Friday, April 14 Baseball Today
Undated (AP) _ Minnesota at New York (7:35 p.m. EDT). Frank Viola (0-2) pitches for the Twins against Al Leiter (0-1). The Yankees beat Viola on opening day at the Metrodome. STATS
Atlanta’s Dale Murphy has hit 50 career home runs against the San Diego Padres. ... Cleveland’s Cory Snyder is 1-for-20 lifetime against Boston’s Roger Clemens with 12 strikeouts. ... California has been shut out in each of Jim Abbott’s two starts. STREAKS
The Dodgers started the season with an eight-game road trip, their longest season-opening trip since the franchise moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958. ... Tony Gwynn’s hitting streak was stopped a nine as he went 0-for-4 against Atlanta on Thursday. STRIKEOUTS
Roger Clemens on Thursday became the fourth Boston pitcher in history to reach the 1,000-strikeout milestone. With 1,005 strikeouts, he trails only Cy Young, who had 1,341 early in the century, Luis Tiant with 1,075, and Bruce Hurst with 1,043. SAVES
Cleveland’s Doug Jones has 10 saves in last 10 appearances, dating to Sept. 7, 1988. SLUMPS
After their first seven games, the Milwaukee Brewers were batting .210 as a team. STEALS
New York Mets left fielder Kevin McReynolds has 33 consecutive stolen bases. The last time he was thrown out attempting to steal was June 2, 1987, vs. Los Angeles. SEASON SERIES
Detroit beat Minnesota 3-0 Thursday, snapping a 12-game losing streak against the Twins. The Tigers hadn’t defeated the Twins since May 13, 1988. The 12 straight losses to Minnesota tied the longest regular-season losing streak to one team. The Tigers also lost 12 straight to Cleveland between Oct 1., 1950 and July 6, 1951. STARTING LINEUPS Tim Teufel of the New York Mets made his first start of the season Thursday at first base, only his third major-league start at first. SHORTSTOPS
Kevin Elster of the New York Mets had played in 67 consecutive errorless games at shortstop entering Friday’s game, one less than the NL record of 68 set by Buddy Kerr of the New York Giants from July 28, 1946, to May 24, 1947. Kerr is now a Mets scout. The major league record is 72 by the Detroit Tigers’ Eddie Brinkman in 1972. SUBS
Minnesota’s last two grand slams have been by pinch hitters - Carmen Castillo (Tuesday) and Jim Dwyer (9-15-88). STANDINGS
The New York Mets, currently in last place in the NL East, never slipped lower than fourth place last year while winning 100 games. SEATING
The Pirates’ only midweek afternoon home game of the season Thursday against the Mets drew 19,105, thanks to a local grocery chain that purchased 15,000 tickets. The crowd was the largest for the Pirates’ second home game of the season since they moved into Three Rivers Stadium in 1970. STATUS
New York Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield says he has ″absolutely no idea″ when he’ll be able to return to the lineup after back surgery three weeks ago. Winfield, who grew up in St. Paul, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch in an interview Wednesday from his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., that there’s a ″chance″ he might not be able to play this season. The March 24 surgery to repair a ruptured disk is being followed by physical therapy twice a week, Winfield said. STARS
Jeff Robinson pitched a four-hitter and struck out seven as Detroit beat Minnesota 3-0 Thursday. SCOUTING
Leon Durham. had three hits and Bryan Oelkers. scattered five hits over seven innings as Louisville (Cardinals) defeated Buffalo (Pirates) 3-1 in an American Association game Thursday night. SPEAKING
″I had much better confidence and much better stuff. Even when I made mistakes, I know what the problem was and what adjustments I needed to make.″ -California’s Jim Abbott, who lost his second straight decision Thursday. SEASONS April 14
1910 - Washington’s Walter Johnson pitched a one-hit, 3-0 victory against the Philadelphia A’s while Frank Smith of the Chicago White Sox duplicates the feat against the St. Louis Browns.
1915 - In the opening game at Philadelphia, left-hander Herb Pennock of the A’s blanked the Red Sox 5-0. He allowed only one hit - a scratch single by Harry Hooper with two out in the ninth.
1917 - Ed Cicotte of the Chicago White Sox pitched an 11-0 no-hitter over the St. Louis Browns.
1925 - The Cleveland Indians opened the season with a 21-14 victory over the St. Louis Browns, the most runs scored by one club on opening day. The Indians scored 12 runs in the eighth inning with the aid of five errors by the Browns. Fred Spurgeon reached base twice on two of those errors. Browns first baseman George Sisler committed four errors in the game.
1967 - Boston rookie Bill Rohr lost a no-hit bid in his first major-league start when Elston Howard singled in the ninth inning for the New York Yankees’ only hit in a 3-0 loss to the Red Sox.
1969 - The first major-league game outside the United States was played in Montreal’s Jarry Park with the Expos defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7.
Today’s Birthdays: Pete Rose 48; Greg Maddux 23.