Notable NATIONAL LEAGUE

April 03, 1996

Expos: Montreal is 0-5 in openers against Cincinnati, all at Riverfront Stadium.

Marlins: Devon White singled in the first inning for his first NL hit. He then stole second -- the 250th steal of his career -- but was thrown out by Mike Kingery trying to advance to third when the throw went into center field. . . . For the first time in their four-year history, the Marlins do not have a rookie on their Opening Day roster. . . . Right-handed reliever Wilson Heredia underwent surgery on his right elbow and will begin conditioning immediately.

Phillies: Darren Daulton became the 13th player in 13 years to start in left field for Philadelphia on Opening Day. The fans gave Daulton, a catcher for the past 12 years, a standing ovation when he made his first play in the outfield, catching Ellis Burks' routine fly ball in the first.

Pirates: Reliever Francisco Cordova made his major-league debut with a scoreless seventh inning. . . . Rookie catcher Jason Kendall, who had three hits in his debut Monday, was 0-for-4. . . . The Pirates have four rookies, compared to the eight they had last year.

Reds: Ray Knight won his first game after being introduced as the Reds' forth manager in five years. It was Cincinnati's first season-opening win since 1993, when the Reds beat Montreal 2-1 in the first of Tony Perez's 44 games as manager... Closer Jeff Brantley threw offf the Riverfront Stadium mound for the first time since foot surgery. He is expected back in a week or so... Pitcher Jose Rijo has soreness in his surgically reconstructed right elbow and might need more surgery to remove a calcium buildup.

Pub Date: 4/03/96

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