OAKLAND, CALIF. — Henderson slides within 1 of steal record in 7-2 win
Stewart pitches Athletics past Twins
Dave Stewart won his 20th consecutive April decision and Rickey Henderson moved within one of Lou Brock's all-time career stolen base record last night, as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Minnesota Twins, 7-2, in a season opener for both teams.
Dave Henderson hit a three-run home run in the fourth, and Terry Steinbach added two RBI singles, as the Athletics won their fourth consecutive Opening Day game, beating the Twins for the second straight year.
The Twins made two errors that led to four unearned runs.
Stewart (1-0) has not lost an April decision since April 15, 1987. He has won 20 of his 21 starts. Before this streak, he had lost 10 straight April decisions.
Winning his fourth straight Opening Day decision, Stewart allowed one run and three hits in seven innings. He struck out four and walked two.
In his streak, Stewart is 20-0 with a 2.61 ERA. He has allowed 127 hits in 152 innings. Stewart, 22-11 last season, is shooting for his fifth straight 20-win season.
Despite missing Oakland's last five exhibition games with tendinitis in his left shoulder, Rickey Henderson stole second in the first inning after leading off with a single, giving him 937 career steals, and tying him with Billy Hamilton for second place on the career steal list.
After leading off the Oakland first with a single, Henderson broke for second on a 1-2 pitch from loser Jack Morris (0-1), and advanced without a throw as Morris' pitch bounced in front of the plate and went all the way to the backstop.
Morris, making his first start for the Twins after 13 years with Detroit, gave up seven runs, three earned, and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. Morris made his 12 consecutive Opening Day start to tie the modern record also held by Tom Seaver (1968-79) and Robin Roberts (1950-61).
Dave Henderson broke the game open in the fourth, giving the A's a 5-0 lead by driving a 3-2 pitch from Morris into the left-field bleachers, scoring Walt Weiss and Rickey Henderson.
Henderson's homer came after Kirby Puckett dropped his foul fly down the right-field line.
Newcomers Mark Whiten, a rookie who broke a tie with a
run-scoring double in the sixth inning, Devon White and Joe Carter led Toronto over Boston.
Left-hander Jimmy Key worked six innings for the victory, and Tom Henke, the third Toronto pitcher, worked the ninth for the save.
White and Carter, both of whom came in off-season trades, had two doubles apiece. White had three hits and scored twice. Carter drove in two runs.
Rance Mulliniks started the sixth with a one-out walk before White doubled into the left-field corner off loser Greg Harris. The ball rolled around the corner long enough to allow Mulliniks to score without a throw to break a 2-2 tie.
Dave Parker hit a home run in his first at-bat for California and also tripled, leading the Angels past Seattle in the season opener for both teams.
Parker, acquired in a spring-training trade with Milwaukee, homered over the Kingdome's 23-foot right-field wall on an 0-2 pitch from Erik Hanson with one out in the second inning. It was Parker's 329th career homer.
A sellout crowd of 53,671, fifth largest in Mariners' history, saw Chuck Finley beat Hanson. Both won 18 games last season.
Indians 2, Royals 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo.
Knuckleballer Tom Candiotti pitched eight strong innings to spoil Mike Boddicker's Kansas City debut.
Boddicker, who signed a three-year deal for $9.25 million over the winter after pitching for the AL East champion Red Sox, gave up five hits and struck out three in a complete-game effort.
Candiotti, 10-3 lifetime against Kansas City, gave up one run and five hits, struck out five and walked one. Doug Jones, who led the Indians with 43 saves last season, retired the side in the ninth for his first save of 1991.