1990 April

9th  On Opening Day, Houston’s Glenn Davis ties a ML record when he is hit by pitches 3 times in an 8–4, 11-inning loss to the Reds. For the Reds, it is just their 3rd road opener since 1876. On hand are members of the 1965 Yankees and 1965 Astros, the two teams that opened the Astrodome. Of the 32 old timers on hand, former Astro Nolan Ryan has struck out 14 of them.

On Opening Day in Texas, the Rangers beat Toronto, 4–2. Texas ace Nolan Ryan pitches 7 innings of no hit ball and then is lifted by Bobby Valentine. Because of the baseball strike, Ryan had pitched just 7 innings of spring training and Valentine does not want to risk injury.

At Kansas City, Sam Horn blasts a pair of three-run homers to pace the Orioles to a 7–6, 11-inning win over the Royals. It is the most RBIs on Opening Day by an Oriole.

At St. Louis, the Cardinals edge the Expos, 6–5, in 11 innings.  Rookie Delino DeShields has 4 hits, including a pair of doubles, half the Expo hit total. He’s just the 2nd player (11th overall) to debut on Opening Day with 4 hits.

At Shea, the Pirates pound Doc Gooden (0-1) for 5 runs in 4.1 innings and go on to win, 12–3. Doug Drabek gets the win as Bonilla and Van Slyke homer to back his pitching. Gooden has a losing record for the first time in 9 seasons.

At Chicago, the White Sox open against Milwaukee, winning, 2–1. Cuban-born Tony Fossas pitches a rare 6th inning, retiring the side on 3 pitches, but then gives up the winning run in the 7th.

10th  Wade Boggs is intentionally walked 3 times in Boston’s 4–2 win over Detroit, tying the ML record for a 9-inning game.

In the home opener at Toronto, President George Bush, guest of Canadian PM Brian Mulroney, becomes the 1st US president to throw out a first pitch on foreign soil. Toronto then beats Texas, 2-1 in front of 49,673.

Rain washes out the Indians opener at home against the Yankees.

11th  California’s Mark Langston and Mike Witt combine to no-hit the Mariners 1–0 for the first combined no-hitter in the major leagues since 1976. It is Langston’s first start for the Angels since signing as a free agent in the off-season. 1B Wally Joyner makes an error in the 5th when he overthrows Langston on Pete O’Brien’s grounder. O’Brien tries for 2B, not realizing that C Lance Parrish baked up the play and has the ball. He’s thrown out.

The A’s Mike Norris relieves Mike Moore in 8th and pitches 2 scoreless innings in a 3–0 win over Minnesota. It is Norris’s first ML appearance since 1983 because of drug, shoulder and tax problems.

At the SkyDome, Texas scores 5 runs in each of the first two innings to beat the Blue Jays, 11-5.  Pete Incaviglia has a 3-run homer and drives in 5 runs, while George Bell has a grand slam for Toronto, connecting in the 3rdoff Kevin Brown.

12th  San Francisco’s Brett Butler ties the ML record by drawing 5 walks in a 13–4 win over Atlanta. Two other players will draw 5 walks this year, but they will need extra innings to do it.

The Yankees open the season in New York in front of 50,114 with Billy Martin’s son throwing out the first ball. The Yankees win 6–4 win over the Indians, scoring twice in the 8th inning to break a 4–4 tie. Luis Polonia’s hit breaks the tie and the Yanks score another run on an error. Eric Plunk is the winner over Jesse Orosco. Polonia will be rewarded for his hit by being sent to the Angels in two weeks for Claudell Washington.

13th  In Seattle, the Mariners show off their new mascot, The Mariner Moose, who dances on the field at the Kingdome. The Oakland A’s are not amused, banging on 21 hits, including 4 by Rickey Henderson, who homers to lead off the game. Oakland has a 12-1 lead after 4 innings and wins, 15-7.

14th  Bret Saberhagen gets the win and Mark Davis earns the save as Kansas City beats Toronto, 3–1. It is the first time ever that 2 reigning Cy Young Award winners have figured in the same victory.

16th  At Fenway, the Brewers have 20 hits, but no HRs, in pounding Boston, 18–0. It is Milwaukee’s largest shutout margin ever. Dave Parker has 4 hits including 3 doubles as Teddy Higuera is the easy winner over Mike Boddicker.  All 5 Sox pitchers allow runs.

17th  At Shea, the Cubs steal 5 bases, Lloyd McClendon hits a grand slam—his only homer of the year, and Jerome Walton scores 3 runs as the Cubs win, 8-6.  Chicago scores 2 unearned runs in the 13th for the victory.

At Tiger Stadium, the Yankees defeat the Tigers, 4-1, as Tim Leary earns the decision. In the 2nd, Roberto Kelly is picked off 1B but is safe at 2B when the second baseman drops the throw. Kelly is then picked off 2B and is thrown out at 3B, just the 5th player in ML history to be caught stealing twice in an inning.  He does steal successfully in the 9th.

18th  In a 6–2 win at San Francisco, Dodger 1B Eddie Murray homers from both sides of the plate, the first major leaguer to pull the feat in both leagues.  Murray has done it 8 times in the AL. Brooks adds a HR for LA and Mike Morgan takes the win.

20th  Less than a year after being banished from baseball for his illegal gambling activities, all-time hit king Pete Rose pleads guilty to 2 felony counts of filing false income tax returns. On July 19th, he will be sentenced to 5 months in prison and fined $50,000.

Seattle’s Brian Holman has a perfect no-hitter with one out to go but loses it on his first pitch to the A’s Ken Phelps. Phelps hits a HR, but then Holman fans Rickey Henderson for a 6–1 win.

21st  The Reds beat the Braves 8–1 to run their record to 9-0, the best start in club history. The lone Brave score is a HR by Dale Murphy, his 335th as an Atlanta Braves, passing Hank Aaron. The Reds will lose tomorrow to Atlanta, the team with the best (13–0 in 1982) start ever.

California’s Bert Blyleven lasts just 4 innings, allowing 7 runs in an 8–0 loss to Minnesota. Blyleven allows 9 hits, including homers to Hrbek and Randy Bush. He’s now reached the 400 mark in gopher balls, 7th on the all-time list. West is the winner with help from Candelaria.

Pedro Guerrero has a grand slam and 5 RBIs for the Cardinals but the Phillies outlast the Birds to win, 7-6, in 10 innings at Busch. The Phillies outhit the Cards, 19 to 9.

22nd At Shea, Sid Fernandez fires a 2-hit shutout as the Mets stop the Expos, 5-0. Tim Raines has both hits and adds 2 stolen bases.  It is the third time in his career that Raines has had the Expos only hits. Keith Miller hits a 2-run homer and Tim Teufel has a 2-run pinch single.

23rd Joe Carter hits a 1st-inning grand slam and drives in 7 runs as the Padres blast the visiting Giants, 13-3. Andy Benes goes 6 innings for the win.

In a White Sox-Cubs exhibition game, Steve Lyons plays all 9 positions for the South Siders. The Sox win, 6-5.

25th At Fenway, gimpy-legged Bill Buckner, 41, hoofs out an inside-the-park home run for the Red Sox, easily beating the throw in from Claudell Washington, who had fallen into the RF stands.  It will be Buckner’s only homer in this, the last, season of his four-decade career as he will play just 22 games. The Red Sox lose, 3–1, to the Angels Kirk McCaskill.

26th  Nolan Ryan pitches a one-hitter and sets a Ranger record with 16 strikeouts in a 1–0 win over the White Sox. It is Ryan’s 12th career one-hitter (which ties him with ML leader Bob Feller) and 200th career game with at least 10 strikeouts.

27th  Dodgers ace Orel Hershiser will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his pitching shoulder. He hadn’t missed a start since joining the club’s rotation in 1984.

Wally Backman goes 6-for-6 in Pittsburgh’s 9–4 win over San Diego to become the first NL player in 15 years to get 6 hits in a game.

Frank Viola (4-0) and two relievers allow 3 hits as the Mets shut out the Astros, 1-0. Mark Carreon’s homer is the game’s lone score.

The Phillies plate 6 runs in the last 2 innings to beat the Braves, 7-1.  The big blow is a grand slam in the 8th by Carmelo Martinez.

28th  Frank Tanana wins his 200th career game, as Detroit tops Milwaukee, 13–5.

At Fenway, the Red Sox beat the A’s, 12–3. At the 12:07 start, the temperature is 95 degrees; when the game ends 3 hours, 50 minutes later, the temperature is 55 degrees and windy.

29th  The Cubs Greg Maddux sets a ML record for pitchers when he records 7 putouts in a 4–0 win over the Dodgers. Maddux will record 39 putouts for the year to tie Vic Willis’s NL mark for the century set in 1904.  Greg will then match it again in 1991 and 1993.

Rather than go on the disabled list for the first time in his career, Dan Quisenberry announces his retirement. The Q man retires as the all-time AL save king with 238.

30thSteve Finley takes away a 3-run homer from Lance Parrish when he makes an 8th inning catch above the wall. The play preserves a tie and the Orioles then win, 2–1, in the 12th inning over the visiting Angels.