2003 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.