1st On Canada’s 133rd birthday, Florida’s Ryan Dempster and Montreal’s Mike Johnson hook up in a rare matchup of Canadian starters. Dempster comes out on top as the Marlins defeat the Expos by a score of 6–5. Johnson hails from Edmonton, Alberta, while Dempster is a native of Sechelt, British Columbia. Theirs is the first matchup of Canadian-born starters since last September when Dempster took on Eric Gagne of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
3rd The White Sox outslug the Royals, 14-10, scoring 8 runs in the 5th inning. Chicago becomes the first team since the 1984 Detroit Tigers to win 12 straight games on the road.
The Marlins defeat the Mets, 2-0 on Derrick Lee’s 2-run homer in the 9th, off Turk Wendell. Jesse Sanchez, 0–6 versus NY, is the winner. The loss ends Mike Piazza’s streak of 15 consecutive games with an RBI, 2 short of the major league mark, but he does have a hit to extend his consecutive-game hit streak to 21 games. He is the first catcher in the 20thCentury to compile two 20-game hitting streaks: he had a 24-game hitting streak last season.
Red Sox beat the Twins, 11-8, hitting 4 HRs and scoring 9 runs in the 4th inning.
4th The Cardinals defeat the Reds, 14-3. St. Louis rookie C Keith McDonald becomes only the third player in St. Louis history to homer in his first major league at bat, doing so as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning against Andy Larkin.
Ray Durham and Jose Valentin homer to lead off the first for the White Sox. Frank Thomas has a solo shot in the 2ndfor Chicago but it is not enough as the Royals win, 10-7.
In the Tigers 11–0 blowout over Tampa Bay, Shane Halter takes over the catching duties in the 8th from Detroit’s Brad Ausmus. Halter has now played every position in the majors: with the Royals, he pitched on July 17, 1998. Dave Mlicki is the winner with Dean Palmer powering a pair of homers.
5th The Diamondbacks trip the Astros, 12-9. Arizona OF Luis Gonzalez becomes the first Diamondback to hit for the cycle, hitting a double in the 1st inning, a single in the 3rd, a triple in the 8th, and a HR in the 9th. It is the 1st time the feat is accomplished in new Enron Field. Gonzalez is just the 9th player to both hit for the cycle and have a 30+ game hitting streak.
The Mets gaff the Marlins, 11–2, behind six innings of one-run pitching from Mike Hampton. Derek Bell has a 3-run homer and scores 3 times. Rookie Eric Cammack mops up with 2 innings of shutout ball and, in what will be his only ML at bat, hits a triple. He joins Eduardo Rodriguez and Scott Munninghoff as the only pitchers to triple in their only at bat: no pitcher has homered in a lone at bat.
6th The Yankees clip the Orioles, 13-9, scoring 8 runs in the 2nd inning to come back from a 7-run deficit. Sidney Ponson helps with 4 straight walks in the inning. Yankees Scott Brosius ties the ML record for 3B by starting 4 DPs in the game.
The Reds defeat the Cardinals, 12-6. St. Louis rookie C Keith McDonald homers in the 2nd inning, becoming only the second person in major league history to hit HRs in each of his first 2 big league at bats. Bob Nieman, in 1951, is the other. McDonald walks his 3rd time up. McDonald’s 3rdhit this year will also be a homer. He’ll be 0-for-1 next season ending his career with three hits and three homers.
Dodgers P Orel Hershiser announces his retirement.
The American Sportscasters Association names Dodgers legend Vin Scully as the No. 1 sportscaster of the 20th century. Howard Cosell finishes 2nd, followed by Mel Allen and Red Barber.
7th David Wells (15-2) posts his ML-leading 15th win in Toronto’s 6–3 victory over the Montreal Expos. David Wells becomes just the 2nd pitcher since 1988 to win 15 games before the All-Star break. The portly ace wins his 13th consecutive game on the road, stretching back to September 7, 1999. His only mistake is serving up a gopher to reliever Felipe Lira, who connects for his 1st ML homer. Jose Cruz, Jr. hits his 20th homer, joining teammates Delgado, Batista, and Mondesi as Toronto becomes the first team in ML history with 4 players hitting 20 homers before the All-Star break.
8th The Yankees whip the Mets by identical 4-2 scores in both ends of an unusual day-night doubleheader. With the first game played at Shea Stadium and the nightcap at Yankee Stadium, it is the first time since 1903 that 2 teams played 2 games in different stadiums on the same day. Dwight Gooden wins the first game with a 6-inning effort in his first start since returning to the Yankees. Roger Clemens wins the nightcap and precipitate a near brawl when he drills Mike Piazza in the helmet with an inside fastball. Piazza suffers a concussion.
The Reds defeat the Indians, 14-5, as Ken Griffey Jr. hits 2 HRs and drives in 8 runs for Cincinnati. Chris Stynes strokes 5 hits for the Reds.
The Tigers defeat the Brewers, 4-2 in 15 innings. Twenty Milwaukee batters strike out in the contest to set a new franchise mark.
9th Houston’s Jose Lima ends his 13-game losing streak and the Astros beat the Royals, 9-6.
In the Padres 4–3 win over the Rangers, closer Trevor Hoffman becomes the 17th pitcher to record 250 career saves.
The Angels win over the Rockies, 10-4, as OF Darin Erstad gets 4 hits. Erstad now has 144 safeties, the most by any player at the All-Star break since Ralph Garr had 149 in 1974.
Led by 1B Tyler Houston, who strokes 3 HRs and drives home 6 runs, the Brewers beat the Tigers, 10-3.
The Yankees lose to Mike Hampton and the Mets, 2–0. Benitez closes for the Mets, while Andy Pettitte is the loser. The Yanks also lose Shane Spencer, who blows out his knee and ends his season. The game at Shea draws 54,283, the largest regular season crowd for the Mets since 1970.
10th Sammy Sosa wins the All-Star Game Home Run Derby by defeating defending champ, Ken Griffey Jr., in the finals.
11th The American League wins its 4th consecutive All-Star Game, beating the National League, 6-3. Derek Jeter of the Yankees and Chipper Jones of the Braves each go 3-for-3 in the contest. Jeter takes MVP honors, while Chicago’s James Baldwin gets the victory.
12th The Yankees obtain P Denny Neagle and OF Mike Frank from the Reds in exchange for 3B Drew Henson, OF Jackson Melian, and pitchers Brian Reith and Ed Yarnell.
The Braves swap pitchers Bruce Chen and Jimmy Osting to the Phillies for P Andy Ashby. Chen, who made 22 appearances for the Braves this year, all in relief, will make 15 appearances for the Phils—all starts (as noted by Wayne McElreavy).
13th The Dodgers edge the Angels, 4–3, in 10 innings but not before California executes an unusual play. After the Dodgers Adrian Beltre triples off the newly renovated RF fence in the bottom of the 10th, the Angels move LF Darin Erstad to the infield to prevent the run scoring. Erstad, playing at about 2B, throws out Kevin Elster for an OF assist. Jim Leyritz then singles in the run.
14th Atlanta 2B Quilvio Veras tears the ACL in his right knee. He will miss the remainder of the season.
15th The White Sox defeat the Cardinals, 15-7, scoring 9 runs in the 7th inning. OF Eric Davis goes 5-for-5 for St. Louis.
A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball club is auctioned for a record $1.1 million on eBay. Other high priced items in the auction include a baseball autographed by the entire 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” team, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, as well as the umpires who worked the final game of the 1919 World Series sells for $93,666, including a 15 percent buyer’s premium. A ball signed by the 1919 Reds goes for $11,208, while a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth sells for $76,020. A contract from Shoeless Joe Jackson’s sale of his Chicago pool hall to teammate `Lefty” Williams, sells for $36,098. The contract, dated Oct. 6, 1921, is for just $1.
The Rockies obtain OF Butch Huskey and 2B Todd Walker from the Twins for IF Todd Sears and cash.
16th Dodgers manager Davey Johnson is hospitalized after experiencing dizziness as a result of an irregular heartbeat.
17th The Cardinals defeat the Twins, 8-3. St. Louis OF Chris Richard becomes the 2nd Cardinal in 2 weeks to hit a HR in his 1st major league at bat, doing so on the first ML pitch he sees.
18th The Royals defeat the Cubs, 12-4, as OF Johnny Damon gets 5 hits, including a major league record-tying 4 doubles. 2 players do it today.
The Mets outslug the Blue Jays, 11-7, as C Mike Piazza hits his 3rd grand slam of the season. Toronto OF Shannon Stewart gets a ML record-tying 4 doubles in the game. It is his second game this year with four extra base hits, also tying a ML record last tied by Albert Belle last year.
The Tigers purchase vet 1B Hal Morris from the Reds.
19th The Reds defeat the Astros, 4-0, as Pete Harnisch hurls the first complete-game shutout ever at Enron Field.
The Dodgers beat the Rockies, 9-1, as Kevin Brown and Mike Fetters combine on a 1-hitter. Larry Walker’s single off Brown is Colorado’s only safety.
Chicago Cubs general manager Ed Lynch resigns. His job will be taken over by team president Andy MacPhail.
The Blue Jays get P Esteban Loaiza from the Rangers in exchange for 2 minor leaguers.
20th The Astros defeat the Reds, 6-2. Cincinnati PH Mike Bell strikes out in his major league debut, making history be becoming part of the first third-generation family to play for the same major league team. His grandfather, Gus, and father, Buddy, also played for the Reds.
The Twins David Ortiz has no at bats in the Twins 5–1victory over Chicago, but he drives in 3 runs. He knocks in the runs with two sacrifice flies and a bases-loaded walk before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the 6th inning with a runner on 2nd base.
Red Sox OF Carl Everett receives a 10-game suspension for twice bumping an umpire in a game with the Mets last week. A defiant Everett places most of the blame for the suspension on the media.
Major league baseball offers to rehire 10 of the 22 umpires let go last September. The offer stands only as part of a new labor contract, and only if the umpires’ old union agrees to settle its grievance with baseball.
21st The Orioles defeat the Blue Jays, 9-5, ending their 20-game losing streak in Canada. Baltimore wins in Canada for the first time since June 13, 1998.
Wasting no time in his new capacity as GM, Cubs prez Andy MacPhail sends popular OF Glenallen Hill to the Yankees for minor league pitcher Ben Ford and Ozwaldo Mairena.
22nd The Expos defeat the Marlins, 17-7, as rookie Andy Tracy hits a grand slam and drives in 7 runs.
The Indians lose to the Twins, 10-6, as Cleveland SS Omar Vizquel makes an error, snapping his AL-record 95 game errorless streak.
The Mariners defeat the Rangers, 13-5, at Safeco Field. The game is halted by a rain delay of 54 minutes when the retractable roof fails to close after 3 innings of play.
23rd The Astros defeat the Cardinals, 15-7, hitting a record-tying 4 HRs off Andy Benes in the 2nd inning, and 6 homers all told. Benes is the 17th pitcher to surrender 4 homers in a single frame, and the 2nd his year.
Behind Pedro, the Red Sox defeat the White Sox, 1-0. Martinez goes the distance, striking out 15 and not walking a batter.
Tony Perez, Sparky Anderson, Carlton Fisk, Bid McPhee, and Turkey Stearnes are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Reds announcer Marty Brennaman is also enshrined, in the broadcasters’ wing.
24th The Angels defeat the Rangers, 6-5, in 12 innings. Texas also loses C Ivan Rodriguez, who breaks his thumb on Mo Vaughn’s bat while attempting to throw out a runner. He will miss the remainder of the season. Angels Darin Erstadt ties the AL mark for extra-inning game with 12 putouts by a left fielder, last tied by Rickey Henderson, in 1988.
Led by Kevin Brown and Gary Sheffield, the Dodgers down the Rockies, 4-1. Sheffield has a double, triple and homer his first three times up, then gets plunked by Julian Tavarez in the 7thand walked in the 9thto miss out on a cycle. In 8 innings Brown (10-3) allows 3 hits including Butch Huskey’s first NL homer. Huskey was acquired from the Twins 9 days ago.
26th The Blue Jays defeat the Indians, 8-1, as David Wells wins his major league-leading 16th game. Bartolo Colon takes the loss for Cleveland, despite striking out the first 6 batters to face him to tie Bob Feller’s team record.
Mark Grace has 4 hits, including a 9th inning grand slam, as Chicago scores 6 times to win, 14-9, over the host Phillies.
The Phillies deal ace Curt Schilling, sending him to the Diamondbacks for 1B Travis Lee, and pitchers Omar Daal, Vicente Padilla, and Nelson Figueroa.
The Dodgers obtain oft-injured P Ismael Valdes from the Cubs for minor leaguers Jamie Arnold and Jorge Piedra. The Dodgers swapped Valdes to the Cubs last year. Piedra was a top prospect in 1998, hitting .383 at Great Falls, while reaching base in 54 straight games.
27th The Blue Jays sink the Mariners, 7-2, giving Toronto manager Jim Fregosi his 1,000th win as a big league skipper. He joins Tom Kelly, who earlier this year won his 1,000th game.
The Dodgers outslug the Rockies, 16-11, despite OF Larry Walker who scores 5 runs for Colorado, while going 4-for-4.
The Red Sox obtain pitchers Rolando Arrojo and Rick Croushore, IF Mike Lansing, and cash from the Rockies for pitchers Brian Rose, John Wasdin, and Jeff Taglienti, and 2B Jeff Frye.
28th The Mets pick up All-star SS Mike Bordick from the Orioles for IF/OF Melvin Mora, C Mike Kinkade, and pitchers Lesli Brea and Pat Gorman. New York then picks up OF Bubba Trammell and P Rick White from the Devil Rays for light hitting OF Jason Tyner and P Paul Wilson. Bordick will hit .240 for the Mets and then re-sign with the O’s after the season.
The Indians obtain pitchers Bob Wickman, Steve Woodard, and Jason Bere from the Brewers for slugging 1B Richie Sexson, pitchers Paul Rigdon and Kane Davis, and a player to be named.
The Indians keep trading, bringing back OF Wil Cordero from the Pirates for talented prospects IF Enrique Wilson and OF Alex Ramirez. The Tribe had declined to resign Cordero after last season and he upped with the Bucs for 3 years. Then they pick up slick-fielding 1B David Segui from the Rangers for OF Rickie Ledee.
The Athletics obtain pitchers Jim Mecir and Todd Belitz from the Devil Rays in exchange for P Jesus Colome and a player to be named. Mecir will fill in for the slumping Jason Isringhausen.
29th The Pirates defeat the Padres, 10-2, as OF Brian Giles goes 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles.
The White Sox obtain C Charles Johnson and DH Harold Baines from the Orioles in exchange for C Brook Fordyce and minor league pitchers Miguel Felix, Juan Figueroa, and Jason Lakman.
The Cardinals obtain P Mike Timlin from the Orioles for 1B Chris Richard and P Mark Nussbeck.
30th The Braves defeat the Astros, 6-3, as Tom Glavine wins his 200th career game.
The Phillies bring P Kent Bottenfield back to the NL, sending cash and vet Ron Gant to the Angels.
The Cardinals trade IF Jack Wilson to the Pirates for P Jason Christiansen.
The Astros trade P Doug Henry to the Giants for P Scott Linebrink.
31st The Giants edge the Brewers, 4-3 in 11 innings, as Robb Nen sets a new major league record with his 14th save of July, one shy of the mark for any month.
The Braves obtain OF B.J. Surhoff and P Gabe Molina from the Orioles in exchange for OF Trenidad Hubbard and 2 minor leaguers.
The Cubs pick up oft-injured OF Rondell White from the Expos for P Scott Downs. making Henry Rodriguez expendable. They then make their fifth trade in 11 days sending Rodriguez to the Marlins for 1B/OF Russ Gload and P Dave Noyce.
The Thrill is gone. To fill in for the injured McGwire, the Cardinals pick up vet 1B Will Clark from the Orioles for 3B Jose Leon. In this, his last season, Clark will hit .345 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs in 171 at-bats as the Birds will go 37-20. The Cardinals also obtain C Carlos Hernandez from the Padres in exchange for P Heathcliff Slocumb. Two minor leaguers are also involved in the deal.
The Blue Jays obtain pitchers Steve Trachsel and Mark Guthrie from the Devil Rays for 2 minor leaguers.
The Dodgers ship former Rookie of the Year Todd Hollandsworth, along with OF Kevin Gibbs, and P Randey Dorame, to the Rockies for OF Tom Goodwin and cash.
The Mariners obtain OF Al Martin from the Padres in exchange for OF John Mabry and P Tom Davey.
The Padres obtain P Jay Witasick from the Royals in a trade for P Brian Meadows.