2009 April

1st  The Indians send P Edward Mujica to the Padres for future considerations or cash.

The Royals trade 1B/OF Russ Gload to the Marlins for a player to be named and cash.

The Orioles acquire IF Robert Andino from the Marlins in exchange for pitcher Hayden Penn.

Eastern Kentucky defeats Kentucky State by a score of 49-1 in a game stopped after 5 innings.

2ndIn Bradenton, a split-squad of the Pirates loses to Manatee (Fla.) Community College, 6-4, in a fundraising exhibition game. Several of the team’s best players, including Nate McLouth, Ryan Doumit, the LaRoches and Freddy Sanchez, do not play.

The University of St. Francis defeats Robert Morris, 7-2, giving Gordie Gillespie, college baseball’s winningest coach, his 1,800thcareer victory.

5thThe Braves defeat the Phillies, 4-1, in the Opening Day game of the season. Atlanta’s Jordan Schafer becomes the 99thplayer in ML history to hit a HR in his first ML at bat, and the fourth-youngest player (22 years and 213 days of age); only Eddie Morgan (1936), Will Clark (1986) and Mike Griffin (1887) were younger. Brian McCann and Jeff Francoeur also homer to back Derek Lowe’s 8 innings of 2-hit shutout pitching.

The Opening day salary total for ML teams is $47 million less than last year.

6th   After Vice-President Joe Biden tosses out the first pitch, the Orioles pound New York’s C.C. Sabathia, who surrenders 6 runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Birds win, 10-5. C.C. strikes out none and walks 5. Adam Jones has 3 hits, 3 runs and 2 RBIs for the O’s. Paced by a 2-run homer by Cesar Izturis, the Birds put it away with a 4-run 8th inning. Biden joins Richard Nixon (1954) and Hubert Humphrey (1966) as the only sitting U.S. Vice Presidents to throw out a first pitch at an Orioles game.

The Marlins double the Nationals, winning 12-6. Hanley Ramirez has a grand slam and 5 RBIs, Jorge Cantu adds a HR and 3 RBIs, and rookie Emilio Bonifacio has 4 hits and 4 runs. One of his hits is an inside-the-park homer, the first on Opening Day in 41 years. The last to do it was Carl Yastrzemski in 1968; the last NLer to hit one was Jim Gilliam, in 1956. Adam Dunn has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs for Washington. Going 1-for-4 is Nick Johnson, the only player on the Nationals’ roster who also played for the franchise before 2005 when they were the Expos.

The Rangers cuff Cy Young winner Cliff Lee for 7 runs in 5 innings as they pummel the Indians, 9-1. Kevin Millwood is the winner. Hank Blalock has a 3-run homer and Ian Kinsler 3 hits. Lee had an especially tough time in exhibition play giving up 30 runs in six starts and allowing a .430 opposing batting average. The NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants lasts just three innings in his start against the Brewers joining Sandy Koufax as the only Cy’s to last just three innings in their first starts after their award-winning season.   In Chicago, the White Sox opener against the Royals is snowed out.

At Rogers Centre, the aces fold as the Blue Jays trip Jason Verlander for 8 runs in 3+ innings. Roy Halladay gives up 5 runs in 7 innings, good enough to win.  Adam Lind has 4 hits and 6 RBIs, and Alex Rios has 2 hits and 2 walks.

At Minute Maid Park, the Cubs Carlos Zambrano gives up a run in 6 innings as the Cubs top the Astros, 4-2. The Cubs get leadoff homers in the 1stand 2ndinnings off Roy Oswalt as Aramis Ramirez hits his 250th career homer, and Mike Fontenot has 3 hits.

The Mets defeat the Reds, 2-1, giving them their 31stvictory in their last 40 season openers. They are the first team in ML history to win more than 30 opening-day games over a span of 40 seasons.

The Diamondbacks and Rockies tie the ML record for homers in an opening-day game with 8 in Arizona’s 9-8 victory. Felipe Lopez and Tony Clark become the second pair of teammates in ML history to each homer from both sides of the plate in the same game. Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada did so for the Yankees in 2000.

In the final of 28 openers at the Metrodome, the Mariners beat the Twins, 6-1. Ken Griffey Jr. ties Frank Robinson for the most opening-day homers in ML history with his eighth blast.

The Angels defeat the A’s, 3-2, as Vladimir Guerrero sets an ML record with his 19thopening-day RBI.

7thThe Braves Kelly Johnson greets Jamie Moyer with a leadoff homer as Jair Jurrjens and the Braves beat the Phillies, 4-0. As he was last year, Moyer, 46, is the oldest player on an Opening Day roster.

The Red Sox trip the Rays, 5-3, as Josh Beckett allows 2 hits in 7 innings of work. The Rays total just 3 hits. The game starts at 4:06 in homage to Ted Williams’ batting average for the 1941 season.

8thThe Cardinals defeat the Pirates, 2-1, as Chris Carpenter, Ryan Franklin, and Dennys Reyes combine on a one-hitter. Ramon Vazquez’s single with 2 outs in the 7thinning is Pittsburgh’s only hit.

At San Francisco, Yovani Gallardo pitches and bats the Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the Giants. Gallardo gives up 2 runs in 6 2/3 innings and connects for a 3-run homer off Randy Johnson. It is the first dinger that the Big Unit has surrendered to a pitcher.

At Philadelphia, the Phils use 4 bases-load walks to help score 8 runs in the 7thinning and then hold on for a 12-11 win over the Braves. The Phils come back from a 10-3 deficit. Raul Ibanez reaches base 4 times, with a single, HR, and two base on balls.

At Minute Maid, 7 homers are launched as the Cubs outslug the Astros, 11-6. Cubs CF Kosuke Fukudome has a double and homer, Aramis Ramirez has 4 hits and RF Milton Bradley is hitless but reaches base 4 times (3 BB, 1 HBP). Mike Fontenot has 4 RBIs.

9thAngels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others are killed by a drunk driver in a hit-and-run accident. Hours earlier, Adenhart had made his 2009 debut, hurling six shutout innings against Oakland. Today’s Angels-A’s game is postponed because of the tragedy.

The Blue Jays defeat the Tigers, 6-2, as Ricky Romero defeats Rick Porcello. It is the first time in ML history that a pair of first-round draft picks make their ML debut facing each other. According to Retrosheet, it’s the 30th time in the majors that both starters in a game debuted.

In Texas, Cleveland’s Carl Pavano pitches one inning and surrenders 9 runs, including homers to Marlon Byrd and Ian Kinsler. Byrd drives in 5 runs in the game, a 12-8 Texas win. Grady Sizemore has 2 homers and 4 RBIs for Cleveland. Omar Vizquel has 2 hits for the Rangers and becomes the first player in MLB history to play shortstop in 21 seasons.

At Busch, Chris Carpenter (1-0) allows an unearned run in 7 innings as the Cardinals edge the Pirates, 2-1.  The monkey is off the back of Dennys Reyes as ML record (since 1918) streak of 417 appearances without a save ends.  The streak goes back ten years.

10thBefore 49,427 fans, the highest regular season attendance in Coors history, the Rockies light up Cole Hamels for 11 hits in 3+ innings as they down the Phillies, 10-3. Ryan Spilborghs has 3 hits, 2 runs and 2 ribbies, while Todd Helton has 3 RBIs.

At Anaheim, Tim Wakefield gives up 3 runs in 6 innings as his Red Sox lose 6-3 to the Angels. With the appearance Wakefield joins Mariano Rivera, who pitched yesterday, as the 16th and 17th pitchers in AL history to pitch for one team for 15 or more seasons. Walter “Big Train” Johnson and Ted Lyons share the record for longest tenure for a pitcher with an A.L. team each having spent 21 seasons with, respectively, the Washington Senators and Chicago White Sox. Phil Niekro holds the N.L. record having spent 21 seasons with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves.

Bring a book. At Progressive Field, the Blue Jays break a 7-7 tie with 6 runs in the 7thand beat the Indians in their home opener, 13-7. Adam Lind and Alex Rios each drive in 4 runs. Including a 3 hour and 49 minute rain delay, the game goes 7 hours and 12 minutes between first and last pitch.

11thRoy Halladay (2-0) gives up a run in 7 innings as the visiting Blue Jays edge the Indians, 5-4. Halladay joins Lefty Grove (300-141), Whitey Ford (236-106) and Pedro Martinez (214-99) as the only major-league pitchers since 1900 with at least 133 victories to win at least twice as many games as they’ve lost; the Jays ace has a career record of 134-66.

The Pirates put the finishing touches on a 10-2 win over the host Reds by scoring 5 runs in the 9thinning. Ryan Doumit drives a Mike Lincoln pitch for a grand slam and Adam LaRouche follows with a solo homer.

12thChase Utley hits a 2-run homer in the 8thto give the Phillies a 5-5 tie with the Rockies, and Matt Stairs clubs a 2-run pinch homer in the 9th, off Huston Street, as the Phillies beat the host Rox, 7-5.

At Arizona, the Dodgers use a rare ‘four-out play’ in the 2ndinning help them down the Diamondbacks, 3-1. With runners on 2B and 3B, Snakes pitcher Dan Haren catches a line drive and throws to 2ndbase where Felipe Lopez takes a few steps and tags out Juan Pierre, the baserunner for an inning-ending double play. But Andre Ethier, the runner on 3B, crosses home before the completion of the DP. The run counts when Arizona neglects to appeal the fact that he left the base too soon. It would’ve negated the run and been the 4thout. “Baseball is three outs, I thought,” comments Ethier.

Brandon Phillips clubs a 2-run homer in the 1stand Dan Haran scatters 3 hits as the Reds shut out the Pirates, 2-0. The Bucs turn a 6-4 triple play in the 8th, the 35thin team history.

At Miller Park, Alfonso Soriano of the Cubs hits a leadoff homer to jumpstart the Cubs towards an 8-5 victory over the Brewers. Soriano drives in a second run and steals a base, becoming the 19th big-leaguer to post at least 250 homers and 250 stolen bases. Mike Cameron and Bobby Abreu will join the club later this year.

Pawtucket Red Sox catcher Carlos Maldonado hits a home run in the 8th inning to give the Red Sox their only run in a victory over Buffalo. Tomorrow, the PawSox bring Maldonado in as their eighth pitcher of the game to pitch the 15th inning. The story turns sour, however, as he will give up a walk and a walk-off home run to the two batters he faces and takes the loss.

13thWe’ll do it again at 400. Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko each hit their 300thcareer homer in consecutive at bats in the 2ndinning of the White Sox 10-6 win over the Tigers. Dye has a single and double as well, while Konerko has a single and 2 doubles and 4 RBIs. Sox LF Carlos Quentin has a single and 2 homers and 4 RBIs as well. The Sox lose CF DeWayne Wise who separates his right shoulder in the 5thinning. He’ll miss 6 weeks.  The Sox will call up CF Jerry Owens.

Tom Seaver and Mike Piazza are the battery for the ceremonial first pitch before the Padres defeat the Mets, 6-5, in the first regular-season game at Citi Field. Jody Gerut hits a leadoff homer, off Mike Pelfrey, the first time a batter ever hits a HR in the first AB in the first regular-season game at a particular stadium. A cat runs on the field during the game, apparently one of the feral cats that used to inhabit Shea Stadium.

In his 100thcareer start, Zach Duke shuts out the Astros, 7-0, on 4 hits. Freddy Sanchez has 3 doubles for the Pirates and Adam LaRoche adds a single, double and homer.

Harry Kalas, the Hall of Fame announcer for the Phillies, collapses in the press box at Citizens Bank Park several hours before the Nationals-Phils game and dies. The Phillies then ride three homeruns to a 9-8 win over Washington. One of the homers is hit by Shane Victorino, who points to the press box as he touches home plate. Nationals SS Cristian Guzman is 5-for-5 with a stolen base.

The Cubs shut out the Rockies, 4-0, behind Ted Lilly, who loses a no-hit bid with 2 outs in the 7thinning. Garrett Atkins’ single is Colorado’s only hit.

In an 8-2 loss to the Athletics, Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester becomes the first Red Sox pitcher since Bill Lee in 1975 to pick off two consecutive runners. He does it in the 4thas Sweeney and Cabrera each hit singles and are picked off.

The Devil Rays pound Yankees P Chien-Ming Wang for 8 runs in the first 2 innings and he leaves after recording just 3 outs. Carlos Pena has 2 doubles and a homer, driving in 6 runs and B.J. Upton reaches base 4 times, and steals twice as the Rays prevail, 15-5. Nick Swisher finally takes the mound for the Yankees, pitching a scoreless 8thinning. The last position player to hurl for the Bombers was knuckleballer Wade Boggs in 1997.

The Dodgers rout the Giants, 11-1, as second baseman Orlando Hudson hits for the cycle and Andre Ethier drives in 4 runs with a pair of homers.

14thIn a 7-2 Yankees win at Tropicana over Tampa Bay, outfielder Xavier Nady injures his arm throwing and is lifted. He’ll reinjure the arm in rehab in June and will miss the season.  Derek Jeter’s 3-run homer in the Yanks 4-run 9thices the win.

15thIt is Jackie Robinson Day around the Majors and all players wear #42.

The Rangers rout the Orioles, 19-6, as Ian Kinsler goes 6-for-6 and hits for the cycle and scores 5 runs. He becomes the first player in ML history since 1900 to have a 6-hit cycle in a 9-inning game. Pre-1900 players who went 6-for-6 while hitting for the cycle were Dave Orr, Henry Larkin, Larry Twitchell and Farmer Weaver. LF Marlon Byrd had 5 hits, including a double.

J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell homer and Tim Wakefield goes the distance as the visiting Red Sox beat the A’s, 8-2. Wakefield loses his no-hit bid when Kurt Suzuki singles with one out in the 8th.

Jason Marquis (2-0) has 2 RBIs in beating his old team, the Chicago Cubs, 5-2. It is the first win for the Rockies at Wrigley Field since 2006. Cubs 1B Derrek Lee has 3 hits, including a homer.

A bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 9thgives the Dodgers a 5-4 victory over the Giants. Starter Clayton Kershaw gives up a run in 7 innings as he strikes out 13 Giants.

The Mariners sink the visiting Angels, 11-3, using a 7-run 7th. Ichiro clubs a grand slam in the big frame. Endy Chavez and Ken Griffey, Jr. hit back-to-back homers off Jared Weaver in the 5th. For Junior, it is his 400thhomer with the team. He becomes the first player to hit 400 homers with one team, and 200 with another.

16thThe Indians score 9 runs in the 7thinning and go on to defeat the Yankees, 10-2, in the first regular-season game at the new Yankee Stadium.

The Angels beat the Mariners, 5-1. Ichiro Suzuki sets the record for hits by a Japanese player by getting his 3,086th safety. The old mark had been held by Isao Harimoto. Of his hits, 1,278 came in the Japanese League.

At Wrigley, the Cards trip the Cubs, 7-4, as Chris Duncan has 3 hits, including a homer, and 3 RBI. Brian Barden has 3 hits and an RBI.  Milton Bradley gives the fans a hint of things to come when he pinch hits in the 6thwith the bases loaded and the score tied at 4 apiece. He’s called out on strikes and ejected for arguing in his first appearance at Wrigley as a Cub.

17thThe Mets edge the Brewers, 5-4. Pinch hitter Gary Sheffield hits career HR #500 to tie the score in the 7thinning, becoming the 25thplayer to reach the plateau. He also becomes the 3rdplayer in ML history to hit homers as a teenager and after their 40thbirthday. Ty Cobb and Rusty Staub are the others.

How do you spell loser?  Not only do the Washington Nationals lose a 9thinning lead and a game 3-2 in 10 innings to the Marlins, but no one notices that every Washington players is wearing a uniform that spells out “Natinals” on it.  The glitch is caught too late to correct. The Nationals will go on to lose their next two games to Florida, again blowing leads in the 9th. The Marlins win tomorrow with 3 runs in the 9thto tie, 3 in the 12thto win, and on the 19ththey score 4 in the 9thto come from behind.

The Twins score 7 runs in the 8thinning to nip the Angels, 11-9. Jason Kubel hits for the cycle for Minnesota, finishing with a grand slam in the 8th.

In the home opener in Philadelphia, the Phillies honor broadcaster Harry Kalas who collapsed and died in the press box at Citizens Bank Park on April 13th. Kalas’ three children, Todd (himself a former Phillies broadcaster, now with Tampa Bay), Brad, and Kane, throw out the first pitches to Mike Schmidt, John Kruk, and Jimmy Rollins, representatives of the three decades of Phillies baseball with Kalas. Following a moment of silence, Kane sang the national anthem before the game, an 8-7 loss to San Diego. Tomorrow, Kalas’ casket will lie in repose behind home plate following the game. He is just the fourth individual honored this way, joining Miller Huggins, Babe Ruth and announcer Jack Buck.

The Royals pound out 19 hits in routing the Rangers, 13-3. Mark Teahen accounts for 5 of the hits with 3 singles, a double and a HR.

18thThe Indians get 25 hits and a AL record-tying 27 total bases on their way to a 22-4 victory over the Yankees. The Tribe scores 14 runs in the 2ndinning to set a ML record for that frame. The 8 extra base hits allowed y New York sets an AL mark. Seven homeruns are launched in the game, 5 by the Tribe. Mark DeRosa has 4 hits and 6 RBIs, while Asdrubal Cabrera has 4 hits and 5 RBIs. Both have homers. Fausto Carmona wins his first victory of the year. Chien Ming Wang gives up 8 runs in recording 4 outs, which is better than his last start when he recorded 3 outs.

Jeremy Herida belts a 2-run homer in Florida’s 3-run 9thas the Marlin tie the Nationals, then Herida adds a 3-run homer in the top of the 11thto give the Fish a 9-6 victor.

19thThe Marlins score 4 runs in the 9thinning to defeat the Nationals, 7-4, and sweep their 3-game series. It is the first time in ML history that a team sweeps a series of at least 3 games after trailing in the 9thinning, or later, in each game.

The Giants defeat the Diamondbacks, 2-0, as Randy Johnson combines with Bob Howry and Brian Wilson on a one-hitter. Augie Ojeda’s leadoff double in the 7thinning is Arizona’s only safety.

20thAt Fenway, Pedroia and Ellsbury combine for 7 hits and score 6 runs as the Red Sox roll to a 12-1 win over the Orioles. O’s third sacker Ryan Freel suffers a concusision in the 3rdinning when he is hit by a pickoff throw from Justin Masterson. While recovering, Freel will be traded to the Cubs, having played just nine games for Baltimore.

21st The Phillies beat the Brewers, 11-4. Ryan Braun goes 5-for-5 and hits a pair of HRs in a losing cause for Milwaukee.

The Indians edge the Royals, 8-7. KC ties an AL mark by hitting into 6 DPs in the contest. Victor Martinez hits a 2-run homer in the 8th, his 4thhit of the game, to provide the cushion as KC scores twice in the 9th.

22ndAfter Texas scores 3 runs in the 9thto tie, Toronto plates a run in the bottom of the 11thto win, 8-7. Rod Barajas has a pair of homers and 4 RBIs,  Jose Bautista and Alexis Rios each have 4 hits for Toronto.  Darren O’Day, who started his day at home in Florida, gives up the game-winning hit while wearing the road uniform of Kason Gabbard, who is in AAA.  Claimed off waivers, O’Day arrives in Toronto at 9:45—the 8thinning—and reaches the ballpark in the 10thinning.

23rdThe Brewers defeat the host Phillies, 6-1, as David Bush loses his no-hit bid with one out in the 8thwhen Matt Stairs clubs a pinch homer. The only other player in the past 10 years to break up a no-hitter with a homer was Joe Randa on September 22, 2006. The Brewers poke two homers as Philadelphia pitchers have allowed a HR in each of the team’s first 14 games this season, setting a new ML record. The previous mark of 13 was held by the Brewers to begin the 2001 season.

24thDan Uggla hits a 3-run homer in the 1stfor the Marlins and the Phillies take their time responding before plating 7 runs in the top of the 9th. The big blow is a grand slam by Shane Victorino, off Matt Lindstrom, followed by Chase Uttley’s solo shot.

During the Greensboro Grasshoppers game against Ashland, the Greensboro mascot, a Black Lab named Yogi Berra, is ejected from the game following an on-field incident. After retrieving a tennis ball shot from a gun, Yogi stops to do his business in the outfield, and the ump thumbs him out. Yogi shares the the mascot duties with another dog, his older sister Babe Ruth. The two retrieve foul balls.

25thRobinson Cano has a double and a pair of homers to drive in 5 runs, but the Red Sox outslug the Yankees to win, 16-11. Mike Lowell has a homer and 6 RBIs for Boston, and Jason Varitek clubs a grand slam. Mark Teixeira has 5 walks for New York. Aces A.J. Burnett and Josh Beckett go 5 innings as each is cuffed around.

At Busch, Albert Pujols hits his second grand slam of the month, in the 7thoff rookie David Patton, as the Cardinals whip the Cubs, 8-2.

26thAt Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 4-1, and sweep the 3-game series. Jacoby Ellsbury acts like Ty Cobb in the 3rdstealing 2B and taking 3B on a ground out 5-3.  He scores on a sac fly. In the 5thhe steals home almost beating Andy Pettitte’s pitch. His next straight steal of home will come in a Yankee uniform.

27thThe Rockies defeat the Padres, 12-7. Rookie OF Dexter Fowler steals 5 bases for Colorado, tying a modern-day rookie record set by Damian Jackson, June 28, 1999. The Rox add 3 more stolen bases to make life miserable for Pads catcher Nick Hundley, no relation to former catchers Randy & Todd.

In a 4-2 loss to the Tigers, Derek Jeter sets the Yankees record for at bats with 8106, moving ahead of Mantle (8102). Gehrig is in third place with 8001.

Catcher Omir Santos clubs his first ML homer, a grand slam off Anibal Sanchez in the Mets 6-run 1stinning. They down the Marlins, 7-1, as John Maine gives up a single and an unearned run in 6 innings.

Cliff Lee shuts out the Red Sox for 8 innings and Tim Wakefield matches him for 7 frames, allowing one hit.  With Kerry Wood on the mound in the 9th, J.D. Drew belts a 3-run homer to give Boston a 3-0 win.

The Phillies unlimber the lumber as Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez hit grand slams, each tying the game, as Phils beat the Nationals, 13-11. The Nats belt 5 homers, 2 by Ryan Zimmerman.

28thIn the first of two games. Seattle rookie Chris Jakubauskas allows just 2 hits in a 2-1 loss to the White Sox. Paul Konerko has a 2-run double to account for the Pale Hose tallies. In game 2, the Mariners pound out 19 hits to beat the White Sox, 9-1. Russell Branyan goes 5-for-5 for Seattle, including a pair of doubles.

The Yankees score 10 runs, including 4 on Jose Molina’s grand slam, in the 7thinning and go on to defeat the Tigers, 11-0. They become the first AL team to ever break a scoreless tie with an inning of 10 or more runs in the 7thinning or later. The only NL team to perform the feat was the Reds in 1919. Phil Hughes wins his first of the year.

29thThe Brewers defeat the Pirates, 1-0. Milwaukee P Yovani Gallardo homers off Ian Snell for the only run, becoming just the third pitcher in ML history to win a 1-0 game while recording at least 10 strikeouts and hitting a HR. Despite the loss, Pittsburgh ends April above the .500 mark for the first time since 2002.

The Nationals acquire P Logan Kensing from the Marlins in exchange for P Kyle Gunderson.

The Royals crush the Blue Jays, 11-3, as Zack Greinke runs his record to 5-0. Toronto scores a run in the 1stinning, ending Greinke’s streak of 43 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. Greinke and Fernando Valenzuela are the only 2 pitchers in ML history to not allow an earned run through their first 4 starts of a season.

The Reds beat the Astros, 3-0, as Edinson Volquez and Francisco Cordero combine on a one-hitter. Miguel Tejada’s 1st-inning double is Houston’s only safety.

30thJohn Buck of the Royals became the first catcher since Haywood Sullivan in 1961 to have two triples and drive in five runs in a game. It is his second 5-RBI game this month.  The Royals trip the visiting Blue Jays, 8-6.