2nd The Phillies trade P Jason Grimsley (1-7 in 1991) to the Astros in exchange for P Curt Schilling.
3rd The Red Sox conclude 27 years of spring training at Winter Haven, Florida, by beating the Tigers, 14–4.
4th Chicago White Sox OF Bo Jackson undergoes hip–replacement surgery. He suffered the injury in an NFL game in January of 1991.
6th The Seattle Mariners lose to the Texas Rangers, 12–10, on Opening Day, allowing Texas to score 9 runs with 2 outs in the 8th inning. The game draws 55,918 to the Kingdome.
A crowd of 44,568 sees the Orioles defeat the Indians, 2–0, as they play the first game ever in Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Pitching in his 8th Opener, Rick Sutcliffe hurls the shutout for Baltimore.
Toronto’s Jack Morris sets a record with his 13th consecutive Opening Day start, as he goes all the way in defeating the Tigers, 4–2.
Mets reliever Jeff Innis is credited with the win over the Cardinals in NY’s 4–2 Opening Day victory. In 1991, Innis became the only pitcher in baseball history to appear in at least 60 games with neither a win nor a save.
7th At Opening Day in Philadelphia, Greg Maddux holds the Phils to 6 hits in 7 innings and the Cubs win, 4–3.
Oakland’s 9-run 6thproves too much for the Tigers as they fall to the host A’s, 12-7. Terry Steinbach hits a 3-run homer in the frame and Mark McGwire has 4 RBIs. Cecil Fielder drives in 5 runs for Detroit, 4 on a grand slam.
8th At County Stadium, the Brewers, down a run going into the bottom of the 9th, tie the score, then win 9-5 over the Twins when B.J. Surhoff belts a walkoff grand slam off Rick Aguilera.
At Detroit, the Blue Jays overcome a pair of homers and 6 RBIs from Cecil Fielder to edge the Tigers, 10-9. Robbie Alomar has a 3-run homer for Toronto.
In a barnburner at Riverfront, the Expos outslug the Reds to win, 14-11. Roberto Kelly hits a grand slam in the 2ndfor Cincy, but Montreal scores 8 times in the 4thto complete their scoring.
9th On the first pitch of the Mets–Cardinals game, Vince Coleman and Donovan Osborne are both injured when Coleman beats out a bunt for a hit. Coleman sustains a strained left hamstring while running and Osborne sprains his left ankle while covering on the play in his major league debut. Both players are eventually forced to leave the game, a 7-1 victory for New York.
At Chicago, the Yankees Jim Leyritz hits an 8thinning grand slam off Bobby Thigpen to complete New York’s scoring in an 11-6 win. It is one of three New York homers.
Kirk Gibson belts a 1stinning grand slam for Detroit, but California comes back for a 7-5 win.
Prosecutors drop rape charges against Mets P Dwight Gooden and OF Vince Coleman and Daryl Boston. On March 3, a 31–year–old woman had accused the players of raping her on March 30, 1991.
10th In his 5th season, San Diego’s Dave Eiland becomes the 9th pitcher in history to homer in his first major league at bat, connecting against Bob Ojeda of the Dodgers in an 8–3 Padre win. Eiland allows one unearned run in 4 innings and gets lifted after giving up a leadoff single in the 5th. The winless Eiland will end the year on another trivia record note: he joins Buster Narum and Ed Hobaugh, both in 1963, as pitchers with more homers than wins in a year. Rookie pitcher Jim Bullinger will also homer on his first ML at bat this year. Fred McGriff helps put the game away with a 7th inning grand slam off John Candelaria.
11th Cleveland 2B Carlos Baerga is 6-for-9 in the Indians 7–5, 19-inning loss to the Red Sox. Tim Noehring’s 2-run homer in the top of the 19th, off Eric Bell, is the difference for the Sox. Mike Gardiner, the last of 6 relievers, is the winner.
Montreal’s Archi Cianfrocco gets the most from his first ML hit, collecting 3 ribbies on a single. The runners were off with the pitch with two out and a 3-2 count and Spike Owen scores from 1B. The Expos beat the Mets, 9–2.
At Oakland, Dan Pasqua belts a 3rd-inning grand slam, off Dave Stewart, as Chicago takes a 6-0 lead over the A’s. But Oakland comes back to tie the score in the 9th and win it, 7-6, in the 10th on Rickey Henderson’s RBI single.
12th Red Sox P Matt Young does not give up a hit but walks 7 in hurling an 8-inning, complete game no-hitter against the Indians. He loses, however, to Charles Nagy by a score of 2–1, in the first game of a twinbill. Stolen bases figure in each Tribe score as Kenny Lofton steals 4 bases. John Flaherty, in his ML debut, is behind the plate. In the second contest, Boston’s Roger Clemens hurls a 2-hit shutout, winning, 3–0. The Indians’ 2 hits in the twinbill sets a major league record, breaking the old mark of 3 held by 4 teams.
The Angels trade SS Dick Schofield to the Mets for P Julio Valera and a player to be named later (Julian Vasquez).
13th The Yankees (5–0) and Blue Jays (6–0), meet, marking only the third time this century that 2 unbeaten teams had met so late in the season. The Yankees win, 5–2.
Darnell Coles triples in the 8thinning to drive in the go-ahead run as Toronto beats Seattle, 6-5. Omar Vizquel hits a grand slam for the M’s.
In Cleveland, the Tigers do all their scoring in the last three innings as they break a six-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over the Indians. Rob Deer and Mark Carreon hit back-to-back homers in the 7th. In their six-game losing streak to start the season, the Tigers were never in the lead in any of the games, the first team since 1900 to start a campaign that way.
16th Seattle manager Bill Plummer mistakenly fills out a lineup card with two first baseman and no DH. It doesn’t help as the Mariners go on to lose the game to the White Sox, 5–4.
17th Phillies SS Kim Batiste commits 4 errors in a 7–4 loss to Pittsburgh.
Randy Milligan hits a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as Baltimore beats Detroit, 8-0. Rick Sutcliffe allows 4 hits in throwing the shutout.
20th The Cubs Greg Maddux (3-0) beats the Phillies again, this time at Wrigley, 8–3. He also clouts a long HR onto Waveland Avenue. Gary Scott adds a 4th-inning grand slam, off Kyle Abbott (0-3).
In Montreal, the Pirates break the game wide open with a 9-run 9th to sink the Expos, 11-1. Barry Bonds clouts a 3-run homer and Kirk Gibson belts a grand slam, off Bill Sampen.
Alan Trammell, Cecil Fielder and Mickey Tettleton ring Big Ben McDonald for consecutive homers on a total of 7 pitches in the 4th inning to take a 4-0 lead. Tettleton’s homer bounces off the warehouse. But the Orioles score 5 in the bottom of the frame and 7 more in the 7th to beat Detroit, 12-4. Sam Horn adds a homer in the 4th, hitting one into the CF bleachers 420 feet away, the first player to do so. Mike Devereaux has 3 hits, including a homer.
21stAt the Metrodome, the Brewers score 3 runs in the 10thon 3 hits and 2 steals to beat the Twins, 10-8. Kent Hrbek hits a grand slam for Minnesota.
22nd At Arlington, Travis Fryman scores 4 runs and collects 4 hits, including a homer, as Detroit outslugs Texas, 12-8. Rafael Palmeiro has a grand slam for Texas.
23rdDave Winfield hits the Twins second grand slam in 3 days, but again it fall short as the they lose to the Tigers, 12-4. Travis Fryman drives in 4 runs and hits a 3 run-homer.
24th Former 14-year major leaguer Derrel Thomas is arrested on drug charges in Los Angeles.
Former Yankees vice president Leonard Kleinman drops his $30 million lawsuit against baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent. The suit had been one of the obstacles standing in the way of George Steinbrenner’s reinstatement with the Yankees.
25thIn the Pirates 1–0 win over the host Cubs, the Bucs are helped by a helmet. With Kirk Gibson on first, Jay Bell hits a grounder that strikes Gibson’s helmet, which had flown off. The ball rebounds to Sandberg who throws to Walker and the relay to Salazar nabs Gibson. As Andy Van Slyke notes, the play goes “7 1/2 to 4 to 5 to 6.” Bell reaches on the infield single and Van Slyke follows with a double for the only run. Tomlin (4–0) is the winner over Greg Maddux (3–1).
At Anaheim, Tino Martinez slugs a 2nd-inning grand slam and the Mariners ride it to a 10-6 win over the Angels. Junior Felix has a 3-run homer for California.
26thThe Royals go to 2-16 with a decisive 9-0 win over the host Blue Jays. KC’s first two hitters, Keith Miller and Brian McRae hit homers and score seven runs to back Mark Gubiscza’s 7 innings of shutout ball.
30th The Dodgers-Phillies game in Los Angeles is postponed as a result of riots prompted by the Rodney King verdict.
The White Sox cuff Nolan Ryan around, scoring 7 runs off him in 2+ innings, en route to a 12-1 win over the Rangers. Jack McDowell goes to 5-0 with the effort. George Bell has 5 hits and scores 4 runs.
Junior Felix is 4-for-4 with a homer and 6 RBIs as California whip the host Indians, 8-5.