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Baseball, it is often said, is "a game of inches." Last week, those inches pertained not only to pitched and batted balls but also to amounts of snow and rain. Cries of "Play ball!" were frequently replaced by those of "Plow snow!" Sixteen games were weathered out in the American League and five in the National.
After being snowed out in Chicago, the Red Sox returned to their Florida spring-training camp for two days of workouts. As they prepared to board a Friday flight to Baltimore, where they were to open the next day, a thunderstorm with gusts up to 70 mph knocked out the lobby lights in the Orlando airport. Dennis Eckersley then left the Oriole batters in the dark by hurling Boston's first Opening Day shutout in 30 years, winning 2-0. John Tudor also blanked the Birds, 6-0.
Baltimore had started off by drubbing Kansas City 13-5 with one of the rarest of feats—a "cycle" of four homers: Gary Roenicke homered with the bases empty; Cal Ripken hit one with a man on; Dan Ford had one with two on; and Eddie Murray grand-slammed.
With Ben Oglivie and Cecil Cooper each getting three hits and four RBIs, the Brewers bombed the Blue Jays 15-4. Toronto, 1-8 in extra-inning games last season, beat Milwaukee 3-2 the next day on a single in the 10th by Barry Bonnell, who went 5 for 5.
Tons of snow removed from Cleveland Stadium were dumped into Lake Erie. Then, with 62,443 fans looking on, the Indians were dumped 8-3 by the Rangers. On Sunday, though, Len Barker coasted past Texas 13-1.
After two postponements at home, the Tigers went to Kansas City, where their cold bats produced only seven singles in a pair of losses. In addition, Shortstop Alan Trammell suffered a 40-stitch gash in his forehead while horsing around with Pitcher Dave Rozema in a K.C.bar.
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