Baseball Today Monday, April 9 SCOREBOARD
Undated (AP) _ Toronto at Texas (8:35 p.m. EDT, ESPN). Nolan Ryan starts his chase for 300 victories, in an opening day game against the Blue Jays. Ryan, who led the majors with 301 strikeouts last season, enters 1990 with a lifetime record of 289-263. STATS
The Philadelphia Phillies got more home runs from their leadoff hitters (14) than their clean-up batters (13) in 1989. ... The San Francisco Giants had 40 come-from-behind victories last season, including 15 from the eighth inning on. SWINGS
The New York Yankees were 63-27 (.700) when they scored four or more runs but only 11-60 (.155) when they scored fewer than four runs last year. The Yankees led the majors in victories during the 1980s, even though it was the first decade since before Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in which they did not win a World Series. SLUMPS
In 1989, the New York Mets were 5-23 in one-run games on the road, scored three runs or fewer 82 times, lost 20 games in their opponents’ final at-bat, finished 36-45 on the road and had 11 losing streaks of three games or more. ... The Montreal Expos were 63-44 on Aug. 2 last season, but went 18-37 the rest of the way. SLOPPY
The Texas Rangers made 136 errors last season and turned the fewest double plays in the American League (137). SKIPPERS
The Toronto Blue Jays were 77-49 after Cito Gaston took over as manager and 37-19 after acquiring Mookie Wilson from the New York Mets last season. STANDINGS
The last time the Chicago Cubs repeated as champions was 1906-1908. ... In 1989, the Baltimore Orioles tied the 1967 Chicago Cubs for most victories (87) after a 100-loss season and showed the fourth-greatest improvement in major league history. ... The Cleveland Indians have not finished within 10 games of first place since 1959. SEATING
The Texas Rangers had an average attendance of 28,420 for Nolan Ryan’s 19 home starts in 1989. For all other home dates, Texas had an average of 25,067. SIDELINED
Kevin Mitchell, last season’s National League MVP, will miss the start of the regular season with a severely sprained right wrist. The San Francisco Giants say Mitchell will be out for at least seven days, but that X-rays of the wrist revealed no fracture. ... From June 10 until the end of the 1989 season, the Cincinnati Reds placed 11 players on the DL and went 40-63. SPEAKING
″New York has a lot of plusses. But me being a West Coast guy, I didn’t appreciate living back there. New York was different. I was only there a year and a half and it could have been fun, but Steinbrenner makes it difficult. If you’re winning, it’s probably one of the best places in baseball to play if not THE best. If you’re losing in New York, it’s a rotten place to play and that was the case when I was there.″ - Oakland’s Ken Phelps.
SEAONS April 9
1913 - Ebbets Field was opened in Brooklyn and the Philadelphia Phillies spoiled the inaugural by defeating the Dodgers 1-0 before a crowd of 10,000. The stadium, which cost $750,000 to build, was named after Charles Ebbets, the club’s principal owner.
1947 - Leo Durocher, manager of the Dodgers, was suspended one year by Commissioner A.B. ″Happy″ Chandler for incidents detrimental to baseball.
1965 - The Houston Astrodome was opened with an exhibition game between the New York Yankees and Astros. President Lyndon Johnson attended and Gov. John Connally threw out the first ball. Mickey Mantle hit the first home run, but the Astros won 2-1 in 12 innings.
1969 - Billy Williams of Chicago hit four consecutive doubles, leading the Cubs to an 11-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
1981 - Fernando Valenzuela of the Dodgers made his first major league start a success, pitching a five-hitter in a 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros at Los Angeles. He would go on to win his first eight games.
1985 - Chicago’s Tom Seaver broke Christy Mathewson’s record of opening day starts with his 15th start on Opening Day. Seaver pitched 6 2-3 innings and was credited with the victory as the White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2.
Today’s Birthdays: Jose Guzman 27; Kirk McCaskill 29.