April 02, 1996

Cardinals: Brian Jordan (Milford Mill) was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 31. He injured his right thumb diving for a ball in an exhibition game over the weekend. He will be a cast for a week.

Cubs: Northwestern football coach Gary Barnett, who led the school to the Rose Bowl last season, threw out the first pitch and then joined Harry Caray in leading the crowd in the familiar seven-inning stretch singing of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game." . . .Chicago, which plays 15 of its first 20 games at home, is 46-34-1 in home openers at Wrigley Field.

Dodgers: Delino DeShields left the game in the sixth inning with a slight sprain of his left ankle after beating out an infield hit. His status is day-to-day.

Marlins: Announcer Joe Angel unintentionally skipped over most the Pirates during pre-game introductions.

Pirates: Jason Kendall, the son of former major-league catcher Fred Kendall, became the youngest catcher to start an opener for Pittsburgh since at least 1928. He also became the Pirates' youngest position player since 20-year-old Bill Mazeroski in 1957. . . . Paul Wagner, 28, was making the first Opening Day start of his career, including college, high school, Little League and T-ball.

Reds: Second baseman Bret Boone went on the disabled list and will need arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. Boone will be out for three to six weeks.

Pub Date: 4/02/96

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