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April 19, 1996

New York at Minnesota (8:05 p.m. EST). Rick Aguilera makes his first start for the Twins. The former relief ace has been sidelined because a strained tendon in his forearm, injured when he lifted a heavy suitcase in spring training.


Boston stopped its seven-game losing streak with a 10-7 win Thursday in Baltimore.


Paul Wagner, who led the majors with 16 losses last season, is 3-0 with an 0.77 ERA for Pittsburgh.


Kevin Seitzer hit his fifth home run of the season Thursday night for Milwaukee. He hit five homers in 492 at-bats last year, and hit five in 309 at-bats in 1994.


Toronto’s Jeff Ware plunked J.T. Snow and Randy Velarde of the Angels with pitches Thursday night. Blue Jays pitchers had not hit any batters until then. Toronto batters have been hit 12 times, most in the AL.


Tigers relievers pitched 65 2-3 innings in Detroit’s first 17 games, an average of nearly four innings per game.


Frank Castillo of the Cubs is 0-5 in 13 career starts in April.


David Howard made his fourth straight start at shortstop Thursday night in place of Jose Offerman, who leads the Royals with four errors.



_ Todd Zeile hit two homers, including a three-run shot in the ninth inning that rallied Philadelphia past Montreal 9-8.

_ Alex Rodriguez hit the first grand slam of his career, leading the Mariners past Detroit 11-3.


Detroit pitcher Omar Olivares will miss a scheduled start Saturday because of a strained left hamstring. He hurt himself while running sprints before Thursday’s game at Seattle.


Braves backup infielder Mike Mordecai broke his right wrist when he was hit by Greg Colbrunn’s grounder Thursday night. Mordecai, who bruised his kidney earlier in the game against Florida during a baseline collision, was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Mordecai started in place of Mark Lemke, scratched from the starting lineup because of a hamstring problem.


Former major leaguer Daryl Boston will be a player-coach for the Regina Cyclones of the independent Prairie Baseball League.


``The ninth hitter is supposed to play defense and move runners over. Grand slam? I’m not supposed to do that.″ _ Alex Rodriguez, whose grand slam sent Seattle over Detroit 11-3 Thursday night.


April 20

1910 _ Addie Joss of Cleveland pitched the second no-hitter of his career, a 1-0 win over the White Sox in Chicago.

1912 _ Fenway Park opened in Boston and the Red Sox defeated the visiting New York Yankees 7-6 in 11 innings. Tiger Stadium in Detroit also as the Tigers defeat the Cleveland Indians 6-5.

1916 _ The Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park _ named Wrigley Field in 1926 _ defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.

1920 _ Manager Gavvy Cravath of the Philadelphia Phillies inserted himself as a pinch-hitter and beat the New York Giants with a three-run homer, 3-0. It was his last in the majors.

1939 _ In his first major league game, Ted Williams hit a 400-foot double in four at-bats as the Boston Red Sox lost 2-0 to New York at Yankee Stadium.

1967 _ Tom Seaver of the New York Mets got his first major league victory with a 6-1 decision over the Chicago Cubs. Seaver went 7 2-3 innings and gave up eight hits and one run.

1982 _ The Atlanta Braves scored their 12th consecutive victory from the beginning of the season _ a 4-2 decision over Cincinnati in Atlanta _ and broke the major league record set a year earlier by the Oakland A’s.

1988 _ The Baltimore Orioles set a major league record with their 14th straight defeat at the start of the season, losing to the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6.

1990 _ Seattle’s Brian Holman lost his bid for baseball’s 13th perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning on Ken Phelps’ pinch-hit home run in the Mariners’ 6-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Today’s birthdays: Todd Hollandsworth, 23; Don Mattingly, 36.

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