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Opening Act

April 08, 2002
April 08, 2002

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April 8, 2002

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Opening Act

RIGHT START

This is an article from the April 8, 2002 issue Original Layout

For just the second time in 18 years the Padres had someone
other than Tony Gwynn playing rightfield on Opening Day. Before
this season, who was the only other player to start in right for
San Diego on Opening Day since Gwynn's first full season in 1984?

a. Dave Edwards
b. John Kruk
c. Carmelo Martinez
d. Dave Winfield

IN THE BEGINNING

In his 20-year career Tom Seaver made a major-league-record 16
Opening Day starts, for the Mets, Reds and White Sox. Seaver won
seven of those games, two shy of the big league record. Which
pitcher won the most season openers?

THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP

Match the team with its Opening Day winning percentage entering
this season.

1. Cardinals a. .455
2. Expos b. .485
3. Mariners c. .515
4. White Sox d. .560

CALL TO ORDER

Put these rookies, all of whom made their team's Opening Day
rosters, in order from oldest to youngest.

a. Josh Beckett, Marlins pitcher
b. Hank Blalock, Rangers third baseman
c. Adam Everett, Astros shortstop
d. Mike Rivera, Tigers catcher

ANSWERS

RIGHT START: b. In 1989 Gwynn started in center and Kruk was the
Opening Day rightfielder.

IN THE BEGINNING: Walter Johnson made 14 Opening Day starts in
his 21 years with the Senators, winning a record nine of them.

THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP: 1. a; 2. b; 3. d; 4. c

CALL TO ORDER: 1. Rivera (born Sept. 8, 1976); 2. Everett (Feb.
2, 1977); 3. Beckett (May 15, 1980); 4. Blalock (Nov. 21, 1980)