This Date In Baseball

Updated: April 4, 2013, 12:30 PM ET
Associated Press

Compiled By PAUL MONTELLA

By The Associated Press

April 5

1913 -- Brooklyn's Ebbets Field hosted its first game, an exhibition. Before a crowd of 25,000, the Dodgers beat the Giants, 3-2. Casey Stengel hit an inside-the-park homer for Brooklyn.

1971 -- In their last opening day, the Senators, behind pitcher Dick Bosman, beat the Oakland A's 8-0 before 45,000 fans at RFK Stadium.

1979 -- Baltimore manager Earl Weaver got his 1,000th career victory when the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox.

1983 -- The San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 16-13 in the highest-scoring opening day game in 50 years. Winning pitcher Tim Lollar also drove in three runs.

1993 -- The expansion Florida Marlins won their first game, 6-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers, at Joe Robbie Stadium. The new Colorado Rockies lost to the Mets 3-0 in New York.

1998 -- Andy Benes pitched seven strong innings and Matt Williams had three hits and an RBI in to lead Arizona to its first-ever victory, a 3-2 win over San Francisco. The Diamondbacks (1-5) had the second longest, season-opening losing streak for an expansion team in its first season.

2003 -- Kansas City became the first major league team to start 5-0 after a 100-loss season.

2004 -- Carlos Beltran of Kansas City and Shannon Stewart of Minnesota combined to set a record. For the first time in modern history, two players hit game-winning home runs on the same day. The Royals beat the Chicago White Sox, 9-7, while the Twins overcame the Cleveland Indians, 7-4, in 11 innings. The Royals also were the first team since 1901 to recover from a ninth-inning deficit of four runs on opening day.

2005 -- The Washington Nationals, formerly known as the Montreal Expos, lose their inaugural season opener Philadelphia 8-4.

2006 -- Ivan Rodriguez went 5-for-5 with a single, homer, three doubles and five RBIs, leading Detroit to a 14-3 rout over Kansas City.

2009 -- Atlanta's Jordan Schafer becomes the 10th Brave in franchise history and the 99th overall player overall to hit a home run in his first major league at bat. Schafer connects off Philadelphia's Brett Myers in the second inning.

2010 -- Garrett Jones homered in his first two at-bats, pinch-hitter Ryan Church doubled home three runs in Pittsburgh's 11-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

2010 -- Atlanta's Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer in his first major league at-bat in the Braves' 16-5 rout of the Chicago Cubs. The rookie's first-inning homer into the Braves' bullpen behind the right-field wall gave Atlanta a 6-3 lead.

2012 -- J.P. Arencibia's three-run homer in the 16th inning sent the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians in the longest opening-day game in major league history. The marathon eclipsed the previous longest openers -- 15 innings between Cleveland and Detroit in 1960 and 15 innings between Philadelphia and Washington in 1926.

Today's birthdays: Ian Stewart 28; Jorge De La Rosa 32.


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