April 02, 1996

Mariners: Randy Johnson struck out 10 or more batters for the 67th time in his career. . . . It was the sixth-largest Kingdome crowd for a Mariners home game.

Rangers: Ken Hill is the first Texas starter to win on Opening Day since Craig Lefferts beat the Orioles in 1993. . . . Texas Gov. George W. Bush attended the game. . . . It was the first time Texas and Boston had opened the season playing each other. . . . Charlie Hough pitched the Rangers' last Opening Day complete game in 1989. . . . Texas is 26-11 at home against Boston since 1988.

Red Sox: Boston, which had the fewest errors in the AL last season, had two.

Tigers: Alan Trammell started at shortstop, his 17th Opening Day start in 20 seasons. He also played his 2,097th game at short, tying Bert Campaneris in ninth place on the career list. . . . Felipe Lira became the first native of Venezuela in major-league history to start on Opening Day.

Twins: Paul Molitor, a St. Paul native playing his first game with the hometown team after 18 seasons with Milwaukee and Toronto, got a one-minute standing ovation before his first at-bat. He struck out swinging, then singled in the sixth for his first hit as a Twin.

White Sox: Frank Thomas' homer was the third of his career against Randy Johnson. The Big Hurt is 8-for-30 (.267) with 14 strikeouts against the Big Unit. . . . Ron Karkovice struck out five times. . . . White Sox pitchers walked the leadoff batter in five straight innings, starting in the seventh.

Pub Date: 4/02/96

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