The Montreal Expos were a Canadian professional baseball team based in Montreal, Quebec. The Expos were the first Major League Baseball franchise located outside the United States, they played in the National League East Division from 1969 until 2004. Following the 2004 season, the franchise relocated to Washington, D. C. and became the Washington Nationals. After the minor league Triple-A Montreal Royals folded in 1960, political leaders in Montreal sought an MLB franchise, when the National League evaluated expansion candidates for the 1969 season, it awarded a team to Montreal. Named after the Expo 67 World's Fair, the Expos played at Jarry Park Stadium before moving to Olympic Stadium in 1977; the Expos failed to post a winning record in any of their first ten seasons. The team won its only division title in the strike-shortened 1981 season, but lost the 1981 National League Championship Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers; the team was sold in 1991 by its majority, founding owner, Charles Bronfman, to a consortium headed by Claude Brochu.
Felipe Alou was promoted to the team's field manager in 1992, becoming MLB's first Dominican-born manager. He led the team to four winning seasons, including 1994, where the Expos had the best record in baseball before a players' strike ended the season. Alou became the Expos leader in games managed; the aftermath of the 1994 strike initiated a downward spiral as the Expos chose to sell off their best players, attendance and interest in the team declined. Major League Baseball purchased the team prior to the 2002 season after the club failed to secure funding for a new ballpark. In their final two seasons, the team played 22 home games each year at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. On September 29, 2004, MLB announced the franchise would relocate to Washington, D. C. for the 2005 season, the Expos played their final home game in Montreal. The Expos posted an all-time record of 2,753 wins, 2,943 losses and 4 ties during their 36 years in Montreal. Vladimir Guerrero led the franchise in both home runs and batting average, Steve Rogers in wins and strikeouts.
Three pitchers threw four no-hitters: Bill Stoneman, Charlie Lea, Dennis Martínez, who pitched the 13th official perfect game in Major League Baseball history. The Expos retired four numbers in Montreal, nine former members have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, with Gary Carter, Andre Dawson and Tim Raines' plaques depicting them with Expos caps. Professional baseball in Montreal dates back to 1890 when teams played in the International Association. A second attempt at hosting a pro team failed in 1895; the Montreal Royals of the Eastern League played 20 seasons. The Royals were revived in 1928 and were purchased by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1939 to serve as one of their Triple-A affiliates. Under Dodgers' management, the Royals won seven International League championships and three Junior World Series titles between 1941 and 1958. In 1946, Jackie Robinson joined the Royals and led the team to a Junior World Series title in advance of his breaking baseball's colour barrier one year later.
By the late 1950s, the Royals' championship years were past, faced with declining attendance, the team was sold and relocated following the 1960 season as the Dodgers reduced the number of teams they maintained at the AAA level. Upon the Royals' demise, Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau and city executive committee chairman Gerry Snyder began their campaign for a Major League Baseball team; the city, considered a leading candidate to acquire the St. Louis Browns if the team had relocated in 1933, was too late to submit its candidacy for a team as part of the National League's 1962 expansion but presented its bid to the league's owners at the winter meetings in 1967. Aiding Montreal's bid was the fact that Walter O'Malley, who owned the Dodgers and oversaw the Montreal Royals, was the chairman of the NL's expansion committee. On May 27, 1968, National League president Warren Giles announced the league would add expansion teams in San Diego and Montreal at a cost of US$10 million each. With the franchise secured, Snyder built an ownership group of six partners led by financier Jean-Louis Lévesque and Seagram heir Charles Bronfman.
Lévesque was tapped as chairman and the public face of the ownership group since he was a francophone. However, he bowed out, Bronfman took over as chairman; the new group was faced with the immediate problem of finding a suitable facility in which to play for at least two years. Drapeau had promised the NL that a domed stadium would be built by 1971. However, Snyder's successor as executive committee chairman, Lucien Saulnier, told Bronfman that Drapeau could not make such a guarantee on his own authority; as 1968 dragged on without movement from the city on a facility and his group threatened to walk away. While they had more than enough money between them to pay the first installment of the expansion fee, they wanted assurances that a park would be built before proceeding any further with the effort. Delorimier Stadium, which hosted the Royals, was rejected as a temporary facility; the Autostade, home of the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes, was ruled out due to the prohibitive cost of expanding it and adding a dome, as well as doubts that the city had the right to make the needed renovations to the federally-owned facility.
By August 1968, the NL owners had grown concerned about the unresolved stadium question, putting the franchise's future in doubt. There were rumours of awarding the
Run batted in
A run batted in, plural runs batted in, is a statistic in baseball and softball that credits a batter for making a play that allows a run to be scored. For example, if the batter bats a base hit another player on a higher base can head home to score a run, the batter gets credited with batting in that run. Before the 1920 Major League Baseball season, runs batted in were not an official baseball statistic; the RBI statistic was tabulated—unofficially—from 1907 through 1919 by baseball writer Ernie Lanigan, according to the Society for American Baseball Research. Common nicknames for an RBI include "ribby", "rib", "ribeye"; the plural of RBI is "RBIs", although some commentators use "RBI" as both singular and plural, as it can stand for "runs batted in". The 2018 edition of the Official Baseball Rules of Major League Baseball, Rule 9.04 Runs Batted In, reads A run batted in is a statistic credited to a batter whose action at bat causes one or more runs to score, as set forth in this Rule 9.04.
The official scorer shall credit the batter with a run batted in for every run that scores unaided by an error and as part of a play begun by the batter's safe hit, sacrifice bunt, sacrifice fly, infield out or fielder's choice, unless Rule 9.04 applies. The official scorer shall not credit a run batted in when the batter grounds into a force double play or a reverse-force double play; the official scorer's judgment must determine whether a run batted in shall be credited for a run that scores when a fielder holds the ball or throws to a wrong base. Ordinarily, if the runner keeps going, the official scorer should credit a run batted in; the perceived significance of the RBI is displayed by the fact that it is one of the three categories that compose the triple crown. In addition, career RBIs are cited in debates over who should be elected to the Hall of Fame. However, critics within the field of sabermetrics, argue that RBIs measure the quality of the lineup more than it does the player himself since an RBI can only be credited to a player if one or more batters preceding him in the batting order reached base.
This implies that better offensive teams—and therefore, the teams in which the most players get on base—tend to produce hitters with higher RBI totals than equivalent hitters on lesser-hitting teams. Totals are current through June 24, 2018. Active players are in bold. Hank Aaron – 2,297 Babe Ruth – 2,214 Cap Anson - 2,075 Alex Rodríguez – 2,055 Barry Bonds – 1,996 Lou Gehrig – 1,993 Albert Pujols – 1,981 Stan Musial – 1,951 Ty Cobb – 1,944 Jimmie Foxx – 1,922 Eddie Murray – 1,917 Willie Mays - 1,903 Hack Wilson – 191 Lou Gehrig – 185 Hank Greenberg – 183 Jimmie Foxx – 175 Lou Gehrig – 173 12 RBIsJim Bottomley Mark Whiten 11 RBIsWilbert Robinson Tony Lazzeri Phil Weintraub 10 RBIsBy 11 MLB players, most Mark Reynolds on July 7, 2018 Fernando Tatís – 8 Ed Cartwright – 7 Alex Rodriguez – 7 David Freese – 21 Scott Spiezio – 19 Sandy Alomar – 19 David Ortiz – 19 List of Major League Baseball runs batted in records
In baseball and softball, second baseman is a fielding position in the infield, between second and first base. The second baseman possesses quick hands and feet, needs the ability to get rid of the ball and must be able to make the pivot on a double play. In addition, second basemen are right-handed. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the second baseman is assigned the number 4. Good second basemen need to have good range, since they have to field balls closer to the first baseman, holding runners on, or moving towards the base to cover. On a batted ball to right field, the second baseman goes out towards the ball for the relay. Due to these requirements, second base is sometimes a defensive position in the modern game, but there are hitting stars as well; the second baseman catches line drives or pop flies hit near him, fields ground balls hit near him and throws the ball to a base to force out a runner. In this case, if the runner is to be forced out at second base that base is covered by the shortstop.
With a runner on first base, on a ground ball to the shortstop or third baseman the second baseman will cover second base to force out the runner coming from first. Moreover, if there are fewer than two outs he will attempt to turn the double play: that is, he will receive the throw from the other player with his foot on second base, in one motion pivot toward first base and throw the ball there. If a runner on first base attempts to steal second base, or if the pitcher attempts to pick off a runner at second base either the second baseman or the shortstop will cover second base; the following second basemen have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: Notes Bill Mazeroski: 11 Nellie Fox: 10 Bobby Doerr: 9 Red Schoendienst: 8 Charlie Gehringer: 7 Joe Gordon: 7 Billy Herman: 5 Jackie Robinson: 4 Roberto Alomar: 3 Craig Biggio: 2 Frankie Frisch: 2 Rogers Hornsby: 2 Joe Morgan: 2 Ryne Sandberg: 2 Tony Lazzeri: 1 Bid McPhee: 1Source: baseball-reference.com
José Carlos Montoyo Díaz is a Puerto Rican former Major League player and the current manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. After eight successful seasons as manager of the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays in the International League, Montoyo was a candidate for the Rays' 2015 managerial position and was brought on as the team's third base coach. After the 2017 season, Montoyo became the Rays’ bench coach. On October 25, 2018, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that Montoyo had been hired as their new manager; as an active player, Montoyo batted right-handed. He appeared in four games for the Montreal Expos during the 1993 season as a second baseman and pinch hitter. After playing college baseball at Louisiana Tech University, Montoyo was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the sixth round of the 1987 amateur draft, traded to Montreal on January 20, 1993. During his brief Major League career in September of that year, he singled in his first big-league at bat off Gary Wayne of the Colorado Rockies.
All told, he had two hits in five MLB with three runs batted in. Montoyo retired at the end of the 1996 season. In ten years in the minors, he batted.266 with 400 RBIs. In 1997, Montoyo joined the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' organization — the year before the expansion team played its first Major League game — as manager of the Rookie-level Princeton Devil Rays. After leading Princeton to a 39–30 win-loss record in 1997, Montoyo managed the 1998 Short Season-A Hudson Valley Renegades, where he won his first division title. In 1999 -- 2000, he managed the Charleston RiverDogs, he was the pilot of the Bakersfield Blaze of the High Class A California League in 2001–2002. For the next four years, he served as the manager of Tampa Bay's Double-A clubs, the Orlando Rays and Montgomery Biscuits, where he won the Southern League championship in 2006. In 2007, Montoyo became manager of the Durham Bulls. Under his leadership, Durham had only one losing season and exceeded 80 wins five times in his first seven years.
In 2010, the Bulls set a franchise Triple-A record for wins with 92. In both 2009 and 2013, they won the Governors' Cup, emblematic of the championship of the International League. Through 2015, his career minor-league managing record was 1,341–1,211. Montoyo was a coach for the Puerto Rican 2009 World Baseball Classic team, he was selected to serve as a coach for World Team in the 2010 and 2011 All-Star Futures Game. He won the 2009 Mike Coolbaugh Award and 2010 and 2013 International League Manager of the Year Award. On July 21, 2014, Montoyo surpassed Bill Evers as the Bulls' all-time winningest manager with his 614th victory at the helm of the Rays' Triple-A affiliate. At the time his promotion to the Rays, Montoyo had notched 633 wins in a Bulls' uniform. On October 19, 2015, Montoyo interviewed for the Seattle Mariners vacant managerial position. On October 24, 2015, the Rays hired Matt Quatraro as their new third base coach and Montoyo became the bench coach, replacing Tom Foley. On October 25, 2018, Montoyo was hired as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays for the 2019 season.
He signed a three year contract, with a club option for a fourth year. As of game played on April 11, 2019. Montgomery Biscuits 1 Southern League Durham Bulls 6 Division Championships 2 International League Championship The Bulls were Runners-up to the then-Richmond Braves, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, & Columbus Clippers in 2007, 2008, & 2010 1 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Montoyo and his wife, have two children. List of Major League Baseball players from Puerto Rico Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference
Joseph John Maddon Jr. is an American professional baseball manager for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. Maddon began his coaching career in MLB with the California Angels in 1993 and served under managers Buck Rodgers, Marcel Lachemann, John McNamara, Terry Collins, Mike Scioscia, he served two stints as interim manager during this time. He managed the Tampa Bay Rays from 2006 through 2014. After opting out of his contract following the 2014 season, he joined the Cubs, led them to the 2015 National League Championship Series and was named the 2015 National League Manager of the Year. In 2016, Maddon managed the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908, which they won against the Cleveland Indians. Known for his "tell it as it is style", he is not afraid to stick his neck out for his players and subsequently get thrown out of the game; the son of an Italian father, Joe Sr. and a Polish mother, Maddon grew up in an apartment over his father's plumbing shop. His father died in 2002.
His mother is still a waitress at the Third Base Luncheonette restaurant in Pennsylvania. Maddon attended Lafayette College, where he played football, he graduated in 1976. He is a member of Zeta Psi fraternity, he received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Lafayette College on September 2, 2010. Maddon began his professional career playing in Minor League Baseball as a catcher, signing with the California Angels organization as a free agent in 1975. Maddon never advanced higher than Class A, he began his career for the Quad Cities Angels in 1976, hitting.294 in 163 at bats. He followed up with a final with the Santa Clara Padres. In his four seasons, he never had more than 180 at bats in a season, the most home runs he hit was three for the Salinas Angels in 1977. Overall, he hit.267 with 5 home runs in 514 at bats. Overall, Maddon worked in the Angels organization for 31 years, including time as a minor league manager, roving minor league hitting instructor, coach for the major league team. In 1979, after spending four seasons trying to make it as a catcher in the Angels organization, Maddon decided to give up his playing career and become a coach.
He started as a scout and would continue on to such positions as manager in the Angels farm system and Minor League roving hitting instructor. As a minor league manager, he had a 279–339 record in six seasons, he managed in the minors from each team having a losing record. His stops included managing the Idaho Falls Angels of the Rookie League. After serving as Minor League roving instructor from 1987 to 1993, Maddon was promoted to the big league club as a coach. Maddon served as a Major League coach for the Angels from 1994 to 2005, he held such positions as first base coach, bench coach, interim manager on three occasions following the departures of John McNamara in 1996, the suspension of Terry Collins in 1998, Collins' eventual departure in 1999. He finished with a combined record of 24 losses as interim manager, he served under Marcel Lachemann from 1993 to 1994. While he served as bench coach under McNamara and Collins, he rotated positions often, he found stability when the Angels hired Mike Scioscia in 1999.
He served as Scioscia's bench coach from 2000 to 2005, winning a World Series ring in 2002. By the time Maddon left Anaheim, he had spent 31 years overall with the Angels organization. Maddon was considered a candidate for the Boston Red Sox manager job in 2004, which went to Terry Francona. On November 15, 2005, Maddon was hired to manage the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, his signature thick-rimmed glasses led to giveaways featuring mock pairs, tributes from Angels players wearing the glasses when playing against the Rays. The Rays went 121-197 in Maddon's first two seasons; the Rays were in yet another re-building phase, this time under the management of General Manager Andrew Friedman. Tampa Bay held the lowest payroll in baseball at $44 million, they had yet to have a winning season but were hopeful due to the development of young homegrown stars David Price, Evan Longoria, James Shields and BJ Upton. Unlike his predecessor, Lou Piniella, Maddon preached patience in developing a young core of players while enduring back to back 90+ game losing seasons.
In 2008, Maddon guided the Rays to their first American League Eastern Division Title. He led a team of young players that won a division title over the favored New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Maddon's team recorded the franchise's first playoff series victory in the 2008 American League Division Series vs. the Chicago White Sox by 3–1 and a 4-games-to-3 triumph over the rival Boston Red Sox in the 2008 American League Championship Series. This was the first World Series appearance for the Rays, in which Tampa Bay held home-field advantage against the Philadelphia Phillies; the Phillies won the World Series in five games. Maddon won the American League Manager of the Year Award, he received the Chuck Tanner Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award. On May 25, 2009, the Tampa Bay Rays and Maddon agreed to a contract extension that would keep him manager of the Rays through 2012, he had been in the final year of his initial contract. The Rays stated that there was "never a question" on whether to keep Maddon after the conclusion of the 2009 season.
On July 14, 2009, Maddon managed the American League All Star team to a 4–3 victory. Controversy accompanied his failure to pick second baseman Ian Kinsl
The Cincinnati Reds are an American professional baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League Central division, they were a charter member of the American Association in 1882 and joined the NL in 1890. The Reds played in the NL West division from 1969 to 1993, before joining the Central division in 1994, they have won five World Series titles, nine NL pennants, one AA pennant, 10 division titles. The team plays its home games at Great American Ball Park, which opened in 2003 replacing Riverfront Stadium. Bob Castellini has been chief executive officer since 2006. For 1882-2018, the Reds' overall win-loss record is 10524-10306; the origins of the modern Cincinnati Reds can be traced to the expulsion of an earlier team bearing that name. In 1876, Cincinnati became one of the charter members of the new National League, but the club ran afoul of league organizer and long-time president William Hulbert for selling beer during games and renting out their ballpark on Sundays.
Both were important activities to entice the city's large German population. While Hulbert made clear his distaste for both beer and Sunday baseball at the founding of the league, neither practice was against league rules in those early years. On October 6, 1880, seven of the eight team owners pledged at a special league meeting to formally ban both beer and Sunday baseball at the regular league meeting that December. Only Cincinnati president W. H. Kennett refused to sign the pledge, so the other owners formally expelled Cincinnati for violating a rule that would not go into effect for two more months. Cincinnati's expulsion from the National League incensed Cincinnati Enquirer sports editor O. P. Caylor, who made two attempts to form a new league on behalf of the receivers for the now bankrupt Reds franchise; when these attempts failed, he formed a new independent ballclub known as the Red Stockings in the Spring of 1881, brought the team to St. Louis for a weekend exhibition; the Reds' first game was a 12–3 victory over the St. Louis club.
After the 1881 series proved a success, Caylor and a former president of the old Reds named Justus Thorner received an invitation from Philadelphia businessman Horace Phillips to attend a meeting of several clubs in Pittsburgh with the intent of establishing a rival to the National League. Upon arriving in the city, however and Thorner discovered that no other owners had decided to accept the invitation, with Phillips not bothering to attend his own meeting. By chance, the duo met a former pitcher named Al Pratt, who hooked them up with former Pittsburgh Alleghenys president H. Denny McKnight. Together, the three men hatched a scheme to form a new league by sending a telegram to each of the other owners who were supposed to attend the meeting stating that he was the only person who did not attend and that everyone else was enthusiastic about the new venture and eager to attend a second meeting in Cincinnati; the ploy worked, the American Association was formed at the Hotel Gibson in Cincinnati with the new Reds a charter member with Thorner as president.
Led by the hitting of third baseman Hick Carpenter, the defense of future Hall of Fame second baseman Bid McPhee, the pitching of 40-game-winner Will White, the Reds won the inaugural AA pennant in 1882. With the establishment of the Union Association Justus Thorner left the club to finance the Cincinnati Outlaw Reds and managed to acquire the lease on the Reds Bank Street Grounds playing field, forcing new president Aaron Stern to relocate three blocks away at the hastily built League Park; the club never placed higher than second or lower than fifth for the rest of its tenure in the American Association. The Cincinnati Red Stockings left the American Association on November 14, 1889 and joined the National League along with the Brooklyn Bridegrooms after a dispute with St. Louis Browns owner Chris Von Der Ahe over the selection of a new league president; the National League was happy to accept the teams in part due to the emergence of the new Player's League. This new league, an early failed attempt to break the reserve clause in baseball, threatened both existing leagues.
Because the National League decided to expand while the American Association was weakening, the team accepted an invitation to join the National League. It was at this time that the team first shortened their name from "Red Stockings" to "Reds"; the Reds wandered through the 1890s signing aging veterans. During this time, the team never finished above never closer than 10 1⁄2 games. At the start of the 20th century, the Reds had hitting Cy Seymour. Seymour's.377 average in 1905 was the first individual batting crown won by a Red. In 1911, Bob Bescher stole 81 bases, still a team record. Like the previous decade, the 1900s were not kind to the Reds, as much of the decade was spent in the league's second division. In 1912, the club opened Redland Field; the Reds had been playing baseball on that same site, the corner of Findlay and Western Avenues on the city's west side, for 28 years, in wooden structures, damaged by fires. By the late 1910s the Reds began to come out of the second division; the 1918 team finished fourth, new manager Pat Moran led the Reds to an NL pennant in 1919, in what the club advertised as its "Golden Anniversary".
The 1919 team had hitting stars Edd Roush and Heinie Groh while the pitching staff was led by Hod Eller and left-hander Harry "Slim" Sallee. The Reds finished ahead of John McGraw's New York Giants, won the world championship in eight games over the
2002 in baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 2002 throughout the world. Regular Season ChampionsWorld Series Champion – Anaheim Angels Postseason – October 1 to October 27Click on any series score to link to that series' page. Higher seed has home field advantage during League Championship Series; the American League Champion has home field advantage during World Series as a result of the pre-2003 "alternating years" rule. Postseason MVPs World Series MVP – Troy Glaus ALCS MVP – Adam Kennedy NLCS MVP – Benito Santiago All-Star Game, July 9 at Miller Park – Tie game, 7-7. January 8 – Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Smith, named on 91.7 percent of the ballots, became the 37th player in baseball history in being elected to be elected to the hall in his first year on the ballot. February 11 – Major League Baseball owners approve the sales of the Florida Marlins and Montreal Expos clubs. Marlins owner, John Henry, is selling the team to Jeffrey Loria for $158.5 million, while Loria is selling the Expos to Baseball Expos LP, a limited partnership owned by the other 29 MLB teams, for $120 million.
February 12 – New York Mets assistant general manager Omar Minaya is named general manager of the Montreal Expos, Minaya, a native from the Dominican Republic, becomes the first Hispanic by accepting the GM position in Major League Baseball history. Hall of Fame player-manager Frank Robinson is announced as the manager of the Expos, which will be run by MLB during the 2002 season. February 27 – The sale of the Boston Red Sox to a group headed by John Henry becomes official. March 1 – The Boston Red Sox dismissed general manager Dan Duquette and replaced him with Mike Port on an interim basis. March 11 – The Boston Red Sox hire Grady Little as their new manager. March 22 – The Chicago Cubs send Ryan Jorgensen, Julián Tavárez, Dontrelle Willis and minor leaguer José Cueto to the Florida Marlins in exchange for Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Clement. April 2 – In beating the San Diego Padres, 9–0, the Arizona Diamondbacks became the first defending World Champions to open the season with back-to-back shutouts since the 1918-19 Boston Red Sox.
Besides, the last team to start the year with consecutive shutouts was the 1994 San Francisco Giants. Curt Schilling is the winning pitcher against the Padres, following Randy Johnson's 2–0 two–hitter a day before. April 3 The San Francisco Giants defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 12–0, as Barry Bonds hits a pair of home runs for the second day in a row. Bonds becomes the second player in MLB history to begin a season with consecutive two-homer games. Eddie Mathews hit a pair of homers in each of the Milwaukee Braves first two games against the Pittsburgh Pirates to start the 1958 season. At Oakland Coliseum, the Oakland Athletics lose to the Texas Rangers, 9–6, as the Rangers score three runs in the 8th inning; the loss snaps the A's string of 20 straight wins at home stretching back to August 24. Oakland move past the 1974–75 Cincinnati Reds for most consecutive home wins over two seasons, as the Reds mark was 17. April 5 – The San Francisco Giants defeat the San Diego Padres 3–1, in 10 innings, on Barry Bonds' fifth home run of the year.
In doing so, Bonds ties the mark for most home runs in the first four games of the season, set by Lou Brock in 1967. April 7 – The Arizona Diamondbacks defeats the Milwaukee Brewers, 2–0, as Curt Schilling strikes out 17 batters in hurling a one–hitter. Raúl Casanova's 2nd–inning single is the only Milwaukee hit. April 11 – The Baltimore Orioles pound the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 15–6, scoring a franchise–high 12 runs in the 6th inning, they collect a club–high 11 hits in 16 at-bats. April 14 – Baltimore Orioles infielder Mike Bordick begins a streak which leads to a Major League record for the most errorless games and total chances by a shortstop. April 16 – The Detroit Tigers win for the first time this season, defeating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 9–3; the Tigers had lost their first 11 games for the fifth-worst start by a major league team. April 21 Rafael Furcal hits three triples to tie the modern major league record, as the Atlanta Braves defeat the Florida Marlins 4–2; the last player to accomplish the feat was Lance Johnson of the Chicago White Sox in 1995.
The Arizona Diamondbacks trounce the Colorado Rockies, 7–1, as Randy Johnson strikes out 17 batters in becoming the first pitcher this year to win five games. It is the sixth time. Ma