March 31, 2005
RANDOM THOUGHTS on the passing scene: Nolan Ryan's baseball career was so long that he struck out seven guys whose fathers he had also struck out. (Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonds, for example.) Why do some people use a fancy mathematical term such as "parameters" when all that they really mean is boundaries? Teresa Heinz Kerry's latest loony statement - that pro-Bush hackers could have gotten into the electronic voting machines during last year's election - gave me my first misgivings about having criticized her. She may not be playing with a full deck.
May 30, 1991
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nolan Ryan won his first game 23 years ago when he beat Larry Dierker and the Astros, and in the ensuing seasons he has won 304 more games -- including seven no-hitters -- and defeated 206 other pitchers. But he never beat Jack Morris.And he still hasn't.A duel between two pitchers with 507 major league victories between them didn't last long last night. Morris more than did his job against the Rangers, but the Twins drove the legendary Ryan from the mound by the fifth inning in Minnesota's 9-1 victory at Arlington Stadium.
September 27, 1993
The Mariners' Randy Johnson yesterday joined this list of pitchers who have struck out 300 batters in one season:AMERICAN LEAGUEYear ... Name, Team .............. SO1903 ... Rube Waddell, Phil. ..... 3021904 ... Rube Waddell, Phil. ..... 3491910 ... Walter Johnson, Was. .... 3131912 ... Walter Johnson, Was. .... 3031946 ... Bob Feller, Clev. ....... 3481965 ... Sam McDowell, Clev. ..... 3251970 ... Sam McDowell, Clev. ..... 3041971 ... Mickey Lolich, Det. ..... 3081971 ... Vida Blue, Oak. .....
May 6, 2004
Who's hot Scott Rolen of the Cardinals is hitting .414 against the Phillies since he was traded from Phila delphia to St. Louis in 2002. Who's not The Royals have lost 16 of their past 20 and have the worst road record in the majors. Line of the day Vernon Wells, Blue Jays CF AB R H RBI HR 4 2 2 5 2 He said it "I think what [Nolan Ryan] did was amazing. Obviously, I won't make it that long." Roger Clemens, Astros pitcher, after passing Steve Carlton and only trailing Nolan Ryan on all-time strikeout list On deck, Pedro Martinez of the Red Sox looks for his fourth win tonight when he faces the In dians' C.C. Sabathia.
May 24, 1999
Angels: All seven of Chuck Finley's decisions have come on the road. Finley is the 17th left-hander to reach 2,000 strikeouts. Nolan Ryan (2,416) is the only other pitcher to record that many in an Angels uniform.Athletics: Oakland's top four hitters went 2-for-17 yesterday and 5-for-54 in the series.Red Sox: Manager Jimy Williams was ejected for the first time this season and fifth in three seasons with Boston when he argued a strike call in the fourth.
April 19, 1991
Site: Memorial StadiumDates and times: Today, 7:35 p.m.; tomorrow, 1:35 p.m; Sunday, 2:35 p.m.Season series: The Orioles won 2 of 3 in Texas last weekend.Pitching matchupsTonight: Kenny Rogers (0-1, 33.75) vs. Jeff Robinson (0-1, 22.50)Tomorrow: Nolan Ryan (1-1, 5.14) vs. Jose Mesa (1-1, 3.18)Sunday: Kevin Brown (1-1, 5.06) vs. undecidedRangers updateThe Rangers are off to a slow start, but newly signed Brian Downing has been one of the hottest hitters in the major leagues since he joined the club for the second game of the series against the Orioles.