2008 April

1st      Mets starter Pedro Martinez serves up homers to the Marlins in both the first and second innings, the first time in his career he had surrendered homers in each of the first two innings of a game (according to the Elias Sports Bureau). The Mets battle back from the 4-0 deficit, but Robert Andino, in his only at bat, hits a walkoff homer in the 10th off Matt Wise. The Marlins win, 5-4.

2ndBehind John Lester’s 6 2/3 innings pitched, the Red Sox shut out the Athletics, 5-0. Boston 1B Kevin Youkilis sets a ML record for first basemen with his 194th consecutive errorless game. The previous mark was held by Steve Garvey.

The Nationals shut out the Phillies, 1-0. Tim Redding hurls 7 innings of one-hit ball for Washington, with Luis Ayala and Jon Rauch completing the one-hitter.

3rdThe Reds down the Diamondbacks, 3-2, as rookie P Johnny Cueto allows just 1 hit in 7 innings, while striking out 10, in his ML debut. David Weathers, Mike Lincoln and Francisco Cordero hold Arizona hitless over the last 2 frames to finish the 1-hitter. No other in modern history, since 1900, had reached double figures in strikeouts in his debut while walking none.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees push across a run in the 8thto beat the Blue Jays, 3-2. Phil Hughes became the youngest pitcher since 1921 to start one of the Yankees’ first three games in a season as he gives up 2 runs in 6 innings. Hall-of-Famer Waite Hoyt, who started the second game of the Yanks’ 1921 season, was the youngest before Hughes.

The Cardinals shut out the Rockies, 3-0, in a game that ends the Birds streak of 165 consecutive regular-season sellouts. Brad Thompson pitches 6 2/3 innings for the win.

In the Pirates’ 4-3, 10-inning win at Turner Field, Braves righty reliever Chris Resop starts the 10th, goes to LF, then returns to the mound to finish up. Resop, who had played some outfield in the minors, walks two batters who advance on a passed ball. Lefty Royce Ring comes in and records a strikeout. Resop returns to the mound and gives up an RBI-single to Xavier Nady. The last pitcher to go to the outfield and then return to the mound was Jeff Nelson of the Seattle Mariners in 1993, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Braves pitching woes begin before the game when Jeff Bennett has to make emergency start after Mike Hampton strains a chest muscle while warming up in the bullpen.  Hampton was to make his first appearance since August 2005, but his first appearance will now be pushed back to July 26.

4thIn Milwaukee, the Brewers down the Giants, 13-4, as Bill Hall drives in 6 runs with 3 hits, including a pair of homers.  Cecil Fielder has 3 RBIs and scores 3 times while Rickie Weeks scores 3 runs. Including 13 games to finish the 2007 season, Weeks has scored in 17 straight games to tie the NL record.  Red Rolfe holds the ML record with 18 straight games (as noted by Cy Morong).

5thIn Anaheim, Jared Weaver pitches 7 scoreless innings, allowing 3 runs, as the Angels edge the Rangers, 2-1. The loss goes to Kevin Millwood, who tosses a complete game scattering 12 hits. The Rangers had played 195 consecutive games without a pitcher throwing a complete game.  The last pitcher to do so, in 2006, was Millwood.

Chris Young belts two homers and Justin Upton adds one as the Diamondbacks down the Rockies, 7-2.  Brandon Webb (2-0) goes 7 innings for the win. Todd Helton has a double and his 2ndhomer in two days for the Rocks. With his homer, the 20-year-old Upton joins Willie Mays (1951), Mel Ott (1929) and Jimmy Sheckard (1898) as the only major-leaguers 20-years-old or younger to homer in three straight games.

The Marlins acquire 3B Wes Helms and cash from the Phillies for a player to be named. Helms hit .329 when he played for the Marlins in 2006.

6thAt Angels Stadium, Texas catcher Gerald Laird has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and 6 RBIs as the Rangers club the Angels, 10-4. Vincente Padilla records his first win of the year.

7thAt Coors Field, Tom Glavine of the Braves allows just 3 hits and no runs but his reliever Blaine Boyer serves up a 2-run CF homer to Matt Holliday in the 8thas the Rockies, edge the Braves, 2-1. The game is clocked at 2:05 making it the fastest game ever played at Coors Field.

In an exciting match at Anaheim, the Indians score 3 in the 9thto take a 4-2 lead over the Angels. Closer Jor Borowski can’t hold the lead, serving up a walkoff grand slam to Torii Hunter as the Angels win, 6-4.

8thThe Red Sox shut out the Tigers, 5-0. Detroit 2B Placido Polanco makes an error in the 3rd inning, ending his ML record errorless streak at 911 chances and 186 games.

In the Opener at Shea the Phillies defeat the Mets, 5-2, with 3 runs in the 7thagainst relievers. Chase Utley ties a ML record by getting hit by a pitch 3 times in the game.

9thJason Kubel has two hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the Twins unravel the host White Sox, 12-5. Scott Baker (2-0) records the win with 5 innings of work.

Notre Dame’s SS Brett Lilley sets a Division I record when he is hit by a pitch for the 93rd time in his college career in ND’s 13-8 win over Manchester College. The old mark had been held by San Francisco’s Tony Hurtado.

10thAt AT&T Park, the Cardinals lose to the Giants, 5-1. San Francisco will play either the Cardinals or Arizona in the next 11 games.

11thMLB players and owners toughen their drug rules, agreeing to more frequent testing and increased authority for the program’s outside administrator. All players implicated in the Mitchell Report are given amnesty as part of the agreement. For the first time, top draft picks are included.

At Arlington, the Blue Jays down the Rangers, 8-5. Catcher Gregg Zaun steals home for the Jays on the front end of a double steal.

12thAt U.S. Cellular Field, Detroit Edgar Renteria slaps a one-out 8thinning single to break up Gavin Floyd’s no-hit bid. Floyd is immediately lifted for Linebrink. The White Sox score 6 in the bottom of the inning and win, 7-0.

In Washington, John Smoltz (2-0) pitches 6 innings as the Braves win easily over the Nationals, 10-2. Jeff Francoeur provides most of the offense with 3 hits, including 2 homers, and 7 RBIs.

Barry Bonds’ last homerun ball brings $376,612 in an auction.

Carlos Silva must love the hot weather as he pitches 8 innings as the Mariners win over the Angels, 8-3. The Mariners report the highest April game-time temperature in Safeco Field history as the thermometer hits 80; the previous record was 74 on April 22, 2005.

13thConstruction workers jackhammer through the concrete in the new Yankee Stadium and remove a David Ortiz jersey that was planted by another construction worker in an attempt to curse the new ballpark.

14thThe visiting Yankees edge the Rays, 8-7, as Alex Rodriguez has 4 hits including a homer. He ties Ted Williams and Willie McCovey for 15th place on the all time homer list, with 521.

At Progressive Field, the Red Sox score 3 runs, 2 on a Manny Ramirez homer, in the 9thin a comeback 6-4 win over the Indians. Ramirez ties Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 24th place on the all time homerun list with 493. Kevin Youkilis also homers and adds two doubles.

15thMLB recognizes the 61st anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier. More than 330 players, managers, and coaches wear Robinson’s No. 42 to celebrate his accomplishments.

The Mariners defeat the Royals, 11-6, as Jose Lopez becomes the 12th player in ML history to hit 3 sacrifice flies in a game.

16thAccording to Forbesmagazine, the New York Yankees’ value increased to $1.306 billion over the past year. The Mets were second in the magazine’s list of most valuable teams at $824 million.

At the Rogers Centre, the Rangers top the Blue Jays, 7-5, in 14 innings. Frank Catalanotto doubles, his 3rdextra base hit, and scores the first run on a wild pitch. Milton Bradley is 2-for-3 with 5 walks.  Marco Scutaro of the Jays drives in a run with a walk. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Scutaro leads all batters with eight bases-loaded walks since 2005.

At Busch Stadium, the Cards down the Brewers, 5-4, scoring all their runs off starter Carlos Villanueva. Rick Ankiel sets the tone in the 1stinning when he becomes the fifth player (Alex Cora, 2004, Adam Kennedy, 2004, Frank Thomas, 2004 and Cory Sullivan, 2007). since 2000 to see at least 17 pitches in one at bat as he draws a walk against Villanueva. Villanueva gives up two solo homers, one to winning pitcher Adam Wainwright (2-1) in the 2ndinning.

17thThe Rockies edge the Padres, 2-1, in 22 innings. Willy Tavares is 3-for-10 and scores an unearned in the top of the 22ndafter neither team scores until the 14th inning. Matt Holliday reaches base 6 times, but never scores. Kip Wells, the last of 8 pitchers, is the winner with a 4-inning effort. The 6-hour, 16-minute game ends at 1:21 a.m., is the longest in the ML in nearly 15 years.  Fans enjoyed 7th, 14th and 21st inning stretches during the game with the last stretch including a scoreboard message reading, “Good Morning, San Diego.”

18thThe Salem Avalanche of the Single-A Carolina League, help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the invention of Ramen Noodle Soup. The first 1,000 fans receive free packets of the instant noodles invented by Momofuku Ando in 1948.

19thThe Blue Jays release DH Frank Thomas and called up C Robinzon Diaz. This will surely put a damper on the Jay’s May 25th promotion “The Big Hurt”, where 10,000 bobblehead dolls were to be given away.  Thomas, signed to a two-year $18 million contract in 2006, was hitting just .167 this season, but had a solid year in 2007. He will sign with Oakland on April 24th for his second tour of duty with the A’s.

20thAt Fenway Park, Tim Wakefield (2-0) goes 8 innings and the Sox score 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th to beat Texas, 6-5.  The game marks the 96th anniversary of the first game at Fenway.

Jim Thome has 4 hits, including a double and homer, to lead the visiting White Sox to a 6-0 win over Tampa Bay. Thome’s homer is #512 for him and ties him with Eddie Mathews and Ernie Banks on the all-time list. He was tied with Mel Ott.

The Kansas City Royals designate pitcher Hideo Nomo for assignment. Nomo, who hadn’t pitched at the major-league level since 2005, was attempting to make a comeback this season as a reliever.

21stAt PNC Park, every starter for the Marlins collects at least one hit as the Florida whips the Pirates, 10-4. Dan Uggla has two doubles and a homer and winning pitcher Mark Hendrickson (4-1) has two hits.  Nate McLouth singles for the Bucs to run his consecutive hitting streak to 18 games to start the season. It will end here, leaving the post-20thCentury NL record of 25 straight in the hands of Charlie Grimm. Grimm began the 1923 season with a 25-gamer.

22ndThe Nationals shut out the Braves, 6-0, behind John Lannan. Braves starter John Smoltz becomes the 16th pitcher in ML history to reach 3,000 strikeouts when he fans Felipe Lopez in the 3rd inning. He is the second oldest pitcher to reach that milestone. Only Hall-of-Famer Phil Niekro was older.

23rdThe Tigers score 11 runs in the 6th inning to break open a 7-6 game and pave the way to a 19-6 win over the Rangers. Carlos Guillen leads the offense with 3 hits and 5 RBIs. Texas scores all their runs against Tiger starter Kenny Rogers, who lasts 3+ innings.

The Rockies blow their fourth game in a row when they are leading in 8th inning, losing today to the Cubs, 7-6, in 10 innings. Chicago scores 2 in the 9thand one run in the 10thwhen Geovany Soto leads off the inning with his 4thhit of the game.

At PetCo Park, Greg Maddux pitches 7 scoreless innings for the Padres, leaving with a 1-0 lead.  Bengie Molina ties the game for the Giants with a 9thinning homer off Trevor Hoffman, and the Giants push across 2 runs in the 12thto win, 3-2.

25thAt Petco Park, Mark Reynolds cracks a 3-run homer off Randy Wolf in the Diamondback’s 5-run 3rd as Arizona downs the Padres, 5-1.  Randy Johnson goes 6 innings for the win. To celebrate the Mexican Opening Day promotion Brian Giles has a mariachi band in the clubhouse before the game. Earlier this season, Giles suggested the team play a portion from Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” after every Randy Wolf strikeout, and the team complied. Wolf has three K’s today.

At Tropicana Field, the Devil Rays edge the Red Sox, 5-4, in 11 innings. Carl Crawford singles in the 11th, steals 2B and scores on pinchhitter Nathan Haynes’ RBI single. For the sixth time in his career, Crawford triples twice, hitting both off Boston starter Tim Wakefield. He joins Willie Mays (10), Lance Johnson (8) and George Brett (7) as the only major-leaguers since World War II to triple twice in a game at least six times in their careers.

26thThe Dodgers score 10 runs in the 1st inning, all off Mark Redman, on their way to an 11-3 victory over the Rockies. Matt Kemp has 5 RBIs in the frame on a sac fly and a grand slam. Redman, however, stays in the game—the first pitcher since 1900 to allow 10 runs in the first inning and not leave. Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman will join him this year. Brad Penny (4-2) goes 7 innings for the win.

In Tampa, Red Sox rookie Clay Buchholz tosses a complete game but serves up an 8th inning 2-run homer to Akinori Iwamura to lose, 2-1. In the 7th, Sox 1B Kevin Youkilis establishes a new AL record for most consecutive errorless chances when he handles his 1,701 chance. The previous mark was set by Stuffy McInnis who had 1,700 straight errorless chances in 1921-22. McInnis played for Boston and Cleveland.

27thGrady Sizemore sits out a game to rest a sprained ankle. That ends the Cleveland Indian outfielder’s major-league-leading consecutive game streak at 382 games. He hadn’t missed a game since August 25, 2005. The Tribe can use him today as they lose to the Yankees, 1-0. Chen Ming Wang (5-0) gives up 5 hits in 7 innings. Melky Cabrera homers in the 5thoff CC Sabathia for the only score.

Pittsburgh’s Paul Maholm allows just 2 hits in subduing the Phillies, 5-1. Nate McLouth hits two homers for the Bucs, both off Brett Myers. His first leads off the game and his second, coming in the fifth inning is the club’s 500th at PNC Park which opened in 2001.

Barry Zito is tagged for 8 earned runs in a 10-1 loss to the Reds, prompting the Giants to send the $126 million pitcher to the bullpen. The three-time all star had lost his first 6 starts including Opening Day; he’s just the third pitcher since 1956 to go 0-6 before May, joining Dave Stewart (1984) of Texas and Mike Maroth (2003) of Detroit.

28thThe Oakland A’s pound the Angels, 14-2, as Chad Gaudin (3-1) goes 6 innings.  Emil Brown and Daric Barton each have a HR and 3 RBIs, while Frank Thomas is 3-for-3, including his first triple in 7 years. The Angels Vladimir Guerrero doubles in the 8thto become the 74th big-leaguer to post 2,000 hits and 300 homers.

In a game started in Chicago today but completed in Baltimore on August 25, the visiting Orioles beat the White Sox, 4-3, in 14 innings. The game is suspended today at the end of 11 innings.  Winning pitcher Alberto Castillo notches his first ML win today, even though the O’s don’t bring him up till July 8.

29thGiants minor league C Eliezer Alfonzo is suspended 50 games under MLB’s drug program. He is the first player to be penalized under the program this year.

Pitching in relief of Edgar Gonzalez, Arizona’s Max Schurzer makes his rookie debut one for the record books, retiring 13 straight batters, 7 on strikeouts.  No modern pitcher has done that before (Elias Sports Bureau). But Gonzalez gives up 6 runs in less than 3 innings and the Astros whip the Diamondbacks, 6-4. One of the runs is scored by Lance Berkman, who is in the middle a run of 15 straight games in which he scores a run. The record is 18, jointly held by Red Rolfe and Kenny Lofton.

The Royals whip the Ranger, 9-5, as Mark Grudzielanek has 4 hits, including 3 doubles, a scores 3. Jose Guillen has a homer and 5 RBIs. Ranger rookie Brandon Boggs is 2-for-2 and joins Geronimo Pena (1990) and Bret Hemphill (1999) as the only players over the last 30 years to collect a hit from each side of the plate in their first two plate appearances.

The Tigers trade P Jason Grilli to the Rockies for minor league P Zachary Simons.

At Dolphins Stadium, the Dodgers gaff the Marlins, 13-1, as Chad Billingsley wins his first of the season.  Rafael Furcal has 5 hits, while Matt Kemp (3), James Loney (3) and Blake DeWitt (4) drive in runs.

30thArizona pitcher Micah Owings hits a 2-run pinch homer in the 6th to tie game at 7-7, and the Diamondbacks score again in the frame to win, 8-7, against Houston. Owings hit .333 last year with 4 homers.

In Arlington, seven homers are hit, including a grand slam by Josh Hamilton, as Texas outlasts the Royals to win, 11-9. All seven pitchers in the game give up at least a run, with the win going to starter Kevin Millwood.