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April 03, 2006

Exhibition scores

Yesterday's results

Philadelphia 5, Boston 0 Rochester (AAA) 15, Minnesota 3 L.A. (AL) 4, L.A. (NL) 2 Oakland 5, San Francisco 3

This date in history

1923 -- Expelled "Black Sox" players Happy Felsch and Swede Risberg sued their former club for back salary and $400,000 in damages. They were among eight members of the Chicago White Sox team charged with fixing the 1919 World Series.

1966 -- The New York Mets won the right to sign Southern California pitcher Tom Seaver when commissioner William Eckert pulled their name out of a hat. Eckert had voided Seaver's contract with Atlanta, when the Braves signed him during his college season. The Indians and Phillies were the other two teams that had a chance, matching the Braves' original $40,000 offer.

1985 -- The Major League Baseball Players Association agreed with the owners to expand the 1985 League Championship Series from best-of-five to best-of-seven.

1994 -- The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds, 6-4, in major league baseball's first Sunday night opener.

2000 -- Andres Galarraga made a triumphant return to Turner Field. Out all of 1999 because of a cancerous tumor in his back, Galarraga celebrated his comeback by hitting a tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning that lifted the Braves over the Rockies, 2-0.

Calendar

May 15 -- Hall of Fame Game, Reds vs. Pirates, Cooperstown, N.Y.

June 6-7 -- Amateur draft.

July 11 -- All-Star Game, Pittsburgh.

July 30 -- Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y.

July 31 -- Last day to trade a player without securing waivers.

Sept. 1 -- Active rosters expand to 40 players.

Oct. 3 -- Division Series begin.

Oct. 10 -- League Championship Series begin.

Oct. 21 -- World Series begins.

October/November -- Free-agent filing period, first 15 days after World Series ends.

Nov. 13-17 -- General managers' meetings, Naples, Fla.

Dec. 4-7 -- Winter meetings, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Dec. 4-8 -- Major League Baseball Players Association executive board meeting, Bonita Springs, Fla.

Dec. 7 -- Last day for teams to offer salary arbitration to their former players who became free agents.

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