Back In The Swing

April 27, 1995

On baseball's first full day of the 1995 season, there were highlights and lowlights, among them:

* The Colorado Rockies opened their new park, Coors Field in Denver, in record-tying style. The Rockies' 11-9 win over the New York Mets in 14 innings tied the National League longevity record for any season opener.

* Atlanta's Fred McGriff got off to his best start in eight years, driving in five runs with two homers and two singles in five at-bats in a 12-5 win over San Francisco. Atlanta's three-time Cy Young winner, Greg Madduix, yielded just one hit in five innings.

* Fans in Pittsburgh delayed the Montreal Expos' 6-2 victory over the Pirates for 17 minutes by pelting the field with wooden souvenir sticks and driving the players into the dugouts.

* Inactivity did not seem to faze New York Yankees pitcher Jimmy Key, who is 6-0 in career openers after defeating Texas, 8-6.

* With a $1 admission price helping, all 64,593 seats were sold, but there were more than 13,000 no-shows as Detroit topped California, 5-4, in Anaheim. "At $1 a seat, you should do well," Tigers manager Sparky Anderson said before the game. "You're in real trouble if you don't. I think it's a great idea, I really do."

* Five Boston pitchers combined for a 9-0 shutout over Minnesota, giving up just two singles.

* San Diego Padre Bip Roberts apparently forgot the new credo involving players' being nice to fans and reacted angrily to boos. "You go out and show something nice to appreciate them, people quickly shove that back in your face," said Roberts, who joined teammates in handing out caps before the game. "We don't need fans like that."

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