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- 1939 - Rookie Ted Williams goes 4 for 5, including his first major-league home run, but the Boston Red Sox lose to the Philadelphia Athletics, 12 - 8, at Fenway Park
- 1954 - In his seventh major league game, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hits the first of his 755 career home runs off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Vic Raschi at Sportsman’s Park. The Braves win in 14 innings, 7 - 5.
- 1964 - Ken Johnson of the Houston Colt .45s becomes the first pitcher in major league history to hurl a nine-inning no-hitter and lose the game. Second baseman Nellie Fox, usually a reliable defensive player, commits a critical run-scoring error on Vada Pinson’s ground ball and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Astros, 1 - 0.
- 1999 - Fernando Tatis of the St. Louis Cardinals becomes the first player in major league history to hit two grand slams in one inning. Tatis connects both times in the 11-run 3rd inning against pitcher Chan Ho Park to lead the Cardinals to a 12 - 5 rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He simultaneously sets a record with eight RBI in one inning. Park becomes the first pitcher in the 20th century, and only the second ever, to surrender two slams in a single frame, joining Bill Phillips of the 1890 Pittsburgh Alleghenys.
- 2013 - For only the second time in major league history, brothers hit back-to-back homers in a game. In the second game of a doubleheader played in frigid conditions at Coors Field, the Braves’ B.J. Upton leads off the 5th inning with a homer off Jon Garland, and his brother Justin immediately follows suit, driving Garland’s next pitch over the center field fence for his major league-leading 11th homer of the year. Atlanta sweeps the twinbill over Colorado, 4 -3 and 10 - 2. The only previous instance of brothers going deep consecutively was Hall of Famers Lloyd and Paul Waner doing so for the Pirates on September 15, 1938.
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Summary of the Red Sox report
MLB's investigation into the Boston Red Sox's sign stealing during 2018 revealed a far lesser scheme than the Houston Astros, with penalties accordingly less severe: Only a loss of a second-round pick and a replay operator banned, as @Ken_Rosenthal and @EvanDrellich reported.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 22, 2020
More on the Red Sox cheating
The information was only relevant when the Red Sox had a runner on 2B (which was 19.7% of plate appearances), and Watkins communicated sign sequences in a manner that indicated that he had decoded them from the in-game feed in only a small percentage of those occurrences.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) April 22, 2020
An old friend with a nasty curve
Slow curveballs are the sexiest of pitches, bitches. https://t.co/Rjwe71ngol— Jerry Blevins (@jerryblevins) April 22, 2020
Another old friend, versus a Camera
Question for deep thought
what would be more ridiculous: all head coaches of every sport wearing a full suit and tie like NBA coaches or all head coaches of every sport wearing the full team uniform like MLB managers— Lana Berry (@Lana) April 23, 2020
Now 23 consecutive months without being arrested!!!!!— Lenny Dykstra (@LennyDykstra) April 23, 2020