1st Expos trade OF Otis Nixon and minor league 3B Sol Rodriguez to the Braves in exchange for C Jimmy Kremers and a player to be named later.
3rd Nolan Ryan and his son, Reid, pitch against each other as the Rangers take on the University of Texas. Reid, a 19-year-old freshman, gives up 4 runs in 2 innings, and is down 4–1 to his father when he leaves the game. Dad gives up 5 hits, 3 runs, and strikes out 7 in 5 innings, as the Rangers win 12–5.
The White Sox sign former Royal Bo Jackson to a contract which could earn him more than $8 million over 3 years if he is healthy.
7th Phillies obtain P Mitch Williams from the Cubs in exchange for P Chuck McElroy and P Bob Scanlan.
8th Major league umpires strike on Opening Day, as amateur umps are used as replacements. The arbiters, whose working agreement expired on December 31, will settle and return to work the next day. Among the benefits won by the union is an increase in starting salaries from $41,000 to $60,000.
Nolan Ryan starts and Goose Gossage pitches in relief for Texas in a 5-4 loss to Milwaukee. It marks the first time a 300-game winner hurls in the same contest as a teammate with 300 saves.
Jack Clark bangs a 3rd-inning grand slam, off Dave Stieb, and Roger Clemens pitches visiting Boston to a 6-2 win over Toronto. Clark, the NL leader in RBIs the past two seasons, signed with Boston in December.
9th The average baseball salary on Opening Day reaches a record $891,188, with 223 players making at least $1 million.
10th Scott Sanderson hurls 8 no-hit innings against the Tigers in his first appearance as a Yankee. He surrenders a wind-blown double to Tony Phillips on his first pitch of the 9th, and is replaced by Greg Cadaret, who finishes the 1-hitter for a 4-0 NY victory.
Sixty-eight-year-old Minnie Minoso is denied a chance to appear in a professional game in his 6th consecutive decade by baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent. Minoso had been scheduled to suit up for the independent Miami Miracle of the Class A Florida State League in their April 13 game against the Ft. Lauderdale Yankees. Vincent refuses to allow Minoso to sign a contract, even for a single night.
11th Oakland pitcher Eric Show goes on the disabled list with an infected thumb from repeatedly biting his nails.
Astros SS Eric Yelding rushes the mound after Reds pitcher Rob Dibble throws a pitch behind Yelding in the Astros’ 4-1 victory. Yelding will be fined $1,000 and suspended one day for his actions, while Dibble will receive a 3-game suspension.
Montreal’s Rick Mahler gives up 5 runs in less than 5 innings as the Mets beat Montreal, 6–3. For Mahler, it is his 11th consecutive loss to the Mets. Last year he suffered his 11th consecutive defeat against Houston.
13th California’s Dave Winfield collects 15 total bases and 6 RBIs on 3 HRs, a double and single in the Haloes 15-9 win over the Twins.
14th In the 3rd inning of the Rangers 15–3 win over the Orioles, Nolan Ryan becomes the 12th pitcher in history to reach 5,000 innings pitched. Ryan notches the victory for his 1st win of the year and his 1st over the Orioles in 15 years. Since beating the Birds as an Angel, in 1976, Ryan had lost 9 straight.
15th Phillies pitcher Jason Grimsley uncorks 4 wild pitches in a 5–4 loss to the Cubs.
Donning the power tools of ignorance, catcher Steve Decker and P Bud Black start together for the Giants against the Dodgers, marking the first Black & Decker battery in major league history. Black pitches 7 innings and loses the contest, 2–1, while Decker gets 1 hit in 4 at bats.
Mariners hurler Randy Johnson commits a balk in the 4th inning of a game against Minnesota when the Seattle mascot, Mariner Moose, throws a bag of peanuts onto the Kingdome turf. Johnson shakes it off and goes the distance in the 8-4 victory for his 1st win of the season.
At Fenway, Brook Jacoby hits a 13th inning homer to give the Indians a 1-0 win over the Red Sox. Charles Nagy pitches 8+ innings of shutout ball and Matt Young allows 2 hits in 9 innings for the Sox.
At County Stadium, Sam Horn hits an 8th-inning grand slam for Baltimore as the O’s beat the Brewers, 7-2.
18th Orioles 1B Glenn Davis commits 4 errors in an 11-inning 4-3 loss to the Brewers to tie the AL single game mark originally set in 1939 by Jim Wasdell of the Senators.
The White Sox play the first game ever in the new Comiskey Park, losing 16-0 to the Tigers. Frank Tanana hurls the 7-hit shutout for Detroit.
19th In Pittsburgh, Andre Dawson belts a pinch grand slam in the 9th to give the Cubs a short-lived 4-3 lead, but the Pirates score 2 to win, 5-4. Jeff King drives home the winner. Andy Van Slyke has a homer and 3 RBIs.
20th Mike LaValliere hits a grand slam in the Pirates 6-run 6th as the Bucs down the Cubs, 9-3.
21st Pittsburgh becomes the first team in ML history to come back from a 5-run deficit in the bottom half of an extra inning to win a game. After the Cubs score 5 runs, 4 on a grand slam by Andre Dawson, his second in 3 days, the Pirates strike 6 times in the 11th inning to eke out a 13-12 victory. Don Slaught’s double with 2 on ends the inning in which the Bucs collect 5 hits.
Milwaukee scores 5 runs in the 8th to tie Toronto at 8 apiece and then win in the 10th on Robin Yount’s 3-run homer.
The Giants Steve Decker connects in the 9th inning off Curt Schilling for a game-ending HR as San Francisco beats Houston, 1-0.
After losing his 1st two starts when the Twins were shut out, Scott Erickson is victorious, 4–3, at California. He allows 5 hits and benefits from an tie-breaking unearned run off reliever Mark Eichhorn. It is the start of a 12-game win streak for Erickson, who will go 20–8 on the year.
22nd Giants 2B Robby Thompson hits for the cycle in a 7-5 loss to the Padres. Thompson triples in the 1st, homers in the 3rd, singles in the 6th, and doubles in the 9th.
23rd Rob Dibble of the Reds fans 6 consecutive Astros to tie the NL record for most Ks in a row by a relief pitcher. Dibble records his 2nd save of the year as the Reds defeat the Astros, 3-1.
Manager Nick Leyva is fired by the Phillies after just 13 games, and replaced by Jim Fregosi. It is the second-fastest firing in major league history. Cal Ripken Sr. was fired by Baltimore after 6 games in 1988. Under Fregosi, the Phils lose their 10th in 14 games, dropping a 2–1 decision to the Mets. Jason Grimsley is the loser as both Mets score on walks.
In the top of the 6th at Fenway, the Jays John Olerud is at bat when Sox pitcher Roger Clemens catches Joe Carter napping and picks off the base runner unassisted at 1B. Carter was caught by pitcher John Cerutti the same way in 1986.
24th Houston rookie P Darryl Kile hurls 6 hitless innings against Cincinnati in his first big league start. Manager Art Howe removes him with the no-hitter intact rather than risk an injury to his arm. The Reds finally manage a single off Curt Schilling in the 9th as Houston wins, 1-0, in 13 innings.
At Dodger Stadium, Kal Daniels has a grand slam and drives in 6 runs as the Dodgers trim the Braves, 8-4.
26th Roger Clemens’ appeal of the 5-game suspension and $10,000 fine levied against him for his confrontation with umpire Jim Evans and threat to “get” umpire Terry Cooney during the 1990 AL playoffs isdenied by commissioner Fay Vincent.
28th Jack Morris of the Twins wins the 200th game of his career, defeating the Mariners, 8-2. He is the 89th hurler to reach the mark.
Philadelphia hurler Jason Grimsley sets a major league mark by tossing a wild pitch in his 9th consecutive game (dating back to 1990), but Grimsley notches a 9–2 win over the Padres. The old record of 8 was set in 1985 by Jaimie Cocanower of the Brewers. In the same contest, the Phillies turn the first triple play in the 20-year history of Veterans Stadium. It happens in the 1st inning after the initial two batters walk: Randy Ready catches Gwynn’s line drive, steps on 2B, then steps around the runner Tony Fernandez to throw to 1B, missing a chance for an unassisted triple play. Afterwards, Ready says, “”I really didn’t think about it at the time. My instincts just said to throw the ball to first and get the easy play and that’s what I did.”
After recording the final out in his save of the Reds 4-3 win over the Cubs, Cincinnati pitcher Rob Dibble takes the ball from catcher Joe Oliver and hurls it into the center field bleachers, where it strikes Meg Porter, a 27-year-old first-grade teacher. Dibble later apologizes for his tantrum, saying, “I have to mature. I have to come to grips with it.” The righthander will receive a 4-game suspension for his actions.
The Expos top the host Cardinals, 9-6, when Marquis Grissom clubs a grand slam in the 8th inning, off Juan Agosto. Grissom has 4 hits and 5 RBIs in the game.
30th Delino DeSheilds hits a leadoff game-ending homerun in the 9th inning off Mike Morgan to give Montreal a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers. It is just the 2nd hit off Morgan in the game. Dennis Martinez is the victor.
Rob Deer has a grand slam and 5 RBIs to lead the Tigers to a 13-7 win over the host Royals.