The Cardinals tie a franchise record for the quickest nine-inning game in their history, taking only one-hour and thirty-three minutes to beat the Dodgers at Busch Stadium, 1-0. The contest marks the managerial debut of Ken Boyer, replacing Vern Rapp, the Redbird skipper fired four days ago.
Kirk Rueter becomes the first pitcher in 13 seasons to begin his major league career with a 10-0 record when the Expos beat San Diego at Olympic Stadium, 3-2. In 1981, Dodgers southpaw Fernando Valenzuela started the year with eight victories to improve his overall record to 10-0 for the Dodgers, somewhat similar to the Montreal left-hander, who began his streak last season with an 8-0 mark before winning his first two decisions this year.
Although Eric Gagne is on the disabled list and hasn't thrown a pitch this season, he is suspended for two games and fined for violating Rule 3.17, which states players on the disabled list may not participate in any activity during the game. Although MLB warned the Dodgers closer, he continued to dress and participate in game activities, including being ejected on April 6 for heckling home plate umpire Bill Hohn.