Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca , Mets. Delgado put the Mets ahead with an early two-run double off Chris Carpenter, and Lo Duca added three RBI, leading New York to a 6-1 victory over St. Louis.
The Rangers purchased the contract of outfielder Sammy Sosa from Oklahoma of the PCL on Sunday. … The Padres agreed to a $9.5 million, four-year deal with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. … Pitcher Matt Thornton agreed on a $3.25 million, three-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.
The Mariners traded pitcher Travis Blackley to San Francisco for outfielder Jason Ellison.
“There’s no question for us as a group that it was a little bit of a disappointment that it wasn’t us. It could have very easily been us, but it wasn’t. Maybe it’s the kind of thing that you watch and know that when the season is over for us, that’s what we want to be doing.” — Tom Glavine of the Mets, after watching the Cardinals’ celebration of their 2006 championship at Busch Stadium in St. Louis before the Mets’ 6-1 victory in the major-league opener on Sunday night.
1923 — Expelled “Black Sox” players Happy Felsch and Swede Risberg sued their former club for back salary and $400,000 in damages. They were among eight members of the Chicago White Sox team charged with fixing the 1919 World Series.
1966 — The New York Mets won the right to sign Southern California pitcher Tom Seaver when commissioner William Eckert pulled their name out of a hat. Eckert had voided Seaver’s contract with Atlanta when the Braves signed him during his college season. Cleveland and Philadelphia were the other two teams that had a chance, matching the Braves’ original $40,000 offer.
1985 — The Players’ Association agreed with the owners to expand the 1985 League Championship Series from best-of-5 to best-of-7.
1994 — The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds, 6-4, in major-league baseball’s first Sunday night opener, which sent baseball into a new era with three divisions and a new playoff format.
2000 — Andres Galarraga made a triumphant return to Turner Field. Out all of the previous season because of a cancerous tumor in his back, Galarraga celebrated his comeback by hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves over Colorado, 2-0.
2006 — Seattle’s Kenji Johjima became the first Japanese catcher to start a major-league game and homered for his first hit in the Mariners’ 5-3 loss to Los Angeles.