1st No joke. Actor and former major leaguer Johnny Berardino is awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Berardino appeared as Dr. Steve Hardy on General Hospital. He joins another major leaguer Chuck Connor, who has a star on Hollywood Boulevard, as well as Gene Autry, who has five stars. The Angels retired #26 in honor of Autry.
2nd In the final spring training game for the Red Sox, Frank Viola and Corey Bailey combine to no-hit the Phillies, winning, 10–0.
3rd The Rockies sign free agent vet Dale Murphy. The two-time MVP will hit just .143 in 26 games for the Rocks.
5th At Joe Robbie Stadium, the Florida Marlins make their NL debut with a 6-3 win over the Dodgers. Jeff Conine goes 4-for-4 while Charlie Hough gets the win. Joe DiMaggio throws out the first ball.
At Shea Stadium, the Colorado Rockies make their NL debut, losing to the Mets by a score of 3-0. Andres Galarraga gets a pair of hits for Colorado but is thrown out in the 9th trying to stretch a single. David Nied takes the loss, giving up a homer to Bobby Bonilla.
The First Couple is 0-for-2 as President Clinton throws out the first ball in Baltimore and then watches the Orioles lose, 7–4, to Texas. In Chicago, Hillary Clinton throws out the first ball, but Greg Maddux, signed by the Braves as a free agent, allows 5 hits in 8 1/3 innings to beat his old team, the Chicago Cubs, 1–0.
Eric Fox hits an 8thinning grand slam, off Tom Bolton as Oakland beats the visiting Tigers, 9-4.
6th In his NL debut, Cubs P Juan Guzman takes a perfect game into the 8th inning against Atlanta, finally settling for a 1-hit, 1-0 victory. Otis Nixon’s single with 2 outs in the 9th is the Braves’ only hit. It is the first time in ML history that teams have traded 1-0 wins in the first two games of the season.
The Phils Mitch Williams changes his uniform number from 28 to 99, the highest number in history. He picks up a save today and vows to throw at 99 mph every outing.
8th Indians 2B Carlos Baerga becomes the first player in major league history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning, connecting in the 9-run 7th inning of Cleveland’s 15-5 win over the Yankees.
At Riverfront, Roberto Kelly hits a grand slam in the 2nd to give the Reds a brief lead, but Montreal scores 8 in the 4th to go ahead, eventually winning, 14-11. Kevin Mitchell has 4 hits for Cincy
9th The Rockies defeat the Expos, 11-4, before 80,227 fans in the first major league game played at Mile High Stadium in Colorado.
Chicago’s Bo Jackson homers on his first swing after coming back from hip replacement surgery. Bo stays in the game playing LF. Jim Leyritz has 3 hits and his last one is an 8th inning grand slam for New York, who win, 11-6.
Brewers OF Darryl Hamilton sets an AL record by handling his 541st consecutive chance without an error. Milwaukee defeats the Athletics, 6-5.
11th Expos second sacker Mike Lansing gets 5 hits in Montreal’s 19-9 win over the Rockies. Lansing had been inserted into the lineup when Delino DeShields came down with chicken pox.
13th Cardinals’ P Lee Smith sets an all-time major league record with his 358th career save, breaking Jeff Reardon’s mark. Smith preserves St. Louis’ 9-7 win over the Dodgers.
The Tigers defeat the Athletics, 20-4. Rob Deer, Mickey Tettleton, and Travis Fryman each contribute 3-run homers. Detroit collects 18 hits and leaves 12 on base.
14th P Graeme Lloyd and C Dave Nilsson form the first all-Australian battery in major league history in the Brewers’ 12-2 loss to the Angels. The 2 Aussies pitch in the 9th, when the Angels score 6 runs, after scoring 5 in the 8th.
Padres second baseman Tim Teufel strokes 5 hits in a losing cause as San Diego falls to the Pirates, 11-7.
15th Boston’s Andre Dawson slams the 400th HR of his career in the Red Sox 4-3 win over the Indians. Boston scores a pair of runs in the 13th off Eric Plunk for the W.
The Tigers best Oakland, 3-2, giving manager Sparky Anderson his 2,000th career win. Only 6 men in the history of the game have won more.
17th Seven players score as the Tigers score 20 runs in a game for the second time this week, beating the Mariners, 20-3. Rob Deer is 1-for-2 and scores 4 runs, while Fryman has 4 hits and scores 5 runs. Kreuter adds 4 hits and 3 runs and Thurman paces the Bengals with 4 RBIs. Hampton takes the loss with 2.1 innings of work.
In the Orioles’ 7-5 loss to the Angels, Baltimore winds up with 3 runners on 3rd base in a rare display of dumb baseball. With the bases loaded and one out, OF Mike Devereaux hits a fly ball which is trapped by CF Chad Curtis. Curtis throws home. Jeff Tackett, the baserunner on 3rd, returns to the base after running halfway home. Brady Anderson, who was on 2nd, advanced to 3rd. Chito Martinez, the baserunner on 1st, rounded 2nd and headed for 3rd. Angel C John Orton walked to 3rd where he tagged all 3 runners. Tackett was called out on a force, and Martinez was called out, completing the inning-ending double play.
18th The game between the Giants and Braves at Candlestick Park is delayed for 5 minutes when fans shower the field with souvenir baseballs. When order is restored, the Giants go on to defeat the Braves, 13-12 in 11 innings.
22nd Seattle’s Chris Bosio hurls a 7-0 no-hitter against the Red Sox. He walks the first 2 batters he faces, fires a DP ball, then finishes the game by retiring the last 26 Red Sox in a row.
23rd Milwaukee pitchers Cal Eldred and Jesse Orosco combine to shut out Texas on 1 hit in a 3-0 win. Eldred hurls the first 8 innings while Orosco pitches the 9th to get the save. Rafael Palmeiro’s double is the only hit.
24thIn Chicago, the Reds smack two grand slams, one by Chris Sabo in the 1st inning and another by Joe Oliver in the 7th, to beat the Cubs, 15-5.
At the Metrodome, the Tigers smack five homers to whip the Twins, 17-1. Lou Whitaker has a 3-run homer and 4 ribbies, and Mickey Tettleton, who did not start the game, has a grand slam.
Modesto A’s catcher Izzy Molino cycles and collects 8 RBIs in a 22–1 blasting of Stockton.
25thAt the Kingdome, the Yankees score a run in the 6thand hold on for a 10-9 win over Seattle. Tino Martinez hits a solo blast for the M’s in the 9thto cut the margin, and Pete O’Brien hits a grand slam in the 3rd.
At Mile High Stadium, Junior Felix hits a grand slam, off Scot Aldred, as the Marlins score 8 runs in the 4thand beat the Rockies, 11-1.
26th The Phillies come back from an 8-0 deficit to defeat the Giants, 9-8 in 10 innings. The winning run scores on a wild pitch.
Mets P Dwight Gooden hurts his shoulder when he is struck by a golf club teammate Vince Coleman is swinging in the clubhouse.
27th Pirates knuckler Tim Wakefield (3-2) tosses 172 pitches in defeating Atlanta, 6-2, in 11 innings. It is the most pitches thrown by a pitcher in one game in the 1990s. Fernando Valenzuela, in 1987, was the last to throw that many pitches in a game.
In his first start since pitching a no-hitter five days ago, Chris Bosio throws 5 shutout innings but breaks his collarbone covering 1B in the 5thinning on a 3-6-1 double play. Jeff Treadway grounds into the DP and then collides with Bosio. Seattle beats Cleveland, 4-0, as Delucia and Charlton finish up for Bosio, who will be on the DL for a month.
Yankee P Jimmy Key holds the Angels to one hit in pitching NY to a 5-0 victory. A 6th inning single by Gary DiSarcina is California’s only safety.
29th Toronto 1B John Olerud strokes 5 hits in the Blue Jays’ 8-0 win over the Royals.
30th Milwaukee’s Graeme Lloyd becomes the first Australian to win a major league game by defeating the Rangers, 5-4.
Frank Thomas belts an RBI double and a grand slam, off Todd Stottlemyre, to lead the White Sox to a 10-2 victory over the visiting Blue Jays. Alex Fernandez (3-2) goes 7 innings for the win.