Baseball

April 02, 2002

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Who's hot

The Twins hit five home runs, led by Jacque Jones' two, in their win over the Royals.

Who's not

The Royals have lost 14 of their past 17 season openers.

Line of the day

Pedro Martinez, Red Sox pitcher

IP H R BB SO

3 9 8 2 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Who's hot

The Mets improved to 26-15 in openers, the best record in the majors.

Who's not

Jeff Fassero of the Cubs, who had hit only two batters in the previous two seasons, hit three in 1 2/3 innings.

Line of the day

Randy Johnson, D'backs pitcher

IP H R BB SO

9 6 0 1 8

AMERICAN LEAGUE

He said it

"I look around and see all the kids on the field and I feel old." -- Wilson Alvarez, Devil Rays' Opening Day 32-year-old starter, on his youthful teammates.

He said it

"I don't know if nervous Nellie is the word. But I can't sit down. I keep waling up and down. It was very exciting." Ron Gardenhire, Twins manager, on getting his first win.

On deck

Tim Hudson and the Athletics open the season at home against the Rangers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

On deck

Kevin Brown and the Dodgers start off against Livan Hernandez and the rival Giants.

He said it

"We were playing it like it was the seventh game of the World Series." Bob Boone, Reds manager, on winning the final opener at Cinergy Field in the ninth inning.

ORIOLES

He said it

"He's always tough because he never throws the ball straight. It's always moving. That makes him hard to hit." Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, on Scott Erickson

The number 5

Consecutive Orioles to reach in the fourth after Roger Clemens' hand was struck by David Se gui's hit.

Schedule

2

off

3

NYY

7:05

CSN

4

NYY

7:05

CSN

5

Bos

7:05

13

6

Bos

1:35

CSN

7

Bos

1:35

CSN

8

Off

ORIOLES

He said it

"Opening Day is special for everyone. If you're not excited, you should be doing something else." - Mike Hargrove, Orioles manager

He said it

"I feel good because of the way he talked to me. It doesn't matter how he plays me, I just wanted to know what my role's going to be." - Melvin Mora, on manager Mike Hargrove

ORIOLES

He said it

"Well, I hope they[the fans] got as much out of it as me and my family got out of it. I looked over at my family and saw them shedding tears. It was a special moment. - -Former O's manager Johnny Oates, on throwing out first ball

He said it

"We didn't win games like this in spring training. I don't know if we scored 10 runs in spring training. We won [there] with pitching and defense." - - Mike Hargrove, on Opening Day 10-3 victory

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