Undated (AP) _ Chicago Cubs at New York Mets (3:05 p.m. EDT). Rookie Mike Harkey opposes Dwight Gooden. Gooden (0-2) has allowed 10 runs in 7 2-3 innings. STATS
Cincinnati’s magic number for clinching the National League West is 151. STREAKS
Cincinnati matched the best start in team history at 8-0. The Reds also won their first eight in 1980. STARTS
San Francisco leadoff batter Brett Butler has reached base in 25 of 44 plate appearances. SWINGS
John Tudor has started the season with 19 scoreless innings for St. Louis. Last year, he pitched just 14 1-3 innings for Los Angeles before arm problems finished him. SLUMPS
Pete O’Brien is 4-for-31 with Seattle. ... Mike Scott is winless in his first two starts since 1986, the year he won the Cy Young Award. SLUGGERS Switch hitter Eddie Murray hit home runs from both side of the plate Wednesday. He has done that in nine games, one short of Mickey Mantle’s major league record. SMOOTH
California has turned 16 double plays in nine games. ... San Diego played 70 straight innings without an error until first baseman Jack Clark’s miscue Wednesday. SLICK
Ryne Sandberg set a major league record for infielders, exclusive of first basemen, with his 98th consecutive game without an error. He broke the mark set by San Francisco’s Jim Davenport from 1966-68. STARTERS
Roger Clemens has struck out 24 batters in 19 2-3 innings. STRUGGLING
Danny Jackson will start next Monday in Cincinnati’s exhibition game against Class AAA Nashville. Jackson has struggled since showing up at spring training behind the other pitchers. SINGERS
Jennifer Hudler, wife of Montreal utilityman Rex Hudler, sang the national anthems before the Philadelphia-Expos game Wednesday. SIDELINED
Rick Sutcliffe, on the disabled list for the Chicago Cubs, threw 80 pitches without pain Wednesday. He is eligible to be activated Saturday. STATUS
- Giants pitcher Scott Garrelts has an inflamed disc in his neck and may miss his next start Sunday.
- San Francisco slugger Kevin Mitchell is seeking a second opinion on his injured right wrist and will be examined Friday. STARS
Storm Davis, Royals, won his first game since signing as a free agent with Kansas City. He pitched seven innings and allowed five hits in a 7-0 victory over Cleveland. SPEAKING
″We’re like the Bad News Bears. But they got better.″ - Manager Davey Johnson after his New York Mets dropped to 3-6. SEASONS April 19
1900 - The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Braves 19-17 in 10 innings, to set a major-league record for most runs scored by two clubs on opening day. The Braves scored nine runs in the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings.
1920 - Al Schacht, who later became the ″Clown Prince of Baseball,″ was all business as he pitched the Senators to a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics.
1938 - Emmett Mueller of the Phillies and Ernie Koy of the visiting Dodgers homered in their first major-league at-bat as Brooklyn defeated Philadelphia 12-5.
1956 - The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 in 10 innings at Roosevelt Stadium in the first major-league game ever held in New Jersey.
1981 - In an International League night game, the Rochester Red Wings and Pawtucket Red Sox played to a 2-2 tie through 32 innings before play was suspended at 4:07 a.m. The completed the contest later that evening with Pawtucket scoring the winning run in the 33rd inning of the longest game in professional baseball history. Wade Boggs played third for the Sox.
1981 - The Oakland A’s set a major-league record - which lasted only one year - as they won their 11th game from the start of the season, a 6-1 decision over the Seattle Mariners in the first game of a doubleheader. Seattle broke the string by winning the nightcap, 3-2.
1986 - Tim Conroy of St. Louis won his first major-league game and drove in the winning run in his first at-bat as the Cardinals beat the Montreal Expos 9-6 in 17 innings. In the top of the 17th, Conroy was walked by Floyd Youmans with bases loaded, scoring the tie-trying run.
1987 - Rob Deer hit a three-run homer to tie the score and Dale Sveum won the game with a two-run shot as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 and set an American League record with its 12th straight victory to start the season.
Today’s Birthdays: Frank Viola 30, Spike Owen 29, R.J. Reynolds 30.