Originally created 04/22/00

Baseball Today



SCOREBOARD

Saturday, April 22

Anaheim at Tampa Bay (7:15 p.m. EDT). The Angels' Scott Schoeneweis goes for his fourth straight victory. Dwight Gooden makes his second start for the Devil Rays.

STARS
Thursday

-- Ken Griffey Jr. and Pokey Reese, Reds, led Cincinnati to an 11-1 victory over San Francisco. Griffey hit a pair of two-run homers and Reese went 5-for-5 with three RBIs.

-- Sammy Sosa, Cubs, hit a grand slam and drove in six runs in Chicago's 10-6 win over Montreal.

-- Randy Johnson, Diamondbacks, pitched a four-hit shutout and added an RBI single as Arizona defeated Colorado 3-0.

-- Andres Galarraga, Braves, hit two homers and drove in four runs as Atlanta beat Philadelphia 6-4.

-- Melvin Mora, Mets, hit his first major league home run in the 10th inning to give New York a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

-- Eli Marrero, Cardinals, hit a grand slam and a solo homer in St. Louis' 14-1 rout of San Diego.

SPECIAL SAVE

Atlanta's John Rocker earned his first save since returning from a two-week suspension in Thursday night's 6-4 victory over Philadelphia.

STELLAR SOUTHPAW

Arizona's Randy Johnson faced 102 batters without allowing a walk before Larry Walker drew a base on balls with one out in the fourth inning of the Diamondbacks' 3-0 victory over Colorado on Thursday night. In 35 2-3 innings, the Big Unit has struck out 42, walked five and allowed three earned runs.

SLUGGER RETURNS

St. Louis' Mark McGwire returned to the lineup Thursday night after missing seven games with back problems. He was 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored as the Cardinals beat San Diego 14-1. McGwire left for a pinch-runner in the fifth inning.

STAMPED IN HISTORY

On May 4, the U.S. Postal Service will unveil a new set of 20 stamps remembering players honored on major league baseball's All-Century Team. The series will go on sale July 6 as part of the All-Star festivities in Atlanta. Some of the players represented include Jackie Robinson, Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Satchel Paige, Roberto Clemente and Honus Wagner.

SCARED?

Colorado's Larry Walker asked to be in the lineup Thursday night because he'd never started in three chances against Arizona's Randy Johnson and was livid over a Denver columnist's suggestion that he was afraid to face the big lefty. Walker was 0-for-3 with a walk as Arizona beat Colorado 3-0.

SWATS

In Atlanta's 6-4 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday night, eight of the 10 runs scored came on homers.

SHELLED

Anaheim's Kent Bottenfield gave up nine runs and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings as the Angels lost to Toronto 12-11 Thursday night.

SEE 'YA

San Diego manager Bruce Bochy and third baseman Phil Nevin were ejected by home plate umpire Larry Young for arguing balls and strikes in a 14-1 loss to St. Louis on Thursday night.

SO CLOSE

After trailing 11-1, Anaheim rallied for nine runs against Toronto on Thursday night but came up just short as the Blue Jays held on for a 12-11 victory over the Angels.

STRONG START

With a 3-2, 14-inning victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday night, the Marlins tied their best start in franchise history at 10-7, a mark achieved by the 1997 World Series championship team.

SLAM

Toronto's Darrin Fletcher hit a grand slam and drove in five runs as the Blue Jays beat Anaheim 12-11 Thursday night.

SPRING CHICKEN

St. Louis' Rick Ankiel, the second youngest pitcher in the majors, threw five scoreless innings and went 3-for-3 with a home run as the Cardinals beat San Diego 14-1 Thursday night.

SHAKY RELIEF

Philadelphia relievers gave up 13 runs in eight-plus innings of a three-game series against Atlanta.

SOME BULLPEN

Six Pittsburgh relievers struck out 14 over eight-plus innings in a 3-2, 14-inning loss to Florida on Thursday night.

SNAPPED

Baltimore's Mike Bordick was held hitless for the first time in 14 games Thursday in an 8-4 victory over Tampa Bay.

SWING

Florida won its 10th game of the season with Thursday night's 3-2, 14-inning victory over Pittsburgh. Last year, the Marlins did not win their 10th game until May 14th.

SWEEPS

Minnesota swept a three-game series from Kansas City with a 9-7 victory Thursday. ... Atlanta's 6-4 win over Philadelphia capped a three-game sweep. ... The New York Mets beat Milwaukee 5-4 in 10 innings to complete a three-game sweep.

STATS

The Mets won their fourth in a row and beat Milwaukee for the eighth straight time with a 5-4, 10-inning victory Thursday night. ... For the second time in two starts, Arizona's Randy Johnson had a three-pitch inning in a 3-0 win over Colorado. ... Minnesota has hit 14 of its 16 home runs off Kansas City.

SPEAKING

"I've never been tossed from behind third base when I'm yelling at myself with my back to the infield." -- San Diego's Phil Nevin on being ejected in a 14-1 loss to St. Louis on Thursday night.

SEASONS

April 22

1876 -- In the first National League game ever played, Joseph Borden of Boston beat hometown Philadelphia 5-4.

1898 -- Theodore Breitenstein of the Cincinnati Reds and James Hughes of Baltimore each pitched no-hitters. Breitenstein no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-0 and Hughes no-hit the Boston Braves 8-0.

1903 -- The New York Highlanders lost their first game, 3-1 before 11,950 fans at Washington.

1915 -- Pinstripes first appeared on the Yankees uniforms.

1955 -- The Athletics won their major league debut in Kansas City with a 6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers before a standing-room crowd of 32,147 -- the largest paid crowd for any event in Kansas City.

1959 -- The Chicago White Sox scored 11 runs with only one hit in the seventh inning of a 20-6 rout of the Kansas City A's. Johnny Callison had the hit -- a single. In the inning, Chicago was the recipients of 10 walks -- five with the bases loaded -- three Kansas City errors and one hit batsman.

1966 -- The Braves won their first game in Atlanta by beating the New York Mets 8-4.

1970 -- Tom Seaver of the Mets struck out the last 10 Padres he faced for a 2-1 victory over San Diego. He gave up only two hits and finished with a total of 19 strikeouts, tying Steve Carlton's major league record.

1982 -- The Atlanta Braves' major league record for the fastest start was stopped at 13 straight victories as they lost 2-1 to the Cincinnati Reds.

1993 -- Chris Bosio pitched a no-hitter to give the Seattle Mariners a 7-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Today's birthday: Mickey Morandini 34.