Notable American League

April 08, 1996

Angels: Rex Hudler homered to lead off the first inning for the second time in his career. He was with Montreal when he began the game with a homer at St. Louis on Aug. 7, 1988.

Athletics: A crowd of 9,723 watched the game. Attendance for the six games at Cashman Field was 54,986, including sellouts in the last three. Capacity is listed at 9,353, but there are grassy hills down both lines where fans can sit.

Blue Jays: Toronto is 2-11 in Cleveland since Jacobs Field opened in 1994. . . . Paul Quantrill was pitching for the first time since March 28, when he gave up two runs in six innings against Philadelphia in the team's final Florida exhibition game. He was 0-3 with a 10.17 ERA in six spring starts.

Brewers: Center fielder Chuck Carr was replaced by David Hulse in the bottom of the sixth after straining his left hamstring while running out a ground ball in the top of the inning.

Indians: Carlos Baerga's home run was his first during the regular season since last Sept. 7. He did not hit one during the final three weeks of the season, although he had one in the playoffs against Seattle. . . . Jacobs Field was sold out for the 57th straight time. All of Cleveland's home games this season are sold out.

Mariners: Ken Griffey was scratched from the lineup and sent home because of the flu. Alex Diaz started in center field in his place. . . . A crowd of 21,004 gave the Mariners a first homestand attendance of 224,484, a 40 percent increase over Seattle's first six games at home last season.

Rangers: Kevin Elster's homer was his first since Aug. 18, 1995, when he was with the Phillies. It came in his first career at-bat against Dwight Gooden, his teammate with the Mets for seven years. . . . became the last Ranger to get in a game when he took over right field for Juan Gonzalez in the fifth inning. Gonzalez hurt his right forearm when Gooden hit him in the third.

Red Sox: The home opener against the Twins scheduled for today was postponed due to forecasts of rain and snow. It will be played tomorrow . . . Tim Naehring was back in the lineup after missing a game with a stiff neck suffered Friday when he fell down the dugout steps while chasing a foul ball.

Tigers: Detroit out-homered Oakland 8-7 but was outscored 30-24 in splitting the four-game series.

White Sox: Harold Baines hit a two-run homer in the fifth, his 1,500th hit for Chicago. Baines, who spent the first 9 1/2 seasons of his career with Chicago, rejoined the team this year after a 6 1/2 -year lapse. . . . Kevin Tapani, who had to leave his start at Seattle on Wednesday after three innings when he strained a groin muscle, is expected to take his turn tomorrow in the home opener. Tapani has made 161 straight starts since last missing one due to injury, in August 1990.

Yankees: Dion James' steal of home in the first game was the first for the team since Gerald Williams did it May 29, 1993, against the White Sox.

Pub Date: 4/08/96

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