2015 April

ndThe Diamondbacks swap P Trevor Cahill and cash to the Braves for minor league OF Josh Elander.

4thArizona releases OF Cody Ross, who will sign in 4 days with Oakland.  He’ll be there a month before being released.  The Diamondbacks are responsible for Ross’s salary and that of Trevor Cahill, a whopping $16M.

5thIn the major-league opener at a work-in-progress Wrigley Field, the work-in-progress Cubs lose, 3-0, to the Cardinals as the game temperature is 44 degrees. Adam Wainright is the winner over Jon Lester, who becomes the ninth straight pitcher to make his Cubs debut on Opening Day and lose. The game is preceded by a touching tribute to the late Ernie Banks on the new giant video board. Jason Heyward gets 3 hits in his St. Louis debut and Matt Holliday drives in 2 runs.

6thSix teams post shutout wins to set a new mark for Opening Day contests. The Tigers, Rockies, Red Sox, Astros and Athletics all blank their opponents, adding to the Cardinals season opener white-washing of the Cubs.

A’s hurlers Sonny Gray (8 IP) and Evan Scribner co-author a one hitter 8-0 win over Texas. Ryan Rua’s leadoff single in the 8this the lone hit. The Rangers won’t get shut out again until June 11.

You thought the Padres were through trading! San Diego’s GM A.J. Preller, acting like a modern Frank Lane, pulls off another blockbuster swap, acquiring ace closer Craig Kimbrel and Melvin (the artist formerly known as B.J.) Upton from the Braves for two financial counterweights outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, plus two minor leaguers, Matt Wisler (Baseball America’s #34 prospect) and and Jordan Paroubeck. The Braves also receive the #41 draft pick in the June draft which will become prized prospect Austin Riley. The trade reunites the younger Upton with his brother Justin, though he will eventually be traded to Toronto.

The Indians lock up their ace Corey Kluber with a 5-year contract worth $38.5M. Kluber won the Cy Young last year.

7thThe Rangers beat the Athletics, 3-1. Brett Lawrie strikes out 4 times for Oakland on a total of just 12 pitches.

8thThe Dodgers defeat the Padres, 7-4, as Adrian Gonzalez hits 3 HRs. By doing so, he becomes the first player in ML history to stroke 5 homers in the first 3 games of a season.

9thThe Reds edge the Pirates by a score of 3-2. Billy Hamilton steals 2 bases for Cincinnati to become second player in history to steal 6 in his first 3 games of a season. Vince Coleman did so in 1987, the year he pilfered 109.

The Indians whip the Astros, 5-1, as Houston is limited to one hit. Trevor Bauer (6), Kyle Crockett (1) and Scott Atchison (1) hold the Astros hitless before Nick Hagadone surrenders a HR to Jed Lowrie with one out in the 9thinning. Houston’s Evan Gattis fans 4 times to become the first player since at least 1914 to strike out 4 times in each of his first 2 games of the season.

The Tigers defeat the Twins, 7-1, to sweep their season-opening series. In the process, they set an AL record by holding Minnesota scoreless for 24 consecutive innings to begin the year. It is the 3rd-longest such streak in ML history.

10thThe Red Sox defeat the Yankees, 6-5, in 19 innings (6 hours: 49 minutes), with the game featuring some dramatic homeruns: Chase Headley, with a game-tying 2-out homer in the 9th, and Big Papi and Tex matching homers in the 16th. There is a 16-minute delay in the 12thwhen there is a partial light failure. The Sox finally push the winning run across the plate in the 19thwhen Bogaerts makes his 4thhit, steals 2B, advances on a passed ball by catcher Murphy and scores on a sac fly.

The Reds edge the Cardinals, 5-4, for their 4thstraight win. They become the second team in ML history to win each of their first 4 games of the season by scoring in their last at bat. The Tigers did so in 1901, the first year of the AL’s status as an official major league.

The Blue Jays whip the Orioles, 12-5, as Mark Buehrle picks up the 200thwin of his ML career. He is the 113thpitcher in ML history to reach the mark, and the 4thactive one. He joins Roger Clemens as the only hurlers to win number 200 with the Blue Jays.

11thBefore the start of the Mets-Nationals game, a 5-3 New York loss, Commissioner Rob Manfred announces that Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia is being suspended for 80 games for testing positive to using stanozolol. The old, easily detectible steroid also showed up in positive tests for Braves pitcher Arodys Vizcaino, Mariners pitcher David Rollins and Twins pitcher Ervin Santana.

The Rays trip the Marlins 2-0, as Chris Archer allows one hit and one walk in 7 innings.

Archie Bradley makes a stellar debut for the Diamondbacks, allowing one hit over six innings, as he outpitches Clayton Kershaw. Arizona beat the Dodgers, 2-0.

12thThe Royals trounce the Angels, 9-2, as rookie Paulo Orlando hits a pair of triples. He becomes the first player in ML history to hit triples for each of his first 3 ML hits.

Miguel Cabrera is 4-for-4, including 2 homers and drives in 4 runs as the Tigers down the Indians, 6-0. Detroit is now 6-0 for the first time in 30 years. With Cabrera needing a triple for the cycle, Indians manager Terry Francona intentionally walks him in the 8theven though there is a runner on 1B.

13thMookie Betts paces the offense in a 9-4 victory over the Nationals, and Rick Porcello goes 8 innings to pick up his first win as a Red Sox. Betts reaches over the wall in the 1stinning to rob Bryce Harper of a HR. Then in the bottom of the inning he singles and, with an exaggerated shift on for Ortiz, steals 2B and 3B on one pitch. He swipes second, pops up and runs to an uncovered third base. Papi then singles Betts in. Betts has a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs.

The Royals win their seventh straight, beating the Twins, 12-3, as starter Danny Duffy pitches into the 7th. The Royals are the first AL team to win their first 7 games of the year by 2 or more runs.

14thLucas Duda has a pair of doubles to drive in 3 runs as the Mets tip the Phillies, 6-5. David Wright has two hits, but this will be his last game for four months as the veteran will be sidelined with spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal column.

15thThe Nationals double the Red Sox, 10-5. Pitcher Rafael Martin makes his ML debut for Washington and strikes out 5 consecutive batters over the course of his 2 innings of work.

17thThe Angels defeat the Astros, 6-3, as Mike Trout hits a pair of homers. His second homer is the 101st  of his career, to go with 104 SBs. He becomes the youngest player in ML history to reach the 100 mark in both homeruns and steals. He reached those levels in 503 games, second to only Eric Davis, who recorded 100 in both in just 459 games.

The Dodgers beat the Rockies, 7-3, as Adrian Gonzalez records 2 doubles and a single. With 13 extra-base hits and 22 total hits, he becomes the first player in ML history to produce those numbers in his first 10 games of a season.

18thThe Athletics defeat the Royals, 5-0, for their fifth shutout win in their first 12 games this season. They are the first team to perform the feat in the 140-year history of MLB. The 1913 Phillies also shut out five opponents in their first dozen games, but one resulted in a 0-0 tie, not a victory.

The Indians beat the Twins, 5-2, as Trevor Bauer fans 11 batters. Cleveland becomes the first team since 1900 to have three of their pitchers earn a victory and record 10 strikeouts in their first start of the season.

The Mets defeat the Marlins, 5-4, overcoming 5 hits by Dee Gordon.

19thThe Met do all their scoring in the 4thas they beat the Marlins, 7-6. It is a costly victory as pitcher Jerry Blevins fractures his arm after being hit by a comebacker and will be out the year, and Travis d’Arnaud breaks his right hand when hit by a pitch. He will miss six weeks.

Kansas City overcomes five ejections and beats the A’s, 4-2, on Kendrys Morales 2-run double in the 8th. Manager Ned Yost and pitching coach Dave Eiland are tossed in the 1stafter Lorenzo Cain is hit by  pitch; Kelvin Herrera is tossed in the 8thafter throwing behind Brett Lawrie, injured SS Alcides Escobar is thumbed, and bench coach Don Wakamatsu, acting as manager, is tossed.

Jon Lester gives up 3 runs as San Diego beats the Cubs ace, 5-2. Lester provides one fielding highlight in the 3rdwhen a comebacker gets stuck in the webbing of his glove and he tosses the mitt to Anthony Rizzo for the out.

Adam Jones is 4-for-5 with a 3-run double and a 2-run homer to pace the Orioles to an 8-3 win over the host Red Sox.

Yoenis Cespedes hits his first grand slam and adds a 2-run homer, both off starter Jose Quintana, as Detroit overpowers the White Sox, 9-1. Quintana allows all 9 runs in 4 innings.  In Cespedes last 4 at bats against Quintana (over three seasons) he has hit four homers.

20thThe Royals beat the Twins, 7-1. Kansas City rookie Paulo Orlando gets his fifth triple in his seventh big league game. Since 1900, no other player has had more than three triples in his first 7 games.

21stThat’s support! The Blue Jays pound the Orioles, 13-6, behind Mark Buehrle. Toronto has scored 12, 12 and 13 runs in Buehrle’s first 3 starts this season. Only one other hurler since 1900 has received at least 12 runs of support in each of his first 3 starts of the season—Nick Bierbrodt of Arizona in 2001. Buehrle is the first American League to get that kind of support.

Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier each connect for grand slams off Michael Fiers, Joe Votto goes deep, and Zack Cosart hits a pair of homeruns as Cincinnati outpoints the Brewers, 16-10. The Brewers Elian Herrera drives in 5 runs, 4 on a grand slam, as the teams combine to tie the ML mark of three slams in a game. Fiers ties a ML mark by serving up two of the salamis: he is the 14thpitcher to do so (according to Lyle Spatz). Milwaukee batters strike out 15 times, just the third time in history a team as scored 10 runs and K’ed that many times in a 9-inning loss.

22ndBilly Hamilton scores in the 9thon a 2-out wild pitch and the Reds edge the host Brewers, 2-1. It is Milwaukee’s 7thstraight loss.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco reverses the 2011 conviction of Barry Bonds, stemming from an answer he gave to a grand jury in 2003. The ruling was 10-1 vote by the panel.

With the temperature in the 30s in Detroit, the Yankees jump to an early lead against the Tigers and win, 13-4. The first inning takes 52 minutes to play, includes 6 walks and an HBP. The outburst in the 1stincludes 5 hits against David Price: The last time the Yankees faced him was last August 27 when they chased him with 8 straight hits in the 3rdinning.

23rdThe Mets defeat the Braves, 6-3, to tie a team record with their 11thconsecutive win. They become the seventh team since 1900 to sweep a home stand of 10 or more games. The 1991 Twins were the most recent club to do so.

The Angels edge the Athletics, 2-0, despite only getting one hit. Kole Calhoun’s 2-run HR in the 3rdinning off Jesse Chavez is LA’s only safety. Nick Tropiano (6 IP) and three relievers combine on the shutout.

27thThe Angels send former MVP Josh Hamilton to the Rangers for a player to be named or cash considerations. Hamilton will continue to be paid by the Angels ($68M) and will appear in just 50 games, hitting 8 homers for Texas. He will miss June and then get 3 at bats between mid-August and mid-September.

Jason Marquis (2-1) allows 2 runs in 8 innings as the Reds beat the visiting Brewers, 9-6. Marquis also drives in a run with a single to snap a Reds streak of 0-for-20 with men in scoring position.

Tim Lincecum gives up 4 runs in 4 innings as the Giants lose to the Dodgers, 8-3. Joe Pedersen has a double off Lincecum and adds a 6thinning homer. His next 6 hits will all be homers.

28th At Wrigley, the Cubs use a pair of double steals in the 4thto take a 6-2 lead and win over the Pirates. Fowler and Rizzo and later Brant and Castro provide the thefts.

Panamanian pitcher Severino Gonzalez makes his major-league debut for the Phillies hooking up with  fellow countryman catcher Carlos Ruiz to form the first all-Panamanian starting battery. It is downhill from there as the Cardinals light him up for 10 hits and 7 runs in 2.2 innings as they win, 11-5.

29th Ryan Braun hits his fourth career grand slam and adds another homer to power the Brewers to an 8-3 win over the Reds in Cincinnati.

Jordan Zimmerman (2-2) wins his first game in 4 starts and hits a 3-run single as the Nationals down the visiting Braves, 13-4. Denard Span, with 5 hits yesterday, hits a 3-run homer in the 9th.

At Target Field, the Tigers rally from a 7-3 deficit to beat the Twins, 10-7. Miguel Cabrera has a double and two homers, and James McCann adds his first ML homer, a 2-run inside-the-park drive in the 6thto tie the score.

Zero attendance. After postponements on Monday and Tuesday, the Orioles defeat the White Sox, 8-2, at Camden Yards. The game is the first ever played in an empty stadium, which was closed to the public due to the civil unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddy Gray, a black man who was in police custody.