Friday, April 4
Arizona at Colorado (4:05 p.m. EDT). The Rockies swept the Diamondbacks in the NL championship series last year.

- Johnny Cueto, Reds, struck out 10 in his major league debut, allowing one hit in seven innings of Cincinnati's 3-2 win over Arizona.
- John Danks, White Sox, allowed one run and two hits in 6 2-3 innings to lead Chicago over Cleveland 2-1.
- Scott Hairston, Padres, went 3-for-3 and scored two runs while batting leadoff in San Diego's 3-2 win over Houston.
- Brad Thompson, Cardinals, had a career-high six strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings and also had his first career RBI as St. Louis beat Colorado 3-0.
- Xavier Nady, Pirates, drove in Nyjer Morgan with a 10th-inning single and Pittsburgh beat Atlanta 4-3.
- Kevin Kouzmanoff, Padres, hit a two-run homer in the first inning and San Diego beat Houston 3-2.

Gary Sheffield became the latest Tigers star with an injury, tearing a tendon in his ring finger while trying unsuccessfully to stretch a single into a double in the eighth inning. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he didn't know how serious the injury was, but noted Sheffield couldn't bend the finger. Sheffield said he would try to play through the injury, but he wouldn't know his status until the swelling subsided.

Mike Hampton, scheduled to make his first start since Aug. 19, 2005, strained his left pectoral muscle while warming up in the bullpen before Atlanta's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was scratched and will be placed on the disabled list, retroactive to March 30. Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes will be called up from Triple-A Richmond and will be available on Friday.
Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson strained his left calf while running out a single and had to leave Pittsburgh's game against the Atlanta Braves. Wilson will likely miss Friday's game at Florida and was listed day to day. Wilson pulled up about halfway down the first-base line and hopped the rest of the way on his right leg. The 30-year-old had difficulty putting weight on the leg and needed help walking off the field.

Former Twins center fielder Torii Hunter homered leading off the seventh inning of the final game of his emotional return to the Metrodome, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-4 win over Minnesota. Hunter, who signed a $90 million, five-year deal with the Angels in the offseason, got a standing ovation from the small crowd.

Reigning NL MVP Jimmy Rollins never hesitated rounding second base and advanced from first to third on a sacrifice in the 10th inning of Philadelphia's 8-7 win over Washington. After Chase Utley and Ryan Howard were intentionally walked to load the bases, Jayson Werth walked on four pitches to force in Rollins with the winning run. ``That's just heads-up baseball,'' manager Charlie Manuel said. ``You have to be heads-up to make a play like that and have confidence in your speed.''

Converted closer Ryan Dempster was solid as a starter and got the win and one-time ace Kerry Wood, now called on to finish games, earned his first career save in Chicago's 6-3 win over Milwaukee. Surviving a shaky first when the Brewers scored twice, Dempster settled down and allowed just three hits in six innings with two walks and five strikeouts. He won as a starter for the first time since April 16, 2005.

Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth to earn a save in the Padres' 3-2 win over the Astros, less than 24 hours after blowing the save and taking the loss by giving up four runs in the ninth inning of a 9-6 defeat, including Lance Berkman's two-out, three-run homer. It was Hoffman's second save in three chances, extending his big league record to 526. Hoffman blew chances in the final three games last year, including a 13-inning loss at Colorado in the wild-card tiebreaker game on Oct. 1.

The Detroit Tigers managed just five runs in getting swept in a three-game series by the Kansas City Royals. The highly touted Tigers hit .206 with 24 strikeouts.

The defending NL champion Colorado Rockies managed five runs in losing two of three games in St. Louis. The Rockies went 3-for-25 with runners in scoring position in the series.

``Nobody's more disappointed than I am. As hard as it was for me to say, I had to tell them I couldn't go,'' Braves pitcher Mike Hampton said after he was scratched from his start because of a strained pectoral muscle. He will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
``We expected to win at least one game this year,'' White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said after Chicago defeated Cleveland 2-1. The Indians scored 17 runs in winning the first two games of the series.

April 4
r at least two of the three games.
1988 - George Bell became the first player to hit three home runs on opening day, leading the Toronto Blue Jays past the Kansas City Royals 5-3. Bell, bitter throughout spring training with his move to designated hitter, homered three times in that role off Bret Saberhagen.
1994 - Chicago's Karl ``Tuffy'' Rhodes hit three solo home runs off Dwight Gooden in a 12-8 loss to the New York Mets on opening day at Wrigley Field. Rhodes became the second player to homer three times in an opener.
1998 - Mark McGwire tied Willie Mays' National League record by hitting a home run in each of his first four games of the season. McGwire launched a towering three-run shot in the sixth inning of an 8-6 victory over the San Diego Padres.
1999 - America's pastime opened in Mexico for the first time. The Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 8-2 in baseball's first season opener outside the United States and Canada.
2001 - Hideo Nomo became the fourth pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in both leagues in Boston's 3-0 victory over Baltimore. Nomo, who threw his first no-hitter in Colorado's Coors Field on Sept. 17, 1996, for Los Angeles, walked three and struck out 11 in the first no-hitter in the 10-year history of Camden Yards. Nomo joined Cy Young, Jim Bunning and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers with no-hitters in both leagues.
2003 - Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs became the 18th player to hit 500 career homers, connecting for a solo shot in a 10-9 loss to Cincinnati. He became the fifth player to reach 500 homers before his 35th birthday. Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Jimmie Foxx were the others.
2005 - Dmitri Young became the third player to hit three homers on opening day, and Jeremy Bonderman won as the youngest opening day starter in the major leagues since 1986 to lead Detroit over the Kansas City Royals 11-2.
Today's birthdays: Jason Ellison 30; Scott Rolen 33.

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