Edgar Martinez played 18 seasons in the Major Leagues, all with the Seattle Mariners, and over the course of those 18 years he won a pair of batting titles, led his league in on-base percentage three times and led his league in runs (1995), doubles ('92 and '95), RBIs (2000), OPS ('95) and OPS+ ('95).
Martinez was named to seven All-Star teams and owned a career 147 OPS+ (tied with Willie Stargell, Willie McCovey, Mike Schmidt and Jim Thome for 39th place all-time). Martinez, who has yet to receive 40 percent of the vote in the two years he has been on the Hall of Fame ballot, is one of only 17 players in history to accumulate at least 5,000 plate appearances and retire with a .300 batting average, a .400 on-base percentage, and a .500 slugging percentage. And before last night, Martinez was the all-time leader in both RBIs as a designated hitter and hits for the Seattle Mariners.
Boston's David Ortiz went 1-for-4 on Saturday with a two-run home run and an RBI groundout. The three-RBI night gave Ortiz 1,004 as a designated hitter -- the most ever. Martinez held the previous mark of 1,003, and Harold Baines, with 978 as a DH, is third all-time. Ortiz has homered in each of Boston's first two games. He is the first player to do that for the Red Sox since Mike Greenwell in 1989. Last year, Ortiz didn't hit his second home run until Boston's 24th game.
The Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-5 on Saturday and became the franchise's all-time hits leader. Suzuki, who now has 2,248 hits with Seattle, passed Martinez's career mark of 2,247.
Kyle Drabek and two relievers combined to hold the Twins to one hit and beat Minnesota, 6-1, on Saturday. The win gave Drabek his first career victory. Drabek, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, finished with seven innings pitched, one hit, one run allowed and seven strikeouts. Drabek had made three starts in 2010 and took the loss in all three.
Two of Drabek's seven strikeouts came against Jim Thome, who, in the late 1990s, faced Kyle's father, Doug. In 12 career plate appearances against the elder Drabek, Thome collected four hits (including two home runs), walked twice and struck out twice.
Toronto's one-hitter marked the first of the 2011 season. Last year, there were 28 games in which a team allowed one or no hits to its opponent -- the most ever in the live-ball era.
Since 2002 -- Most Starts with 10+ K's and No Walks
Behind Matt Cain's six shutout innings, the Giants earned their first win of the 2011 season Saturday, beating the Dodgers, 10-0. In 2010, Cain made seven starts in which he pitched at least six innings and didn't allow any runs. Those seven starts were tied for the sixth-most in the Majors.
San Francisco's 10-0 win represented the seventh time since 1893 the Giants had scored in double digits while shutting out the Dodgers. The most recent was their 10-0 win vs. Los Angeles on Oct. 3, 2004.
The Phillies' Cliff Lee (seven innings pitched, four hits, three runs) struck out 11 on Saturday and didn't walk a batter in earning his first win of the season. It was the fifth time in his career (which began in 2002) that Lee reached double-digits in K's and didn't surrender any walks.
Exactly eight years after he hit his first home run, the Brewers' Erick Almonte homered again Saturday. The eight-year span between home runs was the longest for a position player since Rafael Belliard went 10 years and 104 days between long balls (May 5, 1987 - Sept. 26, 1997).
Since 1919 - Leadoff men with HR in Team's First 2 Games
|Al Smith||1955||2nd, 5th|
|Reno Bertoia||1959||4th, 1st|
|Larry Hisle||1973||6th, 5th|
|Eric Davis||1986||2nd, 1st|
|Shannon Stewart||2000||1st, 5th|
|Shannon Stewart||2001||3rd, 3rd|
|Ray Durham||2003||1st, 9th|
|Shannon Stewart||2006||8th, 5th|
|Grady Sizemore||2007||1st, 7th|
|Alfonso Soriano||2009||1st, 8th|
|Ian Kinsler||2011||1st, 1st|
Tillman's effort followed Jeremy Guthrie's eight shutout innings on Opening Day and continued a trend throughout Buck Showalter's term as O's manager. Since Showalter took over on Aug. 3, 2010, Orioles' starters have posted a 3.04 ERA in 373 1/3 innings.
Saturday, for the second straight game, the Rangers' Ian Kinsler led off with a home run. Kinsler, who owns a franchise record 15 career home runs to lead off a game, was the first player in history to hit first-inning leadoff home runs in each of his team's first two games of the season.
Nelson Cruz also homered in the Rangers' 12-5 win over the Red Sox. Cruz, who homered on Opening Day this season, went deep in each of the Rangers' first two games in 2010 as well.
Roger Schlueter is a senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.