1st The Astros defeat the Marlins, 4-3. Houston 2B Craig Biggio suffers torn ligaments in his left knee while completing a double play, and will miss the rest of the season.
The Orioles defeat the Twins, 10-0, as Mike Mussina hurls the 3rd 1-hitter of his career, while striking out 15 batters. Ron Coomer’s single with 2 outs in the 7th inning is Minnesota’s only hit.
The Mariners defeat the Red Sox, 5-4, in 19 innings. OF Mike Cameron’s HR leading off the 19th is the deciding score.
4th The Blue Jays obtain OF Dave Martinez from the Rangers for a player to be named later. Martinez becomes the 9th major leaguer to play for 4 teams in a season. He began the year with Tampa Bay and also played with the Cubs, in addition to Texas and Toronto. The last to do so was Dave Kingman, in 1977.
The Padres obtain SS Desi Relaford from the Phillies for a player to be named later.
6th The Mariners defeat the Yankees, 11-1. OF Stan Javier goes 5-for-6 for Seattle, including a double.
The Padres defeat the Cubs, 8-6, behind rookie Adam Eaton, who gives up 2 runs in 7 innings. Another rookie, Dan Garibay, takes the loss. In front of his hometown fans Mark Grace records his first 5-hit day, going 5-for-5 for Chicago, with 2 doubles and a HR. Grace had his first ML hit and his first HR in San Diego.
The Blue Jays obtain 2B Mickey Morandini from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named. He just misses moving into second on the all-time games played list for Philadelphia Phillies second sackers having played 926 games at second base for Philadelphia, the third highest total in franchise history, six games short of Otto Knabe (1905, 1907-13). Tony Taylor (1960-71 and 1974-76) holds the record having played in 1,003 games for the Phils at second.
The Reds obtain OF Brian Hunter from the Rockies in exchange for P Robert Averette.
7th The Yankees obtain Jose Canseco from the Devil Rays. The move, which mystifies even manager Joe Torre, is presumably designed to keep the high priced slugger away from AL East rivals.
8th The Dodgers defeat the Cubs, 7-5, hitting 4 HRs (Kevin Elster, Darren Dreifort, Gary Sheffield, and Shawn Green) in the 4th inning off Chicago P Phil Norton, making his ML debut. Pitcher Darren Dreifort hits 2 homers in the contest for LA, becoming the first pitcher to do so since 1990. Norton also sets a record becoming the first Cub pitcher in the team’s four-year history to surrender four homers in an inning.
Jeff Cirillo has 3 RBIs and Juan Pierre debuts with 2 hits as the Rockies top the Pirates, 6-1. Starter Brian Rose (1-0) is the winner. Pierre will reel off a batting streak of 16 games, the second longest in ML history to start a career. The mark is 17, set in 1941 by Chuck Aleno.
12th The Mets defeat the Giants, 3-2, despite a mental mistake by OF Benny Agbayani which costs the team a run. After catching a fly ball for the 2nd out in the 4th inning, the Mets OF hands the ball to a 7-year-old boy in the stands, mistakenly thinking the out was the 3rd of the inning. Two Giant runners score as each runner is awarded two bases.
The Rockies defeat the Expos, 14-2. 3B Jeff Cirillo drives in 7 of Colorado’s runs with 4 hits, including a pair of HRs. For the 4th time this year, Larry Walker has 4 hits ns the Rocks bang out 22.
Albert Belle’s 2-run HR highlites a 4-run 9th for Baltimore as they edge Kansas City, 12–11. Jermain Dye has 2 homers for KC.
13th The Astros defeat the Phillies, 14-7, in the process hitting 6 HRs to tie a club mark. 1B Jeff Bagwell ties another club record by driving home 7 runs.
14th The Tigers score 8 runs in the 5th inning and go on to defeat the Mariners, 15-4.
At Fenway, Rico Brogna hits a walkoff grand slam, off Billy Taylor, in the 9th as Boston beats Tampa Bay, 7-3.
16th The Astros defeat the Pirates, 11-10, hitting 6 HRs in a game for the 2nd time in 4 days. Houston has now hit an NL-record 18 homers in its last 4 contests.
The Rangers shut out the Yankees, 5-0, as P Brian Sikorski hurls scoreless ball into the 8th inning in his major league debut. Texas OF Gabe Kapler goes hitless in the game, ending his 28-game hitting streak. During the streak, Kapler batted .375 (42-for-112) and his average jumped from .241 to .289. The outfielder’s streak is the 10th of at least 28 games in the A.L. since 1950.
In a little-noticed waiver pickup from the Red Sox, the Angels snag minor leaguer David Eckstein, who will be their starting shortstop for the next four years. On August 30th, the Angels will claim on waivers minor league pitcher Ben Weber, who will pitch in 181 games for the Haloes from 2001-2003 chalking up a 2.86 ERA.
17th The Orioles defeat the White Sox, 5–3. Chicago P James Baldwin ties an AL record by hitting 4 batters with pitches in the contest. Previously, he had hit only 2 in 154 innings.
18th The Angels defeat the Yankees, 9–8 in 11 innings. Anaheim scores 5 runs in the 9th to tie the game before Darin Erstad’s HR wins it in the 11th. It is the 1st time in 12 years that the New Yorkers blow a 5-run lead in the 9th inning.
19th The Yankees beat the Angels, 9-1, hitting a ML record-tying 3 sacrifice flies in the 3rd inning.
The Astros defeat the Brewers, 10–8, as Jeff Bagwell hits 2 HRs and drives home 5 runs. Bagwell becomes the first Houston player to reach 300 homers in his career.
The Diamondbacks defeat the Cubs, 11–3, scoring 8 runs in the 3rd inning to tie a franchise mark for the inning.
20th The Indians defeat the Mariners, 12-4 in a game delayed by a rogue squirrel. The loss is the 7th in a row in which Seattle has surrendered at least 9 runs, tying a 99-year-old ML record set by the New York Giants on September 3-6, 1901. The Giants lost 7 in a row allowing 10+ runs in each.
21st The Brewers defeat the Diamondbacks, 16-8, scoring 8 runs in a 2nd inning which featured 3 HRs.
Led by the Jones boys, the Braves defeat the Rockies, 7-4. Andruw Jones has 4 hits, including a 2-run homer in the 9th, scores 3 and knocks in 3. Chipper Jones has a homer and 2 RBIs. Todd Helton is 2-for-5 on the day, making outs in his last two at bats. After his single in the 6th, Helton is hitting an even .400 in 532 plate appearances, enough to qualify for the batting title. He’ll slump to .372.
Devil Rays P Bryan Rekar is arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.
Potomac’s Esix Snead breaks Len Dykstra’s Carolina League record of 105 steals by swiping his 106th. Snead has a batting average of .242 and OBA of .338. It’s the 10th time in the last 20 years that a minor-leaguer has stolen 100 or more bases in a season. According to Howe Sports data, the eight thieves who stole 100 or more bases in the minors were: Vince Coleman, Macon (South Atlantic), 1983—145: Donell Nixon, Bakersfield (California), 1983—144: Jeff Stone, Spartanburg (South Atlantic), 1983—123: Alan Wiggins, Lodi (California), 1980—120: Marcus Lawton, Columbia (South Atlantic), 1985—111: Len Dykstra, Lynchburg (Carolina), 1983—105: Donell Nixon, Chattanooga (Southern), 1984—102: Vince Coleman, Louisville (American Assoc.), 1983—101: Albert Hall, Durham (Carolina), 1980—100.
22nd The Phillies defeat the Reds, 5-4, despite a grand slam by Cincinnati OF Alex Ochoa. Ochoa’s blast is the 142nd slam of the season, setting a new major league record. The Oakland A’s have hit 11, one shy of the record shared by the Braves (1997) and Indians (1999).
Two position players take the mound in mop up rolls. Catcher Brent Mayne is called upon after the Rockies use 9 pitchers through 11 innings against the Braves. Mayne starts the 12th—setting a NL record for most pitchers used in a game–and allows a walk but no hits in a scoreless inning. Mayne, who never pitched at any level, gets Chipper Jones on a ground out to end the frame. The Rockies score to win 7–6 in 12 innings on rookie Adam Melhuse’s first career hit. Mayne is the first position player to win since Rocky Colavito on August 25, 1968 and the first catcher to win a game since Buck Ewing, in 1889. Todd Helton is 1-for-4 and finishes the game hitting .39690.
The Mets have less success using OF Derek Bell to mop up in a 16-1 loss to the Padres. Bell, who keeps his sunglasses on, lobs in 36 pitches to 10 batters and allows 3 hits, 3 walks, and 5 runs (4 earned) in his inning.
The Dodgers defeat the Expos, 14-6, as Eric Karros becomes the first Dodger player to hit 2 homers in a single inning. He homers twice in LA’s 9-run 6th as the Dodgers connect for 6 homers in the contest.
23rd Brian Jordan clubs a 3-run homer and Greg Maddux (14-7) pitches 7 innings as the Braves stop the Rockies, 5-2. Colorado rookie Juan Pierre has a base hit to run his hitting streak to 16 games. According to streakmeister Trent McCotter, this is the second longest streak to start a career that he’s found; Chuck Aleno in 1941 had a 17-game streak.
26th The Devil Rays defeat the Orioles, 4-1, in the 1st game of a DH. Tampa Bay 1B Fred McGriff ties a major league mark by hitting a HR in his 37th different ballpark. Mark McGwire has also performed the feat. The Orioles take the 2nd game, 2-0.
27th The Angels edge the Indians, 10-9 as OF Tim Salmon hits his 30th HR of the year in the 5th inning. Anaheim become the first team in AL history to have 4 players (Troy Glaus, Mo Vaughn, Garret Anderson, Salmon)reach the 30-homer mark in a single season. The Blue Jays are close with 2 hitters over 30 and 2 at 28. It’s been done 7 times in the NL.
Led by Darrin Fletcher’s 3 HRs the Blue Jays beat the Rangers, 6–4.
Bobby Abreu of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a pair of solo homers, including a game-winning inside-the-park shot off San Francisco Giant reliever Aaron Fultz in the 10th inning to win 2–1. Abreu’s homer, his 20th, is the 5th IPHR game-ender in Phillies history and the first since Bob Dernier did it in 1989, also against the Giants. He’s the 29th major-leaguer since 1900 to end a game with an IPHR and the 38th extra-inning IP (according to David Vincent). Ed Vosberg (1–0) picks up his 1st win since 1997.
28th The Athletics defeat the White Sox, 3-0, as Tim Hudson hurls a 1-hitter. Frank Thomas’ 4th inning single is the only hit.
29th The Red Sox defeat the Devil Rays, 8-0, as Pedro Martinez hurls a 1-hitter. Martinez takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning before John Flaherty leads off with a single. Martinez retires 24 in a row after hitting the game’s first batter. Eight Devil Rays are ejected during the course of the game, including manager Larry Rothschild and two coaches.
The Angels defeat the Blue Jays, 9-4. Anaheim’s Darin Erstad gets 3 hits to reach the 200 mark for the season. It is the fastest any batter has reached 200 in 65 years.
The Pirates defeat the Giants, 8-0. Barry Bonds’ single is the only hit allowed by Kris Benson (8 innings) and Josias Manzanillo (1 inning).
The Dodgers defeat the Brewers, 7-2, as Chan Ho Park (8 innings) and Mike Fetters (1 inning) combine on a one-hitter. James Mouton’s HR is Milwaukee’s only hit.
31st The Rangers defeat the Indians, 14-7, as OF Rusty Greer gets 5 hits and drives home 4 runs. 2B Luis Alicea scores 5 runs for Texas.
The Reds Sox obtain OF Dante Bichette from the Reds for pitchers Chris Reitsma and John Curtice.
After an all-night negotiating session, MLB’s Rob Manfred and player union lawyer Mike Weiner agree to significant changes in the draft rules: clubs that lost major league free agents will no longer receive high-round compensation picks, but teams that do not sign a first-round pick will be compensated will only have to draft one position lower in the following year. Other agree-to changes include opening the draft up to international players and shortening the number of rounds to between 20 and 38. The next meeting between the two sides on this issue will be on May 3, 2003 when MLB decides it doesn’t want to make the changes because of the logistics involved.