a row, the Orioles score in double digits to beat the Twins, 12-3.  Rookie Daniel Cabrera (12-7) notches the win with 6 IP. Miguel Tejada homers twice, has 5 RBI, and leads the AL with 131 RBI. Brian Roberts breaks the Orioles’ 103-year-old franchise record for most doubles by a switch hitter when he connected for his 47th two-bagger: in 1901, John Anderson of the Milwaukee Brewers hit 46. Roberts ties Cal Ripken’s club mark of 47 doubles set in 1983.

The Japanese professional baseball players go on a two-day strike, a first in the history of the league, to protest the proposed merger between the Orix BlueWave and the Osaka Kintetsu Buffalos, as well as the failure of the owners to agree to create a new team to fill the void resulting from the merger. The strike will be settled on five days when the owners agreed to grant a new franchise in the Pacific League and to continue the two-league, 12-team system. The new team, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles will begin play in the 2005 season.

20thAt Yankee Stadium, the Blue Jays down the Yankees, 6-3, behind Gustavo Chacin, making his ML debut.  He is the first pitcher in 8 years to make his ML debut with a victory at Yankee Stadium.

21stThe Mariners down the Angels, 7-3, as Ichiro Suzuki gets 5 hits in a game for the 4th time this season. He is within 14 hits of George Sisler’s all-time season record of 257 hits.

22nd  The Mariners pound out 24 hits in a 16-6 rout of the Angels. Raul Ibanez ties an AL record with 6 hits for Seattle. Ichiro Suzuki gets 4 more hits to give him 247 on the season.

24thThe Braves clinch their 13th consecutive division title with an 8-7 win over the Marlins.

26thIn the first meeting between two pitchers who have each have wins over 30 teams, the battle between Kevin Brown and Curt Schilling sputters intoa bench-clearing game at Fenway, as the Red Sox down the Yankees, 11-4. Schilling pitches 7 innings of one-hit ball, while the Red Sox jump on Brown in the 1stand Estaban Loaiza in the 2ndinning to post a 7-0 lead. Pedro Astacio, Brad Halsey and Joe Torre all get tossed in the 8th. Bill Mueller homers for Boston while Andy Phillips, in his first ML at bat, homers on the first pitch he sees. He is the 20th rookie to pinch hit a homer on his first at bat.

28thOmar Infante and Bobby Higgenson homer off Jose Contreras to lead off the game for Detroit and it is the margin of victory as the Tigers beat the White Sox, 6-4.

The Rockies Jamey Wright pitches 6 shutout innings, the Dodgers Milton Bradley explodes in the 7th, and Colorado’s bullpen implodes in the 9th, as Los Angeles wins, 5-4. The Dodgers score 5 runs in the 9thafter reliever Sean Chacon walks 4 batters in a row and Jayson Worth doubles. Chacon ends his year with 35 saves and a bilious 7.11 ERA. Bradley is tossed in the 7thafter a spectator tosses a plastic bottle at him and he exchanges angry words with fans. After his ejection he throws his hat and jersey on the field.

29thThe Braves down the Mets, 6-3, for manager Bobby Cox’s 2,000th win as skipper. He is the 9th man to reach 2,000.

Cubs reliever LaTroy Hawkins blows his 2ndsave in five days and the Cubs eventually lose to the Reds, 4-2. Chicago slips a half-game behind Houston in the wild-card standings.

The Indians defeat the Royals, 5-2. After the game, Cleveland P Kyle Denney is hit in the right calf by a bullet that comes through the side of the team bus. He probably avoids more serious injury when the bullet hits the tough leather of the knee-high boot he is wearing as part of a rookie hazing ritual.

Major League Baseball announces that the Montreal Expos will relocate to Washington, DC for the 2005 season.

OCTOBER

1st     The Mariners defeat the Rangers, 8-3, as Ichiro Suzuki gets 3 hits to give him a new ML-record 259 for the season. The old mark of 257 was set by George Sisler 84 years ago. Suzuki’s single in the 1st inning was the 919th hit of his career to break Bill Terry’s record for most hits over a four-year span.

2ndSteve Finley’s walk off grand slam caps a 7-run 9th inning rally to give the Dodgers a 7-3 win over the Giants and the NL West title.

The Angels clinch the AL West title with a 5-4 win over the Athletics.

The Marlins down the Phillies, 4-3, hours after Larry Bowa is fired as Philadelphia’s manager.

Josh Fogg (11-10) goes 6 innings as the Pirates beat the Reds, 3-1. Todd Van Poppel gives up 3 runs in 5 innings to finish the year with a 6.09 ERA and a career ERA of 5.58. His 5.58 moves him ahead of Pat Mahomes (5.47) for the highest ERA for any pitcher with 300 or more appearances in the bigs.

Shawn Estes goes 4 innings, his shortest start in the past 27, as his Rockies lose to the Astros, 9-3.  Houston rockets 6 home runs, 2 each by Jeff Kent and Craig Biggio.

3rd  In the final Expos game, in New York, Tom Glavine wins his 11th, going 6 innings as the Mets stop Montreal, 8-1. Todd Zeile, in his last ML at bat, belts a 3-run homer. After Endy Chavez grounds out for the final out, long-time Expos Frenchannouncer Jacques Doucet signs off for the final time with these words: “I thank you all for being there. . . and if by chance our paths should ever cross upon the street, within the shopping mall, or by the lakeside on a fishing trip, I will be honored to reach out and shake your hand, proud baseball devotee, proud Expos fan.”

At Busch, the Cardinals down the Brewers, 9-4. Ray Lankford hits a 2-run pinch homer in his last ML at bat, and Albert Pujols scores twice to push his lead in that department to 133. Lyle Overbay has a pair of doubles to move 2 ahead of Pujols for the NL lead.

4thThe Mariners fire Bob Melvin as their manager.

5thThe Twins shut out the Yankees behind Johan Santana, 2-0, to take the opener of their Division Series. Minnesota turns a postseason-record 5 DPs in the contest and Jacque Jones hits a HR.

The Red Sox take the opener of their Division Series against the Angels behind Chuck Schilling, 9-3. Boston scores 7 runs in the 4th inning to break open the game. Manny Ramirez and Kevin Millar homer for the Sox, while Darin Erstad and Troy Glaus connect for Anaheim.

The Cardinals clout 5 HRs to tie the NL record for a postseason game and go on to defeat the Dodgers, 8-3, in the game 1 of their Division Series. Larry Walker homers twice, while Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds, and Mike Matheny hit one round-tripper apiece for St. Louis. Tom Wilson hits a solo blast for LA in the 9th. Woody Williams gets the victory while Odalis Perez is charged with the loss.

6thThe Yankees edge the Twins, 7-6, in 12 innings to even their Division Series at a game apiece. Alex Rodriguez gets 4 hits for NY, including a HR. Derek Jeter and Gary Sheffield also homer for the Bronx Bombers while Torii Hunter connects for Minnesota.

The Red Sox take a 2-to-0 lead in their Division Series with the Angels with an 8-3 victory behind Pedro Martinez. Jason Varitek homers for Boston.

The Astros down the Braves, 9-3, behind Roger Clemens. Carlos Beltran, Jason Lane, Lance Berkman, and Brad Ausmus homer to lead the Houston attack. Andruw Jones also homers for Atlanta.

7thThe Cardinals again down the Dodgers by a score of 8-3 to take a 2-to-0 lead in their division Series. Mike Matheny drives in 4 runs for St. Louis, while Milton Bradley, Shawn Green, and Jason Werth all homer for LA.

The Braves even their Division Series against Houston with a 4-2 win in 11 innings. Rafael Furcal’s walkoff homer is the deciding blow. Raul Chavez and Jeff Bagwell clout round-trippers for the Astros.

The Cubs fine OF Sammy Sosa $87,400 (one day’s pay) for arriving late and leaving early at the Cubs’ regular-season finale at Wrigley Field on Sunday. This incident leads to speculation that he’s going to be on the trading block.

8thThe Yankees take a 2-to-1 lead in their Division Series with the Twins with an 8-4 win behind Kevin Brown. Derek Jeter drives in 3 runs for NY while Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams homer. Jacque Jones hits one out for Minnesota.

The Red Sox complete a 3-game sweep over the Angels in their Division Series on David Ortiz’s 2-run walkoff HR in the bottom of the 10th inning. Vladimir Guerrero brings Anaheim back from a 6-1 deficit with a grand slam in the 7th inning, but Ortiz’s 4th hit of the game wins it for Boston.

9thThe Yankees finish off the Twins with a come-from-behind 6-5 win in 11 innings to win their Division Series. Ruben Sierra’s 3-run HR ties the game in the 8th inning and Alex Rodriguez scores the winning run on a wild pitch. Henry Blanco homers for Minnesota.

The Astros move a game up on the Braves in their Division Series with an 8-5 win. Carlos Beltran’s homer paces Houston while Andruw Jones and Johnny Estrada connect for Atlanta.

The Dodgers stave off elimination in their Division Series with the Cardinals behind Jose Lima’s 5-hit shutout, winning by a score of 4-0. Shawn Green hits a pair of homers to pace LA.

10th   Houston blows a 3-run lead and loses to Atlanta, 6-5, to even their Division Series at 2 games apiece. Adam LaRoche’s 3-run homer in the 6th inning ties the score at 5-5, and J.D. Drew’s single in the 9th wins it for the Braves. Craig Biggio hits a HR for the Astros.

The Cardinals top the Dodgers, 6-2, to win their Division Series and move on to the NLCS. Jeff Suppan hurls 7 innings of 2-hit ball for St. Louis. Albert Pujols and Reggie Sanders homer for the Cardinals, and Jason Werth for LA.

11thThe Houston Astros move on to the NLCS for the first time in their history, defeating the Braves, 12-3, to take their Division Series. Carlos Beltran is the hero for Houston with 4 hits, including 2 HRs, and 5 RBIs. Jeff Bagwell also homers for the Astros, while Johnny Estrada and Rafael Furcal connect for Atlanta.

Ken Caminiti, the 1996 NL MVP, dies at 41.  After he stopped playing Caminiti admitted in a cover article in Sports Illustrated that he used steroids.

12thThe Yankees take the opening game of the ALCS with a 10-7 victory over the Red Sox. NY almost blows an 8-0 lead, but holds on to win behind the pitching of Mike Mussina and the hitting of Hideki Matsui (5 RBIs). Kenny Lofton homers for the Yanks and Jason Varitek connects for Boston.

13th   The Yankees go up 2-to-0 over the Red Sox with a 3-1 win. Jon Lieber gets the victory with John Olerud’s 2-run homer in the 6th inning the key blow.

The Cardinals trounce the Astros, 10-7, in the opener of the NLCS. Albert Pujols homers for St. Louis, while Mike Lamb, Lance Berkman, Jeff Kent, and Carlos Beltran all connect in a losing cause for Houston.

14thThe Cardinals use the long ball to go one up in their NLCS with a 6-4 win over the Astros. Scott Rolen hit a pair of HRs, with Albert Pujols and Larry Walker also connecting for St. Louis. Morgan Ensberg and Carlos Beltran homer for Houston.

16th   Roger Clemens keeps Houston’s hopes alive in the NLCS with a 5-2 win over St. Louis. Lance Berkman, Carlos Beltran, and Jeff Kent homer for the Astros; Jim Edmonds and Larry Walker connect for the Cardinals.

The Yankees maul the Red Sox, 19-8, to take a commanding 3-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS. The 19 runs are an LCS record. Hideki Matsui leads the way for NY with 5 hits, 5 RBI, and 5 runs scored. Four of the hits are for extra bases, which ties the post-season record. Alex Rodriguez also score 5 for the Yankees. Gary Sheffield and Bernie Williams each have 4 hits. Matsui hits a pair of HRs, and Rodriguez and Sheffield connect once each for NY. Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon homer for Boston.

17th   The Red Sox stay alive in the ALCS with a 6-4, 12 inning win over the Yankees. David Ortiz’s 2-run walkoff homer wins it in the 12th after the Sox tied the score off Mariano Rivera in the 9th. Ortiz drives home 4 runs for Boston, while Alex Rodriguez homers for NY.

The Astros tie the NLCS match with the Cardinals with a 6-5 victory. Carlos Beltran and Lance Berkman homer for Houston, and Albert Pujols for St. Louis. Beltran’s blast makes 5 consecutive post-season games in which he has homered for a new record.

18thThe Red Sox outlast the Yankees, 5-4, in 14 innings to force a Game 6 of their ALCS. David Ortiz again is the hero, driving home the winning run with a bloop single. Ortiz also homers, as does Bernie Williams for NY.

The Astros win their 3rd in a row, shutting out St. Louis 3-0 on Jeff Kent’s 9th inning walkoff HR. The Cardinals manage only 1 hit off Brandon Backe (8 innings) and Brad Lidge (1 inning)—Tony Womack’s single in the 6th.

19thIn another thriller, the Red Sox even their ALCS with the Yankees by defeating the Yankees by a score of 4-2. Chuck Schilling pitches 7 solid innings for Boston, while Mark Bellhorn hits a HR. Bernie Williams homers for the Yanks.

20thThe Red Sox defeat the Yankees, 10-3, to become the first team in history to come back from a 3-to-0 deficit and win a postseason series. Johnny Damon is the hero for Boston with a pair of HRs, including a grand slam, and 6 RBI. David Ortiz and Mark Bellhorn also homer for the Sox.

The Cardinals tie their NLCS with the Astros with a 6-4, 12-inning victory. Jim Edmonds’ walkoff HR is the deciding blow. Albert Pujols also homer for St. Louis, while Mike Lamb connects for Houston.

The Seattle Mariners name Mike Hargrove as their manager.

21st    The Cardinals advance to the WS with a 5-2 win in Game 7 of the NLCS against the Astros. Scott Rolen homers for St. Louis, while Craig Biggio connects for Houston.

23rd   The Red Sox take the opener of the WS with an 11-9 win over the Cardinals. Mark Bellhorn’s 2-run 8th inning HR is the deciding blow as Boston bounces back after blowing an early 7-2 lead. David Ortiz also homered for the Sox, while Larry Walker connected for St. Louis.

24th   Boston takes a 2-game lead in the WS with a 6-2 win over St. Louis in Game 2. Curt Schilling gets the win for the Red Sox. Orlando Cabrera, Mark Bellhorn, and Jason Varitek each drive in a pair of runs.

26th   The Red Sox win Game 3 of the WS with a 4-1 win over the Cardinals. Pedro Martinez hurls 7 shut out innings for Boston to put St. Louis in a 3-games-to-0 hole. Manny Ramirez homers and drives in a pair of runs for the Sox, while Larry Walker hits one out for the Cards.

27th  The Red Sox win their first WS in 86 years with a 3-0 victory over the Cardinals behind Derek Lowe. Johnny Damon hits a HR for the Sox. Manny Ramirez is voted Series MVP, as he leads Boston to the 4-game sweep with a .412 BA and 4 RBI.

NOVEMBER

1st      The Diamondbacks name Wally Backman as their new manager.

3rdThe Mets name Yankee coach Willie Randolph as their new manager.

The Phillies name Charlie Manuel as their new manager.

5thFour days after hiring him, the Diamondbacks fire manager Wally Backman for failing to inform them that he had been arrested twice over the past couple of years. Bob Melvin is hired to take his place.

6thAt an auction in Louisville, a Louisville Slugger bat signed by “Shoeless” Joe Jackson sells for $137,500. Cracked on the handle and worn on the barrel, the bat, made in 1910 or 1911, has Jackson’s signature along the hitting area in bold ink. The bat is the featured piece among 412 items sold. The Louisville Slugger Museum planned to use the funds raised by the auction to pursue other pieces of baseball memorabilia. Also, a bat used by Ty Cobb goes for $132,000, a record for a Cobb bat. The bat’s value was enhanced by grease-penciled writing on the barrel. The markings were made by a Hillerich & Bradsby receiving agent working at the factory during Cobb’s era. They indicate that Cobb probably used the bat, then had it sent back to Louisville to have more made exactly like it. A Cleveland Indians jersey worn by Satchel Paige sells for $110,000. A letter handwritten by Babe Ruth, with six of his signatures at the bottom, and its original envelope went for $41,800. A baseball signed by Ruth and Lou Gehrig went for $31,900.

8thPittsburgh’s Jason Bay and Oakland’s Bobby Crosby are named Rookie of the Year in the NL and AL respectively.

9thRoger Clemens is named the NL Cy Young Award winner. At 42, Clemens becomes the oldest to win the award. It is his record 7th Cy Young, won with 4 different teams.

10thBobby Cox of Atlanta and Buck Showalter of Texas are named Manager of the Year in the NL and AL respectively.

11thThe Twins Johan Santana is named the unanimous winner of the AL Cy Young Award.

14thThe Giants sign free agent SS Omar Vizquel to a three-year contract.

15thBarry Bonds wins his record 7th NL MVP award, and his 4th in a row.

16thVladimir Guerrero is named the AL MVP for the 2004 season.

The Expos sign free agent 3B Vinnie Castilla to a two-year pact, and free agent SS Cristian Guzman to a four-year deal.

18thThe Tigers sign free agent P Troy Percival to a two-year contract, leaving the A’s in need of a closer.

19thThe Washington-bound Expos trade OF Juan Rivera and IF Maicer Izturis to the Angels in exchange for OF Jose Guillen.

22nd  ML baseball announces the new nickname of the Washington NL franchise—formerly the Montreal Expos—will be the Nationals.

24thThe Twins sign free agent C Mike Redmond and free agent SS Juan Castro to two-year contracts.

27thThe Pirates trade All-Star C Jason Kendall to the Athletics for pitchers Mark Redman and Arthur Rhodes.

30thIn an interview on the Howard Stern show, Anna Benson, pin-up star wife of Mets pitcher Kris Benson, says that if she ever caught her husband cheating on her she would f**ck the whole Mets team, including coaches, bat boys and groundskeepers. When Stern mentions the rumor that Kris was traded by the Pirates because Anna was a pain in the ass, she does not deny the stories. The former stripper also takes credit for negotiating Kris’s Mets contract.

DECEMBER

1st      The Giants sign free agent P Armando Benitez to a three-year contract.

3rdThe Yankees trade P Felix Heredia to the Mets for P Mike Stanton. They also send OF Kenny Lofton to the Phillies for P Felix Rodriguez.

The San Francisco Chroniclereports that Barry Bonds admitted to the grand jury that he used a clear substance and a cream that were supplied by Balco but that he didn’t believe they were steroids. Yesterday the Chronicle reported that Jason Giambi told the grand jury he knowingly took steroids provided by Bonds’s trainer.

6thBaseball officials report that they are closer to an agreement on a drug-testing program that will incorporate more tests, and stiffer penalties. Donald Fehr says he expects the plan to be in place by spring training.

8thThe Red Sox sign free agent P Matt Mantei to a contract.

The White Sox sign free agent P Dustin Hermanson to a two-year contract.

The Marlins sign free agent P Al Leiter to a contract.

The Phillies sign free agent P Jon Leiber to a three-year contract.

The Padres sign free agent P Woody Williams and IF Geoff Blum to contracts.

The Rangers sign free agent C Sandy Alomar to a contract.

9thThe Diamondbacks sign free agent 3B Troy Glaus to a four-year contract.

The White Sox sign free agent OF Jermaine Dye to a two-year contract.

The Dodgers agree to a two-year contract with free agent 2B Jeff Kent.

The Padres sign free agent IF Eric Young to a contract.

10th   The Angels sign free agent OF Steve Finley to a two-year contract.

The Diamondbacks sign free agent P Russ Ortiz to a four-year contract.

The Marlins sign free agent P Alfonso Alfonseca to a two-year contract.

The Rangers sign free agent OF Richard Hidalgo to a contract.

11thThe Pirates trade newly-acquired P Arthur Rhodes to the Indians for OF Matt Lawton.

The Brewers obtained P Jose Capellan and a player to be named from the Braves in exchange for closer Danny Kolb. Kolb (0-4) had 39 saves and just 21 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings.  He is the first pitcher with more than 30 saves and less than 30 K’s.

12thThe Blue Jays trade C Kevin Cash to the Devil Rays in exchange for P Chad Gaudin.

13thThe Angels sign free agent P Esteban Yan to a two-year contract.

The White Sox acquire OF Scott Posednik, P Luis Vizcaino, and a player to be named to the Brewers for OF Carlos Lee. Both Posednik and Lee will make the all star teams.

The Marlins sign free agent P Todd Jones to a contract.

14thThe Angels send P Ramon Ortiz to the Reds in exchange for minor league P Dustin Moseley. Anaheim also signs free agent P Paul Byrd to a contract.

The Diamondbacks sign free agent SS Royce Clayton to a contract.

The Red Sox sign free agent P David Wells to a two-year contract.

The Indians sign free agent IF Jose Hernandez to a contract.

The Blue Jays sign free agent 3B Corey Koskie to a three-year contract.

15thThe Diamondbacks sign free agent IF Craig Counsell, a former D’back, to a two-year contract.

The Red Sox sign free agent P John Halama to a contract.

The Reds sign free agent pitchers David Weathers and Ben Weber to contracts.

The Athletics get IF Keith Ginter from the Brewers for P Justin Lehr and OF Nelson Cruz.

The Cardinals sign free agent C Einar Diaz to a contract.

The Mariners sign free agent 1B Richie Sexson to a four-year contract. Sexson will have two solid seasons before slumping for two.

16thThe Braves obtain ace pitcher Tim Hudson from the Athletics in exchange for pitchers Dan Meyer and Juan Cruz, and OF Charles Thomas.

The Mets sign free agent P Pedro Martinez to a four-year contract.

The Pirates acquire veteran catcher Benito Santiago and cash from the Royals for P Leo Nunez.

17thThe Red Sox sign free agent SS Edgar Renteria, recently with the Cardinals, to a four-year $40 million contract.  He’ll be in Boston just one disappointing year before the Sox trade him to Atlanta.

The Marlins sign free agent P Antonio Alfonseca to a contract.

Two days after inking vet Richie Sexton for 4 years, the Mariners sign free agent 3B Adrian Beltre to a five-year contract. Beltre, coming off a .321/48/121 season with the Dodgers, will disappoint in Seattle for five years, then recover in Boston.

18thThe Athletics send star pitcher Mark Mulder to the Cardinals in exchange for pitchers Danny Haren and Kiko Calero and C Daric Barton.

20thThe Orioles obtain IF Chris Gomez from the Phillies for cash. They also sign free agent P Steve Kline to a two-year contract.

The Reds sign free agent P Kent Mercker to a two-year contract.

The Angels sign free agent SS Orlando Cabrera to a four-year contract.

The Rockies and Mariners exchange pitchers, with Aaron Taylor going to Colorado and Sean Green to Seattle.

The Dodgers sign free agent SS Jose Valentin to a contract.

The Padres acquire OF Dave Roberts from the Red Sox, sending OF Jay Payton, IF Ramon Vazquez, and P David Pauley to Boston.

21stThe Reds sign free agent 3B Joe Randa to a contract.

The Yankees sign free agent 2B Tony Womack to a two-year contract.

22ndThe Red Sox sign free agent P Matt Clement to a three-year contract.

The Yankee sign free agent P Carl Pavano to a four-year contract. The young ace pitched for the Marlins last year, but this is a disasterous signing for New York. Pavano is under the impression that he is signing for $40 million, but the number is actually $39.95 million. Pavano will fire his agent because of the shortfall and move on to his fourth agent.

The White Sox sign free agent pitcher Orlando Hernandez to a two-year contract.

No joke. The Cardinals sign free agent P Mike Myers to a contract.

The Padres sign free agent OF Mark Sweeney to a contract.

The Devil Rays sign free agent 1B Josh Phelps to a contract.

23rdThe Red Sox sign free agent P Wade Miller to a contract.

The Dodgers sign free agent OF J.D. Drew to a five-year contract.

The Cardinals sign free agent SS David Eckstein to a three-year contract.

25thMerry Christmas, Jose. The Royals sign free agent P Jose Lima to a contract.

27thThe Reds sign free agent P Eric Milton to a three-year contract.

The Giants sign free agent OF Moises Alou to a contract.

Three more umpires will be rehired by major league baseball and six more will split $2.3 million in severance pay as part of a settlement of the dispute that cost 22 umps their jobs in 1999. The umpires will be brought back as part of a new five-year labor contract, a deal that also settles the nearly two-year-old grievance umpires filed over a computer system baseball has used to evaluate plate umps. Bob Davidson, an 18-year major league veteran, will get the next big league opening. Davidson, 52, umpired last season in the Class-A Midwest League. To resolve the grievance over the computer system, baseball agrees that umpires whose ball-and-strike calls are rated below standard by Questec will be evaluated by umpire supervisors based on videotape and in-game inspection.

29thThe Yankees sign free agent P Jaret Wright to a three-year contract.

31stThe Yankees sign an insurance policy, inking free agent 1B Tino Martinez to a contract.

2005

JANUARY

3rdThe Anaheim Angels announce the change of their name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

4thWade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the sportswriters, Boggs in his first year of eligibility.

The Tigers sign free agent SS Ramon Martinez to a contract.

5thThe Devil Rays sign free agent IF Alex Gonzalez to a contract.

6thThe White Sox sign free agent catcher AJ Pierzynski to a contract.

The Rockies sign free agent OF Dustan Mohr and IF Desi Relaford to contracts.

The Tigers acquire C Vance Wilson from the Mets in exchange for Minor league SS Anderson Hernandez.

The Marlins sign free agent P John Riedling to a contract.

The Cardinals sign free agent 2B Mark Grudzielanek to a contract.

7thThe Braves sign free agent P Gabe White to a contract.

8thThe Indians sign free agent P Kevin Millwood to a contract.

10thThe Cubs obtain P Stephen Randolph from the Diamondbacks in exchange for a player to be named.

The Mets sign free agent IF Miguel Cairo to a contract.

The Blue Jays sign free agent P Billy Koch to a contract.

11thThe Yankees obtain P Randy Johnson from the Diamondbacks. Arizona receives pitchers Javier Vazquez and Bret Halsey, C Dioner Navarro, and cash from NY. Arizona then sends Navarro and pitchers Danny Muegge, Beltran Perez, and William Juarez to the Dodgers in exchange for OF Shawn Green and cash.

The Mets sign free agent OF Carlos Beltran to a 7-year contract.

The Phillies sign free agent P Terry Adams to a contract.

The Blue Jays sign free agent P Scott Schoeneweis to a two-year contract.

The Padres sign free agent P Chris Hammond to a contract.

The Dodgers sign free agent P Derek Lowe to a four-year contract.

12thThe Diamondbacks sign free agent P Shawn Estes, 15-8 with the Rockies. Arizona also sends IF Shea Hillenbrand to the Blue Jays in exchange for P Adam Peterson.

13thMajor League Baseball announces an amended agreement on a new steroid-testing policy with the Players Association, effective from 2005 through 2008. The agreement calls for one random test and a suspension of 10 days for first-time offenders, 30 days for second-time offenders, and 60 days for third-time offenders.

The Dodgers sign free agent C Paul Bako to a contract.

The Devil Rays sign free agent OF Danny Bautista to a contract.

17thThe Devil Rays sign free agent 2B Roberto Alomar to a contract.

18thThe Indians sign free agent IF Alex Cora to a two-year contract.

19thThe Braves sign free agent OF Brian Jordan to a contract.

The Brewers sign free P Ricky Bottalico to a contract.

The Nationals sign free agent pitchers Esteban Loaiza and Antonio Osuna to contracts.

21st The Orioles sign free agent P Steve Reed to a contract.

23rdThe Yankees sign free agent SS Rey Sanchez to a contract.

The Astros sign free agent P John Franco to a contract.

24thThe Diamondbacks sign free agent 1B Tony Clark to a contract.

27thThe Mets acquire 1B Doug Mientkiewicz from the Red Sox in exchange for minor league 1B Ian Bladergroen.

The Marlins sign free agent 1B Carlos Delgado to a four-year contract.

The Braves sign the well-traveled vet Jay Powell to a one-year contract. He will pitch just 3+ innings for Atlanta with no decisions in this his final year. Powell will finish with a 36-23 record for 11 seasons and never have a losing season. He is the least likely member of a unique club—pitchers with 10 or more seasons not having a losing record: He joins Andy Pettitte, Deacon Phillippe, Urban Shocker, Dave Foutz, Spud Chandler, Joe McGinnity and Babe Ruth.

FEBRUARY

2ndWhen Sammy Sosa waives his no-trade clause, the Cubs send the vet to the Orioles for 2B Jerry Hairston, IF Mike Fontenot, and P Dave Crouthers. Chicago then signs free agent OF Jeromy Burnitz to a contract.

The Marlins sign free agent P Jim Mecir to a contract.

4thThe Rangers sign free agent P Pedro Astacio to a contract.

6thThe Diamondbacks trade P Casey Fossum to the Devil Rays in exchange for OF Jose Cruz Jr.

7thMazatlan Venados of Mexico wins the Caribbean Series with a 4-3 win over the Dominican team, Cibao Aguilas.

9thThe Tigers obtain P Kyle Farnsworth from the Cubs. In return, Chicago receives P Roberto Novoa, IF Scott Moore, and OF Clarence Flowers.

13thThe White Sox trade OF Alex Escobar to the Nationals for OF Jerry Owens.

14thJuiced: Wild Times, Rampant ’Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big, by former Oakland Athletics star Jose Canseco, is published. In the book, Canseco says he injected Mark McGwire, and introduced Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, Rafael Palmeiro, and Jason Giambi to steroids. All those named deny the accusations. In an A&E documentary released in 2008, Canseco will admit, “The more I think about it, the more I regret mentioning those players in my book. I admired them. I respected them.”

16thThe Yankees sign free agent IF Rey Sanchez to a contract.

22ndJerry Coleman is announced as the 2005 winner of the Ford C. Frick Award honoring baseball broadcasters.

28thThe Rockies sign free agent Matt Anderson, a former #1 overall pick of the Tigers in 1997. Anderson was 15-7 in 5 years in Detroit.

MARCH

2ndThe Veterans Committee fails to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame. Gil Hodges and Ron Santo come closest, each receiving 65 percent of the vote. A mark of 75 percent is needed for election.

Jackie Robinson is posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, more than a half century after breaking baseball’s color barrier. Robinson is the second baseball player ever to get the award. The first was Roberto Clemente in 1973.

9thThe Cardinals Rick Ankiel announces his retirement as a pitcher in order to pursue a career as an outfielder. The often wild Ankiel was sent to the minors after a rough outing on May 10, 2001, missed all of 2002 season because of a left elbow strain, missed much of 2003 after Tommy John surgery and pitched 10 innings for St. Louis in 2004. He’ll hit 21 homers in 85 games this year in the minors.

17thSeveral prominent modern day major league players testify before a House hearing on steroid use in the major leagues. Former HR king Mark McGwire refuses to deny he used the illegal substances, repeatedly saying he’s “not here to talk about the past.” Rafael Palmeiro comes off the best, condemning steroid use and wagging his finger at the Senators saying, “he’s never taken them.”

20thThe Mets trade C Jason Phillips to the Dodgers for P Kaz Ishii and cash considerations.

21stCubs relief prospect Bob Borkowski has his arm fractured by a line drive in a 12-5 Grapefruit league loss to KC.  Borkowski was recovering from a partially torn rotator cuff injury that ended his 2004 season last June.

22ndThe Red Sox send OF Adam Hyzdu to the Padres. In return, SD ships P Blaine Neal to Boston.

During a 10-minute impromptu press conference Barry Bonds uses the word “tired” 14 times and raises the issue of his retirement, blaming the press for his troubles.  Bonds, using crutches after his second knee operation in two months, continues to be plagued with questions about steroids. And two days ago, Kimberly Bell talked about her nine-year relationship with the married Bonds, saying he used steroids, gave her $80,000 he received for signing baseballs, and told her how to deposit the money to avoid detection.

24thIn Tucson, a swarm of bees interrupts a Cactus League game between the Rockies and the  Diamondbacks. The bees chase Rocks pitcher Darren Oliver from the mound and the game is delayed 20 minutes.  Oliver thinks it is the coconut oil gel in his hair that attracted them. By the time play is resumed the bees have spread all over the field and SS Sergio Santos is chased to deep center field. The game is called after five innings.

In Jupiter, Cards PH Rick Ankiel hits an 8thinning double in a 5-1 win over the Nationals. It is Ankiel’s first hit since switching from pitching to playing the outfield.

28thThe Astros get C Humberto Quintero from the Padres in exchange for P Tim Redding and cash.

29thThe Angels obtain P Bret Prinz from the Yankees for C Wil Nieves.

The Cardinals send lefty Mike Myers to the Red Sox. In return, St. Louis receives OF Carlos de la Cruz and P Kevin Ool.

The Indians trade P Cliff Bartosh to the Cubs for P Ronald Bay.

The Mets get IF Benji Gil from the Mariners for cash.

30thThe Pirates get C David Ross from the Dodgers for cash.

The Rockies obtain P Byung-Hyun Kim from the Red Sox in a trade for P Chris Narveson, C Charles Johnson, and cash.

31st The Devil Rays acquire IF Nick Green from the Braves for P Jorge Sosa.

APRIL

3rd  The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 9-2, to open the 2005 baseball season. Randy Johnson gets the win for New York, while Hideki Matsui gets 3 hits, including a HR, drives home 3 runs, and robs Kevin Millar of a 2-run HR.

Devil Rays OF Alex Sanchez is suspended 10 days for violating baseball’s new policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

4thThe Tigers defeat the Royals, 11-2, as Dmitri Young drives in 5 runs while becoming the 3rd player in history to hit 3 homers on opening day. George Bell (1987) and Tuffy Rhodes (1994) were the others. Jeremy Bonderman gets the win for Detroit, becoming the youngest starter to win on opening day since Dwight Gooden in 1986.

The Washington Nationals fall to the Phillies, 8-4, in their first regular season game since relocating from Montreal.

Rookie Clint Barmes’ 2-run HR off Trevor Hoffman in the bottom of the 9th gives the Rockies a 12-10 comeback win over the Padres. Aaron Miles has 5 hits for Colorado, including a pair of doubles.

The Mariners defeat the Twins, 5-1, as Seattle 1B Richie Sexson hits HRs in his first 2 plate appearances for his new team, and drives home all 5 of their runs.

The Cubs pound out 23 hits as they cruise to a 16-6 victory over the Diamondbacks. Aramis Ramirez, who inked a four-year $42 million contract this morning, is 3-for-4 with a homer and 4 RBIs. Cubs pitcher Zambrano gets tossed in the 5thinning.

Seattle’s Damian Moss and Ryan Christianson are among 38 players suspended for violating baseball’s minor league steroids policy, a group that includes eight players from the Mariners’ organization. Oakland’s David Castillo is suspended for 60 games, the penalty for a third violation. All the others are suspended for 15 games, the ban given to first offenders.

5thThe Twins down the Mariners, 8-4, as Cy Young winner Johan Santana wins his first game of the season. In giving up 4 runs, however, Santana’s streak of 22 straight starts allowing 3 or fewer runs is halted. It is the 2nd-longest streak of its kind in ML history.

6thThe Nationals defeat the Phillies, 7-3, for the team’s first win while representing the city of Washington. Brad Wilkerson is the hero for the Nationals, hitting for the second cycle of his career. He also accomplished the feat against the Pirates on June 24, 2003.

7thDown 5-2, the Indians hit 3 HRs in the 9th inning to tie the White Sox, then score 6 more in the 11th to pull out an 11-5 victory.

9thThe Brewers manage only 1 hit off Victor Zambrano, Chad Fox, and LaTroy Hawkins—a 2nd inning single by Russell Branyan—as the Cubs set them down 4-0. It is the first loss of the season for Milwaukee, the last undefeated ML team.

The Blue Jays down the Red Sox, 12-5. Toronto jumps out to a 5-1 advantage in the 3rd inning on consecutive HRs by Vernon Wells, Corey Koskie, and Shea Hillenbrand.

10thAtlanta’s John  Smoltz pitches 7+ innings striking out 15 batters, but he loses, 6-1 to the Mets.  Pedro Martinez is even better, allowing 2 hits in a complete-game victory. Smoltz is just the 15thpitcher since 1960 to strike out 15 batters and lose (according to Retrosheet).

12thThe Twins fight back to defeat the Tigers, 5-4. Shannon Stewart’s ground-rule double off Troy Percival in the bottom of the 9th plates the winning run. It is the first run scored by the Twins off Percival in 40 innings over the past 6 years.

13thThe Mariners defeat the Royals, 2-1, to give manager Mike Hargrove his 1,000th career victory. He is the 51st skipper in history to reach the mark.

14thThe Nationals beat the Diamondbacks, 5-3, in the first game played in Washington, DC, since 1971. Livan Hernandez gets the win for Washington and Vinny Castilla hits a HR and drives in 4 runs.

In Boston, the Red Sox collect three homers in 7 innings off Randy Johnson, then jump on Yankee reliever Tom Gordon for 3 go-ahead runs in the 8th. Jason Varitek, who hit a homer in the 4th, hits a triple off Flash for 2 runs, as Boston wins, 8-5. The 4thinning also sees the thumbing of Sox coach Ron Jackson in the top of the frame, and manager Terry Francona in the bottom of the inning, both by home plate ump Greg Gibson. In an oddity noted by Zack Hample, a Tino Martinez line drive is a caught by NFL great Doug Flutie who is sitting in the third row down the RF line. Flutie uses a mitt to snag the foul. The quarterback later tells a NESN reporter that it is the fourth straight game that he’s caught a foul ball.

15thThe Mets down the Marlins, 4-0, behind Aaron Heilman’s 1-hit shutout. Luis Castillo’s 4th inning infield single is the only safety recorded by Florida as Heilman hurls the first complete game of his career.

San Francisco scores 9 runs off Jamey Wright in 4 innings and scales the Rockies, 13-6. Noah Lowry is just slightly better allowing 9 hits and 6 runs in 5+ innings for the win. Pedro Feliz helps with a grand slam and 5 RBI, while the Rocks get offense from Clint Barmes, with 4 hits including 2 homers, and Mike Restovich with 3 hits. It won’t assure Restovich of a job, however: he was acquired from the Twins on April 6, who had gotten him from Tampa Bay on March 31. Colorado will send him to Pittsburgh on May 11, and the Bucs will pass on him in November. In January 2006 the Cubs will sign him.

The Astros pound the Reds, 11-2, collecting 9 extra base hits including a pair of homers by Jason Lane. It is the 12thstraight win for Houston over Cincinnati. The scoring might have been greater except for a unassisted DP by Reds catcher Jason LaRue who snags a popped bunt and tags the runner from 3B.

16thIn the 8-0 Blue Jay win at Texas, Reed Johnson ties a big-league record when he is hit by a pitch three times; the Blue Jay outfielder is the 21st player plunked thrice.  Johnny Gomes will tie this on August 15.

18thThe Yankees score an AL record-tying (for the inning) 13 runs in the 2nd inning on their way to a 19-8 thrashing of the Devil Rays. Alex Rodriguez leads the 20-hit attack with 5 safeties, including 2 doubles and a pair of HRs, and 6 RBI. He scores 5 runs. Tino Martinez also drives home 6 runs for NY. The last time the Yankees scored 13 runs in an inning was in 1945; the team record of 14 in an inning was set in 1920 against the Senators.

The Dodgers down the Brewers, 7-3, as Milton Bradley becomes the 7th Dodger to hit HRs from both sides of the plate in the same game.

19thThe Mets slug a team record 7 HRs in a 16-4 pasting of the Phillies. Jose Reyes and Victor Diaz each hit a pair of round-trippers and Mike Piazza, Doug Mientkiewicz, and David Wright also homer. Wright’s blast is a grand slam.

23rdMark Mulder of the St. Louis Cardinals becomes just the 12th NL pitcher since 1976 to throw a complete-game shutout of 10 innings or more when he blanks the Houston Astros, 1-0, in 10. Greg Maddux in 1988 posted the last NL extra-inning shutout.

25thThe Red Sox drub the Toronto Blue Jays, 12–7 jumping on the first two pitchers for the Jays, Bush and League. Together the two (a.k.a. Dave and Brandon) surrendered nine runs in four and two-thirds innings.

26thThe Yankees pound the Angels, 12-4. Alex Rodriguez strokes 3 HRs and a single for New York, and becomes the 11th player in history to drive in 10 runs in a game. He connects with one on, two on, and the bases loaded, all off Bartolo Colon.

The Blue Jays defeat the Devil Rays, 7-5. TB starter Dewon Brazelton takes the loss, giving him a lifetime record of 0-13 on the road. He is the first pitcher in 56 years to begin his career with that many consecutive road losses. Cincinnati’s Kent Peterson did so in 1947-49. Brazelton will lose his next 4 decisions, including three on the road (0-16).

27thThe Cardinals defeat the Brewers, 6-3, as 2B Mark Grudzielanek hits for the cycle.

The Pirates edge the Astros, 2-0, behind Kip Wells. Jose Mesa sets Houston down in order in the 9th for his 300th career save. He becomes the 19th pitcher in ML history to reach the mark.

29thThe Cubs defeat the Astros, 3-2, in the first matchup of 300-game winners in nearly 18 years (June 6, 1986). Greg Maddux outduels Roger Clemens for his 306th career victory, even though The Rocket has two hits off him. The last match-up of 300-game winners in the National League was in 1892 (Tim O’Keefe and Jim Galvin).

30thThe Athletics defeat the Mariners, 6-5, in 10 innings. Oakland’s Mark Kotsay strokes 5 hits, including a game-winning single.

The Nationals down the Mets, 5-3, in a rain-soaked game that is called before the bottom half of the 8th inning. In an unusual move, both managers protest the contest due to the horrible playing conditions.

Commissioner Bud Selig asks players to agree to a 50-game suspension for first-time steroid offenders and a lifetime ban for a third violation under what he calls a “three strikes and you are out approach” to doping. Selig proposes a 100-game ban for a second offense, and also asks the union to ban amphetamines and to have more frequent random drug tests.

MAY

1st  The Brewers defeat the Reds, 13-3. Lyle Overbay leads the 19-hit Milwaukee attack with 5 safeties, including a double and HR.

The Angels edge the Twins, 2-1, with HRs by Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Molina accounting for their only 2 hits. The loss goes to Johan Santana, ending Santana’s 17-game winning streak (over 2 seasons).

2ndIn the greatest comeback in team history, the Cardinals score 7 runs in the 9th inning to overcome a 6-run deficit and give them a 10-9 win over the Reds. It is the first time the Reds blow a 6-run 9th inning lead since 1952.

The Yankees shrug off Andy Phillips’s record-tying 5 strikeouts and beat Tampa Bay, 6-2. Phillips is just the second Yankee position player to strike out 5 times in a game.

5thBrian Giles has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, to drive in 5 runs as the visiting Padres defeat the Cardinals, 8-3.  St. Louis stanches further scoring by pulling off a 3-3-6 triple play in the 2ndinning, the only TP of the year in the majors. Veteran Chris Hammond is the winner in relief.

6thThe Dodgers explode for 10 runs in the 1st inning and go on to trounce the Reds, 13-6. Jeff Kent matches a franchise record with 5 RBIs in the frame, while Hee-seop Choi has 2 homers, one in the 1stinning. Veteran Paul Wilson is guilty of allowing most of the runs, giving up 8 runs, all earned, on 5 hits, a walk and two hit batsmen. He and Blake Stein are the only pitchers since 1960 to give up 8 runs without recording an out, but Wilson will do it again in two years. He will make two more ineffective starts before the Reds release him. 

At Yankee Stadium, the Athletics trounce the Yankees, 6-3, in 10 innings, jumping on Mariano Rivera for 3 runs.  The loss sends the Yankees to an 11-19 mark, just the fifth time in Yankee history they’ve lost that many in 30 games.

The Padres defeat the Cardinals, 6-5, as Trevor Hofman gets his 400th career save. He becomes the 3rd pitcher in history to reach the plateau, following Lee Smith (478) and John Franco (424).

8thThe Cardinals score 11 runs on 7 hits in the 1st inning and go on to defeat the Padres, 15-5.

Behind Mike Hampton’s 2-hitter, the Braves pound the Astros, 16-0. The Braves sweep the 4-game series and hand Houston its 11thstraight road loss.  Hampton hits his 15thcareer HR to go along with 2 homers and a double by rookie Ryan  Langerhans (6 RBI), and one each by Andruw Jones and Eddie Perez.

It took a while for the Saints to wake up Sunday morning but when they did they brought their bats. Tim Marks’ two-run RBI single in a three-run eighth inning lifted St. Paul to a 6-6 tie with Sioux Falls in the earliest professional baseball game ever started: 5:35 a.m. A crowd of 2,253—including some 280 fans who stayed overnight—attended at Midway Stadium. The game was called after nine innings due to mutual agreement.

9thOakland knuckles under to Tim Wakefield (4-1) and the Red Sox, 13-5, as Trot Nixon and Kevin Millar help with homeruns. A’s manager Ken Macha of the Oakland A’s gets thumbed out by ump Mark Carlsen, the first ejection he’s ever had had. He was never ejected as a player beginning in 1974.

10thTony Pena resigns as manager of the Royals and coach Bob Schaeffer takes over the position on an interim basis. Last year, with the Royals at 7-15, Pena vowed, “We are going to win the Central.” They finished last and this year had dropped 16 of their last 19.

11thThe Padres down the Reds, 7-2. Mark Loretta leads the Pods attack with 5 hits, including a double.

14th  Kevin Brown allows 5 runs in 6 innings but still wins his 100thAL game as the Yankees pummel Oakland, 15-6. Brown has now won 100 games in each league, the 9thplayer to do so. He’s backed by homers from Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Posada, and Tino Martinez, who drives in 5 runs.

For the second time in a week, White Sox leadoff batter Scott Podsednik steals four bases, in a 9-6 loss to the Orioles. Rickey Henderson, of the Yankees in 1991, was the last to do it twice in a season. Scott steals 2B and 3B on his two singles Tomorrow, Tony Womack of the Yankees will steal 4 bases for the second time in four days to match Podsednik.

15thThe Mariners defeat the Red Sox, 5-4. Manny Ramirez hits the 400th HR of his career for Boston in a losing cause. He is the 39th player in ML history—and the 5th fastest—to reach the number.

Brandon Backe tosses a 4-hitter as the Astros shut out the Giants, 9-0. Morgan Ensberg clouts 3 HRs and drives in 5 of the runs.

The Orioles down the White Sox, 6-2. The game marks the first time this season that Chicago has not led a contest. The run of 37 straight games is the 3rd-longest ever.

17th The Indians pound Ervin Santana in his ML debut, sendingthe Angels down to defeat, 13-5. In the first 10 pitches he throws, Santana is clocked for a cycle, surrendering a triple, double, single, and HR.

18thThe Mets down the Reds, 10-6, to give them a sweep of their 3-game series. Sean Casey gets 5 hits for Cincinnati, including a 2B and HR, in a losing cause.

Mets groundskeeper Pepe Valila is arrested as part of a $360 million Mafia gambling ring. Valila will admit to placing bets within Shea Stadium for two Mets employees and will be suspended today from his $80,000 a year job and later fired. Mets clubhouse manager Nick Priore is named as one of the Mets employees placing a bet.

At Citizens Bank Park, Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals set down the Phillies, 8-4.  Bobby Abreau accounts for three Philadelphia runs with a 3-run homer, the 11thstraight game that he has had had an extra-base hit (4 doubles & 9 homers).  It is the 10thstraight game that he has scored and run, driven in a run and had an extra-base hit: according to historian Trent McCotter, the only other player to accomplish this is Tip O’Neill, in 1887.  In addition to Abreau, five players have connected for extra-base hits in 11 or more games. The leader Paul Waner, in 1927, had 14 games.

The Mariners defeat the Yankees, 7-6, to snap New York’s 10-game winning streak.

20th  Minnesota’s Carlos Silva throws just 74 pitches in a 7-1  complete game win against the Milwaukee Brewers. The only Brewer run is a homer by Damian Miller. Juan Castro has a HR for the Twins and Nick Punto 4 hits.

Juan Rivera, who takes over in the 5thfor Vladimir Guerrero who injured his shoulder, cracks a 9thinning grand slam as the Angels flatten the Dodgers, 9-0. The Dodgers have 6 hits against Jarrod Washburn and 2 relievers.

21st  The Rangers explode for 8 runs in the 2nd inning on their way to an 18-3 win over the Astros. Mark Teixeira, Rod Barajas, Hank Blalock, and Laynce Nix all homer in the frame to tie a club record.

The Braves score 6 runs off starter Tim Wakefield and beat the Red Sox, 7-5. Rookie Kyle Davies wins in his ML debut, the first Brave pitcher to do so since David Nied debuted on September 1, 1992.

The Mets batter Randy Johnson for 9 hits in 3+ innings and beat the Yankees, 7-1. Kris Benson pitches into the 7thinning before being lifted for Dae-Sung Koo.  Koo K’s two and then in the bottom of the inning facing Randy Johnson hits a double over Bernie Williams’ head in CF. Koo goes to 3rdon a sac bunt and continues home when Posada is late covering the plate and scores sliding. Koo injures his shoulder on the head-first slide and ends up on the DL. He later admits he has not been on base in nearly 20 years. This will be his only ML hit,

22ndThe Twins score 3 runs in the bottom of the 9thoff Derrick Turnbow to tie the Brewers at 5 apiece. Shannon Stewart’s homer is the big blow.  The Twins then win in 11 innings, 6-5. Lew Ford has 3 hits and 3 runs including the game-winner. Minnesota ties their team record with 17 strikeouts in an extra inning game. The mark was set in 1987.

25thThe Astros break a 7-game losing streak beating Greg Maddux and the Chicago Cubs, 5-1. Maddux gets 17 of his 23 outs on the ground in the loss.  LaTroy Hawkins of the Cubs retire the Houston Astros in the 9th inning on three pitched balls.

27th The Mets defeat the Marlins, 12-4. SS Jose Reyes clouts 2 triples for New York, giving him 7 in his last 10 games. It is the most triples hit in 10 games by any major leaguer.

Cubs P Mark Prior has to leave the game, in the 4thinning after being hit in the elbow by a line drive off the bat of Brad Hawpe. A MRI shows a fracture that will sideline the ace indefinitely, but he will be back in action next month. Todd Wellemeyer fills in to earn the 10-3 win over the Rockies. Derrek Lee hits two homers, Neifi Perez has a HR and 4 RBI, and Corey Patterson adds a solo shot.

28th   The Red Sox pound out 27 hits in a 17-1 rout of the Yankees. Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez each get 4 hits for Boston.

In Phoenix, Javier Vazquez holds off a Dodger rally in 6thand clubs a homer in the 7thoff reliever Duaner Sanchez to tie the game. He then gets lifted before throwing another pitch as the Diamondbacks earn a 5-4 win over Los Angeles. Luis Terrero, batting against Sanchez, hits a bouncer up the middle that goes high over Sanchez’s head. Sanchez throws his glove at the ball and hits it, knocking it down. His throw to first is late but no matter as Terrero is awarded a unique infield triple.

31st  The Royals hire Buddy Bell as their new manager.

The Cubs down the Dodgers, 2-1, in 10 innings. Carlos Zambrano, Michael Wuertz, and Ryan Dempster combine to hold Los Angeles to one hit—a 3rd inning bloop double by Cesar Izturis.

Making his 2005 debut, Indians outfielder Juan Gonzalez aggravates a strained hamstring running out a ground ball in the first inning. He’ll miss the rest of the year except for this one at bat. Victor Martinez hits a 2-run homer in the 6thto help C.C. Sabathia to the win.

JUNE

1st      The Twins down the Indians, 6-2. Torii Hunter is the story for Minnesota as he goes 5-for-5, with a double and a grand slam, and drives in all 6 runs.

In Boston, the Orioles down the Red Sox, 9-3 behind the pitching of Sidney Ponson. Sammy Sosa, Gil and Tejada hits HRs over the Green Monster against Tim Wakefield. Tejada adds 3 doubles for 4 extra base hits. For Sosa, it is 16 years between homers at Fenway (June 21, 1989, a ML record.

Florida loses its 9thin a row in Pittsburgh, 9-1, and drops a game behind the Braves in the NL East. Rob Mackowski hits his 2ndcareer grand slam and Jack Wilson is 4-for-4 to pace the attack.  The last Marlin win in Pittsburgh was September 8, 2002

Roy Oswalt improves to 14-0 against the Reds, a ML record, as Houston wins 4–1. Lance Berkman homers to back Oswalt’s pitching. Pedro Martinez is 13-0 against Seattle.

The Cubs trounce the Dodgers, 9-5. Derrek Lee continues his torrid hitting with 5 hits, including a HR, to raise his BA to .380.

3rdThe Nationals edge the Marlins, 3-2, in 11 innings, pinning the loss on Nate Bump. Livan Hernandez goes 9 innings for the Nats, tossing 150 pitches in the process.

The Diamondbacks obtain P Matt Herges from the Giants for OF Doug DeVore.

4thAt Detroit, Melvin Mora and Rafael Palmiero each hit grand slams to lead the Orioles to a 14-7 win over the Tigers.  Rondell White has a 3-run homer for the Bengals.

5thMike Lieberthal’s controversial 3-run HR in the 6thlifts the Phillies to a 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks. Lieberthal’s hit is first ruled a double but then is changed to a HR on appeal. Arizona manager Bob Melvin gets tossed for arguing otherwise. Luis Gonzalez’s 300thcareer HR in the 8thcloses the gap to 6-5.

6thBambi’s revenge. Colorado SS Clint Barmes, hitting .329, falls while carrying frozen venison up a flight of stairs and breaks his collarbone. Barmes initially says he was carrying groceries up the stairs, but later changes his story saying it was not groceries, but a package of deer meat that he got from Todd Helton. Helton will confirm that they were riding all terrain vehicles, but insists that breach of contract was unrelated to the injury. The Rockies place SS Clint Barmes on the 60 day DL but he is out for the season. The Rocks call up C Danny Ardoin and INF Tim Olson.

7thThe Diamondbacks select high school SS Justin Upton with the first pick of the baseball amateur draft. He will sign for a record $6,100,00. Alex Gordon, a 3B from the U of Nebraska, goes #2 to Kansas City, who will sign him for $5 million. Seattle takes USC catcher Jeff Clement with #3 who will have a cup of coffee in the Show, while Ryan Zimmerman of the U. of Washington goes to the Nationals with the #4 pick. Washington will bring him up in 2005 and he will hit a sparkling .397 (23-58). Pitcher Joey Devine, picked #21 by St. Louis, is the other first round pick to make it to the Bigs this year, becoming the first player from this year’s amateur draft to play in the majors when he makes his debut on August 20. Devine will be 0-1. Ryan Braun, a first team all-American DH (Baseball America) goes to Milwaukee with the 5thpick. Cal State-Fullerton P Ricky Romero goes to the Blue Jays at #6. Jays General Manager J.P. Ricciardi ignores his scouting director who wants to take Troy Tulowitzki instead of Romero.  The Devil Rays take pitcher Wade Townsend at #8, but he will top out at AA. Picking 9th, the Mets take 6’7” Wichita State pitcher Mike Pelfray, who is still available because of his agent Scott Boras. Questions about his signability will be answered in early 2005 when he signs for $5.25 million. The Tigers take Cameron Maybin with the 10thpick and will sign him September 1. The Red Sox, in the rare position of having five first-round picks in the top 47, take Jacoby Ellsbury (23rd), Craig Hansen (26th), Clay Buchholz (42nd), Jed Lowry (45th) and Michael Bowden (47th). All will make the majors.

After Carl Crawford hits a 3-run HR in the 2ndagainst the Reds, Tampa Bay blows the 6-1 lead and loses 9-7. Winning pitcher Randy Keisler pitches 6 1/3 innings for the win, the first Reds reliever to pitch 6 innings in 15 years. He also hits a HR, his first ML hit, and a double, the first reliever with two extra base hits in 35 years. Ken Griffey, Jr. chips in with his 510thcareer homer.

The Blue Jays lose more than a 6-7 decision to Texas when ace Roy Halladay (12-4) is struck on the leg by a line drive off the bat of Kevin Mench. It is diagnosed as a non-displaced fracture in his lower left leg and he will miss the season.

8thThe Yankees pound the Brewers, 12-3, as Alex Rodriguez strokes the 400thHR of his career. He becomes the 40th—and youngest—player to reach the plateau.

The Phillies obtain P Ugueth Urbina and IF Ramon Martinez from the Tigers in exchange for IF Placido Polanco. According to Booth Newspapers, the Tigers decided to trade Urbina after he drank too much and fought with his teammates during a flight to Los Angeles.

The Royals send OF/C Eli Marrero to the Orioles. KC get minor league IF Pete Maestrales in return.

10thThe Orioles down the Reds, 4-3. The interleague matchup marks the first time in history that three 500-homer players appear in the same game—Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and Ken Griffey Jr.

The Brewers trade 2B Junior Spivey to the Nationals for P Tomo Ohka.

The 1919 contract that sent Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees brings a staggering $996,000 at auction.

Terry Mulholland of Minnesota and Mike MacDougal of Kansas City both throw one pitch and each pockets a loss when that is hit for a home run. Hee-Seop Choi of the Dodgers hits his 2ndof the game off Mulholland in the 9thto give LA a 6-5 win. Eric Gagne is the winner as the Dodgers relievers retire 21 batters in a row following Moreau’s triple in the 3rd. It is the first meeting of the two teams since the 1965 WS.

After blowing an 11-3 lead in the 8th, Troy Glaus of Arizona homers off reliever Mike MacDougal’s first pitch in the 10thto give Arizona a 12-11 win over Kansas City. The D’Backs took the lead on Shawn Green’s two homers and 5 RBI, but 10 walks to the Royals help bring them back. Ruben Gotay (HR) and David DeJesus (3B) each drive in 2 runs in the Royals’ 6-run 8th. KC starting pitcher Zack Greinke hits a homer but they pay him to pitch and he allows 15 hits and 11 runs in 4+ innings, recording just 13 outs. Greinke joins Eppa Rixey (1927), Bill Sherdel (1931) and Scott Sanders (1998) as the only pitchers to give up 15 hits while recording 13 outs or fewer in a game (Elias Sports Bureau).

In their first meeting since 1918, the Cubs beat the Red Sox, 14-6, at Wrigley using a 20-hit attack. David Ortiz has a pair of homers for Boston in the friendly confines, but Jeremy Burnitz matches Papi. Todd Hollandsworth and winning pitcher Greg Maddux also homer. It is Maddux’s 5thand last career blast.

11thMarlon Anderson hits a rare pinch hit game-tying inside-the-park homerun in the 9thinning as the Mets match the Angels, 2-2. The Angels plate a run in the top of the 10thbut Cliff Floyd’s 3-run homer in the bottom of the frame ends it, 5-3.

12thThe Athletics defeat the Braves, 11-5, as Eric Chavez gets 5 hits, including a pair of HRs. Chavez also had a double and 4 RBI.

The Dodgers edge the Twins, 4-3, as Hee-Seop Choi connects for 3 HRs, giving him a total of 6 in the 3-game series.

In a slugging match between the Royals and Diamondbacks, the two teams end at a run apiece in regulation. KC scores in the top of the 10th, and Arizona matches. Both teams plate a run in the 11th, before the Royals decide it with 6 runs in the top of the 12th. Tony Clark solos in the bottom of the 12thto make it, 9-4.

13thThe Red Sox trounce the Reds, 10-3. In a ceremony prior to the game, the Sox honor Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk and the 12thinning HR he hit to win Game 6 of the 1976 WS by naming the foul pole where it landed the “Fisk Pole.”

14thThe Cardinals shut out the Blue Jay, 7-0, behind Chris Carpenter’s one-hitter. Russ Adams’ 2-out double in the 6thinning is Toronto’s only safety.

The Red Sox down the Reds, 7-0, as David Wells, Mike Timlin, and Keith Foulke combine on a one-hitter. Ryan Freel’s 6thinning single is the only Cincinnati hit.

The Mariners defeat the Phillies, 3-1. Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki collects his 1,000thmajor league hit in the 1stinning, becoming just the 3rdplayer since 1900 to reach the plateau in less than 700 games.

The Nationals down the Angels, 6-3. Even before a pitch is thrown in the 7th, Nationals manager Frank Robinson calls for an inspection of Angels reliever Brendan Donnelly’s glove. Both benches clear and Robinson and Angels manager Mike Scioscia have to be physically separated. Donnelly is ejected from the game for having a foreign substance on his glove, and he will eventually be suspended for 10 days for the offense.

16thThe White Sox score 10 runs in the 6thinning on their way to a 12-6 come-from-behind victory over the Diamondbacks.

17thThe Braves double the Reds, 10-5, as Andruw Jones and Kelly Johnson each homer twice for Atlanta. One of Johnson’s homers is a grand slam as he drives in 6 runs to join fellow rookie Ryan Langerhans who drove in 6 runs on May 8.  The 1987 Red Sox were the last to have a pair of rookies each drive home six. Felipe Lopez has 3 RBIs on 4 hits, including a HR, for the Reds.

That’s called slamming the door.  Jason Schmidt of the Giants pitches 8 shutout innings against the Tigers, but gives up singles to the first three hitters in the 9th.  Tyler Walker relieves with the bases loaded and proceeds to strike out three straight batters for the save as the Giants win, 4-0. Walker is the first to do this since the save became an official stat in 1969. Schmidt’s batterymate Methany has 3 hits.

At Fenway, Johnny Damon’s bases-loaded single in the 9thdrives in the winning run as the Red Sox sink the Pirates, 6-5.  Ryan Doumit, DHing for the Bucs, drives in 2 runs and steal 2 bases, including a straight steal of home.

18thThe Orioles beat the Rockies, 7-2, as Sammy Sosa hits the 583rdHR of his career to tie Mark McGwire for 6thplace on the all-time list.

In inter-league play, Derek Jeter hits his first career (5,770 at bats) grand slam to pace the Yankees to an 8-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Jeter connects in the 6thinning, off Joe Borkowski, then adds a solo shot in the 8th. Jason Dubois’s first ML homer, off Chien-Ming Wang, is the only score for the Cubs. Jeter’s slam comes after 155 plate appearances with the bases loaded.

The Homer (Michigan) HS baseball team loses to Saginaw Nouvel in the Michigan State Division III final. The aptly named Homer team set a high school record for the longest winning streak two weeks ago with 74 straight wins.

19thRafael Palmeiro hits his 560thcareer HR and Sosa adds a clutch-RBI single to push the Orioles to a 4-2 win over Colorado. 20-year-old Hayden Penn (2-0) goes 6 2/3 innings for the win.  Manager Lee Mazzilli is thrown out of the game in the 6thinning for protesting a foul call. He tosses a tray of bubble gum onto the field and will earn a one-game suspension for it. In 2003 Devil Rays pitcher Jeremi Gonzalez tossed a bucket of sun flower seeds onto the field and earned no time off; last year Billy Wagner got a two-game suspension for tossing a stack of cups and then followed by trying to heave the water cooler onto the field.

21stThe Yankees overcome a 10-2 deficit and score 13 runs in the 8thinning on their way to a 20-11 shellacking of the Devil Rays. The Bombers set a total bases record in the frame with 27, while the two teams combine for a AL record-tying 77 total bases (TB 32, NY, 45) in the game. Picking up a negative record is Travis Harper, who allows 23 total bases in the 8thto set an AL record: the NL record is also 23, set in 1893. Derek Jeter leads the 23-hit NY attack with 5 hits, including a double and a HR and scores 5 runs; Gary Sheffield hits a pair of 3-run homers and drives in 7 runs. The two teams combine for 9 homers.

The Angels trip the Rangers, 8-6, as Darin Erstad has 3 hits and extends his hitting streak to 21 consecutive games.

The Reds fire manager Dave Miley (27-43) and replace him with bench coach Jerry Narron for the remainder of the season.

22ndThe Yankees trail the Devil Rays, 10-2, before rallying to score 13 in the 8thand winning 20-11. According to Elias, they tie the major league record for largest margin of victory by a team with a 8+ run comeback. The record was originally set by the Indians, who also trailed the Devil Rays 10-2 and beat them 20-11, in 1999. Yankees SS Derek Jeter has 5 hits (1 2B, 1 HR), while DH Hideki Matsui has 4 hits (1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB).  The 31 runs is the biggest total at home for the Yankees, while the 3 homers with 2 out ties a June 28,1939 mark.

24thThe Mets defeat the Yankees, 6-4 behind Pedro Martinez’s strong 8 innings pitched. The Mets set a NL record by hitting 3 sacrifice flies (Castro, Reyes, Cameron) in the 3-run 2ndinning. One of the balls is dropped by Bernie Williams for an error. The last team to have three sac flies in an inning was the White Sox who did it against Cleveland in the first game of a doubleheader on July 1, 1962. The Mets tie another NL mark with 4 sac flies in the game.

Nebraska junior 3B Alex Gordon wins the Golden Spikes award as college baseball’s best player. Gordon was selected by the Royals with the 2ndpick in this year’s amateur draft.

25thThe Mets down the Yankees, 10-3, behind the pitching of Tom Glavine and two homers by Cliff Floyd. David Wright also has a homer and double. Both teams are now at .500 (37-37).

Aramis Ramirez celebrates his birthday with a 1stinning grand slam, off Jose Contreras, as the visiting Cubs beat the White Sox, 6-2.

The Astros retire Jimmy Wynn’s uniform #24 prior to their game with the Texas Rangers.

26thThe Cubs set down the White Sox, 2-0. Mark Prior, Jerome Williams, and Ryan Dempster combine to throw Chicago’s 3rd1-hitter of the season. Pablo Ozuna’s single in the 3rdinning is the White Sox only hit.

The Red Sox defeat the Phillies, 12-8, for their 7thstraight win. Manny Ramirez hits a grand slam for Boston, the 19thof his career to tie him with Eddie Murray for 2ndplace on the all-time list.

The Pirates turned six double plays and beat the Cardinals in 10 innings. 5-4. The 6 twin killings is a franchise record and each one of the DPs is different (In order the scoring is 2-4; 5-4-3; 9-4; 4-6-3; 5-2-3; and 6-4-3). Pirate pitchers allow 11 hits and walk 8. Jason Bay has a 3-run HR in the 3rdand a game-tying solo shot in the top of the 9th. Jose Castillo hits a solo in the 10thfor the victory.

Texas beats Florida, 6-2, to win its 6thCollege World Series title. David Maroul, the Longhorns #8 hitter, is named the series’ outstanding player.

28thTravis Hafner has 3 hits, including the go-ahead grand slam in the top of the 9th, to power the Indians to a 12-8 win over Boston.  Hafner drives in 6 runs. Grady Sizemore scores 4 runs for the Tribe on no hits.

In the Twins 11-8 victory over the Royals, Jesse Crain (7-0) is the winner in relief and rookie Glenn Williams is 1-for-2 with a walk and RBI in his final game.  Williams will take his .425 batting average and his 13-game hitting streak back to his native Australia having hit in every game he played. His 13-game hitting streak to start a career is 4 off the record (as noted by Trent McCotter and Peter Ridges). His 13-game streak to end his career is also on the record lists.

29thThe Astros defeat the Rockies, 7-1 as Craig Biggio sets the modern record for being hit by pitches with the 268thof his career to break a tie with former record-holder Don Baylor.

The Rangers defeat the Angels, 7-6, in 11 innings. Prior to the game, Texas P Kenny Rogers has a run-in with 2 photographers that will ultimately result in his receiving a 20-game suspension from ML baseball.

30thThe Rangers pound the Angels, 18-5, as Kevin Mench hits 3 HRs in 3 successive innings and drives home 5 runs. He’s just the 8thmajor leaguer to hit three in three straight innings. The last was Shea Hillenbrand, in 2003.

JULY

1stLed by Reed Johnson, who did not even start the game, the Blue Jays roll to a 15-2 victory over the Red Sox. Johnson comes in as a pinch hitter for Frank Catalanotto in the 6th and hits a grand slam, then follows with a two-run single in the 7th.  Ted Lilly is the winning pitcher.

The Twins down the last-place Devil Rays, 7-4, when Jacque Jones hits a 3-run triple in the 4-run 8thinning. The win goes to Jesse Crain (8-0) in relief of Johan Santana. The Canadian born Crain gives up a 2-run HR to Jorge Cantu but gets the win; coupled with his 3-0 record last year, he sets a mark for most consecutive relief wins (11) to start a career.

The Yankees send veteran Paul Quantrill to the Padres for pitchers Darrell May and Tim Redding and cash.

4thThe Dodgers edge the Rockies, 4-3, in 11 innings. Rookie SS Oscar Robles gets 5 hits for Los Angeles.

6thThe Marlins come from behind against the Brewers to win, 5-4, in the 12thinning on Juan Encarnacion’s RBI single. Nine of the first 17 Brewers reach base against AJ Burnett before he retires 10 in a row. The next 18 hitters don’t reach base either for a total of 28 in a row. Marlin pitchers strike out 22 batters, including 14 by Burnett, who ties the franchise record.

7thThe Indians trade 2B Alex Cora to the Red Sox in exchange for IF Ramon Vazquez.

8thThe Tigers beat the Devil Rays, 7-3. TB outfielder Carl Crawford becomes just the 5thplayer in ML history to steal 150 bases and have 500 hits before turning 24 years old. Ty Cobb, Cesar Cedeno, Sherry Magee, and Rickey Henderson are the only others to have turned the trick.

Indians reliever Rafael Betancourt receives a 10-day suspension from baseball for testing positive for a banned substance.

The International Olympic Committee announces that baseball and softball will be dropped for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

9thThe Orioles down the Red Sox, 9-1, as Rafael Palmeiro drives in 6 runs and Miguel Tejada goes 5-for-5 including two doubles and a triple. Palmeiro hits a 3-run HR in the bottom of the 3rdafter O’s CF Luis Matos robs David Ortiz of a 3-run homer by reaching over the fence to grab the fly. Johnny Damon has 2 hits to extend his hitting streak to 24 games.

A bitter cup of coffee. As the Cubs defeat the Marlins, 8-2, Chicago OF Adam Greenberg makes his ML debut in the 9thinning and is hit in the head by the first pitch he sees from Valerio de los Santos. Greenberg will go on the DL, then go to the minors, then be released on November.

The Rockies defeat the Padres, 1-0, behind Jason Jennings 7 innings pitched It is the first 1-0 game in the history of hitter-friendly Coors Field; there have been three 2-0 games. Coming in the 847thgame at Coors, it breaks the previous record of 635 games held by the Philadelphia Athletics of the American Association from 1882 to 1891 at the Jefferson Street Grounds.

11thThe Twins acquire 2B Bret Boone from the Mariners for a player to be named, but they will release the former MVP in three weeks.

Bobby Abreu wins the All-Star Home Run Derby by clouting a record 41 round-trippers. Ivan Rodriguez finishes 2ndin the contest.

Major League Baseball announces plans for an 18-day World Baseball Classic to be held next March.

12thThe American League downs the National League, 7-5, in the All-Star Game. Miguel Tejada is named the game’s MVP.

13thThe Red Sox obtain P Chad Bradford from the Athletics in exchange for OF Jay Payton.

The Rockies acquire OF Eric Byrnes, minor league IF Omar Quintanilla, and cash from the Athletics. In return, Colorado sends pitchers Joe Kennedy and Jay Witasick to Oakland.

The Nationals trade P Zach Day, OF J.J. Davis, and a player to be named to the Rockies for OF Preston Wilson and cash.

14thRich Harden of the Athletics takes a perfect game into the 8thinning before Alfonse Soriano’s one-out single stops it. Harden finishes with a 2-hit, 6-0 win over Texas giving the A’s their 14thwin in 17 games.  Eric Chavez’s homer off Chan Ho Park (8-4) is all the scoring Harden needs.

15thThe Orioles beat the Mariners, 6-3. Baltimore’s Rafael Palmeiro doubles in the 5thinning for the 3,000thhit of his ML career. Palmeiro is the 26thplayer to reach the milestone, and just the 4thto have 3,000 hits and 500 HRs. Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Eddie Murray are the only others to have done so.

16thThe Yankees obtain P Al Leiter from the Marlins for a player to be named. Leiter will pitch tomorrow night and win.

18thThe Devil Rays edge the Red Sox, 3-1. Johnny Damon goes 0-for-5 for Boston, to put an end to his 29-game hitting streak, the longest in the majors this season. Only three Sox have reached 30 consecutive games. The Sox lose 2B Mark Bellhorn to a thumb injury and will initially put him on the DL, then cut him.  Bellhorn is hitting .216 with 109 strikeouts in 283 AB.

At Americaquest Field, the Yankees edge the Rangers, 11-10, getting homers from Posada, Matsui and Sheffield.  Texas is paced by Alfonso Soriano who has 4 hits, including his 23rdHR, and 4 RBI. Soriano will have 36 homers this year and joins Ryne Sandberg and Bret Boone as the only 2B in major league history to have 4 straight 20-homer seasons.

The Indians send OF Jody Gerut to the Cubs. In return, Cleveland gets bluechipper Jason Dubois.

20thThe Dodgers score 9 runs in the 5thinning on their way to a 10-2 victory over the Phillies.

The Red Sox acquire B Tony Graffanino from the Royals for OF Chip Ambres and P Juan Cedeno.

21stThe Phillies send veteran P Todd Worrell to the Diamondbacks in exchange for IF Matt Kata.

22ndThe Cardinals edge the Cubs, 2-1, in 11 innings on David Eckstein’s walk off bunt single.  His hit follows a triple by Mabry.  For Eckstein, it is his second game-winning bunt in two and half weeks. His 9thinning dink on July 6thdrove in the winning run.

23rdThe Padres obtain 3B Joe Randa from the Reds. In return, the Padres send pitchers Justin Germano and Travis Chick to the Reds.

24thAt Busch Stadium, the Cubs Neifi Perez hits a 10thinning grand slam, Alberto Reyes, to give the Cubs an 8-4 win over the Cardinals.

25thThe Athletics wallop the Indians, 13-4. The game marks the first time since the DH rule was adopted in 1973 that both team’s DHs bat 9th. Dan Johnson goes 3-for-3 for Oakland while Jason Dubois goes hitless in 3 ABs for the Tribe.

Behind the pitching of Andy Pettitte, the Astros defeat the Phillies 7-1, beating Cory Lidle. Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman hit back to back homers twice, connecting in the 1stand 3rdinnings, a first in Astros history

26thThe Giants down the Cubs, 3-2, in 11 innings. Chicago starter Greg Maddux becomes the 13thpitcher in ML history to record 3,000 strikeouts when he fans Omar Vizquel in the 3rdinning.

27thThe Reds beat the Dodgers, 7-6, as Ryan Freel sets a franchise record by stealing 5 bases.

28thThe Blue Jays defeat the Angels, 2-1, in 18 innings. Orlando Hudson’s RBI single ends the longest game of the season and the longest in Jays’ history. Pete Walker throws 3 innings for the win.

The Yankees acquire P Shawn Chacon from the Rockies in exchange for minor league pitchers Ramon Ramirez and Eduardo Sierra. Ramirez was signed by the Yankees in a deal with the Hiroshima Carp.

30th  Devil Rays down the Royals, 7-3. Rookie OF Jonny Gomes becomes the first player in Devil Rays history to hit 3 HRs in a game. He is the first rookie to accomplish the feat since Colorado’s Jose Ortiz did so in 2001.

At Baltimore, the White Sox score 5 runs in the last two frames to beat the Orioles, 9-6. A 3-run homer in the 8thby A.J. Pierzynski is the big blow, with Jermaine Dye following with a solo shot. Rafael Palmiero hits a homer in the 6thfor Baltimore, the 569thand last of his career. It is the highest total for any player never leading his league in homers.

The Red Sox fax an offer for Eric Byrnes to the Rockies, and then renege citing as the reason the demands of the attempt to trade Manny Ramirez, the Orioles send OF Larry Bigbie to the Rockies for Byrnes. The Rockies owner publicly criticizes the Sox.

31stFor the second day in a row, the Yankees rally from a 4-run deficit to win against the Angels, 8-7 in 11 innings. Chris Bootcheck, making his first ML start, allows one run in 6 innings, while Bengi and Jose Molina each hit HRs off Randy Johnson to give the Angels a 6-2 lead. The Yanks tie it up but Mariano Rivera gives up a run in the 10thbefore the Yanks again tie. Tony Womack drives in the game winner in the 11th. Jason Giambi has a pair of homers to give him 300 for his career and 14 for the month, tying him with Mantle who hit 14 in a month in 1961. The Molina homers are just the 21sttime a pair of brothers have homered for the same team in the same game; the last pair to do it were the Giambi brothers on August 11, 2001.

Ryne Sandberg and Wade Boggs are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Braves acquire P Kyle Farnsworth from the Tigers in exchange for pitchers Roman Colon and Zach Miner.

The Cubs exchange outfielders with the Pirates, sending recently acquired Jody Gerut to Pittsburgh for Matt Lawton. Lawton won’t last the month in the Friendly Confines, as the Cubs send him to the Yankees for minor leaguer Justin Berg.

The Red Sox get OF Jose Cruz Jr. from the Diamondbacks, sending IF Kenny Perez and P Kyle Bono to Arizona.

The Padres trade 1B/OF Phil Nevin to the Rangers for pitcher Chan Ho Park and cash. Nevin had turned down trade offers from several East coast teams.

The Mariners send OF Randy Winn to the Giants for C Yorvit Torrealba and P Jesse Foppert. Winn will heat up in San Francisco.

AUGUST

1st  Orioles 1B/OF Rafael Palmeiro is suspended 10 days for violating MLB’s steroids policy. Tomorrow Mariners P Ryan Franklin is also suspended 10 days for the same reason.

4thThe Brewers defeat the Mets, 12-9. Geoff Jenkins accounts for 5 of Milwaukee’s 21 hits with 4 singles and a 2B.

The Orioles fire manager Lee Mazzilli, and name bench coach Sam Perlozzo the interim manager for the remainder of the season. It won’t help. The Orioles will join the 1978 A’s as the only teams since 1900 to be 14 games over .500 then fall at least 14 games under .500 in the course of a season.

5thThe Cardinals trounce the Braves, 11-3. Albert Pujols becomes the first player in ML history to hit 30 homers in each of his first 5 seasons.

7thIn a battle of Zambranos, the Mets’ Victor defeats the Cubs’ Carlos, 6-1. It is the 4thtime in ML history that starting pitchers with the same last name face each other, and the 2ndtime that each had the same number of career wins going into the contest.

The Diamondbacks defeat the Rockies, 9-4. Craig Counsell leads the Arizona attack with 5 hits.

Manny Ramirez is 4-for-4 with a HR and 3 RBI to back Tim Wakefield in the Red Sox 11-7 victory over the Twins.  Manny doubles in the 5-run 1stinning when the Sox bat around against Joe Mays.  Wakefield (11-9) goes 8 innings to join Cy Young and Roger Clemens as the only pitchers to pitch 2,000 innings in a Boston uniform.

David Eckstein powers a 9thinning game-ending grand slam, off Chris Reitsma, to give the Cardinals a 5-3 win over the Braves. Eckstein also hit a walkoff grand slam in 2002. The last Card to hit a game-winning grand slam was Tommy Herr on April 18, 1987.

Dontrelle Willis tosses a shutout in Cincinnati, winning, 2-0, over the Reds. Willis has yet to be scored on in 16 innings at the Great American Ball Park.  Both runs are unearned and come on three throwing errors in the first 5 innings by Reds P Ramon Ortiz. Each one is a pickoff attempt on Juan Pierre. When Ortiz walks Pierre in the 7th, a loud voice shouts, “Don’t throw to first base.” It could have been Reds manager Jerry Narron who said later, “I probably should have told him before the game only try it if you can make a good throw.”

8thThe Tigers defeat the Blue Jays, 9-8, in 12 innings. Alex Rios gets 5 hits for Toronto in a losing cause, including a HR.

The Rockies and Marlins play a doubleheader, necessitated by a snowout on April 27 and 28.  The Rockies start two Kims, Sunny and Byung-Hyun Kim and win 4-3 and 5-3. Sunny Kim was picked up on waivers August 5 from the Nationals. Game 1 is won in the 11thon Dustan Mohr’s walk off homer with two out. In the second game Byung-Hyun pitches 7 strong innings for the win. Danny Ardoin hits a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 6thfor the lead. The last time two pitchers with the same name started in a doubleheader was in 1974, when the Cleveland Indians started brothers Gaylord and Jim Perry against the Boston Red Sox.

9thThe Indians score 11 runs in the 9thinning to come from behind and record a 13-7 win over the Royals. The loss is KC’s 11thin a row.

10thMarlins 3B Mike Lowell pulls to hidden ball trick to nab Luis Terrero at 3B in the 8thinning and prevent the potential tying run from scoring. Reliever Todd Jones sells the trick by walking around the mound to help Lowell pull the ruse off for the second time in a year. Florida beats the Diamondbacks, 10-5.

Ryan Howard drives in 5 runs for Philadelphia, including 4 in the 9thon a tie-breaking grand slam, off Yhency Brazoban, as the Phillies beat the Dodgers, 9-5.

11thJason Kendall and the A’s steal a win from the Angels, 5-4, and moves into first place in first place in the AL west. When reliever Francisco Rodriguez muffs a routine throw from the catcher, Kendall alertly sprints from 3B to score the winning run in the 9th. It is the 2ndone-run win for the streaking A’s over the Angels.  The A’s trailed LA by 8 1/2 games on July 18 and have now won 20 of 23.

In Kansas City, Jeff Lieter hits a 7thinning grand slam, off D.J. Carrasco, to propel the Indians to a 4-2 win over the Royals. For the Royals it is their 13thconsecutive loss.

Greg Maddux (9-9) stops the Cubs’ eight-game losing streak with an 11-4 complete game victory over St. Louis. It is his 314thcareer win, tying him for 16thon the all-time list.

12thDontrell Willis gives up a 6thinning HR to Randy Winn and that spells a loss as San Francisco edges Florida, 1-0. Noah Lowry is the winning pitcher and raises his BA to .289 with 2 hits.

Josh Towers, backed by 4 homers, pitches a CG shutout as Toronto whips the Orioles, 12-0.

13thThe Braves down the Diamondbacks, 9-5 as ancient Julio Franco has a 3-run HR and 4 RBIs. Hot hitting rookie Jeff Francouer (.388) is just 1-for-4 but does throw out a runner. He will notch 9 outfield assists in his first 35 games.

14thTampa Bay’s Travis Lee cracks a pinch hit homerun off Bob Wickman for the game’s only score and TB beats Cleveland, 1-0.  This is just the 3rdtime a solo pinch homer has accounted for the only score (Bill Taylor in 1954 and Candy Maldonado in 1985).

15thThe Giants down the Reds, 7-3, as Randy Winn hits for the cycle. It is Winn’s first appearance at SF’s Great American Ball Park since being obtained in a trade with the Mariners on July 30.

16thThe Giants edge the Reds, 10-8. Both Pedro Feliz and Deivi Cruz get 5 hits for SF. Feliz’s hits include a 2B and 3B, while Cruz’s include a 2B and HR.

The Tigers Craig Monroe hits a 10thinning grand slam in 10-7 loss, just the 4thtime in ML history a player has hit a grand slam in extra innings in a loss.  David Ortiz hits a game-tying HR in the 9th, then hits a 3-run homer in the Red Sox 7-run 10th. Jason Varitek adds a 2-run homer in the 10th, his second of the game.

At age 87, Bobby Bragan makes a historic appearance as the oldest manager of a pro baseball team. Bragan takes over at the helm of the Fort Worth Cats to surpass Connie Mack’s record by 8 days. True to form he gets tossed in the 3rdinning when he asks why the ump ejected one of his players.  When told that the player had said the ump was calling a lousy game, Bragan said he agreed with the player.

20thThe Royals defeat the A’s, 2-1, to stop their club-record 19-game losing streak. It is the longest such streak in the ML in 17 years. The A’s leave 11 on base.

The Tigers edge the Blue Jays, 3-2, when Magglio Ordonez hits an RBI double in the bottom of the 13th. Franklyn German (4-0) earns the win. Craig Monroe and Ivan Rodriguez hit solo HRs for the Bengals.  Detroit turns 3 DPS including a rare double play in the 6thon a sacrifice fly, just the third time this century that two outfield assists are recorded on the same play. On Frank Catalanotto’s sac fly to CF, Frank Menachino, on 2B, attempts to reach 3B and is caught (8-2-5-6-7-4).

Four Red Sox–Ramirez, Ortiz, Varitek and Nixon–collect 4 hits apiece to pace Boston to a 15-2 shellacking of Tampa Bay. Manny Ramirez has 2 homers and 3 RBI, and David Ortiz hits HRs #45 and #46, while Trot Nixon has a triple and homer. The 4 hitters with 4 hits ties the AL record held by five clubs and last accomplished by the Twins on June 2, 2002.

At Turner Field, the Padres score 5 runs in the 13thto beat the Braves, 7-2.Xavier Nady hits a grand slam, off Joey Devine, making his ML debut. In Joey’s next appearance, on the 23rd, he’ll serve up another grand slam, a ML first.

Richie Sexson, connects on a solo homer and a 10th-inning grand slam to lead the Mariners to an 8-3 win over the Twins. Seattle scores 6 times in the 10th.  Following Sexson’s homer in the 7th. Adrian Beltre homers.

21stThe Nationals down the Mets, 7-4. as NY rookie Mike Jacobs hits a 3-run HR as a PH in his first ML at bat.

The White Sox beat the Yankees, 6-2, scoring all its runs in the 4thinning, clocking Randy Johnson for 4 HRs in the frame, including 3 in a row. The Big Unit had never given up 4 homers in an inning.

22ndChipper Jones drills a 2-run HR in the 4thagainst Carlos Zambrano, then does the same in the 9thagainst reliever Kerry Wood, and the Braves win, 4-2. Tim Hudson is the CG winner.

23rdThe Twins edge the White Sox, 1-0, despite getting only one hit. Jacque Jones’ leadoff HR in the 8thinning accounts for Chicago’s only hit off of Freddy Garcia.

At Wrigley, the Cubs thrash the Braves, 10-1, as Jeremy Burnitz drives in 5 runs. Four come on a grand slam, off Joey Devine, in the 4th. In Devine’s first ML appearance, on the 20th, he also gave up a grnnd slam, the only pitcher in history to do that in his first 2  appearances.

The Dodgers Oscar Robles knocks in 4 runs and Jeff Weaver has 3 hits and 3 RBI to pace LA to an 8-3 win over Colorado. Weaver extends his record to 12-8 while Robles extends his attempted steals streak to 0-for-7. Robles won’t try it again the rest of the year and it will stand as a rookie record (Dave Meier of the Twins was 0-for-6 in 1985). The Dodgers ignore the pre-game clubhouse tumult when Milton Bradley lashes back at Jeff Kent saying, “The problem is he doesn’t know how to deal with African American people. I think that’s the cause of everything.” Kent had criticized Bradley regarding his base running in a game against Florida.

After Anaheim scores 2 runs in the top of the 9th to take a 7-2 lead, Miguel Tejada, makes it close with his second homer of the day, a grand slam off Francisco Rodriguez. But the O’s fall short, 7-6.

24thThe Mets crush the Diamondbacks, 18-4, behind a 20-hit barrage. Rookie Mike Jacobs gets 4 hits, including a 2B and pair of HRs, and scores 5 runs in his 4thML game. With the homers, Jacobs becomes the first player in ML history to hit 4 HRs in his first 4 days since his ML debut. David Wright also gets 4 hits, including a 2B and a pair of HRs. David Wright ties a NL record by scoring 8 runs in two consecutive games.

The Padres down the Astros, 7-4, as Trevor Hoffman gets his 425thsave to move past John Franco into 2ndplace behind Lee Smith on the all-time saves list.

25thWith 3 hits and a homer from Travis Hafner, 4 hits from Victor Martinez, and a grand slam from Rafael Belliard, the Indians roll over Tampa Bay, 12-4. Martinez had 7 straight hits before making an out in his last at bat. Travis Lee drives in all 4 TB runs.

Ichiro Suzuki’s lone hit of the day is a 9thinning grand slam, off Justin Thompson, as Seattle beats host Texas, 8-2.

26thVictor Martinez has his 2ndstraight 4-hit game and Travis Hafner has 2 homers as Cleveland beats the Blue Jays, 9-3. Grady Sizemore has a clean steal of home in the 1st.

27thThe Cubs trounce the Marlins, 14-3. Prior to the game, Chicago holds a ceremony to retire Ryne Sandberg’s uniform number.

The Yankees obtain OF Matt Lawton from the Cubs in exchange for minor league P Justin Berg.

28thHawaii defeats Curacao, 7-6, on a walkoff HR by Michael Memea to win the Little League World Series.

29thTwo days before Kerry Wood undergoes season-ending arthroscopic surgery, the Cubs continue to write off the season by trading OF Todd Hollandsworth to the Braves for minor league pitchers Todd Blackford and Angelo Burrows.

Dmitri Young hits his second grand slam in three days, connecting off Scott Elarton in the 1stinning. Scott Elarton also homers as Detroit scores 5 runs, only to see Cleveland score 6 in the bottom of the frame. The Indians win, 10-8.

30thThe Angels obtain P Jason Christiansen from the Giants in exchange for minor league pitchers Dusty Bergman and Ronnie Ray.

31stThe Rangers defeat the White Sox, 9-2. SS Michael Young hits his 20thHR of the year for Texas, joining the other 3 members of the Rangers infield in performing the feat. The quartet of Young, 1B Mark Teixeira, 2B Alfonso Soriano, 3B Hank Blalock, and SS Young also accomplished the deed last season. Prior to that, the 1940 Red Sox were the only other club to perform the feat. [The 1986 Tigers had all four infielders, plus the catcher, hit 20+ homers, but two of the players hit homers at the DH position.]

The Angels cool off the A’s, winning, 2-1, behind John Lackey’s 7 scoreless innings. The Haloes score both runs in the 4th, ending the scoring when Maicer Izturis singles to center, scoring a run, but is out trying to stretch when Jay Payton runs the ball in and tags Izturis at second for the 3rdout.

The Dodgers shut out the Cubs, 7-0, behind Derek Lowe’s 1-hitter. Jerry Hairston’s leadoff single is Chicago’s only safety. Lowe retires 27 straight batters.

The Cardinals down the Marlins, 10-5. Florida’s only bright spot is a pinch hit grand slam by rookie Jeremy Hermida in his first ML at bat. He becomes the first player ever to accomplish the feat in a pinch-hitting appearance. Pitcher Bill Duggleby is the only other player ever to hit a slam in his first AB, doing so for the Phillies in 1898. Albert Pujols drives in his 100thrun of the year for St. Louis. In doing so, he joins Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, and Al Simmons as the only players in history to reach the mark in each of their first 5 ML seasons.

SEPTEMBER

2ndFor the 2ndstraight year the minor leagues set an attendance record with 41,333,279 million fans. Thirteen of 15 leagues showed improvement with the PCL becoming the first league to top 7 million fans in a season.

Nineteen-year-old Marlins batboy Nick Cirillo is suspended 6 games by the team for accepting a dare from pitcher Brad Penny. Penny offered Cirillo $500 before a game last month if he could drink a gallon of milk in an hour without throwing up. Cirillo said he drank the milk in 59 minutes, then vomited outside the clubhouse, so he didn’t collect the money.

3rdThe Marlins upend the Mets, 5-4, to give manager Jack McKeon the 1,000thwin of his career. McKeon is the 52ndskipper to reach the level, and now ranks 7thon the active list.

The Cardinals down the Astros, 4-2, as Chris Carpenter becomes the first pitcher this year to reach 20 wins. By doing so, he also becomes the first pitcher since Bob Gibson in 1970 to win 10 consecutive road decisions, and the first since Gibson in 1968 to win 11 straight decisions overall.

4thAt Atlanta, Jason LaRue hits a pinch grand slam in the 12thto power the Reds to a 8-3 win over the Braves. The Reds overcome two homers and a triple by Marcus Giles to win their first in 6 games. Ken Griffey, Jr, hits his 536thcareer homer to tie Mantle on the all-time list, but leaves the game in the 12thwith an apparent twisted ankle. But he is out for the rest of the year having pulled part of a tendon off the bone.

5thThe Brewers defeat the Reds, 6-1 as Jeoff Jenkins gets 5 hits for Milwaukee, including a pair of doubles.

Felix Fernandez, 19, gives up 4 hits in 7 innings as Seattle downs the A’s, 2-0. Joe Blanton is the hard-luck loser. Blanton is helped by two unassisted double plays, one on a popped bunt to Eric Chavez and one by his batterymate. Jason Kendall. When Yorvit Torrealba strikes out in the 5th and then is called for interference as Kendall tried to throw out Yuniesky Betancourt stealing second. Kendall earned his other U-DP in 2001 while with the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to Retrosheet, Mike Piazza of the New York Mets leads all active backstops with four.

Livan Hernandez gives up a 2-run HR in the 9th, but he wins his 15thas the Nationals use a 4-run 8thto defeat the Marlins, 5-2. Hernandez has a pair of hits, giving him 152 for his career, and drives in a run. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Livan Hernandez joins Don Newcombe (238 hits), Rick Rhoden (181), Mike Hampton (161) and Mickey McDermott (156) as the only pitchers since 1946 to amass at least 150 hits in their careers.

6thThe Cubs Glendon Rusch loses his perfect game in the 7thbut beats the Cardinals, 5-2. Derrek Lee, on his 30thbirthday, hits his 40thHR, and Corey Patterson also homers. Cardinals rightfielder Hector Luna makes two errors on two separate plays on the same batter in the same at bat. Neifi Perez hit a foul fly ball and Luna drops it for an error. Perez hits another ball down the line for a double, which Luna misplays for another error.

      The Pirates fire Lloyd McClendon as manager. Bench coach Pete Mackanin is named interim skipper for the remainder of the season.

7thThe Marlins beat the Nationals, 12-1, as Dontrelle Willis becomes the 2ndpitcher this year to win 20 games in the NL.

The A’s, down by 4 runs to the Mariners going into the bottom of the ninth inning. score five runs in the bottom of the frame to win the game. 8-7. The last time the A’s scored 5 in the 9thto overcome a 4-run deficit was July 4, 1957, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. After Mark Kotsay and Eric Chavez hit 2-run doubles, Nick Swisher walks with the bases loaded to score the winner.

Mariners SS Mike Morse is suspended 10 days for violating ML baseball’s steroids policy. Morse admits to having taken steroids in 2003, but claims to being clean since then.

Orioles 1B Rafael Palmeiro leaves the team, to rehabilitate his right ankle and knee, and says he plans on returning before the season’s over. No, he doesn’t. His last game will turn out to be the August 30 one at the Rogers Centre, a game in which Palmeiro DH’ed wearing ear plugs. He went 0-for-4 to finish at .266, his highest average in three years.

8thMiguel Cabrera leads the Marlins to an 8-4 victory over the Nationals. Cabrera belts his 30thHR of the season and drives in 3 runs. By doing so, he becomes the youngest player in ML history to reach 30 homers and 100 RBI in back-to-back seasons.

11thCleveland scores 11 runs in the first three innings to make it easy for Cliff Lee (16-4) as they coast to a 12-4 win over the Twins. Carlos Silva (9-8) give up 4 runs in the 1stinning and Joe Mays allows 6 in the 2nd.  The Twins shut down Silva for the rest of the season and he finishes with just 9 walks allowed and ML-record per 9 inning percentage of just 0.43, topping the mark of Christy Mathewson (1912) and Babe Adams (1920) of 0.62.

12thBehind Dan Haren’s 7+ shutout innings, the Oakland A’s slow baseball’s hottest team, Cleveland, 2-0. It ends the Indians’ 7-game win streak. Jason Kendall has 2 hits, an RBI, and is hit by a pitch for the 194thtime in his career, 8thon the list.

Devil Rays’ OF prospect Delmon Young is named Minor League Player of the Year for 2005 by Baseball America.  The Rays did not call up Young in September, causing Young and his agent to blast the Rays.

13thClint Barmes 2-run single ignites a six-run 2ndinning for the Rockies and they beat the Dodgers, 6-4. Sunny Kim (5-2) is the winner. The Dodgers outfield helps the Rocks’ scoring as each Dodger outfielder is charged with an error. Left fielder Rickie Ledee starts with a throwing error, RF  Jose Cruz, Jr., follows with a fielding error on the next play. One play later, CF Jason Werth completes the trifecta by bobbling a ball for the third outfield error of the inning. According to Retrosheet, it was the first time since 1960 that all three of a team’s outfielders have been charged with an error in the same inning.

For the third time this season the Yankees score 17+ runs against the Devil Rays, winning on the road today, 17-3. This was the 3rd time the Yankees scored 17+ runs in a game against the Devil Rays. The last time a team did that to another team was the 1939 Yankees, vs. the Athletics. Despite the loss, the Devil Rays win the season series, 11-6.

Josh Beckett and the Marlins beat the Astros, 4-2, in Houston. Paul LoDuca’s 2-run HR in the 8thsnaps a 2-2 tie. Carlos Delgado has 3 hits including his 30thhomerun of the year, the 9thstraight season he’s reached that plateau. Only 3 players in history have longer streaks with Barry Bonds doing it 13 straight seasons.

The Orioles notch a comeback 4-3 victory over the host Rangers. The Birds tie it in the 7that 3-3 when Walter Young power his lone ML homer and Luis Matos drives home the go-ahead run in the 9th.  Young, who came up a week ago, will hit .303 with an OPS of .802, but his record weight of 322 pounds is likely the reason this is his only season.

Luis Gonzalez of the Diamondbacks is recognized for his philanthropic efforts by being named winner of the Branch Rickey Award for 2005.

14thThe Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 5-3. David Ortiz hits his 42ndHR of the season for Boston. It is his 38thas a designated hitter, setting a new ML record. Edgar Martinez held the previous mark of 37 set in 2000. Tony Graffanino’s 2—run homer in the 5thputs the Sox ahead but it takes a while.  Gabe Kapler, the runner on base, ruptures his Achilles tendon rounding second base and sprawls on the ground. Graffanino stops at 2B until Kapler is removed on a cart and replaced by pinch runner Alejandro Muchado. Muchado scores his first ML run ahead of Graffanino.

The Phillies beat the Braves, 12-4, despite Andruw Jones’ league-leading 50thHR of the season, and 300thof his career. By doing so, Jones becomes the 12thplayer in ML history to reach 300 before his 30thbirthday. Ramon Martinez hits a 3rd-inning grand slam for the Phils.

16thFelipe Lopez gets a career-high 5 hits, including a double, to lead the Reds to an 8-2 victory over the Pirates.

Rod Barajas has a 2-run homer for Texas off 19-year-old Felix Hernandez and Texas triumphs over Seattle, 5-2. It is the 246thHR for the Rangers, tying the club record, and the 4thhighest total in ML history. Michael Young extends his batting streak to 14 games with a pair of hits, and reaches the 200 hit mark. The Ranger shortstop joins Charlie Gehringer, Rogers Hornsby, Johnny Pesky and Derek Jeter as the only middle infielders to record three or more consecutive seasons of 200 hits.

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Rick Camp is sentenced to federal prison for roughly three years for conspiring to steal more than $2 million from a mental health agency. Camp, a lobbyist, is sentenced along with four others, including former state Rep. Robin Williams, who will serve 10 years.

The Montreal Canadians announced that Youppi! will become the first official mascot of the organization, and the first mascot to ever switch from Major League Baseball to the NHL. The terms of acquisition were reportedly in the six figures. Youppi! was left behind when the Expos moved to Washington, where the Nationals adopted a new mascot, the eagle ‘Screech’.

17thThe Astros shut out the Brewers, 7-0. Craig Biggio hits his NL-career record 43rdleadoff HR for Houston.

The Phillies score 10 runs in the 9thinning to send the Marlins to a shocking 10-2 defeat. The Phils are just the third team to have been shut out going into the 9th and then scoring 10 runs, joining the 1912 Reds (vs. Cubs, who trailed 9-0, scored 10 in the top of the 9th and lost when they gave up 2 in the bottom of the inning) and 1962 White Sox (vs. Indians, trailed 2-0, won 10-2). Phillies 3B David Bell has 3 hits.

The Padres do it the hard way against Washington, scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 9thto tie, and then winning it, 8-5, in the 13thon a 3-run walkoff homer by Ramon Hernandez. Khalil Greene has 4 hits for the Padres, including a 2-out game-tying grand slam in the 9th.

The Cardinals become the first team to clinch a spot in the playoffs by beating the Cubs, 5-1. It is their 4thdivision title in the past 6 years.

Cuba downs South Korea, 3-0, to win its 8thstraight baseball World Cup, and its 24thsince the competition began in 1938.

18thThe Rangers defeat the Mariners, 8-6. They hit 5 homers in the contest to break the ML record for most homers at home, surpassing the Colorado Rockies who hit 149 in 1996.

19thRichie Sexson hits his 3rdgrand slam of the season, connecting off Toronto’s Miguel Batista in the 9th, as Seattle wins on the road, 7-5.

20thThe Rockies wallop 23 hits on their way to a 20-1 pasting of the Padres. OF Matt Holliday drives home 8 runs for Colorado in the rout. Sean Burroughs becomes the first position player this season, and the 169th since 1960, to pitch when Padres manager Bruce Bochy puts him on the mound in the eighth.

Bartolo Colon becomes the first AL pitcher to reach 20 wins as he hurls the Angels to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers.

21stAt Turner Field, Ryan Howard, powers a 10thinning grand slam as the Phillies beat the first-place Braves, 10-6.  Atlanta leads the NL East by 5 games.

22ndBehind the 8 shutout innings of Jon Lieber (16-12) the Phillies stop the first-place Braves, 4-0. Batting for Lieber in the 9th, Shane Victorino crushes a 3-run pinch homer off starter Tim Hudson as the Phils score 4 runs.  It is Victorino’s first ML homer.

23rdWith the help of 2 errors in the 9thinning, the Indians beat the Royals 7-6, to stay in the hunt for the AL Central title.  It is their 9thstraight win over KC.  Travis Hafner hits a homer in his 6thstraight game, tying a club mark of Jim Thome’s. Thome had 7 HRs in his 6 games.

26thThe Marlins ask pitcher A.J. Burnett to leave the team and say they won’t offer him a multiyear deal when he becomes a free agent during the offseason. Burnett criticized manager Jack McKeon and the coaching staff yesterday.

27thThe Braves clinch their 14thconsecutive division title with a 12-3 win over the Rockies. Tim Hudson pitches 6 innings for the win, and he is back by two homers from Marcus Giles and a pinch 3-run double by Brayan Pena.

28thBehind veteran Pedro Astacio, the Padres defeat the Giants, 9-1, to clinch the 4thdivision title in franchise history.

Wookie of the year candidate, Chewbacca, throws out the first pitch at Fenway. Chewie is there to promote a Star Wars exhibition at a local museum. But the main exhibition is by Ted Lilly, who beats the Red Sox, 7-2, to leave Boston tied with Cleveland for the wild card and a game back of New York for the AL East.  The Jays hit three homers off Bronson Arroyo, including one by Frank Catalanotto, who adds a double and triple.

At Philadelphia, the Phils club 20 hits in beating the Mets, 16-6.  Kenny Lofton and David Bell have 4 hits apiece, Chase Utley has 3 hits and 5 RBIs, and Shane Victorino hits his second ML homer and his second pinch homer to back Vincente Padilla’s 9thwin. Marlon Anderson has half of the Mets 4 homers.

Scott McClung pitches 8 innings as Tampa Bay downs to the Indians, 1-0.

29thAaron Small goes 6 2/3 innings, allowing 2 runs, as his Yankees top the Orioles, 8-4, to stay a game ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East. Jason Giambi, 1-for-1, has a 3-run homer and Hideki Matsui a two-run dinger. Small, a veteran of 16 minor league campaigns, completes a remarkable 10-0 season for New York with today’s win being his last in the majors. He’ll go 0-3 next year, be given his release, and retire in the spring of 2007 after the Twins release him.

In one of the latest trades in history, the Red Sox acquire Mike Stanton from the Nationals to have him for the final three-game series against the Yankees.

Interim manager Jerry Narron is named skipper of the Reds for the 2006 season.

30thThe Mariners down the Athletics, 4-1, as Ichiro Suzuki becomes the first player in ML history to reach 200 hits in each of his first 5 seasons.

At SBC Park, the Diamondbacks down the Giants, 7-3, as Chad Tracy has a 2-run homer and Alex Cintron collects 4 RBIs.  White-hot Randy Winn goes 4-for-4 for San Francisco, his 17thmulti-hit game this month.  His 51 hits for September sets a SF club record for most hits in a month. He is hitting .360 since coming over in a July 30thtrade.

OCTOBER

1st      The Yankees clinch their 8thstraight AL East title with an 8-4 win over the Red Sox. Although Boston could still tie NY with a win on Sunday, the Yankees won the season series to ensure them first place in the division. The Yankees and Red Sox both set new home attendance records this season; the Sox passed the three million mark at Fenway for the first time and the Yankees joined the Blue Jays and Rockies as the only teams to draw four million in a season.

2ndThe Phillies defeat the Nationals, 9-3, as Jimmy Rollins hits safely in his 36thconsecutive game. The hit gives him sole possession of the 9th-longest streak in ML history.

The Marlins down the Braves, 7-6, in 10 innings. Juan Pierre gets 5 hits to lead Florida. Following the game, Jack McKeon announces his retirement as manager of the Marlins. McKeon had had problems with his players during the year and at one point faulted relievers Matt Perisho and Nate Bump for a team-wide insurrection. When the two were dumped, Perisho accused McKeon of calling him “Mike” when delivering the news.

The Astros defeat the Cubs, 6-4, to clinch the NL wild card spot in the playoffs. Roy Oswalt wins his 20thgame of the season for Houston.

The Red Sox down the Yankees, 10-1, to clinch the AL wild card spot in the playoffs. The Sox lead the majors in runs scored for the 3rdstraight year: the last team to do it three straight was the Dodgers in 1951-53, and the last AL club to do it was the Red Sox of 1948-50.

Alan Trammell is fired as manager of the Tigers. Tomorrow they name former Pittsburgh skipper Jim Leyland as their new manager.

The Reds cuff Cards starter Matt Morris in the 3rd inning as Felipe Lopez, Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns hit consecutive homers to knock him out of the box. Down 5–1, the Cardinals use 8 relievers to emerge with a 7-5 win. Reggie Sanders and Chris Duncan, with his first ML HR, go back-to back in the 5th.

3rdThe Dodgers announce that manager Jim Tracy will step down as manager after five seasons at the helm.

4thThe Yankees score 3 runs in the 1stinning on Robinson Cano’s bases-loaded triple, then hold on for a 4-2 victory over the Angels in the opening game of their Division Series. Mike Mussina gets the win for NY, while Bengie Molina homers in a losing cause for Los Angeles.

The White Sox pound out an ALDS-record 5 HRs, including a pair by A.J. Pierczynski, to rout the Red Sox, 14-2, in the opener of the Division Series. Paul Konerko, Juan Uribe, and Scott Posednik also connect for Chicago, while Jose Contreras gets the win.

The Cardinals down the Padres, 8-5, behind Chris Carpenter to take the first game of their division Series. Reggie Sanders hits a grand slam for St. Louis and sets an NLDS record with 6 RBIs. Jim Edmonds also homers for the Cards and Eric Young connects for SD.

Jon Daniels, 28, succeeds John Hart as the Rangers GM. Tampa Bay will follow suit by hiring 28-year-old Andrew Friedman as GM.

5thOrlando Cabrera’s 2-run single in the 7thinning leads the Angels to a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the Yankees to even their Division Series at 1 game apiece. Three errors help bury NY. Jorge Posada homers for the Yanks, and Juan Rivera and Bengie Molina connect for Los Angeles. Kelvim Escobar gets the win in relief.

Morgan Ensberg knocks in 5 runs to pace the Astros to a 10-5 win over the Braves in the first game of their Division Series. The win goes to Andy Pettitte, his 14thin postseason play to tie him with John Smoltz for the ML record. Chipper and Andruw Jones each homer for Atlanta.

Tadahito Iguchi hits a 3-run HR to lead the White Sox to a 5-4 win over the Red Sox and a 2-games-to-0 lead in their Division Series. Tony Graffanino’s error on a potential double play grounder sets the stage for Iguchi’s heroics. Mark Buehrle gets the win for Chicago.

Ken Macha and the Athletics are unable to reach an agreement on a new contract, ending his term as Oakland’s manager.

6thThe Cardinals down the Padres, 6-2, behind Mark Mulder to take a 2-games-to-0 lead over the Padres in their Division Series.

The Braves even their Division Series with the Astros behind John Smoltz, winning 7-1. Rookie Brian McCann’s 3-run HR off Roger Clemens is the big blow for Atlanta. The victory is Smoltz’s 15th in postseason play, breaking a tie with Andy Pettitte for most postseason wins.

7thThe White Sox eliminate the Red Sox with a 5-3 victory to give them a sweep of their Division Series. Freddy Garcia gets the win for Chicago with help from Orlando Hernandez out of the bullpen. Paul Konerko homers for the ChiSox while David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez connect for Boston.

The Angels pound out 19 hits on their way to an 11-7 victory over the Yankees and a 2-games-to-1 lead in their Division Series. Bengie Molina hits his 3rdHR of the series for LA. Garret Anderson—who gets 4 hits and drives in 5 runs—also homers for the Angels. Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui hit round-trippers for NY.

8thThe Cardinals clinch their Division Series with the Padres with a 7-4 victory. Matt Morris gets the win and David Eckstein homers for St. Louis. Reggie Sanders drives home 2 runs for the Cards to give him an NLDS record 10. Dave Roberts and Ramon Hernandez homer for SD.

The Astros take Game 3 of their Division Series with the Braves, 7-3, behind Roy Oswalt. Mike Lamb homers for Houston, and Craig Biggio adds 3 hits. Morgan Ensberg and Jason Lane each drive in a pair of runs.

Game 4 of the Yankees-Angels Division Series is postponed because of rain.

9thThe Yankees down the Angels, 3-2, to even their Division Series. Al Leiter gets the win for NY in relief of Shawn Chacon.

Chris Burke’s 18thinning, walkoff HR off Joey Devine ends the longest postseason game in ML history, giving the Astros a 7-6 win over the Braves and moving them into the NLCS. Lance Berkman and Brad Ausmus also homer for Houston, while Adam LaRoche hits a grand slam and Brian McCann a solo blast for the Braves.

10thThe Angels beat the Yankees, 5-3, to win their Division Series. Rookie Ervin Santana gets the win in relief of Bartolo Colon who is forced to leave the game in the 2ndinning with a shoulder injury. Garret Anderson homers for LA while Derek Jeter connects for NY.

11thThe Angels defeat the White Sox, 3-2, in the opener of the ALCS. Paul Byrd gets the win for LA with the aid of a HR by Garret Anderson. Joe Crede homers for Chicago.

Former Dodgers manager Jim Tracy signs a three-year pact to manage the Pirates.

12thInterim manager Sam Perlozzo signs a three-year contract to manage the Orioles.

13thThe Astros down the Cardinals, 4-1, behind Roy Oswalt to even the NLCS at a game apiece. Albert Pujols homers to account for the only St. Louis run.

14thThe White Sox defeat the Angels, 5-2, to take the lead in the ALCS. Jon Garland hurls a 4-hit complete game for the win and Paul Konerko gets 3 hits, including a HR, and drives in 3 runs for Chicago. Orlando Cabrera’s 2-run homer accounts for both Los Angeles runs.

15thThe White Sox take a commanding 3-games-to-1 lead over the Angels in the ALCS with an 8-2 victory behind Freddy Garcia. Paul Konerko hits a 3-run HR for Chicago, while AJ Pierzynski also connects.

The Astros defeat the Cardinals, 4-3, to take the lead in the NLCS. Roger Clemens gets credit for the victory, and Mike Lamb hits a 2-run HR for Houston.

16thThe White Sox clinch their first pennant since 1959 as they defeat the Angels, 6-3, behind Jose Contreras. Joe Crede homers and drives in 3 runs for Chicago and Paul Konerko is named MVP of the ALCS.

The Astros take a 3-games-to-1 lead over the Cardinals with a 2-1 victory in Game 4 of the NLCS. Jason Lane homers for Houston, and Brad Qualls gets the win in relief.

17thAlbert Pujols’ 3-run HR off Brad Lidge with 2 outs in the 9thinning gives the Cardinals a 5-4 comeback win over the Astros and keeps their pennant hopes alive. Lance Berkman’s 3-run homer in the 7th had given Houston a 4-2 lead. The Astros still lead the Series, 3-games-to-2. Jason Isringhausen gets the win in relief for St. Louis.

18thBill King, the voice of the A’s for the past 25 years, passes away.

19thThe Astros clinch the first pennant in their history as they defeat the Cardinals, 5-1, to win the NLCS 4-games-to-2. Roy Oswalt gets the victory for Houston while Jason Lane hits a HR. Oswalt is named the series MVP for his 2 victories. Bill James, in an essay on “big game pitchers 1950-2013” lists Oswalt as number one.

20thThe Marlins sign Yankees coach Joe Girardi as their new manager.

22ndThe White Sox take Game 1 of the WS with a 5-3 victory over the Astros. Jose Contreras gets the win for Chicago, and Joe Crede homers and makes a pair of great defensive plays in the field. Jermaine Dye also homers for Chicago while Mike Lamb connects for Houston. Contreras hits 3 batters in the game to tie a WS record set by Bruce Kison.

23rdScott Posednik’s walkoff HR in the bottom of the 9h inning off Brad Lidge gives the White Sox a 7-6 victory over the Astros and a 2-ges-to-0 lead in the WS. Paul Konerko’s GS in the 7thput Chicago in the lead. Morgan Ensberg hits a solo HR for Houston, while Neal Cotts gets the win in relief.

25thGeoff Blum’s 14thinning HR off Ezequiel Astacio leads the White Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the WS. Houston led, 4-0, before Chicago scored 5 runs in the 5thinning off Roy Oswalt to take the lead. Joe Crede also homers for the Sox, while Jason Lane connects for the Astros. Damaso Marte gets the win in relief. At 5 hours 41 minutes, the contest is the longest in Series history in terms of time. It also ties the mark for longest game in terms of innings played.

Braves P John Smoltz is announced as the winner of the 2005 Roberto Clemente Award for the player who best exemplifies baseball both on and off the field.

26thThe White Sox shut out the Astros, 1-0, to sweep the WS and win their first championship since 1917. Freddy Garcia gets credit for the win, as Jermaine Dye drives home the game’s only run. Dye is named the Series MVP.

28thThe Washington Nationals sign free agent IF Damian Jackson to a contract.

29thThe Dodgers abruptly shift from a manager search to a general manager search dismissing Paul DePodesta two years into his five-year contract. Owner Frank McCourt delivers the news to DePodesta in the morning and holds an afternoon press conference.

31stAfter protracted negotiations between Theo Epstein and Larry Lucchino about a new contract, the GM abruptly resigns, leading to Epstein’s infamous escape from Fenway Park in a Halloween gorilla costume to avoid the media. Epstein then follows Pearl Jam on tour in South America during his hiatus, before returning to his old job in January 2006.

NOVEMBER

1st      Outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Torii Hunter, and 3B Eric Chavez each wins his 5thconsecutive Gold Glove Award as the winners are announced for the AL.

2ndSS Omar Vizquel wins his 10thGold Glove Award as the winners for the NL are announced. At age 38, he becomes the oldest middle IF ever cited. P Greg Maddux of the Cubs wins his 15thaward, while outfielders Jim Edmonds and Andruw Jones each wins his 8th.

3rdThe Nationals send veteran 3B Vinny Castilla to the Padres in exchange for P Brian Lawrence.

Braves OF Andruw Jones is voted ML Player of the Year by his fellow players in the 2005 Players Choice awards.

7thPhillies 1B Ryan Howard is named the NL Rookie of the Year. Howard hit 22 homers in 88 games filling in at first when Jim Thome was injured. The American League Rookie of the Year Award goes to Oakland closer Huston Street. It is the second straight year an Oakland player has won it. Five AL rookies got first place votes.

Pete Rose Jr. pleads guilt to federal charges that he distributed GBL, a drug that converts into GHB, a workout and sleep aid also known as the “date rape drug.” He faces up to two years in prison and could be fined $1 million. Rose acknowledges that he distributed the drug to teammates while playing for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.

8thIn Venezuela, pitcher Ugueth Urbina is arrested on a charge of attempted murder. Last month, a group of men allegedly wielded machetes at several employees at his family’s ranch, then poured gasoline on them in an attempt to set them on fire. Five workers were injured, and one of them suffered burns on the back and right arm, police said. One victim accused Urbina of being among the attackers. Urbina’s lawyer said the pitcher was sleeping at the time and was not involved. Urbina is a free agent after playing the last season with the Phillies. It was the second violent incident for the Urbina family. Urbina’s mother was kidnapped by drug traffickers in September 2004 and held for $6 million. She was rescued five months later in a mountainous area in southern Venezuela.

Angels P Bartolo Colon is named the AL Cy Young Award winner.

9thOzzie Guillen of the White Sox and Bobby Cox of the Braves are named Manager of the Year in the AL and NL respectively.

Free agent RP Ugueth Urbina is formally charged with attempted murder in Caracas, Venezuela. The 31-year-old right-hander is accused of joining a group of men in attacking and injuring five workers with machetes and pouring gasoline on them last month.

10thCardinals P Chris Carpenter (21-5) edges out Florida’s Dontrelle Willis for the NL Cy Young Award for 2005. Carpenter is the first pitcher since the Dead Ball Era to make 16 starts in a row in which he went at least 7 innings and allowed three or fewer earned runs. Roger Clemens, who posted a 1.87 ERA in 211 innings, finishes third.

Orioles owner Peter Angelos fires co-GM Jim Beattie.

The Tigers take back infielder John McDonald whom they had traded to Toronto (July 10) for future considerations.

14thAlex Rodriguez beats out David Ortiz for the AL Most Valuable Player Award. It is Rodriguez’s 2ndMVP award, and the first for a Yankees since 1985.  A-Rod is the first Yankee third baseman to win the award, but with the honor it means that New York has had a winner at each position: Berra, Howard, Munson, C; Gehrig, Mattingly, 1B; Gordon, 2B; Rizzuto, SS; Maris, Ruth, Mantle, DiMaggio, OF; Spud Chandler, P.

The Devil Rays hire former Angels bench coach Joe Maddon as their manager to replace Lou Piniella.

15thThe Cardinals’ Albert Pujols wins the NL Most Valuable Player Award, edging out Andruw Jones of Atlanta.

MLB again amends its drug-testing program, increasing the suspension to 50 games for first-time offenders, and 100 games for second-time offenders. Third time offenders will be suspended for life. Amphetamine testing is also added in separate penalties.

16thThe Padres sign free agent 3B Geoff Blum to a contract.

17th  Free agent P Scott Eyre signs a three-year deal with the Cubs.

MLB owners vote unanimously to approve a toughened steroids policy. The new standards call for a 50-game suspension for a first offense, 100 games for a 2ndoffense, and a lifetime ban for a 3rdoffense.

18thThe Mets send OF Mike Cameron to the Padres. In return, NY gets OF/1B Xavier Nady.

The Nationals sign free agent IF/OF Marlon Anderson to a two-year deal.

21stJapanese catcher Kenji Jojima finalizes a three-year contract with the Mariners that will pay him $16.5 million. He will become the first Japanese catcher to play in the ML.

23rdFree agent P Bobby Howry signs a three-year contract with the Cubs.

The Phillies send 1B Jim Thome and cash to the White Sox in exchange for OF Aaron Rowand and minor league pitchers Giovany Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood. The move signals the end of Frank Thomas in a White Sox uniform.

The Pirates trade IF Bobby Hill to the Padres for a player to be named (Clayton Hamilton).

24thThe Marlins continue to shed contracts by sending 1B Carlos Delgado and cash to the Mets for 1B Mike Jacobs, P Yusmeiro Petit, and IF Grant Psomas.

The Marlins send P Josh Beckett, 3B Mike Lowell, and P Guillermo Mota to the Red Sox for blue chip SS Hanley Ramirez and pitching prospects Anibal Sanchez, Jesus Delgado, and Harvey Garcia.

28thThe Blue Jays sign free agent closer BJ Ryan to a five-year contract.

The Athletics reach agreement on a three-year deal with free agent P Esteban Loaiza.

Mets reach agreement on a four-year deal with the much-pursued free agent closer Billy Wagner. They also acquire OF Tike Redman from the Pirates for cash

29thThe Phillies sign free agent IF Abraham Nunez to a two-year contract.

30thThe Yankees sign free agent C Kelly Stinnett to a contract.

The Phillies sign free agent P Julio Santana to a contract.

DECEMBER

2ndThe Florida Marlins trade second baseman Luis Castillo to the Twins in exchange for Travis Bowyer and Scott Tyler.

7thAt the winter meetings, heavy trading and re-signing action occurs:

The Rangers trade 2B Alfonso Soriano to the Nationals for OF-1B Brad Wilkerson, OF Termel Sledge and minor league P Armando Galarraga.

The Blue Jays ink free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett to a 5 year, $55 million contract.

In a move that makes way for Prince Fielder, the Brewers trade 1B Lyle Overbay to the Blue Jays for OF Gabe Gross, P Dave Bush and minor league P Zach Jackson.

The Mariners re-sign free agent P Jamie Moyer to a 1-year, $5.5 million contract.

The Indians re-sign free agent P Bob Wickman to a 1-year, $5 million contract.

The Marlins shed the last of their high-priced talent trading centerfield speedster Juan Pierre to the Cubs for P Sergio Mitre and minor league pitchers Ricky Nolasco and Renyel Pinto.

The Cardinals trade P Ray King to the Rockies for OF Larry Bigbie and INF Aaron Miles.

The Mariners trade C Yorvit Torrealba to the Rockies for a player to be named later.  The Rockies then designate C Miguel Ojeda for assignment.

The Royals re-sign utilityman Joe McEwing to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training, and release pitcher D.J. Carrasco. Carrasco will go to Japan.

The Braves trade all-star C Johnny Estrada to the Diamondbacks for pitchers Lance Cormier and Oscar Villarreal. The Braves send P Dan Kolb to the Brewers for P Wes Obermueller.

The Padres trade 3B Sean Burroughs to the Devil Rays for P Dewon Brazelton (who sports an 0-16 road record) and also trade 2B Mark Loretta to the Red Sox for C Doug Mirabelli. The Sox will hurriedly bring back Mirabelli on May 1stto catch Tim Wakefield.  The Padres re-sign free agent P Trevor Hoffman to a two-year, $13.5 million contract, with an option for 2008.

The Pirates trade P Mark Redman to the Royals for P Jonah Bayliss and a player to be named later.

The Orioles and Giants swap pitchers with Steve Kline going to the Giants and LaTroy Hawkins and cash coming to Baltimore.

The Blue Jays trade P Chad Gaudin to the A’s for a player to be named later.

John Olerud announces his retirement.

The Dodgers hire former Red Sox manager Grady Little as their new manager.

8thThe Red Sox trade SS Edgar Renteria and cash to the Braves for 3B Andy Marte. Marte, 21, is the Braves highest rated prospect, according to Baseball America. The Sox had inked Renteria to a four-year $40 million contract a year ago. By adding cash to today’s deal, Renteria’s one year in the Hub City cost the Sox $19 million.

The Tigers signed free agent pitchers Kenny Rogers (2 years, $16 million) and Todd Jones (2 years, $11 million).

The Orioles signed free agent C Ramon Hernandez to a 4-year, $27.5 million contract.

The White Sox trade P Damaso Marte to the Pirates for utilityman Rob Mackowiak.

The Yankees trade 2B-OF Tony Womack to the Reds for minor leaguers INF Kevin Howard and OF Ben Himes. With the money freed up by dealing Womack, the Yankees sign free agent P Mike Myers, recently of the Red Sox, to a 2-year, $2.4 million contract.

The Reds trade 1B Sean Casey to the Pirates for P David Williams. Casey hit .312 this past season and .324 in 2004 and will hit .296 for the Bucs before they trade him in July.

The Rockies signed free agent P Jose Mesa to a 1-year, $2.515 million contract, with an option for 2007.

In the Rule 5 Major League draft, the Marlins select Dan Uggla from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

9th The Twins trade pitcher J.C. Romero to the Angels for minor league INF Alexi Casilla. The Angels designate C Josh Paul for assignment.

The Mets sign 47-year-old free agent Julio Franco to a 2-year, $2.2 million contract. They also state that when his playing days are through they will make him a minor league manager.

The Pirates sign free agent P Roberto Hernandez to a 1-year, $2.75 million contract.

The Indians sign free agent utilityman Lou Merloni to a minor league contract.

The Braves sign free agent C Todd Pratt to a 1-year contract.

The Padres claim C Pete LaForest off waivers from the Devil Rays, sign OF Jack Cust to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training, and sell P Chris Oxspring to the Hanshin Tigers.

13th  The Diamondbacks trade P Javier Vazquez to the White Sox for pitchers Orlando Hernandez and Luis Vizcaino and minor league OF Chris Young.

The Dodgers trade troubled but talented OF Milton Bradley and INF Antonio Perez to the A’s for minor league OF Andre Ethier. Ethier was the Texas League Player of the Year in 2005.

The Diamondbacks sign free agent P Jason Grimsley to a 1-year, $825,000 contract.

The Astros re-sign free agent C Brad Ausmus to a 2-year, $7.5 million contract.

15th  The Cardinals signed free agent closer Braden Looper, formerly of the Mets, to a 3-year, $13.5 million contract.

The Twins sign 3B Tony Batista to a 1-year, $1.25 million contract. Batista played in Japan in 2005.

16thThe Marlins trade well-traveled P Ron Villone (5-5) to the Yankees for minor league P Ben Julianel.

The Royals sign a mouthful of free agents inking 1B Doug Mientkiewicz (1 year, $1.85 million), 2B Mark Grudzielanek ($1 year, 4 million plus a player option for 2006 if he has 500 PA), C Paul Bako (1 year, $700,000) and P Scott Elarton (2 years, $8 million).

18thPitching in the Mexican League for Mexicali, 45-year-old Fernando Valenzuela loses, 1-0, to Hermosillo. Fernando, the Dodgers Spanish language announcer during the regular season, will go 4-2 in 10 starts, 2ndon the team in wins.

20thThe Yankees sign free agent CF Johnny Damon to a 4 year, $52 million contract. Damon spurns the Red Sox offer for less as his agent lowers the demand for a 7-year contract to 4 years. The Red Sox will reciprocate by inking Yankee backup catcher John Flaherty. The Sox also sign free agent P Rudy Seanez to a 1 year, $2.1 million contract, with an option for 2007.

The Dodgers sign veteran outfielder Kenny Lofton, most recently with the Yankees.

The Padres trade pitchers Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka and minor league C Billy Killian to the Rangers for P Chris Young, the recently acquired OF Terrmel Sledge and 1B Adrian Gonzalez.

The Cardinals sign P Sidney Ponson to a 1-year contract.

The Cubs sign free agent Twins RF Jacque Jones to a 3-year, $16 million contract. Jones hit .254 and .249 in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

The Orioles sign free agent 1B-LF Jeff Conine to a 1-year, $1.7 million contract, with an option for 2007.

The Reds re-sign C Jason LaRue to a 2-year, $9.1 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration. The Reds also sign free agent P Chris Hammond to a 1-year, $800,000 contract, with a mutual option for 2007.

The Royals trade OF Matt Diaz to the Braves for minor league P Ricardo Rodriguez.

24th  Merry Christmas, Mike. The Nationals sign free agent P Mike Stanton to a 1 year, $1 million contract.

26thFour-Time All-Star Jeff Reardon is arrested on robbery charges after holding up a jewelry store in Palm Springs Gardens, Florida, a town he has lived in without incident for 20 years. He is arrested nearby. “He said it was the medication that made him do it and that he was sorry,” said policeman David O’Neill. Reardon had a son who died of a drug overdose several years ago. In late August 2006, he will be found not guilt by reason of insanity. Two court-appointed psychiatrists, along with two defense psychiatrists, will testify that Reardon was under the influence of a dozen prescription medications and that there was no reasonable explanation for the robbery.

The Rangers sign free agent P Kevin Millwood, who pitched for the Indians last year, to a 5-year, $60 million contract.

Take Millwood’s locker. The Indians sign free agent P Jason Johnson, 10-10 with the Orioles last year, to a one-year, $4 million contract.

27thThe Diamondbacks trade 3B Troy Glaus and minor league SS Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays for Gold Glove 2B Orlando Hudson and P Miguel Batista. The high-priced Glaus hit 37 homers in 2005 while driving in 97 Diamondbacks, and piles onto the logjam at 3B in Toronto.

28thThe White Sox re-sign P Jon Garland to a 3 year, $29 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration. Garland would have been eligible for free agency after the 2006 season.

29thThe Yankees sign free agent reliever Octavio Dotel to a one-year, $2 million contract. Dotel had Tommy John surgery in May and pitched only 15+ innings in 2005. He will pitch just 10 frames for New York before changing uniforms.

2006

JANUARY

3rdThe Astros sign free agent CF Preston Wilson to either a 1 year, $4.5 million or 4 year, $28 million contract. Wilson will get $4 million in 2006 and at the end of the season, the team has an option for 3 years, $24 million or a $500,000 buyout.

4thThe Mets trade pitchers Jae Weong Seo and Tim Hamulack to the Dodgers for pitchers Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll. The Mets get relievers, the Dodgers get starters.

The Orioles sign free agent 1B Jeff Conine to a contract.

The Pirates sign OF Jeromy Burnitz to a contract.

5thThe Yankees sign free agent IF Miguel Cairo to a contract.

The Phillies sign free agent pitcher Ryan Franklin to a contract.

6thThe Red Sox sign free agent first baseman JT Snow to a contract.

The Blue Jays help their crowded 3B situation by trading 3B Cory Koskie to the Brewers for minor league pitcher Brian Wolfe.

9th  The Cubs trade  former five-tool bluechipper CF Corey Patterson to the Orioles for minor leaguers SS Nate Spears and pitcher Carlos Perez.

The Astros sign free agent pitcher Trever Miller to a contract.

10thBruce Sutter is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his 13thyear on the ballot. The relief star becomes the first hurler elected to the Hall with no career starts. His plaque will reflect another first: he is sporting a beard. Outfielder Jim Rice finishes second in the balloting, falling 53 votes shy, one ahead of reliever Goose Gossage.

The Padres sign free agent pitcher Shawn Estes to a contract.

The Devil Rays sign free agent IF Ty Wigginton to a contract.

The Mets ink their top pick from last June’s draft signing Mike Pelfray for $5.25 million.

11thThe Red Sox sign free agent reliever Julian Tavarez to a two-year $6.7 million contract.

12thThe Indians sign free agent 1B Eduard Perez to a contract.

The Orioles cowboy up and sign free agent 1B Kevin Millar to a contract.

The Reds sign free agent pitcher Grant Balfour to a contract.

The Devil Rays sign free agent pitcher Dan Miceli to a two-year contract.

14thThe Dodgers obtain pitchers Danys Baez and Lance Carter from the Devil Rays for pitchers Edwin Jackson and Chuck Tiffany.

19thPitcher Bronson Arroyo signs a three-year contract with the Red Sox, giving them a hometown discount of $11.25 million for three years. He might regret that in a month.

21stThe Mets trade pitcher Kris Benson and his wife to the Orioles for pitchers Jorge Julio and John Maine. Anna will file for divorce in March, saying her marriage to Kris is “irretrievably broken”, then reverse her call a few weeks later. Some management grinches blame the trade on the revealing Mrs. Santa outfit that Anna wore to the team’s Christmas party.  Anna will later star in the short-lived “Baseball Wives” reality show, which runs from November 2011 to January 2012.  The couple will file for divorce just months after the show is canceled.

23rdThe Cubs sign free agent pitcher Wade Miller to a contract.

24thThe Red Sox give Theo Epstein the title of GM again. Larry Lucchino, team president states, “Theo returns as general manager to an organization that is different from the one he left on Oct. 31. The four-year relationship between Theo and me, and the passage of time over the last three months, have helped to put behind us the friction that developed during last year’s negotiations.” Observers say the rift between the two remains irrevocable.

Red Sox pitcher Guillermo Mota fails a physical, which puts the proposed Red Sox-Indians trade in danger. The trade will send OF Coco Crisp, pitcher David Riske and C Josh Bard to the Red Sox for Mota, 3B Andy Marte and C Kelly Shoppach.

The Orioles re-sign RF Jay Gibbons to a 4-year, $21.1 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration. Gibbons would have been eligible for free agency after the season.

25thThe A’s signed free agent DH Frank Thomas to a one-year, $500,000 contract.

27thThe Phillies send OF Jason Michaels to the Indians for pitcher Arthur Rhodes.

The Red Sox send 3B Andy Marte, pitcher Guillermo Mota, C Kelly Shoppach, and cash considerations or a player to be named to the Indians for OF Coco Crisp, pitcher David Riske, and C Josh Bard.

29th  The Padres sign 37-year-old C Mike Piazza to a one year contract.  Piazza turned down an offer from the Phillies for a chance to catch regularly in San Diego.

FEBRUARY

2nd The Dodgers extend the contract of announcer Vin Scully through 2008, which will be his 59thyear with the Dodgers.  Scully, 78, began announcing for the Dodgers in 1950.

The Nationals sign free agent pitcher Felix Rodriguez to a contract.

3rdThe Giants announce that the name of their ballpark will be changed from SBC Park to ATT&T Park beginning in March. It is the 3rdname for the stadium, which was originally called Pacific Bell Park.

6thThe Blue Jays sign free agent C Bengie Molina to a contract.

7thThe Diamondbacks sign free agent OF Jeff DaVanon to a contract.

8thJohnny Damon takes out a full-page ad in the Boston Globethanking Red Sox fans for supporting him. The ad is in the form of a letter.

The Reds hired 52-year-old Wayne Krivsky as GM. Krivsky was the assistant GM with the Twins for the past 8 years.

The Phillies sign free agent SS Alex S. Gonzalez to a contract.

9thThe Rockies sign free agent pitcher Josh Fogg to a contract.

12thThe Reds sign free agent 1B Scott Hatteberg to a contract.

14thSpring training begins as pitchers and catchers report to nine teams.

Happy Valentine’s Day for Jose Lima who signs a contract with the Mets, but the romance will end after Lima gives up 22 runs in 17+ innings. In 2008 Lima will pitch in the Korean major leagues for the Kia Tigers.

15thThe Angels sign free agent pitcher Jeff Weaver to a one-year $8.3 million contract.

27thA committee of 12 baseball historians elects 17 candidates to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The electees include 7 Negro leagues players (Ray Brown, Willard Brown, Andy Cooper, Biz Mackey, Mule Suttles, Cristobal Torriente, and Jud Wilson), 5 pre-Negro leagues players (Frank Grant, Pete Hill, Jose Mendez, Louis Santop, and Ben Taylor), 4 Negro leagues executives (Effa Manley, Alex Pompez, Cum Posey, and J.L. Wilkinson), and one pre-Negro leagues executive (Sol White). Manley becomes the first woman elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2016, Cum Posey will be elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, the first person in both baseball and basketball’s HOF.

The Nationals sign free agent pitcher Pedro Astacio to a contract.

Former St. Louis Cardinals hurler Rick Ankiel, trying to make the team as an outfielder, injures his left knee during an intrasquad game. He will undergo season-ending surgery on May 26.

MARCH

3rdKorea shuts out Chinese Taipei, 2-0, in the first game of the inaugural World Baseball Classic, played in Tokyo, Japan.

5thMajor League Baseball signs a lease for a new stadium for the Nationals to be built along the Anacostia River.

8thThe Diamondbacks send IF Alex Cintron to the White Sox in exchange for pitcher Jeff Bajenaru.

19thAfter Randy Johnson throws 6 shutout innings in a Grapefruit League game, reliever Al Leiter pitches to one batter before leaving and announcing his retirement.

20thPitching for power. The Reds trade OF Wily Mo Pena to the Red Sox for pitcher Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo, 14-10 in 2005, was slated for the bullpen. Pena, 24, hit .254 last year with 19 homers.

The White Sox and Mariners exchange former first round picks, with Chicago sending OF Joe Borchard to Seattle in exchange for pitcher Matt Thornton.

Alfonso Soriano of the Nationals refuses to take the field when he is listed as the team’s starting LF. He has told the club he wants to remain at 2B. The team says it will place him on the disqualified list if he doesn’t agree to the position change. The suspension is avoided when Soriano takes the field on the 22nd.

Japan defeats Cuba, 10-6, to win the inaugural World Baseball Classic. Pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is named MVP.

21stThe Padres trade C David Ross to the Reds for pitcher Bobby Basham.

24thAfter first signing with the Red Sox and then allegedly signing with the A’s, Juan Gonzalez is now working out with the Rockies. The Boston Herald calls Gonzalez signing with the A’s “a complete figment of his imagination.”

Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers makes a plea bargain in which he will attend an anger management class in order to resolve the charges resulting from him knocking down a cameraman late last June.

25thThe Astros placed 1B Jeff Bagwell on the 15 day DL. Bagwell admits that his career could be over. Dr. James Andrews told him that he has numerous degenerative bone spurs in his shoulder which need to be removed, but the doctors thought that, if they did during his last shoulder surgery, that it either slow down or prevent him from recovering.

26thThe Athletics and Diamondbacks exchange pitchers with Brad Halsey going to Oakland and Juan Cruz to Arizona.

29thThe Indians sign CF Grady Sizemore to a 6-year, $23.45 million contract. It is the largest contract ever for a player with less than 2 years experience, breaking the mark held by Nomar Garciaparra.

30thThe Royals trade utilityman Joe McEwing to the Astros for a player to be named.

Major League Baseball announces an investigation into the use of steroids. Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell is appointed to lead the investigation.

31stThe ball that Babe Ruth hit for his last HR at Yankee Stadium is sold for $86,250 at auction.The ball was hit in an exhibition game off Walter Johnson on August 23, 1942.

APRIL

1st  The Rangers trade OF David Dellucci to the Phillies in exchange for pitcher Robinson Tejeda and OF Jake Blalock, brother of Texas outfielder Hank.

2ndThe White Sox open the season with a 10-4 win over the Indians. Jim Thome homers in his first game for the Hose and Brandon McCarthy gets the win in relief in a game that is held up nearly 3 hours because of rain.

3rdThe Cardinals down the Phillies, 13-5, in their season opener. Jimmy Rollins strokes an 8thinning double for Philadelphia, extending his 2-season hitting streak to 37 games.

The Orioles open their season with a 9-6 win over the Devil Rays. CF Luis Matos becomes the first player in Orioles history to homer in back-to-back opening days since Frank Robinson in 1969-70.

The Florida Marlins set a modern major-league record by starting six rookies in their opener. They collect five hits but no runs as they lose to the Astros, 1–0.  Roy Oswalt goes 8 innings for the win.

The Red Sox become the first team to start an Opening Day infield that has none of the team’s starting infielders from the previous postseason. The Sox open with Mike Lowell-3B, Alex Gonzalez-SS, Loretta-2B, Youkiles-1B. Lowell homers as does David Ortiz to back Curt Schilling’s win, 7–3. Schilling’s batterymate, .Jason Varitek is the first Red Sox catcher to start Opening Day for seven straight seasons.

The Yankees roll by the A’s, 15-2 as Alex Rodriguez has a grand slam and 5 RBI. Hideki Matsui has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, to drive in 4. Randy Johnson, with 7 IP, is the recipient of the offense. A’s starter Barry Zito joins Brad Havens (1983) and Dave Stewart (1995) as the only Opening Day starters since 1945 to give up seven or more runs and record just four outs. The A’s are wearing a right-sleeve arm patch on their home uniforms in memory of Bill King, their lead radio announcer since 1981. The patch features a microphone emblazoned with King’s name and his signature call, “Holy Toledo.” The Blue Jays are paying tribute to Tom Cheek who broadcast 4,306 consecutive regular-season games beginning with the team’s first ever in 1977. The team will wear a left-sleeve arm patch featuring a microphone and the initials “TC.”

Anaheim tips the Marines in their season opener, 5–4, when Orlando Cabrera drives in 2 runs in the top of the 9thwith his 3rdhit of the game. Mariner Kenji Johjima became the first catcher in 122 years to homer in his first game in the majors; the last catcher to accomplish the feat was Jerry Moore in 1884.

4thThe Padres-Giants contest is wiped out due to rain. It is the first home rainout for San Diego in 2,884 days.

5thThe Tigers defeat the Royals, 14-3. C Ivan Rodriguez leads the Detroit attack with 5 hits, including 3 doubles and a HR, while CF Curtis Granderson adds a HR.  Tiger pitcher Jeremy Bonderman allows a run in 6 2/3 IP.  The Tigers will win again tomorrow and set a record for the most homeruns (15) in the first three games of a season.

Paced by Torii Hunter’s 4 hits, including a grand slam, and 6 RBI, the Twins roll to a 13-4 win over the Angels. Shannon Stewart and Luis Rodriguez also homer to back Brad Radke’s 6 innings and a win.

The A’s use a five-run 8thto beat the visiting Yankees, 9-4. Yankees RF Gary Sheffield hits his 450th career HR and passes Frank Thomas and Jeff Bagwell into 28th place on the all time HR list. Thomas, now playing for the A’s, has some satisfaction, collecting 3 RBI.

Dwight Gooden is sentenced to a year + a day in prison for violating his probation by using cocaine.

In the Reds 8-6 victory over the Cubs, Ken Griffey Jr. hits the 537thHR of his career to move past Mickey Mantle into 12thposition on the all-time list. Winning pitcher Bronson Arroyo clubs his first ML homer, off Glendon Rusch.  He’ll hit another off Rusch in two weeks.

The Phils Jimmy Rollins has a single in 4-3 loss to Cards to run his consecutive game hit streak to 38. Skip Schumaker hits his first ML homer and Albert Pujols also homers.

6thUsing his newly perfected knuckleball, Texas pitcher R.A. Dickey ties a post-1900 major league record by surrendering six HRs to the Tigers in a 10-6 Detroit victory. The only ML pitcher to give up more homers was Charlie Sweeney of the St. Louis Maroons who allowed seven to the Detroit Wolverines (AA) on June 12, 1886. It is Dickey’s last ML appearance for the next two years. Detroit clouts 7 round-trippers in the contest, and sets a major league record with 15 homers in their first three games, breaking the mark of 10, set by the 1998 Mariners. The Tigers set a team record for any 3-game span, breaking the mark of 14, set in 1997.

The Phillies lose their 3rdstraight game to the Cardinals, 4-2, and Jimmy Rollins loses his 38-game hitting streak as he is held hitless in 4 ABs. Rollins hit .379 (64-for-169) during his two-season streak and fell just 7 games short of the all-time record of 45 held by Willie Keeler. “Wee Willie” got a hit in the final game of the 1896 season then posted at least one safety in 44 straight games to begin 1897. Rollins joins Vada Pinson (31 games 1965-66), Ron LeFlore (31 games 1975-76) and Hal Morris (32 games 1996-97) as the only players since 1960 with 30-gamers over two years.

Devil Rays pitcher Mark Hendrickson hurls a complete game 3-hit shutout, defeating the Orioles, 2-0. It is the first complete game shutout for TB since 2003. The streak of 349 consecutive games without a complete game shutout is 2ndin AL history behind the 1994-96 Brewers (386).

Pedro Feliz honors three former major-leaguers (including his own manager, Felipe Alou) when he drives in Barry Bonds, Moises Alou and Lance Niekro with a bases-clearing double during the Giants’ six-run 3rd against the Braves’ against Jorge Sosa. According to Dave Vincent, Feliz is the first major-leaguer in the last 49 years to drive in three sons of ex-major-leaguers on the same play. Further research reveals that it is only the 11th time since 1957 that three sons of big leaguers were on base at the same time. Doing some record setting of their own in the 6-4 loss, Brave batterymates Brian McCann (C) and Jorge Sosa (P) became only the 11th such duo to hit back-to-back homers in the majors when they go yard consecutively. It is the first ML hit and homer for Sosa, who will have two more hits, both homers, this year.

7thThe Tigers defeat the Rangers, 5-2, as Chris Shelton becomes the 3rdplayer to hit 5 HRs in his teams first 4 games. Lou Brock (1967) and Barry Bonds (2002) are the others who have accomplished the feat.

The Brewers down the Diamondbacks, 3-1, for their 4thconsecutive win. Derrick Turnbow gets the save for Milwaukee, becoming the 1stpitcher to save each of his team’s first 4 games of the season since the save became an official statistic in 1969.

At Camden Yards, Roger Clemens is lifted after giving up 4 runs in the 7th, but wins his first of the year as the Red Sox prevail, 14-8. Trot Nixon has a 2-run homer and 4 RBIs, noteworthy in that the Red Sox go to the plate a ML-record 16 times in the game with the bases loaded. The next team to match this will be the 2011 Yankees, who will hit a record 3 grand slams in the game.

8thBarry Zito, Kiko Calero, Joe Kennedy, and Huston Street combine to 1-hit the Mariners as the Athletics cruise to a 3-0 victory. Richie Sexson’s 2nd-inning 2B is Seattle’s only hit.

The Giants double the Braves, 12-6. The Giants starting outfield of Barry Bonds (41), Steve Finley (41), and Moises Alou (39) is the oldest in ML history.

9thAs the Rockies down the Padres, 10-4, Colorado OF Cory Sullivan ties a ML record by hitting 2 triples in the 5thinning. He is the fifth major leaguer to do so and the first since Gil Coan in 1951. The last N.L. player to hit 2 triples in a frame was Curt Walker in 1926.

The Cubs use a five-run 8thto double the Cards, 8-4.  The big blow is Michael Barrett’s grand slam off Jason Isringhausen. Cubs SS Ronny Cedeno has 4 hits. In his debut, starter Sean Marshall becomes the 1,800th Cubs player.

In the Indians 3–2 win over the Twins, Bob Wickman passes Doug Jones to become the Indians all-time saves leader when he earns his 130th save. Johan Santana (0-2) gives up all 3 Tribe runs.

Travis Haffner gets his own candy as the Pronk bar is released by Malley’s Chocolate of Cleveland.  Haffner announces it is the best candy bar he’s ever tasted.

10thThe Cardinals defeat the Brewers, 6-4, in the 1stgame played in the new $365 million Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The new stadium will seat 40,713 through July 12 and 46,861 after that date. Mark Mulder gets credit for the victory, and also hits a HR in the contest.

Tampa Bay loses to the Orioles, 6–3, in the Devil Ray’s home opener. The sellout crowd is just the fourth sell-out at their home park, Tropicana Field, since they began playing there in 1998.

11thIn the Yankees home Opener, the Bronx Bombers use a 5-run 8thto up end the Royals, 9-7. Derek Jeter’s 3-run homer is the big blow in the frame. Jason Giambi hits 3-run homer in the 1stto start the Yankee scoring. Yankee Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard misses the game due to a hip injury; Sheppard hadn’t missed an opener since he began his announcing gig in 1951, a period of 55 years or 20,083 days.

Japanese outfielder Tomoaki Kanemoto sets a new world record for playing every inning in the most consecutive games, 904, breaking Cal Ripken’s record of 903.

The California Supreme Court rules 6-1 that being hit in the head is “an inherent risk of baseball” and, therefore, a junior college player cannot sue to recover damages caused by a beaning he suffered in 2001.

At RFK Stadium, Vice-president Dick Cheney throws out the first ball and the Mets proceed to beat the Nationals, 7-1. Brian Bannister allows one hit in 7 innings. Greeted with loud boos and some cheers, Cheney’s pitch is short of home. He wore a Nationals jacket that seemed bulky, possibly filled out with a bulletproof vest.  He was the first vice president to throw out the first ball since Hubert Humphrey in 1968. Placido Domingo sings the National Anthem.

Anthony Velazquez sets a high school record as he throws his second consecutive perfect game. The junior at Bayside High in New York City, who goes by the nickname “Tiki,” recorded his first perfecto on April 11 against John Browne High then followed with another slice of perfection against Flushing High. The only other U.S. high school pitchers to throw two perfect games in their careers were Ken Beardslee in the late 1940s and L.J. Grantham in 1958 and 1959.

12thThe Rangers pound the Angels, 11-3. Vladimir Guerrero singles in the 4thinning, and has now hit safely in all 39 career games against Texas. It is the longest streak by any player against one team since divisional play began in 1969.

13thThe Dodgers rout the Pirates, 13-5, with the help of 7 RBIs from reserve Cody Ross, who hits a grand slam and 3-run HR in successive at bats. Ross becomes one of the few MLers in history to begin his career by hitting grand slams for each of his first two homers. The only other active player to perform the feat was Craig Counsell in 1997-98.

At Dolphins Stadium, the Marlins jump on Padres starter Dewon Brazleton (0-2) for 8 runs en route to a 9-2 win. For Brazelton, it is his last his last career decision and he ends with a ML-record 0-17 on the road. His record in his home park is 8-8.

14thThe Pirates place 1B Sean Casey on the 16 day DL after John Mabry inadvertently strikes Casey in the back with his elbow. Casey suffers 2 fractures in his lower back and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. The Bucs will call up utilityman Mike Edwards and move pitcher Kip Wells from the 15 to the 60-day DL.

Kevin Millwood of the Rangers tops Barry Zito of the A’s as both go 7 innings in the 6-3 Texas win. Frank Thomas of the A’s hits his 200thHR as a DH to join Babe Ruth and Ernie Banks as the only big-leaguers to hit 200 or more homers at two different positions. Ruth hit 357 as a right fielder and 313 as a left fielder, Banks hit 210 as a first baseman and 277 as a shortstop. Thomas hit 249 as a first baseman.

15thThe Athletics edge the Rangers, 5-4. Oakland gets back-to-back-to-back HRs from Eric Chavez, Frank Thomas and Milton Bradley in the 6thinning off 3 consecutive pitches.

The Cardinals triple the Reds, 9–3, taking a 6–0 lead after three innings. Albert Pujols homers and Hector Luna homers and drives in three runs. Scott Spiezio’s adds a seventh inning pinch home run, to join his father, Ed, as the first father-son duo to have each homer for the Redbirds. The senior Spiezio played for the club from 1964 to 1968 hitting five long balls. It was the 28th time that a father and son have hit at least one homer for the same major-league team.

16thIn St. Louis, Albert Pujols slugs 3 consecutive HRs, including a walk-off shot in the 9th, to help the Cardinals to an 8-7 win over the Reds. It is the 2ndthree-HR game in Pujols’ career.

The Phillies defeat the Rockies, 1-0, behind Brett Myers and 2 relievers. It is only the 2nd1-0 game in the 1one-year history of Coors Field.

Braves pitcher John Smoltz outduels Jake Peavy as he allows 4 hits to beat the Padres, 2-0.

Curse of the bobblehead? On Huston Street bobblehead day, the closer relieves with the A’s ahead of Texas, 3–1, in the 9th. He gives up four runs on five hits, including a 2-run homer by Mark Teixeira, and takes the 5–3 loss. Eric Chavez is 4-for-4 with 2 doubles for the A’s.

17thThe Cardinals edge the Pirates, 2-1. In the first inning, Albert Pujols ties a ML record by hitting a HR in his 4thconsecutive AB. Jason Marquis makes the 2-run homer stand up by pitching 8 innings and allowing one run.

The Giants score 3 runs in the last 2 innings to edge to host Diamondbacks, 10-9. Diamondback reliever Casey Daigle joins his wife Jennie Finch to become the only husband-wife team to strike out Barry Bonds; Finch, the Olympic softball star, struck out Bonds for a bit on “This Week in Baseball” last summer and Daigle whiffs Bonds in the 6th.

After the Mariners take a 9thinning lead at Fenway, the Sox answer when Mark Loretta hits a 2-out, 2-run homer to give Boston a 7–6 win. David Ortiz hits a pair of homers in the game. The Red Sox tied an obscure record by winning their 18th straight one-run game at Fenway going back to last season; only two other major-league teams did this, the 1925-26 St. Louis Browns and the 1963-64 Baltimore Orioles.

The Mets defeat the Braves, 4-3, to give Pedro Martinez his 200thcareer win. By winning, New York opens up a 5-game lead over the 2ndplace Braves, making them the first team in big league history to build a cushion that big after only 12 games of the season.

18thThe NL Central leaders, the Houston Astros (10-4), reach the .500 mark as a franchise when they even their record at 3,507-3,507. But it isn’t easy as they edge the Brewers, 13-12. Milwaukee scores 10 runs in the last three innings on 2 homers by Carlos Lee and one by Prince Fielder. Roy Oswalt (3-0) is the winning pitcher.  The Astros join 12 other clubs with overall records of .500 or better.

Washington tops the Phillies, 10-3, putting the game away with 2 runs in the 8thand 4 more in the 9th. Ryan Church connects for a grand slam against Geoff Geary in the 9th.

Houston scores 10 runs in the first 3 innings against the Brewers, then has to hold on as Milwaukee scores 10 in the last 3 innings. The Astros win, 13-12. Morgan Ensberg has 3 hits, including a pair of homers, while Carlos Lee has 4 hits, including a pair of homers.

19thA bird flies into the visiting clubhouse at Camden Yards in Baltimore about two hours before game time. As soon as it lands on the carpet, it reportedly strolls directly over to the locker of Cleveland Indians pitcher Paul Byrd. The Orioles then flip the bird to the Indians, pummeling them 18-9 on 21 hits. Each team hits three homers with the Orioles getting three-run homers from Ramon Hernandez and Jay Gibbons. Every starter for the Birds records a multi-hit game.

The Cubs (9-5) score three unearned runs in the 8thto beat the Dodgers, 5–4, but lose Derrek Lee, who breaks two bones in his right wrist in a collision at first base. When he returns to action on June 25, the club will be 28-45.

20thAccording to Forbesmagazine, the New York Yankees are the 1stbaseball team valued at more than $1 billion.

The Mets rally for 6 runs in the 8thinning and defeat the Padres, 7-2. Julio Franco hits a pinch 2-run HR in the inning to become the oldest player in history, at age 47, to hit a homer. He surpasses the record set by Philadelphia A’s pitcher Jack Quinn in 1930 who homered at 46 years and 357 days of age. Kaz Matsui hits an inside-the-park HR in the 3rdinning, making him the 1stperson in ML history to homer in his first AB of the season in each of his first 3 seasons.

The Nationals down the Phillies, 10-4, to give Frank Robinson his 1,000thwin as a manager. He is the 53rdskipper to reach the milestone.

21stThe Blue Jays defeat the Red Sox, 7-6, in 12 innings despite a pair of HRs by Manny Ramirez. Ramirez becomes the 4thperson in ML history to hit 200 or more homers for 2 different teams—Cleveland and Boston. Jimmie Foxx, Mark McGwire, and Rafael Palmeiro also performed the feat. The Jays score 4 runs in the 8thon 3 homers—by Russ Adams, Wells and Troy Glaus, then score the winner in the 12thon Lyle Overbay’s double off of Rudy Seanez.

The White Sox hold their annual Dog Day celebration and attract 325 canines in addition to the 31,827 humans. Behind Mark Buerhle (3-0) they make the Twins heel, 7–1, beating Johan Santana (0-3).

The Rangers down the Devil Rays, 13-7. Michael Young gets 5 hits for Texas, including 3 doubles.

Washington beats Atlanta, 7-3, as Alfonso Soriano clouts four extra base hits—three homers and a double.

The Astros edge the Pirates, 3-2, as Morgan Ensberg homers for the 6thconsecutive game, a new Houston club record.

Albert Pujols blasts a two-run homer for the 1,000th hit of his career, and drives in 4 runs as the Cards deal the visiting Cubs a 9-3 defeat.  Pujols, at 26 years and 95 days of age, is the sixth-youngest player among active major-leaguers to reach that milestone. Ken Griffey, Jr., was the youngest reaching the 1,000 mark in 1995 when he was 25 years and 268 days old.

22nd The Brewers shut out the Reds, 11-0. Milwaukee ties a ML record with 5 HRs in the 4thinning, four of them off of Brandon Claussen, tying another record. Bill Hall, Damian Miller, Brady Clark, JJ Hardy, and Prince Fielder (off reliever Chris Hammond) all connect in the frame. It is only the fifth time in major-league history that a team has gone yard five times in one frame. It’s happened four times in the N.L, all against Reds pitching, and just once in the A.L.

Arizona takes a 5-0 against Los Angeles and hangs on for a 5-4 win.  Chad Trace is 4-for-4 with 3 doubles for the D’Backs.  Kenny Lofton of the Dodgers joins Steve Finley of the Giants as the only active players with 100 career triples when he hits a three-bagger. Lofton is playing for his 10thteam, just the 10th major-leaguer to do so. He joins Todd Zeile and Tommy Davis as the only position players to work for that many.

23rdJason Giambi has two homers and a double to drive in five runs in the Yankees 7-1 win over the Orioles. Orioles SS Miguel Tejada is the total offense with 4 hits including a homer. He has all 3 that winning pitcher Randy Johnson gives up and one more off of Mo Rivera, for all 4 hits for Baltimore, tying a ML mark.

The Cubs place Derrek Lee on the D.L. with a fractured right wrist. They were 9-5 before his injury; they’ll go 9-23 without him.

24thAt Houston, Nomar Garciaparra hits a grand slam as the Dodgers score 5 runs in the 9thinning and beat the Astros, 6-2.

The Dodgers trade OF Cody Ross to Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later (Ben Kozlowski (June 1, 2006). The Reds waste no time in moving Ross, selling him in two days to the Marlins for $1. Money well spent, Ross will hit 24 homers and 90 RBIs in 2009.

25thThe Red Sox beat the Indians, 8-6. Jonathan Papelbon records his 9thsave in 9 chances, tying the ML record for saves by a rookie in April. KC’s Mike MacDougal set the mark in 2003. The win goes to Keith Foulke, who pitches one inning in relief of Curt Schilling, who throws 133 pitches in 6 2/3 innings.  David Ortiz homers in the 7thand Manny Ramirez hits a 3-run homer in the 8th.

The Mets top the Giants, 5–1, as Barry Bonds hits #710. He is now four homers behind Ruth.

26thThe Royals defeat the Twins, 3-1. Minnesota becomes the 3rdteam in AL history to trail in each of their first 20 games of the season, joining the 1910 Browns (28) and 1988 Orioles (21).

The Diamondbacks edge the Padres, 3-2. Mike Piazza hits his 400thcareer HR in the 9thinning for SD.

Barry Bonds hits a 2-out 2-run pinch homer in 9thto give the Giants a 7-7 tie with the Mets, but the New Yorkers score a pair in the 11thto win, 9-7. Barry lines out to end the game. Earlier, Julio Franco hits a 2-run pinch single, then swipes 2B, the oldest player in 97 years to steal a base. Arlie Latham, a player-coach for the New York Giants, set the record by swiping a bag on August 18, 1909 in a 14-1 laugher when he was 49 years old.

Oakland defeats Texas, 6-4. Texas closer Francisco Cordero sets a ML record with his 5thblown save of the month, a new mark for April.

The Reds shut out the Nationals, 5-0, as Bronson Arroyo, Kent Mercker, and David Weathers combine for a 1-hitter. Ryan Zimmerman’s 4thinning single is Washington’s only hit.

In Creighton’s 9-1 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks, Creighton reliever Pat Venditte tosses two perfect innings. The ambidextrous Venditte retires six batters, three right-handed and three left-handed, and records a strikeout with each arm. Nick Czyz allows one hit in the win.

27thThe Indians pound the Red Sox, 15-3. Ben Broussard hits a pair of homers and drives in 8 runs for Cleveland.

Tampa Bay’s top prospect Delmon Young is suspended indefinitely by the International League, a day after throwing a bat that hit a replacement umpire in the chest.

28thThe Indians edge the Rangers, 7-6. Kevin Mench homers in his 7thstraight game for Texas, becoming the 1stright-handed batter to ever do so.  It must be the shoes; Before the streak, Mench changed his shoe size from 12 to 12-1/2 on the advice of an orthotics specialist.

The Nationals defeat the Cardinals, 8-3. Albert Pujols hits his 13thHR for St. Louis, tying the ML record for homers in the month. Ken Griffey Jr. (1997) and Luis Gonzalez (2001) also homered 13 times in April.

The Reds beat the Astros, 5-4, defeating Roy Oswalt for the first time in their history. Oswalt had been 15-0 against Cincinnati, the only pitcher in ML history to record that mark against a team. Oswalt (4-1) gives up 3 runs in 6 innings pitched.

Mets minor league pitcher Yusaku Iriki is suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, making him the first player to be penalized under MLB’s toughened steroid rules. Ten players have been suspended this season under the minor league program.

29thThe Cardinals’ Albert Pujols sets a new ML record by hitting his 14thHR for the month of April as St. Louis edges Washington, 2-1.

In a 17-6 win over Toronto, the Yankees became the 15th team to score in every inning (8 innings) in which they batted (excluding rain shortened games). It was the 2nd time in team history (1939) the Bombers score in every frame matching the Cleveland Spiders as the only team to score a run in every inning of a full-length game twice in franchise history; the Spiders accomplished the feat in 1889 and 1894. Yankees 1B Jason Giambi has a homer and 4 RBI and reaches base 4 times, while Johnny Damon scores 5 runs. Reed Johnson gets hit by pitches three times for the Jays. He joins Damion Easley as the only players since 1957 to be hit by a pitch three times in a game twice in their careers.

The Tigers pound out 23 hits as they maul the Twins, 18-1. Justin Verlander is the easy winner as batterymate Pudge Rodriguez has 4 hits and Carlos Guillen has 2 homers and 5 RBI.

Kansas City’s Reggie Sanders hits a 1st-inning grand slam off Estaban Loaiza of Oakland but loses it when the game is rained out in the 3rdinning.

MAY

1st  The Braves defeat the Rockies, 2-0, on Tim Hudson’s one-hitter. Opposing pitcher Jason Jennings’ 3rdinning single is Colorado’s only safety.

The Padres trade C Doug Mirabelli back to the Red Sox for C Josh Bard, minor league pitcher Cla Meredit, a 23-year-old reliever, and cash. Bard was leading the AL in passed balls and had 4 in his last game with Tim Wakefield on the mound. Mirabelli has a police escort to Fenway and changes uniforms in the cab. The Sox hurriedly put him in the lineup to catch Wakefield. With Mirabelli catching, Wakefield goes 7 innings and leaves with the game tied 3 apiece against the Yankees.  David Ortiz clubs a 3-run HR in the 8thand the Sox win, 7–3.

2ndThe A’s score 6 runs in the top of the 9thagainst the Angels to ice the game, 10-4. Two of the runs in the 9thare allowed by Chris Bootcheck, who will be placed on the 15 day DL after it turns out he pulled a left hamstring muscle running in from the bullpen in the 4thinning to join a brawl.

3rdMLB announces the sale of the Washington Nationals to a group led by real estate developer Theodore Lerner.

4thThe Angels beat the Tigers, 7-2. Rookie C Mike Napoli hits a homer in his 1stML at bat for LA, becoming the 92ndplayer to accomplish the feat. Don Rose and Dave Machemer are the only other Angels to turn the trick.

5thThe Mets come from behind 4 times to defeat the Braves, 8-7, in 14 innings. Jose Reyes gets 5 hits for New York, including a triple.

6th  Mets pitcher Victor Zambrano tears a flexor tendon in his elbow and will be out for the rest of the season.

The Nashville Sounds and the New Orleans Zephyrs play a 24-inning game that began yesterday. The contest lasts a total of eight hours and seven minutes. This game matched the longest game, in terms of innings played, in PCL history.. The record was set on June 8, 1909 in a game between the San Francisco Seals and Oakland Oaks, and tied on September 10, 1911, in a game between the Sacramento Solons and Portland Beavers.

7thThe Yankees defeat the Rangers, 8-5, to give Joe Torre his 1,000thwin as Yankee manager. He is the 4thperson to reach the level, joining Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, and Miller Huggins.

Welcome to the bigs, rook.  Giants rookie Kevin Frandsen gets hit with a pitch for the 5thtime in his first 10 ML games, a painful ML record. The previous mark was held by Reed Johnson who was hit five times in his first 15 games. Frandsen scores a run and the Giants get homers from Barry Bonds and Mike Sweeney, but the Phillies rough up Mike Morris for 7 runs in 5 innings and win, 9–5.

The White Sox edge the Royals, 3-2, on Joe Crede’s RBI hit in the 8thinning.  The Royals score in 6thwhen Tony Graffanino and Emil Brown hit back-to-back homers of Mark Buerhle, while the Sox score in the bottom of the frame on Pablo Ozuna’s 2-run triple. Tad Iguchi then bunts into an unassisted double play as pitcher Mark Redman grabs the popup and then tags out Ozuna.

10thThe Marlins stop the Braves, 11–3, and also stop Edgar Renteria’s 23-game hitting streak from the start of the season. Renteria maintained his streak despite missing nine games in April after straining his left rib cage in the Braves’ 12th game of the year. Miguel Cabrera has four hits for the Fish including a homerun, and Joe Borchard drives in 4 runs, 3 on a 3-run HR.  Josh Johnson gets the win with 6 scoreless innings.

At Safeco Field, the Devil Rays and Mariners each collect 4 hits in Tampa Bay’s 1-0 victory.  Travis Lee, with two hits, scores the only run on a balk by Jamie Moyer.

11thThe visiting Braves down the Marlins, 9-1. Matt Diaz strokes 5 hits, including a double, for Atlanta.

At Turner Field, Georgia beats Georgia Tech, 5-4, in 11 innings in front of 19,119. 26,755 tickets had been sold for the game but it was delayed a day because of rain.

At Yankee Stadium, Tim Wakefield gives up 3 runs in 6 innings as the Red Sox trim the Yanks, 5-3. Mark Loretta has 4 hits and 3 RBI. On his first hit, the Yankees lose Hideki Matsui, who breaks his wrist diving for the ball. He won’t return until September.  The injury also snaps his consecutive game streak of 1,768 games between Japan and the AL. His streak of 518 games to start a career is an AL record.

13thAt Turner Field, Brian McCann hits a solo homer in the 9thand Jeff Francoeur finishes the scoring with a walkoff grand slam, off Chad Cordero, to give the Braves a dramatic 8-5 win over Washington.

14th  Not here for my bat, Skip.  Pitcher Clay Hensley of the Padres fires a 2-hitter in shutting out the Cubs, 9–0. Hensley also ties a ML record by striking out 5 times. On the opposite end, teammate Brian Giles walks five times, the only time in the past 50 years that teammates have done both in a game. According to Retrosheet, only once in the past 50 years have players in the same game had 5 walks and 5 K’s, but they were not teammates. Kahlil Greene drives in 4 runs as the Padres batter five pitchers. One of the pitchers is Jae Kuk Ryu, making his ML debut. Ryu once bopped an ospry with a pitch and when the mascot died, Ryu was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

Ryan Howard clubs a pinch homer and adds another in the 12thas the Phillies trip the host Reds, 2-1. Howard is the 25thplayer in history to hit 2 homers, one pinch hit, in a game, but he is the only one to account for all his team’s runs. Jason LaRue’s 5thinning homer accounts for the Reds tally.

16thThe Yankees bounce back from a 9-0 deficit to defeat the Rangers, 14-13. The comeback matched the biggest in Yankees history.

17thThe Cubs beat the Nationals, 5-0, as rookie Sean Marshall and 3 relievers combine on a 1-hitter. Alfonso Soriano’s leadoff single in the 6this Washington’s only hit.

The Padres club the Diamondbacks, 14-10, as Brian Giles drives in 7 runs.

19thThe Dodgers score 9 runs in the 6thinning and go on to pound the Angels, 16-3, stroking 25 hits in the process. Rookie Andre Ethier goes 5-for-5 with a homer and 3 RBI.

At an auction of Joe DiMaggio memorabilia held in New York City DiMaggio’s 1947 MVP award plaque sold for $281,750, a partially authenticated uniform from his last World Series in 1951 brought in $195,500 and a pair of watches awarded to him for his MVP seasons in 1939 and 1941 went for $92,000 and $86,250, respectively.

20thThe Giants defeat the Athletics, 4-2 in 10 innings. Barry Bonds hits career homerun number 714 in the 2ndinning A’s starter Brad Halsey to tie Babe Ruth for 2ndplace on the all-time list. After the game, Halsey described the specially identified balls used for Barry’s at bats: “They just have a ‘B’ and a number on them, and a picture of Barry, too.  If you look into his eye he winks at you.”

Behind Freddy Garcia’s eight shutout innings, the White Sox beat their crosstown rivals the Cubs, 7–0. But the real beating occurs in the 2ndinning when catcher Michael Barrett slugs Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski who scores hard from 3B on a fly to left.  By the time the dust settles, the two catchers are ejected as well as Cubs Brian Anderson and John Mabry. Barrett will be slapped with a ten-game suspension next week. Tadahito Iguchi has a pair of homers for the Sox, one a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs.

21stThe Giants down the Athletics, 6-0, behind rookie Matt Cain’s 1-hitter. Oakland’s only hit is a 3rdinning double by Jay Payton. Joe Blanton gives up 5 runs to take the loss. Jairo Garcia-Santiago Casilla finishes up with a shutout inning; he pitched the last 5 years under the name Santiago Garcia.

The Indians defeat the Pirates, 3-2, in 10 innings. Bob Wickman gets the win in relief for Cleveland, his first win since August 10, 2002. The streak of 105 games was the longest active stretch in the ML without a win.

22ndThe Braves beat the Padres, 3-1, as Jake Peavy and John Smoltz each toss 7 innings. Smoltz allows no runs while Peavy is touched for 2. Peavy strikes out 16 Atlanta batters, joining Randy Johnson as the only big league pitcher to strike out that many in so few innings.

The Dodgers defeat the Rockies, 6-1. LA’s Jae Seo and Colorado’s Byung-Hyn Kim become the first Korean-born starting pitchers to meet in a ML game. Seo emerges the winner giving up an unearned run in 7 innings.

23rdThe Mets outlast the Phillies, 9-8, in 16 innings on Carlos Beltran’s walkoff HR.

Baltimore’s Ramon Hernandez starts the scoring with a 3-run homer in the 1stand finishes with a 9thinning grand slam as Baltimore stomps the Mariners, 14-4.  The O’s score 9 runs in the 9thon 6 hits.

24thQuit now, Adam. In the Cardinals 10-4 win over the Giants, 10-4, rookie Adam Wainwright pitches 3 innings in relief for the victory, and homers in his first ML at bat, on the first pitch.

The Devil Rays beat the Blue Jays, 10-8. Carl Crawford goes 5-for-5 for Tampa Bay, including a HR, steals 4 bases and scores 5 runs.

26thThe Royals down the Yankees, 7-6, to end their 13-game losing streak.

Carlos Zambrano walks 4 in the 1stinning against Atlanta, then loses his no-hit bid in the 7thwhen Jacque Jones loses a ball in the sun. Atlanta rallies for 3 runs in the 9th, one on a bases loaded walk by Ryan Dempster, to beat the Cubs, 6-5. Chicago has now lost 19 of 23 games.

The Angels call up Jered Weaver, who joins his brother Jeff. The reunion lasts until June 16, when Jared (4-0) goes back down to Salt Lake City.

27thThe Pirates edge the Astros, 8-7, in 18 innings. Jason Bay hits a homer in his 5thconsecutive game for Pittsburgh, the first Pirate player to do so in 50 years. .The time of the game is 5:49 with 17 pitchers throwing 596 pitches.

Twins rookie Boof Bonser allows three 1stinning singles, then gets three swinging K’s to escape without a score. He’s not so lucky in the 2nd, allowing 4 runs, but that is all the Mariners can muster off him as the Twins win, 9-5, scoring 7 runs in 6 innings off Jamie Moyer. The Twins are helped by a triple play in the 8th, a rare 4-3-5 TP. According to historian Herm Krabbenhoft, this is the first 4-3-5 triple killing since 1881.

28thThe Rockies defeat the Giants, 6-3, and Barry Bonds hits his 715thHR in the 4thinning to move past Babe Ruth into 2ndplace on the all-time career list.

After the Chicago Cubs rally for four runs in the 9thto tie, the Braves edge them, 13-12, in 11 innings. Atlanta hits a club record 8 homers in the victory at windy Wrigley Field as Marcus Giles, Edgar Renteria 2, Andruw Jones, Adam LaRoche 2, Ryan Langerhans, and Brayan Pena go deep.  For the Cuban born Pena, it is his first ML homer. The Cubs, with no homers, bang out 16 hits, including 4 by Tony Womack, hang in there before Giles’s single in the 11thscores the winner. The Braves are helped when Aramis Ramirez is hit in the head by a pop fly.

29thAt PNC Park, every Pirate starter collects an RBI except Jason Bay as Pirates sink the Brewers, 14-3.  Zach Duke is the winning pitcher.  The Brewers Prince Fielder bounces a homer into the Alleghany River, the 18thhomer to splash there. Brewer reliever Chris Mabeus makes his ML debut and heaves 3 wild pitches, just the fourth major leaguer to do so since 1900.  The record in a first game is 4 wild pitches, set by Steve Hargan in 1965.

30thAt the Rogers Centre, Vernon Wells connects for three homers to pace the Blue Jays to an 8-5 win over Boston. Gustavo Chacin (6-1) is the winner.

JUNE

1stThe Indians top the White Sox, 12–8, as Ben Broussard has four hits and Ron Belliard drives in four runs. Jim Thome (3) and Jermaine Dye (5) drive in all the Sox scores. Dye has a pair of homers.

3rdDamion Easley has four hits, including three homers, and drives in 7 runs to give the Diamondbacks a game 2 win, 13–9, and a sweep of the Braves.  Easley doesn’t play in game 1 but Arizona wins, 4–2.

Travis Hafner celebrates his birthday with 6 RBIs to lead the Indians to a 14-2 win over the Angels. “Pronk” has 3 hits, including a grand slam, off Brendan Donnelly in the 6th.

This is easy. Nationals reliever Bill Bray makes his ML debut against the Brewers in the 9thwith Cory Koskie on 1B, two outs and Washington trailing 3-2. Bray throws one pitch and catcher Brian Schneider throws out Koskie trying to steal. Schneider then clubs a two-run homer to make Bray the winning pitcher.

4thAt Camden Yards, the Orioles play Small ball, cuffing Aaron Small for 7 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings, and Scott Erickson for another 4 runs. The O’s win 11-3. The Birds hit 3 homers off of Small, one by Javy Lopez, who also homers off of Erickson. The Yankees will release the vet Erickson on the June 19.

At Shea, Endy Chavez has three outfield assists—at 2B, 3B and home, David Wright has a pair of homers and Lastings Milledge has 3 hits and 3 RBIs. But the Mets fall short, losing to the Giants, 7-6, in 12 innings. Both teams score a pair in the 10th.

5thThe Reds defeat the Cardinals, 8-7. Ken Griffey Jr. homers to tie Fred McGriff’s ML record of connecting in 43 different stadiums.

6thThe Reds obtain pitcher Esteban Yan from the Angels in exchange for minor league pitcher Kyle Edens.

In the first of two cornerstone trades with the Mariners this month, the Indians swap Eduardo Perez for Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera is available because the M’s had Yuniesky Betancourt at short.

The Royals select former U. of Tennessee pitcher Luke Hochevar with the 1stpick of the ML draft. Hochevar had been drafted by the Dodgers last year, but turned down a $3 million offer and failed to reach a deal with the team.  The next five picks are all from college: Stanford’s Gregory Reynolds (Col); Evan Longoria (TB); Brad Lincoln (Pit); Brandon Morrow (Sea); Andrew Miller (Det). Longoria and Brian Bocock and Emmanuel Burris of the Giants will be the first position players to appear in the bigs. Picking 7th, the Dodgers take hi schooler Clayton Kershaw; the draft will eventually comprise of 36% high schoolers. The Cubs surprise with the 13thpick and take Clemson’s Tyler Colvin, projected by Baseball America as a 5throunder. Picking 18th, the Phils choose the first of a number of ML offspring as they select Doug Drabeck’s son, Kyle. The Dodgers will pick Preston Mattingly (31stround), Don’s son, and the Mets will take Jesse Barfield’s son, Jeremy. The Papelbon brothers Jeremy (19thround, Cubs) and Josh (48thround, Red Sox) are both taken out of the U. of North Florida. The Orioles draft the Figueroa twins, Stephen and Justin, sons of Bien Figueroa, Baltimore’s class A manager for Frederick. In the 5thround, the Cubs take Notre Dame all-American end Jeff Samardzija, a pitcher, and eventually sign him for a guaranteed $10 million contract, including a $2.5 million signing bonus. Samardzija, who holds Notre Dame’s notable receiving records, was considered a questionable baseball signing. They also pay $1.3 million to 11thround high schooler Chris Huseby. Huseby barely pitched in the spring while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The Braves wait till the 10thround to select pitcher Scott Medlen. Not drafted are Jeffrey Maier, who hit .403 in Division 3, but is better known as the 12-year-old who interfered with a ball to help the Yankees, and Danny Almonte, who made headlines as an overage Little League pitcher.

Federal investigators search Diamondbacks pitcher Jason Grimsley’s house as part of an investigation into steroid use in baseball. Grimsley originally cooperated with the probe, making “extensive statements” about illegal drug use. He admitted using human growth hormone, amphetamines, and steroids during his career. Grimsley will be released at his own request on Wednesday.

At Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers jump on Pedro Martinez for 7 runs in  5 innings en route to an 8-5 win over the Mets.  Derek Lowe gets the win with the save going to Eric Gagne in his second appearance of the year. Gagne enters in the 9thand hooks up with catcher Russ Martin to become the first French-Canadian battery in ML history. But Gagne injures himself in this game and will not pitch the rest of the season; this is his last appearance as a Dodger.

The Giants defeat the Marlins, 2-1, as Jason Schmidt ties a 102-year-old franchise record for strikeouts by fanning 16 Florida batters. Christy Mathewson previously did so in 1904.

7thThe Rockies down the Pirates, 16-9. Colorado ties a ML record with 5 sacrifice flies in the contest.

9thThe Mets trade 2B Kaz Matsui to the Rockies for utilityman Eli Marrero.

10thThe Devil Rays overcome an unusual triple play and beat the Royals, 9-5. The TP needed an out gained on an appeal and a pitcher’s involvement. Russell Branyan made the first out on a shallow fly ball with runners on 2B and 3B. the throw home was caught by P Scott Elarton who threw to SS Angel Berroa who tagged out a runner for the second out. Berroa then tossed to 3B Mark Teahen who tagged 3B and appealed that the runner Aubrey Huff had left the base early. Bingo: out 3. According to triple play authority Herman Krabbenhoft, the only other two trifectas involving appeals occurred in 1901 for the Milwaukee Brewers (later, the St. Louis Browns) against the Chicago White Sox and in 1937 for the New York Giants against the Philadelphia Phillies. KC OF Reggie Sanders hits his 300thcareer HR to become the 5th player in ML history with 300 homers and 300 stolen bases. The others are Barry and Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays, and Andre Dawson.

Daniel Cabrera pitches 6 scoreless innings for the Orioles who take an 9-0 lead into the bottom of the 7th then hold on as the Twins score 7 runs. Michael Cuddyer hits a grand slam in the Twins’ five-run 7th.  For the 4thgame in a row Joey Mauer is on base 4 times. Carlos Silva is the losing pitcher but he does retire the side on three pitches in the 2nd. He did it last year in a 74-pitch game.

11thThe Devil Rays beat the Royals, 8-2. In the process, Tampa Bay becomes the first team since 1940 to hit six homeruns and hit into a triple play in the same game.

The Tigers top the Blue Jays, 10-5, as Pudge Rodriguez drives in 5 runs on a single, double and homerun. Joel Zumaya throws 3 scoreless innings in his first save of the year. After his retirement, Pudge will contend that Zumaya was the fastest pitcher he ever caught, saying his pitches hit 105 mph.

12thThe White Sox defeat the Rangers, 8-3. Jose Contreras wins his 15thconsecutive decision (last eight in 2005, first seven in 2006) for Chicago, tying a franchise record shared by LaMarr Hoyt (1983-84) and Wilson Alvarez (1993-94). Of the last 10 pitchers to win 15 straight decisions—dating back more than 30 years—only one was a National Leaguer: Rick Sutcliffe, for the Cubs, who broadcast today’s game for ESPN. Sutcliffe won 16 straight decisions in 1984-85.

13thThe Yankees and Indians, the two highest scoring teams in the ML, play to a 1–0 decision with the Yanks prevailing on Robinson Cano’s homer off of Paul Byrd.  Chien-Ming Wang (7-2) is the winner. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time that the highest scoring team in the majors beat the second highest in a 1-0 game since 1964 (Twins 1, Yankees 0) and only the 4th time since 1900. For Yankees CF Bernie Williams it is his 2000th ML game.

After an intentional walk to Torii Hunter loads the bases in the 12th, Jason Kubel hits a walkoff grand slam to give the Twins a 5–2 win over the visiting Red Sox.  Kubel’s salami comes on a 3-2 pitch from Julian Tavarez.

14thThe Rockies down the Nationals, 14-8. Colorado’s Cory Sullivan becomes the 8thplayer in ML history with 4 sacrifice bunts in a game.

The Indians Jason Johnson gives up 6 runs in 5+ innings to lose to Randy Johnson and the Yankees, 6-1. It is the first time two Johnsons started against each other since 1957.  Cleveland will sell their Johnson to the Red Sox in a week.

15thThe Mets edge the Phillies, 5-4. New York sets a ML record by winning its 8thconsecutive game on the road when scoring in the 1stinning. The 1939 Yankees did it 7 straight games

18thThe Mets defeat the Orioles, 9-4. Baltimore pitcher Adam Loewen takes the loss in his 4thML start. The opposing pitcher in each of the 4 games has been a Cy Young Award winner—Randy Johnson, Roy Halladay (twice), and Tom Glavine.

Mark Prior and Roberto Novoa each give up four homeruns as the Tigers club the Cubs, 12–3.

For the second times this season, Michael Young has five hits to lead the Rangers to a 10-7 win over Arizona. Young has a homer and double and drives in the tie breaking run in the 3-run 8thinning.

Can’t take the late nights. Steve Karsay unexpectedly announces his retirement a night after he earns a win by pitching the last two frames of the A’s 17-inning 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Karsay retires having earned a win in his first and last ML appearances; he defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in his first major-league game, also for the A’s, in 1993.

19thTiger Behind pitcher Jeremy Bonderman, the Tigers beat the Brewers, 3–1. Bonderman strikes out 12 including six in a row. Prince Fielder’s homerun is the only Brew score.

20thMilwaukee’s Rick Helling starts well against Detroit, striking out the side on 9 pitches in the first inning.  It is downhill from there as he gives up seven runs in the next inning and a third as Detroit rolls, 10–1. Magglio Ordonez has two homers and Zach Miner allows just 5 hits in 9 innings pitched.

The Yankees score four in the 8thto overtake the Phillies, winning 9-7. Bernie Williams has 5 hits, including a pair of doubles. Jason Giambi hits a homer and passes Bobby Bonds into 84th place on the all time HR list, with 333. Jorge Posada adds a homer and they are all needed as Ryan Howard has two homers and a triple to drive in all 7 runs.

The White Sox score 11 in the 3rdinning and go on to roast the Cardinals, 20–6. Joe Crede has 4 hits, including 2 homers and a double and Jermaine Dye also has 4 hits. A.J. Pierzynski has a double and homer.

21stAt New York, the Reds score two runs in the 9thon Brandon Phillips’ single and edge the Mets, 6–5. The bright spot for the Mets is Jose Reyes, who hits for the cycle. The 23-year-old Reyes is the youngest major-league switch hitter to cycle.

Jason Marquis of the St. Louis Cardinals goes five innings against the White Sox and allows all 13 earned runs in the 13-5 loss. He is just the fourth pitcher since 1958 to allow that many. The others since 1958 who gave up at least 13 were Bill Travers of the 1977 Milwaukee Brewers (at Cleveland, 7.2 IP, 14 ER), David Wells of the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays (at Milwaukee, 4.1 IP, 13 ER) and Mike Oquist of the 1998 Oakland A’s (vs. New York Yankees, 5.0 IP, 14 ER). Marquis allows 14 hits, 8 for extra bases, including four homers: Paul Konerko in the 1st, Jim Thome, who has 4 hits, in the 2nd; Joe Crede in the 3rdand Juan Uribe in the 5th.

Ichiro Suzuki is 2-for-5 in the Mariners 8–5 win over the host Dodgers and runs his consecutive game batting streak to 20 games. He is the first batter since Joe DiMaggio (1936-41) to record four hitting streaks of 20 or more games in his first six seasons; Ichiro has posted 22 hitting streaks of 10 games or more since joining the Mariners in 2001.

The Arizona Diamondbacks hand pitcher Russ Ortiz (0-5) his release while still owing him $22.5 million on the four-year $33 million contract to which they signed him before the 2005 season. According to the Washington Post, Ortiz became the most expensive cut player in baseball history. The Orioles will sign Ortiz on June 25, but he will go 0-3 with the Birds and his ERA will top eight.

22ndThe White Sox defeat the Cardinals, 1-0, despite getting only one hit. The lone safety off St. Louis rookie Anthony Reyes is a HR by Jim Thome in the 7thinning.

Florida’s Joe Borchard and Wes Helms hit back-to-back pinch homers in the top of the 9thagainst Baltimore to snap a 5-5 tie and give the Marlins the 8-5 win. Borchard’s is a 2-run HR. Ramon Hernandez has a pair of homers for the O’s.

23rdThe Reds shut out the Indians, 3-0. Ryan Freel gets 5 hits for Cincinnati, including a double.

25thThe Mariners defeat the Padres, 9-4. Richie Sexson gets 5 hits for Seattle, including a double and 2 homers.

At Yankee Stadium, Mike Mussina (9-3) pitches the Yankees to a 2-1 win in the opener against the Marlins.  In game 2, Anibal Sanchez pitches 5+ innings for his first win in a Marlins’ 5-0 victory. Sanchez is the 9thpitcher to make his ML debut with a win at Yankee Stadium, and he is the first National Leaguer to do it.

The Astros edge the White Sox, 10-9, in 13 innings overcoming 7 RBIs by second baseman Tadahito Iguchi. Iguchi slugs a 3-run homer in the 8thand a grand slam in the 9th.

26thOregon State defeats North Carolina, 3-2, to win the College World Series.

27thThe Devil Rays trade pitcher Mark Hendrickson, C Toby Hall, and $1 million to the Dodgers for pitcher Jae Seo, C Dioner Navarro, and a player to be named. With Navarro gone, the Dodgers hand the regular catching job to Russ Martin.

The Twins defeat the Dodgers, 9-2. Joe Mauer goes 5-for-5 for Minnesota, raising his BA to a ML-leading .389.

At Rogers Centre, A.J. Burnett tosses a CG shutout as the Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals, 6–0. Burnett allows 6 hits and Aaron Hill and Lyle Overbay hit homers. Helping to spice things up is Toronto pitcher Gustavo Chacin, who worked offseason in a lab helping technicians at a Canadian perfumer, Leslie Cosmetics, come up with a new cologne called “Chacin.” Samples of Chacin are handed out to the first 10,000 fans attending today’s game.

29thThe Pirates edge the White Sox, 7-6, ending their club-record 13-game losing streak.

30thThe Devil Rays defeat the Nationals, 11-1. Washington’s Mike Stanton makes the 1,071stappearance of his career to tie him for third place on the all-time list. Jesse Orosco is firsttwith 1,252.

The Angels recall Jered Weaver from Salt Lake City and send down his brother Jeff. In five days the Angels will sell Jeff and his contract to the Cardinals.

The Yankees shut out the Mets, 1-0, as 5 pitchers combine on a one-hitter in a rain-delayed game. Endy Chavez’s leadoff 6thinning single in the Mets’ only safety.

The Marlins end the Red Sox 12-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory.

Trailing by 3 runs, the Reds defeat the Indians, 9-8, on Adam Dunn’s walkoff grand slam with 2 outs in the 9thinning. Dunn’s ultimate slam, (a term coined by Herm Krabbenhoft) off Bob Wickman, is just the 15thin ML history.

Perez por Perez. The Mariners trade shortstop prospect Asdrubal Perez to the Indians for veteran Eduardo Perez. The future all-star Perez is considered expendable with Yuniesky Betencourt holding down the shortstop spot for the M’s.  The Indians will pull off another fine trade with the Mariners next month.

JULY

1stThe Orioles down the Braves, 7-4. Baltimore’s Miguel Tejada plays in his 1,000thconsecutive game, the longest active streak in the ML.

The Red Sox hook the Marlins, 11–5, as David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez each hit two homers and drive in nine of the 11 runs. Mike Lowell has three doubles. The Sox make two errors, however, ending their ML record streak of 17 straight games without an error. They will have 108 games without errors for the season, a ML mark, and field .9891, also a record.

2ndThe Red Sox edge the Marlins, 4-3. The win gives Boston a 16-2 mark against the NL this season, tying the highest victory total in interleague history. The Twins match that mark with an 8-0 win over the Brewers.

The Angels beat the Dodgers, 4-0. Orlando Cabrera reaches base safely in his 59thstraight game for the longest such streak since 1960. Ted Williams holds the all-time mark at 84 games in a row.

At Wrigley Field, the Cubs outslug the White Sox to win, 15-11, in a game featuring nine homeruns. Winning pitcher Carlos Zambrano hits his 3rdof the year, off loser Mark Buerhle. In a birthday present to Angel Pagan, Sox reliever Cliff Politte serves up two gopher balls.  Juan Uribe has 4 RBI for the Sox, including a 3-run homer.

At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers belt the Mets, 16-7. Carlos Beltran has four hits and a pair of homers for the Mets, while Alex Rodriguez hits a pair, including a grand slam, for the Yanks to drive in 7 runs.

The Nationals sign 16-year-old Dominican prospect Esmailyn Gonzalez for $1.4 million.  In 2009, it will be revealed that Gonzalez is really Carlos Alvarez, 20 years of age at the time of signing.  Under either name he barely makes it out of short season ball.  In May 2013 the Nats will file a lawsuit against their insurance company alleging fraud about his age, including a $300,000 kickback to Jose Rijo, who ran the Latin American scouting in 2006.  The team will also claim that Jose Baez, the Nats director of D.R. operations was also involved in the kickback scheme. Rijo was also charge by the D.R. government in 2012 of money laundering in connection with a well-known drug trafficker.

Minnesota’s Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, and Francisco Liriano are named the AL’s player, pitcher, and rookie of the month for June. It is the 1sttime that all 3 players have come from the same team.

The Republicans defeat the Democrats, 12-1, in the annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game at RFK Stadium. The Republican victory is their sixth straight and their eighth out of the last 10 contests. Illinois Congressman John Shimkus, pitches a seven-hit complete game for the Grand Old Party. Roll Call, the congressional newspaper, began sponsoring the game annually in 1962 and, since then, the Republicans have dominated the Democrats going 31-13 with one tie. The game was originally organized in 1909 by former major-leaguer John Tener, a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, but was played only intermittently until Roll Call stepped in.

3rdThe Dodgers rout the Diamondbacks, 10-4, as Nomar Garciaparra ties a ML record by being hit by pitches 3 times.

The Giants defeat the Rockies, 9-6, giving Felipe Alou his 1,000thwin as a manager.

The Devil Rays shut out the Red Sox behind Scott Kazmir, 3-0. Kazmir becomes the youngest pitcher to reach 10 wins this early in a season since John Smoltz did it for Atlanta in 1989.

4thThe Mets down the Pirates, 7-6, as Billy Wagner records his 300thcareer save.

The Indians score 9 runs in the 5thinning en route to a 19-1 thrashing of the Yankees. Victor Martinez gets 5 hits for Cleveland, including a double and HR.

5thBehind a four-hit complete game by Bartolo Colon, the Angels shut out the Mariners, 4-0.  Robb Quinlan and Orlando Cabrera hit 5thinning homers off Jamie Moyer for all the scoring.  For Colon, a 21-game winner last year, this will be his only victory in 2006. He’ll finish 1-5.

6thAt Tropicana Field, David Ortiz has a pair of homers, including a 9thinning grand slam off Shawn Camp, to lead the Red Sox to a 12-5 win over the Rays. Papi drives in 6.

The Reds acquire pitcher Eddie Guardado, who lost his closer’s role, from the Mariners in exchange for minor league pitcher Travis Chick and cash. Guardado’s elbow will go out in August and he won’t appear after August 19.

7thThe Indians shut out the Orioles, 9-0. Travis Hafner hits his 5thgrand slam of the season for Cleveland becoming the first player in ML history to hit 5 before the All-Star break. Only 3 other players have hit 5 in a season.

The Angels defeat the Athletics, 3-0, on John Lackey’s one-hitter. Lackey surrenders a leadoff double to Mark Kotsay in the 1stinning, then retires the next 27 batters in a row. The last pitcher to retire 27 in a row following a leadoff hit was Jerry Reuss in 1982. Orlando Cabrera goes 0-for-4 for LA, ending his streak of reaching base safely in 63 consecutive games—the longest run in the majors since at least 1960. Cabrera’s is the 6thlongest in history according to historian Herm Krabbenhoft [the SABR Baseball List & Record Book has it 5th: Williams, in 1949, 1941; DiMaggio, 1941 & Bill Joyce, 1891].

David Ortiz hits his 30thHR, the first Sox to reach that number before the All-star break.  Big Papi will hit #31 tomorrow in a 9-6 win over the White Sox.

Cubs starter Kerry Wood goes on DL and will be diagnosed with torn rotator cuff. The oft-injured Wood had 66 IP last year, just 19 2/3 IP this year.

8thThe Mets and Marlins split a doubleheader, with Florida winning the opener by a score of 3-2 and New York taking the nightcap, 17-3. The starting pitchers in the twinbill are Jason Johnson and Ricky Nolasco for the Marlins and John Maine and Mike Pelfrey for the Mets. It is the first time since 1977 that all 4 starting pitchers in a doubleheader are rookies. Nolasco lasts just 1 1/3 innings in game 2, allowing 9 runs.  The Mets coast as Jose Valentin has a grand slam and bases-loaded triple to drive in 7 runs in the first two innings, tying a NL mark. Hitting a bases-loaded triple and a bases-loaded homer has only been accomplished 4 times in the NL since 1900: Robin Jennings did it in 2001.  Cliff Floyd has a homer and 3 RBI, and Carlos Beltran scores 4 runs and also goes deep. Pelfrey goes 5 innings in his ML debut to record the win; he’ll lose his next 8 decisions to the Marlins.

Dodger closer Eric Gagne undergoes surgery for a herniated disk in his back and will miss the rest of the season. He made just 16 appearances this year.

Albert Pujols hits a homer, off Roy Oswalt’s 2ndpitch, in the 10th, to lift the Cards to a 7-6 win over the Astros. The game goes into extra innings after Brad Lidge allows 2 runs in the top of the 9th, one on a solo HR by Scott Spezio.  Houston starter Roger Clemens allows 2 earned runs in 6 innings.

If anyone left after Craig Counsell’s homer in the 8thties the game at 1 apiece, they missed a barn burner as Arizona scores 7 runs in the top of the 9thand the Rockies roar back with 6 runs. Chad Tracy hits a grand slam for Arizona as they win, 8-7.  The 13 runs by the two teams falls short of the record by two teams for the 9thinning: 17, in 1912 by Boston and New York.

9thThe White Sox beat the Red Sox, 6-5, in 19 innings, hitting 4 singles in the last frame off Rudy Seanez. Jermaine Dye hits a 2-out solo HR in the 9thto tie, and both teams plate 2 runs in the 11thto keep the marathon going. Red Sox 3B Mike Lowell has 3 hits (1 HR), while 2B Mark Loretta (2 H, 2 HBP), CF Coco Crisp (2 H (2 2B), 2 BB, 1 SB) and 1B Kevin Youkilis (4 BB—also 0 for 5) reach base safely 4 times, Trot Nixon is 0 for 9 and Jason Varitek is 0 for 8.

10thRyan Howard of the Phillies outslugs David Wright of the Mets to win the All-Star Home Run Derby.

11thThe American League edges the National League, 3-2, in the annual All-Star Game. MVP Michael Young’s 2-run double with 2 outs in the top of the 9thinning is the deciding blow.

83-year-old Jim Eriotes becomes the oldest person ever to play in a professional baseball game. Eriotes strikes out on 4 pitches for the Sioux Falls Canaries in their game against the St. Joe (Mo.) Blacksnakes. He’ll hold the record for a week as Negro League veteran Buck O’Neill will best it.

12thThe Devil Rays trade 3B Aubrey Huff to the Astros for minor league prospects Mitch Talbot and Ben Zobrist.

13thThe Reds and Nationals complete a controversial (to Reds fans) eight-player trade that sends OF Austin Kearns, SS Felipe Lopez, and pitcher Ryan Wagner to Washington in exchange for pitchers Gary Majewski, Bill Bray and Daryl Thompson, SS Royce Clayton, and IF Brendan Harris. It will be revealed that Majewski had taken a cortisone shot days before the trade and had been on anti-inflammatories since March. The Reds will feel that the Nationals GM Jim Bowden, formerly with the Reds, withheld information, which the Nats deny. Majewski will struggle before going on the DL on August 7.

The Rangers rout the Orioles, 15-1, as Mark Teixeira connects for 3 homers and drives in 7 runs.

14thThe Yankees edge the White Sox, 6-5, ending Jose Contreras’ streak of 17 consecutive wins that had extended over 2 seasons. It was the 2nd-longest streak in the majors over the last 40 years. Contreras’ last loss came on August 15 of last season.

15thFor the first time in nearly 3 decades, a full day of ML games are played without a save being recorded. There are 6 blown saves in the 15-game slate. The last time such an event occurred was on September 15, 1978.

Nashville pitchers Carlos Villanueva, Mike Meyers, and Alec Zumwalt combine to pitch a no-hitter, a 2–0 win over the cross-state rivals the Memphis Redbirds.

16thThe Yankees defeat the White Sox, 6-4, as Mariano Rivera records his 400thcareer save. Only Trevor Hoffman, Lee Smith and John Franco have more saves.

The Mets score a franchise-record 11 runs in the 6thinning on their way to a 13-7 victory over the Cubs. They tie a ML mark by hitting 2 grand slams in the frame—by Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran—then add another 2-run shot by David Wright.

The Braves beat the Padres, 10-5. Chipper Jones homers in the contest giving him an extra-base hit in 14 straight games to tie a ML record set by Paul Waner in 1927.

18thThe Mets defeat the Reds, 8-3. Carlos Beltran hits a grand slam for New York, becoming the 23rdplayer in history to hit a slam in consecutive games.

The Red Sox edge the Royals, 1-0, as rookies Jon Lester and Jonathan Papelbon combine on a 1-hitter. Mark Teahen’s 2ndinning single is KC’s only safety in Lester’s 8 innings.

The Braves rout the Cardinals, 14-5. Atlanta becomes the first team since the 1930 Yankees to score 10 or more runs in 5 straight games. Andruw Jones goes 5-for-5 for the Braves, including a pair of homers and a double.

94-year-old Negro League player Buck O’Neil draws 2 walks in the Northern League All-Star Game to become the oldest man ever to play professional baseball.

19thThe Phils trip the Padres, 5–4, as Bobby Abreu drives in 3 runs and Phils catcher Chris Coste drives in 2 with a double and homer. At 33, Coste is the third-oldest major-leaguer to hit his first homer since 1963; the only players older were Alan Zinter (34 in 2002) and So Taguchi (34 in 2003). Geoff Geary (6-0) wins in relief.

20thJimmy Rollins and David Bell each have 4 hits to pace the Phils to a 6-5 victory over the Braves. Chipper Jones has a hit to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. The Braves and Phils are each 13 games behind the Mets in the NL East.

     The Class A Oneonta Tigers beat the Brooklyn Cyclones 6-1 in 26 innings in the longest game in New York-Penn League history, and one of the longest games in the history of pro baseball.

The Braves obtain veteran reliever Bob Wickman from the Indians in exchange for minor league C  Max Ramirez.

21stThe Blue Jays defeat the Yankees, 7-3. Alex Rodriguez hits career #450, a 3-run homer for New York, becoming the youngest player ever to reach the plateau. A.J. Burnett goes 7 1/3 innings for the win, and Troy Glaus hits a homer and drives in 4 runs for the Jays.

The Blue Jays send 3B Shea Hillenbrand and pitcher Vinnie Chulk to the Giants for relieve Jeremy Accardo.

The Phils top the Braves, 6–5, as Cory Lidle goes 8 innings for the win. Chipper Jones has a hit to run his hit streak to 20 games.

Detroit beats the visiting A’s, 7–4, behind Justin Verlander (12-4). Verlander wins his 12thgame and is the first pitcher since Alex Kellner of the 1949 Athletics to win 12 by his team’s 96thgame.

22ndThe Devil Rays score 10 times in the 5th inning against the Orioles, as Julio Lugo hits two homers in the frame and Russ Branyan adds a homer and double. Baltimore comes back with 9 runs of their own in the 7thinning, but falls short as Tampa Bay holds on to win, 13-12. Baltimore strokes 22 hits in a losing cause, including 5 by Corey Patterson. The last time two teams scored 9 or more runs in an inning in the same game was June 3, 1933. According to Retrosheet, the Orioles, are the first team since 1957 to bat over .500 collectively in a game and lose; the O’s bat .537 (22-for-41).

Alfonso Soriano has three doubles and a triple to pace the Nationals to a 7-3 win over the Cubs. Soriano scores twice but is thrown out at the plate twice also. He joins Grady Sizemore of the Indians as the only players this season to be thrown out at the plate twice in a game; Sizemore was thrown out twice on May 9 by the Royals. Aramis Ramirez has a pair of homers for the Cubs. With four extra-base hits in two games in a season, Soriano becomes the 11thmajor leaguer to accomplish the feat. Henry Larkin, in 1885, was the first.

23rdJered Weaver becomes the first rookie in 25 years to win his first 7 starts as he leads the Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Royals.

The Twins defeat the Indians, 3-1. Cleveland sets a franchise record for a 9-inning game by having 17 batters strike out.

24thThe White Sox obtain pitcher Mike MacDougal from the Royals for minor league pitchers Tyler Lumsden and Daniel Cortes.

The Tigers score 5 runs in the 1stinning on their way to a 9-7 win over the Indians. Detroit becomes the first team in 115 years to score 5 or more runs in the first inning of 3 consecutive games.

25thAt Safeco Field, John McDonald hits a 9thinning grand slam and drives in 5 runs as Toronto beat the Mariners, 12-3.

The Dodgers send pitcher Odalis Perez and minor league pitchers Blake Johnson and Julio Pimental to the Royals for pitcher Elmer Dessens.

The Brewers acquire 2B Tony Graffanino from the Royals in exchange for pitcher Jorge De La Rosa.

The Diamondbacks edge the Phillies, 6-5, in 11 innings. Philadelphia starter Ryan Madsen ties a ML record with 4 wild pitches in the 4th inning. He also hits two batters and allows 5 earned runs, though he doesn’t figure in the decision.

26thThe Indians send 1B Ben Broussard and cash to the Mariners for OF prospect Shin-Soo Choo and a player to be named (Shawn Nottingham). Baseball America ranks Choo the 7thbest prospect in Seattle’s system.

28thThe Diamondbacks edge the Astros, 8-7. Luke Scott hits for the cycle for Houston, becoming the first Astros rookie ever to do so. Scott ground out his first at bat, but hits a HR in the 4th, a triple in the 5th, and a double in the 7th. His single comes in the 11thinning.

At Baltimore, White Sox first baseman Ross Gload hits a 9thinning grand slam, off Chris Ray, as the White Sox come back to beat the O’s, 6-4. Gload took over 1B in the 6thwhen Konerko hurt his foot.

The Red Sox release veteran reliever Rudy Seanez who in 3 days will sign with the Padres.

The Dodgers obtain IF Wilson Betemit from the Braves for IF Willy Aybar and pitcher Danys Baez.

The Phillies send 3B David Bell to the Brewers for pitcher Wilfrido Lauren.

After Carlos Lee rejects a contract extension of 4 year $48 million, the Brewers trade him and OF Nelson Cruz to the Rangers for a pair of Corderos–pitchers Francisco and Julian, and outfielders Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix. After the season Lee will sign with the Astros for $100 million for 6 years. Rangers GM Jon Daniels, knowing the club would not have Lee after this season, asked for an outfielder they could retain, and that turned out to be Cruz.

The Giants obtain veteran pitcher Mike Stanton from the Nationals in exchange for pitcher Shairon Martis.

29thAt Yankee Stadium, the Devil Rays pound the Yankees, 19-6. Tomas Perez ties a ML record with 4 doubles as he goes 5-for-5. The Devil Rays will win just more road games this year.

In a game marked by 37 hits, the White Sox defeat the Orioles by, 13-11. Jim Thome scores 4 runs, and AJ Pierzynski goes 5-for-5, including a HR, for Chicago. Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada each have 4 hits for the O’s.

30thBruce Sutter is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with 17 honorees from the Negro Leagues.

In the Mets 10-6 win over the Braves, Carlos Beltran hits his 3rd grand slam this month to tie a ML record. He is the 9thplayer in history to do so. The Mets’ 6thslam of the month also ties a mark set by the Expos in 1996 and matched by the Indians 3 years later.

The Cardinals and Indians swap second baseman as the Birds acquire Ronnie Belliard and the Indians get Hector Luna.

The Yankees obtain All-Star OF Bobby Abreu and pitcher Cory Lidle from the Phillies in exchange for 4 minor league prospect—P Matt Smith, SS C.J. Henry, C Jesus Sanchez and pitcher Carlos Monasteries.

The Reds send pitcher Justin Germano to the Phillies in exchange for pitcher Rheal Cormier. Cincinnati also gets pitcher Kyle Lohse from the Twins for pitcher Zach Ward.

The Tigers acquire 1B Sean Casey from the Pirates for pitcher Brian Rogers.

In Cleveland’s 7-3 loss to Seattle, Indians reliever Tom Mastny makes his ML debut and becomes the first player born in Indonesia to play in the majors. Mastny was born on the island of Borneo in 1981.

31stDavid Ortiz hits two homers, the second a walkoff blast, to give the Red Sox a 9-8 win over Cleveland. “Big Papi” has four RBIs and surpasses the previous pre-August high for the Sox of 104 set by both Ted Williams and Vern Stephens in 1949. Both finished in a dead heat atop the majors that season with 159 ribbies. Just six batters reached 100 RBIs by the end of July from 1940 through 1993, with Stephens doing it twice in back-to-back seasons. Ortiz will end with 137 ribbies this year, below his mark for the previous two seasons.

Mets reliever Duaner Sanchez injures his shoulder in a taxi accident ending his 2006 season. A broken shoulder will sideline him for the 2007 season as well and result in season-ending surgery.

The Dodgers load up sending minor leaguers Joel Guzman and Sergio Pedroza to Tampa Bay to obtain SS Julio Lugo. They also get 4-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux from the Cubs for IF Cesar Izturis.

The Padres get 2B Todd Walker from the Cubs for pitcher Jose Ceda and cash.

The Rockies acquire pitchers Jeremy Affeldt and Denny Bautista from the Royals for pitcher Scott Dohmann and 1B Ryan Shealy.

With Pittsburgh cleaning house, the Mets send OF Xavier Nady to the Pirates for pitchers Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez. Nady will have his best seasons in Pittsburgh. The Pirates also send pitcher Kip Wells to the Rangers for pitcher Jesse Chavez, and trade OF/1B Craig Wilson to the Yankees for pitcher Shawn Chacon.

The Braves trade pitcher Jorge Sosa to the Cardinals for pitcher Rich Scalamandre.

The Rangers trade pitcher Joselo Diaz to the Royals for 1B/OF Matt Stairs.

AUGUST

1stThe Tigers beat the Devil Rays, 10-4, as Carlos Guillen becomes the tenth Tiger player in history to hit for the cycle.

3rdBarry Bonds’ 715thHR ball fetches a winning auction bid of $220,100 from exotic car merchant Marc Chase.

The Indians edge the Red Sox, 7-6. Cleveland P Jake Westbrook surrenders 15 hits, but still gets the win. He becomes the first pitcher in 18 years to accomplish that feat.

The Twins top the Royals 8-2 behind Brad Radke’s 8 innings pitched. Radke (10-8) joins Jim Kaat as the only Twins pitchers to win 10 or more games in 10 seasons; Kaat won at least 10 in 12 straight from 1962 to 1973.

In his first game with the Dodgers after being traded by the Cubs, Greg Maddux (10-11) throws six hitless innings as Los Angeles beats Cincinnati, 3-0. He also gets Ken Griffey, Jr. to hit into a 3-5-1 double play in the first inning. With the DP, Maddux becomes the all-time leader for pitchers with 84 DPs, surpassing Phil Niekro. Warren Spahn had 82.

In the first game of a rescheduled doubleheader at Wrigley, Stephen Drew of the Diamondbacks homers and triples to drive in 4 runs as the visitors win, 10-2. The Cubs then win, 7-3, as Chicago rookie OF Matt Murton ties a ML record with 4 doubles in the contest. He drives in 5 runs.

4thThe Orioles trade C Javy Lopez and cash to the Red Sox for a player to be named.

The Phillies defeat the Mets, 5-3. Philadelphia 2B Chase Utley goes hitless in 5 at bats to end his 35-game hitting streak, tied for the 8th-longest on the all-time list.

5th  The Orioles down the Yankees, 5-0, as rookie Adam Loewen and 2 relievers hold New York to one hit. Bobby Abreu’s 1stinning single is the Yankees only safety.

The Rangers finally figure out how to hold Vladimr Guerrero hitless: walk him. He goes 0-for-1 but scores 3 runs on 4 walks as Anaheim wins, 10-3.  This snaps Guerrero’s 44-game hitting streak against Texas extending over the past three seasons he’s faced them.  He hit in all 18 games in each of the past two seasons, and the first eight of this year.

The Padres defeat the Nationals, 6-3. Trevor Hoffman gets the save for SD, setting a ML record with his 11th30-save season.

The Tigers edge the Indians, 4-3. Rookie P Fausto Carmona takes the loss in relief for Cleveland, becoming just the 2ndpitcher in history to lose 4 games in relief in a week. Carmona also lost on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday and loses his short-lived job as Tribe closer. He’ll finish his first year 1-10, the eighth pitcher since 1900 to finish his rookie year under .100.

6thThe Tigers win their 13thshutout of the year, edging Cleveland, 1–0. CC Sabathia’s error allows the only run of the game. Wilfredo Ledezma pitches 5 2/3 innings striking out 5 in the win.

7thAt the Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays beat up on Russ Ortiz, gouging him for 6 runs in 3 innings. Lyle Overbay has a homer and 5 RBIs, and Vernon Wells homers and drives in 3 in the 8-1 win. Ortiz, now 0-8, will pitch spot relief the rest of the year and finish winless.

8thIn Oakland’s 7-6 win over the Rangers, the A’s Jason Kendall of the Oakland A’s turns the fourth unassisted DP of his career. It happens when Mark DeRosa strikes out, then is called for interfering with Kendall’s throw to try and catch Jerry Hairston, Jr., stealing second. The play ends the game.

At Seattle, Richie Sexson hits a walkoff grand slam in the 10th, off Seth McClung, to give the Mariners a 5-1 win over the Rays.

10th  Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling (14-5) takes a pounding, going 7 1/3 innings and allowing 11 hits against the Royals. Ten of the hits are for extra bases and Schilling ties the AL mark for pitchers with it. The record is held by Dale Gear (1901) and Luis Tiant (1969). Emil Brown has a HR and double off of Schilling and Reggie Sanders has three doubles.  They are all needed as Kansas City scores 3 in the 8thto win, 5–4.

Mark Prior (1-6) is pulled after 3 innings against the Brewers, having allowed 5 earned runs and walked 4 in an eventual 8-6 Cubs loss.  It is the last ML appearance for the former phenom and SI cover player.  At 26, he loses to injuries.  Dr. James Andrews will put seven screws in his right shoulder and he will miss the 2007 season. The Cubs release him and his hometown Padres will sign him, but recurring injuries to his ACL will stop him.

11th  For the second time in three days, Texas infielder Mark DeRosa drives in 6 runs in a game. He has 6 ribbies today on 3 hits as Texas beats Seattle, 14–7. On August 9, DeRosa had 4 hits and 2 homers as Texas blanked the A’s 14-0 behind 7 shutout innings by Vincente Padilla. Acquired two weeks ago by the Rangers, pitcher Kip Wells goes on the 15 day DL.  Wells has had two foot injuries and two MRIs in two weeks, and leaves the game with a 12-4 score in the 4thinning.

12th  With their pitching staff shot after a 14-inning marathon 6-5 yesterday. the Reds summon 35-year-old Chris Michalak from Louisville and he stops the Phils on one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 9-7 Reds win. It is Michalak’s first big league win since September 2, 2001.

At Fenway, the Red Sox trip the Orioles, 8-7. Wily Mo Pena has a double, triple and homer and Manny Ramirez runs his consecutive-game hit streak to 27.

13thHe should’ve used the force. The Indians score 11 runs in the 1stinning off Luke Hudson, who manages just one out, on their way to a 13-0 whitewashing of the Royals. It is the most runs allowed in the first inning by a pitcher since Kid Nichols on September 21, 1897. Hudson is the first pitcher in 40 years to not record an out against the first ten batters he faces. Travis Hafner hits his 6thgrand slam of the season off Hudson to tie Don Mattingly’s ML record set in 1987.

The Reds down the Phillies, 7-5, in 11 innings as Juan Castro and Ken Griffey, Jr. drive in the final runs. The Phils tied it in the 9thon a 2-out single by Ryan Howard, who earlier hit his 41sthomer. Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Dunn and Rich Aurilia hit consecutive HRs for Cincinnati in the 6thinning.

In pitching 8 shutout innings against the Giants, Greg Maddux sets a major-league becoming the first pitcher to make at least 25 starts in 20 consecutive seasons. Maddux had shared the record of 25 in 19 straight with Cy Young, Warren Spahn and Tom Glavine. The 1-0 win today goes to Takashi Saito when Russ Martin hits a walkoff homer in the 10thoff Vinny Chulk.

The Red Sox defeat the Orioles, 11-9. Manny Ramirez is held hitless, ending his 27-game hitting streak for Boston.

14thThe Braves pound the Nationals, 10-4. Matt Diaz has four hits and a walk in his first 5 plate appearances and ties an NL record by getting a hit in 10 straight ABs. His streak ends with a ground out in the 9thinning. Chipper Jones has four hits, including 3 consecutive HRs for Atlanta.

15thHuh? Trailing Oakland 9–2 in the bottom of the 6th. Seattle’s Jake Woods intentionally walks Jay Payton with one out to load the bases for Nick Swisher, who is 3-for-3 with 4 RBI. The dubious strategy pays off when Swisher swishes, but Marc Scutaro then draws a walk to drive home one of his four runs in the game. Karl Saarhoos is the winner in the 11–2 A’s victory.

In Anaheim’s 9-7 win over Texas, an argument in the 4thinning results in ejections for Texas P Vincente Padilla and manager Buck Showalter.  When the dust settles Rangers pitchers Scott Feldman (6 games), Padilla (5) Showalter (3) and Angels 2B Adam Kennedy (4), pitchers Brendan Donnelly (4) and Kevin Gregg (3) and manager Mike Scioscia (3) will all earn suspensions.

Phillies defeat the Mets, 11-4, despite 3 homers by Jose Reyes. The 7thplayer to ever perform the feat for New York, Reyes is the 8thplayer to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game for the franchise. With the Mets bullpen depleted, Orlando Hernandez stays in for 4 innings and gets cuffed around for all 11 runs, the most a Mets starter has given up since Jack Fisher gave up 11 in 1967.

The Cubs and Houston go 18 innings before Chicago, using every player on the roster, emerges an 8-6 winner. The Cubs pound starter Roger Clemens for 5 runs in 6 innings.  Cesar Izturis has 4 hits for the Cubs. The Cubs and Astros used 18 pitchers, tying a N.L. record, who throw 542 offerings. The teams combined to use 46 players with the Cubs using their entire 25-man roster.

The Diamondbacks edge the Rockies, 2-1, also in 18 innings. It is the first time in ML history that two games on the same day last 18 innings. The D’Backs and Rockies used 42 players including 15 hurlers who threw 514 pitches.

Nationals Pedro Astacio, allowing two hits, and the Cards Chris Carpenter each throw 5-0 shutouts. Washington beats Atlanta and St. Louis whips Cincinnati. Astacio, released in 2005 by the Rangers, is perfect for 4 2/3 innings, giving Washington its first complete game pitched this year.

Tigers 2B Placido Polanco suffered a separated shoulder and is expected to be out for the rest of the season.

The morning before his scheduled rehab start for Columbus (IL) Yankee pitcher Carl Pavano is injured when his Porsche collides with a truck. Pavano, out since June with various ailments, doesn’t say anything about the accident but pitches with discomfort before seeking medical help. An exam reveals two fractured ribs. Pavano is in the 2ndyear of a four-year contract.

16thIn the Red Sox 6-4 win over the Tigers, plate umpire Bruce Froemming works his 5,000thcareer game, becoming only the 2ndumpire, after Bill Klem, to reach that milestone.

Cubs rookie Ryan O’Malley makes an impressive debut throwing 8 shutout innings as Chicago downs the Astros, 1-0. Michael Barrett’s homer off Andy Pettitte is the only score.  Willy Taveras has a bunt single in his last at bat to keep his hit streak alive.

Bobby Abreau ties a ML record (Frank Thomas) with his 8thstraight season with 100 walks as the Orioles edge the Yankees, 3-2. Max Bishop (1926-33) almost had 8 straight seasons, but one year had 97.

At Chicago, Mark Grudzielanek is a double shy of the cycle as he drives in 4 runs to pace the Royals to a 10-4 win over the White Sox. Alex Cintron puts the Sox on the board with a 9thinning grand slam, off Scott Dohmann. Adam Bernero (1-0) goes 6 innings for the win.

17thThe White Sox edge the Royals, 5-4. For the first time in ML history, both teams hit leadoff HRs in each of the first 2 innings. David DeJesus hits the first pitch of the game for a homer. In the bottom of the 1st, Pablo Ozuna leads off with a homer for Chicago. Emil Brown homers for KC to start the 2ndinning, and Jermaine Dye homers to open the bottom of the 2nd.

The Blue Jays traded 3B-OF Eric Hinske to the Red Sox for a player to be named later.

The Giants use two homers to score 3 runs in the 9thas they beat the host Padres, 8-4. San Diego gets on the board when Josh Barfield clubs a grand slam in the 9th.

18thThe Yankees outlast the Red Sox, 14-11, in the 2ndgame of their day-night DH. The game lasts 4 hours and 45 minutes, setting a record for the longest 9-inning game in ML history. The doubleheader also clocks a record at 8:40.

19thSeattle trades veteran Jamie Moyer to the Phillies for a couple of Andys: Andy Baldwin and Andrew Barb.

20thToronto’s Roy Halladay (16-3) wins his 16thbeat the Orioles, 9-2, but he will fail to win another game this year.

21stJust doing my job, Skip.  Oakland starter Dan Haren gives up 9 runs but still emerges with the win as the A’s beat the host Blue Jays, 12-10.  Haran is touched for 8 runs in the 1sttwo innings but the A’s score 7 runs in the top of the 3rdand 4 more in the 6th. Haran gives up his 9thrun in the bottom of the 6thand is lifted. The bullpen allows one more run in the game. Bobby Kielty drives in 4 runs and Jason Kendall has 4 hits for the winners.

David Wells gives up 2 runs in 7 innings and it is enough for the Yankees as they tip the Red Sox, 2-1, to complete a five-game sweep of the Sox at Fenway, Cory Lidle pitches 6 shutout innings for New York. The Yanks now lead Boston by 6 1/2 games in the AL East. According to Retrosheet, since 1903 the Yankees have swept a five-game series with the Red Sox five times, while Boston has swept three.

22ndThe recently acquired Jamie Moyer makes his first start for the Phillies and allows 3 runs in 6 innings for the victory as the Phils drop the Cubs, 6-3.  Ryan O’Malley, who pitched 8 shutout innings in his first appearance six days ago, is touched for 3 runs in 4 2/3 innings in this his last ML appearance.

The Mets obtain OF Shawn Green from the Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league P Evan MacLane.

The Phillies obtain IF Jose Hernandez from the Pirates for cash.

The Orioles defeat the Twins, 6-3, as OF Nick Markakis slams 3 homers.

23rd The Royals score 10 runs in the 1stinning against the Indians, then go on to blow the lead and lose 15-13 in 10 innings.

24thThe Red Sox edge the Angels, 2-1. Jered Weaver gets the 1stloss of his career for the Angels. He had won his first 9 decisions, tying Whitey Ford for the AL record by beginning his career with 9 straight wins as a starter.

Thrown out 7-3! Really! Jon Garland (15-4) stops the Tigers as the White Sox win, 10–0. Jermaine Dye hit 2 homers and a double and LF Pablo Ozuna has 3 hits. Ozuna also makes a rare 5-7-3 putout on Sean Casey’s line drive that is tipped by the third baseman. Casey thinks it is caught and stops running.

27thAt Anaheim, the Yankees get two homers each from Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter to beat the Angels, 11-8, and avoid a three game sweep. Williams adds a double and drives in 6 runs. The Angels are the only team Joe Torre has a losing record against as the Yankee manager; the Haloes are 53-51 against the Yanks with Torre as the skipper.

The Astros bomb the Pirates, 12-1, behind 7 innings pitched by Jason Hirsch. Willy Taveras has 2 hits to run his hit streak to 30 games. He’ll go hitless in his next game on August 29. During his 30-game hit streak, Taveras went 0-for-11 at one stretch when he had a hit in his first of 9 at bats in an 18-inning game and garnered a bunt single on his 4that bat in the next game.

28thBehind Esteban Loaiza’s 7 shutout innings the A’s roll over the visiting Red Sox, 9-0.  Nick Swisher and Frank Thomas each pole their 28thhomers. For Thomas it is career #476, putting him in the 23rdspot on the all-time list ahead of Stan Musial and Willie Stargell.

29thThe White Sox defeat the Devil Rays, 12-9. Delmon Young is hit by a pitch in his first ML at bat, then hits a HR in his next at bat for the Rays, becoming just the 2ndNo. 1 overall pick from the June draft to homer in his first ML game. Bob Horner turned the trick for the Braves in 1978. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Young is the first player since Johnny Ellis of the 1969 Yankees to be hit by a pitch in his first major-league plate appearance then hit his a homer in his next.

Houston breaks a 3-3 tie with 7 runs in the bottom of the 8thto beat Milwaukee, 10-3.  Jason Lane’s 14thhomer—a pinch grand slam—is the big blow.

The Braves overcome a pair of homers by Barry Bonds and outscore the Giants, 13-8. For Barry they are homers #726 and #727 and he passes Sammy Sosa with his 69thcareer multi homer game. Babe Ruth has 72. Chipper Jones hits a 3-run homer, Andruw Jones belts a pair of homer and Dave LaRoche goes deep. Shea Hillenbrand has 4 hits, including a homer, for SF.

In the Phillies 10-6 win over the Nationals, Ryan Howard hits his 48thhomer, tying Mike Schmidt (1980) for the team record. Howard has two hits and two walks.

Leading off the bottom of the 16thinning, Ramon Martinez of the Dodgers cracks a homerun off new reliever Franklin Ryan to give LA a 6-5 win over the Reds. Jeff Kent and Brandon Phillips lead their offenses with 4 hits apiece.

30thThe Pirates edge the Cubs, 10-9, in 11 innings in a game that sees each team stroke 20 hits, but no homers. Rookie 2B Ryan Theriot gets 5 hits for Chicago, while teammate Jacque Jones has 4. For the Bucs, Jose Castillo strokes 4.  Chicago reliever Ryan Dempster (1-7) blows a 2-run lead in the 11th.

The Athletics defeat the Red Sox, 7-2. Curt Schilling takes the loss for Boston, but in the process becomes the 14thpitcher in ML history to record 3,000 career strikeouts.

Craig Wilson homers and Chien-Ming Wang throws 7.2 scoreless innings as the Yankees top the Tigers, 2-0, in the first of two. Andrew Miller debuts with a scoreless inning for Detroit, the first player from the draft of 2006 to make the majors.  Detroit rebounds in the nightcap to win, 5-3, when Craig Monroe connects for a 3-run homer in the top of the 9thoff Scott Proctor.

At Houston, Roger Clemens pitches 7 innings of shutout ball, striking out 9.  He’s matched by the Brewers David Bush who allows 2 hits and no runs in 7 innings. Brad Lidge is credited with the win when the Astros push across a run in the bottom of the 9thfor a 1-0 victory.

In a game at Cuba’s Latin American Stadium, Mexico and Puerto Rico are in the 6th inning of a crucial game affecting PR´s qualification when the City of Havana decides to fumigate the Stadium. Within minutes smoke is pouring from the dugouts and stands. The Mexican dugout empties and the players stand on the left field line. The on-deck batter is invisible and everyone in the stands is coughing. The game is delayed for one hour because of  the fumigation. (as reported by Pete Bjarkman)

31stThe Red Sox trade P David Wells to the Padres for minor league C George Kottaras, who played on the 2004 Olympic team for Greece.

The Cubs trade veteran 1B Phil Nevin to the Twins for a player to be named later.

The Nationals edge the Phillies, 6–5, in 10 innings scoring the winner on three singles and a wild pitch from Aaron Fultz (3-1). Phillies 1B Ryan Howard sets the team record for homers in a season, with 49. Howard reaches base safely 5 times on 2 hits, 2 walks and a HBP.

In his first ML at bat, Florida’s Jeremy Hermida connects for a grand slam in the 7thoff the Cards’ Al Reyes but the Marlins come up short, losing 10-5. Hermida is the first player in over 100 years and the second to hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat. Albert Pujols also enters the record books by hitting a pair of doubles and an RBI triple as he drives in his 100thrun. Pujols is the first player in major league history to hit at least 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs in his first five seasons in the majors.

The Reds sign Jason Johnson, released by the Red Sox three days ago.

SEPTEMBER

2ndThe Indians edge the Rangers, 6-5. Cleveland rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff, subbing for slugger Travis Hafner, hits a grand slam on the first pitch he sees in the ML. By doing so, he becomes the 3rdplayer in history to hit a grand slam in his first AB. The others are Jeremy Hermida (2005) and Bill Dugglesby (1898). Kouzmanoff is the first to do it on the first pitch he sees.

The Mariners shrug off a first inning triple play and end a 12-game road losing streak, beating Tampa Bay, 4–3. Cha Seung Baek (2-0) allows one run in 6 2/3 innings. The M’s score a run and have runners on 1stand 3B with no outs. When Raul Ibanez strikes out, Adrian Beltre takes off for 2B and is easily tagged out on a good throw. When the runner breaks from 3B the return throw to catcher Dioner Navarro nabs Jose Lopez trying to score. It is the first 2-6-2 triple play in history.

3rdIn game 1 of a doubleheader, the Phillies beat the Braves, 8-7, as Ryan Howard hits 3 homers and a single for Philadelphia. Matt Diaz has a 3-run homer in the 9thfor Atlanta to make it close. Atlanta rebounds to win the nightcap, 3–1.

The Cardinals defeat the Pirates, 6-3, as Albert Pujols hits 3 homers for St. Louis. It is his second three-homer game this year.

The Nationals edge the Diamondbacks, 5-3, scoring four runs in the 8th. Washington becomes the first team since 1923 to win 4 in a row when trailing by 2 runs in the 7thinning or later in all four.

The Astros squeak by the Mets, 2-1, despite only getting 1 hit. Aubrey Huff’s 2ndinning single is Houston’s lone safety. Roy Oswalt hurls 7 perfect innings for the Astros.

Kelvim Escobar allows an unearned run in 8 innings as the Angels edge the Tigers, 2-1. Magglio Ordonez has 2 of Detroit’s 3 hits, while Vladimir Guerrero has one of the Haloes 3 hits to extend his hitting streak to  20 games.

4thThe Phillies edge the Astros, 3-2, in 11 innings. Charlton Jimerson hits pinch HR in his 1stML at bat for Houston. Ryan Howard has a homer (#53) for the Phils.  No player in history has hit 76 homers in his first 1,000 at bats; Howard reaches 77 in 853 at bats. Aaron had 40 in his first 1,000 at bat; Ruth had 38.

The Nationals Ramon Ortiz allows no hits through 8 innings against the Cardinals before Aaron Miles singles to lead off the 9th. Miles is erased on a DP, but Albert Pujols homers to snap the shutout. Ortiz wins, 4–1.

The Marlins down the Diamondbacks, 8-5. In doing so, they become the first team in ML history to climb above .500 after being 20 games under.

Atlanta’s Chuck James and Macay McBride combine to shut out the Mets, 5-0, on a 1 hitter. David Wright’s 2nd-inning single is the only hit allowed by James in his 8 innings of work.

Trailing 5-1, the Yankees explode for 10 runs in the 8thinning and go on to defeat the Royals by a score of 12-5. Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano each have a homer and single in the big inning.

5thSeven of the 13 games played today end in shutouts. It is the largest number on any one day since June 4, 1972.

6thThe Marlins shut out the Diamondbacks, 2-0, as rookie Anibal Sanchez hurls a no-hitter. It is the first no-hitter in the majors since Randy Johnson’s perfect game on may 18, 2004. The stretch of 6,364 games between no-hitters was the longest in ML history.

The Tigers release Dmitri Young. Young spent a month in a rehab center this summer for alcohol and drug abuse, and later this month he will be sentenced to a year’s probation for assaulting a former girl friend.

8thJamie Moyer pitches 8 innings allowing just one run as the Phils gaff the Marlins, 3–2.  Ryan Howard has 3 hits and drives in all three Phillies runs with a pair of homers, numbers 55 and 56.  He will hit just two more as pitchers will give him 28 walks in his next 21 games.

At Fenway, Kansas City scores 6 times in the 12thinning to take a 10-4 decision against the Red Sox. The Royal flush features two doubles, a double steal, two consecutive hit by pitches, and a 3-run homer by Jeff Keppinger, who entered the game as a pinch runner.

Adam Dunn clubs his 40thhomer and Javier Valentin adds a pair in the Reds 9-1 win over Pittsburgh.

10thJohan Santana strikes out 11 in 6 1/3 innings and wins his 18th12-1, as the Twins coast past Detroit. He seems to have a lock on winning 20 but will win just one more. No pitcher in the ML will win 20 this year, the first time this has happened on a full-schedule season.

11thThe Marlins pound the Mets, 16-5. RF Cody Ross slugs 3 homers and drives in 7 runs for Florida, while Dan Uggla has 5 hits.  Carlos Delgado hits his 40thhomer of the year for New York.

12thThe Mets defeat the Marlins, 6-4. The win officially eliminates the Braves from the NL East race, ending Atlanta’s incredible streak of 14 straight division championships.

Bobby Abreu drives in 7 runs, including 3 in the Yankees 9-run first inning, as the Bronx Bombers whip Tampa Bay, 12–4.  The Yanks score 3 in the 3rdto give Mike Mussina a 12-run cushion.  Yankees DH Hideki Matsui has 4 hits and a walk and SS Derek Jeter has not at bats, but scores three times and drives in a run as he receives three base on balls and is hit once.

The Nationals score an unearned run in the 8thand beat Arizona, 5–4.  The Nats catcher Brian Schneider pulls off a nice DP in the 4thinning when, with runners on 1stand 3B, he allows a popped bunt to drop. He fires the ball to SS Felipe Lopez for a force at 2B and the relay to 2B Vidro covering 1B completes the twin killing.

Carlos Guillen greets reliever Ron Mahay with his second homer of the game, a leadoff walkoff 9thinning dinger to give the Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Rangers.

13thThe Rangers rout the Tigers, 11-3, as OF Gary Matthews hits for the cycle in order, singling in the 1st, doubling in the 2nd, tripling in the 4th, and homering in the 6thinning.

Young Twins lefty Francisco Liriano (12-3) makes his first start since August 8, when he experienced arm pain, and pitches two shutout innings against the A’s, before leaving in the 3rdwhen he feels a “pop” in his arm.  He’ll have arm surgery over the winter and will miss the entire 2007 season.  Matt Garza allows one run in 5+ innings and Dan Haren pitches 8 innings in the A’s, 1-0, victory.

16thThe Brewers top the Nationals, 8-5. Alfonso Soriano steals a base in the 1stinning to become the 4thplayer in ML history to record 40 HRs and 40 SBs in a season.

At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox and Yanks split a pair, with the Sox winning the first game, 5-2. New York takes the nightcap, 7-5. Derek Jeter has hits in each game to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 25.

Chone Figgins hits for the cycle, but it is not enough as his Angels fall, 12-6, to the Rangers.  Mark Teixeira is 4-for-4 with 4 RBI and Michael Young scores 4 times.

17thThe Nationals defeat the Brewers, 6-1. Rookie Chris Schroder strikes out all 6 batters he faces in 2 innings of relief, falling 1 shy of the NL record for consecutive strikeouts by a reliever.

18thThe Tigers clobber the White Sox, 8-2. Rookie Josh Fields hits a HR in his 1stML at bat for Chicago, as a pinchhitter in the 9thinning. Jim Thome hits his 40thfor the other Chicago tally. Magglio Ordonez hits a pair for the Bengals, both off Mark Buerhle.

The Dodgers hit 4 consecutive homers (Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russ Martin, Marlon Anderson) in the 9thinning to tie the Padres, then get a 2-run walkoff blast from Nomar Garciaparra in the last of the 10thto edge San Diego in a nail-biter, 11-10. It is only the 4thtime in ML history that a team hits 4 consecutive homers. Marlon Anderson has five hits for LA, including a triple and two HRs.

At Citizen Bank Park, Aramis Ramirez belts a pair of 3-run homers and 2 singles to drive in 7 runs as the Cubs whip the Phillies, 11-6.  Juan Pierre and Scott Moore add solo shots. Jose Hernandez adds a little respect for Philley with a 4thinning pinch grand slam.

Despite being outhit by just 4 hits (19 to 15) the Giants are walloped at Coors Field, 20–6. Garrett Atkins and Jeff Baker each drive in 6 runs. Atkins has a pair of doubles and Baker a pair of homers. Jeff Salazar hits his first ML homer and Justin Hampson wins his first ML game.

The Mets shut out the Marlins, 4-0, to clinch the NL East title.

19thThe Twins beat the Red Sox, 7-3. Justin Morneau has 5 hits for Minnesota, including a double, while Jason Barlett clubs a 3-run homer off starter Tim Wakefield. Bartlett won’t hit another homer with men on until 2010, a string of 21-straight solo homers.

The Mariners down the Rangers, 9-7, in 10 innings. Willie Bloomquist gets 5 hits for Seattle, including a double.

The White Sox shut out the Tigers, 7-0. Freddy Garcia gets the victory, allowing only one hit in 8 innings for the 2ndstraight start.

20thThe Yankees lose to the Blue Jays, 3-2, but still clinch the AL East title as the Red Sox lose to the Twins. The Yankees use 14 different starters this year: the only Yankee team to use more was the 1946 squad.

21stThe Astros edge the Cardinals, 6-5, with the help of a pair of homers by Lance Berkman. Berkman has now homered on September 21 in each of the last 6 seasons, the 2nd-longest such streak in history. Lou Gehrig homered on 7 consecutive June 8 dates from 1932-38.

At Fenway, the Red Sox blank the Twins, 6–0, behind Josh Beckett’s 8 shutout innings. Keith Foulke pitches the 9th. David Ortiz has 3 hits, including a pair of homers, to set the Sox single season record for homers with 52.

Behind Jake Woods (7 IP) and Joel Piniero, the Mariners shut out the White Sox, 9-0. Adrian Beltre hits a 9thinning grand slam to complete the scoring. Javier Vazquez strikes out 12 in 7+ innings.

22ndThe Padres down the Pirates, 6-2 on a one-hitter. Chris Young takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning, but loses his bid to become the first SD pitcher to notch one when Joe Randa hits a 2-run pinch HR with one out.

The Brewers overcome 6 RBIs by Barry Bonds and edge the Giants, 13-12. Bonds has two doubles and a homer, while Ray Durham has a double and homer. Milwaukee has no homers. Prince Fielder steals his 7thbase of the year; his dad, Cecil, stole only two in his 1,470-game career.

The Nationals squeak by the Mets, 3-2. Alfonso Soriano doubles for Washington to become baseball’s first 40-40-40 player, with 45 homers, 41 stolen bases, and 40 doubles.

23rdThe Tigers score 10 runs in the 1stinning on their way to a 15-4 pasting of the Royals.

Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson breaks his leg in an 8thinning collision with right fielder Austin Kearns while going after a David Wright fly ball. Both players leave the game and Johnson will have a titanium rod and screws inserted in a two-hour operation. He will miss the 2007 season. This year, Johnson set career highs with a .290 batting average, 46 doubles, 23 home runs, 77 RBI, 110 walks and 147 games played. It was Wright’s third hit of the game, a triple, as the Mets win, 12–6.

The Brewers beat the Giants, 10-8. Barry Bonds hits his 734thcareer HR to break Hank Aaron’s NL record for homeruns in one league.

24thThe Padres edge the Pirates, 2-1. Trevor Hoffman gets the save for SD to become baseball’s career saves leader. His 43rdsave of the year gives Hoffman 479 for his career to break Lee Smith’s record.

The Rockies overcome a grand slam and solo homer by Brian McCann and beat the Braves, 9-8. Matt Holliday matches McCann’s slam with one of his own.

At Los Angeles, Nomar Garciaparra hits a 9thinning homer, off Luis Vizcaino, to give the Dodgers a 5-1 win over Arizona.  Garciaparra has hit two grand slams this year, both in the 9thinnings.

In the Red Sox 13-4 loss to host Toronto, David Ortiz ties the AL single season record with 32 homers on the road (Babe Ruth, 1927). It is Big Papi’s #53 on the year. The Jays get three RBI each from Alexis Rios, Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay.

25thIn their final home game of the year, Tampa Bay gives up 10 runs to the Yankees in their first three innings and loses, 16-1. Bobby Abreu has 4 hits and 4 RBIs and Hideki Matsui has 3 hits and 4 ribbies.  Despite the loss, the Rays finish 41-40 at home and will finish 61-101 overall.

26thThe Athletics use 19 hits to down the Mariners, 12-3, to clinch the AL West crown. Jason Kendall and Jay Payton each have 4 hits, and Kendall adds a stolen base.

The Cubs trim the Brewers 14–6, in a game that shows an odd line score: only one team scores in each inning. The Cubs, with 18 hits, plate runs in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6thand 8th; Milwaukee scores in the 2nd, 4th, 7thand 9th.

27thThe Marlins defeat the Reds, 7-2, as Anibal Sanchez wins his 10thgame of the year. Florida becomes the first team in ML history to have 4 rookie pitchers with 10 wins. Scott Olsen, John Johnson, and Ricky Nolasco have also reached the mark. Rookie Hanley Ramirez has a pair of homers for the Fish and Wes Helms collects 4 hits.  Florida catcher Miguel Olivo strikes out for the 101sttime but draws his 9th walk, albeit intentional. As noted by Al Blumkin, Olivo is the only player in history to strike out 100 times while walking fewer than 10. Of Olivo’s 9 walks, 4 are intentional.

Tampa Bay uses a 9-run 7thinning to beat up the host Red Sox, 11–0. Ty Wigginton has 2 doubles and 3 RBI in the frame, while Rocco Baldelli adds a 3-run homer.  Sox starter Josh Beckett pitches 6 2/3 innings and takes the loss, while Tim Corcoran pitches 6 2/3 for the win, just the 3rd on the road for TB since a July 29 drubbing of the Yankees.

The Astros push across a run in the 9thagainst Salomon Torres to tie the Pirates at 6 all. Houston scores in the top of the 15thto win, 7–6. For Torres, it is his 90thappearance of the year; Torres joins Mike Marshall, Kent Tekulve and Wayne Granger as the only pitchers to appear in 90 or more in a season.

Moises Alou of the Giants became the fourth 40-year-old to steal home since 1957 when he does it on a double steal with Ray Durham. Alou joins Paul Molitor, Minnie Minoso and Dave Concepcion. Alou’s theft gives the Giants a short-lived 3–2 lead, but Arizona wins, 6–3.

28thThe Dodgers pound the Rockies, 19-11. Rookie 1B James Loney, filling in for Nomar Garciaparra, ties a 56-year-old Dodgers record with 9 RBIs in the contest.  Loney strokes 4 hits, including a double and a pair of homers.

Baltimore’s Daniel Cabrera comes within 2 outs of no-hitting the Yankees, before allowing a single to Robinson Cano on his way to a 1-hit, 7-1 victory.

29thThe Phillies pound the Marlins, 14-2. Shane Victorino leads the 18-hit Philadelphia attack with 5 safeties, including a double and triple.  Pat Burrell contributes a double and two homers plus two walks.

30thThe Mariners edge the Rangers 3-1. Ichiro Suzuki steals his 39thconsecutive successful stolen base to extend his AL single-season record. He hasn’t been caught stealing since April 16.

The Royals defeat the Tigers, 9-6. Kansas City begins the game with a double, single, triple, and homer, giving the team a cycle with its first 4 batters.

Down 8-0 after three innings at Wrigley, the Cubs come back on the Rockies to tie at 9 apiece. The Rocks finally push across two runs in the 14thto win 11-9.  The two teams each use 10 pitchers to tie a ML record,

The Angels beat the Athletics, 7-6. Oakland’s Jason Kendall becomes the first player in ML history to catch 140 games in 8 different seasons, breaking Gary Carter’s record.

The Nationals announce that Frank Robinson will not be back as the team’s manager in 2007.

OCTOBER

1st      The Indians defeat the Devil Rays, 6-3. TB becomes the first team in ML history to lose 100 games and still have a winning record at home. Cleveland OF Grady Sizemore joins Chuck Klein as the only players in history with 50 doubles, 10 triples, 20 homers, and 20 steals in the same season.

The Royals down the Tigers, 10-8. The loss drops Detroit behind Minnesota for the AL Central crown, giving the Tigers the wild card sport for the playoffs.

Red Sox rookie P Devern Hansack hurls 5 hitless innings for a rain-shortened 9-0 Boston win over the Orioles. In his 2ndML outing, Hansack becomes the 9thAL pitcher to allow no hits in a complete game of fewer than 9 innings. It is his 1stML win.

The Twins defeat the White Sox, 5-1, to clinch the AL Central championship. Joe Mauer becomes the first catcher to win an AL batting title, getting 2 hits in his final contest to finish at .347.

The Cardinals lose to the Brewers, 5-3, but still clinch their 3rdstraight NL Central division championship.

The Marlins down the Phillies, 3-2, in 11 innings but lose Pitcher Dontrelle Willis in the 2ndinning. Willis dives for an infield fly ball and injured his arm.  Dan Uggla homers for the Fish, scoring his 105thrun of the year. Along with Hanley Ramirez, they are the first pair of rookie teammates since Dale Alexander and Roy Johnson of the 1929 Tigers to each score 100 runs in the same season.

The Dodgers edge the Giants, 4-3, to finish as the NL wild-card representative in the playoffs.

The Padres best the Diamondbacks, 7-6, to clinch the NL West Division title.

The Chicago Cubs announce that president Andy MacPhail is resigning effective immediately. MacPhail had been president for 12 years. John McDonough, Cubs senior vice president of marketing and broadcasting, will serve as interim president.

2ndThe Giants cut ties with manager Felipe Alou after 4 years at the helm.

The Cubs drop the other show as they decline to renew the contract of manager Dusty Baker after 4 years.

3rdThe Marlins fire Joe Girardi as their manager. Braves 3rd-base coach Fredi Gonzalez is hired to replace him.

The Athletics edge the Twins, 3-2, in the opener of their AL Division Series on the strength of a pair of HRs by Frank Thomas. Barry Zito gets the win for Oakland.

It is 87 degrees in New York, the hottest October 3 on record as the Yankees roast the visiting Tigers, 8-4, in Game 1 of their AL Division Series. Derek Jeter goes 5-for-5 for New York, including a 2B and HR. Jason Giambi also homers for the Bronx Bombers while Chien-Ming Wang gets credit for the victory. Curtis Granderson and Craig Monroe homer for Detroit.

The Cardinals win the opener of their NL Division Series against the Padres by a score of 5-1. Cris Carpenter gets the win for St. Louis while Albert Pujols hits a HR.

4thThe Rangers fire Buck Showalter as their manager.

The Mets open their NL Division Series against the Dodgers with a 6-5 win. Carlos Delgado gets 4 hits, including a HR for New York, while Cliff Floyd adds a homer and David Wright collects 3 RBIs with a pair of doubles. Guillermo Mota gets the win in relief.

The Athletics take a two games to one lead over the Twins in their series with a 5-2 victory. Mark Kotsay hits an inside-the-park HR for the victors.

5thThe Mets down the Dodgers, 4-1, to take a 2-0 lead in the Division Series. Jose Reyes drives in a pair of runs for New York, while Tom Glavine hurls 6 shutout innings and Billy Wagner records his 2ndsave in 2 days.

The Cardinals shut out the Padres, 2-0, as Jeff Weaver and 4 relief pitchers combine to throw a 4-hitter. Albert Pujols gets 3 hits and drives in a run for St. Louis.

The Tigers even their Division Series with the Yankees, coming from behind to win by a score of 4-3 with Curtis Granderson’s triple being the deciding blow. Jamie Walker gets the win in relief. Johnny Damon and Carlos Guillen hit HRs for New York and Detroit respectively.

6thThe A’s down the Twins, 8-3, to sweep their Division series and move on to the ALCS. Milton Bradley and Eric Chavez homer for Oakland and Dan Haren gets the win. Justin Morneau and Torii Hunter homer in a losing cause for Minnesota.

7thNomar Garciaparra and Jim Thome are announced as winners of the Comeback Player of the Year award in the NL and AL respectively.

The Mets defeat the Dodgers, 9-5, to sweep their Division series and move into the NLCS. Jeff Kent gets 4 hits for LA, including a HR, but it’s not enough to beat New York’s 14-hit attack led by Shawn Green. Pedro Feliciano gets the win in relief.

The Tigers down the Yankees, 8-3, to win their Division series, 3 games to 1. Jeremy Bonderman goes 8+ innings for the win. He’s aided by HRs by Magglio Ordonez and Craig Monroe.

The Padres keep their hopes alive in their Division series with the Cardinals with a 3-1 win. Chris Young gets the win for SD, with Russell Branyan’s 2-run 2B being the key blow.

8thThe Cardinals defeat the Padres, 6-2, to take their NLDS, 3 games to 1. Cris Carpenter gets the win for St. Louis, while Ronnie Belliard drives in a pair of runs.

10thThe Tigers down the Athletics, 5-1, to take the opening game of the ALCS. Nate Robertson gets the victory, and Ivan Rodriguez and Brandon Inge hit HRs for Detroit.

11thYankees pitcher Cory Lidle is killed when his single-engine plane slams into a 50-story skyscraper on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Killed with him is his pilot instructor.

The Tigers ride Justin Verlander to an 8-5 win over the Athletics in the ALCS. Curtis Granderson and Alexis Gomez homer for Detroit, overcoming a pair of homers by Milton Bradley and one by Eric Chavez for Oakland.

The opening game of the NLCS between St. Louis and New York is postponed due to rain.

12thThe Mets shut out the Cardinals, 2-0, in the 1stgame of the NLCS. Carlos Beltran’s 2-run homer if the big blow for New York. Tom Glavine and a pair or relief pitchers hold St. Louis to 4 hits.

13thThe Tigers take a commanding 3-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS with a 3-0 win over the Athletics. Kenny Rogers and 2 relievers hold Oakland to just 2 hits. Craig Monroe homers for Detroit. Oakland’s Mark Kiger makes history by becoming the first modern day player to make his big league debut in the postseason, entering the game as a defensive replacement at 2B.

The Cardinals even their NLCS with the Mets with a 9-6 victory. Josh Kinney gets the win in relief as St. Louis scores 3 times in the 9thoff Billy Wagner. Carlos Delgado hits a pair of HRs for New York, while So Taguchi and Jim Edmonds connect for the Cardinals.

14thMagglio Ordonez hits a walkoff 3-run HR with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9thto give the Tigers a 6-3 win over the Athletics and a sweep of the ALCS. Wil Ledezma gets the win in relief, and Placido Polanco is named the series MVP. Jay Payton homers in a losing cause for Oakland.

The Cardinals take a 2-games-to-1 lead over the Mets in the NLCS, winning by a score of 5-0 behind Jeff Suppan. Suppan also homers to help his cause.

15thThe Mets even their NLCS with a 12-5 win over the Cardinals. Carlos Delgado drives in 5 runs for New York on a 2B and HR, while Carlos Beltran slugs a pair of homers and David Wright adds a solo shot. Oliver Perez gets the victory.

16thThe Athletics fire Ken Macha as manager.

17thLou Piniella takes over as manager of the Cubs, signing a three-year deal worth nearly $10 million.

The Cardinals take the lead in the NLCS with a 4-2 win over the Mets. Jeff Weaver hurls 6 innings for the win for St. Louis, with Albert Pujols and Chris Duncan hitting HRs.

18thThe Mets edge the Cardinals, 4-2, to even the NLCS at 3 games apiece. Jose Reyes gets 3 hits for the Mets , including a HR, and John Maine gets the win.

19thYadier Molina’s 2-run HR in the 9thinning is the deciding blow as the Cardinals defeat the Mets, 3-1, to win the NLCS and move on to the WS. Randy Flores gets the win in relief. Jeff Suppan is named NLCS MVP.

21stThe Cardinals take the opener of the WS with a 7-2 victory over the Tigers. Anthony Reyes gets the win, and Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen hit HRs. Craig Monroe homers for Detroit.

22ndThe Tigers even the Series with a 3-1 win behind Kenny Rogers. Craig Monroe homers for Detroit, and Carlos Guillen gets 3 hits.

24thChris Carpenter gives the Cardinals a 2-games-to-1 lead in the Series with a 5-0 win over the Tigers. Jim Edmonds drives in a pair of runs for St. Louis.

Mets 1B Carlos Delgado wins the 2006 Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to a ML player who combines community service with excellence on the field.

MLB and the MLB Players Association reach an agreement on a new five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement, on of the longest labor contracts in baseball history.

25thGame 4 of the WS is postponed due to rain.

Ryan Howard of the Phillies and Derek Jeter of the Yankees are named winners of the Hank Aaron Award as the best overall hitter in the NL and AL respectively.

26thThe Cardinals edge the Tigers, 5-4, to take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the WS. Adam Wainwright gets the win in relief for St. Louis, while David Eckstein collect 4 hits, including 3 doubles. Sean Casey homers for Detroit in a losing cause.

27thPadres manager Bruce Bochy agrees to a three-year term to become manager of the SF Giants.

The Cardinals defeat the Tigers, 4-2, to take the 2006 World Series. Jeff Weaver gets the win for St. Louis, who gets a pair of RBIs from Series MVP David Eckstein. Sean Casey homers for Detroit.

NOVEMBER

1stThe commissioner’s office announces that Mets reliever Guillermo Mota is suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. He becomes the 3rdplayer penalized this year for violating MLB’s toughened drug policy.

2ndThe AL Gold Glove winners are announced. Ivan Rodriguez wins his 12thaward, extending his record for catchers. Outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Torii Hunter and 3B Eric Chavez win for the 6thstraight season.

3rdThe NL Gold Glove winners are announced. P Greg Maddux wins his 16thaward, tying the record shared by P Jim Kaat and 3B Brooks Robinson. SS Omar Vizquel wins his 11thaward, while OF Andruw Jones wins his 9thin a row.

6thThe Rangers hire Oakland Athletics’ coach Ron Washington as their new manager.

8thThe Padres hire Angels’ pitching coach Bud Black as their new manager.

The Indians obtain 2B Josh Barfield from the Padres in exchange for IF Kevin Kouzmanoff and P Andrew Brown.

The Athletics reach a deal with Cisco Systems Inc. to build a new ballpark in Fremont. If approved by the city, the A’s could begin playing there as soon as 2011.

10thThe Yankees send OF Gary Sheffield to the Tigers for 3 minor league pitchers—Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan, and Anthony Claggett.

12thThe Yankees trade pitcher Jaret Wright to the Orioles in exchange for P Chris Britton.

13thJustin Verlander of the Tigers and Hanley Ramirez of the Marlins are named winners of the Rookie of the Year Award in the American and National League, respectively. Jonathan Papelbon and Ryan Zimmerman are runners-up.

14thThe Nationals name 37-year-old Mets coach Manny Acta as their new manager. Acta becomes the youngest manager in the ML, replacing Frank Robinson, who had been the oldest.

Arizona Diamondbacks P Brandon Webb is named winner of the NL Cy Young Award, beating out SD reliever Trevor Hoffman.

The Mets sign free agent pitcher Orlando Hernandez.

15thThe Mets send pitchers Heath Bell and Royce Ring to the Padres for OF Ben Johnson and P Jon Adkins.

Joe Girardi and Jim Leyland are announced as winners of the Manager of the Year Award in the NL and AL, respectively.

16thThe White Sox send reliever Neal Cotts to the crosstown Cubs in exchange for pitchers David Aardsma and Carlos Vasquez.

The Commissioner’s office announces that the Cardinals set a record with a $362,173 World Series share, nearly $40,000 more than what White Sox players received in 2005.

Johan Santana wins his 2ndCy Young Award in 3 years, again as a unanimous choice. New York’s Chien-Ming Wang finishes a distant second.

17thThe Athletics hire bench coach Bob Geren as their new manager, replacing Ken Macha.

The Blue Jays sign free agent 1B/DH Frank Thomas to a two-year $18 million contract.

The Phillies sign free agent IF Wes Helms to a two-year contract.

The Mets sign free agent IF Damion Easley to a contract.

19thThe Angels sign free agent P Justin Speier to a four-year contract.

The Rangers agree to a three-year deal with free agent OF Frank Catalanotto.

20thPhiladelphia’s Ryan Howard is named NL Most Valuable Player, beating out Albert Pujols of the Cardinals.

The Cubs sign free agent 2B/OF Alfonso Soriano to an 8-year, $136 million contract. Besides being baseball’s first 40-40-40 man, he had 22 outfield assists.

The Mets sign free agent OF Moises Alou to a contract.

The Marlins send pitchers Adam Bostick and Jason Vargas to the Mets in exchange for pitchers Matt Lindstrom and Henry Owens. Florida also sends P Chris Resop to the Angels for P Kevin Gregg.

The Reds agree to a three-year contract with free agent SS Alex Gonzalez, and a two-year contract with P Mike Stanton. Cincinnati also sends C Jason LaRue to the Royals for a player to be named.

The Orioles sign free agent P Jamie Walker to a three-year deal.

21stMinnesota’s Justin Morneau is named AL Most Valuable Player, edging out Derek Jeter of the Yankees.

22ndThe Dodgers sign free agent OF Juan Pierre to a five-year $44 million contract.

In a rare misstep, the Angels sign free agent OF Gary Matthews Jr. to a five-year $50 million contract.  For Matthews, who is coming off a career year, this is his seventh team (San Diego twice).

24thThe Astros sign free agent OF Carlos Lee to a 6-year deal and free agent P Woody Williams to a two-year deal.

25thThe Diamondbacks acquire pitchers Doug Davis and Dana Eveland and OF Dave Krynzel from the Brewers in exchange for C Johnny Estrada and pitchers Greg Aquino and Claudio Vargas.

26thThe Orioles sign free agent P Danys Baez to a three-year deal.

The Brewers trade pitchers Doug Davis and Dana Eveland and OF Dave Krynzel to the Diamondbacks for C Johnny Estrada and pitchers Greg Aquino and Claudio Vargas.

27thThe Reds sign free agent C Chad Moeller to a contract.

The Phillies agree on a three-year $24 million contract with free agent P Adam Eaton. Eaton, 28, was 4-0 with the Padres in 2006 after winning 11 in each of the two previous seasons.

The Indians reach a preliminary agreement with free agent OF David Dellucci on a three-year deal.

28thThe Dodgers sign free agent P Randy Wolf to a one-year $8 million contract.

The Cardinals sign free agent 2B Adam Kennedy to a three-year contract and P Kip Wells to a one-year deal. Kennedy will play two years and the Cards will give him his release a week before the start of spring training 2009.

29thThe Brewers sign free agent IF Craig Counsell to a two-year deal.

DECEMBER

2ndThe Giants agree to a three-year contract with free agent OF Dave Roberts.

The Indians sign free agent pitchers Roberto Hernandez and Aaron Fultz to contracts.

3rdThe Braves sign free agent P Tanyon Sturtze to a contract.

4thThe Mariners sign free agent OF Jose Guillen to a contract.

5thThe Rockies agree to a one-year contract with free agent P LaTroy Hawkins.

The Red Sox reach a tentative agreement on a five-year contract with brittle free agent OF J.D. Drew and a four-year $36 million contract with SS Julio Lugo.

6thThe Mets send P Brian Bannister to the Royals in exchange for P Ambiorix Burgos.

Dodgers agree to a one-year contract with free agent C Mike Lieberthal.

The Giants sign free agent C Bengie Molina to a three-year deal.

The Indians sign free agent P Joe Borowski to a contract.

The Athletics agree to a two-year deal with free agent P Alan Embree.

The Phillies trade pitchers Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez to the White Sox for P Freddy Garcia.

7thThe Royals agree to a five-year deal with P Gil Meche.

The Braves trade P Horacio Ramirez to the Mariners for P Rafael Soriano.

8thThe Dodgers sign free agent P Jason Schmidt to a three-year $47 contract, despite concerns about his arm.  The concerns are correct: he’ll win just one game in the next two years. Los Angeles also finalizes a one-year deal with free agent OF Luis Gonzalez.

The Rangers sign free agent OF Marlon Byrd to a contract.

The Cardinals sign free agent P Russ Springer to a contract.

The Royals agree to a one-year deal with free agent P Octavio Dotel.

The Athletics sign free agent C Mike Piazza to a contract.

11thThe Orioles sign free agent OF Jay Payton to a two-year contract.

The Tigers sign free agent P Jose Mesa to a contract.

The Rangers agree to a one-year contract with free agent OF Kenny Lofton.

The Angels agree to a one-year contract with free agent P Darren Oliver.

12thThe Astros send 24-year-old OF Willy Taveras, who had a 30-game hit streak this year, and pitchers Taylor Buchholz and Jason Hirsh, their top minor league pitching prospect, to the Rockies for pitchers Jason Jennings and Miguel Asencio.

The Rangers agree to a one-year contract with free agent P Eric Gagne.

Twins agree to a one-year contract with free agent IF Jeff Cirillo.

Blue Jays agree to a one-year contract with free agent OF Matt Stairs.

After four solid years in Baltimore, Miguel Tejada is traded by the Orioles to Houston in exchange for Matt Albers, Dennis Sarfate, Troy Patton, Luke Scott and Mike Costanzo. Tejada has 2 years remaining on his contract.

13thThe Padres sign free agent P Greg Maddux to a contract.

14thThe Red Sox are the winners in a sealed bid auction announcing the signing of Japanese pitching ace Daisuke Matsuzaka to a 6-year contract.

The Nationals trade 2B Jose Vidro to the Mariners for OF Chris Snelling and P Emiliano Fruto.

The Mariners sign free agent P Miguel Batista to a three-year contract.

15thThe Cubs sign free agent P Ted Lilly, 40, to a four-year contract.

The Angels send P Brendan Donnelly to the Red Sox for rookie P Phil Seibel.

16thThe White Sox trade 1B/OF Ross Gload to the Royals for P Andrew Sisco.

17thThe White Sox sign free agent C Toby Hall to a two-year contract.

19thThe Cubs sign free agent P Jason Marquis to a three-year contract.

The Phillies sign Jason Werth, whom the Dodgers declined to re-sign when he was granted free agency a week ago.  Werth missed this season because of an injury, a shattered wrist that occurred in his first spring training game of 2005 when he was hit by a pitch from A.J. Burnett.

The Texas Rangers sign Dodger closer Eric Gagne. Gagne had signed a two-year contract worth $19 million with Los Angeles following the 2004 season, but his next two years were disappointing.

The Yankees purchase Japanese all-star pitcher Kei Igawa from the Hanshin Tigers (Japan Central) and sign him on December 27thfor $20 million for five years plus a $26,000,194 (the last 3 digits are Igawa’s strikeout numbers in 2006) signing bonus. He’ll pitch in just 16 games, winning two, before being banished to the minors where he will persevere before returning to the Japanese leagues. The $46 million deal will be Brian Cashman’s worst deal.

20thThe Braves agree to terms with free agent IF Chris Woodward on a one-year contract.

Merry Christmas, Mrs. Giles. The Padres sign free agent second baseman Marcus Giles to a contract. He will join his brother Brian in the Pads’ lineup.

The Phillies agree to a one-year deal with free agent C Rod Barajas.

The Rangers sign veteran outfielder Kenny Lofton, who spent the last year with the Dodgers.

21stThe Reds acquire 1B Jeff Conine from the Phillies for IF Brad Key and OF Javon Moran.

22ndThe Yankees bring back free agent P Andy Pettitte signing him to a one-year contract. Pettitte has never had a losing or .500 season; only Babe Ruth, in 10 seasons, can match that in the AL.

23rdThe Rangers acquire P Brandon McCarthy and OF David Paisano from the White Sox in exchange for pitchers John Danks, Nick Masset and Jacob Rasner.

24thThe Brewers sign free agent P Jeff Suppan to a 4 year, $42 million contract, with an option for 2011.

26thThe Angels agree on a one-year contract with free agent IF Shea Hillenbrand.

28thThe Giants signed free agent P Barry Zito to a 7 year, $126 million contract. Several teams, including the Mets at five year $75 million and the Rangers, came up short.

29thThe Marlins sign free agent 3B Aaron Boone to a contract.

  • 2007

JANUARY

2ndThe Devil Rays obtain IF Brendan Harris from the Reds in exchange for a player to be named or cash.

3rdThe Orioles sign free agent 1B/3B/OF Aubrey Huff to a three-year contract.

4thThe Red Sox sign free agent P Joel Pineiro to a contract.

The Indians sign free agent P Keith Foulke to a contract. He will retire just before reporting to spring training, thus taking the Indians off the hook for his $7 million contract.

The Astros agree to a contract with free agent IF Mark Loretta.

5thThe Mariners agree to a contract with free agent P Chris Reitsma.

The Mets sign a one-year deal with free agent IF Dave Newhan.

7thThe Yankees agree to a contract with free agent IF Miguel Cairo.

8thThe Yankees trade P Randy Johnson to the Diamondbacks in exchange for pitchers Luis Vizcaino, Ross Ohlendorf and Steven Jackson, and SS Alberto Gonzalez. For Johnson, who won 17 games in New York in each of his last two years, it is his second stint with the Diamondbacks. He will slip to 4 wins in 2007.

9thCal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Suspected steroid user Mark McGwire falls far short of receiving the necessary votes.

The Giants agree to a one-year deal with free agent P Russ Ortiz. Ortiz was 0-8 this past year, but will improve to 2-3 in 2007.

The Rockies sign veteran catcher Javy Lopez to a one-year deal.

10thLou Gehrig, Christy Mathewson, Joe Sewell and Jack Barry are elected to the first veterans class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

16thThe Mets sign a three-year deal with free agent P Scott Schoeneweis and a one-year deal with P Jorge Sosa.

17thA month after the firing of Regan Books publisher Judith Regan, Harper/Collins drops the controversial fictional memoir of Mickey Mantle, written by Peter Golenbock. The publisher says it is by mutual agreement.

18thThe Braves agree to a one-year deal with free agent OF Craig Wilson.

19thThe Indians sign free agent OF Trot Nixon to a contract.

The Braves trade 1B Adam LaRoche and OF Jamie Romak to the Pirates for pitcher Mike Gonzalez and SS Brent Lillibridge.

22ndThe Rockies reach agreement on a contract with free agent P Brian Lawrence.

The Twins reach agreement on a contract with free agent P Ramon Ortiz.

23rdThe Athletics trade pitcher Kirk Saarloos to the Reds for minor league reliever David Shafer. Each team will also receive a player to be named.

The Phillies sign free agent pitcher Antonio Alfonseca to a contract.

24thThe Cubs sign free agent OF Cliff Floyd to a contract.

25thThe White Sox agree to a one-year deal with free agent OF Darin Erstad. Erstad is the only player to win a Gold Glove as an infielder and outfielder: he won in 2000 and 2002 in the outfield and in 2004 as a first baseman, all with the Angels.

The Blue Jays sign free agent pitcher Tomo Ohka to a contract.

26thSeven weeks after reaching a preliminary agreement, the Red Sox announce a $70 million agreement with the oft-injured J.D. Drew.  In the final week of the 2006 season, Drew had told The Orange County Registerthat he had no intention of leaving the Dodgers. Whoops.

29thThe Mariners agree to a one-year contract with free agent P Jeff Weaver.

FEBRUARY

1st  The Pirates agree to terms on a one-year contract with free agent P Tony Armas Jr.

6thThe Dominican Republic defeats Mexico, 5-3, to win the Caribbean Series.

8thThe A’s agree to a one-year contract with free agent OF Shannon Stewart.

9thThe Mets agree to a deal with free agent pitcher Chan Ho Park.

11thThe Twins re-sign AL batting champion Joe Mauer to a four-year, $33 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration. Mauer grew two inches during the offseason; although listed at 6’4″ in the Twins media guide, he is now closer to 6’6″ and is worried that he might outgrow his position.

12thWin one, you lose one. The Orioles signed free agent pitcher Steve Trachsel to a one year, $3.1 million, with an option for 2008. They also reveal that pitcher Kris Benson has a torn rotator cuff and will probably miss the entire season.

26thThe famous 1909 Honus Wagner tobacco card once owned by hockey great Wayne Gretzky, is sold for a record-setting $2,350,000 to an anonymous buyer. The seller, Brian Seigel, paid a then-record $1,265,000 in 2000 for the card, which is in much better shape than many others. Gretzky and Bruce McNall, former owner of the Los Angeles Kings, bought the card for $451,000 in 1991.

27thThe Veteran’s Committee fails to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame. Former Cubs 3B Ron Santo comes closest, but falls 5 votes short.

A steroid ring is uncovered in Florida involving several athletes and celebrities. Angels OF Gary Matthews Jr., is one of those named as customers of the illegal operation.

MARCH

14thPete Rose admits in an interview on The Dan PatrickShowon ESPN Radio that “I bet on my team every night.”

15thBowie Kuhn dies at the age of 80. Kuhn served as Commissioner from 1969-84. Ironically, this is one day after Pete Rose admits that he bet on every Reds game when he was manager. Rose made the statement in an interview with ESPN Radio’s Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann.

The Indians give GM Mark Shapiro a five-year contract extension, covering 2008-12.

23rdThe Royals acquire IF Tony Pena Jr. from the Braves for P Erik Cordier.

26thThe Diamondbacks obtain P Yusmeiro Petit from the Marlins in exchange for P Jorge Julio and cash.

The Dodgers send P Elmer Dessens to the Brewers for OF Brady Clark and cash.

28thIn Venezuela, former major league pitcher Ugueth Urbina is sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five workers on his family’s ranch. Urbina, a former pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies, is also found guilty of illegal deprivation of liberty and violating a prohibition against taking justice into his own hands during a dispute over a gun on October. 16, 2005.

29thFor the first time in nearly 20 years, a female umpire works a major league exhibition game. Ria Cortesio, set to start the season in Double-A, umps in a game between the Diamondbacks and Cubs in Mesa, AZ. Cortesio is the only female umpire in professional baseball. At 30, she is starting her ninth year overall and fifth in Double-A.

APRIL

1st      The defending NL East champion Mets defeat the defending World Champion Cardinals, 6-1, in the opening game of the season. Tom Glavine gets the 291stwin of his ML career.

2ndThe Tribune Company puts the Cubs up for sale. The Tribune has owned the team and Wrigley Field since 1981, when they purchased the franchise from William Wrigley for $21 million. The Cubs do their share to help the sale by losing, 5-1, to the Reds in Cincinnati.

The Mariners shut out the A’s, 4-0, as Felix Hernandez, the youngest Opening Day pitcher in 22 years, allows 3 hits and strikes out 12 in 8 innings. He’s just the fourth starter under 21 to earn an opening day win joining Fernando Valenzuela (1981), Bob Feller (1939) and Chief Bender (1905).

The Pirates win, 4-2, in 10 innings over the Astros in Houston’s home opener, setting a new record in the process. Fans included President George W. Bush. It is believed to be the longest Pirates victory ever attended by a U.S. President in terms of innings. President Taft attended an 11-inning Pirates defeat in 1909.

The Brewers beat the Dodgers, 7-1, as Ben Sheets hurls the first Opening Day complete game of 2 hits or fewer in 15 years.

The Marlins down the Nationals, 9-2, as Florida’s Fredi Gonzalez and Washington’s Manny Acta make their managerial debuts. They become the first pair of managers born outside the US to make their debuts in the same game.

The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays, 9-5, as Tampa Bay rookie OF Elijah Dukes hits a homer in his first ML at bat and he will hit another on April 5 to tie a mark with two homers in his first two games. Nutty the lucky squirrel, as he’ll come to be called, watches from atop the RF foul pole at Yankee Stadium. He’ll make four appearances through September 4, all Yankee wins.

The Royals beat the Red Sox, 7-1 behind newly acquired Gil Meche. Mark Grudzielanek has three hits and three RBIs for KC and rookie SS Tony Pena Jr. becomes the first player since 1950 to hit 2 triples on Opening Day. Hideki Okajima’s first ML pitch is hit for a homerun by John Buck in the 6th. Hideki’s last pitch this season, to Garrett Atkins, will end up in the same place.

4thThe Braves edge the Phillies, 3-2, in 11 innings. Ryan Madson takes the loss for Philadelphia, becoming the first pitcher to get the loss in both of his team’s first 2 games since 1977. Scott Thorman’s 11thinning homer is the decider.

At Kauffman Stadium, Boston pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka lives up to his advance billing by allowing one run in 7 innings and striking out 10. The Red Sox top the Royals and Zack Grienke, 4-1.

At AT&T Park, the Padres down the Giants, 5-3, as Marcus Giles and Adrian Gonzalez each have 3 hits and 2 RBIs for the Pads.  Barry Bonds homers in the 1stoff starter Chris Young. Until August 15, Young will give up a homer only to Tony Clark—three times.

The Tigers score 8 runs in the 3rdto take an 8-0 lead and hold on for a 10-9 victory over the Blue Jays. Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez has 4 hits and Curtis Granderson has a triple and grand slam to drive in 5 runs.

Ted Lilly wins in his Cubs debut, 4-1, over the Reds, as Lou Piniella wins his first game as a Cubs manager. Lilly strikes out 9 in 7 innings.

The Mets shut out the Cardinals, 10-0, as St. Louis P Braden Looper makes his first start after 572 relief appearances. It is the 3rd-longest run of consecutive relief appearances before starting in ML history, behind only Todd Jones (632) and Chuck McElroy (603). John Maine pitches 7 innings for the Mets and is back by two homers and 4 RBIs from Carlos Beltran.

6thIn a meeting of two 3-0 teams, the Mets pound the Braves, 11-1. It is the first time since 1894 that a pair of unbeaten NL teams with at least 3 victories faced each other. In winning their first 4 games, the Mets have outscored their opponents, 31-3. The 1978 Brewers are the only other ML team since 1900 to start their season with 4 consecutive wins while outscoring their opponents by at least 28 runs. The Mets tie another ML mark by winning their first four games while allowing no more than a run in each game. The 1991 White Sox and 1915 Phillies also performed the feat.

The Indians home opener against the Mariners is called with 2 outs in the 5thinning because of snow. Pitcher Paul Byrd had not given up a hit to the M’s. Cleveland is leading, 4–0, and is a strike away from an official game when the umpires stop play for the 3rdtime. The game is called after a total of 173 minutes of stoppage. After four games with Seattle are snowed out at Jacobs Field the Indians finally retreat to the covered confines of Miller Park in Milwaukee to play their scheduled home games against the Los Angeles Angels.

7thThe Yankees defeat the Orioles, 10-7, on Alex Rodriguez’s two-out two-strike walkoff grand slam, a shot to CF. It is his 14thgrand slam and the third time one of his slams ends a game, tying the ML record shared by Vern Stephens and Cy Williams. Williams parked his three in 1924 and 1926 and Stephens in 1946, 1949 and 1950.

The Diamondbacks beat the Nationals, 7-1. Brandon Webb pitches 7 innings for the win, allowing a solo HR to Austin Kearns. Washington becomes the first team since 1900 to trail by at least 4-0 in each of its first 6 games.

8thThe Red Sox and Curt Schilling edge Texas, 3-2.  David Ortiz accounts for all the runs with two homers.

In Chicago, Johan Santana throws 8 shutout innings and the Twins defeat the White Sox, 3-1. Justin Morneau’s three-run homer, off John Danks, tallies the runs for the Twins.

9thAt PetCo Park, Chris Young wins a 1-0 pitching duel with Matt Cain as each starter goes 7 innings.  Kahlil Greene doubles and scores on a sac fly after being bunted to 3B.

The Bridgewater (Mass.) State Bears set a NCAA Division III records for runs, hits, RBIs and margin of victory defeating Newbury College, 57-1. The Bears scored 13 runs in the 1st, nine in the 2nd, nine in the 3rd, 16 in the 4th, eight in the 5th and two in the 6th. As the home team they didn’t bat in the bottom of the seventh. The five Newbury pitchers hit four batters as well as surrendering 44 hits and 20 bases on balls.

10thJim Abbott, Pete Incaviglia, Fred Lynn, John Olerud, Phil Stephenson, and Derek Tatsuno are elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Also elected are former coaches Jim Brock, Chuck Brayton, Bibb Falk, Jerry Kindall, and Dick Siebert.

At Dolphins Stadium, the Brewers and Marlins play a 2-2 tie that is the first such game to fall under the new ML rule change. Rather than be played over from the start, the game will be resumed where it left off in the 10thinning tomorrow night. The Mariners finally prevail 3-2 when Prince Fielder drives in a run with a single in the 13th. Fielder reaches base 7 times, going 4-for-4 with 3 walks. The game takes 4+ hours in addition to two long rain delays.

The Indians edge the Angels, 7-6, in a game played in Milwaukee’s Miller Park. The three-game series with the Angels was switched to Milwaukee because of snow, making play in Cleveland impossible.

11thThe Mariners shut out the host Red Sox, 3-0, on Felix Hernandez’s one-hitter. J.D. Drew’s single leading off the bottom of the 8thinning is Boston’s only safety.

At Camden Yards, the Tigers and Orioles battle for 11 scoreless innings before Craig Monroe hits a 2-out grand slam in the 12th, off Kurt Birkins. Detroit wins it, 4-1.

12thThe Mets beat the Phillies, 5-3, as 4one-year-old Tom Glavine bests 44-year-old Jamie Moyer. The game marks the oldest matchup of lefty starters in ML history.

13thThe Astros down the Phillies, 9-6, as Carlos Lee clubs 3 homers and drives home 6 runs.

The Mets edge the Nationals, 3-2. Washington scores both its runs in the 2ndinning after they became the first modern ML team not to score in the first 3 innings of any of their first 10 games. David Wright gets a hit to extend his hitting streak to 22 games over 2 seasons. He is the first player since Curt Flood and Dick Groat (both 1961-62) to end one season with a hitting streak of at least 10 games and start the next season with a hitting streak of at least 10 games.

Friday the 13th is not unlucky for Barry Bonds as he goes 3-for-3 including a pair of homers against his former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. It is the 70th multi-homer game of his career. Russ Ortiz is the winner in the 8-5 Giants victory.

The Devil Rays defeat Johan Santana and the Twins, 4-2. It is Santana’s first loss at the Metrodome in nearly 2 years. The Twins won all 24 games in which Santana pitched over that span, one short of the ML record set in 1890-91 by Louisville with Scott Stratton.

15thBaseball honors Jackie Robinson on the 60thanniversary of his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Many players wear #42 in his honor. Mariano Rivera is the only current player wearing #42; it will be retired after his career with the Yankees and all 30 teams will then have retired the number. The Dodgers retired the number on June 4, 1972, to honor Robinson but two other Dodgers also wore it, George Jeffcoat in 1939 and Ray Lamb in 1969.

The Dodgers defeat the Padres and Chris Young, 9-3. The win snaps Young’s streak of 25 consecutive road starts without a loss. Allie Reynolds is the only other pitcher in big league history to have gone that many straight road starts without losing, matching Young’s 25 in 1948-49.

The Indians edge the White Sox, 2-1, despite getting only one hit. The safety is Grady Sizemore’s leadoff double in the first inning, but the Tribe uses three errors and a bases-loaded walk to plate two unearned runs. Chicago starter Jose Contreras and three relievers combine to no-hit the Tribe following Sizemore’s hit. It is the first time since 1952 that a team wins with one hit when it comes in its first at-bat. Winning pitcher C.C. Sabathia strikes out 10 in 8 innings.

At Wrigley Field the Cincinnati Reds beat the Cubs, 1-0, with each team’s starter recording double-digit strikeout totals. It was just the 18th time since 1957 that opposing pitchers each K’d 10 or more in a 1-0 game. Winning pitcher Kyle Lohse strikes out 12 while his opposite, Ted Lilly, whiffs 10. The last pair to each strike out 10 or more in a 1-0 game was Ben Sheets of the Milwaukee Brewers and Matt Clement of the Cubs in 2004.

Mariners DH Jose Vidro has 3 hits including pair of homers to pace the Mariners to a 14-7 win over the Rangers. Ichiro Suzuki has 4 hits, including HR, and a stolen base, and Kenji Johjima had 3 hits.

The Armstrong Atlantic State Pirates set a NCAA Division II record as they hit three grand slams in an inning. The old mark was two, which had been accomplished 22 times since the statistic began to be tracked in 1973. The Savannah, Georgia, team hit the slams as part of a 13-run 7th inning in a game against the Augusta State Jaguars. The Pirates take the nine-inning contest, 27-3.

A Nor’easter washes out games in the East as 7.46 inches of rain falls in New York’s Central Park, the second most in recorded history. The record of 8.28 inches was set on September 23, 1882.

18thMark Buehrle of the White Sox hurls the first no-hitter of the ML season, facing only 27 batters in his 6-0 whitewashing of the Rangers. Sammy Sosa, who walks in the 5thinning and is picked off, is Texas’s only baserunner. Jermaine Dye belts a grand slam and Jim Thome adds 2 solo homers for the Sox scoring. This is the second time Buehrle has faced just 27 batters in a game.

19thThe Yankees score 6 runs in the bottom of the 9thinning to defeat the Indians, 8-6, on Alex Rodriguez’s walkoff HR. Sean Henn gets the win for the Bombers. He becomes the third Yankee hurler in 3 games to get his first ML win, a feat that hasn’t happened since 1941.

The White Sox edge the Rangers, 6-4. Jim Thome walks 5 times for Chicago.

20thAt Milwaukee, Craig Biggio hits a 9thinning grand slam to give the Astros a 6-2 lead, and they almost give it back in the bottom of the frame when Prince Fielder hits a 3-run homer. Houston wins, 6-5. For Biggio, it is his first salami since July 24, 1994: he’s the 9thmajor leaguer to go 11 years or more between slams. The major-leaguer with the longest wait between grand slams was Max Carey who hit one in 1912, then again in 1927.

At Dolphin Stadium, the Nationals score 5 runs in the first 4 innings, then not again till the 14th. Ryan Church singles, steals 2B, and scores on a single as Washington beats Florida, 6-5.

Maybe it’s the luck of the Irish. For their home game against the Yankees, the Red Sox wear green jerseys to honor the Celtics; it was the first time they’ve worn home uniforms with players’ names on the back. The Sox overcome a double and pair of homers by Alex Rodriguez to beat the Yankees, 7-6. The Hubmen score 5 runs in the 8th, two off Mariano Rivera, who takes the loss.  The red-hot A-Rod has now hit 12 homers in April.

21stThe Phillies beat the Reds, 4-1, as Cole Hamels strikes out 15 and Philadelphia turns its first triple play in almost 8 years.

At Dodgers Stadium, Russell Martin hits a walk-off grand slam, off Shawn Chacon, and the Dodgers beat the Pirates, 7-3. It is the 30th time a big-leaguer’s first career slam was a walk-off.

In his first start in 9 months, Bartolo Colon pitches 7 innings allowing one run for the Angels. Vladimir Guerrero hits a 2-run homer to power the Haloes to a 7-0 lead over Seattle, as they hang on for a 7-6 win. Ben Broussard hits a pinch grand slam for the M’s, the first in Mariners’ history. It is Broussard’s 3rd career pinch slam and he joins Rich Reese, Ron Northey and Willie McCovey as the only major-leaguers to hit three.

The Brewers down the Astros, 6-4, as J.J. Hardy has a pair of homers. Catcher Damian Miller is 3-for-3 and has one of the four stolen bases for the Brewers. It is Miller’s fifth swipe of his 10-year career and his first in four years.

22ndThe Cardinals pound the Cubs, 12-9, as Scott Rolen gets 5 hits for St. Louis, including a triple and a homer.

The Red Sox take a thriller from the Yankees by a score of 7-6, and sweep their series in the Bronx.  Boston ties a ML record by hitting four consecutive homeruns in the 3rdinning, as Manny Ramirez, JD Drew, Mike Lowell, and Jason Varitek connect in order. The Sox are the 5thteam to hit four in a row, while Yankee pitcher Chase Wright becomes the 2ndbig league hurler to surrender four consecutive homers. The other was Paul Foytack of the Tigers in 1963. The four straight homers are not without consequences, as Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, will note subsequently regarding an obituary in the Portland (Maine) Press Herald: “Shirley Elizabeth Zeegers, 79, of Fort Pearce Fla. and Oxford (Maine), died Sunday evening between the third and fourth consecutive home runs of the night by her beloved Red Sox. Some suspect she may have had an influence in the fourth home run.”

De nada. Mexican-born Joakim Soria of the Royals saves a win for fellow Mexican Jorge De La Rosa as the Royals top the Twins, 3-1. Ross Glaud supplies the margin with a two-run homer off Ramon Ortiz.

At Dolphin Stadium, Dan Uggla cracks 2 homers and drives in 6 runs to pace the Marlins to a 12-6 victory over the Nationals. Ryan Zimmerman’s grand slam in the 9thoff Kevin Gregg makes the score a bit respectable.

23rdAt Wrigley Field, it is a rocky debut for Rocky Cherry as the Cubs reliever serves up a 12th-inning homer to Prince Fielder. The Brewers win it, 5-4.

24thThe Athletics edge the Orioles, 4-2. Oakland sets a ML record in the first inning when it holds Baltimore scoreless. It is the 20thstraight game in which the A’s does not allow a 1st-inning run, a record for the start of the season. The win goes to rookie Dallas Braden in his first start. For the man with a handlebar moustache tattooed on his finger (giving him a Rollie finger), it is his only win this year as he will go 1-8.

During the Reds 10-3 win over the Cards, rookie Josh Hamilton plays all three outfield positions, starting in CF, then LF in the 8thand RF in the 9th.  Hamilton, with a history of substance abuse, will finish April leading NL rookies in homers, RBIs and slugging percentage.

The Padres double the Diamondbacks, 10-5, as David Wells beats Randy Johnson. The game is the oldest matchup of lefthanders in ML history, breaking the mark set two weeks ago by Tom Glavine and Jamie Moyer.

25thThe Rockies pound out 20 hits on their way to an 11-5 win over the Mets. Willy Taveras gets 5 hits for Colorado.

The Phillies rout the Nationals, 9-3, as Chase Utley strokes 5 hits, including a pair of doubles.

At PNC Park, Adam LaRoche singles home the winning run in the 16thinning as the Pirates outlast the Astros, 4-3. The two teams use 15 pitchers who combine to throw 476 pitches.

The Diamondbacks edge the Padres, 3-2, despite a 16-strikeout performance by Jake Peavy. In one stretch, Peavy fans nine consecutive batters, just one shy of Tom Seaver’s ML record.

26thThe Indians defeat the Rangers, 9-4. Sammy Sosa homers for Texas, making Jacobs Field the 44thML ballpark in which he has homered for the most in a ML career.

The Yankees are shut out by the Blue Jays, 6-0, spoiling top pitching prospect Phil Hughes’ ML debut. Hughes goes 4+ innings before being lifted. He is the third starting pitcher to make his debut for the Yankees in the team’s first 20 games. The last time a team had three starters debut so early was the St. Louis Cardinals in 1955. A.J. Burnett throws 7 innings to take home the W. Hughes is the 6thpitcher since 1957 to start a game for the Yankees before turning 21 (Jose Rijo, Gil Blanco, Al Downing, Gene Nelson and Dave Righetti are the others).

27thThe Nationals edge the Mets, 4-3. Washington tallies 3 runs in the 1stinning, the first time they’ve scored that early this season. Washington set a NL record by playing 22 games at the start of a season without scoring a first-inning run. The ML record is 28 set by the 1948 White Sox.

The Athletics obtain OF Chris Denorfia from the Reds in exchange for a pair of players to be named and cash.

28thThe Marlins down the Phillies, 11-5. Miguel Cabrera has 5 hits for Florida, including a HR.

The Padres edge the Dodgers, 3-2. Trevor Hoffman gets the save for SD in his 803rdappearance with the team, breaking the ML record previously held by Walter Johnson and Roy Face for most appearances with a single club.

29thCardinals pitcher Josh Hancock is killed in an early morning car crash when he slams into a truck stopped in a driving lane of the highway. He was coming from a bar a few blocks from Busch Stadium.

The Rockies use an unassisted triple play and a walkoff homer to beat the visiting Braves, 9-7 in 11 innings.  In the 7th, Troy Tulowitzki turns a Chipper Jones line drive into an unassisted triple play, just the 13thin major league history. With Todd Helton on base for the 6thtime (5 walks) Matt Holliday takes Steve Colyer deep in the 11thto drive in 2 runs: Holliday will lead the NL in RBIs with 137. The Braves send OF Ryan Langerhans, who was 1-for-3 in the game, to the Athletics for a player to be named or cash.

The Dodgers edge the Padres, 5-4, in 17 innings on Brady Clark’s double. The Dodger bullpen allows one hit in 10 2/3 scoreless innings while the Pad’s pen holds LA scoreless from the 4thto the 17thinnings. Jeff Kent and Luis Gonzalez homer in the 3rdoff David Wells.

Jamie Moyer pitches 7+ innings of 2-hit shutout ball as the Phillies down the Marlins, 6-1. Moyer also contributes 2 hits, including a double. He last hit a double in 1988, 19 years ago.

The Red Sox defeat the Yankees, 7-4. New York becomes the first ML team to use five or more pitchers in 10 straight games.

30thThe Royals lose to the Angels, 3-1, falling to 8-18 on the year. They become the first team in ML history to finish the month of April ten games under .500 three straight years.

MAY

1st  The Yankees trounce the Rangers, 10-1. Robbie Cano has 4 hits, including a pair of doubles, and 3 RBIs. Making his 2ndML start, rookie pitcher Phil Hughes carries a no-hitter into the 7thinning before being forced to leave the game with a hamstring injury sustained when throwing a curve ball to Mark Teixeira. He’s the fourth Yankee pitcher to  go on the DL with  a hamstring injury. He’ll earn his first ML win, but the frustrated Yankees will fire strength coach Marty Miller tomorrow.

Zach Greinke gives up 10 hits in 5 innings, including a 1stinning grand slam to Vlad Guerrero, as the Royals lose to the Angels, 7-5. Gary Mathews chips in with 2singles, a double and triple for the Haloes.

At Boston, the A’s score two runs off Jonathon Papelbon in the 9thto tie, then Mike Piazza and Dan Johnson greet Brendan Donnelly in the 10thwith back-to-back doubles and Oakland beats Boston, 5-4. Manny Ramirez becomes the 14th major-leaguer to garner 1,000 hits with two different teams when he reaches a grand with the Boston Red Sox. Ramirez posted 1,086 hits with the Cleveland Indians. The Sox outfielder joins Jake Beckley, Joe Cronin, Carlton Fisk, Jimmie Foxx, Frankie Frisch, Tris Speaker and Joe Torre in the double-grand club.

At Pittsburgh, the Cubs-Pirates match is halted in the bottom of the 7thinning because of rain and completed tomorrow. In the top of the 7thCliff Floyd splashes a two-run homer into the Alleghany River to give the Cubs a 6-5 lead.  They win, 8-6. Derrek Lee has 4 hits, including two doubles, for Chicago: He is in the middle of 8 consecutive games with at least one double (as noted by Ed Hartig). Lee will reach base in his first 26 games this season, something no other Cub has done in the last 50 years.

2ndThe Braves beat the Phillies, 4-3. Rookie C Jarod Saltalamacchia makes his debut for Atlanta, and in doing so claims the distinction of having the longest last name—14 letters—in baseball history.

The Nationals trade OF Chris Snelling to the Athletics for OF Ryan Langerhans, who is dealt for the 2ndtime in a week. Langerhans will play for three different teams in four games.

3rdThe Red Sox edge the Mariners, 8-7, as Manny Ramirez has a pair of homers for the Bosox. Wily Mo Pena is 4-for-4. Ichiro Suzuki steals a base in the 2ndinning to set an AL record with his 41ststraight successful steal. Tim Raines held the old mark.

The Mets lay a six spot in the 9thinning and down the host Diamondbacks, 9-4. Damion Easley and David Wright each hit 3-run homers in the 9th.

Mike Mussina wins his first of the year as the Yankees top the Rangers, 5-2. Doug Mientkiewicz has a homer and 2 RBIs and Derek Jeter has 3 hits and 2 RBIs as he extends his hitting streak to 20 games. According to historian Trent McCotter of SABR, Jeter is just the second major-leaguer since 1900 to get a hit in at least 59 of 61 consecutive games. Joe DiMaggio was the other.

4thAt Yankee Stadium, the Bombers score 5 runs in the 1stbut the Mariners counter with 8 runs in the 5thinning on their way to a 15-11 win over the Yankees. The M’s outhit New York, 20-16, with 7 batters having two or more hits: Raul Ibanez has 4. The loss goes to Colter Bean who gives up 4 runs in the 5thwithout retiring a batter.

5thThe Tigers score 3 in the 8thto down the Royals, 7-5, but it could’ve been worse as RF Mark Teahen throws out one Tiger at 3B and two at home. He joins Mark Kotsay (2000), Brandon Inge (2004), Craig Monroe (2006) and Endy Chavez (2006) as the only outfielders since 2000 to have three assists in a game.

At AT&T Park, the Giants top the Phillies, 9-4.  Barry Bonds belts his 10thhomer in the 2ndand the Phillies walk him three times (one IBB) after that. Phils speedster Shane Victorino, the Flyin’ Hawaiian, swipes a pair of bases, the first N.L. player since Deion Sanders (1995) to post three consecutive multi-steal games. Eliezer Alfonzo is the SF catcher today; Bengie Molina was behind the plate the last two games.

In St. Louis, the Astros pound the Cardinals, 13-0, as Matt Albers allows 3 hits in 7+ innings of work. Mark Loretta has 4 hits and Hunter Pence hits his first ML homer, connecting for a grand slam off the Birds’ Dennis Dove. It is Dove’s last ML appearance.

6thThe Indians defeat the Orioles, 9-6, as C.C. Sabathia (5-0) allows 3 runs in 7 innings.  Trot Nixon strokes 5 hits for the Tribe, including a double, to drive in 4 runs.

Rocket’s re-entry. During a 5-0 win over Seattle at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees announce the signing of Roger Clemens. Darrell Rasner pitches 5 2/3 innings for the victory.

7thBrad Penny (4-0) pitches 7 innings and strikes out 14, as the Dodgers gaff the host Marlins, 6-1. Penny also drives in two runs with a single.  Penny is the ninth Los Angeles Dodgers to strike out 14 or more: Sandy Koufax did it 14 times.

In San Francisco, the Giants score all of their runs in the 5thinning to beat the Mets, 9-3.  Rich Aurilia has a homer and 3 RBIs and Benjie Molina ties the ML record with two homers in the frame. He drives home 5.

Devil Rays reliever Juan Salas is suspended for 50 games, becoming the first player this year to flunk a drug test under MLB’s testing program.

8thThe Mariners edge the Yankees, 3-2. Rookie Matt DeSalvo makes his pinstripe debut as the Yankees become the first team in ML history to use 10 starting pitchers in their first 30 games. New York also becomes the first team since the 1890 Pittsburgh Alleghenys to start 6 rookie pitchers in their first 30 games.

The Astros defeat the Reds, 5-4. Roy Oswalt gets the win for Houston, bringing his career mark against Cincinnati to an dominating 19-1.

The Giants down the Mets, 9-4, scoring all 9 of their runs in the 5thinning. Bengie Molina hits two homers in the frame, the 51stmajor leaguer to accomplish the feat.

9thThe Phillies trounce the Diamondbacks, 9-3. Starting pitchers Jamie Moyer and Randy Johnson set a new mark for oldest starting pitchers in a game, the 3rdtime the record has been broken this season. Ryan Howard chips in with a pinch grand slam for the Phils, the second pinch salami this season.

Alfonso Soriano hits a leadoff homer, off Tom Gorzelanny, as the Cubs beat Pittsburgh, 1-0. Jason Marquis is the complete-game winner.

10thThe Angels drop 5 runs on the Indians in the 4thinning, 3 coming home on Gary Mathews’ homer, then plate another run in the 4thwhen Jose Molina surprises the Tribe by stealing home on the front end of a double steal.  Kelvim Escobar goes the distance in the shutout.

11thRandy Wolf throws 7 shutout innings, striking out 11, as the Dodgers beat the Reds, 2-0. Catcher Russ Martin drives in both runs. When Wolf is on the mound, MLB has barred umpire Jim Wolf from working the plate. The ruling would apparently also require Jim to switch with another umpire if he were calling balls and strikes when Randy entered a game in relief.

The Blue Jays placed P Roy Halladay on the 15-day DL. Halladay has an emergency appendectomy and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

12thThe Braves trounce the Pirates, 9-2. The win is the 2,195thof manager Bobby Cox’s career, moving him past Sparky Anderson into 4thplace on the all-time ML list.

Can I pitch tomorrow, Skip?  In his only outing against Texas this season, the Angels Bartolo Colon (4-0) is victorious, 6-3, allowing 3 runs in 6 innings pitched. It is Colon’s 12thstart against the Rangers and his 12thstraight win against them, tying a ML record.

The Cubs and Phils each have 16 hits and each scores 6 runs in the 7th, but the Phillies prevail, 11-7. Greg Dobbs and Derrick Lee each have 4 hits, while Alfonso Soriano has a pair for Chicago to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. He’s the first Cub to do so in 18 years.

For the second time in three weeks, Ryan Zimmerman belts a 9thinning grand slam against Florida.  This time it is a walkoff winner as the Nationals win, 7-3. It is Zimmerman’s third walkoff homer in less than a year (as noted by Retrosheet). Austin Kearns hits a 6thinning inside-the-park homer for the Nats and scores standing up after Reggie Abercrombie thinks he caught the ball at the fence in CF.

13thThe Red Sox defeat the Orioles, 6-5, as SS Miguel Tejada plays in his 1,118thconsecutive game. It is the 5thlongest such streak in history.

The Giants trounce the Rockies, 15-2. San Francisco rookie OF Fred Lewis hits for the cycle, and becomes the 4thplayer in history to hit his first ML homer as part of the feat. Lewis gets 5 hits in just his 16thgame in the majors. Kevin Frandsen has 4 hits.

At Shea, Damion Easley has 3 hits and 4 RBIs as the Mets pummel the Brewers, 9-1. Milwaukee ace Chris Capuano (5-1) is tagged for 4 runs in 4 innings. Capuano’s season will go in the trash as he goes 0-12 with a 6.08 ERA the rest of 2007. Today’s game marks the beginning of 26 consecutive Brewers losses in games in which Capuano pitches.  He’ll miss all of 2008 and 2009 before returning in 2010.

At Minnesota, the Twins clip the Tigers, 16-4, as Torii Hunter has 3 hits and drives in 7 runs. Two of the hits are homers. Michael Cuddyer also has 3 hits and drives in 4 runs.

In Arlington, in a game that features 8 homeruns by both teams, Nelson Cruz hits a walkoff homer in the 9thas the Rangers edge the Angels, 7-6.  After a hit batsman in the 7thinning, Angels manager Mike Scioscia protests too much and is ejected. Ranger pitcher Hector Carrasco is also tossed. Brad Wilkerson hits into a fly out DP when Sammy Sosa leaves 1B too early tagging up.

The Mariners acquire P Jason Davis from the Indians for a player to be named: the player will be Gregorio Rosario. The M’s will give Davis his release in July.

The Rockies and Marlins exchange pitchers, with Jorge Julio going to Colorado and Byung-Hyun Kim to Florida.

14thThe Cardinals down the Dodgers, 8-4, for the 9,000thwin in franchise history. Only four other teams have won 4,000 or more games.

15thThe Devil Rays edge the Rangers, 4-3, in the 1stML regular season game played in Central Florida. The contest is played in the 9,500-seat minor league park at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex. The game is played in hopes of raising the franchise’s profile in the Orlando area and bolstering TV ratings across Central Florida.

Alexis Rios, from Coffee, AL, jolts the Orioles Daniel Cabrera with a leadoff homer and Jesse Litsch, in his ML debut, pitches 8 2/3 innings for a 2-1 Toronto win. Litsch was a former bat boy for the Devil Rays in 2001-02. As an 8-year-old in Pony League, he went 46-for-46 at bat and pitched 14 no-hit innings.

Ichiro Suzuki’s 5-hit game, the 6thof his career, paces the Mariners to a win over the Angels, 11-3. Jose Lopez has a homer in the M’s 6-run 3rdagainst Kelvim Escobar. Felix Hernandez returns from a stint on the disabled list to pitch 3 2-3 innings, but the win goes to rookie Sean White, in his first ML decision.

The Dodgers beat the Cardinals, 9-7. Rafael Furcal gets 4 hits for the 3rdstraight game, becoming the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat since Marcus Giles in 2003. Milt Stock holds the record of four consecutive four-hit games.

16thHunter Pence is 4-for-4 with a homer as the Astros edge the Giants and Noah Lowry, 2-1. Chris Sampson is the winning pitcher.

At Safeco Field, Oakland’s John Lackay combines with two relievers to stop the Mariners on four hits for a 5-0 win. Ichiro Suzuki has half the hits and steals a base for his AL-record 45thsteal without being caught.

Cole Hamels (6-1) strikes out 11 in 8 innings as the Phillies down the Brewers, 6-2. J.J. Hardy’s two-run homer off Hamels is the only score for the Brew Crew. Aaron Rowand has a three-run homer off Jeff Suppan.

The White Sox and Yankees split a rare doubleheader in Chicago, with the Sox taking the opener, 5-3, and the Yankees coming back to win, 8-1. Wang (2-3) is the winner in the nightcap as he is backed by Hideki Matsui, who has 4 hits and 3 RBIs.  Melky Cabrera and Jorge Posada hit 9thinning homers off Andy Sisco. Derek Jeter has a hit in each game and has now hit in 92 of his last 100 games. According to streak historian Trent McCotter, Jeter is the first to do it since Wee Willie Keeler hit safely in 93 of 100 games in the 19thcentury.

17thThe Angels defeat the Mariners, 7-3. Ichiro Suzuki is caught stealing in the 7thinning to end his AL record streak of 45 consecutive steals.

A scoreless pitching duel between the Twins’ Johan Santana and the Indians’ Fausto Carmona ends in the 7thinning when Victor Martinez and Ryan Garko hit back-to-back homers to pace the Tribe to a 2-0 victory.  Each team makes just 4 hits. Santana (4-4) strikes out 11 in 7 innings, while Carmona (5-1) goes the distance and stops Torii Hunter’s 23-game hit streak.

18thThe Cubs Angel Pagan’s two-run triple helps turn a 3-1 deficit into a 6-3 win over rival Chicago White Sox.

The Rangers placed 3B Hank Blalock on the 60 day DL and called up 3B Travis Metcalf. Blalock will have a rib removed from his upper chest, which qualifies as “shoulder surgery.” He will miss 10-12 weeks.

Lake Elsinore of the Class A California League trounces Lancaster by a score of 30-0. Lancaster’s Aaron Bates will answer tomorrow with 4 homers against the Storm and the day after Lancaster’s Yordany Ramirez will hit for the cycle. The three-game series will feature a dizzying 83 runs, 95 hits and 23 homers.

19thAt Wrigley Field, Derrek Lee cracks a pinch-hit grand slam off Boone Logan in the 6-run 8thto pace the Cubs to an 11-6 win over the White Sox. Starter Jason Marquis does not get the win but he does contribute a 2-run homer. Javier Vazquez goes seven innings, the 24th consecutive start of six innings or more made by White Sox pitchers. (between April 21 and May 19) This is the longest such skein for Sox hurlers since the club’s staff posted 40 straight six-inning outings in 1940.

20thThe Yankees beat the Mets, 6-2, as rookie Tyler Clippard wins in his ML debut. Clippard is the 5thYankee pitcher this season to make his ML debut with a start. The only other team ever to do that in the first 42 games of the season was Kansas City of the Union Association in 1884.

At Fenway, the Red Sox down the Braves, 6-3. Kevin Youkilis is 3-for-3 while Matt Diaz has 4 hits for the Braves.  Andruw Jones strikes out 5 times for Atlanta.

Andy MacPhail is named the President of Baseball Operations of the Baltimore Orioles by owner Peter Angelos. MacPhail had been with the Cubs since 1994 and with the Twins as GM before that.

A Forbes Magazine report estimates the 2006 operating income (earnings before interest, debt and taxes) for all 30 major-league clubs. It shows 11 teams made at least $20 million, 14 at least $10 million and four less than $10 million while only the Yankees lost money; Major League Baseball disputes the accuracy of the report.

23rdThe Royals down the Indians, 11-7. Grady Sizemore and Casey Blake hit homers as the first 2 batters of the game, the third time the Indians have performed the feat in franchise history. Sizemore’s blast was the 11,000thin team history.

24thThe Devil Rays edge the Mariners, 13-12. Ichiro Suzuki, playing in his 1,000thML game, gets 3 hits, giving him 1,414 for his career. It is the 2ndmost hits since 1900 by a player in his first 1,000 games, trailing only Al Simmons who had 1,443.

The Braves defeat the Mets, 2-1, as John Smoltz wins his 200thML game. Smoltz becomes the first pitcher in history to post 200 wins and 150 saves.

25thThe Diamondbacks trounce the Astros, 13-3, as rookie 3B Mark Reynolds goes 5-for-5, including a triple and a pair of homers. He also scores 4 times.

27thIn Los Angeles, the Dodgers garner just 4 hits but beat the Cubs, 2-1 in 11 innings on a walkoff hit by pitch. After three batters walk, one IBB, in the 11th,Carlos Marmol pops Juan Pierre with a pitch driving in pinch hitter Ramon Martinez.

28thAt Angels Stadium, the Mariners clip the Angels 12-5 as Adrian Beltre has four extra base hits, two homers and two doubles.

It’s all in the numbers. Wearing number 28 and pitching in the Reds’ 28thg