Mets at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: MLBN, SNY, SPNLA
LHP David Peterson (0-2, 4.91 ERA) pitches for the Mets and RHP Dustin May (1-1, 1.47 ERA) does the same for the Dodgers.
- 1904 By not charging admission but requiring fans to buy a scorecard, the Superbas find a way to play their first Sunday game at home, beating the Beaneaters, 9-1, at Brooklyn’s Washington Park. The strategy attempts to circumvent legislation, known as the Blue Laws, designed to enforce religious edicts, including the observance of Sunday as a day of worship.
- 1955 In his first major league at-bat, Roberto Clemente singles off Dodger pitcher Johnny Podres. The Pirates’ rookie, who will die in a plane crash attempting to bring relief aid to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua in 1972, will collect precisely 3,000 hits during his 18-year major league career, all with Pittsburgh.
- 1956 White Sox shortstop Luis Aparicio, Dodger right-hander Don Drysdale, and Reds outfielder Frank Robinson play in their first major league games. The trio’s debut marks the first time three future Hall of Famers have made their initial appearance on the same day.
- 1988 The Braves beat the Dodgers, 3-1, after breaking the National League record with ten losses to start the season. The team will drop 27 of its first 39 decisions, costing Chuck Tanner his job as the Atlanta manager.
- 2013 Clayton Kershaw becomes the second-fastest Dodger to strike out 1,000 batters when he throws a second-inning 93-mph fastball past San Diego first baseman’s Yonder Alonso. The 25-year-old southpaw reaches the milestone in 970 career innings, 15 2/3 more than needed by Hideo Nomo, who established the team mark in 2003.
Lineups when available.
Game one in the City of Angels. #LGM
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Tonight’s #Dodgers lineup vs. Mets: pic.twitter.com/XpqMxrwYOz
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Sometimes I wonder about Dave Roberts. Chris Taylor, he of the .135 BA with five hits (albeit four of them home runs) in 37 ABs, hits cleanup today.