Friday, April 30, 2010

Tigers Pre-Game Report April 30

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1887 In the first game played at the Baker Bowl, the Phillies beat the Giants, 19-10 Philadelphia's newest ballpark is located at the corner or Broad and Huntingdon Street Park.

1887 In front of nearly 10,000 at Recreation Park, the Alleghenies (later to be known as the Pirates) defeat the defending league-champion Chicago White Stockings, 6-2.

1903 The Highlanders (to be renamed the Yankees) beat Washington, 6-2, in the first game ever played at Hilltop Park. The fourth-place club will compile a remarkable 41-26 record at home in their inaugural season in New York.

1922 White Sox rookie hurler Charlie Robertson, in only his fourth career start, becomes the third modern pitcher to throw a perfect no-hit, no-run game as he beats the Tigers at Navin Field, 2-0. Johnny Mostil makes two outstanding catches in the outfield to save Robertson's place in history.

1939 At Yankee Stadium, Lou Gehrig's streak and career comes to end as the 'Iron Horse' plays his final game going 0-for-4 against the Senators. The Yankees first baseman played in 2,130 consecutive games and compiled a .340 batting average with 490 home runs during his 17 seasons with the Yankees.

1940 The Dodgers tie the major league mark for consecutive wins from the beginning of the season with style as James 'Tex' Carleton no-hits the Reds, 3-0 for the team's ninth straight victory since Opening Day.

1944 In the first game of a doubleheader split, first baseman Phil Weintraub gets 11 RBIs, and player-manager Mel Ott scores six runs drawing five walks in the Giants' 26-8 rout of the Dodgers. Brooklyn wins the nightcap 5-4 in a game shorten due to darkness.

1946 In the game he considers his biggest thrill in baseball, Indian hurler Bob Feller, striking out 11 batters, throws his second career no-hitter, edging the Yankees at the Stadium, 1-0. Frankie Hayes' home run in the top of the ninth inning proves to be the difference.

1952 In his final at-bat before leaving to fight in the Korean War, Ted Williams hits a game-winning, two-run home run to beat the Dizzy Trout and the Tigers, 5-3. Fittingly, the Fenway faithful was there to celebrate Ted Williams' Day

1961 At County Stadium, Willie Mays slams four homers in the Giants' 14-4 win over Milwaukee. The San Francisco slugger is left on deck in the top of the ninth when the third out is made.

1966 Rick Reichardt hits two eighth inning home runs the in the Angels 16-9 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The California rookie will be sidelined later in the season with a kidney ailment, and the 23-year old outfielder will have to have the kidney removed.

1967 The Tigers are no-hit by Oriole pitchers Steve Barber and Stu Miller, but still manage to win the game, 2-1. An error by Baltimore's shortstop Mark Belanger allows the eventual winning run to score in the top of the ninth inning.

1969 Jim Maloney strikes out 13 batters en route to no-hitting the Astros at Crosley Field. The 10-0 victory is the Reds hurler's no-hitter is the third of his career.

1970 Billy Williams becomes the first National Leaguer to play in a 1000 consecutive games. The Cubs' outfielder record streak, which started in nine years ago, will end in 1972 after the future Hall of Famer plays in straight 1,117 contests.

1988 Dave Winfield ties major league RBI record for April established by Dodger infielder Ron Cey in 1977 and matched by Dale Murphy of the Braves in 1985. The right fielder, who was on base at least once in every game, drives in his 28th and 29th runs of the month in the Yankees 15-3 rout of Texas in New York.

1988 Reds' manager Pete Rose is suspended for twenty days and is fined $10,000 for pushing David Pallone after the umpire made a delayed call at first base during a 6-5 loss to the Mets at Riverfront. The Cincinnati skipper shoved Pallone twice after the ump accidentally poked him in the eye.

1989 The Blue Jays trade Jesse Barfield to the Yankees for southpaw Al Leiter. The slugging right fielder, who led the league with 40 homers in 1986, will bat only .231 with 62 dingers in his four years with New York, and Toronto's new left-hander will compile a 26-24 record during his seven years north of the border.

1990 With Dale Murphy and Ernie Whitt on base, Mark Lemke grounds to second baseman Gregg Jefferies who lobs the ball to David Cone covering first. The runner is called safe which leads the Mets starter having a complete meltdown, vehemently arguing the call umpire Charlie Williams as the two Braves’ runners cross the plate to score.

1996 In the Pirates 10-7 victory over Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium, Jeff King hit two homers in one inning for the second time in his career. The Pittsburgh first baseman joins Andre Dawson and Willie McCovey as the onlymajor leaguers to have accomplished the rare feat twice.

1997 The Jacobs Field scoreboard is dented by a Mark McGwire blast. A scientist determines the ball hit by the A's slugger would have traveled a distance of 533 feet if unimpeded.

1997 The Braves win their 19th game of the month with a 12-3 rout of the Reds at Cinergy Field. Atlanta's victory establishes a new major league mark for the most victories in April.

1999 During a game against the Yankees, a group of Kansas City Royals fans, frustrated with the economic disparity in baseball, throw fake dollar bills onto the field, and turn away from the field each time the opponents take their at-bats. The Kauffman Stadium faithful, carrying signs which clearly blame the problem on the Bronx Bombers, walkout en masse after the fifth inning.

2000 Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson beats the Cubs, 6-0 becoming only the third pitcher baseball history to win six games in April. The "Big Unit' joins A's hurlers Vida Blue (1971) and Dave Stewart (1988) as the only other pitchers to accomplish the feat

2000 Cardinals Mark McGwire and Jim Edmonds go deep helping St. Louis finished the month of April with 55 home runs tying 1947 New York Giants for most National League team homers hit in a month.

2002 Al Leiter becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to record wins over all thirty big league franchises that have been existence since 1901. The Mets southpaw earns the victory as New York rout the Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark, 10-1.

2003 With a 6-1 decision over the Reds, Roger Clemens becomes the first Astros pitcher to win five games in the month of April. The 'Rocket' will be named National League pitcher of the month and will win his seventh Cy Young Award this season.

2005 The players are asked by Bud Selig to agree to a 50-game suspension for the first offense, 100-game suspension for the second offense and a lifelong ban after the third offense for the use of steroids. In addition to the harsher three-strike rule, the commissioner also is seeking a ban on amphetamines.

2005 With an enthusiastic RFK crowd chanting “Let’s go, ground crew” the inexperienced group puts on quite a show of ineptitude when they struggle putting the tarp on a very soggy field during the second rain delay of the rain-shorten 5-3 victory over the Mets. New York files a protest after the game is called off in the bottom of the eighth claiming the field became unplayable due to Washington’s inability to cover the field during 37-stoppage of play.

2008 On the first pitch he sees from Astros reliever Dave Borkowski, Micah Owings pinch hits a two-out, two-run home run in the sixth inning tying the game at 7. The Arizona hurler, who is 4-0 with a 3.68 ERA, becomes the first pitcher to hit a homer since Brooks Kieschnick of the Brewers went deep off off the Diamondbacks' Matt Mantei
in 2004.

2008 In a 4-2 loss to the Padres, the Phillies shatter their team home run mark for April as Chase Utley hits the team’s 39th dinger of the month. The previous record was 29 set in 2006.

2008 The Cardinals and Cubs both set a franchise record for the most victories in April. The Redbirds beat the Reds, 5-2, for their 18th win of the month, and Chicago takes their 17th game routing the Brewers, 19-5, at Wrigley Field.

2008 Julio Franco, the oldest player to homer in the major leagues, announces his retirement from professional baseball leaving the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican League. The 49-year-old Dominican compiled a .298 average, collected 2,586 hits and hit a 173 homers during his 23-year tenure with eight big league teams which included the Phillies, Indians, Rangers, White Sox, Brewers, Rays, Braves and Mets.

2009 In their 8-6 victory over the Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals turn six double plays to tie a 1972 team record. Last week against the Indians, the team hit into six twin killings themselves in Cleveland.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

MINNESOTA TWINS (13-6) vs DETROIT TIGERS (11-9) Tigers Pre-Game

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DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers will honor the legacy of Jackie Robinson tonight when they host the Minnesota Twins at 7:05 p.m. to begin a six-game homestand. Beginning at 6:45 p.m., the Tigers will recognize seven students as the 2010 winners of the 14th Annual Detroit Tigers Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest and will present the Tigers firstever Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner award.

In keeping the memory of Robinson alive and celebrating the 63rd Anniversary of him breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, the Tigers hosted the 14th Annual Detroit Tigers Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest.

Austin Jackson and Dontrelle Willis will join contest winners and Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars from the University of Michigan as they are honored during an on-field, pregame recognition. The contest was open to middle and high school students from the Detroit metropolitan area. Students entered the contest by submitting an original essay, poem or work of art in honor of Robinson.

Winners include:
• Middle School Art: Xavier Bonner, 12, Duke Ellington Middle School
• Middle School Art: Za-Quan Bolling, 11, Duke Ellington Middle School
• High School Art: Gianny Ndele, 16, Thompson High School
• Middle School Essay: Damian Runkle, 11, West Mills Middle School
• High School Essay: Jennifer Biter, 17, Riverview Community High School
• Middle School Poetry: Chrisdiona Williams, 13, Gesu Catholic School
• High School Poetry: Diamonai Boyer, 17, King High School


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1918 After establishing a major league record with an 0-9 start, the Dodgers win their first game of the season defeating the Giants, 5-3

1929 At the Baker Bowl, Clise Dudley becomes the first player to hit a home run on the first major league pitch thrown to him. The Brooklyn relief pitcher will hit a total of three home runs in his four-year career.

1930 Playing first base during the entire nine inning game against the Browns, Bud Clancy never touches the ball when it is in play. The first sacker lack of work doesn’t hurt the White Sox as they beat St. Louis at Sportsman's Park, 2-1.

1932 Cardinal manager Gabby Street is fined for violating the National League policy which prohibits talking to spectators.

1944 In Boston, Jim Tobin not only tosses a no-hitter to defeat the Dodgers, 2-0, the Braves' hurler also hits a home run.

1947 A crowd of 58,000, attending Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium to honor the ailing legend, is treated to a pitching duel when the Senator hurler Sid Hudson edges Spud Chandler, 1-0.

1961 The expansion Angels play their first home game bowing to the Twins at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, 4-2. The 74-year old baseball legend Ty Cobb, in his last-ever visit to a ballpark, throws out the ceremonial first pitch.

1968 After almost being scratched due to a sore throat, Tom Phoebus no-hits the Red Sox, 6-0 after the 1:23 rain delay at start. The Orioles’ starter also leads the offense going 2-fo-4 at the plate as well as scoring and driving in a run at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium.

1972 After 11 games into the new season, the Padres fire the only manager the team has ever known when they replace Preston Gomez with third base coach Don Zimmer. In his three-plus years as the San Diego skipper, Gomez compiled a 180-316 (.363) record and the expansion team never finished higher than last place in the NL West.

1973 Kansas City’s 22-year starter Steve Busby beomes the 13th rookie allows to throw a no-hitter beating Detroit, 3-0, at Tiger Stadium. It is the first ever no-hit game thrown by a Royals pitcher, and the former UCLA hurler will pitch the second no-hitter in franchise history next season.

1973 Braves hurler Pat Dobson three-hits the Mets and beats Tom Seaver, who also only gives up three hits, 2-0. The Atlanta Fulton County Stadium contest takes one-hour and 37 minutes to complete making it the quickest game ever played in Mets history.

1981 Dodger rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela pitches his fourth shutout in five starts as he beats the Giants, 5-0.

1983 Astros' fireballer Nolan Ryan breaks Walter Johnson's 56-year old record by whiffing Expo pinch-hitter Brad Mills on a 1-2 curveball in the eighth inning for his 3,509th career strikeout.

1983 Teammates Fred Lynn and Daryl Sconiers both hit a grand slam helping California to rout the Tigers, 13-3. This is the first two Angels have hit bases-loaded homers in the same game.

1988 With one out in the ninth, Phillies' third baseman Mike Schmidt breaks up Nolan Ryan's no-hitter.

1990 Pirates infielder Wally Bachman becomes the first national leaguer to get six hits (6 for 6) in one game in 15 years.

1994 Scott Erickson pitches the Twin's first no-hitter in 27 years beating the Brewers, 6-0.

1996 Barry Bonds, joins his father and godfather, becoming only the fourth major leaguer to hit 300 homers and swipe 300 bases as he homers for the Giants' in a 6-3 victory over the Marlins. Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays and Andre Dawson are the only other 300-300 players.

2000 Sixteen players of the Tigers and White Sox are suspended for a total of 82 games for participating in two brawls at Comiskey Park five days ago making it the most severe punishment ever given for a bench-clearing incident. Both managers, Phil Garner and Jerry Manuel, are suspended for eight games each.

2000 Former Brewer Jose Valentin hits for the cycle helping his new team, the Chicago White Sox, defeat the Orioles, 13-4. In Milwaukee, Valentin's home for the past eight seasons, a player is awarded a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for hitting for the cycle. (In exactly one month, he'll miss being the first American League player to hit for the cycle twice in one season by not getting a single.)

2002 Derek Lowe becomes the first pitcher to throw a no-hit game at Boston's Fenway Park since Dave Morehead accomplished the feat against the Indians in September of 1965. Facing 28 batters, the former closer of the team throws only 97 pitches in the 10-0 rout of the Devil Rays.

2003 Needing only 108 pitches, Kevin Millwood becomes the ninth pitcher in Phillies' history to throw a no-hitter as he keeps the NL-West leaders Giants hitless. The last no-no before Millwoods' 1-0 masterpiece was thrown by Tommy Greene in 1991.

2003 Ozzy, the male osprey of a breeding pair that lived for years on a Jackie Robinson Ballpark's left field light pole, dies at the Audubon Birds of Prey Center as a result being hit by a baseball being thrown trying to knock it off its perch he shared with his mate Harriet and a brood of chicks. Class A Daytona Cubs hurler Jae Kuk Ryu was charged with second-degree misdemeanor by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for harming a protected bird.

2004 At Dodger Stadium, Mike Piazza ties Carlton Fisk for the most career homers by a catcher as he hits Hideo Nomo's sixth inning pitch into the stands for his 351st round tripper as a backstop. The homer, which was his 362nd overall, moves the Mets' star past Yankees' Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio on the all-time list.

2004 At Milwaukee's Miller Park, Chad Moeller becomes the first Brewer hit for the cycle at home. In the 9-8 victory over the Reds, against starter Cory Lidle, the back up catcher homers in the second inning ,doubles in the fourth, triples in the fifth and then singles in the seventh off reliever Ryan Wagner to complete the feat in front of 8,918 enthusiastic fans.

2005 At Busch Stadium, St. Louis second baseman Mark Grudzielanek becomes the 16th Cardinal to hit for the cycle and the third to accomplish the rare hitting event at home. The last Redbird to accomplish the feat was in 1996 by John Mabry.

2007 On the night in which the ceremonial first pitch is thrown by his three sons, Trevor Hoffman is unable to hold on to a two run lead when the Dodgers score three in the ninth and eventally beat the Padres, 6-5. It’s ‘Trevor Time Desk Clock’ Night, and the usually reliable Padres closer blows the save, thanks to some shady defense, for the second consecutive game.

2008 At at Progressive Field, the longest current consecutive games streak in the big leagues comes to an end at 382 as Grady Sizemore does not appear in Cleveland's 1-0 loss to the Yankees due to a sprained right ankle he sustained yesterday. The center fielder's streak is the longest by an Indians player since Toby Harrah played in 473 straight contests from 1979-83.

2008 In a move which cost the team over $11 million, the Pirates release Matt Morris' after the pitcher lasts only 1 2/3 innings against the Phillies in his previous start. The 33-year-old right-hander had compiled an 0-4 record with a 9.67 ERA in his five outings with Pittsburgh this season.

2008 Giving up eight runs in three inning in the 10-1 loss to the Reds, Barry Zito, along with Mike Maroth (Tigers - 2003) and Dave Stewart (Rangers - 1984), becomes only the third pitcher in baseball history to lose six games April. The battered $126 million Giants hurler, who hasn't missed a start in his eight-year career, will be demoted to the San Francisco bullpen.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tigers almost let one slip

By Justin Cousineau
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The Tigers got off to another hot start scoring four runs in the first inning in the final game against Texas.

Austin Jackson started off with a base hit then two quick walks to Damon and Ordonez set the table for Cabrera. Cabrera drove one into left field and allowing Jackson to score a run and Ryan Rayburn doubled on a fly ball to left field and clearing the bases. With great offensive production from the Tigers early on they fizzed out yet again in the middle innings and this time almost let one slip through their fingers.

This would be the opposite for the Rangers as they scored for four consecutive innings in the 4th through 7th. But Miguel Cabrera who has been hot this season across the board and Brandon Inge put up back-to-back home runs in the top of the 9th to secure a win and split the series with the Rangers.

If the Tigers can win the series against biggest division rival Minnesota Twins this week they'll be able to regain the division lead like they had in the first two weeks of the season.

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So You Wanna be a Detroit Tiger huh?


DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced a tryout camp to be held at Fifth Third Ballpark, the home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, on Wednesday, June 23.

Registration for the camp begins at 8:00 a.m., with the work out starting at 9:00 a.m. The tryout camp is for players age 16-23, or those players with previous professional baseball experience. No pre-registration or participation fee is necessary to attend the camp. Those interested in trying out must provide their own glove and work out equipment. Wood bats, helmets and baseballs will be provided by the Tigers.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tigers and Rangers in tennis match

By Justin Cousineau
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The series has gone back and forth with the Tigers losing the first game on Friday, winning on Saturday and suffering a tough loss that came in the early innings on Sunday.

Austin Jackson started a great first inning for the Tigers hitting his first major league home run just one pitch after the Texas broadcast team commented on his 29 strikeouts for the season. Jackson's homer set the stage for a three run inning. The Rangers answered back with two runs of their own to keep things close early.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning Rangers third baseman Michael Young made Rick Porcello pay for loading the bases. He hit a bases clearing double to put his team up 6-4 and that would be the dagger through the heart as the Tigers could not catch up for the remainder seven innings.

Jim Leyland has been struggling to see his rotation pitch late into games to help them get on a winning streak. He's still looking for guys like Jeremy Bonderman to get on some track as far as pitching goes.

There are things the Tigers are doing well this season and many things to build on with their first five batters all hitting above .300 and Cabrera leading the league in RBI's. As far as April is concerned if they can split the series against Texas on Monday and win the series against division leader Minnesota Twins the Tigers can take the Division lead and consider the opening month a success.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010


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1894 At Brooklyn's Eastern Park, Lave Cross hits for the cycle as Philadelphia pounds the Grooms (Dodgers) 22-5. The third baseman becomes the first Phillies player to accomplish the feat.

1901 In front of 14,000 fans at the Chicago Cricket Club, the first American League game is played with the White Sox and Roy Patterson defeating Cleveland Blues, 8-2 in a contest which lasted ninety minutes. The opponent's name, which will be eventually changed to the Indians, reflects the very bright color of visitors' uniforms.

1902 Professional baseball gets its start in Durham, North Carolina as the Tobacconists (renamed the Bulls 11 years later) played an exhibition game against Trinity College (now Duke University). The Bulls, except for 1971-80, when minor league baseball didn't exist in the city, will continue to play in Durham until the present day.

1917 At Fenway Park, slim southpaw George Mogridge no-hits the Red Sox, 2-1. The southpaw's performance is the first no-no in franchise history.

1923 President Warren G. Harding witnesses the first shutout ever thrown at Yankee Stadium as Babe Ruth homers in a 4-0 victory over the Senators.

1945 The owners elect U.S Senator Happy Chandler unanimously to replace Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Baseball’s second commissioner will remain in the Senate during the first six months of his tenure in office.

1947 Giants' first baseman Johnny Mize homers three times against Johnny Sain and the Braves becoming the first major leaguer to hit three home runs in one game five different times.

1948 In a 7-4 Cleveland victory, Indian second baseman Larry Doby ties a major league record by striking out five times in one game.

1954 Giants right-hander Marv Grissom blanks the Phillies at the Polo Grounds‚ 1-0. Whitey Lockman's 300-foot home run off Robin Roberts accounts for the only score of the game.

1956 At Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, Frank Umont becomes the first umpire wear glasses during a regular season game. Although he is heckled by some A's fans as the home team loses to the Tigers, 7-4, the former NFL tackle (N.Y. Giants) has no problem being the second base arbitrator.

1957 Three Cubs pitchers walk nine players in the fifth inning of a 9-5 loss to the Reds at Crosley Field. Moe Drabowsky starts the frame with four walks, Jackie Collum adds three free passes, and Jim Brosnan issues two base on balls to set a new National League record.

1957 The Cubs walk nine Reds in the bottom of the fifth inning to establish a National League record. Don Hoak (2), Roy McMillan (2), Joe Nuxhall, Jerry Lynch, Bob Thurman, Wally Post all receive free passes when Cincinnati beats Chicago at Crosley Field, 9-5.

1958 At the Los Angeles Coliseum, Gene Fodge picks up his only major league win as the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 15-2. Outfielder Lee Walls carries the day with three homers and eight RBIs.

1962 Dodger Sandy Koufax ties a major league mark striking out 18 batters in a nine inning game as the Dodgers rout the Cubs, 10-2 at Wrigley Field. Indians right-hander Bob Feller established the record whiffing 18 Tigers in 1938.

1962 Mets manager Casey Stengel is fined $500 dollars by Commissioner Ford Frick for appearing in a beer ad.

1982 Jesse Barfield becomes the first Blue Jay in franchise history to pinch-hit a grand slam when he goes deep off Tom Burgmeier. The right-fielder's bases-loaded heroics isn't enough to stave of an eventual 8-7 Toronto loss to Boston at Exhibition Stadium.

1987 At Cleveland Stadium, Rickey Henderson becomes the first player in baseball history to hit a home run off two different 300-game winners in the same game. The left fielder’s solo homer in the 8th inning off Phil Niekro and his two-run blast in the ninth off Steve Carlton helps the Yankees edge the Indians, 6-5.

1989 Joining Reggie Jackson and the Reggie bar, Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the second player in history to have a candy bar named after him when he signs a contract with Pacific Trading Cards Company. Unfortunately, the Mariners' center fielder can't enjoy the popular confectionary, more than one million will be sold, because the 19-year old rookie is allergic to chocolate.

1994 Julio Franco and Robin Ventura homer backto-back in both the second and eighth innings. The sluggers' offensive output isn't enough when Detroit beats the White Sox at Comiskey Park, 7-6.

1996 Scoring the most runs by an opponent against the Detroit in 84 years , the Twins set a team record for crossing the plate trouncing the Tigers, 24-11. Greg Myers and Paul Molitor lead the attack with each driving in five runs.

1998 Dodger backstop Mike Piazza ties a major league record hitting his third grand slam of the month. The blast highlights a nine-run second inning which leads Los Angeles to 12-4 victory over the visiting Cubs.

1998 Hitting a solo homer off Giant's Orel Hershiser at 3Com Park, Geoff Jenkins becomes the first Brewer player ever to homer in his first major league game. The rookie joins Chuck Tanner, who accomplished the feat in 1955 as a member of the Braves, as the only players in Milwaukee baseball history to homer in their first game.

2003 Chase Utley gets his first major league hit blasting a third inning grand slam off Rockies starter Dennis Cook. The rookie second baseman’s big fly to right field contributes to the Phillies 9-1 victory at Veterans Stadium.

2008 The David Ortiz jersey, which was secretly buried in cement at the new Yankee Stadium in an attempt to curse the team, is acquired in a Jimmy Fund charity auction for $175,100. The winning bidder from the 282 who vied for the tattered Red Sox jersey, is Kevin Meehan, the owner of, located in Mendon, Mass.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Baseball Player Head Over Heels Scores Run - Funny Video

A Fordham University baseball player found a creative way to score a run by leaping over the catcher. 


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1876 Three thousand fans attend the Philadelphia Athletics' 6-5 loss to the Boston Red Caps in the first game ever played in the National League. The Athletic Park contest becomes the new circuit's inaugural event by default when other scheduled games are rained out.

1891 Pittsburgh's Exposition Park, which opened last year, hosts its first Pirates game. The hometown Bucs drops its Opening Day debut in its new home to Chicago, 7-6.

1903 In the first game of franchise history, the New York Highlanders (later to be renamed Yankees) lose their opener at Washington, 3-1 with Jack Chesbro taking the loss.

1914 Babe Ruth, in his first pro game, shutouts Providence to give Baltimore a 6-0 win.

1915 Yankee uniforms feature pinstripes for the first time.

1922 With George Sisler aboard each time, Browns' left fielder Ken Williams hits three dingers becoming the first American League player to hit three homers runs in a game in the 10-7 St. Louis victory over the White Sox at Sportsman Park.

1925 In their home opener against the Reds, the Cardinals score 11 first-inning runs on a National League record 12 hits coasting to a 12-3 win.

1947 In a game that will be remembered for uniting the Dodgers behind their new teammate Jackie Robinson, Phillies players, inspired by their Alabama-born racist skipper Ben Chapman, repeatedly shout racial epitaphs, threw beanballs, and intentionally spike Brooklyn's rookie first baseman, the first African-American to play major league baseball in the 20th century. The incident is so severe Philadelphia's infielder Jeep Handley, will later publicly apologize, and the team's manager will be chastised by baseball commissioner, Happy Chandler, for his bigoted leadership.

1956 Yankee hurler Don Larsen hits a grand-slam off Frank Sullivan as the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 13-6.

1957 Entering the game as a pinch runner, John Kennedy becomes the Phillies' first black player as Philadelphia the last National League to integrate. The former shortstop for the Birmingham Black Barons and Kansas City Monarchs will bat only twice in the major leagues, striking out and reaching on an error.

1959 In the seventh inning against the A's, the White Sox score 11 runs on just one hit.

1970 On the day he presented with his Cy Young award, Mets' fireballer Tom Seaver ties a major league record by whiffing 19 Padres, including the last ten he faces, to gain a 2-1 win at Shea Stadium. Batterymate Jerry Grote sets the major league mark with ten consecutive putouts in a game for a catcher.

1973 Designated hitter Ron Lolich, Mickey's cousin, hits the third of his four career home runs, a two-out walk-off grand slam giving the Indians an 8-7 comeback victory. Boston had scored three runs in the top of the ninth to break a 4-4 deadlock.

1976 It takes two days to accomplish the feat, but Tim Foli becomes the first Expos player to hit for the cycle in franchise history when he homers in the eighth inning of a suspended game. Before the Wrigley Field contest was halted yesterday because of darkness, the Montreal shortstop had stroked a single, double and triple in the eventual 12-6 victory over Chicago, in that order, for a rare 'natural cycle'.

1988 The Cardinals trade second baseman Tommy Herr to the Twins for outfielder Tom Brunansky.

1991 In the first night game in the new Comiskey Park, Frank Thomas hits the first White Sox home run helping to defeat the Orioles, 8-7.

1993 Mariner hurler Chris Bosio no-hits the Red Sox, 7-0. The Mariner hurler retires the final 26 batters after giving up 2 walks and getting a double play in the first inning.

1996 With their 39th round-tripper, the Mariners surpass the 1984 White Sox's record for home runs hit by a team hit in April. Seattle will extend the mark to 44 homers at month's end.

2000 Homers by Mark McGwire and Fernando Tatis help to establishes an National League record for the most team home runs in April as the Cardinals go yard 42 times. The Braves had hit 41 home runs in April of 1998.

2000 Angels Mo Vaughn, Tim Salmon and Troy Glaus all go deep in the fourth inning against Devil Rays' hurler Dwight Gooden, and then they again all homer off Roberto Hernandez in the ninth. It is the first time in major league history that the same three players homered in the same inning twice in a game.

2000 The event which triggers the biggest mass suspension in the history of the game takes place at Comiskey Park after White Sox hurler hits Dean Palmer with a seventh inning pitch in retaliation of Jeff Weaver’s plunking of Carlos Lee in the previous frame. The ensuing brawls in both the seventh and ninth innings will see the ejection of 11eleven participants with sixteen players, coaches and managers suspended and another nine being fined.

2000 After being hit by a pitch thrown White Sox starter Jim Parque, Dean Palmer charges the mound beginning a series of brawls which will continue to erupt during the bean ball-filled game. When the dust settles in Chicago's 14-6 victory over the Tigers at Comiskey Park, nine players, one coach and one manager will have been ejected from the contest.

2001 A new number, 455, will added with 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21 and 42, on the second deck in right field. The three digit number will join the other previously Indian retired numbers as a honor to the fans for setting a sellout streak record which lasted for 455 games over a five-year at Jacobs Field.

2006 Five Brewers (Bill Hall, Damian Miller, Brady Clark, J.J. Hardy and Prince Fielder) go deep in the fourth making the Brewers the fifth team to hit five home runs in one inning. Milwaukee joins the 1966 Twins, 1939 Yankees, 1949 Phillies and the 1961 Giants to establish the major league mark.

2007 The Red Sox become the fifth team in big league history to hit four consecutive home runs in an inning as Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek all go deep with two outs in the third inning at Fenway off Yankee starter Chase Wright, who becomes only the second hurler to allow a team to accomplish the feat off one pitcher. J.D. Drew was also part of the quartet of the 2006 Dodgers who were the fourth major league team to connect for four straight round trippers in one frame.

2008 In a scheduling oddity, both New York big league teams play in Chicago with the Metsplaying the Cubs in a matinee, and the Yankees taking on the White Sox in a night game. This unusual occurrence, it's the first time in 11+ years that two teams from one city have played in another city on the same date, may have been necessitated by the Pope's week-end visit to the Bronx, whose appearance included a mass at Yankee Stadium two days ago.

2008 Striking out Nationals second baseman Felipe Lopez on his signature split-finger fastball, John Smoltz becomes the 16th pitcher in big league history to achieve 3,000 career strikeouts. In the a 6-0 Braves loss to Washington at Turner Field, the Atlanta ace fans 10 batters for the 45th time in his 20-year career.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Random Musings by Denny McLain

By Denny McLain
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Here's some random thoughts I had while writing my column for the upcoming issue.
Lebron James

If anyone doesn't think that Lebron James is the greatest player in the history of the NBA, I don’t know who you think is even close, not even the great Michael Jordan! After Michael we thought that it could never happen again, but it has royal gold, no one can play the sport better or as well as Lebron.

NFL Draft
What is there in the NFL Draft that can produce a TV Show? Is there anything more boring?
Detroit Tigers
Folks, the Tigers may get to .500 but it will take lots of good pitching, it just doesn't appear that they have guys who play the game well, and that my friend is management, all management! Somewhere in the organization our kids are not being taught the fundamentals of the game, but let's see by the end of May, we should have a better feel for the direction the team is headed.

We are being told now that we will like what we say…UH-OH. Why? Is Wayne Fonts is coming back, at least he won something. What has changed since last year?

Have a good one folks!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Cabrera!

By Justin Cousineau
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Down 1-0 in the third inning Austin Jackson got things started with a single. Johnny Damon had a hard hit ball between first and second and with Magglio Ordonez flying out to center it advanced Jackson to third.

With Runners on the corners and one out birthday boy Miguel Cabrera dug in at the batters box. He fouled off his first pitch but on the second pitch Snell threw Cabrera a change-up that hung over the plate just enough. Cabrera crushed the second pitch of the at-bat into the upper deck at Safeco Field and put his Tigers in a much needed 3-1 lead.

The home run wasn't just to give them the lead in the game but the chance to win the final game of the series and end a three game losing streak.

Although the Tigers won 4-2 players like Ordonez need to work harder at the plate with runners on base going 0-5 on the day. He left a total of eight on base and the team was just 2-18 with runners in scoring position.

A successful game Sunday afternoon however marking a win on the day and setting the table for Dontrelle Willis to pitch against a powerful Angels team as he looks for his first win in the 2010 season.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Detroit drops three in a row

By Justin Cousineau
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Justin Verlander took on Seattle for the second game in the series looking for his first win of the season. He didn't find it and the Tigers are on a three game losing streak since losing to Kansas City on Thursday and suffering a beating from the Mariners on Friday losing 11-3.

Verlander pitched into the seventh inning allowing seven hits, three earned runs and having six strikeouts. He's winless in three starts and had a 24 pitch opening inning where the first run was scored.

Although his pitching didn't get the job done the Tigers quiet offensive production was no help either.

The team left 16 batter on base and 10 of those batters were left on by the top three in the lineup.

When down 2-0 in the fourth Magglio Ordonez attempted to spark the Tigers hammering a solo home run into left field. But that was the most impressive part of the Tigers offense for the evening only scoring one more run losing to the Mariner's 4-2.

Look for the Tigers to bounce back Sunday as they finish the series in Seattle and look to a four game set with a tough Anaheim Angels team.

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Friday, April 16, 2010


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1928 Braves' pitcher Charlie Robertson has his glove removed from the game by umpire Moran after the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) complain the ball is acting strangely. The Boston hurler still manages to win, 3-2.

1929 With the Yankees rain out in New York, the Indians become the first team to wear numbers on the the back of their jerseys on a permanent basis. During the season opener, Cleveland rookie outfielder Earl Averill, most likely donning the digit #3, homers on an 0-2 pitch off Tigers' hurler Earl Whitehill to become the first American League player to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat.

1935 With the band playing Jingle Bells at Boston's Braves Field on snowy day with near freezing temperatures, Babe Ruth makes his National league debut as he homers and singles off Giants' legend Carl Hubbell. Although the Braves beat New York,4-2, the team will go on to win only 37 more games this season.

1938 The Cardinals deal a declining Dizzy Dean to the Cubs for pitchers Curt Davis and Clyde Shoun and $200,000.

1940 On a cool day at Comiskey Park, the White Sox team batting average does not change as Indian fireballer Bob Feller hurls an Opening Day no-hitter beating Chicago, 1-0. Each South-sider started and ended the game with a .000 BA.

1940 On Opening Day, Franklin D. Roosevelt's errant ceremonial first pitch smashes a Washington Post camera. The Chief Executive is not charged with a wild pitch as Red Sox hurler Lefty Grove blanks the Senators, 1-0.

1946 On Opening Day at the Polo Grounds, Mel Ott goes deep for the final time of his career. The Giants' legend hits his 511th career home run off Philadelphia A's left-hander Oscar Judd.

1946 Prior to the Senators 6-3 loss to the Red Sox at Griffith Stadium, Harry Truman becomes the first President to throw the ceremonial first pitch left-handed. On Opening Day in 1950, the southpaw commander-in-chief will toss two pitches, one left-handed and one right-handed.

1948 The future super station WGN-TV televises a baseball game for the first time. With Jack Brickhouse doing the play-by-play, the White Sox beat the Cubs 4-1 in the first game of the Windy City Classic played at Wrigley Field.

1953 In a Forbes Field contest in which Pittsburgh will prevail, 14-12, the Phillies score nine times and the Pirates tally six in the fifth inning tying the National League record as 15 batters cross home plate during the frame. Philadelphia’s second baseman Connie Ryan establishes a new team record with six hits, four singles and two doubles, in six at bats.

1957 Prior to the Phillies’ home opener, a statue of Connie Mack is dedicated as part of the Opening Day ceremonies. The eight-foot statue of the ‘Tall Tactician’, which depicts the A’s long-time owner and manager with one foot in the dugout and one foot on the top step of it waving his trademark scorecard to position his players, was created by well-known sculptor Harry Rosin.

1961 Beginning his historic home run chase of the Babe, Roger Maris finally connects for his first round tripper in the twelfth game of the season. The fifth-inning solo shot is off Tiger pitcher Paul Foytack.

1962 Both starting pitchers of the Connie Mack Stadium contest, Philadelphia’s Cal McLish and Bob Gibson of the Cardinals, both fail to finish a frame with each allowing six runs to score in the first inning. Ernie Broglio gets the victory tossing eight 1/3 innings of shutout ball in the Redbirds 12-6 victory over the Phillies.

1964 The Mets new home, Shea Stadium, is christened with Dodgers' Holy Water from the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and Giants' Holy Water from the Harlem River at the location where it flowed passed the Polo Grounds.

1966 On the second day of the season, Jack Fischer gives up just five hits in his complete-game effort beating the Braves at Shea Stadium, 3-1. The win represents the Mets earliest victory in franchise history.

1972 On the second day of the season, Burt Hooton, making his his fourth career start, no-hits the Phillies at Wrigley Field , 4-0. The Cubs hurler becomes the 12th player in major league history to throw a no-hitter in his rookie season.

1978 Cardinal Bob Forsch no-hits the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0. Less than a year later, Bob's brother Ken of the Houston Astros will pitch a no-hitter against Atlanta making the siblings the only brothers to throw no-hitters in the big leagues.

1983 Setting a National League consecutive game-played record, Dodgers' first baseman Steve Garvey appears in his 1,118th straight game.

1984 In his first three at-bats, A's Dave Kingman hits three home runs, including a grand slam driving in eight runs against the Mariners in a 9-6 victory.

1988 The Braves establish a National League record for losses at the start of a season by losing their tenth consecutive game. With a 7-4 defeat to the Dodgers, Atlanta surpasses the mark, previously owned by four teams including the infamous 1919 Braves and the 1962 Mets.

1990 Kelly Gruber becomes the first Blue Jay to hit for the cycle in a 15-8 win against the Royals. His teammates buy him a tricycle in recognition of the accomplishment.

1997 Extending their losing streak to 12 with a 4-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies, the Cubs set the record for worst start in league history surpassing the overall National League record of 0-11 established by the Detroit Wolverines in 1884.

1999 Beating the Padres, 6-4, Colorado skipper Jim Leyland becomes the 45th manager to win a 1,000 games.

2000 Indian starter Chuck Finley, who was already the only pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning twice, does it for the third time as the southpaw strikes out Tom Evans, Royce Clayton, Chad Curtis (who takes first on a passed ball) and Rafael Palmeiro in the third inning; Finley beats the Rangers 2-1 with the help of back-to-back ninth-inning homers from Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome.

2006 Thanks to the outstanding pitching of Brett Meyers, and the Phillies bullpen, Philadelphia beats the Rockies, 1-0. It is the first time Colorado has lost a 1-0 game in the 10 years of playing at Coors Field.

2008 Kyle Kendrick, who posted a 10-4 and an ERA under 4.00 last season as a rookie, is stunned when he hears he has been apparently dealt to Japan for Takeru Kobayashi, a champion hot dog eater. The bogus trade, an elaborate hoax which includes skipper Charlie Manuel, assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr., fellow hurler Brett Myers and members of the media, totally 'punk'd' the Phillies sophomore pitcher.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Denny McLain's Detroit Tigers Report Radio Commercial

By Denny McLain
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This radio spot is currently running on 100.7FM The Rock!


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1876 The Alleghenies bring professional baseball to Pittsburgh playing their first game at Union Park. Next year, the team will be accepted into the minor-league International Association but will disband in 1878.

1907 The Giants lose to the Phillies on Opening Day due to the behavior of the Polo Grounds crowd. Umpire Bill Klem grows tired of the fans throwing snowballs at him and forfeits the game to Philadelphia.

1909 On Opening Day, the Dodgers are no-hit by Giants' Leon Ames for 9 1/3 innings. It takes 13 innings for Brooklyn to defeat the right-hander at the Polo Grounds, 3-0.

1921 At Crosley Field, Pirates right-hander Chief Yellow Horse makes his major league debut against the Reds. The Pittsburgh hurler, a member of a North American Plains Indian tribe call the Pawnees, is believed by many baseball historians to be the first full-blooded American Indian to play in the big leagues.

1930 On Opening Day, Philadelphia's Les Sweetland three-hits the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. The 28-year southpaw doubles and scores the lone run in the Phillies 1-0 victory over Brooklyn.

1933 In his major league debut, Tigers rookie Schoolboy Roe tosses a six-hitter blanking the White Sox, 3-0. During his 15-year career, playing also with the Dodgers and Phillies, Lynwood will compile a 158-101 record posting an ERA of 3.87.

1942 At Sportman’s Park in St. Louis, Hiram ‘Hi’ Bithorn becomes the first Puerto Rican to play major league baseball. The Cubs' right-hander from Santurce makes a relief appearance in the 4-2 loss to the Cardinals.

1947 A year before President Truman desegregated the military, Jackie Robinson debuts for the Dodgers becoming the first black player to participate in a major league game this century. In front of 25,623 Ebbets Field fans, the 28-year old first baseman is hitless in three at-bats, but scores a run in the 5-3 Opening Day victory over the Braves.

1947 In his National League debut, Hank Greenberg has the lone RBI in the Pirate's 1-0 win over the Cubs. Pittsburgh bought the slugging first baseman from the Tigers in the off-season for $75,000.

1953 During a preseason exhibition game against Brooklyn, Mickey Mantle, as he comes to the plate, is informed by the Ebbets Field public address announcer that he has just become the father of an eight-pound, twelve-ounce baby boy. The Yankees slugger’s first son, Mickey Jr., is given the middle name Elvin in memory of Mick’s recently deceased dad.

1954 In front of a a crowd of 46,354 fans, big league baseball returns to Baltimore after a 51-year absence when the Orioles beat White Sox in the first game played Memorial Stadium, 3-1. A Baltimore ownership group, which included Clarence Mills, Jim Keelty, Jerry Hoffberger and Zanvyl Krieger, bought the former St. Louis Browns and brought the franchise to the Charm City.

1958 On Opening Day, the transplanted New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers play the first major league game on the West Coast. The Californian contest sees Ruben Gomez blanking Los Angeles and Don Drysdale at San Francisco's Seals Stadium, 8-0.

1968 The Astros defeat the Mets in 24 innings,1-0, making it the longest scoreless game in major league history. The six hour and six-minute contest, in which each team had 79 at-bats and 11 hits, ends when Bob Aspromonte's grounder goes through the legs of shortstop Al Weiss scoring Norm Miller from third base with one out.

1976 In the debut of the 'new' Yankee Stadium, 52,613 fans watch the Bronx Bombers shell Minnesota on Opening Day, 11-4, Bob Shawkey, winner of the 1923 Stadium opener, throws out the ceremonial first pitch in the ballpark that has been completely rebuilt from top to bottom, with the fences, the seats, the roof, and the original grandstand being replaced.

1994 With only 115 fans in attendance on a cold and rainy night at Pohlman Field, Kelly Wunsch becomes the third player and first starting pitcher to strikeout five batters in one inning in professional baseball. The Beloit Brewer hurler, who was drafted by Milwaukee in the first round (26th pick overall) of the 1993 amateur draft, makes this possible when two of those victims reached first base on wild pitches during 7-3 loss to Springfield (IL) of the Midwest League.

2000 In the 2,800th game of his career, Orioles infielder Cal Ripken lines a base hit to center off the Twins' Hector Carrasco to become the 24th major leaguer to reach the 3,000 career hit milestone. The single also makes the 'Iron Man' only the seventh player to get 3,000 hits and 400 home runs in major league history.

2001 As leadoff batter Todd Hollingsworth steps into the batter's box, a swarm of bees is discovered on the right field auxiliary scoreboard. After a nine minute delay, the game starts without incident to the players, fans or bees.

2004 Fifty-seven years after the historic event, major league baseball begins the tradition of Jackie Robinson Day, an annual celebration marking the day the color line was broken in baseball. At big league parks across the country there are ceremonies honoring the ground-breaking Dodger rookie second baseman, including baseball commissioner Bud Selig joining his widow, Rachel Robinson, for a Shea Stadium tribute.

2005 Right-hander Ben Sheets, who agreed to a one-year deal worth $6 million during the off season to avoid salary arbitration, signs $38.5 million, four-year contract to stay with Milwaukee. The deal is the richest in the history of the Brewers.

2005 To commemorate the 58th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first game in the big leagues, the Dodgers wear replicas of the old road uniforms worn by the 1947 team which played in Brooklyn. Derek Lowe throws a three-hitter blanking the Padres in San Diego, 4-0.

2005 In the first major league game played in Washington D.C. since September 30, 1971, the Nationals beat Arizona at RFK Stadium, 5-3. President George W. Bush throws out the ceremonial first pitch after receiving the ball from Joe Grzenda, the former Washington reliever who threw the final pitch in Senators history.

2005 A Fenway fan is ejected from the game after taking what appeared to be a swipe at Gary Sheffield as the Yankee outfielder fields a ball hit by Jason Varitek. The right-fielder's response, which includes shoving the fan, making a fist and exchanging words, will be investigated by major league baseball.

2007 To honor of Jackie Robinson, some players on each team, including Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter and Braves' outfielder Andruw Jones, wear the Dodger immortal's uniform No. 42 on the 60th anniversary of the his historic breaking the color barrier in baseball. In the Cardinals and Brewers contest at Busch Stadium, every player and coach on both teams don Jackie's revered number.

2009 Texas infielder Ian Kinsler, having already collected a single, double and home run, admits he was trying for a triple when he batted in the sixth inning of the 19-6 rout of Baltimore. The Rangers second baseman gets his three-bagger en route to a 6-for-6 cycle performance.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


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APRIL 14...
1910 At American League Park II in Washington, D.C., William Howard Taft becomes the first president to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Senator legend Walter Johnson one-hits the A's, 3-0 in the season opener.

1915 Giving up a scratch hit to Harry Hooper with two outs in the ninth, A's Herb Pennock loses his bid to throw an Opening Day no-hitter in Philadelphia. The southpaw still blanks the Red Sox, 5-0.

1925 The Indians start the season drubbing the Browns, 21-4 to establish the major league mark for the most runs scored by one club on Opening Day. Cleveland tallies 12 times in the eighth inning with the help of five St. Louis errors.

1930 Continuing the tradition, President Herbert Hoover throws out the first pitch before the Red Sox edge the hometown Senators, 4-3.

1949 Bobo Newsom signs as a free agent with the Senators. The 41-year old right hander, who will not appear with the club until the 1952 season, becomes the first major leaguer to join the same team on five different occasions (1935-37, '42, '43, '46-47, '52).

1955 Elston Howard, who will be named the American League's MVP in 1963, becomes the first black to play for the Yankees. The former Monarchs' catcher will appear in nine All-Star Games and 54 World Series games, compiling a .274 batting average during his 12-year playing career.

1961 At Tiger Stadium, Frank Lary tosses a one-hitter beating the White Sox, 7-0. The lone hit come in the fifth inning when Jim Landis singles off the glove of shortstop Chico Fernandez.

1969 In the first regular season game is played outside the United States, the Expos play their first home game, treating 29,184 fans at Jarry Park to an 8-7 win over St. Louis. Montreal moundsman Larry Jaster throws baseball's first international pitch to Cardinal left fielder Lou Brock.

1978 The largest Opening Day crowd ever, 45,777, attend the Wrigley Field opener against Pittsburgh. Although the team gives up an early 3-0 lead, the hometown fans will not go home disappointed when Larry Biittner, leading off in the bottom of the ninth inning, homers giving the Cubs a 4-3 walk-off victory.

1993 After establishing the all-time career major league record last night with his 358th save, Cardinal reliever Lee Smith breaks the National League mark recording his 301st in the senior circuit.

2001 By scoring in their 175th consecutive game, the Reds set the modern National League record for not being shut out by an opponent. Ironically, to break the record, Cincinnati beats Al Leiter and the Mets, 1-0, the last team and pitcher to blank the franchise.

2002 Mascots from all the major league teams as well as Sandy the Seagull, of the near-by farm team Brooklyn Cyclones attend a birthday party held for Mr. Met at Shea Stadium. The Amazins’ 38-year old bobble-headed good luck charm, believed to be the first live mascot in big league history, appeared in the flesh, so to speak, in 1964 after being an illustration on the cover of scorecards the season before.

2004 Joining Johnny Lucadello (1940 Browns), U.L. Washington (1979 Royals), Bret Barberie (1991 Expos) , and Brian Simmons (1998 White Sox ), Aaron Miles becomes the fifth player in history to hit his first two career home runs from different sides of the plate in the same game. In a 14-4 drubbing of the Diamondbacks at Coors Field, Rockies switch-hitting second baseman hits a solo homer in the first inning batting lefty off Elmer Dessens and then goes deep in the 5th inning with two on as right-handed batter off southpaw Stephen Randolph.

2006 At Mets Team Store beginning today through the April 17 tax deadline fans can have their taxes done for free by Gilman Ciocia. The Shea TAX-TEAM will also prepare an automatic extension for those who are not ready to file.


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tigers with big Rally

By Justin Cousineau
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The Tigers were looking soft against the Kansas City Royals in the first six innings but found a way to comeback. The Tigers are 3-2 against the Royals and look to close out the series with a win on Wednesday.

Dontrelle Willis didn't have the greatest start but Joel Zumaya and the rest of the bull pen held their ground and put a stop to the second best AL offensive team. The Tigers scooped up four doubles and a couple of walks to help score those six runs and give their team the lead in an exciting finish for the home crowd in Motown.

Tigers won a close game with Cabrera going without a hit and Damon only having one single all game. If those two player's can catch the rhythm with the rest of the team at the same time they'll find games will be easier to win providing pitching can stand its ground and its part to help out the team.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Tigers Opener a hit

By Justin Cousineau
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Detroit was no Lakeland, Florida on opening day as the weather struggled to hit 40 degrees causing people to bring blankets and winter clothes. The game was played mainly in overcast with unpleasant winds but it wasn't enough to discourage Tigers fans from skipping school and work.

Despite the cold Tim Allen threw the ceremonial first pitch and Comerica Parks 2nd largest crowd was in attendance to watch their Tigers take on the Cleveland Indians.

Rick Porcello kicked things off in Detroit pitching decent numbers only allowing two earned runs, one coming from DH Travis Hafner in the top of the second inning, and striking out three. The Tigers only having two strikeouts all game both coming in the first inning they still struggled to get men on base early allowing the Cleveland Indians to have a quick lead.

Tigers having their lowest offensive numbers so far this season still got the job done advancing their record to 3-1. With two outs bases loaded in the 5th Magglio Ordonez was able to hit the ball hard enough in the cold weather to third baseman Jhonny Peralta causing him to have a throwing error. The error allowed three runs to score and Ordonez to advance to third base. It's not the way you expected a hitter like Ordonez to take the lead for his team but if it puts your team in the lead you take it as it comes.

The Tigers struggled to hit anything in the gaps or hard up the middle. Its tough to blame the lack of quality hits on the weather because all these players are used to cold weather late in the season and opening day.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

What does the 2010 Baseball Season, Tiger Woods and Kate Plus Eight, All Have in Common?

By Denny McLain
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Well here we go again, our Tigers are once again off to a race for the pennant, can you imagine?

But folks with all due respect, you can’t expect miracles out of this team. Because for them to win the division it would be just short of our Lord walking on water! Unless they find lightening in a bottle, I don’t think they’ll break .500!

After the first two guys in the Tigers pitching staff, what are we going to do, call “Ghost Busters?” If you’re forced to call on Willis and Bonderman, what the hell are you going to do? Even when Bonderman was healthy he was barely a .500 pitcher.

I am also told by senior people in the organization that Bondy suffers from fright when he has a lead in a game and is always looking to come out of a game after the 5th inning.

And Willis, well I feel so sorry for this guy! No one has been able to help this kid, all of that crazy talent and no one in the organization has been able to do anything with it.

I want to tell you something. Based on my history with the greatest pitching coach in the history of the game, Johnny Sain, I could help Willis get it somewhat together, I really mean that. If not, I won’t ever talk about pitching again.

The division we’re in allows anything to happen and it always has, but with only two pitchers in a suspect bullpen, don’t bet the farm on them winning the division.

God forbid Verlander or our other young right hander gets hurt! Because they ARE the staff!

Now let’s switch gears away from baseball.

Tiger Woods...what can be said at this point?  He’s playing in the Masters with a tight security...what a joke!
Why can’t golf fans scream and holler at guys like other sports? Why the hell are they so special?

I’m not talking about during their back swings, but during the walk up the fairway or after a bad shot? Let’s hear those boos and the other incredible garbage that could come from of the crowds.

You know that the stripper is going to make an appearance in more ways than one right?

Now allow me to point out some things regarding Tiger.

One, he (allegedly) paid hookers and hookers and more hookers for their services, and they weren’t teeing up his balls on the practice tee box either! Isn’t that a criminal act?

Two, the cops in Orlando (allegedly) covered up what really happened at his home, Mrs. Tiger realized that she was about to expose him and all of a sudden no one knows anything…he hit a fire hydrant.

I think she realized that, “I can’t hurt myself” with this zillionaire!

During this Masters at the 14th hole he has already had a brain fart with an emotional outburst. You can’t change the spots on this leopard guys!

But the Tiger story will eventually be written, no one can play that well, hit the ball that hard, get around the course like he does or just plain punish the ball without some sort of assistance.

God forbid that we find out that all of these stories that we’ve heard about doctors who prescribed him Vicodin, Human Growth Hormone and various other products are true.

Three, rumor has it that he (allegedly) paid the first lover $10 million because she has the evidence to punish him with HGH and other possible substances acquisitions.

Stay tuned, because it is coming and I want to tell you one other thing.

If he wins the Masters, look out, the stories will start! Bigger and bigger with more possible information and facts, you can bet your butt that it is coming!

Folks when you’re surrounded in a hotel suite with several ladies of the night or whatever, don’t you think that somebody is playing around with some kind of chemicals? Come on, be honest?

At least on the first day of the Masters he looks like the old Tiger, but the broadcasters who are kissing his ass so much that we have to turn down the sound, no one wants to address the issues, I just don’t understand?

I will state the obvious; the crowds around the greens have been at best, luke warm. While the broadcasters are kissing his arse, the crowds are showing him somewhat a bit of disgust with their polite applause…not like the old days huh?

Ok, on to TV. Erin Andrews the ESPN commentator and Kate & the Eight.

I have found out why Erin is getting threats. Look at her dance! She is impersonating a dancer, isn’t that criminal fraud?

But she is not quite as reprehensible as Kate & the Eight.

Man has she changed huh? That can’t be the same gal can it? She too looks great in those skimpy clothes but man, she can’t dance one step of anything, she reminds me of a horse walking with a broken leg, measuring every step it takes!

I saved the best for last…the NCAA Woman’s Basketball Finals. Man! Was that exciting! But who watches it, or should I say why does anybody watch it?

No one loves women more than I do, God, I have two daughters and seven grand daughters, but even they don’t watch it, ugh!

Here’s my closing thought.

Thank God Buzz Aldrin, an American hero, doesn’t have to dance anymore! God that was more pain that I had to endure than my last root canal!

Have a great day folks!


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1934 At Shibe Park, 15,000 fans witness the first legal baseball game between major league teams played on a Sunday in the city of Philadelphia. In a hometown exhibition game, the Phillies beat the A's, 8-1.

1963 In his first major league at-bat, Pete Rose works out a walk off Pirates' pitcher Earl Francis.

1963 The Tigers claim Denny McLain on first-year waivers from the White Sox. The right-hander, who will become the game's last 30-game winner playing in the motor city, will win the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award in 1968 helping Detroit to win its first World Series in 23 years.

1963 The Tigers claim Denny McLain on first-year waivers from the White Sox. The right-hander, who will become the game's last 30-game winner playing in the motor city, will win the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award in 1968 helping Detroit to win its first World Series in 23 years.

1969 Jack Murphy Stadium is dedicated as 23,370 fans watch the Padres make their National League debut defeating the Astros, 2-1

1969 The Royals play their first game in the history of the franchise and joins the winner circle along with the other three new clubs making their debuts today Reliever Moe Drabowsky picks up the win as Kansas City beat the Twins in 12 innings, 4-3.

1974 Hammerin' Hank Aaron passes Babe Ruth as the all-time home run leader with his 715th off Dodger hurler Al Downing in Atlanta's home opener.

1975 In the season opener at Fenway Park, Tony Conigliaro, who retired four years ago after being traded to the Angels in 1970, plays in the first game of his attempted comeback with the Red Sox. As a designated hitter, the 30-year old fan-favorite, who will only collect 7 hits in 21 games, singles in his first at bat in Boston's 5-2 victory over the Brewers.

1987 Indian hurlers Phil Niekro and Steve Carlton combine to beat the Blue Jays, 14-3, making it the first time in major league history that two 300-game winners pitched for the same team in the same game. Niekro goes six innings to get his 312th career win and 'Lefty' blanks Toronto for four innings.

1991 In a 5-4 Opening Day loss to the Brewers at Arlington Stadium, future Hall of Famer Goose Gossage (2008) relieves in a game started by Rangers hurler Nolan Ryan (1999), also a future member of the Hall of Fame. It's the first time in major league history that a 300-game winner appears in the same contest with teammate who has 300 saves.

1994 Braves' Kent Mercker no-hits Los Angeles, 6-0 at Dodger Stadium. It is the lefthander's first complete game in the major leagues.

1997 In a 14-8 Mariners victory over the Indians at the Kingdome, M's pitcher Josias Manzanillo, who doesn't wear a protective cup, is hit the groin by a Manny Ramirez 107 mph line drive . Now a firm believer in the use of protective gear, the 29-year old reliever will be put on the 15-day disabled list for surgery needed to repair a tear in testicles.

2003 At the home opener at PNC Park, Pittsburgh unveils a sculpture of Ralph Kiner. The Hall of Fame home run hitter, who is depicted in the bronze artwork gripping a Kiner-model Louisville Slugger bat, joins Willie Stargell, Honus Wagner and Roberto Clemente as other former Pirates honored with a ballpark statutes.

2003 By going went 4-for-4 along with three walks, Rockies' first baseman Todd Helton sets a club record by reaching base in all seven plate appearances. Chris Stynes also set a franchise mark for most plate appearances in a game with eight.

2004 In the first game of their new downtown ballpark, the Padres come from behind twice after Trevor Hoffman blows a save in the ninth to beat the Giants in 10 innings at Petco Park, 4-3. San Diego scores in the bottom of ninth knotting the score at 2-2 and then scores two runs in the tenth after falling behind in the top of the frame.

2008 An emotional Bill Buckner returns to Fenway Park for the first time in more than a decade to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Red Sox home opener. The beleaguered former Boston first baseman, best known for letting Mookie Wilson’s grounder roll between his legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, receives a heart-felt standing ovation from the stunned crowd as he walks slowly from left field to the pitchers mound.

2008 At the Play Ball, Chicago! event in the Windy City, the U.S. Postal Service unveils a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the song, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game". The very popular song was written on a New York City train a century ago when passenger Jack Norworth, actor, singer and songwriter, who claimed never to have seen a major league game wrote the lyrics after seeing a sign about an upcoming contest at the Polo Grounds, home of the New Giants.

Tigers slip late

By Justin Cousineau

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Detroit Tigers struggled against the Kansas City Royals late in extra innings. Ramon Santiago and Scott Sizemore both miss handled the ball allowing a base hit off a ground ball, and the winning run to score off a juggled relay throw.

The Tigers batted .291 but stranded 15 runners through 11 innings of play. Miguel Cabrera tied it up in the top of the ninth inning with a solo home run off the right field foul pole. But that wasn't enough as they lost their first game of the season.

Today Dontrelle Willis will start for the Tigers for their last game before opening day in Detroit, where they hope to win the series against the Royals and start off the season 2-1.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tigers Hit well

By Justin Cousineau
In Play Magazine

Going up against one of baseball's best pitchers in the game Zack Grienke and the Kansas City Royals couldn't hold off the Tigers past the seventh.

Down 4-2 the Tigers poured on six runs to regain the lead which they lost in the bottom of the second. Offensive number were good with the team batting .308 and scoring eight runs. Justin Verlander only went five innings posting a 7.20 ERA and allowing four earned runs not something that was expected.

What matter most is the win against the Royals start the Tigers off with on a good note and although some may have a sour taste in their mouth already with Verlander's start they shouldn't worry.

The team had four extra base hits from two new faces in Johnny Damon, and Austin Jackson, and two more from popular Tiger veteran's Brandon Inge, and Magglio Ordonez.

They'll finish their series against the Royals on Thursday, and then get themselves ready for opening day in Detroit on Friday against another divisional team the Cleveland Indians.

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Monday, April 5, 2010


By Denny McLain
In Play Magazine

1913 In an exhibition game against the Yankees, 25,000 fans watch the Dodgers play their first game in Ebbets Field. Brooklyn beats New York, 3-2 with Casey Stengel hitting the park's first home run, an inside-the-parker.

1925 Babe Ruth collapses at railroad station in Asheville, North Carolina, and will be hospitalized in New York.

1934 Babe Ruth, sponsored by Quaker Oats, agrees to do weekly NBC broadcasts. His thirteen week radio salary will be $4000 more than his Yankee contract.

1934 Reds president Larry MacPhail hires Red Barber to broadcast the team games on WSAL. The not-so-old "Ol' Redhead" will spend the first four years of his Hall of Fame career in Cincinnati calling games from the stands of Crosley Field.

1957 The Phillies trade five players, Ron Negray, Tim Harkness, Elmer Valo, Mel Geho, and Ben Flowers (the player to be named later) and send $75,000 to the Dodgers to obtain much touted Cuban infielder Chico Fernandez. Philadelphia's new shortstop plays three seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, batting just .242, before being traded to the Tigers.

1966 Don Larsen, who is the last active major leaguer who played Browns, is released by the Orioles. As a rookie 1953, the Michigan City, Indiana native posted a 7-12 record for the hapless franchise which loss 100 games in its final season in St. Louis.

1971 At RFK Stadium, 45,000 fans watch the last Opening Day game to be played in Washington, D.C.

1972 The season opener between Astros and Reds is canceled due to the player strike which started on April 1. It marks the first time in major league history Opening Day is delayed and 86 games will be lost before the labor dispute is settled.

1972 The Mets trade outfielder Ken Singleton and infielders Tim Foli and Mike Jorgensen to the Expos in exchange for 28-year old all-star right fielder Rusty Staub. The 'Le Grand Orange' will miss most of the season due to injuries, but will play a major role in New York's 'Ya Gotta Believe' pennant-winning team in 1973.

1983 Tom Seaver, making his first appearance as with the Mets since 1977, combines with Doug Sisk to blank the Phillies at Shea Stadium, 2-0. It is Tom Terrific's 14th National League Opening Day assignment‚ tying Senators hurler Walter Johnson's record.

1988 With a 6-3 Opening night victory over the Padres, Houston wins its 2,000th game in franchise history. The Astros score five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning making starter Mike Scott the winning pitcher.

1993 At Camden Yards, William Jefferson Clinton becomes the first U.S. president to successfully throw the first pitch of the season from the pitcher's mound. Orioles starter Rick Suttecliffe doesn't fare as well as the Birds lose to the Rangers, 7-4.

1993 At Shea Stadium, the Rockies lose their National League debut to the Mets, 3-0. Doc Gooden pitches a 4-hit complete game for the victory.

1993 In front of 42,334 fans at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, the Florida Marlins, in their major league first game ever, defeat the Dodgers, 6-3. Joe DiMaggio throws out the ceremonial first pitch and the team retires uniform number 5 in tribute to Carl Barger, their late president.

1993 On Opening Day, Greg Maddux, who was signed as a free agent, allows no runs and scatters five hits to his former team over 8 1/3 innings as the Braves edge the Cubs, 1-0.

1993 Eric Fox, inserted into the game as late-inning defensive replacement hits a grand-slam home run in the bottom of the eighth inning giving the A's a 9-4 Opening Day victory before 43,370 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. It will be the outfielder's only homer of the season.

1997 At Olympic Stadium, the Rockies set a franchise record with seven home runs including three by Larry Walker, who is pulled from game in eighth inning by Rockies manager Don Baylor. The Colorado skipper doesn't want to run up the score against the Expos with his team ahead 15-1.

2003 The Royals become the first major league team to begin the season 5-0 after losing 100-games the prior year. Runelvys Hernandez, the winner of a coin toss making him the Opening Day starter, wins his second game as allows two hits in seven innings beating the Indians, 2-1

2003 To show support for the U.S. troops in Iraq, the White Sox announce all active military members showing a military ID will be given free admission to home games at U.S. Cellular Field. Tickets would not be available for the Cub series in June.

2004 Braves’ general manager John Schuerholz announces the team has exercised the option to retain Bobby Cox as the team's manager through the 2005 season. The 62-year old skipper, who is ninth in all-time in managerial wins with 1,906, has won a record 12-consecutive divisional titles.

2005 The Washington Nationals, formerly known as the Expos, lose their inaugural season opener bowing to the Phillies, 8-4. The franchise, which played its initial 36 years in Montreal, becomes the first team to represent the nation’s capital since the Senators left to become the Texas Rangers in 1971.

2006 Sluggerrr, the Royals' Mascot, celebrates his tenth birthday at Kauffman Stadium. In the off-season, the nearly seven-foot tall lion with a crown built into his skull is very active in the Kansas City community visiting local schools encouraging youngsters to be good students and a good citizens.

2009 In an Opening Day 4-1 victory over the Phillies, Jordan Schafer becomes the 99th rookie to homer in his first major league at-bat. Joining Joe Harrington (1895), Chuck Tanner (1955) and Jermaine Dye (1996), the 22-year old outfielder becomes only the fourth player to accomplish the feat in franchise history.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


1911 All National League umpires are asked by league president Tom Lynch to provide evidence of vision tests.

1937 Reds' Babe Herman is sold to the Tigers.

1962 University of Detroit basketball star, Dave DeBusschere signs with the White Sox as a pitcher.

1964 Cleveland's manager Birdie Tebbetts suffers a heart attack.

1970 Ruling the team is bankrupt, Judge Sidney Volinn orders the Pilots be sold to a group headed by mid-western businessman Bud Selig. The American League expansion team's tenure in Seattle is over after just one season when the club moves to Milwaukee and starts the new season as the Brewers.

1982 The Mets trade outfielder Lee Mazzilli to Texas for rookie pitchers Ron Darling and Walt Terrell.

1987 Mets phenom pitcher Doc Gooden avoids suspension for substance abuse by agreeing to enter a drug rehab facility.

1996 This website,, appears for the first time on the internet. It is one of the first to feature baseball history on a daily basis.

1996 Rallying from a 6-0 deficit, the Mets beat the Cardinals, 7-6, making it the biggest Opening Day comeback of the century

1998 At Camden Yards, the Orioles rock the Royals, 10-1, as Scott Erickson records his 100th major league victory. O's skipper Ray Miller, who hadn't won a game since managing the Twins in 1986, enjoys his first win with Baltimore.

2002 Cinci Freedom‚ the cow who evaded capture for ten days after jumping a six-foot fence to avoid slaughter, is excused from a scheduled appearance in the Reds' traditional Opening Day parade. The Charolais cow was deemed too jumpy to participate in the Findlay Market activities prior the Reds 5-4 walk-off victory over the Cubs at Cinergy Field.

2005 Albert Pujols does not strike out in any of the 21 Cardinals spring training games. In his 68 plate appearances, the St. Louis first baseman finishes the exhibition season with a .458 batting average, six homers, and 20 RBI.

2008 With two outs in the 10th inning at Dolphin Stadium, Robert Andino’s first career round tripper is a memorable one as his walk-off homer gives the Marlins a 5-4 victory over the Mets. The post-game celebration is short-lived as the Miami native takes off for home to meet police after getting a text message from his wife informing him their house may have an intruder.

2009 After tallying a run in the top of the first, the Kentucky State basbeall team finds themselves on the short end of a 22-1 score at the end of the inning. After the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky University score 27 more times in the next three frames, the teams decide to halt the contest in the middle fifth giving EKU a 49-1 triumph over the Thorobreds.